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Kansas Library 2010 Conference
Hyatt Regency / Century II Convention Center
Wichita, Kansas 04/07/2010 - 04/09/2010


To register for the 2010 Kansas Library Association conference, please visit our online store. If you are currently a KLA member, please be sure to login first to take advantage of membership rates!

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In addition to the conference schedule and information that attendees will receive upon arrival at the conference, an online version of the conference schedule is available. Links to session handouts will be added to the session details as they are made available.

The Hyatt Regency in Wichita has created a dedicated booking website for the conference so that attendees will be able to make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. Please select 'General Block' from the 'Who are you?' dropdown option. An access code is not required. If you wish to make your reservations by phone, please call 402-592-6464 or 1-888-421-1442 and be sure to mention that you are with the the Kansas Library Association. Please use the link below to access the website.

La Quinta Inns & Suites Airport is also offering reduced rates for Library Conference attendees. To reserve rooms, please call 800-255-6484 and ask for the "Kansas Library Association" rate.

For a list and map of other hotels near the convention center, please use the link below.

For a great overview of Wichita activities and restaurants, please check out the following link (PDF File):

The Hyatt Regency / Century II facilities have made available several handy maps as well as parking information on their respective websites. Below are links to them.



Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker: Tracie D. Hall 

   Founder and principal of GoodSeed Consulting Group, Tracie D. Hall is also an analyst for the Boeing Company's Global Corporate Citizenship division.  Hall previously served as Assistant Dean of Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, as Director of the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, and in various capacities at Seattle, New Haven Free, and Hartford Public Libraries. 
   A frequent speaker, trainer and facilitator, Hall's writings on diversity and leadership have appeared in several professional publications.  Hall's current work centers on inspiring and coaching organizations and individuals around excellence, cultural competency, inclusion, and innovation.  She earned a Master's degree from Yale University and the MLIS from the University of Washington.  



Closing Keynote Speakers: Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum, Unshelved

   Bill is the artist of Unshelved and writer of Not Invented Here. Before taking the vow of poverty required of cartoonists, Bill worked in the software industry for twenty years as a programmer, user interface designer, and executive speechwriter. He is teaching himself to play ukulele. Born in Manhattan, Bill is now a naturalized citizen of Seattle.


   Gene is the writer of Unshelved and editor of Unshelved Answers and the Unshelved Book Club. He uses a pen name because he is scared of his own shadow. He has worked a variety of jobs in public libraries in the Pacific Northwest, including teen services and staff training. He loves French graphic novels, television shows from his childhood, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain. He continues to make the mistake of letting Bill write his bio.



Lisa Scottoline - Kansas Library Association Education Foundation Fundraiser

   Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times best-selling author of legal thrillers, set in Philadelphia and featuring gutsy and resilient female characters. There are 15 millions copies of her books in print and they are published in 23 languages. She has thrilled and entertained readers while succeeding in the near impossible... adding humor to the legal system. USA Today hails her writing as "sharp, intelligent, funny, and hip" and says that she "gives fans of legal thrillers a good, twisty plot, lively characters, and an all-around fun read." She writes a weekly column called “Chick Wit” for the Philadelphia Inquirer, which is a funny, friendly take on life from a woman's perspective.
   An award-winning writer, she is the recipient of a variety of honors including the Edgar Award, mystery writers' highest honor, an Honorary Doctorate of Law from West Chester University and an Alumni Certificate of Merit by the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She also received the "Paving the Way" award from Women in Business and the "Distinguished Author Award" from Scranton University. She has also been honored by Cosmopolitan Magazine for her "Fun, Fearless Fiction," and named an "Innovator" by Publishers Weekly.




Preconference Speaker: Maureen Sullivan

   Maureen Sullivan is an organizational development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience as a consultant on organizational development, strategic planning, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, organization and work redesign, establishment of staff development and learning programs for today's workplace, revision of position classification and compensation systems, and the identification and development of competencies. She is a past president of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) and LAMA (Library Administration and Management Association). 
   Ms. Sullivan designs and presents workshops and leadership institutes on topics of current relevance to librarians and library staff.  Recent topics include recruitment and retention, generational synergy, transforming libraries, creating a collaborative workplace, and new approaches to performance improvement. She is on the faculty of the annual ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a professor of practice in the Ph.D./Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions program at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She received her MLS degree from the University of Maryland.



Afternoon Tea and Children's Section Sponsored Preconference Speaker: CJ Critt

   CJ Critt, one of AudioFile Magazine's, Best Voices of 2008, is known to many audio book fans, as the "Voice of madcap bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum," and has brought to life the work of Anne Tyler, Larry McMurtry, Patricia Cornwell, Margaret Maron, Haven Kimmel, Joan Hess, and Barbara Kingsolver, among many others, in 150 works of Popular Fiction for Harper Audio, Recorded Books, and BBC America Audio-books, garnering a dozen EARPHONES awards and an 2007 AUDIE NOMINATION.
   As a solo artist she has presented her original works, Suicide at 8 and Smoking Lips in Dallas' celebrated Big D Festival of the Unexpected.  Cursed With Bigness, another CJ original, played on Theater Row in NYC, at Pulse Theater, also at Arts and Letters Live in North Texas, and was presented by Soul Rep at the Dallas Theater Center.  She has coached and consulted private clients in their solo show writing and producing, including John Kawie's, NY Fringe Festival, award winning Brain Freeze.
   An honors graduate and former speech instructor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, CJ currently serves as an adjunct professor for writing students at NJCU, & offers private coaching and group workshops in Dallas and NYC.




CULS Open Luncheon Speaker : Dr Janet Coryell

   Dr. Janet Coryell is professor of history at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  She earned her doctorate in American history from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, her master's in modern European history at the University of Delaware, and her bachelor's degree in history and English from the State University of New York, College at Cortland.  In addition to teaching at Western, she has taught at the University of Dayton, Auburn University, and—a very long time ago--at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas.
   Dr. Coryell offers classes on American women's history, on the antebellum and Civil War eras, and on how to edit historical documents.  She created the first online history course offerings at Western Michigan and was nominated for the University's  Distinguished University Teaching Award in 2008.
   She has published several works in women's history and Civil War history, including Adeline and Julia:  Growing Up in Michigan and on the Kansas Frontier.  Her current research is on women politicos in antebellum America, particularly women active in partisan politics in the 1830s and 1840s. Today's paper, “Lincoln and the Ladies: The Question of Woman Suffrage” is based on her research on women politicos and was prompted by a simple question:  what did Lincoln think about the woman's rights movement of the mid-19th century?



KLTA/FoKL Open Celebration Luncheon Speaker: Kathy Sexton

   Kathy Sexton has been the City Manager of Derby, Kansas since March 2006. Kathy had been Assistant County Manager for Sedgwick County Government before taking her position in Derby.  While working in the Governor's budget office from 1992-1995, Kathy founded the Capital-Area Chapter of the Wichita State Alumni Association and later become the President of the Alumni Association.  A lifelong Kansan, Kathy grew up on a farm near the City of Walnut  and graduated from Girard High School. She is active in service to the community and was named one of the Top 20 Women in Business by the Wichita Business Journal.



Beta Phi Mu Sponsored Speaker: Bobbi Newman

   Bobbi Newman is the Digital Branch Manager of the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Libraries, a multi-county system in the USA. She is dedicated to helping libraries find their place in the digital age by creating and teaching workshops for libraries and their staff on a range of topics including; the social web, using the social web professionally, gaming in libraries, digital reference services and time management. She has presented at local, national, and international library conferences on a variety of topics related to improving existing digital services through expanding traditional methods, while creating innovative new practices. She is a librarian, teacher, presenter, writer, community builder, book lover, techno geek, and video game junkie. She writes at