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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 –

Take some time and apply or nominate today. Nominations / applications are due by September 1st. Send to 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

Conference Evaluations

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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

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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

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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

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