Category: Conference News

2015 Best Small Public Library Award Winner

By , 08/12/2015


It is my pleasure to announce that Hesston Public Library is the 2015 Best Small Public Library!

Under Director Libby Albers’ leadership, the Library worked with the State Historian, Hesston Community Foundation, Hesston College, Hesston Record, Hesston Mennonite Church, and USD 460 to organize a week-long series of remembrance activities for the 25th anniversary of a tornado that swept through Hesston.

The Library worked to create a Digital Special Collection of images, videos, and recorded accounts. They also marked the path the tornado took during the month of the anniversary of the tornado so participants could Walk the Path, as well as several other special remembrance programs.

Join me in congratulating Libby and her staff on the excellent example they have set for us across the state. She and others from Hesston Public Library will be at the KLA/MLA Joint-Conference September 30-October 2 to accept the $500 reward and recognition.

I hope you will join me there to celebrate with Hesston Public Library in person.

Kim Gile
Information Services Manager
Johnson County Library
913-826-4600 Ext. 64410

Volunteers Needed

By , 07/07/2015

Greetings, everyone!

The 2015 will be a joint conference between the Kansas Library Association and the Missouri Library Association. The theme for this year’s conference will be “Libraries Without Borders!”

The conference will be hosted at the Kansas City Convention Center from September 30th-October 2nd.

As Registration Co-Chairs, one of our duties is to help find outstanding volunteers willing to help at the registration desk.

The hours that we are seeking volunteers:

Wednesday, September 30th, 7:30am-6pm

Thursday, October 1st, 8am-6pm

Friday, October 2nd, 7am-10:15am.

If you are interested in this wonderful volunteer opportunity, please sign up via google documents at this link:

Your 2015 Conference Registration Co-Chairs,

Jennifer Steinford, Missouri Library Association and Royce Kitts, Kansas Library Association

Libraries Without Borders: Conference Registration now Open

By , 06/23/2015

Good evening! Individual registration for the 2015 Joint KLA/MLA Conference, Libraries Without Borders, is officially open! Register by August 18th to secure the early bird registration rates. With nearly 100 breakout sessions, 8 pre-conferences, 2 keynote speakers, and many, many other events, this is sure to be a conference to remember!

We are also happy to announce that our joint conference website is LIVE! Visit to keep up to date on conference information, including the schedule. We have also highlighted some special events and speakers.

To register, visit You can also reserve your hotel room from this page.

**Please note, KLA members will need to create a new account toward the bottom of the page. We are using a vendor known to MLA, so many MLA members are already registered with the site and need only log in. You will need to create an account with your email address and password of your choosing, then select a security question and answer. From there, click the link above the security question that says “continue with registration” and you are ready to go. If you have questions or run into problems, please feel free to contact me.

Finally, this conference, just like each organization, is volunteer driven. If you would like to join the army of volunteers, fill out our volunteer form:

We will see you and librarians from both Kansas and Missouri in September!

Your 2015 Conference Coordinators,
Kelly Fann & Dan Brower


KLA/MLA SuperCon Proposal Deadline Extended

By , 04/20/2015

Did taxes get you down? Couldn’t quite figure out how to phrase your amazing presentation idea under the April 15 deadline of conference proposals AND taxes? Well, while Uncle Sam might not be your favorite person right now, your local library association should be – the deadline has been extended to May 15! You have an extra month to formulate your ideas into amazing proposal sessions. Have some challenges with RDA? Taking your department into a new direction? Have some new adult programs that utilizes different technologies? The options are endless and we know you have ideas to share. We Want You!

Submit your best and brightest proposals to “Libraries Without Borders”, the 2015 Joint KLA/MLA Conference. Even if your library is doing something that may not seem great to you, it could be something new and different for another library. The possibilities are endless!

The conference will be hosted at the Kansas City Convention Center from September 30th-October 2nd, and we want you to shine! Submit your proposal here:

The deadline for submissions is now MAY 15th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our proposal gurus at We look forward to seeing your ideas. See you in September!!!

Your 2015 Conference Co-Coordinators,

Kelly Fann, KLA Vice President and Dan Brower, MLA Conference Coordinator

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