KLA Presidential Awards

By , 07/08/2015

It is time to submit your nomination for the KLA Presidential Awards! Please read the information on the different awards and using the nomination form submit your recommendation for one of these prestigious awards.

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.

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 http://mlakla2015.weebly.com/ to keep up to date on conference information, including the schedule. We have also highlighted some special events and speakers.

To register, visit http://mlakla2015.weebly.com/registration.html. 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: http://goo.gl/forms/6l6onHnJ83.

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: http://goo.gl/forms/YHuuU5VODF

The deadline for submissions is now MAY 15th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our proposal gurus at 2015ksmoconference@gmail.com. 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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