Savannah has completed the first set of StoryWalk® books. She cut apart each page of the book and laminated them. StoryWalk® books can be shared on yard signs, wooden stakes, in the windows of businesses, and a variety of other ways. You will be able to attach them with tape to whatever type of display, and remove them easily when your program is over. They will be sprayed with a UV protectant, to reduce fading when in the sun. Keep in mind that most of the books have at least some double page spreads, so you’ll want to hang those together.
There are currently 12 books available for loan to any SWKLS library. You can complete a request form starting today. The request form will ask you what title you would like to borrow, what date you would like to receive it, and what date you will be finished with it. This will help me get titles that may be in high demand to as many libraries as possible.
Here’s a list of the books we have available: https://goo.gl/Px50nx
Here’s a link to the request form: https://goo.gl/JOmyH3
12 Things SWKLS is scheduled to start May 1! Check back at www.swkls.org on May 1 to see Thing 1: Google Forms. Check out the 12 Things SWKLS Page to find out more!
Over the next 12 months, we’ll be learning a new thing or technology skill each month. For those of you that participated in 23 Things Kansas this program will be similar, but we’ll only have one topic or thing per month. All of the topics will be online on the SWKLS website, under the Resources and Services tab.
Each lesson will be posted online on the first day of the month starting in May. You’ll have until the last day of the month at 11:59 pm central time to complete each lesson and receive 2 hours credit.
Who can participate?
Any SWKLS library staff member
What’s in it for you?
- You can work at your own pace
- You can pick and choose which lessons you want to complete
- You can receive 2 credit hours for completing each lesson
- If you complete 12 lessons or things on time you will be entered into grand prize drawings at the end.
- You could win a $10 or $20 gift cards from places like Staples, Pizza Hut, and Dillons.
- A large grand prize, to be announced, will also be available.
- You can complete as many things or lessons as you want (only those who complete all 12 at the end of each month will be entered in the grand prize drawings)
- You’ll get to learn lots of new things
- You’ll get to participate with other SWKLS libraries
- Not interested in learning the thing for the month? We’ll also have alternate lessons or things you can choose.
- You’ll have fun as you learn!
This post contains links to handouts and resources shared during the Beginner Excel Training. Please click on the links below to access the material.
- Microsoft Excel Quick Start Guide
- Microsoft Excel Tutorials and Videos
- GCFLearnFree.org Excel 2013 Tutorials
- University of South Dakota Excel 2013 Tutorials
Here are some SWKLS and Kansas libraries that we have discovered on Instagram. If you know of others, please comment below or email Janelle so she can add them to the list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kansas Libraries (in no particular order):
Friday, April 1, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
Learning Center & First Stop
308 West Frontview Street
Dodge City, KS 67801
Measuring and Describing Success: Focusing on more than just the numbers
How would you know that your neighborhood was prosperous? By numbers from a census report, or by driving around, looking at the size of the homes, the make of the cars, the condition of the roads, and how the inhabitants were dressed? If the numbers said one thing, and the physical evidence showed another, which would have more credibility with you? In the same way, libraries can apply several different common sense methods to evaluate the success of library initiatives, including programming, collection policies, and marketing efforts.
- Introduction: How Do We Measure and Describe Success?
- Statistics (Outputs) versus Results (Outcomes)
- The Importance of Being Specific and Concrete
- Different Methods for Small Libraries and Institutions
- How Can Numbers Fail: Why Quantitative Measures as Not Enough
- What Do People Say And Do, And How They Behave
- Evaluating People, Projects, and Plans
- Why Stories are Necessary
Presented by Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner has been a trainer, educator, and consultant for 40 years, having worked with clients in 48 states and Canada. She is a manager and producer at Pattern Research, Inc. Pat likes to find the essence in models of human behavior and organizational design and build effective and engaging formats for learning: face-to-face, in print, and online. She has been a poet, playwright, printer, publisher, and graphic designer, and loves books, gardens, and the arts.
To register go to: https://goo.gl/hgoCl1
Written by Allie Lockwood and taken from the State Library of Kansas Website.
Universal Class is the newest addition to our online resources. With over 500 online courses, in over 30 areas of study, including Accounting, Business, Pet and Animal Care, Crafts and Hobbies, Writing Skills, and Computer Training, Universal Class is bound to have a course to interest you. All the available courses offer an open learning structure so you can learn at your own pace with the goal of earning Continuing Education Unit credits (CEU). And, many have an option to audit the classes by viewing the video courses without the structure of the CEU based class.
So, whether you have always wanted to learn to kayak, nurse a dog back to health after getting a burr in her paw, figure out ways to help your grandchildren with etiquette, master the art of picking the best wine for dinner, or simply figure out email —Universal Class will prove to be helpful and entertaining.
To access Universal Class go to http://kslib.info/uclass You will need to register for an account and create your own username and password. You can also find links to Universal Class on the main Online Resourcepage, under Skill Builders and on the Student Research page.
To publicize Universal Class in your community and in your library check out the Recorded Books Marking Page for Universal Class. There’s bookmarks, posters, logos, and more!
If you have any questions contact anyone at SWKLS or let the State Library know by emailing: email@example.com