Resources for Central Kansans

  • Kansas EZ Library – Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks available in this collection are provided through a consortium including the State Library of Kansas and your local public library.
  • Learning Express - Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life.
  • Kansas Regional Library Systems

Looking for Mr. Goodbook

What do I look for?

Writing a collection development policy
Collection assessment
Materials selection
Sample policies
Assessment guidelines
Information, policies and issues about graphic novels in libraries
Information, policies and issues about CDs and DVDs in libraries
Intellectual Freedom documents

Finding the good stuff

Announcing forthcoming books
Listing bestsellers
Reviewing new books, large print, magazines, comics, graphic novels, audiobooks, videos, and DVDs
Listing awards for best books
Reading lists of recommended books and graphic novels
Explaining the movie rating system
Explaining DVD technology

Where do I order/buy?

CKLS Technical Services for CKLS member libraries
Standing order programs
Online resources for price comparisons
Online bookstores
Where to buy large print
Where to buy CDs and DVDs
Where to buy graphic novels and comics

Eliminating MUSTIE stuff

Weeding guidlines
CREW Method guidelines by Dewey Decimal 100s
Weed of the month guides by topic
Guidelines for weeding non-book items
Policies for weeding DVDs and graphic novels

CKLS Dictionary of Library Terms

Dictionary of Library Terms
by Chris Rippel, revised February 2004.

Explanations in this dictionary are short. Longer explanations of librarianship are in Kansas Public Library Handbook by Roy Bird and the Trustees and Librarian's Working Together by Jim Swan.


Access points
Characteristics (e.g., author, title, and subject headings) of items used to searching a card catalog, online catalog or index to find specific desired items in a library's collection. Access points are the fundamental key for finding specific items or information in large collections of items and information.
Accessibility
Characteristic of library grounds (e.g., parking areas), library buildings (e.g., doorways, restrooms and drinking fountains), library equipment (e.g., computers and microfilm readers), and library collections that allows use by all patrons regardless of their abilities or disabilities. The American Disabilities Act requires libraries to meet some minimal standards for accessibility.
Acceptable Use Policy
Library policy defining patrons' acceptable use of library computers and access to Internet. More information is at www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/internet.html
Acquisitions
The process of purchasing library materials and the library department responsible for the acquisition process. The Central Kansas Library System Technical Services department offers to do this for Central Kansas Library System members for free. By ordering through the book vendor, Ingram, Central Kansas Library System purchases most books at 60% of retail.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Free software for viewing PDF (i.e., portable document format) full
text documents usually delivered over the Web. For example, the Kansas Libraries newsletter produced by the Kansas State Library is available in PDF format at www.skyways.org/KSL/admin/kansas_libraries.html
Advocacy
Promoting libraries within the federal and state legislatures.
American Disabilities Act (ADA)
Federal law requiring all public buildings funded by tax dollars to meet minimal standards to create accessibility for persons with disabilities. Libraries unable to meet these standards must provide alternative methods of providing accessibility. More information is available in the "Disabled" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook and the CKLS Trustee Manual.
Annual reports
Yearly forms Kansas librarians fill out for the Central Kansas Library System and the Kansas state Library reporting the past year's activities.
Athena
Name brand of library automation software produced by the Sagebrush Corporation and used in many libraries in the Central Kansas Library System.
Amazon.com
Bookseller on the Web at www.amazon.com
Annual
A publication released each year. Example: The World Almanac
Archives
Collections of unique publications or records of a person or organization.
Audiovisual
Non
book media containing pictures, video and/or sound. Examples: videocassettes and audiocassettes
Audits
K.S.A. 75
1122 requires all municipalities have annual gross receipts, general obligation of revenue bonds greater than $275,000 be audited by an certified public accountant or licensed municipal accountant. Public libraries are included in this audit in some cases. Libraries receiving State Aid or LSTA funds are required to retain records for five years in case an audit is required. More information is available in the "Audit" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Auto-graphics
The company that produces Kansas' statewide catalog, Kansas Library Catalog.
Automation
1. A Central Kansas Library System department run headed by Steve Thomas providing advice and help purchasing and maintaining computer hardware and software of member libraries. Homepage. 2. The process of turning the card catalog into an online catalog and placing patron information into the computer. The final result is an online catalog for looking up the library's holdings and circulation system on the computer for circulation of materials to patrons. An online catalog and automated circulation system is used from several computers that communicate with each other over a LAN.
Backfiles
Older issues of magazines, usually stored in a back room. Patrons request library staff to retrieve desired issues.
Backlist
Older publications still available for purchase from publishers.
Banned books
Books that have been censored in the past. The American Library Association promotes awareness of censorship issues with Banned Books Week each September. More information is available at www.ala.org/bbooks/
Bar code label
A small label with vertical lines stuck on books, magazines, patron's library cards etc. to identify the item or person in the automated circulation system. The bar code actually represents a unique 10
digit number also printed on the label.

Bar codes for library materials are either smart or dumb. Smart barcodes come with the 10

digit number already linked to the cataloging record of the item and the title of the item printed on the bar code label. Library staff simply stick labels on the appropriate items. Dumb barcodes only have the 10
digit number. The labels are not linked to any item nor have the title of an item. Library staff must link, in the cataloging record, the bar code number on the label to the item they stick the label is stuck on.

During check out, bar codes are entered in the computer with a bar code reader or wand or, when necessary typing in the number on the label.

 

Bar code reader
Device using a laser to read bar codes and enter the bar code number into the computer.
Basic grants
Grants provided by the Central Kansas Library System (CKLS) for based on the size of the library and the ability to meet patrons' needs. More information.
Bi-annual
Publications or events appearing twice a year. Compare with biennial, every two years.
Bibliographic database
A catalog or index in a computer. The database is searched by author name, title, or subject to retrieve a list of bibliographic citations. The Kansas State Library has purchased numerous bibliographic databases under the brand names of InfoTrac and FirstSearch. These databases are available through the Web and Kansas citizens can reach these databases on the Web at their local libraries or from home with a Kansas Library Card.
Bibliographic citation
A citation of a book or magazine article provides the author's name, title, publication date, and publisher of the item for the purpose of helping readers find copies of that item.
Bibliography
A list of bibliographic citations about a particular subject.
Biennial
Publications or events appearing every two years. Compare with bi-annual, twice a year.
Bi-monthly
Publications or events appearing every two months. Compare with bi-weekly, every two weeks.
Bindery
Companies responsible for binding magazines into single volumes or rebinding damaged books.
Bi-weekly
Publications or events appearing every two weeks (similar to a semi-monthly). Compare to bi
monthly, every two months.
Blue Skyways
A Web site at www.skyways.org containing groups of Web pages on Kansas libraries, communities, education and government. Blue Skyways is run by the Kansas State Library and University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
Book jobber
A company or individual selling books to libraries.
Book vendor
A company or individual selling books to libraries.
Book return
An open or closed container either in or outside the library for patrons to return checked out books.
Boolean operators
conjunctions "and", "or" and "not' for combining search terms when searching databases on computers. "wolves and Yellowstone" retrieves items containing both wolves an d Yellowstone "cars or automobiles" retrieves items containing either cars or automobiles "cowboys not dallas" retrieves items containing cowboys, but excludes all those items mentioning dallas
Broad-band connectivity
Internet connections faster than dial-up Internet connections. Methods of broad
band Internet connections include DSL, cable, wireless and satellite.
Browser
See Web browser.
Browsing
Patron activity of looking along library shelves to find a good book to read.
Call number
Each library item has a unique call number identifying its location in the library. When patrons find a desired item in the library's catalog, patrons use the call number to go to the item's location on the shelf. The two most common call number systems in the United States are Dewey Decimal (aka DDC) and the Library of Congress (LC) Classification Systems. Both systems group books on shelves by subject. The libraries in the Central Kansas Library System use the Dewey Decimal System for their call numbers.
Capital Improvement Fund
Library operating budget set
aside in a bank account for future capital expenditures. More information is available in "Capital Improvement Fund" in Roy Bird's the Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Card catalog
Drawers containing 3" X 5" manila cards arranged alphabetically by author, title, and subject. When author, title, and subject cards are interfiled together, this is a dictionary catalog. When author, title, and subject cards are filed in separate catalogs, this is a split catalog. Putting a card catalog on the computer is called automation. This produces an online catalog.
Card set
The group of catalog cards for a specific book or item such as video or audiocassette to be filed in the card catalog and shelflist. A complete set of catalog cards contains a shelflist card, author/main entry card, title card and one or more subject cards and sometimes some "added entry" cards. All these cards contain the same information. They are distinquished from each other by the top line on each card. The title card will repeat the title of the item on the top of the card. This top line is the access point to that item in the library.
Cash Basis Law
K.S.A. 10-1101 through 10-1116 stating that libraries can not spend more money than they receive in revenue. More information is available in "Cash basis law" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Catalog
See Card catalog or Online catalog.
Catalog card
A 3" X 5" manila card containing a description of a library item and subject headings assigned by the cataloger. Each item (e.g., book, magazine, videocassette, audiocassette) will have several catalog cards called a card set. Each card provides an access point for that item. When the same information is on a computer, it is called a cataloging record.
Cataloging
The process of collecting and writing down the information for catalog cards. This information requires a physical description of the item and the assignment of authoritative subject headings and call numbers. When catalogers collect this information from the actual item, this is called original cataloging. When original cataloging is borrowed by other catalogers this is copy cataloging. Most cataloging by the Technical Services of the Central Kansas Library System is copy cataloging. However, when cataloging by other librarians is not available, the head of Technical Services will do original cataloging of the item.
Cataloging record
Cataloging information (e.g., author, title, and subject) for one item on a computer. In a cataloging record, each piece of cataloging information is placed in a separate area called a field. The author's name is placed in the author field. The title is placed in the title field. And so on. Place each piece of information in a designated field allows patrons to search an online catalog in one field or in a combination of fields. This makes online catalogs more powerful tools than card catalogs for identifying specific items meeting patron needs.
CD
ROM
See Compact Disk - Read-Only Memory (CD-ROM).
Censorship
Suppression of ideas and information to certain persons. In libraries, this usually means restricting public access to books, magazines, Web pages, etc. Librarians, as a group, oppose censorship in favor of intellectual freedom. More information is in the "Censorship" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook and online at www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/censors.html
Challenge
The request by a patron to have an item removed from library shelves. More information about challenges is at www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/dealingwithchallenges.html
Charter ordinances
A tool city, county, or townships can use to over
ride state law when Kansas statutes are not uniform across the state. In the past, home rule charter ordinance was used by library boards to raise the mill levy for the library above the statewide tax lid set by the state legislature. The need for home rule charter ordinance vanished with the removal of the tax lid in 1999.
Checking in
A process for recognizing a patron has returned an item previously checked out by that patron.
Checking out
A process for lending library books, magazines, etc. to patrons. Items are checked out for a limited time called the loan period. The end of the loan period when items must be returned is called the due date. Items not returned by the due date are "overdue". Many librarians mail out "overdue notices" to patrons. Items returned after the due date are "fined". Checking out the same item to the same person again is called "renewing".
Childrens Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
A federal law requiring Internet filters be placed on all computers of library receiving Erate or Library Services and Technology Act grants for Internet access. Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) is a related law requiring libraries and schools have an "Internet safety Policy" and a public meeting to review that policy. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/libtech/erate/
Children's Services
CKLS Children's Services department changed its name to Youth Services to incoporate library services to young adults. Homepage.
CIPA
See Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Circulation
A process of lending library items to patrons or to other libraries through interlibrary loan. The complete circulation process includes checking out items to patrons, checking in returned items, and reshelving items on library shelves. Additional circulation duties frequently include placing holds on or recalling items already checked out, creating and mailing out overdue notices and collecting fines for overdues.
Citation
See Bibliographic citation
CKLS System Plan
Annual plan outlining current Central Kansas Library System (CKLS) services, grants, goals and objectives for the coming year. The plan also states the requirements for CKLS' basic and incentive grants.
CKLS Trustee Manual
Old name for a handbook written by Jim Swan, administrator of the Central Kansas Library System. The 2004 version is entitled Trustees and Librarians Working Together.
CKLS Policy Review Manual
Publication written by Jim Swan to aid in the annual review of library policies.
Claimed
Notification to a magazine vendor that an issue was not received and asking for a replacement.
Claimed returned
Library items patrons claim to have returned, but are not checked in and have not been found by the library staff.
Collection Development
A process of selecting materials (i.e., books, magazines, etc.) and removing (i.e., weeding) materials from the library collection. This process includes analyzing patron and community wants and needs; selecting materials satisfying those wants and needs, acquiring those materials, evaluating the collection for meeting needs, and removing materials no longer meeting community and patron wants or needs.
Community analysis
A process for obtaining historical, demographic, economic, transportation, political, and cultural information about the library's community. This information is collected through census data, surveys, focus groups, analysis of local yellow pages, and surveys. This information is used for evaluating current library programs and services and creating new programs and services to better satisfy community and patron wants and needs.
Compact Disk
Read-Only Memory (CD-ROM)
A plastic disk capable of holding 650 megabytes of information or about 300,000 pages of text. Most software is now sold on CD
ROM. Many libraries also purchase bibliographic databases and full
text documents on CD
ROM.
Concourse
Name brand of library automation software produced by Book Systems, Inc. and used in some libraries in the Central Kansas Library System.
Confidentiality of patron records
Policy denying other citizens and law enforcement officials without court orders access to patron circulation and other records (i.e., what patrons have checked out). The purpose of this policy is to protect patrons' right of privacy.
Conflict of interest
Situations when a board member could personally profit or belongs to an organization that could profit from board decisions. More information is available in the "Conflict of interest" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook and CKLS Trustee Manual.
Continuing Education
See Workshops.
Copyright
Copyright is a legal, limited monopoly to reproduce original works, create derivative works, distribute copies, and display the copies of the work This monopoly lasts the life of the author plus 70 years. These rights and limitations are defined in U.S. Code Title 17. Two limitations allow American libraries circulate materials for free. The Doctrine of First Sale, defined in Title 17, Section 109, gives owners, including libraries, of specific copies of a work the right to lend, give, and sell those specific copies. The Doctrine of Fair Use, defined in Title 17, Section 107+, gives individuals and libraries the right to copy portions of works for educational or personal use. Fair use legalizes the interlibrary loan of photocopies of magazine articles. Libraries in many other countries (e.g., England and Australia) do not have these "public lending rights" and must pay fees for lending materials.
Database
Information stored on a computer in a way to enhance searching.
Depository library
A library participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. These libraries receive and provide public access to federal or state government publications. Kansas has 13 designated federal depository libraries.
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
Classification system used by all members of the Central Kansas Library System for assigning call numbers on the spines of books to group them by subject on library shelves. The broadest classification system is the following. 600 Crafts200 Religion 700 Fine Arts300 Sociology 800 Literature400 Languages 900 History
000 General Works 500 Natural Science
100 Philosophy and Psychology
Dial-up
Internet connection over a regular telephone line.
Dictionary catalog
A catalog in which author, title, and subject cards are interfiled alphabetically in the same card catalog. Compare with divided catalog.
Divided catalog
A catalog in which author cards, title cards, and subject cards are filed in separate card catalogs. Divided catalogs may place each set of cards in a separate catalog or group two of the sets together, such as title and author cards in one catalog and subject cards in a second catalog. Compare with dictionary catalog.
Electronic Journal
A publication, often scholarly, that is made accessible in a computerized format and distributed over the Web.
E-mail
Electronic messages transmitted over Internet or local area network or the ability to transmit such messages. Email may be sent from one person to another person. Email may also be sent between groups of people using mailing lists. The Kansas library community has several mailing lists including Kanlib
L, Kanill
L, Kankid
L, KPLACE. Library staff use these mailing lists to distribute news and discuss issues and problems.
Emergency Preparedness
The result of plans and procedures for responding to potential threats to library staff, patrons and facilities.
Employee Benefit Fund
A fund for purchasing certain employee benefits exclusive of salaries or other direct payments to employees. More information is available in the "Employee Benefits" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Endowments
Funds or property donated to libraries as a source of income. More information is available in the "Endowments" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Encumbrance
Funds dedicated by purchase order to purchasing a specific item. More information is available in the "Encumbrance" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook.
E-Rate
The common term for the federal program that supplements schools and libraries in paying telephone bills and connections to Internet. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/libtech/erate/
Executive Session
Special session called during board meetings to discuss personnel matters, employer-employee relations, consult with an attorney, or preliminary discussion with purchasing real property. For more information see "Open Meetings" in The Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Facsimile signature
A signature on a stamp that can be used when the person authorized to sign library checks is unavailable. More information is available in the "Facsimile signature" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Fair Labor Standards Act
A 1938 federal law requiring employers pay overtime compensation to employees working over 40 hours a week. More information is available in the "Fair Labor Standards Act" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN)
A number issued by the IRS to identify an individual employer (e.g., the library). The library board treasurer and city clerk should know the library's FEIN number.
FEIN
See Federal Employee Identification Number
Firefox
Web browser alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
First class cities
Kansas cities with large population. In the CKLS region, only Salina is a first class city.
Freedom to Read Statement
A statement of seven propositions supporting the publication of a wide variety of views and opposing all attempts by citizens to read those views because freedom of expression and access to those expressions are necessary for a healthy democracy. The statement was originally adopted by the American Library Association in 1953 and has been updated several times since.
File Server
A computer providing access to software and documents over a LAN to computers used by people. For example, a library computer containing the online catalog
Firewall
A combination of software and hardware protecting Web servers (i.e, computers connected to the Web) from tampering by outsiders.
Fixed Asset Accounting
A requirement that all libraries that are members of municipalities with annual gross receipts above $275,000 maintain an inventory of fixed assets such as furniture, equipment, etc.
Floppy disk
A 3.5" plastic disk capable of holding about 1.44 megabytes. One megabyte equals a million bytes. One byte equals one alphabetic letter.
FOKL
See Friends of Kansas Libraries (FOKL)
Friends of Kansas Libraries (FOKL)
The official organization for Friends of Library groups. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/fokl/
Full
text
The entire contents of an article or book in electronic form. The Kansas State Library purchases online databases containing the full-text of many articles and books. Kansas citizens can obtain access to these full-text resources by getting a Kansas Library Card
Gateway Libraries
A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations fewer that 500 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Gateway Library category are public libraries in Agra, Burr Oak, Courtland, cuba, Formoso, Glen Elder, Gypsum, Jamestown, Kirwin, Lebanon, Long Island, Luray, McCracken Otis, Palco, Praire view, Randall, Republic, Sylvan Grove.
Gates computers
In 2002, the Bill Gates Foundation gave many Kansas libraries computers for public access.
Google
Popular search engine for searching Web pages. www.google.com/
Grants
See Basic grants, Incentive grants.
Hold
A request that an item be held for a patron until that patron can pick it up. The item may be checked out to another patron or be a new item still being purchased or processed for circulation.
Holdings
A library's collection of books, magazines, videos, etc.
Holding libraries
The libraries owning a specific title. For example, below each cataloging record for each title on the Kansas Library Catalog is a list of the holding libraries owning a copy of that title.
Holdings maintenance
Keeping the Kansas Library Catalog (KLC) up-to-date by removing or adding your library's name on the lists of libraries owning books, audiocassettes, and videos on the KLC. CKLS encourages all its members to do this. For more information contact CKLS headquarters at 1-800-362-2642.
Home page
Home page has two meanings in the context of the Web. The main Web page for a specific organization or individual or the first Web page that appears when a Web browser is opened.
Home rule
An amendment to the Kansas Constitution allowing cities, counties, and townships the power to pass charter ordinances. More information is available in the "Home Rule" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook.
html
See Hyper Text Markup Language (html)
HyperText Markup Language (html)
Coding for writing Web pages telling Web browser software how to display the Web page on the computer screen.
Hyperlink
Text or graphics within Web pages that when clicked retrieve a second Web page because behind the clickable text or image on the first page is a URL pointing to the second page.
Hypertext
A documents containing hyperlinks.
ILDP
See Interlibrary Loan Development Program
ILL
See Interlibrary Loan
IMLS
See Institute of Museum and Library Services
In-print
Publications still being printed and available for purchase. See out-of-print and Print on demand.
In-process material
Newly acquired items still undergoing cataloging and other preparations for circulation.
Incentive grants
Grants above basic grants provided by the Central Kansas Library System (CKLS) for based provision of children's programming, library training, and community involvement. More information is available in the CKLS Trustee Manual and the current CKLS System Plan.
Interlibrary Loan Development Program
Grants provided by the Kansas Library Network Board for purchasing books, audiocassettes, and videos for local collections that can be loaned to other Kansas libraries. For help in writing ILDP grants, call Jim Swan or Chris Rippel at 1-800-362-2642. More information about ILDP grants is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/KLNB/ildp.html
International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
A number given to book that identifying that specific book.
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
A number given to a serial (e.g., magazine) which uniquely identifies it.
Internet
A worldwide network of computers that can talk to each other. Internet computers offer a variety of services including email and the World Wide Web.
Internet Explorer (IE)
Web browser software by Microsoft.
Internet filters
Software blocking access to undesirable Web pages, such as pornography, racism, extreme violence, etc. Filters block Web pages using lists of URLs and words identified with undesirable topics. The American Library Association and the Kansas Library Association have adopted resolutions against the use of filters in libraries claiming that filters block constitutionally protected speech. More information is at www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/filtersandfiltering.html and www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/stateresolutions.html
Internet Safety Policy
A library policy required by the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act for libraries to receive federal Erate and LSTA grants for internet access. This policy defines minors' acceptable use of Internet access on library computers.
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
A commercial company providing Internet connections to individuals and organizations.
ISBN
See International Standard Book Number
ISSN
See International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
KAN
ED
See Kansas Educational Network.
KAN
ED Live!
A KAN
ED program in which continuing education events are broadcast live over the Web and/or videotaped and stored on their Web site for later viewing over the Web. Web broadcasting is a growing trend in disseminating presentations. Receiving Web broadcasts requires fast Internet connections (called "broad
band connectivity"). This is one reason KAN
ED's grants emphasize fast Internet connections. KAN
ED Live's Web site is at www.kanedlive.org/
KanFind
A statewide purchase of databases available through the Web at local libraries and from home with the Kansas Library Card. More information is available at www.skyways.org/library/databases.html
Kansas Association of School Librarians (KASL)
Professional association for school librarians. More information is available at www.skyways.org/kasl/
Kansas Center for the Book
A non-profit organization promoting reading, especially the reading of books by Kansas authors. More information is available at www.skyways.org/orgs/kcfb/
Kansas Disaster Recovery Network
A network of experts to help libraries, museums and city governments recover from disasters. More information is available at www.kshs.org/archives/kdran.html
Kansas Educational Network (KAN
ED)
A statewide initiative to provide broad-band connectivity (I.E., fast Internet connections), on-line resources and services and technology training to schools, libraries, and hospitals across Kansas. More information is at www.kan-ed.org/
Kansas Library Association (KLA)
The official association for Kansas librarians. More information is at www.skyways.org/KLA/
Kansas Library Card
A free service of the Kansas State Library providing Kansas citizens Web access to full-text databases and electronic books. Any Kansas citizen can obtain a Kansas Library Card from their local library. More information about the Kansas Library Card is available at www.kslc.org
Kansas Library Catalog
This is a online catalog containing the books, magazines, videos, audiocassettes, microforms in hundreds of public, school and academic libraries across Kansas. Most of these items can be borrowed by any library through interlibrary loan. The Kansas Library Catalog can be found at www.skyways.org Look for the link to the Kansas Library Catalog.
Kansas library laws
Though Kansas laws effecting libraries are scattered across Kansas Statutes, the sections defining the authority, roles, duties and responsibilities of public libraries and their boards are concentrated between 12
1201 and 12
1257 inclusive.
Kansas Library Network Board (KLNB)
A division of the Kansas State Library to promote cooperation between library. KLNB sponsors Blue Skyways, Digitalization Grants, the Interlibrary Loan Development Program (ILDP) grants, the Kansas Library Card, the Materials Replacement Fund, and Western Trails Project. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/KLNB/
Kansas Library Trustees Association (KLTA)
The official library association for library board members. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KLTA/
Kansas Personnel Employees Retirement System (KPERS)
Official retirement system for state and municipal employees working more than 17.5 hours per week. More information is available in The Kansas Public Library Handbook and online at www.kpers.org/
Kansas Public Library Handbook
Publication of the Kansas State Library by Roy Bird provides short, authoritative articles on topics and issues important to Kansas librarians and trustees. Kansas Public Library Handbook
Kansas Public Library Salaries Project
An initiative of the Kansas State Library and Kansas Library Trustees Association to improve the salaries of Kansas librarians. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/development/salaries/
Kansas State Library Advisory Commission
An advisory body for the Kansas State Library. Their duties include approving the system plans of the regional library systems and, with the LSTA Advisory Council, awards LSTA special populations grants and technology grants. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/admin/comm&cou.html
Kansas State Library
See State Library of Kansas.
Kansas Statutes Annotated
Kansas laws with additional notes explaining meanings and providing citations of related material. Every library should have a copy. The statutes without annotations are available on the Web at www.kslegislature.org/cgi-bin/statutes/index.cgi
Keyword search
A search for significant words anywhere in the author, title, or text areas of a bibliographic citation or full
text database. Keyword search contrast with subject heading search. Keyword searching looks for the terminology used by the author in the title or text. During cataloging or indexing of an item, authoritative subject headings can be added to that item and all other items written on the same subject. Searchers can use these authoritative subject headings to retrieve all items on that topic. Keyword searching is best when authoritative subject headings are not known. The CKLS Technical Services catalogers use Library of Congress Subject Headings for their authoritative list of subject headings.
KIC Council
Governing body of KICNET
KIC Council Membership Agreement
An agreement librarians must sign before participating in KICNET. This agreement is at www.skyways.org/KSL/kild/KICagree.html
KICNET
The computerized interlibrary loan network for Kansas libraries.
KLNB
See Kansas Library Network Board (KLNB).
KPERS
See Kansas Personnel Employee's Retirement System (KPERS).
LAN
See Local Area Network (LAN).
LC Subject Headings
See Library of Congress Subject Headings.
LCSH
See Library of Congress Subject Headings.
Lease
purchase agreements
Contracts between libraries and companies for leasing equipment or facilities. More information is available in "Lease
purchase agreements" article in Roy Bird's Kansas Public Library Handbook.
LEEP
See Library Employee Education Program.
Library Automation
Process of placing the library catalog and circulation system on a computer. This process requires 1) purchasing computers and library automation software; 2) putting bar codes on the library books, videos and audiocassettes; 3) converting the card catalog to an online catalog; and 4) entering patron contact information in the computer. The end result is A) a library catalog that can be searched more easily and thoroughly than card catalog and B) a circulation system that more quickly checks
out and checks
in stacks of books; C) prints overdue notices; and D) provides more thorough; detailed, and therefore, useful, circulation statistics. For more information about automating your library contact Kathy Rippel or Jim Swan of CKLS at 1-800-362-2642.
Library Bill of Rights
Statement adopted by the American Library Association encouraging librarians and their library boards to adopt policies and practices that treat all citizens equitably, provide materials meeting the needs of all citizens in the library's community and resist efforts to do otherwise. More information is available at www.ala.org/work/freedom/lbr.html
Library Employee Education Program
Kansas State Library continuing education program rewarding librarians, trustees, and friends of the library with certificates after attending 30, 60, 120, 200, 400 and 600 hours of continuing education. More information is online at www.skyways.org/KSL/development/prof_lib.html
Library Materials Protection Act
K.S.A. 21
3702 defines the theft of library materials as a theft of public property. This gives librarians a stronger hand in recovering and replacing long overdue materials. More information is available in "Library Materials Protection Act" article in Roy Bird's Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Authoritative topical words or phrases used in library card catalogs and online catalogs.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
A federal program providing almost 1.5 million dollars to the Kansas State Library. This money supports statewide programs such as KanFind, KICNET, Talking Books, children's programming, Kansas Library Network Board, Kansas Volunteer Literacy Program and LSTA Special Populations grants and LSTA Technology grants.
Linking Libraries
A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations between 500 and 1000 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Linking Library category are public libraries in Cawker City, Claflin, Clyde, Delphos, Glasco, Jewell, Kanopolis, Kensington, Logan, Lucas, Scandia, and Wilson.
Linux
An "open source" computer "operating system" alternative to Microsoft's Windows "operating system." In the near future, library automation software using the Linux operating system will become available. "Open source" means that buyers of this "operating system" can see rewrite or add code to correct bugs or make fundamental improvements. The Linux operating system is developed by independent, volunteer programmers, each one fixing or improving a small part of the overall program. This cooperative development differs in spirit and process from the development of Windows. Linux is better than Windows is some ways.
Literacy program
An initiative by the Kansas State Library to help organize and train volunteers to teach adults to read. Vikki Jo Stewart heads the literacy volunteers program of the Kansas State Library. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/development/literacy/
Loan period
The length of time for which library patrons may borrow items.
Local Area Network (LAN)
A group of computers networked to share resources within a building. For example, a library's online catalog and automated circulation system would be shared across a LAN.
Logoff
End a session with a computer program.
Login
Begin using a computer program by typing in an identifier code and a password.
Logon
Begin using a computer program by typing in an identifier code and a password.
LSTA
See Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
LSTA Advisory Council
Representatives from the library community and non
library community who help the Kansas State Advisory Commission award LSTA technology grants and special populations grants.
MARC
See Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC).
Machine
Readable Cataloging (MARC)
A standardized format allowing many online catalogs produced by many different companies to understand the same cataloging record.
Major Resource Center Library I
A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations 25,000 and 100,000 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. The CKLS member in this category is Salina.
Major Resource Center Library II
A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations more than 100,000 people. No CKLS members are in this category.
Major Service Centers I
A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations 2,500 and 10,000 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Major Service Center I category are public libraries in Belleville, Beloit, Ellinwood, Ellsworth, Hoisington, Phillipsburg, and Russell.
Major Service Centers II
A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations 10,000 and 25,000 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Major Service Center I category are public libraries in Concordia, Great Bend, and Hays.
Marketing
Promotion of library services and programs. Marketing is important because citizens, even those who frequently come to the library, are not aware of the changes happening in your library. Marketing also promote community support for the library. CKLS' Incentive Grant offers $50 for involving the library into the community.
Media
A category of materials such as monographs, serials, audio
visual, microforms, etc.
Materials Replacement Fund
Money from the Kansas Library Network Board for replacing books, audiocassettes, and videos lost by lending to other libraries. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/KLNB/mrf.html
Material Selection Policy
Library policies guiding the collection development process used by library staff. This policy defines the purpose (i.e., mission) of the library's collections and sources of information about available materials, criteria for selecting materials (i.e., selection), criteria for removing materials from the collections (i.e., weeding) and how to handle challenges to materials in the collection.
Microfiche
Microphotographs of printed material on a small sheet (4" x 6") of cellulose film.
Materials
Books, magazines, videocassettes, audiocassettes, etc. purchased for the use of patrons either through circulation or use in the library.
Microfilm
Microphotographs of printed material on a reel of cellulose film. Microfilm is usually created of documents that are deteriorating. These reels are viewed with a microfilm reader. Microfilm readers capable of printing pages are called microfilm reader/printers.
Microforms
All forms of microreproduction, e.g. microfilm, microfiche, microprint, etc.
Modem (modulator/demodulator)
A device allowing computers to talk to each other over regular telephone lines. Many computers use modems to connect to the Internet.
Monograph
A broader term for print items that are complete in themselves, such as a book or pamphlet. Compare with serials.
NCIPA
See Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA
Negligence
A category of liability resulting from the failure in protecting others from harm (e.g., unsafe buildings and grounds).
Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA)
A federal law requiring libraries and schools receiving federal funds for Erate or LSTA for Internet connections to have an "Internet Safety Policy" and conduct a public meeting to allow the public to review that policy. See also Childrens Internet Protection Act (CIPA). More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/libtech/erate/
Network Board
See Kansas Library Network Board (KLNB).
Non-circulating
Library materials patrons can not check out. (e.g., reference books).
Nonfeasance
A category of liability resulting from the failure in doing something that should be done (e.g., failure in getting copyright clearance).
OCLC
Online Computer Library Center. A nonprofit library computer service and research organization providing online cataloging, interlibrary loan, online databases and other services to libraries. CKLS is a member of the Bibliographic Center for Research (BCR) affiliate of OCLC.
On-line
Any capability available or work done directly on a computer. For example, online help or online cataloging .
On-line catalog
A library catalog on a computer replacing the card catalog.
On-line cataloging
The process of cataloging library materials carried out on computers. Online cataloging is often called "copy cataloging" because catalogers frequently copy the cataloging done by other librarians. Cataloging library materials from scratch is called "original cataloging." The vast majority of the cataloging supplied to Central Kansas Library System members is "copy cataloging" from OCLC. When cataloging for items is not on OCLC, Kathy Mitchum, head of Central Kansas Library System's Technical Services, creates original cataloging for items.
On-line resources
Web sites containing full
text articles, books and other useful content.
On-line searching
Searching a resource on a CD
ROM or on the World Wide Web.
Open Meetings
Requirement by Open Meetings Act that library business be discussed in a publicized meeting in which any member of the community could attend (i.e., library board meeting). An exception to open meetings is the executive session. More information is available in Kansas Public Library Handbook , page 107.
Open Records Act
Kansas Statutes Annotated 45
221 (KSA 45
221) declares that all records of public agencies are open for inspection any person except those specified in exceptions. Exemption 23 says circulation and interlibrary loan records that specifically identify individuals are not open records. The USA PATRIOTS Act overrules Exception 23.
Original cataloging
Making a cataloging record from scratch for a book, video, audiocassete, etc. Compare with copy cataloging. Kathy Rippel at CKLS headquarters is responsible for original cataloging.
Overdue
An item not returned to the library by its due date.
PATRIOTS Act
See USA PATRIOTS Act.
Patron Record
A record containing information about a library patron.
Periodical
a serial (journal, magazine) which is published at regular intervals, is numbered, contains separate articles, and has no pre
determined end date. Does not include newspapers or conference proceedings.
Privacy
A right of patrons to open inquiry without having the subject of their interest examined or scrutinized by others. Librarians' support for this right is based on the assumption that revealing information about patrons and their interests without their permission undermines the trust between patrons and their library. Circumstances under which patron information is revealed should be defined in the library policy for confidentiality of patron records.
Prompt Payment Act
K.S.A. 75
6402 requiring libraries to pay bills within 30 days of receipt. More information is available in the "Prompt Payment Act" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Reference collection
A separate collection of books (e.g., encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, etc.) for answering reference questions. These materials usually do not check out.
Reference desk
A special desk in the public area for reference librarians.
Reference question
A request for information requiring the use of the reference collection, telephone, or online searching to find the answer.
Regional Library Systems
Legally established agencies for helping libraries better serve their patrons and extend library service into areas without libraries. Kansas has seven regional library systems: Central Kansas Library System based (Great Bend), Northeast Kansas Library System (Lawrence), North Central Kansas Library System (Manhattan), Northwest Kansas Library System (Norton), South Central Kansas Liibrary, Southeast Kansas Library System (Iola), Southwest Kansas Library System (Dodge City) Links to all Kansas systems' Web sites.
Renewal
An extension of the loan period for charged library materials.
Reshelving area
Stacks where returned materials are stored before being reshelved.
Robert's Rules of Order
Traditional procedures for conducting meetings. Library boards may prefer following a subset of these rules called "Procedures in Small Boards" in Trustees and Librarians Working Together by Jim Swan, page 32.
Rotating book van
A truck full of books and audiobooks that visits CKLS members every other month. Homepage
Second class cities
Kansas cities with mid
sized population. In the CKLS region, Belleville, Beloit, Concordia, Ellis, Great Bend, Hays, Hoisington, Lincoln, Minneapolis, Osborne, Phillipsburg, Russell, are second class cities.
Serials
A publication issued in successive parts, usually on a regular basis and intended to continue indefinitely. Examples include periodicals, newspapers, magazines, annuals, yearbooks, etc.
Service Centers
A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations between 1,000 and 2,500 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Service Center category are public libraries in Downs, Ellis, LaCrosse, Lincoln, Mankato, Minneapolis, Osborne, Plainville, Smith Center, and Stockton.
Service policy
Library policies defining library hours and services and who may use those services.
Series
A group of monographs issued under a collective title, as well as under individual titles.
Server
A computer, or a program on the computer, that stores and provides access to other computers. Servers appear in two forms: file server and Web server.
Sexual harassment
Unwelcome behavior toward an employee because of that employee's gender. There are two kinds of sexual harassment. One is to create a hostile environment (e.g., the display of pornographic pictures). Quid pro quo harassment is promising employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors. More information is available in the CKLS Trustee Manual.
Shelflist
A card catalog listing holdings in call number order (that is, in the same order items are found on the shelf). The shelflist are used for inventorying the library's collections.
SLIM
The School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University is the library school in Kansas. More information is available at slim.emporia.edu/
Special populations grants
Annual Library Services and Technology Act competitive grant to local libraries for starting new programs and services to a defined population in the library's community. In 2005, State Librarian Christie Brandau put a three year moritorium on LSTA grants for a statewide initiative for automate public libraries. More information about LSTA grants is at www.skyways.org/KSL/admin/lsta/lsta.html For help in writing LSTA grants, call Jim Swan or Chris Rippel at 1
800
362
2642.
Stacks
Rows of bookshelves.
Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 Revision
Publication presenting standards for evaluating library governance, planning and marketing, services, automation and technology, personnel and physical facilities. 2006 revision
Standing order
Book order that automatically supplies a series of materials as they are published.
State aid
Monies distributed by the Kansas State Library to supplement local library budgets. More information is available in the "State Aid" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook.
State Library of Kansas
State Library of Kansas headed by Christie Brandau, State Librarian. More information can be found at www.skyways.org/KSL/
Story Time Programs
Programs for children other than the Summer Library Program required by CKLS' Incentive Grants. CKLS' Children's Department provides and wealth of materials for story time programs. For more information, see the current CKLS System Plan.
Subject heading
A term, name, or phrase used as an access point in a catalog or index. CKLS' Technical Services uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings for its cataloging of the materials of Central Kansas Library System members.
Subject search
A search for materials about a topic.
Summer Library Program
The summer program inviting children preschool through sixth grade into the library for fun activities and to check out books. This program is required to receive CKLS' Incentive grant. Each year CKLS' Children's Department provides CKLS members a printed manual on a theme and a training workshop in April.
System Plan
See CKLS System Plan.
Talking Book Service
A federal program offering books and magazines on audiocassettes to person who are visually or physically unable to read a book or magazine. Distribution of these materials is coordinated through the Kansas State Library and the headquarters of regional library systems. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/talking/ksl_bph.html
Technology grants
Annual Library Services and Technology Act competitive grant to local libraries for improving library technology for patrons or providing technology training to library staff. In 2005, State Librarian Christie Brandau placed a three year moratorium on LSTA grants for a statewide initiative to automate libraries. More information about LSTA grants is at www.skyways.org/KSL/admin/lsta/lsta.html
Technology plan
A plan written by librarians and trustees on the development of technology, primarily computers, in their libraries. Three
year technology plans are required for erate. More information can be found at www.skyways.org/KSL/libtech/erate/
Technical Services
CKLS services for ordering books, audiocassettes, and videos, and preparing them for circulation including the production of catalog cards or catalog records for online catalogs. This service is free to all CKLS members. Technical services also sells processing materials at cost to CKLS members. Homepage
Third class cities
Kansas cities with a relatively small population. In the CKLS region, third class cities with libraries are: Agra, Alexander, Alton, Bison, Burdett, Burr Oak, Cawker City, Claflin, Clyde, Courtland, Cuba, Delphos, Downs, Ellinwood, Ellsworth, Esbon, Formoso, Garfield, Gaylord, Glasco, Glen Elder, Gypsum, Hunter, Jamestown, Jewell, Kanopolis, Kensington, Kirwin, LaCrosse, Larned, Lebanon, Logan, Long Island, Lucas, Luray, Mankato, McCracken, Miltonvale, Natoma, Otis, Palco, Plainville,m Prairie view, Randall, Republic, Scandia, Smith Center, Stockton, Sylvan Grove, Wilson.
Tri-Conference
Annual statewide conference for Kansas librarians, library trustees, and friends of Kansas libraries. More information is at skyways.lib.ks.us/KLA/
Trustees and Librarians Working Together
Handbook written in 2004 by Jim Swan, administrator of the Central Kansas Library System. This handbook describes how to be an effective board. Every board member of member libraries of the Central Kansas Library System should be provided with a copy of this publication.
Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
Jargon name for the address of a Web page. For example, www.skyways.org is the URL for Blue Skyways.
Union catalog
A card or online catalog containing the holdings of more than one library. The Kansas Library Catalog (KLC) is a union catalog of the holdings of hundreds of public, school, and academic libraries in Kansas.
URL
See Uniform Resource Locator (URL).
USA PATRIOTS Act
Public Law 107
56 strengthened the FBI's ability to investigate potential terrorist acts. Section 215 allows FBI agents to more easily obtain search warrants for immediately confiscating "any tangible thing" in libraries: books, circulation records, computer use records, any papers, computer disks and computers. Agents can also place a gag order on library staff denying them, under threat of federal charges, the right to tell anyone including the library board of the FBI confiscation.
Vertical File
A filing cabinet containing collections of pamphlets, brochures, newspaper clippings, maps, pictures, etc.
Volume
One physical book or a number of magazine issues, usually one year, bound together in one book.
Web
Short term for World Wide Web.
Web browser
Software for using the World Wide Web. Four brands of Web browser software are Internet Explorer (aka IE), Firefox, Opera, and Mozilla.
Web page
A single "page" on the Web. The length of a Web page does not correspond to the length of a printed page. A single Web page can be many pages if printed out.
Web search
Using a search engine or subject guide to find Web pages or Web sites on a topic.
Web server
A computer always connected to the Web to provide Web pages to Web users. Compare with file server.
Web site
a collection of hyperlinked Web pages on a Web server.
Weeding
The process for removing from library collections materials that are misleading, ugly, out-of-date, trivial, irrelevant, and sources easily obtained elsewhere through interlibrary loan.
Windows
Computer "operating system" produced by Microsoft. An "operating system" is the program, I.E., set of instructions, telling computers how to do certain basic functions such as save files and print documents.
Workshops
Events for training library staff and trustees. CKLS offers a number of workshops each year for library staff and trustees. Attendance at workshops receives credit for CKLS' Incentive Grant and LEEP credit. CKLS Basic grant requires libraries to have a continuing education policy about paying librarians for attending workshops. CKLS Incentive Grant offers $300 to help pay the costs of attending workshops. For more information see the current CKLS System Plan.
World Wide Web
A portion of Internet composed of electronic Web pages on computers scattered all over the world. These Web pages are hyperlinked together with addresses of Web pages, called URLs, hidden in those pages. The combination of all the URLs in Web pages point ot all other Web pages creates the Web. The Web is taking over Internet because the Web is flesxible to provide all the services of Internet in an easier to use (i.e., clickable) and prettier (i.e., with pictures) format.
Worker's compensation
Coverage for on
the
job accidents is mandatory when the library's annual payroll is over $20,000. More information is available in "Employee benefits" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook.
Young Adults (YA)
Young persons ages 13 to 18. This phrase is used to refer to books, and library programs and services targeted at this age group.
Youth Services
CKLS service providing story time and Summer Library Program materials for free to all CKLS members. Homepage.

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    What Do You Know About Your Library

    • Your library building
    • Your library job
    • Your library finances
    • Kansas library world

    No one expects you to know how to run a library right now. The questions below identify what you now know and what knowledge you need to learn to run your library. You can record the status of your knowledge by circling "Know," "Not know," or "Still learning."

     


    Your library building

    Do you know, not know or are still learning ...

    Know    Not know    Still learning 1. the history of your library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 2. where all the light switches are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 3. where the thermostat is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 4. where heating and return vents are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 5. where the library catalog is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 6. where adult fiction collection is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 7. where adult non-fiction collection is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 8. where videos are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 9. where audiobooks  are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 10. where children's picture books are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 11. where children's easy to read books are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 12. where the shelf list is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 13. where the local history collection is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 14. where magazine storage is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 15. where the microfilms are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 16. where rotating books are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 17. where young adult rotating books are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 18. where the fire extinguishers are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 19. where the emergency exits are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 20. where the breaker boxes/fuses are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 21. where the water-heater is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 22. where the water shut-off is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 23. where flashlights are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 24. where emergency numbers are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 25. where to take patrons when the tornado warning siren sounds?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 26. where the library's insurance policies are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 27. who has keys to the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 28. who cleans the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 29. who is the building maintenance person?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 30. who changes light bulbs?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 31. who replaces toilet paper?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 32. who removes trash?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 33. who unstops toilets?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 34. who mows the lawn?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 35. who removes snow from sidewalks and parking lots?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 36. who rids the library of pests
    Know    Not know    Still learning 37. who repairs computers?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 38. who insures your library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 39. what is insured and for how much?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 40. whether the library is insured for replacement costs or mere current worth of materials?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 41. when the last insurance inventory was taken?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 42. Do you like the arrangement of the library?

     


    Your library board

    Do you know, not know or are still learning ...

    Know    Not know    Still learning 43. what information the board wants in your monthly report?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 44. if the board has by-laws?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 45. when the board meets?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 46. the names of all board members?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 47. the officers of the library board?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 48. when each board member's term expires?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 49. state law regarding how long and often board members may serve?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 50. the procedures for appointing new board members?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 51. whether the treasurer is bonded?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 52. whether the librarian and board officers have a liability policy?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 53. about the open meetings act?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 54. who hires library staff?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 55. where past board minutes and treasurer's reports are kept?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 56. Robert's Rules of Order?

     


    Your library job

    Do you know, not know or are still learning ...

    Know    Not know    Still learning 57. your job description?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 58. the mission statement of your library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 59. the goals of the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 60. the library's policies?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 61. who is eligible for a library card?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 62. who selects and buys materials for the collection?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 63. your collection development policy?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 64. where to find reviews of materials?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 65. what materials you do not collect?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 66. what are the guidelines for accepting gifts?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 67. the criteria for removing materials from collection?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 68. checkout period for new books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 69. checkout period for books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 70. checkout period for videos?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 71. checkout period for audiobooks?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 72. checkout period for magazines?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 73. whether reference materials checkout?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 74. what items are not checked out?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 75. what items have restricted check out?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 76. what to do when materials are not returned?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 77. what to do when patrons claim materials are lost?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 78. how to handle patron complaints about materials in the collection?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 79. how to evaluate challenged items?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 80. how to find out what your patrons want?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 81. how to order books, videos, etc?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 82. about CKLS' services for ordering books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 83. how to get books ready for shelving?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 84. about CKLS' services for preparing books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 85. how to obtain catalog cards?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 86. how to file catalog cards?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 87. how to use call numbers to locate books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 88. library policies for handling overdues?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 89. how to inventory your collection?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 90. CKLS' requirements for story hour?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 91. how to prepare for story hour?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 92. how to prepare for Summer Library Program?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 93. about CKLS' materials for children's programs?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 94. what is required for the CKLS system grant evaluation?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 95. what is required for the state annual report?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 96. what to do about troublesome patrons?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 97. how to handle threatening patrons?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 98. which computers are for patrons and which computers for staff?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 99. library's policies on computer use?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 100. how to turn computers on and off?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 101. how to type letters on a computer?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 102. how to create flyers on the computer?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 103. how to save documents on the computer?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 104. how to print documents on the computer?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 105. how to send and receive email?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 106. how to use a search engine?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 107. how to search the Kansas Library Catalog?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 108. how to search the statewide online resources?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 109. how to issue a Kansas Library Card?

     


    Your library finances

    Do you know, not know or are still learning ...

    Know    Not know    Still learning 110. where a copy of your library budget is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 111. what your local library mill levy is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 112. how much money this raises for the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 113. how much money you receive in state aid?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 114. how much money you receive from CKLS?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 115. the requirements to receive that money?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 116. where the library's bank accounts are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 117. whether the library has invested money?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 118. if the library has a capital improvements fund?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 119. who writes checks for the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 120. who signs the checks?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 121. who is responsible for payroll?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 122. what benefits library staff receive?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 123. who reconciles the monthly bank statements?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 124. who is responsible for financial reports?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 125. who audits the library's books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 126. what a cash basis violation is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 127. the library doesn't pay sales tax?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 128. about ILDP materials grants?

     


    Kansas library world

    Do you know, not know or are still learning ...

    Know    Not know    Still learning 129. who is the administrator of CKLS?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 130. the CKLS 800 number?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 131. who is the Kansas State Librarian?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 132. who runs annual statistics?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 133. what the KLC is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 134. what KICNET is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 135. what the Kansas Library Card is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 136. what KLA is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 137. what KLTA is?

    Circulating video games in libraries

    February 2005 article on starting a circulating video game collection.

    Circulating video games in libraries: six months later

    Update of February 2005 article on starting a circulating video game collection.

    Circulating video games in libraries: six more months later

    Third article on starting a circulating video game collection.

    Video games and libraries handout

    Beth Galloway's presentation handout links to papers answering questions: What is a good game? Who games? Why game? What are the positive impacts of gaming?

    Game on blog

    News and ideas about gaming in libraries from a group of game playing librarians.

    ulo.tricho.us blog

    Postings by the king of video game tournaments in libraries, Eli Neiburger, Tech Manager at the Ann Arbor District Library.

    LibGaming mailing list

    Google Group discussing gaming in libraries.

    Download and try educational computer games

    Five games about the Wild West, clothing business, democracy, raising sheep and pigs, running a pizza delivery service.

     


    Reading, writing and games
    Seven things librarians can do to appeal to the gamer generation
    Beth Galloway discusses readers advisory, gaming magazines, librarians' behavior and attitude.
    If you like this game, try reading...
    Beth Galloway encourages reading by using game preferences to recommend book genres.
    Random House online games
    Online games based on childrens books.
    Novel-based board games: #1, #2
    Two Web pages from the same online game vendor. List #1 can be sorted by title or customer rating.
    List of books based on computer and video games
    Wikipedia list
    Novels based on computer and video games
    Wikipedia list
    List of computer and video games based on anime and manga
    Wikipedia list
    FanFiction
    Stories written by fans of games, movies, TV shows, comic books, etc.
    Libraries could sponsor fanfiction writing group and contests.
    Eleven steps to improve your fan fiction
    Paragraph long tips.
    How to write better fan fiction
    Hints about punctuation, characterization, comic relief, expressing emotions, actions, sounds, etc.
    How to write readable fan fiction
    Essays covering dialogue, character thoughts, punctuation, vocabulary and repetition.

     

     


    Best board, card and party games
    Best board games
    List of board games that have been at least nominated for an award and is rated by players at least 4 out of 5 stars.
    Best card games
    List of card games that have been at least nominated for an award and is rated by players at least 4 out of 5 stars.
    Best party games
    List of party games that have been at least nominated for an award and is rated by players at least 4 out of 5 stars.
    Mario Brothers Memorial Public Library
    Reviews of board and card games.

     

     


    Video Games
    Video games
    Links to articles and sites about video games.
    Video game consoles
    Links to Wikipedia articles and official Web sites about the major video game hardware.
    Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) video game
    Links to articles and sites about DDR.
    Guitar Hero video game
    Links to articles and sites about this popular video game.

     

     


    Online Games
    Online Games
    Links to articles and sites about online games.
    Funschool
    Online games based on school curriculums
    Good Experience Games
    Links to dozens of pleasant, little online games.
    Runescape night in Hutchinson (Kansas) Public Library
    Detailed descriptions of 6 Runescape games during one Runescape night. Also lists 8 URLs of Runescape related Web sites.
    Chris Rippel's list of Runescape Web sites
    List of Web sites of explanations and tips of Runescape.

     


    Events

    Best practices for gaming in libraries

    Numerous brief examples game nights in libraries.

    How to run a tournament (Microsoft Word)

    Instructions for running a tournament and how to seed brackets for single elimination, double elimination and round robin tournaments.

    Parties based on favorite computer games

    Search game's Web sites for ideas and occupy guests with activities based on the game.

    Perfect game night

    Eight players describe the perfect game night.

    Lee County P.L.A.Y at Lee County (Georgia) Library

    Description of series of PS2 and Runescape events, followed by advice for next time.

    Runescape night in Hutchinson (Kansas) Public Library

    Detailed descriptions of 6 Runescape games during one Runescape night. Also lists 8 URLs of Runescape related Web sites.

    Runescape tournament at Meade (Kansas) Public Library

    Description of an afternoon, two-hour double elimination tournament on 8 library computers.

    Runescape discussion group at Lackman Branch of Johnson County Public Library

    Chris Koppenhaver, Youth Services Librarian, gathered Runescape players together to exchange information, swap stories and brag.

    What Do I Look For?

     

    Writing collection development policies

    Writing a Collection Development Policyis an online 2 hour course covering the following topics.

    The purpose of a collection development policy

    1. How to set collection goals
    2. How to make general decisions about the collection
    3. The processes necessary for developing and maintaining a library collection, including selection criteria
    4. The library's role in defending intellectual freedom
    5. The steps in writing a collection development policy
    (www.lili.org/forlibs/ce/able/course1/19writing.htm)

    Elements of Model Collection Development Policy lists eighteen parts of a policy with short descriptions of each element. At the bottom of the page is a link to the collection development policies of four libraries.
    (www.bccls.org/buckles/cdp.html)

    Collection development policies is a essay describing the components of a selection development policy with links to examples of each component by libraries around the country.
    (www.dlapr.lib.az.us/cdt/colldev.htm)

     

    Sample collection development policies

    Morton Grove Public Library's Collection Development and Materials Selection Policy is one of the most detailed public library policies on the Internet. This policy, for example, gives selection and weeding criteria by Dewey Decimal 100s and by specific formats (e.g., videocassette and audiocassette) for both adults and children.
    (www.webrary.org/inside/colldevtoc.html)

    Collection development policies of Morton Grove Public Library for:

    Directory of Collection Development Policies on the Web links to numerous collection development policies of public, schools, and academic libraries.
    (acqweb.library.vanderbilt.edu/acqweb/cd_policy.html)

    I expecially like this gift policy of the Lorain Public Library System. (www.lorain.lib.oh.us/service_guide/collection_dev3.html#gifts)

    Selection policies

    Material Selection is an online course that takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Topics include:
    1. Criteria for selecting materials
    2. The names and characteristics of useful collection development tools
    3. How to use reviews
    4. An orderly process for selecting materials.
      (www.lili.org/isl/cepage/courses/course3/02objectives.htm)

    Selection of Library Resources discusses selection issues, criteria and tools for:

    Criteria for Notable Videos for Adults by the American Library Association Video Round Table provides five uplifting criteria they use to select their yearly recommendations of videos for adults.
    (www.ala.org/vrt/criteria.html)

    Criteria for Selected Videos and DVDs for Young Adults provides criteria for technical qualities, content, utilization and overall effect used by the Young Adult Library Services Association to select their yearly recommendations for videos and DVDs.
    (www.ala.org/yalsa/yalsainfo/sfvpolproc.html)

     

    Assessment methods

    Collection Assessment is an online course, taking about 1.5 hours to complete, discussing:
    1. The purpose of performing collection assessment
    2. The relationship of collection assessment and your collection development policy
    3. Different measures for assessing your collection
    4. A process for performing a collection assessment and using collection assessment information.
      (www.lili.org/forlibs/ce/able/course2/index.htm)

    Collection Assessment is two-pages outlining the value and types of collection assessment.
    (www.dlapr.lib.az.us/cdt/collass.htm)

    A Guide to the collection assessment process provides more detailed information on criteria, planning and execution of collection assessment. This guide provides instructions for actually doing several methods of collection assessment.
    (www.nla.gov.au/libraries/help/guide.html)

    Materials distributed during workshop
    Microsoft Word and Excel are required for view these documents. If you have trouble retrieving a document e-mail me the name of the document and I will e-amail back the file as an attachment.

     

    Comics, Graphic novels

    Near the bottom of the The Special Collections policy of Mercer County Library System in New Jersey is their graphic novel collection policy. This policy provides the purpose of the collection, who it is for, and the resource listed titles.
    (www.mcl.org/colldev6.html)

    Comics links point to sources discussing comics and graphic novels in libraries and recommending lists and reviews.
    (my.voyager.net/~sraiteri/comicslinks.htm)

    Graphic Novel FAQ is Cary Memorial Library's explanation of why the purchase graphic novels, the appeal to young readers, and how they know what to buy.
    (www.carylibrary.org/ya/graphicFAQ.html)

    Comic Books for Young Adults: A Guide for Librarians by Michael Lavin of the Lockwood Memorial Library at SUNY in Buffalo, New York, begins by pointing out students who read comic books frequently read above their grade-level and that the average age of comic readers is 25. Other Web pages explore genres, formats and styles of comics, where to find reviews, selection guidelines for choosing age-appropriate materials, how to purchase graphic novels, and depictions of women in this media.
    (ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/lml/comics/pages/index.html)

     

    Intellectual freedom

    Library Bill of Rights is a basic six point guide to librarians.
    (www.ala.org/work/freedom/lbr.html)

    Other statements on intellectual freedom
    (www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/statementsandpolicies.html)

    Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q and A provides answers to numerous questions about censorship.
    (www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/intellectualfreedomandcensorship.html)

    Dealing with Challenges to Books explains how to cope with requests to remove materials from your library.
    (www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/dealingwithchallenges.html)

    Where Do I Buy?

    CKLS

    For CKLS member libraries the CKLS Technical Services Departmentwill order and process titles to make them shelf ready. Since we order in volume through a book jobber your library pays 60% of the list price for most books. Technical Services will also process items CKLS members purchase from other sources and have drop shipped to us. When ordering information please provide as much of the following information as possible.

    • Title
    • Author
    • Date of publication
    • Edition
    • Date of publication
    • ISBN number

    Standing orders for books

    Ingram Standing Orders Program allows librarians to select standing orders by author for hardbacks, large print and abridged and unabridged audiobooks on cassette and CD; by author for inspirational fiction; board books, easy readers, graphic novels, television book clubs (e.g., Today Show, Ripa, Good Morning America) and videos.
    (www.ingramlibrary.com/progserv/ps4000.asp?)

    Baker and Taylor's AutoShip Program offers standing orders by author for fiction, large print, childen's books, fiction and non-fiction audiobooks, inspirational authors, graphic novels and television book clubs (e.g., Today Show, Ripa, Good Morning America).
    (www.btol.com/ps_details.cfm?)

    Book Wholesalers, Inc. offer standing orders for hardbacks, paperbacks, easy readers, chapter books, non-fiction, graphic novels, authors and series. Though this database is free, users need to register. Only public librarians are eligible.
    (www.bwibooks.com/), then click TitleTales

     

    Online bookstores

    Amazon.com offers new and used books. Many new books at 80% to 70%, and sometimes 60%, of the list price. Books dealers provide many "very good" and "good," condition used books at even greater savings. I have seen books by bestselling authors only 2 months old selling below 30% of list price. I have seen books for as low as a penny! No kidding. The record of each book provides very nice features for analyzing the book for selection, including customers' reviews and ratings and the ability to actually see the front and back cover, read the table of contents, full index of non-fiction books, and an excerpt. Amazon will accept purchasing with corporate accounts. See the corporate accounts page.
    (www.amazon.com)

    Powells.com also provides new and used books. Powell's record provides more reliable cataloging information than Amazon including Library of Congress subject headings. Powell provides more book reviews from respected selection sources than Amazon, but doesn't provide customers' reviews or ratings. Though Powells doesn't provide screen shots of the covers, table of contents, and index like Amazon, Powells does provide an excerpt and recommendations to similar boks. I recommend checking out the sale books. Powells will accept purchase orders for purchases over $25. (www.powells.com/home.html)

    Barnesandnoble.com offers 40% of many bestsellers and up to 80% off warehouse sale items. Records of books include reviews, customer ratings and excerpts. Barnes and Noble offers Reader's Catalog groups into 3,000 catagories over 40,000 of the best books selected by the The New York Review of Books.
    (www.bn.com/)

    Edward R. Hamilton is a well-know supplier of remainders. Each record provides bibliographic information and a very short description of the contents. Items are found by clicking through a subject tree or by searching for author, title, Publisher, ISBN number or keyword of the description. (www.edwardrhamilton.com/)

    BookCloseouts.com offers remainer books and audiobooks on a wide variety of topics at 50% to 90% off. Special Web pages identify top sellers and award winners.
    (www.bookcloseouts.com/)

    AddAll.com aggregates the new and used books, magazines, music and videos sold by numerous book and music dealers around the country. The used book search screen offers author, title and keyword searching and sorting by author, title, and price.
    (www.addall.com/)

    Book Dealers lists over 80 online book dealers. Thanks to Lewis A. Armstrong at Emporia State University for recommending this site.
    (ejw.i8.com/libweb.htm#bkrev)

     

    Large print books

    Amazon.com's Large-Print Books sells large print books.
    (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/300950/103-7832975-0786219)

    Powells.com sells large print titles.
    (www.powells.com/psection/LargePrint.html)

    Random House Large Print sells large print titles. The site lists current and upcoming titles. My thanks to Jennifer Jones of Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for mentioning this and the Harper Collins Web sites.
    (www.massillon.lib.oh.us/ra/large.htm)

    HarperCollins sells large print books.
    (www.harpercollins.com/hc/aboutus/imprints/largeprint.asp)

    Ulverscroft offers large print books.
    (www.edisure.com/~ulverscroft/usa/usindex.html)

     

    Magazines

    Amazon.com sells subscriptions to 50,000 magazines. Magzines are grouped by category including children and teens. The record for each magazine contains the same kinds of information as for books including customer reviews of that magazine. (www.amazon.com/magazines//)

    Audiocassettes, Videos, CDs, DVDS

    Recorded Books offers standing order programs for audiobooks on cassette and CDs. Recorded Books provides core collection lists of historical fiction, inspiration, medical thrillers, war history, business, etc. They also provide lists of the top fifty list of most rented audiobooks, award winning audiobooks, bestsellers from the New York Times and the unabridged audiobook version of movies based on books.
    (www.recordedbooks.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cop.show_cop)

    Booksontape.com provide 4 different standing order plans for libraries.
    (library.booksontape.com/)

    Midwest Tapes for Librarians is a large supplier of new and used videos and DVDs for libraries. Titles are organized by children, nonfiction and theatrical. Each categoriy is broken down into numerous subcategories. Advanced search allows for searching by title or actor and narrow searching by category and format, i.e., videos, DVDs or all.
    (www.midwesttapes.com/)

    Crimson Multimedia Distribution is a source for audiobooks of cassette and CDs mentioned in Morton Groves' CD collection policy. You can order catalogs from their Web pages. They also offer a standing order program for audiobooks on CD.
    (www.crimsoninc.com/)

    Facets Multimedia is one of the sources for videos mentioned in Morton Groves' video collection policy. Catalogs can be orders from this page.
    (www.facets.org/asticat)

    BizRate.com provides price comparisons for videos, DVDs and music CDs from around a hundred online suppliers. Records for each title provide a description of the video and Amazon.com-like customer reviews and ratings. Customers have also rated the online retailer of videos and DVDs and music. Online stores with good ratings are marked "customer certified." (video.bizrate.com/marketplace/)

    Best Music Buys provides price comparisons for videos or music CDs between ten or so major online retailers including Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, CDUniverse, half.com, buy.com. Customers have rated the video and music suppliers for customer service and delivery time.
    (www.bestwebbuys.com/music/)

    DVDsearch.com provides price comparisons among over 20 online retailers of DVDS. Searching is by title, actor, director, price and percent of MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price. (www.dvdpricesearch.com/)

     

    Comics, Graphic novels

    Powells.com offers a large selection of graphic novels. Powells also has a sale section.
    (www.powells.com/psection/GraphicNovels.html)

    Ingram Standing Orders Program allows librarians to select standing orders using an online ordering tool for graphic novels.
    (www.ingramlibrary.com/progserv/ps4000.asp?)

    Baker and Taylor's AutoShip Program offers standing orders for graphic novels.
    (www.btol.com/ps_details.cfm?)

    Book Wholesalers, Inc. (BWI) allows librarians to select standing orders using an online ordering tool for graphic novels. Registration is required.
    (www.bwibooks.com/index.php)

    Diamond Book offers 25% off retail price to libraries and offers lists of recommendations for libraries.
    (bookshelf.diamondcomics.com/ordering.html)

    DC Comics is the well-known comics publisher of our childhood comics: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, the Atom, Hawkman & Hawkgirl, Plastic Man, Shazam!, Justice League of America, and Young Justice.
    (www.dccomics.com/)

    Marvel Comics is the other well-known publisher from our childhood. They are creators of Spider-Man, Captain America, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and lately, X-Men and Generation X.
    (www.marvel.com/)

    Dark Horse Comics is a relatively new, innovative publisher of comics for Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Planet of the Apes, Astro Boy, Usagi Yojimbo, Spy Boy, Oh My Goddess, and Gunsmith Cats.
    (www.dhorse.com/)

    Viz Communications is one of the top translators and publishers of Japanese manga comics. Viz publishes Pokemon, Fushigi Yugi, DragonBallZ and Silent Mobius.
    (www.viz.com/)

    Tokyo Pop is imports Japanese manga comics. Tokyo Pop imports Sailor Moon, Harlem Beat, Peach Girl and Dragon Knights.
    (tokyopop.com/)

    Dictionary of Library Terms

    by Chris Rippel, revised February 2004.

    Explanations in this dictionary are short. Longer explanations of librarianship are in Kansas Public Library Handbook by Roy Bird and the Trustees and Librarian's Working Together by Jim Swan.

    Dictionary of Library Terms
    by Chris Rippel, revised February 2004.
    Explanations in this dictionary are short. Longer explanations of librarianship are in Kansas Public Library Handbook by Roy Bird and the Trustees and Librarian's Working Together by Jim Swan.

    Access points: Characteristics (e.g., author, title, and subject headings) of items used to searching a card catalog, online catalog or index to find specific desired items in a library's collection. Access points are the fundamental key for finding specific items or information in large collections of items and information.

    Accessibility: Characteristic of library grounds (e.g., parking areas), library buildings (e.g., doorways, restrooms and drinking fountains), library equipment (e.g., computers and microfilm readers), and library collections that allows use by all patrons regardless of their abilities or disabilities. The American Disabilities Act requires libraries to meet some minimal standards for accessibility.

    Acceptable Use Policy: Library policy defining patrons' acceptable use of library computers and access to Internet.

    Acquisitions: The process of purchasing library materials and the library department responsible for the acquisition process. The Central Kansas Library System Technical Services department offers to do this for Central Kansas Library System members for free. By ordering through the book vendor, Ingram, Central Kansas Library System purchases most books at 40% of retail.
    Adobe Acrobat Reader: Free software for viewing PDF (i.e., portable document format) full text documents usually delivered over the Web.

    Advocacy: Promoting libraries within the federal and state legislatures.

    American Disabilities Act (ADA): Federal law requiring all public buildings funded by tax dollars to meet minimal standards to create accessibility for persons with disabilities. Libraries unable to meet these standards must provide alternative methods of providing accessibility. More information is available in the "Disabled" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook and the CKLS Trustee Manual.

    Annual reports: Yearly forms Kansas librarians fill out for the Central Kansas Library System and the Kansas state Library reporting the past year's activities.

    Annual: A publication released each year. Example: The World Almanac

    Archives: Collections of unique publications or records of a person or organization.

    Audiovisual: Non-book media containing pictures, video and/or sound. Examples: videocassettes and audiocassettes

    Audits: K.S.A. 75 1122 requires all municipalities have annual gross receipts, general obligation of revenue bonds greater than $275,000 be audited by an certified public accountant or licensed municipal accountant. Public libraries are included in this audit in some cases. Libraries receiving State Aid or LSTA funds are required to retain records for five years in case an audit is required.

    Auto-graphics: The company that produces Kansas' statewide catalog, Kansas Library Catalog

    Automation: 1. A Central Kansas Library System department run headed by Steve Thomas providing advice and help purchasing and maintaining computer hardware and software of member libraries. 2. The process of turning the card catalog into an online catalog and placing patron information into the computer. The final result is an online catalog for looking up the library's holdings and circulation system on the computer for circulation of materials to patrons. An online catalog and automated circulation system is used from several computers that communicate with each other over a LAN.

    Back files: Older issues of magazines, usually stored in a back room. Patrons request library staff to retrieve desired issues.

    Backlist: Older publications still available for purchase from publishers.

    Banned books: Books that have been censored in the past. The American Library Association promotes awareness of censorship issues with Banned Books Week each September.

    Bar code: A small label with vertical lines stuck on books, magazines, patron's library cards etc. to identify the item or person in the automated circulation system. The bar code actually represents a unique 10-digit number also printed on the label. Bar codes for library materials are either smart or dumb.
        •    Smart barcodes come with the 10-digit number already linked to the cataloging record of the item and the title of the item printed on the bar code label. Library staff simply stick labels on the appropriate items.
        •    Dumb barcodes only have the 10-digit number. The labels are not linked to any item nor have the title of an item. Library staff must link, in the cataloging record, the bar code number on the label to the item they stick the label is stuck on.
        •    During check out, bar codes are entered in the computer with a bar code reader or wand or, when necessary typing in the number on the label.

    Bar code reader: Device using a laser to read bar codes and enter the bar code number into the computer.

    Basic grants: Grants provided by the Central Kansas Library System (CKLS) for based on the size of the library and the ability to meet patrons' needs.

    Bi-annual: Publications or events appearing twice a year. Compare with biennial, every two years.

    Bibliographic database: A catalog or index in a computer. The database is searched by author name, title, or subject to retrieve a list of bibliographic citations. The Kansas State Library has purchased numerous bibliographic databases under the brand names of InfoTrac and FirstSearch. These databases are available through the Web and Kansas citizens can reach these databases on the Web at their local libraries or from home with a Kansas Library Card.
    Bibliographic citation: A citation of a book or magazine article provides the author's name, title, publication date, and publisher of the item for the purpose of helping readers find copies of that item.

    Bibliography: A list of bibliographic citations about a particular subject.

    Biennial: Publications or events appearing every two years. Compare with bi-annual, twice a year

    Bi-monthly: Publications or events appearing every two months. Compare with bi-weekly, every two weeks.

    Bindery: Companies responsible for binding magazines into single volumes or rebinding damaged books.

    Bi-weekly: Publications or events appearing every two weeks (similar to a semi-monthly). Compare to bi-monthly, every two months.

    Blue Skyways: A website at www.skyways.org containing groups of Web pages on Kansas libraries, communities, education and government. Blue Skyways is run by the Kansas State Library and University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

    Book jobber: A company or individual selling books to libraries

    Book vendor: A company or individual selling books to libraries.

    Book return: An open or closed container either in or outside the library for patrons to return checked out books.

    Boolean operators: Conjunctions "and", "or" and "not' for combining search terms when searching databases on computers. "wolves and Yellowstone" retrieves items containing both wolves an d Yellowstone "cars or automobiles" retrieves items containing either cars or automobiles "cowboys not dallas" retrieves items containing cowboys, but excludes all those items mentioning dallas

    Broad-band connectivity: Internet connections faster than dial-up Internet connections. Methods of broad band Internet connections include DSL, cable, wireless and satellite.

    Browser: See Web browser.

    Browsing: Patron activity of looking along library shelves to find a good book to read.

    Call number: Each library item has a unique call number identifying its location in the library. When patrons find a desired item in the library's catalog, patrons use the call number to go to the item's location on the shelf. The two most common call number systems in the United States are Dewey Decimal (aka DDC) and the Library of Congress (LC) Classification Systems. Both systems group books on shelves by subject. The libraries in the Central Kansas Library System use the Dewey Decimal System for their call numbers.

    Capital Improvement Fund: Library operating budget set aside in a bank account for future capital expenditures. More information is available in "Capital Improvement Fund" in Roy Bird's the Kansas Public Library Handbook

    Card catalog: Drawers containing 3" X 5" manila cards arranged alphabetically by author, title, and subject. When author, title, and subject cards are interfiled together, this is a dictionary catalog. When author, title, and subject cards are filed in separate catalogs, this is a split catalog. Putting a card catalog on the computer is called automation. This produces an online catalog.

    Card set: The group of catalog cards for a specific book or item such as video or audiocassette to be filed in the card catalog and shelflist. A complete set of catalog cards contains a shelf list card, author/main entry card, title card and one or more subject cards and sometimes some "added entry" cards. All these cards contain the same information. They are distinguished from each other by the top line on each card. The title card will repeat the title of the item on the top of the card. This top line is the access point to that item in the library.

    Cash Basis Law: K.S.A. 10-1101 through 10-1116 stating that libraries can not spend more money than they receive in revenue. More information is available in "Cash basis law" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook

    Catalog: See Card catalog or Online catalog.

    Catalog card: A 3" X 5" manila card containing a description of a library item and subject headings assigned by the cataloger. Each item (e.g., book, magazine, videocassette, audiocassette) will have several catalog cards called a card set. Each card provides an access point for that item. When the same information is on a computer, it is called a cataloging record

    Cataloging: The process of collecting and writing down the information for catalog cards. This information requires a physical description of the item and the assignment of authoritative subject headings and call numbers. When catalogers collect this information from the actual item, this is called original cataloging. When original cataloging is borrowed by other catalogers this is copy cataloging. Most cataloging by the Technical Services of the Central Kansas Library System is copy cataloging. However, when cataloging by other librarians is not available, the head of Technical Services will do original cataloging of the item

    Cataloging record: Cataloging information (e.g., author, title, and subject) for one item on a computer. In a cataloging record, each piece of cataloging information is placed in a separate area called a field. The author's name is placed in the author field. The title is placed in the title field. And so on. Place each piece of information in a designated field allows patrons to search an online catalog in one field or in a combination of fields. This makes online catalogs more powerful tools than card catalogs for identifying specific items meeting patron needs

    CD-ROM: See Compact Disk - Read-Only Memory (CD-ROM).

    Censorship: Suppression of ideas and information to certain persons. In libraries, this usually means restricting public access to books, magazines, Web pages, etc. Librarians, as a group, oppose censorship in favor of intellectual freedom. More information is in the "Censorship" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook and online at www.ala.org

    Challenge: The request by a patron to have an item removed from library shelves. More information about challenges is at www.ala.org

    Charter ordinances: A tool city, county, or townships can use to override state law when Kansas statutes are not uniform across the state. In the past, home rule charter ordinance was used by library boards to raise the mill levy for the library above the statewide tax lid set by the state legislature. The need for home rule charter ordinance vanished with the removal of the tax lid in 1999.

    Checking in: A process for recognizing a patron has returned an item previously checked out by that patron

    Checking out: A process for lending library books, magazines, etc. to patrons. Items are checked out for a limited time called the loan period. The end of the loan period when items must be returned is called the due date. Items not returned by the due date are "overdue". Many librarians mail out "overdue notices" to patrons. Items returned after the due date are "fined". Checking out the same item to the same person again is called "renewing"

    Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA): A federal law requiring Internet filters be placed on all computers of library receiving Erate or Library Services and Technology Act grants for Internet access. Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) is a related law requiring libraries and schools have an "Internet Safety Policy" and a public meeting to review that policy.

    CIPA: See Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

    Circulation: A process of lending library items to patrons or to other libraries through interlibrary loan. The complete circulation process includes checking out items to patrons, checking in returned items, and reshelving items on library shelves. Additional circulation duties frequently include placing holds on or recalling items already checked out, creating and mailing out overdue notices and collecting fines for overdues

    Citation: See Bibliographic citation

    CKLS System Plan: Annual plan outlining current Central Kansas Library System (CKLS) services, grants, goals and objectives for the coming year. The plan also states the requirements for CKLS' basic and incentive grants.

    CKLS Policy Review Manual: Publication to aid in the annual review of library policies.

    Claimed: Notification to a magazine vendor that an issue was not received and asking for a replacement.

    Claimed returned: Library items patrons claim to have returned, but are not checked in and have not been found by the library staff.

    Collection Development: A process of selecting materials (i.e., books, magazines, etc.) and removing (i.e., weeding) materials from the library collection. This process includes analyzing patron and community wants and needs; selecting materials satisfying those wants and needs, acquiring those materials, evaluating the collection for meeting needs, and removing materials no longer meeting community and patron wants or needs.

    Community analysis: A process for obtaining historical, demographic, economic, transportation, political, and cultural information about the library's community. This information is collected through census data, surveys, focus groups, analysis of local yellow pages, and surveys. This information is used for evaluating current library programs and services and creating new programs and services to better satisfy community and patron wants and needs.

    Confidentiality of patron records: Policy denying other citizens and law enforcement officials without court orders access to patron circulation and other records (i.e., what patrons have checked out). The purpose of this policy is to protect patrons' right of privacy

    Conflict of interest: Situations when a board member could personally profit or belongs to an organization that could profit from board decisions. More information is available in the "Conflict of interest" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook and CKLS Trustee Manual.

    Continuing Education: See Workshops.

    Copyright: Copyright is a legal, limited monopoly to reproduce original works, create derivative works, distribute copies, and display the copies of the work This monopoly lasts the life of the author plus 70 years. These rights and limitations are defined in U.S. Code Title 17. Two limitations allow American libraries circulate materials for free. The Doctrine of First Sale, defined in Title 17, Section 109, gives owners, including libraries, of specific copies of a work the right to lend, give, and sell those specific copies. The Doctrine of Fair Use, defined in Title 17, Section 107+, gives individuals and libraries the right to copy portions of works for educational or personal use. Fair use legalizes the interlibrary loan of photocopies of magazine articles. Libraries in many other countries (e.g., England and Australia) do not have these "public lending rights" and must pay fees for lending materials.

    Database: Information stored on a computer in a way to enhance searching.

    Depository library: A library participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. These libraries receive and provide public access to federal or state government publications. Kansas has 13 designated federal depository libraries.

    Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC): Classification system used by all members of the Central Kansas Library System for assigning call numbers on the spines of books to group them by subject on library shelves. The broadest classification system is the following. 600 Crafts200 Religion 700 Fine Arts300 Sociology 800 Literature400 Languages 900 History
    000 General Works
    500 Natural Science
    100 Philosophy and Psychology

    Dial-up: Internet connection over a regular telephone line.

    Dictionary catalog: A catalog in which author, title, and subject cards are interfiled alphabetically in the same card catalog. Compare with divided catalog.

    Divided catalog: A catalog in which author cards, title cards, and subject cards are filed in separate card catalogs. Divided catalogs may place each set of cards in a separate catalog or group two of the sets together, such as title and author cards in one catalog and subject cards in a second catalog. Compare with dictionary catalog.

    Electronic Journal: A publication, often scholarly, that is made accessible in a computerized format and distributed over the Web.

    E-mail: Electronic messages transmitted over Internet or local area network or the ability to transmit such messages. Email may be sent from one person to another person. Email may also be sent between groups of people using mailing lists. The Kansas library community has several mailing lists including Kanlib.
    Library staff use these mailing lists to distribute news and discuss issues and problems.

    Emergency Preparedness: The result of plans and procedures for responding to potential threats to library staff, patrons and facilities.

    Employee Benefit Fund: A fund for purchasing certain employee benefits exclusive of salaries or other direct payments to employees. More information is available in the "Employee Benefits" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook.

    Endowments: Funds or property donated to libraries as a source of income.

    Encumbrance: Funds dedicated by purchase order to purchasing a specific item.

    E-Rate: The common term for the federal program that supplements schools and libraries in paying telephone bills and connections to Internet.

    Executive Session: Special session called during board meetings to discuss personnel matters, employer-employee relations, consult with an attorney, or preliminary discussion with purchasing real property. For more information see "Open Meetings" in The Kansas Public Library Handbook.

    Facsimile signature: A signature on a stamp that can be used when the person authorized to sign library checks is unavailable. More information is available in the "Facsimile signature" article in Kansas Public Library Handbook.

    Fair Labor Standards Act: A 1938 federal law requiring employers pay overtime compensation to employees working over 40 hours a week.

    Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN): A number issued by the IRS to identify an individual employer (e.g., the library). The library board treasurer and city clerk should know the library's FEIN number.

    FEIN: See Federal Employee Identification Number

    Firefox: Web browser alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

    First class cities: Kansas cities with large population. In the CKLS region, only Salina is a first class city.
    Freedom to Read Statement: A statement of seven propositions supporting the publication of a wide variety of views and opposing all attempts by citizens to read those views because freedom of expression and access to those expressions are necessary for a healthy democracy. The statement was originally adopted by the American Library Association in 1953 and has been updated several times since.

    File Server: A computer providing access to software and documents over a LAN to computers used by people. For example, a library computer containing the online catalog

    Firewall: A combination of software and hardware protecting Web servers (i.e, computers connected to the Web) from tampering by outsiders.

    Fixed Asset Accounting: A requirement that all libraries that are members of municipalities with annual gross receipts above $275,000 maintain an inventory of fixed assets such as furniture, equipment, etc.

    FOKL: See Friends of Kansas Libraries (FOKL)
    Friends of Kansas Libraries (FOKL): The official organization for Friends of Library groups. More information is available at http://www.fokl.net/

    Full-text: The entire contents of an article or book in electronic form. The Kansas State Library purchases online databases containing the full-text of many articles and books. Kansas citizens can obtain access to these full-text resources by getting a Kansas Library Card

    Gateway Libraries: A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations fewer that 500 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Gateway Library category are public libraries in Agra, Burr Oak, Courtland, cuba, Formoso, Glen Elder, Gypsum, Jamestown, Kirwin, Lebanon, Long Island, Luray, McCracken Otis, Palco, Praire view, Randall, Republic, Sylvan Grove.

    Google: Popular search engine for searching Web pages. www.google.com/

    Grants: See Basic grants, Incentive grants.

    Hold: A request that an item be held for a patron until that patron can pick it up. The item may be checked out to another patron or be a new item still being purchased or processed for circulation.

    Holdings: A library's collection of books, magazines, videos, etc.

    Holding libraries: The libraries owning a specific title. For example, below each cataloging record for each title on the Kansas Library Catalog is a list of the holding libraries owning a copy of that title.

    Holdings maintenance: Keeping the Kansas Library Catalog (KLC) up-to-date by removing or adding your library's name on the lists of libraries owning books, audiocassettes, and videos on the KLC. CKLS encourages all its members to do this. For more information contact CKLS headquarters at 1-800-362-2642.

    Home page: Home page has two meanings in the context of the Web. The main Web page for a specific organization or individual or the first Web page that appears when a Web browser is opened.

    Home rule: An amendment to the Kansas Constitution allowing cities, counties, and townships the power to pass charter ordinances. More information is available in the "Home Rule" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook.

    html: See Hyper Text Markup Language (html)

    HyperText Markup Language (html): Coding for writing Web pages telling Web browser software how to display the Web page on the computer screen.

    Hyperlink: Text or graphics within Web pages that when clicked retrieve a second Web page because behind the clickable text or image on the first page is a URL pointing to the second page.

    Hypertext: A documents containing hyperlinks.

    ILL: See Interlibrary Loan

    IMLS: See Institute of Museum and Library Services

    In-print: Publications still being printed and available for purchase. See out-of-print and Print on demand.

    In-process material: Newly acquired items still undergoing cataloging and other preparations for circulation.

    Incentive grants: Grants above basic grants provided by the Central Kansas Library System (CKLS) for based provision of children's programming, library training, and community involvement. More information is available in the CKLS Trustee Manual and the current CKLS System Plan.

    International Standard Book Number (ISBN): A number given to book that identifying that specific book.

    International Standard Serial Number (ISSN): A number given to a serial (e.g., magazine) which uniquely identifies it.

    Internet: A worldwide network of computers that can talk to each other. Internet computers offer a variety of services including email and the World Wide Web.

    Internet Explorer (IE): Web browser software by Microsoft.


    Internet filters: Software blocking access to undesirable Web pages, such as pornography, racism, extreme violence, etc. Filters block Web pages using lists of URLs and words identified with undesirable topics. The American Library Association and the Kansas Library Association have adopted resolutions against the use of filters in libraries claiming that filters block constitutionally protected speech.

    Internet Safety Policy: A library policy required by the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act for libraries to receive federal Erate and LSTA grants for internet access. This policy defines minors' acceptable use of Internet access on library computers.

    Internet Service Provider (ISP): A commercial company providing Internet connections to individuals and organizations.

    ISBN: See International Standard Book Number

    ISSN: See International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

    Kansas Association of School Librarians (KASL): Professional association for school librarians.

    Kansas Center for the Book: A non-profit organization promoting reading, especially the reading of books by Kansas authors.

    Kansas Library Association (KLA): The official association for Kansas librarians. More information is at www.skyways.org/KLA/

    Kansas Library Card: A free service of the Kansas State Library providing Kansas citizens Web access to full-text databases and electronic books. Any Kansas citizen can obtain a Kansas Library Card from their local library. More information about the Kansas Library Card is available at www.kslc.org

    Kansas Library Catalog: This is a online catalog containing the books, magazines, videos, audiocassettes, microforms in hundreds of public, school and academic libraries across Kansas. Most of these items can be borrowed by any library through interlibrary loan.

    Kansas library laws: Though Kansas laws effecting libraries are scattered across Kansas Statutes, the sections defining the authority, roles, duties and responsibilities of public libraries and their boards are concentrated between 12-1201 and 12-1257 inclusive.

    Kansas Library Trustees Association (KLTA): The official library association for library board members. More information is available at www.skyways.org/KLTA/

    Kansas Personnel Employees Retirement System (KPERS): Official retirement system for state and municipal employees working more than 17.5 hours per week. More information is available in The Kansas Public Library Handbook and online at www.kpers.org/

    Kansas Public Library Handbook: Publication of the Kansas State Library by Roy Bird provides short, authoritative articles on topics and issues important to Kansas librarians and trustees. Out of print.

    Kansas State Library Advisory Commission: An advisory body for the Kansas State Library. Their duties include approving the system plans of the regional library systems

    Kansas State Library: See State Library of Kansas.

    Kansas Statutes Annotated: Kansas laws with additional notes explaining meanings and providing citations of related material. Every library should have a copy. The statutes without annotations are available on the Web at www.kslegislature.org/cgi-bin/statutes/index.cgi

    Keyword search: A search for significant words anywhere in the author, title, or text areas of a bibliographic citation or full
    text database. Keyword search contrast with subject heading search. Keyword searching looks for the terminology used by the author in the title or text. During cataloging or indexing of an item, authoritative subject headings can be added to that item and all other items written on the same subject. Searchers can use these authoritative subject headings to retrieve all items on that topic. Keyword searching is best when authoritative subject headings are not known. The CKLS Technical Services catalogers use Library of Congress Subject Headings for their authoritative list of subject headings.

    KIC Council: Governing body of KICNET

    KIC Council Membership Agreement: An agreement librarians must sign before participating in KICNET.

    KICNET: The computerized interlibrary loan network for Kansas libraries.

    KPERS: See Kansas Personnel Employee's Retirement System (KPERS).

    LAN: See Local Area Network (LAN).

    LC Subject Headings: See Library of Congress Subject Headings.

    LCSH: See Library of Congress Subject Headings.

    Lease purchase agreements: Contracts between libraries and companies for leasing equipment or facilities.

    Library Automation: Process of placing the library catalog and circulation system on a computer. This process requires 1) purchasing computers and library automation software; 2) putting bar codes on the library books, videos and audiocassettes; 3) converting the card catalog to an online catalog; and 4) entering patron contact information in the computer. The end result is A) a library catalog that can be searched more easily and thoroughly than card catalog and B) a circulation system that more quickly checks out and checks in stacks of books; C) prints overdue notices; and D) provides more thorough; detailed, and therefore, useful, circulation statistics.

    Library Bill of Rights: Statement adopted by the American Library Association encouraging librarians and their library boards to adopt policies and practices that treat all citizens equitably, provide materials meeting the needs of all citizens in the library's community and resist efforts to do otherwise.

    Library Materials Protection Act: K.S.A. 21 3702 defines the theft of library materials as a theft of public property. This gives librarians a stronger hand in recovering and replacing long overdue materials.

    Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH): Authoritative topical words or phrases used in library card catalogs and online catalogs.

    Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA): A federal program providing funding to the Kansas State Library. This money supports statewide programs such as  KICNET, Talking Books, children's programming and LSTA Technology grants.

    Linking Libraries: A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations between 500 and 1000 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Linking Library category are public libraries in Cawker City, Claflin, Clyde, Delphos, Glasco, Jewell, Kanopolis, Kensington, Logan, Lucas, Scandia, and Wilson.

    Loan period: The length of time for which library patrons may borrow items.

    Local Area Network (LAN): A group of computers networked to share resources within a building. For example, a library's online catalog and automated circulation system would be shared across a LAN.

    Logoff: End a session with a computer program.

    Login: Begin using a computer program by typing in an identifier code and a password.

    Logon: Begin using a computer program by typing in an identifier code and a password.

    LSTA: See Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

    MARC: See Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC).

    Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC): A standardized format allowing many online catalogs produced by many different companies to understand the same cataloging record.

    Major Resource Center Library I: A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations 25,000 and 100,000 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. The CKLS member in this category is Salina.

    Major Resource Center Library II: A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations more than 100,000 people. No CKLS members are in this category.

    Major Service Centers I: A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations 2,500 and 10,000 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Major Service Center I category are public libraries in Belleville, Beloit, Ellinwood, Ellsworth, Hoisington, Phillipsburg, and Russell.

    Major Service Centers II: A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations 10,000 and 25,000 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Major Service Center I category are public libraries in Concordia, Great Bend, and Hays.

    Marketing: Promotion of library services and programs. Marketing is important because citizens, even those who frequently come to the library, are not aware of the changes happening in your library. Marketing also promote community support for the library. CKLS' Incentive Grant offers $50 for involving the library into the community.

    Media: A category of materials such as monographs, serials, audio visual, microforms, etc.

    Materials Replacement Fund: Money from the Kansas Library Network Board for replacing books, audiocassettes, and videos lost by lending to other libraries.

    Material Selection Policy: Library policies guiding the collection development process used by library staff. This policy defines the purpose (i.e., mission) of the library's collections and sources of information about available materials, criteria for selecting materials (i.e., selection), criteria for removing materials from the collections (i.e., weeding) and how to handle challenges to materials in the collection.

    Microfiche: Microphotographs of printed material on a small sheet (4" x 6") of cellulose film.

    Materials: Books, magazines, videocassettes, audiocassettes, etc. purchased for the use of patrons either through circulation or use in the library.

    Microfilm: Microphotographs of printed material on a reel of cellulose film. Microfilm is usually created of documents that are deteriorating. These reels are viewed with a microfilm reader. Microfilm readers capable of printing pages are called microfilm reader/printers.

    Microforms: All forms of micro-reproduction, e.g. microfilm, microfiche, microprint, etc.

    Monograph: A broader term for print items that are complete in themselves, such as a book or pamphlet. Compare with serials.

    NCIPA: See Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA)

    Negligence: A category of liability resulting from the failure in protecting others from harm (e.g., unsafe buildings and grounds).

    Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA): A federal law requiring libraries and schools receiving federal funds for Erate or LSTA for Internet connections to have an "Internet Safety Policy" and conduct a public meeting to allow the public to review that policy. See also Childrens Internet Protection Act (CIPA). More information is available at www.skyways.org/KSL/libtech/erate/

    Non-circulating: Library materials patrons can not check out. (e.g., reference books).

    Nonfeasance: A category of liability resulting from the failure in doing something that should be done (e.g., failure in getting copyright clearance).

    OCLC: Online Computer Library Center. A nonprofit library computer service and research organization providing online cataloging, interlibrary loan, online databases and other services to libraries. CKLS is a member of the Bibliographic Center for Research (BCR) affiliate of OCLC.
    Online: Any capability available or work done directly on a computer. For example, online help or online cataloging .

    Online catalog: A library catalog on a computer replacing the card catalog.

    Online cataloging: The process of cataloging library materials carried out on computers. Online cataloging is often called "copy cataloging" because catalogers frequently copy the cataloging done by other librarians. Cataloging library materials from scratch is called "original cataloging." The vast majority of the cataloging supplied to Central Kansas Library System members is "copy cataloging" from OCLC. When cataloging for items is not on OCLC, Kathy Mitchum, head of Central Kansas Library System's Technical Services, creates original cataloging for items.

    Online resources: Web sites containing full-text articles, books and other useful content.

    Online searching: Searching a resource on a CD-ROM or on the World Wide Web.

    Open Meetings: Requirement by Open Meetings Act that library business be discussed in a publicized meeting in which any member of the community could attend (i.e., library board meeting). An exception to open meetings is the executive session. More information is available in Kansas Public Library Handbook , page 107.

    Open Records Act: Kansas Statutes Annotated 45 221 (KSA 45 221) declares that all records of public agencies are open for inspection any person except those specified in exceptions. Exemption 23 says circulation and interlibrary loan records that specifically identify individuals are not open records. The USA PATRIOTS Act overrules Exception 23.

    Original cataloging: Making a cataloging record from scratch for a book, video, audiocassette, etc. Compare with copy cataloging. Kathy Rippel at CKLS headquarters is responsible for original cataloging.

    Overdue:An item not returned to the library by its due date.

    PATRIOTS Act: See USA PATRIOTS Act.

    Patron Record: A record containing information about a library patron.

    Periodical: A serial (journal, magazine) which is published at regular intervals, is numbered, contains separate articles, and has no pre
    determined end date. Does not include newspapers or conference proceedings.

    Privacy: A right of patrons to open inquiry without having the subject of their interest examined or scrutinized by others. Librarians' support for this right is based on the assumption that revealing information about patrons and their interests without their permission undermines the trust between patrons and their library. Circumstances under which patron information is revealed should be defined in the library policy for confidentiality of patron records.

    Prompt Payment Act: K.S.A. 756402 requiring libraries to pay bills within 30 days of receipt.
    Reference collection: A separate collection of books (e.g., encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, etc.) for answering reference questions. These materials usually do not check out.

    Reference desk: A special desk in the public area for reference librarians.

    Reference question: A request for information requiring the use of the reference collection, telephone, or online searching to find the answer.

    Regional Library Systems: Legally established agencies for helping libraries better serve their patrons and extend library service into areas without libraries. Kansas has seven regional library systems: Central Kansas Library System based (Great Bend), Northeast Kansas Library System (Lawrence), North Central Kansas Library System (Manhattan), Northwest Kansas Library System (Norton), South Central Kansas Library, Southeast Kansas Library System (Iola), Southwest Kansas Library System (Dodge City)

    Renewal: An extension of the loan period for charged library materials.

    Reshelving area: Stacks where returned materials are stored before being reshelved.

    Robert's Rules of Order: Traditional procedures for conducting meetings. Library boards may prefer following a subset of these rules called "Procedures in Small Boards" in Trustees and Librarians Working Together by Jim Swan, page 32.

    Rotating book van: A truck full of books and audiobooks that visits CKLS members every other month. Homepage

    Second class cities: Kansas cities with mid-sized population. In the CKLS region, Belleville, Beloit, Concordia, Ellis, Great Bend, Hays, Hoisington, Lincoln, Minneapolis, Osborne, Phillipsburg, Russell, are second class cities.
    Serials: A publication issued in successive parts, usually on a regular basis and intended to continue indefinitely. Examples include periodicals, newspapers, magazines, annuals, yearbooks, etc.

    Service Centers: A category of libraries defined on in the Standards for Kansas Public Libraries 2006 revision as libraries serving populations between 1,000 and 2,500 people. This category is also used in the CKLS System Plan to determine the required number of programs for children and other populations the library must have each year and the amount of the CKLS basic grant given to the library. CKLS members in the Service Center category are public libraries in Downs, Ellis, LaCrosse, Lincoln, Mankato, Minneapolis, Osborne, Plainville, Smith Center, and Stockton.

    Service policy: Library policies defining library hours and services and who may use those services.

    Series: A group of monographs issued under a collective title, as well as under individual titles.

    Server: A computer, or a program on the computer, that stores and provides access to other computers. Servers appear in two forms: file server and Web server.

    Sexual harassment: Unwelcome behavior toward an employee because of that employee's gender. There are two kinds of sexual harassment. One is to create a hostile environment (e.g., the display of pornographic pictures). Quid pro quo harassment is promising employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors. More information is available in the CKLS Trustee Manual.

    Shelf list: A card catalog listing holdings in call number order (that is, in the same order items are found on the shelf). The shelf list is used for inventorying the library's collections.

    SLIM: The School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University is the library school in Kansas. More information is available at slim.emporia.edu/

    Stacks: Rows of bookshelves.

    Standards for Kansas Public Libraries: Publication presenting standards for evaluating library governance, planning and marketing, services, automation and technology, personnel and physical facilities.

    Standing order: Book order that automatically supplies a series of materials as they are published.

    State aid: Monies distributed by the Kansas State Library to supplement local library budgets.

    State Library of Kansas: State Library of Kansas headed by Jo Budler, State Librarian. More information can be found at www.kslib.info/
    Story Time Programs: Programs for children other than the Summer Library Program required by CKLS' Incentive Grants. CKLS' Children's Department provides and wealth of materials for story time programs. For more information, see the current CKLS System Plan.

    Subject heading: A term, name, or phrase used as an access point in a catalog or index. CKLS' Technical Services uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings for its cataloging of the materials of Central Kansas Library System members.

    Subject search: A search for materials about a topic.

    Summer Library Program: The summer program inviting children preschool through sixth grade into the library for fun activities and to check out books. This program is required to receive CKLS' Incentive grant. CKLS Youth Services Department provides CKLS members a printed manual on a theme and a training workshop in March

    System Plan: See CKLS System Plan.

    Talking Book Service: A federal program offering books and magazines on audiocassettes to person who are visually or physically unable to read a book or magazine. Distribution of these materials is coordinated through the Kansas State Library and the headquarters of regional library systems.

    Technology plan: A plan written by librarians and trustees on the development of technology, primarily computers, in their libraries. Three-year technology plans are required for erate.

    Technical Services: CKLS services for ordering books, audiocassettes, and videos, and preparing them for circulation including the production of catalog cards or catalog records for online catalogs. This service is free to all CKLS members. Technical services also sells processing materials at cost to CKLS members.

    Third class cities: Kansas cities with a relatively small population. In the CKLS region, third class cities with libraries are: Agra, Alton, Bison, Burdett, Burr Oak, Cawker City, Claflin, Clyde, Courtland, Cuba, Delphos, Downs, Ellinwood, Ellsworth, Formoso, Gaylord, Glasco, Glen Elder, Gypsum, Hunter, Jamestown, Jewell, Kanopolis, Kensington, Kirwin, LaCrosse, Larned, Lebanon, Logan, Long Island, Lucas, Luray, Mankato, McCracken, Miltonvale, Otis, Palco, Plainville, Prairie View, Randall, Republic, Scandia, Smith Center, Stockton, Sylvan Grove, Wilson.
     
    Trustees and Librarians Working Together: This handbook describes how to be an effective board. Every board member of member libraries of the Central Kansas Library System should be provided with a copy of this publication.

    Uniform Resource Locator (URL): Jargon name for the address of a Web page. For example, www.skyways.org is the URL for Blue Skyways.

    Union catalog: A card or online catalog containing the holdings of more than one library. The Kansas Library Catalog (KLC) is a union catalog of the holdings of hundreds of public, school, and academic libraries in Kansas.

    URL: See Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

    USA PATRIOTS Act: Public Law 107-56 strengthened the FBI's ability to investigate potential terrorist acts. Section 215 allows FBI agents to more easily obtain search warrants for immediately confiscating "any tangible thing" in libraries: books, circulation records, computer use records, any papers, computer disks and computers. Agents can also place a gag order on library staff denying them, under threat of federal charges, the right to tell anyone including the library board of the FBI confiscation.

    Volume: One physical book or a number of magazine issues, usually one year, bound together in one book.
    Web: Short term for World Wide Web.

    Web browser: Software for using the World Wide Web. Four brands of Web browser software are Internet Explorer (aka IE), Firefox, Safari, and Mozilla.

    Web page: A single "page" on the Web. The length of a Web page does not correspond to the length of a printed page. A single Web page can be many pages if printed out.

    Web search: Using a search engine or subject guide to find Web pages or Web sites on a topic.

    Web server: A computer always connected to the Web to provide Web pages to Web users. Compare with file server.

    Website: A collection of hyperlinked Web pages on a Web server.

    Weeding: The process for removing from library collections materials that are misleading, ugly, out-of-date, trivial, irrelevant, and sources easily obtained elsewhere through interlibrary loan.

    Windows: Computer "operating system" produced by Microsoft. An "operating system" is the program, i.e., set of instructions, telling computers how to do certain basic functions such as save files and print documents.

    Workshops: Events for training library staff and trustees. CKLS offers a number of workshops each year for library staff and trustees. CKLS Incentive Grant offers $1000 to help pay the costs of attending workshops. For more information see the current CKLS System Plan.

    World Wide Web: A portion of Internet composed of electronic Web pages on computers scattered all over the world. These webpages are hyperlinked together with addresses of Web pages, called URLs, hidden in those pages. The combination of all the URLs in Web pages point ot all other Web pages creates the Web. The Web is taking over Internet because the Web is flexible to provide all the services of Internet in an easier to use (i.e., clickable) and prettier (i.e., with pictures) format.

    Worker's compensation: Coverage for on the job accidents is mandatory when the library's annual payroll is over $20,000. More information is available in "Employee benefits" article in the Kansas Public Library Handbook.

    Young Adults (YA): Young persons ages 13 to 18. This phrase is used to refer to books, and library programs and services targeted at this age group.

    Youth Services: CKLS service providing story time and Summer Library Program materials for free to all CKLS members.

    Weeding the Library Collection

    Overviews

    Weeding summarizes the necessity of weeding, discusses objections to weeding, how to plan weeding, and summarizes the CREW Method guidelines for weeding given in more detail below. The term MUSTIE in the title of this page means items should be discarded when they are Misleading, Ugly, Superseded by newer editions or better books, Trivial, Irrelevent to patron interests, easily obtained Elsewhere through interlibrary loan.
    (www.dlapr.lib.az.us/cdt/weeding.htm)

    Weeding the Collection is a 1.5 hour course explaining:

    1. Why collections should be weeded.
    2. Criteria for weeding materials.
    3. A process for weeding.
    4. Problems encountered in weeding and how to work through them.
    5. Disposing of weeded materials.

    (www.lili.org/forlibs/ce/able/course4/01index.htm)

    Weeding guidelines

    Weeding with the CREW Method PowerPoint Presentationexplains the CREW Method of weeding.

    Overview Chart of CREW Formulas is a summary of the weeding guidelines by Dewey Decimal call number. In this chart, the Dewey call number classes are in the first two columns. Weeding guidelines are in the third column.
    (www.smcoe.k12.ca.us/smerc/lib_training/crewguide.html)

    • Guidelines look like this: 3/10/MUSTIE.
    • The first number is the year since the book's lastest copyright date. copyright dates are found on the reverse side of the title page.
    • The second number is the most recent number of year's since the book was checked out.
    • So the number in this example, 10/3/MUSTIE, should be interpreted as "Books should be discarded if they are over ten years old or have not been checked out in three years.
    • An "X" instead of a number means that that factor "is not applicable to a specific subject."
    • MUSTIE means books should be discarded if they are Misleading, Ugly, Superseded by newer editions or better books, Trivial, Irrelevent to patron interests, easily obtained Elsewhere through interlibrary loan.

    These guidelines are part of The CREW Method developed by the Texas State Library. A more detailed explanation of The CREW Method is at www.tea.state.tx.us/technology/libraries/lib_downloads/weeding1.pdf. The fullest explanation of The CREW Method is in the print book, "The Crew Method: Expanded Guidelines for Collection Evaluation and Weeding for Small and Medium-sized Public Libraries" by Belinda Boon, Texas State Library, 1995. CKLS has copies in its professional collection you can borrow.

    Some Special Considerations by Dewey Section discusses issues about weeding each Dewey section.
    (www.alpine.k12.ut.us/depts/media/elemlessons_rev/m6-mc_management/l3weed.html)

    SUNLINK Weed of the Month Club provides advice for weeding and purchasing up-to-date books in a different topic each month.
    (www.sunlink.ucf.edu/weed/)

    Reading Morton Grove's collection management plan for the specific subject you will be weeding will put you in the proper frame of mind.

     

     

    Guidelines for non-book items

    At the bottom of the Salt Lake County Library Guidelines are guidelines for weeding CD-ROMs.

    (www.slco.lib.ut.us/cdromse.htm)

    Near the bottom of the Web pages below, Morton Grove Public Library provides weeding criteria for:

    Finding the Good Stuff

    Forthcoming
    books

    LJ Digital Pre-pub Alertlists about a dozen titles scheduled for release up to six months in advance.

    BarnesandNoble.com's Coming soon pages for adult books and children's books offer a dozen or so titles of upcoming books available for purchase before their release.

    Amazon.com's Not yet Published page also provides a short list of upcoming books ranked by popularity of their pre-orders.

    The longest lists of upcoming books are discovered using the Amazon.com search page.

    1. Go to Amazon.com's search screen.
    2. Type in an author, title or very broad topic in subject (e.g., children, mystery, romance). Typing something in these boxes is required.
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
    4. Change "Publication date" to "during the year" and type in the current year or next year (e.g., 2003) in the box at the end of the line. (NOTE: Using "after the year" frequently brings up publication dates unbelievably far in the future. Such dates are probably typos.)
    5. Change "Sort results by:" to "Publication date."
    6. Scroll up and click the yellow "Search now" button.

    Bestsellers

    The New York Times maintains the best known bestseller lists for hardcover fiction, nonfiction and advice, paperback fiction and nonfiction and children's books.
    (www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/index.html)

    LJ:Digital (the digital version of Library Journal) offers bestseller lists and prepublication alerts. Look on the menus down the left side and across the top for choices.
    (libraryjournal.reviewsnews.com/)

    Book Sense Bestseller Lists lists the bestsellers from 350 independent bookstores from around the United States. Lists are by genre including trade paperback fiction and nonfiction, hardcover fiction and nonfiction, children's fiction and picture books.
    (www.booksense.com/bestsellers/)

    BookSpot.com lists 10 sources of bestseller lists and groups sources by genre including audiobooks, business, children, computer, mystery, romance, self-help.
    (www.bookspot.com/bestsellers.htm)

    Barnesandnoble.com provides provides weekly bestseller lists by genre including fiction, nonfiction, children, business and self-help.
    (www.barnesandnoble.com/bestsellers/)

    Book reviews

    The New York Times Sunday Book Review provides lengthy book reviews for more than a dozen books each week. Reviews in back issues can be found at the bottom of a column of the right side of the page. Carolyn Idhe of Lucas Public Library addes that NYT's Web site also contains the first chapters of hundreds of books "so is good to get an idea of the style and whether it might appeal to our local patronage." To read first chapters look in the menu on the left side under "Books."
    (www.nytimes.com/pages/books/review/index.html)

    Booklist is a source of one-paragraph reviews respected by librarians. In the past, CKLS members were required to subscribe to the print version. Booklist's reviews back to 1995 are now online, listed by...

    TitleTales offers the full-text of reviews from Booklist, Kikus, Horn Book, School Library Journal, Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly. TitleTales is a free, extensive, easily searchable database of children's, young adult, and adult titles. Users can search by title, author, subject, by Dewey Decimal 100s, state and national awards, interest levels, publication date, print book review sources, classification (e.g., fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, large print, etc.), number of pages and Dewey Decimal call number range. To see bibliographic details click the "See details" at the end of titles. To read reviews click the red FTR at the end of titles. Though this database is free, users need to register. Only public librarians are eligible.
    (www.bwibooks.com/), then click TitleTales.

    AllReaders.com provides very detailed reviews on hundreds of books. Each reviewer writes a paragraph describing the plot and then fills out a very detailed multiple-choice form defining the type of main character, type of adversary, setting, theme, amount of violence, degree of character development, amount of description about the society and on and on. Users then use this same form with its multiple-choices for searching to find the exact book they desire. Reviews are also grouped by author in six genre, mystery/thriller, romance, biography, science-fiction, literature and history, for browsing. Unfortunately, the Web pages are very cluttered and the Web site clunky.
    To browse titles:

    1. look for the light green horizontal stripes one-third of the way down from the top.
    2. Click the genre to browse.
    3. When the Web page appears, scroll down and look in the middle of the page for names of authors.
    To search using the review descriptions:
    1. Look for the box in the center of the screen called "Detailed Search."
    2. Click the blue links for genre.
    3. When the blue page appears, click on the drop-down menus to choose the features to search.
    4. To start a search, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the button called "Click here to search."
    (www.allreaders.com/)

    Midwest Book Review contains short reviews grouped by the following areas: Children's BookWatch, Small Press BookWatch, Internet BookWatch, Business Bookshelf, etc.
    (www.midwestbookreview.com/)

    AcqWeb's Directory of Book Reviews on the Web is a long list of print magazines and other sources offering book reviews.
    (acqweb.library.vanderbilt.edu/acqweb/bookrev.html)

    Book Review Sources lists over 60 online and online versions of print magazine and some newspaper review sources. These sources cover academic and popular genre adult and children's books. Thanks to Lewis A. Armstrong at Emporia State University for recommending this site.
    (ejw.i8.com/libweb.htm#bkrev)

    BookSpot.com contains links to the book review section of 20 newspapers, 10 magazines, 6 online sources and other sources grouped by genre including children, cookbooks, mystery, romance, science fiction, and young adult.
    (www.bookspot.com/reviews/)

    Reader's Catalog groups over 40,000 of the best books selected by the The New York Review of Books into 3,000 catagories, including Books for Young Readers.

    Amazon.com provides reviews from review sources like Publisher's Weekly and from readers. The link below is to the Web page for searching for author, title, or subject. Near the bottom of the page is a "Sort results by...." This drop-down menu can be changed for sorting by "Avg. Customer Review." Such a sort will bring better books to the top of the list.
    (www.amazon.com/books)

    The two Web sites below provide links to Amzazon.com by author name:

    • PopularAuthorBooks.com has an extensive list of the names of popular authors with links to their their books on Amazon.com.
      (www.bestsellerreviews.com/)
    • Stop, You're Killing Me focuses on writers of mysteries. My thanks to Linda Flanders of CKLS for bringing this Web site to my attention.
      (www.stopyourekillingme.com/)

    Children's Literature lists links to over 50 online resources providing reviews of children's books.
    (ejw.i8.com/libweb.htm#child)

    Google's list of over a hundred book review sources
    (directory.google.com/Top/Arts/Literature/Reviews_and_Criticism/)

     

    Book awards

    Literature-awards.com offers brief descriptions of awards and lists of winners from the beginning of the award to the present. This site also has a awards calendartelling which awards are announced each month. Awards are also listed by:

    BookSpot.com provides brief descriptions of all major awards with links to lists of award winners from the beginning to the present.
    (www.bookspot.com/awards/)

    Awards for Children's Literature by State is at (www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/newreadingd.htm)

    TitleTales provides lists of state and national awards for children's, young adult, and adult titles. To get there, look on the main menu across the top of TitleTales Web page and click "Bibliographies." TitleTales is a free service to public libraries, but you must register.
    (www.bwibooks.com/), then click TitleTales.

    Reading
    lists

    BookSpot.com provides links to numerous reading lists by genre, grade level or theme and several "If you liked, try..." lists.
    (www.bookspot.com/readinglists/)

    The Book Sense 76 are recommendations by staff of independent U.S. bookstores. The list is annotated with the comments of the recommender. Book Sense also provides lists of recommendations on a topic.
    (www.booksense.com/readup/booksense76/index.jsp)

    ALA and RIF reading lists for children by grade at (www.udel.edu/ETL/RWN/ReadingLists.html)

    United Methodist Women Reading Lists from 1997 to 2003.
    (gbgm-umc.org/UMW/ReadingProgram/)

    , and adult titles. BWI also produces "Special Topics Lists." For example, BWI produced 4 lists supporting the 2003 Kansas Summer Library Program theme, Laugh It Up @ Your Library: non-fiction, juvenile fiction, picture books, YA fiction. To see these lists:

    1. Login to TitleTales.
    2. On the main menu across the top of the TitleTales page, click Bibliographies.
    3. Click blue box called "BWI Special Topics List."
    4. Use the scroll menu to get to "Laugh It Up @ Your Library"
    5. Click ON the desired list.
    6. Click the blue "View Selections" box.
    To see bibliographic details click the "See details" at the end of titles. To read reviews click the red FTR at the end of titles. Though this database is free, users need to register. Only public librarians are eligible.
    (www.bwibooks.com/), then click TitleTales.

    Reading Lists lists seven online and online versions of print magazine and some newspaper sources for reading lists. Thanks to Lewis A. Armstrong at Emporia State University for recommending this site.
    (ejw.i8.com/libweb.htm#read)

    Publishers and catalogs lists over 50 online and online versions of printed publishers' catalogs. Thanks to Lewis A. Armstrong at Emporia State University for recommending this site.
    (ejw.i8.com/libweb.htm#pub)

    Best Books for Young Adults lists from 1996 to the present of the best books and top ten books for young adults.
    (www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/bbya)

    Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults are annual lists from 1997 to the present of paperback titles focusing on four topics. Members of YALSA can view full-annotations of the titles in the list.
    (www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/poppaper)

    Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers are lists of fiction and non-fiction titles for young adults from years 1996 to the present. YALSA members can read the full-annotations decribing the titles.
    (www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/quickpicks)

    Outstanding Books for the College Bound are lists of fiction, nonfiction, biography, drama and poetry recommended for young adults in grades 9 through 12. Each title is described in one sentence. With the exception of Shakespeare and a few other authors, most titles are Twentieth Century "classics." These lists are updated every five years.
    (www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/obcb)

    Large print books

    Amazon.com's Large-Print Books section offers lists of new and future releases, lists of large print by category and the list of daily top sellers in large print. Amazon.com's about each large print title is the same as the information on regular print books. Large-print titles by specific authors can be found using Search. Change "Format:" from "All formats" to "Large print."
    (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/300950/103-7832975-0786219)

    Powells.com offers an extensive selection of new and used large print titles.
    (www.powells.com/psection/LargePrint.html)

    Large Print Review provides reviews for hundreds of large print books. The "What's new" section provides lengthy reviews of about six new fiction and nonfiction. At the end of each review is a short list of related titles. The reviews are archived.
    (www.largeprintreviews.com/)

    Large Print Books offers lists of large print books grouped by adventure, Bibles, biograpies, business, children, christian fiction, classics, cookbooks, crosswords, gardening, health, history, inspirational, mysteries, nonfictin, religion, romance, scince fictiion, teens and westerns. They also offer a list of large print Spanish language titles. Detailed information about the title is supplied by a link to Amazon.com.
    (www.largeprintbooks.com/)

     

    Magazines

    Amazon.com sells subscriptions to 50,000 magazines. Magzines are grouped by category including children and teens. The record for each magazine contains the same kinds of information as for books including customer reviews of that magazine. (www.amazon.com/magazines//)

     

    Audiobooks,
    Videos,
    CDs,
    DVDS

    Lists of recommended titles

    Awards

    Reviews

    • Amazon.com sells videos, CDs, and DVDs. Records for titles contain the same selection information provided for books, including customer reviews and, for music, the ability to listen to samples. Records also provide links to (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/home/all-stores.html/)
    • Booksontape.com provides reviews and customer ratings on hundreds of audiobooks on cassette and CDs. They also provide 4 different standing order plans for libraries.
      (library.booksontape.com/)

       

    • AudioFile offers online hundreds of audiobook reviews by genre in the current edition of their print magazine. Access to the archive of over 8,000 reviews is available only to subscribers to the print magazine. The Golden Voices section lists the most popular narrators.
      (www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews.html)

       

    • Metacritic brings together reviews by major critics for recent movies, videos, DVDs, music and games. The awards pages lists the nominees and winners from numerous organizations. This site also contains critics top-ten recommendatons.
      (www.metacritic.com/home.shtml)

       

    • KidsFirst! reviews by adults and children on videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs and audiorecordings for children up to age 15. Reviews are a brief description of contents followed by quotes from the Kids First adult and kids jurors. Jurors also recommend age-ranges for each title. Reviews are grouped by fairytales, literature and myth, CD-ROMs, educational, family holiday, how-to, special interest, music, nature, foriegn language. A They also provide lists of recommended programs by age group.
      (www.cqcm.org/kidsfirst/)
    • Internet Movie Database is a major online resource for information about movies.
      (www.imdb.com/)

       

    • Educational Media Reviews Online reviews educational CD-ROMS, videos, and DVDs. In addition to the long reviews, each video is rated for the apporpriate audience and whether the title is recommended, highly recommended or not recommended. The search engine allows searching by title, selection of subject from a long list of subjects, recommendation and format (i.e., video, DVD and CD-ROM
      (libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/search.html)

       

    • DocumentaryFilm.Net offer reviews of "non-fiction" films including series by PBS. This site contains lots of links to other sites about filmmakers, educational television shows, film festivals, and specific film titles.
      (www.documentaryfilms.net/)

       

    • Video Librarian Online provides free long reviews rating recently released videos and DVDs. Access to the archive of 12,000 reviews is for subscribers only.
      (www.videolibrarian.com/)

       

    • DVDreview.com provides reviews for hundreds of DVDs.
      (www.dvdreview.com/html/all_reviews.shtml)

       

    • TitleTales offers reviews of audiobooks, read-alongs, videos and music. TitleTales is a free, extensive, easily searchable database of children's, young adult, and adult titles. Users can search by title, author, subject, media, by Dewey Decimal 100s, state and national awards, interest levels, publication date, print book review sources, classification (e.g., fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, large print, etc.), number of pages and Dewey Decimal call number range. To see bibliographic details click the "See details" at the end of titles.
      (www.bwibooks.com/nodhtml.html)

    Movie ratings explanations

    • How It Works is Jack Valenti's history and explanation of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) movie rating system. Jack Valenti has headed MPAA since 1966 and was one of the creators of the current system.
      (www.mpaa.org/movieratings/about/content.htm)

       

    • How to use Movie Ratings is a thoughtful 2-page essay exploring issues related to movie ratings. One paragraph explains the reason some movies are "not rated."
      (www.reelmoviecritic.com/id1196.htm)

       

    • MPAA Ratings gives an interesting 3-page history of the rating system. The last section called "Industry Reaction" describes how movie directors are using DVDs to distribute unrated versions of their movies.
      (www.hometheaterinfo.com/mpaa.htm)

    Comics,
    Graphic novels

    Links to comics and graphic novel sites:

    Recommended graphic novels for public libraries by Steve Raiteri Revised October 29, 2003.
    (my.voyager.net/~sraiteri/graphicnovels.htm)

    Comics Worth Reading provides capsule, long reviews and previews of numerous, good comics and graphic novels. (www.mindspring.com/~johannadc/cwr.html)

    Diamond Book provides lists of recommended comics in numerous genre categories. Librarian and columnist Katherine L. Kan reviews numerous titles.
    (bookshelf.diamondcomics.com/reviews/)

    No Flying, No Tights: Graphic novels for teens reviews of comics for teens about superheroes, fantasy, science fiction, humor, non-fiction, historical fiction, crime and suspense, and realism.
    (leep.lis.uiuc.edu/seworkspace/rebrennr/304LE/gn/index.html)

    Graphic Classics publishes graphical novels of classic literature by Poe, Doyle, Wells, and Lovecraft.
    (www.graphicclassics.com/)

    The Librarians Guide to Anime and Manga moves from definitions of Anime to Manga to recommendations, tips and issues.
    (www.koyagi.com/Libguide.html)

    Trustee Handbook Online
    Kansas Library Trustees Association offers Trustee Talk newsletter, awards and grants.

    Questions for new librarians

    What do you know about your library?
    • Your library building
    • Your library job
    • Your library finances
    • Kansas library world

    No one expects you to know how to run a library right now. The questions below identify what you now know and what knowledge you need to learn to run your library. You can record the status of your knowledge by circling "Know," "Not know," or "Still learning."



    Your library building

    Do you know, not know or are still learning ...

    Know    Not know    Still learning 1. the history of your library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 2. where all the light switches are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 3. where the thermostat is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 4. where heating and return vents are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 5. where the library catalog is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 6. where adult fiction collection is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 7. where adult non-fiction collection is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 8. where videos are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 9. where books on cassette are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 10. where children's picture books are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 11. where children's easy read books are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 12. where the shelf list is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 13. where the local history collection is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 14. where magazine storage is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 15. where the microfilms are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 16. where rotating books are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 17. where young adult rotating books are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 18. where the fire extinguishers are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 19. where the emergency exits are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 20. where the breaker boxes/fuses are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 21. where the water-heater is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 22. where the water shut-off is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 23. where flashlights are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 24. where emergency numbers are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 25. where to take patrons when the tornado warning siren sounds?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 26. where the library's insurance policies are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 27. who has keys to the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 28. who cleans the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 29. who is the building maintenance person?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 30. who changes light bulbs?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 31. who replaces toilet paper?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 32. who removes trash?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 33. who unstops toilets?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 34. who mows the lawn?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 35. who removes snow from sidewalks and parking lots?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 36. who rids the library of pests
    Know    Not know    Still learning 37. who repairs computers?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 38. who insures your library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 39. what is insured and for how much?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 40. whether the library is insured for replacement costs or mere current worth of materials?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 41. when the last insurance inventory was taken?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 42. Do you like the arrangement of the library?

     


    Your library board

    Do you know, not know or are still learning ...

    Know    Not know    Still learning 43. what information the board wants in your monthly report?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 44. if the board has by-laws?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 45. when the board meets?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 46. the names of all board members?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 47. the officers of the library board?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 48. when each board member's term expires?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 49. state law regarding how long and often board members may serve?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 50. the procedures for appointing new board members?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 51. whether the treasurer is bonded?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 52. whether the librarian and board officers have a liability policy?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 53. about the open meetings act?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 54. who hires library staff?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 55. where past board minutes and treasurer's reports are kept?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 56. Robert's Rules of Order?

     


    Your library job

    Do you know, not know or are still learning ...

     

    Know Still learning Not know Know Still learning Not know
    Know    Not know    Still learning 57. your job description?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 58. the mission statement of your library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 59. the goals of the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 60. the library's policies?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 61. who is eligible for a library card?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 62. who selects and buys materials for the collection?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 63. your collection development policy?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 64. where to find reviews of materials?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 65. what materials you do not collect?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 66. what are the guidelines for accepting gifts?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 67. the criteria for removing materials from collection?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 68. checkout period for new books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 69. checkout period for books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 70. checkout period for videos?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 71. checkout period for audiocassettes?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 72. checkout period for magazines?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 73. whether reference materials checkout?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 74. what items are not checked out?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 75. what items have restricted check out?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 76. what to do when materials are not returned?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 77. what to do when patrons claim materials are lost?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 78. how to handle patron complaints about materials in the collection?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 79. how to evaluate challenged items?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 80. how to find out what your patrons want?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 81. how to order books, videos, etc?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 82. about CKLS' services for ordering books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 83. how to get books ready for shelving?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 84. about CKLS' services for preparing books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 85. how to obtain catalog cards?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 86. how to file catalog cards?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 87. how to use call numbers to locate books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 88. library policies for handling overdues?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 89. how to inventory your collection?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 90. CKLS' requirements for story hour?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 91. how to prepare for story hour?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 92. how to prepare for Summer Library Program?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 93. about CKLS' materials for children's programs?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 94. what is required for the CKLS system grant evaluation?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 95. what is required for the state annual report?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 96. what to do about troublesome patrons?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 97. how to handle threatening patrons?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 98. which computers are for patrons and which computers for staff?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 99. library's policies on computer use?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 100. how to turn computers on and off?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 101. how to type letters on a computer?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 102. how to create flyers on the computer?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 103. how to save documents on the computer?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 104. how to print documents on the computer?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 105. how to send and receive email?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 106. how to use a search engine?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 107. how to search the Kansas Library Catalog?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 108. how to search the statewide online resources?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 109. how to issue a Kansas Library Card?

     


    Your library finances

    Do you know, not know or are still learning ...

    Know    Not know    Still learning 110. where a copy of your library budget is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 111. what your local library mill levy is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 112. how much money this raises for the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 113. how much money you receive in state aid?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 114. how much money you receive from CKLS?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 115. the requirements to receive that money?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 116. where the library's bank accounts are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 117. whether the library has invested money?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 118. if the library has a capital improvements fund?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 119. who writes checks for the library?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 120. who signs the checks?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 121. who is responsible for payroll?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 122. what benefits library staff receive?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 123. who reconciles the monthly bank statements?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 124. who is responsible for financial reports?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 125. who audits the library's books?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 126. what a cash basis violation is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 127. the library doesn't pay sales tax?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 128. about ILDP materials grants?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 129. about LSTA special population grants?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 130. about LSTA technology grants?

     


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    Know    Not know    Still learning 131. who is the administrator of CKLS?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 132. the CKLS 800 number?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 133. who is the Kansas State Librarian?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 134. who runs annual statistics?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 135. what LSTA grants are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 136. what ILDP grants are?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 137. what the KLC is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 138. what KICNET is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 139. what the Kansas Library Card is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 140. what KPLACE is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 141. what LEEP is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 142. what KLA is?
    Know    Not know    Still learning 143. what KLTA is?
     
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