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Winter Public Library Director Meeting


On February 26th @ 10:30AM we will host public library directors for our Winter Meeting. Please let dalexander know if you have any additions to the agenda. Detailed minutes of the meeting will be made available. Agenda Zoom Link

After-lunch course with Jamie LaRue: Advocacy


Advocacy: Libraries have been losing support, measured by willingness to fund, for the past 25 years. The reasons mostly have to do with conservative "framing" of taxation. So a new style of advocacy is needed, one based on neuroscience and a reframe of the social construct. Now more than ever, we need to tell the library story in a way that isn't all about us, but underscores our value. LaRue is the former executive director […]

Reinventing & Re-Envisioning Storytime In A Pandemic World

Even when this pandemic ends, experts predict that virtual programming will still be in demand by busy parents and homebound kids. This calls for reinventing and re-envisioning storytime to meet patron needs in this new virtual world! Please have a couple of scarves or tissues (or socks, or paper towels…) on hand for this session.  In this highly interactive virtual workshop, we will explore: best practices for delivering effective virtual programming ways to help parents […]

Collection Development 2.0 with Gail Santy (CKLS)


On March 25th @ 10:30AM we will host Gail Santy (CKLS System Director) for an advanced webinar, Collection Development 2.0. Gail will "speak of using multiple years of data, community assessment and analysis. Ideally, a person has worked the content in 1.0 (link below) and is in a good place and ready for the next step." Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you be ready to tackle the […]

Budget Q and A with Laura DeBaun


Join us on Zoom, as we welcome former NEKLS Director, Laura DeBaun to help answer any 2022 public library budgeting questions you have in Northeast Kansas; Laura is known for her knowledge of budgets, particularly in the state of Kansas. The Q and A starts at 10:30 AM, but stop by anytime until 11:30 with your questions, no registration is required, the Zoom link is below. Due to the individualized nature of this online work […]

Annual Trustee Training with Becky Heil


Save the date for our annual trustee training opportunity, our presenter, Becky Heil, will lead a conversation on privacy in the library. This will be a live event on Zoom, but will be recorded for viewing on demand. Register today:! Psst: Can You Keep a secret? Why is protecting our patron’s privacy so important-don’t millennials just share everything anyway?  And, besides, doesn’t Kansas have sunshine laws which require open records for government agencies? We’ll […]

After-Lunch Course with Pat Wagner: Customer Service Skills


After-lunch course with Pat Wagner: Customer service. This presentation will require registration: The pandemic has created new customer service challenges for libraries. Staff and library users rely more on virtual communication, including email, text, phone, and video conferences. More people in your community, as well as your library’s employees, are feeling overwhelmed, and libraries are seen as a haven, even if limited to delivering materials curbside or digitally. In these times, great customer service […]