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?
 
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