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Topics and Trends - January 2020

Our January Topics and Trends shines a spotlight on the new SCKLS website. Join staff members for a digital tour of website spaces and places relevant to their service and expertise.

Additionally, explore the ins and outs of conducting a book club as Daniel Eells, adult services supervisor, shares insights he has gleaned facilitating two book clubs at Newton Public Library. Learn what to expect and prepare for as well as compelling reasons to try out a book club at your library.


Zoom Overview

Training Specialist Katherine Hughes gives a helpful, information-packed overview on how to use the webinar platform Zoom.


Become a Goodreads Power User

  • 1/30/2020
  • Strap on your seat belts and get ready for a fast-paced exploration of 10 ways to maximize your use of Goodreads, the "world's largest site for readers and book recommendations." Join Robyn Bravi, technology consultant and readers' advisory advocate, to discover how to find and share just-right books like a pro.
  • Length: 1:00:10


Alexandria Researcher

  • 11/6/2019
  • If your library uses the Alexandria automation system, you won’t want to miss this webinar training facilitated by Lisa Sharbaugh, automation and technology services coordinator, as she provides an overview of the Alexandria Researcher patron catalog, a collection of versatile and intuitive library search interfaces appropriate for all ages of library patrons. 
  • Length: 59:18

Destiny Reports

  • 8/27/2019
  • Attention Destiny automation system users! Are you getting the specific data you need to drive important decisions in your library? Are you spending too much time gathering or searching for these numbers? It’s time to put Follett Destiny’s powerful prefigured and customizable reports to work for you. If your library uses Destiny, view this webinar facilitated by Lisa Sharbaugh, automation & technology services coordinator, to learn how to effectively use the reports feature in the Destiny Library Manager. 
  • Length: 53:40

Kansans Can: SCKLS School Redesign Survey Results

  • 5/9/2019
  • “We’re going to the moon!” This declaration heralded by the Kansans Can School Redesign Project in August 2017 initiated the Kansas State Department of Education’s mission to prepare 21st century students to be successful in an ever-changing world. Since then, seven Mercury 7 districts, 21 Gemini I districts and 19 Gemini II districts have journeyed to redesign their school structures, while prospective Apollo districts await the launch date for their phase. Mission update: As the Kansas vision of education changes, school libraries can play an integral part. Interested in learning more? Join Robin Hargrave, SCKLS youth and school services consultant, and Katherine Hughes, SCKLS training specialist, for a one hour webinar spotlighting valuable survey information collected from representatives of nine SCKLS school districts on the Mercury 7 and Gemini I redesign frontier.   
  • Length: 1:12:57

Understanding Teen Behavior: Addressing Behavioral Issues

  • 4/25/2019
  • Trying to best serve young adults is a constant yet elusive goal for library professionals who want to help grow life-long learners and library fans. But moving targets don’t scare us! We know to empower ourselves with information and preparation. Understanding teenage behavior means learning about brain development, decision-making processes, and impulses so that you can develop realistic expectations, positive relationships and effective communication in your library setting. If you want to know more about how to create a successful, inclusive teenage environment in your library, view webinar facilitated by Robin Hargrave, youth and school services consultant, as she presents Module IV of Young Adults Deserve the Best: Understanding Teen Behavior for a Positive Library Experience, a 5-module training initiative supporting the ALA YALSA National Guidelines.
  • Length: 1:52:18

Adobe Spark 

  • 4/16/2019
  • If you want to create free and easy web-based library promotions that WOW, then don’t miss this webinar! Learn how to harness the power of Adobe Spark and create stunning images, web pages and videos that effectively communicate with patrons and other library stakeholders. Adobe Spark gives everyone the ability to create and share visual stories—all without specialized training or design talent. Join Lisa Sharbaugh, automation and technology services coordinator, to learn how to quickly and easily create images, pages, and videos packaged for the web and designed to be shared to promote your library and engage your patrons.
  • Length: 1:28:35

Polaris Holds

  • 3/14/2019
  • Attention Polaris automation system users! Are you ready to take the hassle and headache out of managing the circulation of your hottest books? If you’re a Polaris user, viewthis webinar facilitated by Lisa Sharbaugh, automation & technology services coordinator, to gain an overview of holds management using the Polaris automation system. Learn about different types of holds, methods of placing holds and processes for the daily management of holds. 
  • Length: 1:02:07