Category: Conference News

Conference Evaluations

By , 10/06/2015

We hope that you all had a great conference.  Please take the time to fill out an evaluation as filling out these evaluations will help this year’s and next year’s coordinators know what was successful and what was not successful.

Overall Conference Evaluation:
Breakout Sessions Evaluation:

Your 2015 Conference Co-Coordinators,
Kelly Fann and Dan Brower

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


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