Are you a Gate-keeper or a Gate-Opener?

Another article worth reading. From Gate-Keepers to Gate-Openers. A link to an article is:

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Patch Tuesday: Windows updates

Hello all,

Keeping you computer software updated is always a good practice. Check for updates this week if you haven’t already done so.

Info from Microsoft:
1. Microsoft update information

How to start updates manually:
2. start update: Start > All Programs > Windows Update

3. In Internet Explorer: “Tools” menu > Windows Update

Let updates run automatically:
4. Many (maybe even most) Windows computers are set to automatically check for updates at 3:00 AM in the morning. So, if you leave your computer running over night it will likely do an update all by its self.

** Recommendation: One night a week, leave the library computer(s) running overnight to allow automatic updates to download and install.

— Richard

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TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook is an ebook service for children.  They allow for consortium purchases and we would like to see if this would be something enough of our libraries would use to make a group purchase useful.  From their webiste:

“TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of licensed titles from children’s book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Harcourt, Little Brown, Walker & Company, Lerner Books, amongst others.

The TumbleBookLibrary provides enrichment to students who are reading independently with a variety of high interest material. It also provides support to students who require skill building with a variety of exercises that can be matched with other areas of the curriculum. In general, TumbleBooks are a great addition to a reading program that can be worked on independently by each student or by the whole class. It has been exceptionally well received by ESL and Special Education teachers.

The TumbleBookLibrary collection is accessed online from every computer in your school or library with Internet connection, or from home through a direct link on your school or library website.

A subscription to TumbleBookLibrary allows your school or library UNLIMITED remote access to the entire collection from school, library, and home.”

Please go to to set up a free trial. We will survey everyone in 30 days to see if we will make a group purchase.

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Movie Licensing USA Website

Movie Licensing USA, the company that provides NCKL libraries with the rights to show videos in their buildings, has developed a very useful website. You can see it here

Among the useful information on the site are programming ideas, downloadable posters and bookmarks for publicity, and a search engine that lets you check to see if the movie you want to show is covered by our site license.

We will be renewing our license in June.

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Get to Effective Weeding

There is a great short article on weeding in the November 15, 2009 edition of Library Journal (OK, so I’m behind on my reading) at

It is short enough to share with busy board members.

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EBSCO’s Exclusive Deal for Consumer Magazines Provokes Gale Statement, EBSCO Response

This may affect the magazines available to us in our Kan FInd databases since most of ours are from Gale.  Stay tuned for more information.

Popular magazines from Time, Inc., Forbes, others, involved

Norman Oder — Library Journal, 1/22/2010

  • News emerges at Midwinter Meeting
  • Gale issues strongly worded “open letter”
  • Concern expressed about loss of access
  • Who sought exclusivity?

Updated 11:45 a.m. January 22 with further comment from ProQuest

The news—which emerged unofficially at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and was reported by bloggers such as School Library Journal’s Joyce Valenza—that EBSCO has signed exclusive licensing agreement with some major consumer publishers, notably Time, Inc., and Forbes, has caused consternation among customers of competing database companies concerned they might lose access to content they’ve long provided.

Today, rival Gale issued a strongly worded “open letter to the library community,”criticizing EBSCO for extending its practice of seeking exclusivity with academic journals to mainstream publications.

“Contrary to statements from EBSCO, Gale did bid for this content, offering proposals consistent with our policy against exclusivity,” Gale executive vp John Barnes wrote, in an apparent reference to unofficial comments made to customers.

In a message sent to libraries in Tennessee, Sue Maszaros of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, stated, “We are VERY concerned about this loss in content and want you to know that we will be working hard to resolve this issue expeditiously. We want the content available through TEL[Tennessee Electronic Library] to be the best and most relevant it can be and we will do all that we can to ensure that it is.”

The Time, Inc. magazines will remain in the Gale database through 2010.

EBSCO’s response
EBSCO Publishing plans to issue a formal response to Gale’s statement once the publishers named in that letter have seen EBSCO’s response. EBSCO said it does not want to do anything to alienate the publishers whose content it feels is so crucial to its products.

In the interim, EBSCO’s Sam Brooks, senior vp, told LJ the following: “Gale referred to the Time Inc. RFP in their letter and made it sound like EBSCO initiated the push for an exclusive license. In fact, this is not the case.”

“Our motives aren’t bad,” he said, explaining the process. “In many cases, an exclusive relationship is the only way you can have the content in your databases.”

“If you look at usage in library databases, these titles dominate,” he said of the periodicals at issue. “We could not imagine losing all the ongoing full text and full-text backfiles and causing our customers to have a much, much worse product. We actually received some applause when we announced this at our 600-customer academic lunch at ALA Midwinter, because those librarians realized that we’re preserving access for them,” Brooks said.

Is this a dangerous trend in the consumer market, having publishers request exclusive deals? “I can see the concern, but at the same time, I think we have a proven track record of not abusing our already very strong position with regard to unique content,” Brooks said.

ProQuest response
Another rival issued a short statement to LJ. “Based upon the titles that we understand to be on EBSCO’s list, we expect minimal impact for ProQuest customers,” commented Lynda James-Gilboe, senior vice president, marketing, ProQuest.

“Most of these titles are freely available on the Web and we will help our customers integrate that Web content into their ProQuest databases—just as librarians are saying they will do,” she added. “We’re not minimizing the interest in this content. In fact, ProQuest did pursue a non-exclusive agreement for these titles. In the end, we felt that the impact that such agreements would have on pricing, especially in this budget climate, was more than our customers could bear.”

Asked to elaborate on whether publishers requested an exclusive, a ProQuest spokeswoman said details could not be revealed because that would breach confidentiality agreements. However, ProQuest confirmed that the subject of exclusives was discussed and ProQuest said its customers would not tolerate an exclusive premium for this general interest content.

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Create a New Account in KNOW.NCKL

KNOW.NCKL is our new Workshop Registration and Continuing Education Tracking software.  We ask that all NCKL libraries setup an account in KNOW.NCKL. Please do so for all directors, staff, board members, and anyone who will attend workshops from your library.  First you will need to create an account in KNOW.NCKL before you can logon.    Note:  Each person should create his/her own account so they will become familiar with the system.

To create your account in KNOW.NCKL:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Register
  3. Fill in all the required fields (see two Notes: below)
  4. Click Send Registration

Note:  Required fields are: First Name, Last Name, Username, E-mail, Password, Verify Password, Library, Address, City, State, Zip, County, Phone number.

Note:  For Username, please use your FirstName_LastName.    Example:  George_Washington

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We the People Bookshelf Grant

“The We the People Bookshelf, a collection of classic books for young
readers, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities’
(NEH) We the People program, conducted in cooperation with the American
Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office.

Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation’s heritage
and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People
Bookshelf. The theme for the 2009-2010 Bookshelf is “A More Perfect

A total of 4,000 public and school (K-12) libraries will be selected to
receive the “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf. Awards will be announced
in April 2010.

The “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf grants are part of the NEH’s
We the People initiative, which aims to encourage and strengthen the
teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture
through libraries, schools, colleges, universities, and cultural
institutions. Since 2003, NEH and ALA have awarded We the People
Bookshelves to 13,000 public and school libraries. NEH plans to issue a
We the People Bookshelf each year on themes related to American ideas
and ideals.”

A list of the materials included in the Bookshelf is at ; guidelines for
applying are at
and the deadline is January 29.

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Swogger Foundation

If your library is looking for grant money for a small progect, you may want to contact the Swogger Foundation.  Their granting priorities are listed as “Arts and culture, education and libraries.”  Applications are accepted year-round.  Grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000.  Funding is limited to non-profit organizations.

Contact them at:

Swogger Foundation
c/o Kaw Valley Bank
1110 N Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66608

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And while we’re on the subject of weeding

Two librarians from mid-sized libraries in Michigan have created a blog called Awful Library Books.  If any of the books that appear on their site are in your library…it’s time to weed tham out.  This site has gotten so many hits, the librarians appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  THere is a link to their interview on their blog. Click the title of the blog to view it in a new window.

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