NCKL Technology Grants now available

Does your library need help upgrading some outdated hardware? There is a grant available to NCKL libraries in taxing counties. NCKL sets aside $10,000 each year to fund matching grants for technology purchases. Grants of up to $1000 each can be made to individual libraries. The amount of matching money provided by the library will be based on the library’s annual budget. See the grant guidelines for details.

Go to the 2011 online application

The guidelines also detail what kind of hardware and software can be purchased with the tech grant funds.

Grants will be made on a first-come first-serve basis until the pool has been expended.

Only online applications will be accepted.

Questions regarding the grant should be sent to Carol or Fred. For help in pricing equipment and software for the grant, contact Richard.

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Great Kansas City Star Article

Amy GrothausThe Money Corner: February is the month for love….and the library
Nothing makes bearing the long winter months easier and more enjoyable than snuggling up on the couch with a good book. Maybe that’s why February is Library Lover’s Month.

Grothaus: I am in love with this idea — whether you’re four or 74, reading is an enriching way to pass the time and it’s also a great way to save a little cash. Books really are great getaways. They take us places – to foreign lands, undiscovered locations and different times. They introduce us to new and exciting people.

Best of all, they can do all of this for free and that’s a lot cheaper than booking a flight and getting charged for your bags. The only bag we have is our book bag and it gets filled regularly with great reads for the whole family.

Here’s how my family looks at it: Going to the public library is an affordable winter getaway. You’ve surely heard about the popular “staycation.” Well, this is my family’s version of a “read-cation” and it’s become one of our favorite ways to spend time together. I think my 7-year-old is the most excited for the trip; it’s such a special time as he gets to pick out a new book … and that book becomes his shadow.

I will add, having a reading ritual at night – as many families do – really helps establish a nighttime routine, settles the kids down and teaches them the important lesson of creativity. I also love that this ritual is making my kids readers for life — a trait I’m very proud of as it will aid in their development and help open their minds to new thoughts and ideas.

One of the reasons we love our library is the fact there’s never a charge to check out a book (although there are late fees and penalties if you don’t return your books on time, so stay on top of that). If you love to read like we do you’ll be back for more free fun before you know it. And that makes returning and picking up new items easy and exciting… and you don’t have stacks and bookshelves of books that you aren’t going to read again.

Another great thing about the library is you can reserve books and materials online for free. This is a great feature and a total timesaver that allows us to reserve hot new books and bestsellers easily. Through this, we’re saving the money we might have spent at a bookstore like Barnes & Noble or Borders.

This isn’t just for adults; we reserve a lot of children’s selections, too. And I know a lot of people in book clubs that take advantage of this feature, too! The final thing we love about the local public library are the events and classes, which are usually free of charge. Great for a family on a budget looking to try new things! It really helps us stay out of a rut and gets us out of the house.

Events for kids can range anywhere from book readings, puppet shows, magic shows, exhibits and displays and interactive programs.

There’s great stuff, for adults, too, including book clubs, readings, community meetings, political talks, and much more. Here’s a list of classes, events and general information about some public libraries in Johnson County, Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan.

Find one by your house and start reading and participating today. This month get reading and start saving. It’s a great way to fight the winter blues and learn something new – for free!

The Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Amy Grothaus is guest blogging on family money issues while fellow Savin’ Maven Kat Hnatyshyn is on maternity leave. Grothaus has worked in the financial service industry for more than 12 years. When not blogging for Dollars & Sense, Amy manages nine Community America credit union branches in the Northland.

Submitted by Steve Rosen on February 15, 2011 – 1:00am.

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Are libraries invisible?

Here’s a quote from a blog called 10 Engines. It came via Jessamyn West’s blog, which I have followed for a number of years.

“Show me a town that denies funding to a library, and I’ll show you a librarian who stays in the office. Show me a town that funds its library, and I’ll show you a librarian who takes donuts down to the fire department. Who goes down to the city hall and goes into offices asking if they need anything. You have to be proactive. It might come as a shock to some of you, but a large part of the success of that library is your personality and the way you treat people.”

Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2011/02/09/test-8/

Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates

Read the entire Guardian article here

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Kansas Reads…What Kansas Means To Me

The Kansas Center for the Book is sponsoring a special “Kansas Reads…” for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the state. What Kansas Means to Me is a compilation of essays and poems by Kansans and about Kansas edited by Tom Averill. Programming suggestions, bookmarks, posters and more can be found at the Kansas Center for the Book website.

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FEMA provision includes libraries as temporary relocation facilities

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) says efforts by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) have resulted in a change to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy that will designate libraries as temporary relocation facilities during major disasters and emergencies under the FEMA Public Assistance Program.

Section 403 of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to provide federal assistance to meet immediate threats to life and property resulting from a major disaster. According to the provision, the act allows for the provision of temporary facilities for schools and other essential community services, when it is related to saving lives and protecting and preserving property or public health and safety.

“In times of disaster, libraries strive to ensure the public has access to the resources and services they need, but prior to this policy change libraries were not specifically included in the list of eligible public facilities,” Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, said.

“Senator Reed recognized what a tremendous oversight this was and has worked with us to make sure the correction was made. We thank him for his diligence to ensure the public will continue to find the critical resources they need in times of an emergency at their local library.”

FEMA’s list of eligible public facilities now includes facilities for police, fire protection/emergency services, medical care, education, libraries, utilities and other essential community services.

“This is a common-sense change that I have been calling for since Hurricane Katrina,” Reed said.

“It will help libraries in need relocate so they can keep serving the public in the wake of a flood or other emergency. Libraries are vital information hubs, and in the aftermath of a disaster, libraries take on an even greater community role, providing free and easy access to technology and essential information.”

Reed also authored the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010, which President Obama recently signed into law, authorizing nearly $300 million in federal assistance to museums and libraries nationwide.

Contact: Jenni Terry
Press Officer
ALA Washington Office
(202) 628-8410

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FEMA provision includes libraries as temporary relocation facilities

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2011

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) says efforts by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) have resulted in a change to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy that will designate libraries as temporary relocation facilities during major disasters and emergencies under the FEMA Public Assistance Program.

Section 403 of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to provide federal assistance to meet immediate threats to life and property resulting from a major disaster. According to the provision, the act allows for the provision of temporary facilities for schools and other essential community services, when it is related to saving lives and protecting and preserving property or public health and safety.

“In times of disaster, libraries strive to ensure the public has access to the resources and services they need, but prior to this policy change libraries were not specifically included in the list of eligible public facilities,” Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, said.

“Senator Reed recognized what a tremendous oversight this was and has worked with us to make sure the correction was made. We thank him for his diligence to ensure the public will continue to find the critical resources they need in times of an emergency at their local library.”

FEMA’s list of eligible public facilities now includes facilities for police, fire protection/emergency services, medical care, education, libraries, utilities and other essential community services.

“This is a common-sense change that I have been calling for since Hurricane Katrina,” Reed said.

“It will help libraries in need relocate so they can keep serving the public in the wake of a flood or other emergency. Libraries are vital information hubs, and in the aftermath of a disaster, libraries take on an even greater community role, providing free and easy access to technology and essential information.”

Reed also authored the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010, which President Obama recently signed into law, authorizing nearly $300 million in federal assistance to museums and libraries nationwide.

Contact: Jenni Terry
Press Officer
ALA Washington Office
(202) 628-8410

Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2011/01/21/fema-provision-includes-libraries-as-temporary-relocation-facilities/

Kansas Reads… What Kansas Means to Me

The Kansas Center for the Book is sponsoring a special “Kansas Reads…” for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the state. What Kansas Means to Me is a compilation of essays and poems by Kansans and about Kansas edited by Tom Averill. Programming suggestions, bookmarks, posters and more can be found at the Kansas Center for the Book website.

Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2011/01/20/kansas-reads-what-kansas-means-to-me/

NCKL Library Directory Information


It’s time for us to collect directory information about your library.  Please fill out the Library Directory form at http://nckl.info/librarydirectoryklow_form.html.  Please submit this information back to us by January 30, 2011.

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20 Things I learned

Google Chrome has released a book about technologies

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