Category: Continuing Education

Registration Open for Kansas Library Conference

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By , 08/28/2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 Kansas Library Conference: Out of the Stacks, Engaging Communities.


Go to the KLA Store to register.

Early Bird by Friday, Oct. 10th

Steps for registration:

1. Click on the KLA Store to get started

2. Select the Out of the Stacks Event from the Online Store

3. Log-in with your primary email address and password.

If you are not currently in our system you will need to select “New Visitor Registration”

4. Select the Type of Registration (1 Day, 3 Day or Student/Friend Retired)

5. Complete the registration information

6. Identify the sessions you would like to attend and select the “Next” button. Please note, 1 free meal comes with your registration. You are able to purchase additional meals on this screen.

***There are 2 pages of sessions for registration. The bottom of the page will allow navigation between pages 1 & 2***

7. Review your information and select the “Register Now” icon.

8. This will bring you to the check-out page and allow you to enter a discount code if you are a KASL member, or continue to “Check Out” where you will be able to select your payment method.

For more conference information, be sure to check out the conference website at

Lead the Change!

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By , 04/14/2014

Lead the Change!

KLAEF is excited to announce that they will be providing grants in the amount of $100 to 10 individual members of KLA to attend the “Lead the Change” leadership seminar!  The guidelines and grant application are found on the KLAEF grant page.  Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2014.

Lead the Change: Engaging Your Community is a full-day, hands-on workshop that brings library thought-leaders, directors, and staff together to explore effective marketing and community engagement strategies.

During this interactive program, you will be exposed to fresh ideas, insights and views from David Bendekovic, program developer and his co-facilitators, including recent LJ Librarians of the Year and Movers and Shakers. You will be guided through a planning workbook and provided with tips, tools and techniques for developing and executing an integrated, sustainable marketing and engagement plan. You will be challenged to rethink your customers, your community, your processes and your organizational capabilities and will walk away with a framework that gets results.

Over the course of 2012 and 2013, more than 2,300 librarians representing over 1,000 libraries participated in Lead the Change workshops. This is your chance to participate in this highly acclaimed program and walk away with the tools needed to lead the change in your library and community.

Lead the Change!Kansas 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM | May 20, 2014
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66604

Featured Speaker:
Jo Budler
Kansas State Librarian
2013 LJ Librarian of the Year

Single Attendee: $80 USD
10% Team Builder Discount
Five (5) or more attendees:

More information online at

PLS Virtual Conference with Stephanie Gerding and Stephanie Hall

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By , 11/30/2011

Doing More With Less:
a virtual retreat hosted by the Kansas Library Association, Public Library Section

Date: December 7, 2011
Time: 10:00 – 2:30
Where: The retreat will be delivered via Elluminate so you can participate right at your desk
Cost: PLS members cost is $10, non-members cost is $20.
Registration: Is Open Online  – Search for “PLS 2011 Virtual Retreat Doing More With Less”

For more information, view our PLS Virtual Retreat flyer (.pdf).

Public Library Section members have listed the retreat as an important part of the their section membership. We hope you will feel the same and join us for this value-packed virtual retreat!

More about the speakers:

Stephanie Gerding will be presenting an expanded version of her virtual presentation, at PLA in Philadelphia in Spring 2012.

Stephanie Hall was invited to be on a panel discussing Senior Services at ALA, in New Orleans in 2006. ALA held the distinction of being the first major conference held in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina.

First Lady Announces 1st Annual Kansas Book Festival

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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

For more information, contact:

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

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