Urgent – Legislative Action Needed!

By , 03/11/2016

Hello Kansas Librarians,
On March 8th, a new piece of legislation, HB 2719 (http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/hb2719/ ), was introduced. This bill has major implications for the future of libraries in the state of Kansas and needs your immediate action.

The major purpose of this bill is to remove taxing authority from library boards and regional library systems. While this in itself is disturbing, the bill would also require a public vote on a yearly basis to decide whether or not to fund each of the 7 regional library systems. This would most likely mean the end of the regional library systems and the loss of statewide resource sharing.

This bill is set to have a hearing on Monday, March 14th, so there is no time to waste. Please contact your representative in the Kansas House and tell them the negative impact that this bill will have on your library. To assist you, the Governmental Affairs Committee has prepared talking points, which are attached to this email. They can also be found at:

If you do not know who your House representative is, you can find that information by your address at:

If your House representative is serving on the “Committee on Taxation,” it is especially important that he be contacted. You can find a list of the committee members at:

Finally, it is very important that your representative is contacted by the residents of your community. Please reach out to your community supporters, share the talking points, and encourage them to contact their representative this weekend. Your regional library system will be helping with this, so please work with them to determine the best strategy for your library.

Again, time is of the essence, since this bill goes to hearing this coming Monday. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or your regional library system if you have questions or would like further guidance.

Eric Gustafson
KLA Governmental Affairs

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: https://goo.gl/PQ3Bmq
Breakout Sessions Evaluation: https://goo.gl/M2vWX2

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

Kansas Library Association Presidential Awards

By , 08/26/2015

As the President of the Kansas Library Association I am pleased to announce the recipients of the KLA Presidential Awards. Awards will be presented at the KLA / MLA Joint Conference on Thursday, Oct. 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Library Advocate: This award is presented in recognition of exemplary leadership or support for growth and development of the Kansas Library Association and/or a library or libraries in Kansas. The year’s recipient is Senator Pat Pettey representing Kansas City Kansas. As her nomination letter reads, “She is always inquiring about the needs of the library and wants to be kept abreast of what is going on. When there is a need, she is willing to do whatever she can to assist (libraries)…”

New Professional: This award is given to a new professional that has made a positive impact on the quality of library service and/or the role of library personnel in Kansas. This year’s recipient is Lauren Hays from Mabee Library, MidAmerica Nazarene University. As her nomination states, “Her list of accomplishments and new initiatives is remarkable – and even mind-boggling”.

Library Personnel: The Library Personnel award is given to an individual 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. This year we are presenting the award to Rhonda Machlan from the State Library of Kansas. In her nomination form, Rhonda is described as “a bastion of knowledge, competence, and common sense.” It goes on to state that, “She consistently does her homework on new technologies and vendor upgrades, and advocates for the needs of all of the sizes and types of Kansas libraries she supports in her role as Resource Sharing Specialist (a title that doesn’t begin to describe her areas of expertise).”

Meritorious Service: The individual receiving this award is given in recognition of exemplary and sustained service to the benefit of Kansas libraries and library users and/or the Kansas Library Association. This year the award recipient is Kathleen Rippel, recently retired from the Central Library Kansas System after 17 years of service with them. Kathy’s contribution to the Kansas Library community is described as “resource sharing and access with a strong customer service orientation to successfully get people what they want” along with working and leading from the trenches providing a “solid source of guidance and inspiration.”

Terri Summey

KLA President

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

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