Category: KLA News

Best Small Library in Kansas 2014

By , 10/22/2014

Please join me in congratulating Wamego Public Library as they have been selected to receive the Kansas Best Small Library Award for 2014.

Wamego Public Library serves a population of 4,485 and has a staff of 12 individuals. The Library was selected to receive this award based on their Mobile Librarian Project. This project involves the use of tablets, a Square eReader and Bluetooth scanner to assist patrons in checking out materials beyond the desk. Some of the results include improved efficiency of current services and engaging the community in new technologies and service concepts.

Please join me at the 2014 conference in Wichita on Thursday, October 30th at the Awards Reception as I present the award to Wamego Public Library Director Peter Vopata and his staff. I’m sure they will be glad to visit with you in more detail about this project.

Cathy Reeves

Kansas Library Association President

2014 KLA Presidential Awards

By , 10/02/2014

It is my honor to announce the recipients of the Kansas Library Association Presidential Awards. The awards will be presented at the annual conference in Wichita at the Awards Reception on Thursday, October 30th at 5:30pm. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals and plan on attending the conference and reception to personally congratulate them

Cathy Reeves, President
Kansas Library Association

Library Advocate – Richard Crowson, Wichita Eagle Editorial Cartoonist
If his wit and visuals grabbed the attention of potential supporters of
the Wichita Public Library’s long-awaited improvements, then he indeed was
a valuable library advocate. The fact that he had a history of interest in
libraries only further qualified him.

New Professional – Savannah Ball, Rockwell Branch, Wichita Public Library
For someone just starting out in her career, she has assumed duties and
leadership roles that older, more seasoned professionals might not accept.
Because of this, she truly is a role model for others.

Library Personnel – Julie Tomlianovich, South Central Kansas Library System (retired)
Julie’s contributions will have an impact on librarians for years to come,
because of her willingness to share her knowledge and love of children’s literature
with all. Her nominators were clearly influenced by her personally and
professionally, and will seek to carry on in her footsteps.

Meritorious Service – Jim Minges, Northeast Kansas Library System
Little more can be said about Jim’s almost two decades of work on
behalf of Kansas libraries beyond the many laudatory comments the committee
received concerning his character and contributions to the state.

Nominations now open for the 2014 KLA Presidential Awards

By , 07/24/2014

Think for a moment about all the great people in our profession who contribute so much to the Kansas library community. Don’t they deserve recognition from their peers?

Of course they do, and here’s your opportunity to bring that person to the attention of the Presidential Awards Committee of the Kansas Library Association. Awards will be presented at the Kansas Library Conference in Wichita, October 29-31.

The KLA Presidential Awards nomination categories are:

Library Advocate

To be given to an individual or institution in recognition of exemplary leadership or support for growth and development of the Kansas Library Association and/or a library or libraries in Kansas. Such leadership and support may be, for example, in areas of library-related legislation, media coverage, or in writings which further the understanding and appreciation of Kansas and its libraries.

New Professional

To be given to a Kansas Library Association member who, within the first five years after having earned a professional degree, has made a positive impact on the quality of library service and/or the role of library personnel in Kansas.

Library Personnel

To be given to a Kansas Library Association member, either individual or institution, who has made notable contributions to the library profession, furthered significant development of libraries in Kansas, or performed exemplary service for an extended period of time. In case of retired individuals, the nominee may be a past member of the Kansas Library Association.

Meritorious Service

To be given to an individual or institution in recognition of exemplary and sustained service to the benefit of Kansas libraries and library users and/or the Kansas Library Association.

Nominations are open until September 1. The nomination process is easy. Go to the KLA website and look under CONFERENCE. Or, go directly to the Awards Nomination page at: http://kslibassoc.org/home/conference/presidentialawards/

Past Winners of KLA Presidential Awards:

2013 Presidential Awards:

Library Advocate – Sue Blechl
Library Personnel – Charlene McGuire
Meritorious Service – Marquita Boehnke
Meritorious Service – Roy Bird
New Professional – Caleb May

2012 Presidential Awards:

Library Advocate – Dr. Marshall Havenhill
Library Personnel – Kathleen Morgan
Meritorious Service – Cindi Hickey
Meritorious Service- Donna Lauffer
New Professional – Kate Wise

Thank you. I look forward to reviewing your submissions with the rest of the Presidential Awards Committee: Denise Smith, Stanton County Public Library; Patti Poe, Northeast Kansas Library System; Scotty Zollars, Labette Community College; and Wendy Morlan, Pleasanton Lincoln Library.

Respectfully,

Mickey Coalwell, Chair, KLA Presidential Awards Committee
Kansas Library Association

KLA Mentoring Pilot

By , 06/02/2014

There is someone in your circle who needs you now!

Attention new Kansas librarians! Need a safe place to ask a question without looking foolish? Need advice on how to handle a difficult employee issue? Need tips on recruiting/hiring, or handling a tricky personnel issue?

Are you an experienced librarian? Do you have a genuine interest in sharing your skills and knowledge? Do you want to help others succeed in their careers? Do you have good listening skills?

We need YOU to sign up for a KLA Mentor/Mentee Pilot! Everything can be done via email or phone. Discussion prompts will be provided to get the conversation started.

Let us know if you are interested in participating and we will email you an application. And of course, if you have any questions during the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at velasquezt@jocolibrary.org or JImparato@tscpl.org. The deadline for participation is June 30, 2014.

  • KLA supports timely educational opportunities through multiple learning models that are inclusive of all aspects of librarianship and all regions of the state.
  • KLA will help to prepare future librarians and paraprofessionals for their new library roles.
  • New library directors are supported by KLA with resources, training opportunities and connections to members.

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