Many Hands Make Light Work

Many Hands Make Light Work

The Northeast Kansas Library System has a opportunity for a creative librarian who will enjoy the challenge of helping the members of a 14-county regional multitype library system to develop exceptional library services as the NEKLS Library Development Consultant.

This consultant will coordinate programs of consulting, continuing education, planning and development with all types of member libraries, and play an active role in statewide cooperative activities. This position requires excellent communication and organizational skills. A commitment to teamwork and customer service, close collaboration with personnel from other regional and urban library systems and the Kansas State Library is essential.  A comfort with both personal interaction and library technology, the ability to travel, a MLS degree and prior experience are required.  Knowledge of a broad range of library governance and management issues and prior experience in a public library, school library, regional system or statewide library development preferred. Experience with collection development and grant writing a plus.

For more details, a complete job description, and information on the application process, check out the job listing.

Credit Cards are Changing!

Credit Cards are Changing!

The United States is transitioning to full adoption of EMV chip-enabled cards to reduce credit card fraud by October 2015.  I received the following information from Intuit and wanted to share this for all libraries that accept credit cards.
What is EMV?

EMV is the global standard for smart card payments and acceptance devices, named after the developers: Europay, MasterCard, and Visa. EMV microchip-enabled cards provide stronger security and other capabilities not possible with traditional magnetic stripe cards.

Credit card companies are already issuing EMV/chip cards. A special card reader is required to read these EMV chips, but you can still swipe the cards through the same magnetic stripe readers you’re using today. However, to encourage businesses to adopt the more secure technology of EMV/chip cards, a liability shift is going into effect on October 1, 2015. Today, if you run a transaction on a fraudulent card, the bank assumes the loss. Starting in October 2015, if you swipe a fraudulent EMV/chip card with a magnetic stripe reader, you could be liable for that charge.

What this means for you

If you’re concerned about fraudulent credit card transactions, you may want to get an EMV reader. An EMV device reads the microchip embedded in the card and authenticates that the credit card is valid. This reduces your liability for fraudulent transactions.

Some questions to consider:

  • Do you sell to customers that you don’t know?
  • Do you sell expensive items?
  • If you accept a fraudulent credit card and can’t collect the funds, would that have a material impact on your business?

What you need to do

It’s your choice. You can switch to an EMV card reader. Or, you can do nothing and continue to accept credit cards as you always have but with increased liability for fraudulent transactions.

If you do not hear from the company your library utilizes, get in contact regarding the shipment of a new card reader. There may be a charge for the EMV card reader.