NeCessary KnowLedge 2018 Print
Credits: 5
Core Competency: 2A:General Library Management

Presenter: Carol Barta


NeCessary KnowLedge 2018
Manhattan Public Library Auditorium
November 8, 2018
 9:00 Registration


Small Spaces with Big Reach - How Tiny Libraries Can Help Rural Communities Thrive

Allie Stevens


The Deepest Roots: Writing in the Heartland

Miranda Asebedo

11:45- 12:30

Everybody Needs Friends! Friends of Kansas Libraries (FOKL) Can Help

Judy Burgess


Lunch in the Lower Atrium

Firehouse Subs Box Lunches

1:15 – 2:00

Kansas Notable Books

Marcy Allen

2:05 – 2:50

Ditching Dewey

Crystal Hicks

2:55– 3:45

Tech Update and Door prizes

Duane Mayer and Kim Scaler

Please submit your choice of box lunch at http://lib.nckls.org/ .  Lunch deadline is November 4, 2018.  Please bring $5 to cover your box lunch.


Title: Small Spaces with Big Reach - How Tiny Libraries Can Help Rural Communities Thrive

Description:  All libraries provide vital services to their communities, but tiny libraries in small, rural communities can be an even more critical source of information and access for their populations than those in more urban areas. Tiny libraries face challenges that are very different from libraries in larger communities, but any tiny library can find more ways to support the needs of their community by thinking strategically and creating new connections with their community stakeholders, patrons, and other librarians.

Bio:  Allie Stevens is the Director of the Calhoun County Library, a very small, rural library in southern Arkansas. While her current position requires her to serve all age ranges, her heart belongs to teen literature and services. Allie was selected as a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker - Community Builder for her Facebook group Tiny Library Think Tank. Allie was also a member of the 2018 ALA Emerging Leaders Class, and she is the coordinator for YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers blog team. Allie is on Twitter @alphabeticallie, and can be also be reached at allie@calcolibrary.com.



Title: The Deepest Roots: Writing in the Heartland

Description:  Miranda Asebedo will present the inspiration and writing process behind her debut young adult novel, The Deepest Roots, published by HarperTeen in September 2018. Asebedo will describe her writing strategies, including letting characters “take the wheel” during the drafting process and her approach to revisions. She will also discuss the importance of strong female relationships and rural communities in her novel and read from selected passages.

Bio:  Miranda Asebedo was born and raised in rural Kansas with a love of fast cars, open skies, and books. She carried that love of books to college, where she got her B.A. and M.A. in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Literature. A Seaton Fellowship recipient, her short fiction has appeared in Kansas Voices, Touchstone, and Midway Journal. Miranda still lives on the prairie today with her husband, two kids, and two majestic bulldogs named Princess Jellybean and Captain Jack Wobbles.



Title: Everybody Needs Friends!  Friends of Kansas Libraries (FoKL) can help you with your Friends group.

Bio: Judy Burgess is a retired high school librarian, retired public library director, and a life-long library lover.  She has found that being involved with Friends groups keeps her involved with the library world.  Judy believes libraries are the hub of the community.


Title: Ditching Dewey

Many librarians are looking to ditch Dewey for a more relevant 21st century system, but the undertaking seems overwhelming. Is moving away from the Dewey Decimal System right for your library?

Bio: Crystal Hicks has been an Adult Services Librarian at the Manhattan Public Library for over two years, and before that she worked in the Circulation Department.  In her spare time, she’s knitting, reading, or walking her cranky Schnauzer.


Date & Time: Thursday November 08 (2018) 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Registrations Available: Unlimited
Registration Deadline: 11/08/18

The registration period is over.

People Already Registered

Aimee Roberts, Council Grove Public Library

Alice Jones, Frankfort City Library

Anita Westcott, Americus Township Library

Audrey Broxterman, Vermillion Public Library

Charlotte Shawver, Riley City

Ciri George, White City Public Library

Connie Avery, Solomon Public Library

Duane Mayer, NCKLS

Elizabeth Tschetter, Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library

Harriet Wohler, Chapman

Janet Keller, Washington Public Library

Janet Marler, Marion City Library

Jeanie Bartel, Hillsboro Public Library

Judith Cremer, Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library

Judy Goodrich, Council Grove

Kimberly Scaler, NCKLS

LaDonna Clark, NCKLS

Linda Knupp, Manhattan Public Library

Lynn Teeters, Solomon Public Library

Marcia Allen, Manhattan Public Library

Marilyn Peterson, Herington Public

Melanie Hawkinson, Frankfort City Library

Melanie Myers, Frankfort City Library

Michelle Waymire, Council Grove Public Library

Nikki Plankinton, Lyon County Library District #1

Patricia Peterson, Riley City Library

Peggy Hasenkamp, Axtell Public Library

Phyllis Applegarth, Washington Public Library

Samantha Asebedo, Elm Creek Library

Sandra Simmons, Americus Township Library

Sandy Jenkins, Burns Public Library

Shanda Cramer, Clay Center Carnegie Library

Shannon Reid Wheat, Council Grove Public LIbrary

Shelly Wirtz, Herington Public Library

Stacy Andersen, Burnley Memorial Library

Susan Mueller, Herington Public Library

Terri Zumbrum, Americus Township Library