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Frequently Recommended Resources to Inspire Library Learning
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ASSOCIATIONS (national, regional, and state membership organizations with conferences, email lists, publications, trainings, committee memberships, roundtable discussions, etc.)
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Membership
Conference
Online library learning
American Association of School Libraries (AASL)School library staffProfessional Development, National Standards, Resources, Advocacy, Literacy Supporthttp://www.ala.org/aasl/Reputable, reliable resourceRobin HargraveMembership Cost
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Membership
Conferences
Online library learning
American Library Association (ALA)--DivisionsAll library staffTo find national library-related organizations that sponsor publications, conferences as well as provide continuing education, networking and collaborative opportunities.http://www.ala.org/aboutala/divsEfficient way to preview ALA divisions that may be applicable to specific library focus areas: school, academic, collections, special, government, technology, public, reference, management, trustees, young adult, etc.Katherine HughesAnnual membership fees may apply
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Membership
Conference
Academic libraries
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)Academic library staffTo connect with more than 10,000 academic libraries and library workers; to access programs, products, and services that help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. http://www.ala.org/acrl/Check out the ACRL Discussion Groups for focused interests like assessment, first year experience, international perspectives, media resources, student retention and many others.Katherine HughesAnnual membership feeConference in Chicago from June 25-30, 2020.
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Membership
Conference
Rural libraries
Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)Public library staff (especially smaller libraries)Members-only listserv has informative discussions and shares resourceshttps://arsl.info/Excellent resource for many libraries in the SCKLS region.Katherine Hughes, Sharon BarnesAnnual membership fee ranges from $15 - $49, based on salary rangeConference in Wichita from September 30-October 3 in 2020: https://arsl.info/preview-annual-conference-2020/
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ConferenceBrick & Click: An Academic Library ConferenceAcademic library staffTo connect with academic library staff to focus on relevant topics regarding on-ground (brick) and online (click) students, library professionals, and paraprofessionals on November 1, 2019 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. https://www.nwmissouri.edu/library/brickandclick/index.htmNot too far to travel and in its 19th year!Katherine HughesConference registration fee (SCKLS Continuing Education Reimbursement Grant may help)
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Membership
Conference
Kansas Association of School Librarians (KASL)School library staffKASL Information related to school librarieshttps://www.ksschoollibrarians.org/State associationRobin HargraveMembership Cost
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Membership
Conference
Kansas Library Association (KLA)All library staffTo meet fellow librarians from across the state as well as learn about trends, issues, and solutions taking place in the profession. https://kslibassoc.org/The three day annual conference offers a variety of sessions for skill building and professional development.AllMembership fee ranges from $35 - $40; conference feeRegistration for the 2019 Kansas Library Association Conference is open. Details: October 23-25, Overland Park Convention Center, them--Libraries Build Communities - Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. 
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Membership
Conference
Email List Group
Kansas Library Association (KLA) College and University Libraries Section (CULS)Academic library staffTo connect with other Kansas academic library staff members with the goal of improving library services, resources and user education.https://klaculs.wordpress.com/KLA-CULS hosts a two-day spring conference each year as well as program meetings at the KLA conference each fall.Katherine HughesMembership fee through KLA.
Email list group is free for all to join.
To join email list group: https://kslibassoc.org/catalog.php?cat=3
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Kansas organizations
Kansas State Library --Kansas Library OrganizationsAll librariansTo find statewide library-related organizations that sponsor publications and conferences as well as provide continuing education, networking and collaborative opportunities.https://kslib.info/319/Kansas-Library-OrganizationsEfficient way to find Kansas library organizations with live links to websites for easy exploration!Katherine HughesSee organization websites for membership information
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Association
Conferences
Membership
Online library learning
Mid-America Library Alliance (MALA)All library staffTo develop specialized skills and awareness of current and evolving library practices via learning opportunities designed by librarians for librarians.http://www.malalibraries.org/ Offers professional development workshops, discounts to a variety of conferences and webcasts and short tutorials on various library topics.Katherine HughesMALA online training is accessible to all MALA members free of charge (MALA individual membership cost is about $25).  If your library is part of the Get Connected courier service, you ARE a member.Headquartered in Independence, Missouri, MALA's mission is to "develop, coordinate, promote, and share information resources and facilitate professional development."
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EMAIL LIST GROUPS
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Email list groupAmerican Library Association (ALA) Electronic Discussion ListsAll Library ProfessionalsTo review ALA's mailing list server that currently hosts hundreds of email lists.http://lists.ala.org/sympa/lists_categoriesYou can explore lists available by category or by a list index, and you can access archived posts.Katherine HughesSome lists are for ALA members only (requires membership fee); others are open to non-members as well (free).
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Programming
Email list group
American Library Association (ALA) Public Programming Electronic Discussion ListsLibrary staff responsible for programsTo connect with the Public Programs Office and other library professionals--subscribers post announcements, share news and related library programming, and ask for professional advice from fellow librarians.
http://www.ala.org/aboutala/offices/ppo/about/ppolistGreat way to grow your professional learning network, gain program inspiration and share your successes. Choose from three e-lists: Public Programs Forum, PPO Grants, Community Engagement Forum.Katherine HughesFreeYou choice: receive individual emails or a digest of list highlights.
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Membership
Conference
Email list group
Kansas Library Association (KLA) College and University Libraries Section (CULS)Academic library staffTo connect with other Kansas academic library staff members with the goal of improving library services, resources and user education.https://klaculs.wordpress.com/KLA-CULS hosts a two-day spring conference each year as well as program meetings at the KLA conference each fall.Katherine HughesMembership fee through KLA.
Email list group is free for all to join.
To join email list group: https://kslibassoc.org/catalog.php?cat=3
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Email list groupKansas State LibraryAll library staffTo sign up for electronic lists that provide means of communicating with interest groupshttps://kslib.info/974/Join-Email-ListsChoices! Many relevant organizations and interest groups represented on this list of choicesAllFree
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COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT
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Banned Book Week ChallengesALA & ALA Office for Intellectual FreedomAll library staff and patronsInformation, merchandise, display ideas, free downloadshttp://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned and http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooksReputable resourceRobin HargraveMix. Free downloadable resources, some items will be for sale in the ALA Store.
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Collection development
Readers' advisory
Book news and trends
Book RiotAll library staffTo stay current on new releases and lists, book-to-movie projects, author information, awards and much morehttps://bookriot.com/Website is organized by format/genre (audiobooks, children's, romance, etc.); includes articles, videos, podcasts, and subscriptions to newsletters that keep you up-to-date based on interests Katherine Hughes Robyn BraviFree access and may subscribe to free newsletters and podcasts. Monthly fee for Insider privileges, see website for details.Giveaway contests for free stuff
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Collection development
Readers' advisory
Booklist Online WebinarsSelectors, Readers' Advisory, all library staffTo access free scheduled and playback on-demand webinars that are hosted by Booklist and allow publishers to book talk new and upcoming titles to librarians. https://www.booklistonline.com/webinarsWebinars are most often grouped by genre or subject so the watcher gets a good idea of trends, upcoming titles and sometimes even discount codes for purchasing titles direct from the publishers/distributors.Nicole PenleyFreeAccess to past webinars is a link on the pages, Webinars Archive
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Cataloging
Classification
Classify All library staffTo view common classification call numbers for library materials in both Dewey Decimal System and LOChttp://classify.oclc.org/classify2/Free! See the percentages of libraries that classify a material in one call number versus another. See common subject headings used for particular materials. Search related subject headings for call numbers.Katherine WilliamsFree
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Collection development Readers' advisoryGoodreadsAll library staffBecause it's awesome! Keep up todate with book buzz/new releases, keep track of your reading, connect with other librarians and readers, giveaways, and morehttps://www.goodreads.comAnother of my favorite bookish sites. I love reading their News & Interviews, voting in the Choice Awards, and participating in the annual reading challenge. Robyn BraviFreeUnder the "Browse" tab are three of favorite places to lurk Choice Awards, New Releases, and News & Interviews
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Collection development
Readers' advisory
Library Love Fest YouTube ChannelSelectors, Readers' Advisory, all library staffTo stay abreast of the numerous books released by one of the biggest pushishers in the industry via a YouTube channel that contains book talk videos (usually monthly) and also author interviews.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJA5wGbfkCzQ2OEVBFCgbbw/videosThe team at HarperCollins tries to make their book talk videos very silly and enjoyable to watch. There is often food or adult beverages involved along with the books. The author interviews are also exceptionally well done and give you so much background into the titles.Nicole PenleyFreeFor those people who have/use Facebook, you can search Library Love Fest and get this same content a little sooner than the YouTube channel.
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Collection development
Readers' advisory
Library ReadsSelectors, Readers' Advisory, all library staffTo stay up-to-date on the top 10 new release titles that have been read and voted on by librarians each month.http://libraryreads.org/Titles that are considered the best by librarians across the country make this list. A new feature for Library Reads is the Hall of Fame, which features authors who have made the Top 10 List three times.Nicole PenleyFreeAccess to past monthly lists is also possible via the Archive tab at the top of the page.
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Collection development
Readers' advisory
NoveList PlusAll library staffTo access author read-alikes, book club resources, bood display ideas, discover books adapted to film, find curriculum connections, learn about different genre, and create book listshttps://kslib.info/eorThis is one of my favorite resources to use when looking for books. The's a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to the advance searching, but there's tons of easy to access resources with just a click. I could spend hours in this database just playing around. Robyn BraviAccess is provided by the State Library of Kansas. To save lists you must sign in with a State Library card, but you don't if you just want to browse. My go-to-tabs are the "Browse By" and "Quick Links". Start there.
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Classification / ShelvingWebJunctionNew library staff and volunteersInteractive course on Dewey classification & shelvinghttps://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/dewey-course-updated.htmlGood basic training; self-paced courseSharon BarnesFree
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GENEALOGY
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Genealogy, Family & History; PreservationAssociation for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS, a division of ALA)Librarians & patrons"Saving Your Stuff" - concise how-to information for librarians to provide to patronshttp://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/howtoPreservation Week information intended for patrons, but useful year-round!Sharon BarnesFree
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Genealogy, Family & HistoryCyndi's ListLibrarians & patronsMassive listing of websites by topichttps://cyndislist.com/It is comprehensive & well-maintainedSharon BarnesFree
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Genealogy, Family & HistoryKansas Historical SocietyLibrarians & patronsTo find Kansas-related informationhttps://www.kshs.org/p/research/19385Collection of links to lots of (sometimes obscure) bits of informationSharon BarnesFreeIncludes link to Kansas digital newspapers - no more ILLing microfilm!
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Genealogy, Family & History; PreservationNEDCC (Northeast Document Conservation Center)Librarians & patronsTo learn how to care for family (and other) collectionshttps://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preserving-private-and-family-collections/caring-for-private-and-family-collectionsPractical information for everyoneSharon BarnesFree
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Genealogy, Family & History; PreservationNEDCC (Northeast Document Conservation Center)Librarians & patronsLinks to more in-depth information about preservation of all kinds of itemshttps://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preserving-private-and-family-collections/learn-moreAuthoritative but user-friendly information on digital and physical preservationSharon BarnesFree
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LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
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Competencies
American Library Association (ALA) Knowledge and Competency StatementsAll library staffTo learn about foundational competencies that apply to specific, relevant library niches (as developed by appropriate professional organizations).http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/careers/corecomp/corecompspecial/knowledgecompetenciesOne stop shopping! There seems to be competency lists or guidelines for many types of specific or general library fields.Katherine H.Free
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Rural libraries
Outreach
American Library Association (ALA) Rural Library ResourcesRural library staffTo access "The Small but Powerful Guide to Building Support for Your Rural Library" guide providing tips and tools for strategic planning and outreach.http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advocacy-university/rural-library-resourcesGuide includes valuable content that is valuable and digestible--not overwhelming--and includes additional linked resources. Content may be used and/or adapted by library for training and educational purposes.Katherine HughesFree
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Competencies
Standards
Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public LibraryPublic library staffProfessional Developmenthttp://www.ala.org/alsc/edcareeers/alsccorecompsInternational StandardsRobin HargraveMembership Cost
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CompetenciesCompetency Index for the Library FieldPublic library directors and staffTo learn what a librarian should know to be considered a librarian.https://www.webjunction.org/documents/webjunction/Competency_Index_for_the_Library_Field.htmlComprehensive and helpful descriptions of the skills and abilities that make us librarians. Paul HawkinsFree
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Human resourcesThe Complete Guide to Human Resources for Small BusinessPublic library staff To learn the basics and requirements for HR: employee files, employee handbook and required posters. Five mistakes to avoid in HR. There are also free guides, forms and templates.https://wheniwork.com/blog/what-is-human-resources/Free guides, forms and templates. HR can be confusing and overwhelming but this gives you some basic information and also where to find more help. Mia WilsonFree
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LawFederal Communications Commission (FCC) Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)All library staffQuick access to the Federal Children's Internet Protection Act (Federal CIPA)https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/childrens-internet-protection-actOne click access to the federal CIPA law, with link to PDF print out.Larry PapenfussFree
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Identity theft Federal Trade Commission (FTC)Public library staff To understand what identity theft is, how to prevent it and what to do if it happens; great information for staff and patronshttps://www.ftc.gov/Easy, understandable information to use for self or to share with others. Helpful videos and action plan.Mia Wilson, Larry PapenfussFree
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Identity theft Federal Trade Commission (FTC)Public library staff Helpful information and video to share with staff and patrons about identity theft.https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theftEasy, understandable information to use for self or to share with others. Helpful videos and action plan.Mia WilsonFree
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Grant/proposal writing
Fundraising
GrantSpace by CandidAny non-profit professional interested in improving fundraisingTo access easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources that help nonprofits become more viable grant applicants so their organizations can grow to be strong and sustainable. To find webinars, articles, online courses that support grant writing and fundraising.https://grantspace.org/Online "knowledge base" is an excellent source for articles and information about grants/fundraising. "Ask us" feature allows you to pose a specific question that is personally handled by one of GrantSpace's librarians.Katherine HughesA lot of free, but some fee
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Online leadership learningHRDQ-UAny professional who wants to develop leadership and management skills To learn about leadership, decision-making, problem-solving, training/learning, information and trends critical to being an effective leader.https://www.hrdqu.com/Good concepts and foundational information for free.Katherine HughesMost webinars are free with membership to site (which is also free). HRDQ-U webinars are sponsored by HRDQ, provider of experiential soft-skills learning resources.
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LawKansas CIPAAll library staffQuick access to Kansas Children's Internet Protection Act as written in Kansas law. (Kansas CIPA)http://kslegislature.org/li_2014/b2013_14/statute/075_000_0000_chapter/075_025_0000_article/075_025_0089_section/075_025_0089_k/One click access to the Kansas CIPA law and quick PDF print.Larry PapenfussFree
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Budget / auditKansas Department of Administration Municipal Services WebsitePublic library directors and staffTo access budget and audit information including public libraries for Kansas cities and townships.https://www.admin.ks.gov/offices/chief-financial-officer/municipal-services/municipal-budgetsOfficial budget and financial information.Paul HawkinsFreeMay require additional explanation. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
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Kansas public library informationKansas Public Library HandbookPublic library directors and staffTo find descriptions of basic information and terms associated with Kansas public libraries.https://systems.mykansaslibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/Hand-Book-Final.pdfUseful for basic information, but not always applicable or accurate for every public library in Kansas.Paul Hawkins, Larry PapenfussFreeMay require additional explanation. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
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Kansas public library statisticsKansas Public Library Services Annual SurveyPublic library directors and staffTo obtain statistics and other data for use in gathering information about other libraries.https://kslib.info/1131/Statistical-Data-ReportsUseful for making comparisons but not 100% guaranteed in terms of the data's accuracy.Paul Hawkins, Larry PapenfussFreeMay require additional explanation. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
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Law
Kansas Statutes Annotated
All library staffQuick access to Kansas Statuteshttp://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/statute/Full text search, section number search and PDF printable.Larry PapenfussFree
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Disaster PlanReady.GovPublic library staff To learn about the type of disasters and how to put a plan in place.https://www.ready.gov/businessReady toolkits to help you complete your disaster plan.Mia WilsonFree
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Emergency Response PlanReady.GovPublic library staff To download a plan template and fill in the blanks that include possible emergency situations, what to do, and who to contact. This plan can be used for minor or major emergencies. https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1388775706419-f977cdebbefcd545dfc7808c3e9385fc/Business_EmergencyResponsePlans_10pg_2014.pdfNot knowing what to include in an emergency plan can be overwhelming. This gives you what information you need in nice simple fillable forms. Mia WilsonFreeI downloaded this many years ago for SCKLS. My form is a bit different but it was so helpful in developing a plan. This is a great way to start. Something is better than nothing. Also contact your local government for additional help to know what plans they have in place.
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StandardsStandards for Kansas Public Libraries 2016Public library directors and staffTo find guidance on types and levels of library organization and services. https://systems.mykansaslibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/Revised-public-library-standards-2016-1.pdfUseful for general and specific information about Kansas public libraries, but should be understood as "guidelines" since every public library may not be able to or need to meet each of the standards.Paul Hawkins, Larry PapenfussFreeMay require additional explanation. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
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LawState Library of Kansas CIPA PageAll library staffQuick access to Kansas Children's Internet Protection Act, Regulation and other info.https://kslib.info/427/Kansas-Childrens-Internet-Protection-ActOfficial State Library of Kansas resource to Kansas CIPA.Larry PapenfussFree
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Competencies
Standards
Teen Services CompetenciesPublic library staffProfessional Developmenthttp://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines/yacompetenciesInternational StandardsRobin HargraveMembership Cost
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LawUnited States Access BoardAll library staffQuick and detailed access to ADA standards for buildings.https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/buildings-and-sites/about-the-ada-standards/guide-to-the-ada-standardsAccess to ADA building standards that assists in determining ADA compliance. While filled with information, you may find the law difficult to interpret at times, however they provide an 800 number for technical assistance. They also have a "single file" link that will allow you to obtain an entire site view on one scrollable page.Larry PapenfussFree
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LawUSA.GOVAll library staffQuick access to a lot of organized information in regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) https://www.usa.gov/laws-and-regulations#item-35762Not only quick access to ADA standards, but also a launching point to many other Federal laws and regulations.Larry PapenfussFree
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LIBRARY SCHOOL
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Librarianship programsAmerican Library Association (ALA) Education and CareersProfessional seeking librarianship coursework for degree or certificationTo find information about accredited master's programs, leadership institutes, scholarships, certifications and degree programs available; to access general information about careers in librarianship. http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/You can look up accredited institutions by state, find eLearning opportunities, find job posting sites and job placement resources, and much more.Katherine HughesSCKLS Continuing Education Reimbursement Grant can help.
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Librarianship programs
School library
Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM)Professional seeking librarianship coursework for degree or certificationTo learn how to earn the librarianship degrees and certifications.https://www.emporia.edu/slim/Only Kansas school to currently offer MLS program with ALA accreditation. Variety of program paths. Online and in-person learning. Katherine HughesSCKLS Continuing Education Reimbursement Grant can help.
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Librarianship programs
School library
Fort Hays State University Library Media Specialist ProgramProfessional seeking endorsement to be a school librarianTo learn how to earn the degree endorsement to be a school librarianhttps://www.fhsu.edu/aep/library-media-specialist/indexOnline learning opportunities fit professional schedules.Katherine HughesSCKLS Continuing Education Reimbursement Grant can help.
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MARKETING
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Library Card Sign-Up MonthAmerican Library Association (ALA) Library Sign-Up MonthPublic Libraries, possible special and academicFree marketing tool kit. Each year there is a different theme.http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/cardRobin HargraveFree
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CopyrightCornell University LibraryAll library staff and patronsFind out what is (and is not!) copyright protectedhttps://copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomainDetailed information in a brief formatSharon BarnesFree
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Fonts
Graphic design
DaFontAll library staff and patronsDownload free fonts for use with MS Office and to create signs, etc.https://www.dafont.com/Wide variety of fonts - which can make all the difference between blah and wow!Sharon BarnesMany free, some are not - but some free ones have restrictions
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Fonts
Graphic design
Font SquirrelAll library staff and patronsDownload free fonts for use with MS Office and to create signs, etc. Also use the 'matcherator' (this link) to identify the font in an imagehttps://www.fontsquirrel.com/matcheratorThe font identifier feature is really handy.Sharon BarnesMany free, some are not - but some free ones have restrictions
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Photos
Graphic design
GIMPAll library staff and patronsOpen source photo editing software, mostly comparable to Photoshophttps://www.gimp.org/Free to download & install. (Link to tutorials in Additional notes field.)Sharon BarnesFreehttps://continuinged.isl.in.gov/graphic-design-for-libraries-introduction-to-gimp-1-tleu/
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Social media
Images
Online community
The Library MarketAll library staffTo access a collection of library-related images to help you increase your library's social media presence and engagement with patrons. https://dropbox.librarymarket.com/services/dropboxAre you trying to meet a social media post goal? This collection will be your best friend--find images, quotes, memes, etc. all categorized by topics. Lots of fun to look at! Follow on Facebook and Twitter too.Katherine HughesFreeFormerly known as "The Library Facebook Images Dropbox," this collection of images is intended strictly for non-commercial use by libraries on social media platforms. Registration is required.
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Marketing and communications
Conference
Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC)Public library staff
Academic library staff
Special library staff
To learn about marketing, communication, public relations, social media, and outreach in academic, public, and special libraries.https://www.librarymarketingconference.org/To be honest, I haven't been to this conference yet, I love the idea of learning and networking with other professionals interested in promoting their libraries efficiently and effectively!Katherine HughesSee website for conference fees. Next conference: November 13-14, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Copyright
Photos
Graphic design
PixabayAll library staff and patronsGreat source for copyright-free photographs and other imageshttps://pixabay.com/No legal worries, huge collectionSharon BarnesFree
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Social media
Images
The Shareable Clique Facebook GroupAll library staffTo join an online community (Facebook) for libraries and book lovers that shares viral content available to be reshared on other Facebook accounts. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShareableClique/about/I love this group's call for collaboration: "What works well at your library that may work well at other libraries? Share your successes, increase your outreach, and help other libraries build their audiences!"Katherine HughesFree, you do need a personal or library Facebook account.
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Social mediaTiny Library Think Tank Facebook GroupPublic library staff (small service area)To join an online community and grow your professional learning community (via Facebook) and learn from other library professionals in smaller libraries.https://www.facebook.com/groups/1547323442210920Love the sense of community, the positivity and the great ideas that are shared through this community of like-minded professionals!Katherine HughesFree, you do need a personal or library Facebook account.
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Copyright
Photos
Graphic design
Visual.ly infographicAll library staff and patronsOne-page infographic showing how to determine whether or not a picture can legally be usedhttps://visual.ly/community/infographic/business/you-can-use-picture-ifGeneral information that's easily digestedSharon BarnesFree
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ONLINE COMMUNITY
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Online community
Association for Rural and Small Libraries Facebook pagePublic library staffTo connect and network with like-minded professionals working in small and rural libraries.https://www.facebook.com/ARSLpage/Very relevant discussion threads for many SCKLS member libraries.Katherine HughesFree
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Social media
Lessons
Online community
The Library GirlSchool library staffTo learn from Jennifer LaGarde, Library Girl--a school librarian, author and professional speaker--as she shares her vast experience via her website, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. https://www.librarygirl.net/Great ideas, insights, and discussion threads about school library spaces, lessons, books, technology, and so much more!Katherine HughesFreeJennifer will be speaking a workshop in Wichita on February 18, 2020--co-sponsored by SCKLS and USD 259. Watch for registration information coming later this year!
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Marketing and communications
Conference
Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC)Public library staff
Academic library staff
Special library staff
To learn about marketing, communication, public relations, social media, and outreach in academic, public, and special libraries.https://www.librarymarketingconference.org/To be honest, I haven't been to this conference yet, I love the idea of learning and networking with other professionals interested in promoting their libraries efficiently and effectively! Also, follow this group on Facebook and Twitter.Katherine HughesSee website for conference fees. Next conference: November 13-14, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Social media
Images
Online community
The Library MarketAll library staffTo access a collection of library-related images to help you increase your library's social media presence and engagement with patrons. https://dropbox.librarymarket.com/services/dropboxAre you trying to meet a social media post goal? This collection will be your best friend--find images, quotes, memes, etc. all categorized by topics. Lots of fun to look at! Follow on Facebook and Twitter too.Katherine HughesFreeFormerly known as "The Library Facebook Images Dropbox," this collection of images is intended strictly for non-commercial use by libraries on social media platforms. Registration is required.
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Social media
Images
The Shareable Clique Facebook GroupAll library staffTo join an online community (Facebook) for libraries and book lovers that shares viral content available to be reshared on other Facebook accounts. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShareableClique/about/I love this group's call for collaboration: "What works well at your library that may work well at other libraries? Share your successes, increase your outreach, and help other libraries build their audiences!"Katherine HughesFree, you do need a personal or library Facebook account.
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Social mediaTiny Library Think Tank Facebook GroupPublic library staff (small service area)To join an online community and grow your professional learning community (via Facebook) and learn from other library professionals in smaller libraries.https://www.facebook.com/groups/1547323442210920Love the sense of community, the positivity and the great ideas that are shared through this community of like-minded professionals!Katherine HughesYes, you do need a personal or library Facebook account.
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ONLINE LEARNING | LIBRARY-SPECIFIC (no-cost, low-cost and up)
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Online library learningAmigos Library ServicesAll library staffTo access professtional, low-cost training courses that cover an array of topics important to libraries in face-to-face or online formatshttps://www.amigos.org/ Low cost Know and Go webinars cover a variety of current library-specific topics.
Jodie Borgerding, CE manager, posts monthly list of upcoming offerings on State Library of Kansas listserv.
Offer CE certificates for online webinars.
AllLow cost. Know and Go webinars are available for $35 to non-member libraries, or free to Amigo member libraries. See website for membership fee information.Amigos CE course catalog (can search by course type):
https://www.amigos.org/continuing_education
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Online library learningInfopeopleAll library staffTo access quality continuing education opportunities specifically for library staff that are designed by experienced library professionals. All trainings, even general topics, are tailored with library-specific content and application. https://infopeople.org/trainingOne-hour webinars and webinar archives are free! Also, courses approved by ALA for Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) are available (for a fee).KatherineWebinars are free. Courses typically cost $200.
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Online library learningKansas State Library Library Events CalendarAll library staffTo access calendar of continuing education opportunities that inspire and support personal and professional learninghttps://kslib.info/Calendar.aspxCurrent list of free monthly online learning opportunities available from library practitioners and experts across the nation; can use NotifyMe function to get list emailed to you once a month; similar list available through Wyoming State Library, http://library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar/AllFreeAlso on the Kansas State Library website, access to online resources for general learning such as Learning Express, Job & Career Accelerator, Universal Class, CareerOneStop, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Mango and more.
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Online library learningLibrary 2.0 WebinarsAll library staffTo join three online, mini-conferences each year that focus on a relevant library-specific topic or theme; to access webinars and archives of past mini conferences (must be registered on site to access)https://www.library20.com/Online mini-conferences are based on relevant and timely library trends or issues, such as Open Data, Instructional Design, Social Crisis Management, etc. and involve a diverse and widespread group of librarians.Katherine HughesFree mini conferences; fee for webinars; free site registrationLibrary 2.0 partners with The School of Information at San Jose State University to host free, online mini-conferences.
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Online library learningLibrary Juice AcademyAll library staffTo learn from experienced librarians who design online classes that teach practical, in-demand library skills needed in the profession. http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/Courses are developed based on what librarians say they need to learn; in other words, they focus on practical, current skills as opposed to foundational concepts.
Complete most courses at your own speed with weekly assignments. Earn continuing education units and certifications.
Katherine HughesOccassional free webinars. Course fees usually $175-$250.
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Online library learningLibraryWorksAll library staffTo access online learning opportunties pertaining to relevant library topics that help wit strategic planning and operations.https://www.libraryworks.comThis library-specific website is worth exploring to find interesting articles, book reviews, and other freebies, but webinars DO cost.$49 for live and recorded webinars; discounts available for multiple registrants from your staffTo be added to webinar/training e-list:
email Jenny Newman jenny@libraryworks.com
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Online library learning
Products/supplies
Lyrasis and Kansas State LibraryAll library staffLYRASIS and the Kansas State Library work together to provide Kansas libraries opportunities for professional development and discounts on library supplies.https://www.lyrasis.org/membership/Pages/Communities/Group%20Participants/State-Library-of-Kansas.aspxThrough your affiliation with the Kansas State Library, you receive: discounts on LYRASIS classes and training, special savings on supplies and select products, free participation in select LYRASIS events and webinars, free listings on LYRASIS Job BankSharon BarnesFree webinars, fees for most courses, discounts on products/suppliesWhen you register, choose the "non-member" option. Make sure to use the discount code for paid events. To find the discount code, click on the link provided here then look under the heading "Classes & Events." BE AWARE--the discount does not show up on the confirmation email, but your emailed receipt will show that the discount was applied to charges.
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Online library learningMidwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)All library staffTo access training and continuing education opportunities for library staff.http://www.mcls.org/training-eventsMCLS certifies the professional credentials of librarians through in-person and online training.Katherine HughesCourse fees apply. Membership discounts are available.
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Online library learningWebJunctionAll library professionalsTo achieve individual or whole staff professional learning goals from self-paced, easy-to-access and FREE online courses and webinars led by library experts; tons of resources worth exploringhttps://www.webjunction.orgComprehensive, relevant library-specific learning content, including courses, live and archived webinar recordings, articles, national programs and much more available to discover! Just create a free account then explore the learning opportunities.
Offer CE or library education unit (LEU) certificates for online webinars. Also shares a monthly list of free trainings from various other organizations: https://www.webjunction.org/find-training/free-events.html
AllFree to all library workers and volunteer. Also check out list of national FREE library-related events at this link:
https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/free-webinars-for-library-staff.html
Free biweekly online Crossroads newsletter (upcoming CE opportunities and resources): https://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/wj-news/crossroads.html
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ONLINE LEARNING | GENERAL (no-cost, low-cost and up)
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Adult information needsAuto Repair SourceAll library staff and patronsIt's a challenge for libraries to have every auto repair manual that a patron might need. This terrific auto repair database can be an excellent resource for those DIY patrons looking to fix their car.https://kslib.info/eor Addresses an often-asked question at the library, and helps patrons find the auto repair information that they need for their specific car.Stefanie GostautasIt's a database provided by the State Library of Kansas, available for all residents of Kansas.
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Career skillsCareerOneStopAll library staff and patronsTo explore careers, find training, conduct job searches and find local help; also access free online tools, information and resources.https://www.careeronestop.org/No registration or account is needed--all tools and resources are available. CareerOneStop website is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.Katherine HughesFree
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Online community
School library learning
edWebSchool library staff,
Public library staff interested in collaborating with schools
To join specific interest groups and increase your professoinal learning community (via email), plus learn about all kinds of education, literacy, and school library topics via webinars and podcastshttps://home.edweb.net/Easy to search for and join interest groups (called communities) based on topics of interest, like School Library Network, Digital Learning and Leadership,and much more! Offer CE certificates for online webinars, live and archived. Also, access online edWeb Guide to Personalized Professional Development: https://home.edweb.net/pd-guide/Katherine HughesFree and easy access when you sign-up for an online membership

Online edWeb User's Guide: https://www.edweb.net/fimages/op/edWebUsersGuide.pdf
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Career skillsFerguson's Career Guidance CenterAll library staff and patronsTo access a premier resource in the career education field that provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on a wide variety of career fields, as well as guidance on essential career skills and professional resources.https://fcg.infobase.com/Valuable resource for middle schools and high schools, especially with the Kansas focus on career readiness; also helpful for public library staff and patrons. Katherine HughesFree
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Tech/education tutorials
GCF Learn FreeAll library staff (for personal learning as well as patron resource)To access free tutorials, courses, interactives, and videos to learn 21st century skills pertaining to computers and technology, career planning, social media, life skills, core education, and much more. A program of Goodwill Community Foundation® and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina Inc.®https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/topics/No account necessary (no logins to remember)! Pace and sequence of lessons are organized, easy-to-follow and thorough. Wide variety of topics covered! Educators' resources available (e.g. teacher guides, lessons, tips, resources and tools).Robyn Bravi
Tamia Taylor-Bader
Sharon Barnes
FreeRange of topics includes MS Office, photo editing, social media, job search and workplace skills, math, reading & more. Most are in English, but includes a few tutorials in 10 other languages.
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Online leadership learningHRDQ-UAny professional who wants to develop leadership and management skills To learn about leadership, decision-making, problem-solving, training/learning, information and trends critical to being an effective leader.https://www.hrdqu.com/Good concepts and foundational information for free.Katherine HughesMost webinars are free with membership to site (which is also free). HRDQ-U webinars are sponsored by HRDQ, provider of experiential soft-skills learning resources.
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Career skillsJob & Career AcceleratorAll library staff and patronsThis database is an excellent way to try out careers. Students can take a quiz and see what careers are recommended for them; they can explore different occupations and find out what a typical day-in-the-life looks like. They can then move on to learning job skills like resume writing, interviewing, and searching for jobs and internships. A valuable part of the LearningExpress database.https://kslib.info/eor Some students think they know what they want to be, but it's great for them to explore that further and find out what it'll take. Others are unsure of what careers they're interested in, and will appreciate the career quiz and the chance to explore many occupations to find some that are of interest.Stefanie GostautasIt's a database provided by the State Library of Kansas, available for all residents of Kansas.
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Online general learningKansas State Library NEW Online Resources (8/2019)All library staff and patronsIn addition to all previously available resources (e.g. LearningExpress, Mango, Job & Career Accelerator, CareerOneStop, etc.), new content is now offered from providers EBSCO, InfoBase Learning, and ProQuest. (See link in the cell to the right for a complete list and for links to each database.)https://my.nicheacademy.com/kslib/course/8572All new resources are available from the State website's "Online Resources" page. Links to tutorials for each can be accessed by clicking on the "Tutorials" arrow on the right side of the screen.Katherine HughesDatabases are provided by the State Library of Kansas, available for all residents of Kansas.https://kslib.info/221/Online-Databases
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Online general learningLearningExpressAll library staff and patronsA terrific database that can help: students prepping for college entrance exams, students prepping for graduate or vocational exams (think GRE, nursing, postal worker, etc). Those already in a career can learn additional skills, whether it's public speaking or a particular type of software. It's got budgeting classes for young adults or any adult needing it. It also helps those looking to study for their U.S. citizenship exam.https://kslib.info/eor Students sometimes pay $$$ for test prep, and there's some solid resources here that many don't know about. The books supporting these topics are often checked out, and patrons are delighted to have this additional online resource that they don't have to wait in line to use.Stefanie GostautasIt's a database provided by the State Library of Kansas, available for all residents of Kansas.
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