The Kansas Library Association has announced the winners of the 2013 Presidential Awards in the following categories:
Library Advocate: Sue Blechl, Emporia Public Library
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: Caleb May, Meade Public Library
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: Charlene McGuire, SWKLS
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: Marquita Boehnke, CKLS and Roy Bird, State Library of Kansas (Retired)
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.
The KLA Presidential Awards will be presented to each recipient at the State Librarian’s Luncheon at the Kansas Library Conference on Thursday, October 10. The Conference is being held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Expocentre in Topeka.
Topeka, KS—The Kansas Library Association is proud to announce Kinsley Library as the winner of the 2013 Best Small Library in Kansas Award. The Best Small Library Award was created by regional library consultants, in conjunction with the Kansas Library Association, to recognize creative and excellent library service, program or activity in a service community of less than 5,000.
The award comes with a $400 prize provided by Auto-Graphics, Inc. Auto-Graphics provides resource management solutions to customers across multiple industries, including a range of library markets such as public, academic, school, special and consortia, as well as finance, publishing, aerospace and manufacturing. Auto-Graphics believes strongly in the positive impact a small library can have in the community and views this award as a way to highlight the importance of libraries to their communities.
Previously, in 2012, Kinsley Library received two awards from the Public Library Association (PLA), the Ebsco Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award, and the Polaris Innovation in Technology John Lliff Award. The library director at Kinsley is Joan K. Weaver.
The 2013 Best Small Library in Kansas Award presentation will be made at the State Librarian’s Luncheon at the Kansas Library Conference on Thursday, October 10. The Conference is being held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Expocentre in Topeka.
Here are the results of the recent Kansas Library Association (KLA) election:
- Second Vice President: Kelly Fann, Tonganoxie Public Library
- Treasurer: Gary Landeck, Atchison Public Library
- Nominating Committee 2014: Kim Rutter, SEKLS; Caleb Puckett, Ottawa University; Amy Parton, Effingham Community Library
Some KLA Sections and Round Tables also elected new officers. Those results will be announced separately. My sincere thanks to every candidate on the ballot. Your willingness to step up and run for KLA office is appreciated.