Horton Public Library named 2016 Best Small Public Library in Kansas

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By , 10/17/2016

Topeka, KS–

The Kansas Library Association (KLA) is pleased to announce that Horton Public Library has been named the 2016 Best Small Public Library in Kansas.  This award is presented annually and co-sponsored by KLA and Auto-Graphics, Inc.  The Library will be honored during the Kansas Library Conference, a joint conference of KLA and the Kansas Association of School Librarians, October 19th – 21st in Wichita Kansas.  Award winning libraries are presented with a traveling banner to hang in their library, a plaque, and a check for $500 from Auto-Graphics, Inc.  This presentation will take place during the Awards Reception on Thursday evening, Oct. 20th.

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Kansas Library Association Recognizes Five Individuals with KLA Presidential Awards

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By , 10/17/2016

Topeka, KS —

The Kansas Library Association will recognize five individuals with the KLA Presidential Awards during the annual Kansas Library Conference to be held in Wichita October 19th through the 21st. The annual conference is a joint conference of the Kansas Library Association and the Kansas Association of School Librarians. The KLA President, Gloria Creed-Dikeogu will present the awards to the recipients at an Awards Reception on Thursday, Oct. 20th. KLA recognizes individuals in four different categories: Meritorious Service, Library Personnel, New Professional, and Library Advocate.

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Best Small Public Library In Kansas

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By , 08/17/2016

Do you know a public library that you are proud of? How about a public library that offers services or programs that seems unique to your library or community? Do you know of a model library that is doing what other libraries could or should be doing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions – then consider applying or nominating a library for the Best Small Public Library in Kansas. The application process is not difficult. To be considered for the award the public library must be serving a taxing district with less than 5,000 people and provide creative, excellent library services, programs, or activities that can be replicated in other libraries. More information and the application is available at the KLA website – http://kslibassoc.org/home/about/best-small-public-library/

Take some time and apply or nominate today. Nominations / applications are due by September 1st. Send to tsummey@emporia.edu or through the mail to Terri Summey; Emporia State University Libraries and Archives; 1 Kellogg Circle, Box 4051; Emporia, KS 66801. Winners will be notified by September 15th. Awards will be presented during the KLA/KASL Joint Conference in Wichita, Oct. 19th – 21st.

Emporia State University
Terri Summey
Professor / Reference and Instruction Librarian
Libraries and Archives
Emporia State University

Legislative Update – HB 2719

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By , 03/19/2016

Hello Kansas Librarians,

Thank you again for all your support and advocacy efforts over the past two weeks.   Members of the committee on taxation said that they all received hundreds of emails and calls from their constituents.  You definitely made a difference!

I have great news to share about HB 2719.  This bill has now been amended to remove libraries completely.  That is wonderful news for us and a major victory for Kansas libraries.  Hopefully, we will not see any other versions of this bill again this session, but we will continue to be vigilant.

Now is a great time to reach out to your legislators and those on the committee to thank them for listening and for their support. Please do so when you have the chance.

I also wanted to thank everyone who has spent time at the statehouse over the past week, monitoring the bill and making your voices heard.

Finally, I wanted to call special attention to the efforts of Heather Braum.  She has tirelessly led the online and social media charge on this issue; continually monitoring Facebook and Twitter and constantly helping everyone understand the current situation.  Her dedication is a shining example of what makes Kansas libraries and librarians so great.  Please join me in thanking her for her hard work.

Great job everyone!

Eric Gustafson
KLA Governmental Affairs

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