Library News

I’ve lost my password what do I do?!

This happens. Here’s how to fix it.

Pre-emptively (as in, before you lose your password):

Make sure that your librarian account has an email address associated with it.

    • Log in
    • Click Users
    • Click Librarian
    • Make sure that your email address is entered in under Contact information.
    • If you added or changed the email address, click “Update User”

Oh no! I’ve lost my password!

  • On the login screen, click “Lost Your Password?”
  • Type in your username (usually librarian) or the email address associated with your account.
  • Click “Get new password”
  • Check your email for the confirmation link
  • Click the link from your email.
  • Check your mail for your new password
  • Go back to the login screen and use the new password to log in.

Now, we want to change the password to something we know and can remember:

  • Log in using the new password
  • Click Users
  • Click your user, usually librarian
  • Scroll down until you see the two “New Password” fields
  • Type in your new password in each box
  • Click “Update User”
Library News

KLOW in Computers in Libraries

We’re excited to report that KLOW was featured in an article in Computers in Libraries this month.

Read it!

Our own Sharon Moreland wrote the article, and it’s very exciting for us to be featured in a national library magazine!

KLOW Featured on

Jessamyn West highlighted our project on her blog at

Aw, shucks. *blush*

As to who in Kansas are the brains behind the project, it was started by Brenda Hough and Liz Rea at the Northeast Kansas Library System in 2006. Liz is still on the project (*wave*) but Brenda has moved on, her place being very capably filled by Sharon Moreland, NEKLS Technology Consultant. It is funded by NEKLS and the State Library of Kansas.

Thanks for the nod!

Introduction to KLOW

What’s new in Library Web site development?

What is WordPress?

  • Blogging application
    • traditionally, blogs are frequently updated, personal websites featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites.
      • main content area has articles listed chronologically, newest on top
      • articles are organized into categories
      • older articles contained in an archive
      • people can leave comments about the articles
      • links to other related sites are listed (called a “blogroll”)
      • “feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files are available
  • Open source
    • freely distributed, collaboratively developed and modified software code
    • collaboratively written support materials –

Exploration of WordPress

  • What the world sees…
    • Header
    • Post
      • Title
      • Categories
      • Comments
      • Images
    • Sidebar(s)
    • Pages
    • Archives
    • Categories
    • Links (Blogroll)
    • Meta
  • Behind the Scenes…
    • Dashboard
      • Settings
        • Update/Edit header and “General Settings”
        • Site Administration
      • Plugins
      • Users
    • Write
      • Write Post
      • Write Page
      • Write Link
    • Manage
      • Edit/Delete posts
      • Edit/Delete pages
      • Edit/Delete links
      • Add/Edit categories – index/group posts by topic
      • Add/Edit tags
      • Add/Edit link categories
      • Edit/Delete media library (images)
    • Design
      • Themes
      • Widgets
      • Install a Theme
      • Header/Theme customization
    • Comments
      • Moderate comments and Spam
    • HELP

Thinking About Content

  • What is the purpose of your site?
    • Promote news and events
    • Provide information about Library operations (hours, contacts)
    • Provide hard-to-find information
    • Provide access to local information
    • Local history
  • How simple or complicated do you want the site to be?
  • Who will add and update content?
  • Who will check for dead links?
  • What information do you NEED and WHERE do you want to put it?
    Home page (sidebar widgets) :: Pages :: Posts organized by Category

    • Widgets – Hours :: Catalog :: Images via Flickr :: Search boxes :: Audiobooks, Music and More
    • Pages – About :: Policies :: Feature Page :: Board Information :: Teens :: Kids :: Readers

Tips and Tricks

  • ColorSchemer – For Themes that allow color customization
  • Buttons – Use a photo editor to generate a hyperlinked ‘button’
  • Simple How To guide for tasks like adding and editing images and making hyperlinked image buttons for a Text widget.

Add a search box to the State Library of Kansas Databases

Ever wanted to make a page devoted to resources external to your library? Resources such as the State Library of Kansas sponsored databases?

Oh you have, have you? Well funny you should ask… here’s how you do it!

  1. Log into the administration side of your site.
  2. Click Presentation
  3. Click Widgets
  4. Find an empty Text widget
    • If you don’t have a blank one, scroll down and increase the number of text widgets that are displaying, and click Save. Then use one of the new ones you’ll see in your “Available Widgets” box.
  5. Drag it up to one of your sidebars.
  6. Click the “Configure” box on the right end of the text widget you dragged up. A pop up will appear with a blank white area.
  7. Copy the following text and paste it into the box:
    <form method="post" action=";lid=kw9&amp;stfftype=Z&amp;defaultlang=english&amp;qmisc=&amp;s=ESS&amp;mode=S">&nbsp;<input name="term" type="text" size="18" />
    <label>&nbsp;&nbsp;<input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Go!" /></label>
  8. Click the X in the upper right corner.
  9. Click Save Changes (VERY IMPORTANT)

You will now have a SLK search box on your sidebar. Those of you a little more advanced with your HTML could paste this into a page and increase the size of the search bar area. The sky’s the limit!