SEKLS News

US Highway 169 Detour – May 2018 to August 2019

Travel alert regarding road construction between Chanute and Iola. The road is closed from the Humboldt exit to US highway 54. Click here for more information.

Summer Library Workshop Video

Click here for a link to the YouTube video of the Summer Workshop by Kim Lehman.

SEKLS Excellence Awards

The Southeast Kansas Library System is happy to announce a new award program: the SEKLS Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards recognize exemplary library service or support of libraries in southeast Kansas. Categories for awards are:

  • Library
  • Library Director
  • Library Staff
  • Trustee
  • Supporter
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Special Projects
  • Distinguished Service

No more than five awards will be given in any year; fewer may be given. Any staff member, trustee, or supporter affiliated with an SEKLS library may make a nomination, including for their own library. Awards will carry a $1,000 cash award to the library, a trophy for the winner, and the winner’s name attached to a traveling plaque. Click here to find the complete guidelines and the nomination form .

SEKnFind News

Two additional libraries have joined SEKnFind. Sedan Public Library is a migration library and Altoona Public Library has never been automated.

Revised Academic-School Extended Service Grant

Academic-School Extended Service Grant guidelines have been revised. Grant amounts are now determined by two factors: the number of FTE students enrolled at the institution, and the percentage of total circulation which is to non-students and non-staff of the institution. For the complete guidelines, go to Academic/School Guidelines.

2018 Allocation Grant Changes

For 2018 allocations, the amount which may be earned above base is going from 85% to 95%, and two new criteria are being added. One is completion of a Continuing Education Implementation Project, which can earn 5% above base. The other, also worth 5% above base, is meeting the standard for Internet bandwidth as set out in the 2016 Public Library Standards for Kansas. For 2018 only, libraries can qualify for the 5% above base by meeting the bandwidth one level below the standard for your library (for the lowest category, 1 to 5 Internet computers, libraries would need to have bandwidth of at least 5 Mbps). For 2019, libraries will need to meet the full standard in order to qualify. To see the bandwidth requirements, go to Recommended Internet Bandwidth.
The 2018 allocation criteria is available here.

Continuing Education Implementation Project

The Continuing Education Implementation Project guidelines have been revised. The main changes are that libraries can now have up to 6 months after a workshop before deciding to do an implementation project, and continuing education other than SEKLS workshops can be used. Click on these links for the guidelines and the proposal form.

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