Collection Development Help

Collection Development Help

We at NEKLS have put together a list of resources for your library to use when deciding what books to buy. The list is an ever-growing and ever-evolving thing, so if you have any suggestions for sites you use for collection development, please share them with and I’ll add them in!

These resources are all free, though some have paid versions, and most of the ones that do regular updates and lists have newsletters that you can subscribe to in order to stay up-to-date with what’s hot with readers.

A couple of the resources are useful for Readers Advisory – they help find the next in a series or a book that is similar to one that the patron has read. Don’t forget, though, that the Novelist application in the catalog is a useful RA tool for both of these tasks!!

Feel free to contact us at NEKLS if you have questions about collection development, readers advisory for your patrons or pretty much anything else – we are here to help!

Explora – a great resource from KS State Library

Are you familiar with the Explora interface to the KS State databases? It is a service that helps people find information across several EBSCO databases that the KS State Library subscribes to – and that you have access to as a KS State citizen! The video below gives you a quick intro to the Explora service, but be sure to poke around yourself at Explora to get a feel for how you can help your patrons use this resource!

Research Made Easy with Explora from EBSCO on Vimeo.

NEKLS 2016 Trustee Summer Workshops

NEKLS 2016 Trustee Summer Workshops

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Far Side – Gary Larson, 1986

Bummer of a Birthmark:  The Realities of Being a Library Trustee

Laura DeBaun (NEKLS Director) and Mike McDonald (Library Development Consultant) will lead the workshops. Bring your questions!

Topics include:

  • Meeting Management
  • KS Open Meetings
  • KS Open Records
  • Policy Requirements
  • Board Basics
  • Library advocacy – (small a) at the community level
  • Executive Sessions

Join your fellow area Trustees & Directors for an evening (or morning) of learning and discussion. Sign up is easy!

No Charge for NEKLS Trustees & Directors

Fulfills the Board Training requirement for 2016

Workshops include light supper (or breakfast).

Choose your location:

♦Wednesday June 8          5-8 pm              Seneca Library

♦Saturday June 18          9am -12noon      NEKLS Office, Lawrence

♦Tuesday June 21             5-8 pm                Basehor Library

♦Thursday June 30          5-8 pm                Ottawa Library/City Offices

Sign up is easy!  (Registration Closed)

Choose your location —>   Enter Name(s)  —>   Indicate special dietary needs —> Done!

2016 Trustee Summer Workshop flyer


NEKLS Innovation Day 2016

NEKLS Innovation Day 2016

NEKLS Innovation Day 2016 was Wednesday,  April 27 at TSCPL. We had a full day of discovery, networking, and fresh ideas.

Jason Griffey was our Keynote Presenter

  • Library Innovation: Now & Future (video and slides)
  • Hardware + People + Data (slides)

Break Outs

5 Ways to Maximize Your Internet (slides); Debbie Edwards, KsFiberNet

Linked Data and Libraries (slides); Robin Hastings, NEKLS

Capturing Stories (handout, video and slides); Kaye McIntyre, KPR

Time and Task Management (PDF); Brenda Hough

Telemedicine & Telehealth in KS (slides); Sarah Velasquez

The Balancing Act of Digital Privacy & 
Digital Services 
in Libraries (slides and handout); Heather Braum & Robin Hastings, NEKLS




Six by Six at Bonner Springs Library

Six by Six at Bonner Springs Library

The 6​ by ​6 Family Reading Workshop, held at the Bonner Springs City Library on 3/24, was a HUGE success! We started at 5:30pm with 45 in attendance, including families from the USD204 Parents as Teachers group, as well as a good number of our own patrons. “6​ by ​6” refers to 6 skills that parents can teach their children by age 6, which will help make them better readers. Our presenter, Anna Foote, helped to develop this program while she worked in the Johnson County Library system, ​and ​later, while working at the State Library of Kansas, she helped to implement these skills throughout Kansas libraries. Anna presented the 6​ by ​6 skills to the parents while we enjoyed pizza ​and​ cookies (provided by ​the ​Friends​ of the Library​), then she did a story time for the children and demonstrated the 6 skills as she read. We made our collection of 6​ by ​6 literacy kits available in the meeting room for patron checkout, ​and ​​​many of them were checked out that night.

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