The Dream Grant

The Southeast Kansas Library System is pleased to announce the availability of a new grant program—the Dream Grant.

The Dream Grant is available to help SEKLS members implement their “dreams” for their libraries. Dream Grant projects must be projects the library wishes to implement, with expenses connected with the project falling largely outside funding eligibility for single SEKLS competitive grants. Special consideration will be given to projects which are innovative new services in that library. Dream Grants may be applied for at any time of year.

The Dream Grant was developed in response to the SEKLS Long-Range Plan. Guidelines were approved by the Executive Board at their August meeting.

Complete guidelines and a PDF application form are available on the Grants page under the Services menu. An online application form will be added shortly.

SEKLS History Videos

SEKLS has two new videos on our YouTube channel. The video shown at the 50th anniversary banquet is “Booking Along Since ’66: The SEKLS story”. The video history of SEKLS is 35 minutes long.

The second is “SEKLS Memories”. This is 15 minutes long, and is quite different in approach and content from the first video. We collected nine oral histories last year, seven from retired/former SEKLS staff, and two from current staff. In these oral histories, questions asked included “What are you most proud of regarding your time working for SEKLS? What was the biggest change you saw during your time at SEKLS? How did you like working for SEKLS?” There were so many good responses to these questions that we wanted to share some responses with you.

Also, there are photos from the 50th anniversary celebration in an album on the SEKLS Facebook page.

SEKLS Cookbooks

The SEKLS cookbooks have arrived!

We are beginning to distribute these to libraries which have requested them. If you haven’t requested any yet, find the details attached to the e-mail Roger Carswell sent on Jan. 6.

CE Implementation Project

A new CE opportunity which allows your library to receive additional hours of CE credit for an implementation project as a follow-up to certain SEKLS workshops is now available. This will be of most interest to public libraries in meeting their continuing education criteria for the allocation, but is available to all libraries. Eventually, completion of a CE implementation project will be a part of the allocation criteria as well, but not for 2016 or 2017.

SEKLS 50th Anniversary News

On June 27, 1966, the State Library Advisory Commission passed a resolution establishing the Southeast Kansas Library System. In 2016, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary.

SEKLS had actually been operating since sometime in 1965 as a demonstration project, so this year could be actually considered our golden anniversary, but we have arbitrarily chosen 2016 as the year to celebrate. SEKLS was one of three systems established at the same time, the other two being Central and Northwest. The other four systems followed in 1967.

SEKnFIND Consortium

The Kincaid Community Library is the 43rd library to join the consortium.

K.A.R. 54-4-1 Children’s Internet Protection

Click the following link for the public library internet access policy requirements for children’s internet protection.
Public Library Requirements