Dr. R. David Lankes as KLA 2012 Conference Keynote

By , 09/07/2011

Have you spent any quality time with The Atlas of New Librarianship by Dr. R. David Lankes?  Maybe you’ve heard about this thought-provoking book on Twitter or caught his closing keynote last year at the “ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point,” Library Journal/School Library Journal Virtual Summit?  If so, then you know why we are so excited to announce…

Dr. Lankes is the Keynote speaker at the 2012 Kansas Library Conference, April 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita in Wichita, Kansas!

If you are interested in being an Exhibitor at the Conference, information is available online.  Questions may be directed to Mickey Coalwell (mcoalwell @ nekls.org).

Conference details are coming soon, but you can start the process by becoming or renewing your Kansas Library Association membership!

Heather Braum, Technology Librarian for the Northeast Kansas Library System and huge Atlas fan, created this promotional video for your viewing enjoyment:

First Lady Announces 1st Annual Kansas Book Festival

By , 08/20/2011

Topeka – Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback today announced the first annual Kansas Book Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka. The festival will showcase current authors and books and will promote the importance of reading. It is open to the public at no charge. “We believe we’ve created an event that will promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading. It is my hope that the Kansas Book Festival will help bring authors, publishers and illustrators together with the people of Kansas for years to come,” said Brownback.

More than 30 authors will take part in the festival, including Alexandra Robbins, author of the New York Times’ bestseller The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School and Clare Vanderpool, Kansas’ first Newbery Medal winner and author of Moon Over Manifest as well as many of the 2011 Kansas Notable Book winners. The awards ceremony for the Kansas Notable Book winners will take place at noon.

Festival organizers are now seeking vendors interested in participating in the festival. Vendor categories include authors, publisher, bookstores, food items, goods and services. For event information, sponsor information, vendor information, or how to feature your Kansas company or Kansas-related product at the festival, visit www.kansasbookfestival.com.

For more information, contact:

Sherriene Jones-Sontag
785.368.7138 (office)
785.338.3015 (mobile)

Town Hall Meetings

By , 08/15/2011

Information from ALA Washington office on town hall meetings in Kansas.  If you are able to participate, please do so.  Thanks.

Rob Banks, Kansas Chapter Councilor

Subject: Upcoming Town Hall Meetings in Your State

Your senator is holding town hall meetings in your state this month. Sen. Jerry Moran is holding town hall meetings in the following places:

  • Aug. 15, 11:30 AM, CornerBank, Arkansas City
  • Aug. 15, 1:45 PM, Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, Sedan
  • Aug. 15, 4:00 PM, Coffeyvile Community College Technical Campus, Coffeyville
  • Aug. 18, 7:30 PM, St. Francis Community High School, St. Francis

With the debt ceiling deal reached, Congress will be looking to make deep cuts in the national budget. It is important as ever for library supporters to show up and tell their member why funding for libraries is not the place to cut. For example, you could tell a story about how your library helps to provide valuable resources to job seekers free of charge.

 Talking Points

Because Sen. Moran serves on the Appropriations Committee, you can ask that he increase funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). You can use the following talking points:

  • LSTA is the primary source of federal funding for libraries.
  • LSTA was funded in FY 2011 at $189 million.
  • In FY 2011 LSTA received an 11.47 per cent (or $24.5 million) cut from the previous fiscal year.
  • For FY 2012 ALA is asking congress to appropriate $232 million for LSTA which was the level it was authorized at in December 2010.
  • Please share with your elected official the important work your library does in your community and how cutting funds for libraries is unacceptable during a slumping economy.

You can also ask your member to restore funding for school libraries by supporting the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program. Please use the following talking points:

  • Improving Literacy Through School Libraries is the primary source of federal funding for school libraries and works to update school libraries in disadvantaged school districts.
  • Improving Literacy Through School Libraries was zeroed out in FY 2011.
  • Improving Literacy Through School Libraries was last funded in FY 2010 at $19.1 million.
  • Improving Literacy Through School Libraries was authorized in 2002 at $250 million but has never been appropriated over $20 million.
  • ALA is requesting Congress fund Improving Literacy Through School Libraries at the FY 2010 level of $19.1 million.
  • Please share with your elected official how students receive a more complete education with an up-to-date school library staffed by a full time state-certified school librarian.
  • Please also share with your elected official what important work your school library does in your school and community.

If you need additional information, please contact Ted Wegner in the ALA Washington Office at twegner@alawash.org

Talking With Media


Town hall meetings are also a great opportunity to begin building relationships with local reporters, since media often attend these meetings. Be sure to introduce yourself to reporters in attendance. Give them your contact information and invite them to your library, suggesting they write a story about any issues or concerns your library faces as well as any exciting new initiatives taking place.


After attending the town hall, we encourage you to post a comment on your member’s Facebook and/or Twitter pages (if they have them) as well as write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the experience. Be sure to mention your member of Congress’ name in the letter, as staff monitors all press mentions of the member.


Should you need help or care to discuss any of these suggestions, please contact Jenni Terry, press officer for the ALA Washington Office, at 1-800-941-8478 or jterry@alawash.org.


KLA Council Meeting Wrap Up

By , 07/07/2011

Royce Kitts convened his first KLA Council meeting today in Lawrence and together the group worked through a number of issues, such as:

  • Approving the Consent Agenda – Minutes from April 2011 meeting, committee reports, Section/roundtable reports, State Library of Kansas Board candidates and financial reports
  • Ratifying the Standing Committee Chair Appointments
  • Reviewing and approving the 2011-2012 Budget
  • Hiring of an Executive Assistant
  • Discussing the Bylaws revision process and extension
  • Approving a contract for KLA Office space
  • Hearing from the Futures Committee with the 2013 Conference location and date, and
  • Discussing a Conference Planning manual, hearing a legislative update, and a reviewing the short-term strategic plan.

Update: Minutes from April Meeting Now Available at Council :: Minutes.  We are discussing if draft minutes can be posted prior to Council approval.  Stay tuned…

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