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Kansas Early Literacy Symposium

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library 1515 SW 10th AVE, Topeka, KS

Join us! You’re invited to the Kansas Early Literacy Symposium on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 8:30am to 4pm at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Mark your calendar and save the day--you won’t want to miss this energizing day of professional development. This engaging session will bring together early childhood educators and library and museum professionals who work with families of children aged birth through Kindergarten and their families. Through a combination of professional […]


2023 Spring Directors Institute

NEKLS Office 4317 W 6th Street, Lawrence, KS

Public library directors of Northeast Kansas, please join us at the NEKLS office for the 2023 Spring Directors Institute on Friday, April 21. At this continuing education event, the sole Directors Institute of 2023, public library directors will have the opportunity to network, ponder big issues, have a delicious lunch from Wheatfields, and participate in two workshops. If you cannot make it in-person, consider registering to watch the workshops over Zoom. Location Overview of the […]

Readers’ Advisory: Building Beyond the Basics

According to Diana Tixier Herald, author of Genreflecting, readers' advisory is: "the act of putting people together with the books they love". How do you connect people with titles that will be a great fit? In this workshop, our presenter, Molly Wetta, will provide an advanced readers' advisory (RA) training for library professionals. In this presentation we will cover: A follow-up discussion will be available on May 11 at 10:00 a.m. over Zoom. In this […]

Readers’ Advisory Discussion: Building Beyond the Basics

Watch the Readers' Advisory: Building Beyond the Basics workshop with Molly Wetta, and then join us on Zoom on May 11 to have a casual small group discussion with your library peers. Learn more about the workshop here: Recording: TSCPL: The Bookmark Podcast: NovelList Plus (Through State Library of Kansas): Register for the May 11 discussion

2023 Trustee Training


Join us Saturday morning, online, on June 3rd at 10 a.m. for the NEKLS 2023 Trustee Training. Our presenter will be Robin Newell and she will be discussing library policy development and management. Register to attend the Zoom workshop here: Workshop Description This workshop will include the process for the development and management of library policies in three different areas – outward facing (for the government of the library), inward facing (for the government […]

After-lunch course: Intellectual Freedom – Privacy

Please join the Kansas Regional Library Systems on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 1:30 PM via Zoom for another helping of the After-lunch Course. Why Patron Privacy Matters and How You Can Protect It            Professor Trina Magi is a reference and instruction librarian at Howe Memorial Library, University of Vermont. Trina has spoken and written widely about privacy and libraries and was editor of the 9th edition of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual and […]

August Executive Board Meeting

The Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) Executive Board meeting will be held on Thursday, 8/10, 2023, beginning at 9:30 a.m. CST. The meeting will hybrid, both in person at the NEKLS office and via Zoom. This meeting is open to the public. For more information on the meeting, please go to the following link: Executive Board By clicking the Upcoming Executive Board meeting link, minutes from past meetings and the board calendar can be viewed. […]

Budget Hearing and Annual Meeting

Please see this webpage for the most current and complete Budget Hearing information: The Northeast Kansas Library System will hold a Budget Hearing at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2023 as part of its Annual Meeting. Because the Executive Board is proposing a 2024 budget that does not exceed the Revenue Neutral Rate, there will be no Revenue Neutral Rate hearing this year. In addition to considering and approving the 2024 System Budget during […]

KOMA Training

Live on September 12, 4 to 5:30 pm, recording will be available for thirty days. Maintaining openness in government is a key responsibility for a library’s board of trustees. It is critical for every board of trustee, and the staff that supports them, to have a working knowledge of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). This webinar presented by the League of Kansas Municipalities will provide an in-depth analysis of KOMA. Attendees will learn: Registrants […]

Incorporating EDI into the Whole Collection Development Cycle

The Kansas Regional Library Systems would like to invite you to our next After-lunchCourse: Incorporating EDI into the Whole Collection Development Cycle Equity, diversity, and inclusion can be applied to every part of the Collection Development cycle.  From careful, conscious selection, diverse subject headings, intentional weeding of the entire collection, including the classics, and applying it to staff training. We are excited to have Leanne Cheek, Meghan Hollingsworth, Jennifer Marshall, Anne Harris, Theresa Tittle, and Kelsey Gourd […]

HR Basics and Employment Law Workshop

The Kansas Regional Library Systems invite Kansas library professionals and trustees to join the 2023-2024 APPLE students for an HR Basics and Employment Law workshop on Friday, September 29, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. The presenter is Tiffany Hentschel, Deputy Director of Human Resources at Johnson County. There is no cost to participate – this workshop is on the Systems! Register to attend here: Targeted Learning Outcomes: 

Fueling Northeast Kansas Libraries with Foresight

Arterra Event Gallery 2161 Quail Creek Dr, Lawrence, Kansas

Download Event Description Libraries and librarians must look beyond our present-day models, assumptions, and ideas to recognize external disruptors on the horizon of our profession alongside broader emerging patterns to “create functional views of alternative futures and possibilities.” The Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development (DLD) has identified Strategic Foresight as a critical discipline for librarians now. Strategic Foresight training can provide librarians with the skills to plan for future shifts. We all want […]

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