KLA Conference 2019

    2019 KLA Conference

    The Kansas Library Association (KLA) Conference for 2019 was hosted in Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas on October 23, 24, 25. The 2019 KLA Conference theme was Libraries Build Communities – Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, and focuses on how to innovate, inspire and connect the library community across Kansas. 

    Download the full conference program here!

    Below are handouts that were provided at the KLA 2019 Conference. All programs submitted are shared with permission by the presenter to be featured on the KLA website. To access these handouts, slides, and/or flyers, click the presentation title below. The document will open in a separate window.


    Pre-Conference 8:30 - 11:50 AM (Wednesday, October 23)

    Bryce Kozla, Blogger at BryceKozlaBlog.blogspot.com - Inspirations, Burdens, and Other Lies: The Disability Community in the Library 

    Session 1 1:00 - 1:50 PM (Wednesday, October 23)

    Christine Peterson, Amigos Library Services - Imagine: One App to Rule Them All 

    Phil Handsaker and Eve Wayman, Dodge City Public Library - Why Libraries and Trivia Events Work

    Session 2 2:00 - 2:50 PM (Wednesday, October 23)

    Margie Sheppard and Maribeth Shafer, Central Kansas Library System - Providing Consumer Health and Wellness Information for Your Community (additional handout)

    Keynote, Mark A. Puente 3:00 - 4:10 PM (Wednesday, October 23)

    Image of Mark A. Puente

    Mark A. Puente is the Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a position he has held since March of 2009.  Puente directs all aspects of the Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) diversity and leadership development programs. These programs seek to recruit people from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (people of color) into careers in research libraries and archives, and prepare and advance those constituencies into leadership roles. Mr. Puente serves as the staff liaison to the ARL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

    Puente develops and directs the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP), the ARL/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program, and the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence. In addition, we serves as faculty for the ARL Leadership Fellows Program, the Medical Library Association/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program, and the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI). An active presenter, clinician, and facilitator, Puente has spoken and presented at meetings and conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad

    THINK AND DRINK: SARAH SMARSH 6:30 - 9:00 PM (Wednesday, October 23)

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    Sarah Smarsh is an author, speaker, and journalist who focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, an instant New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, examines economic inequality through her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm.



    Session 3 9:00 - 9:50 AM (Thursday, October 24)

    Brent Corey, Atchison High School - Engagement and Outreach on a Dime

    Session 4 10:00 - 10:50 AM (Thursday, October 24)

    Andy Shafer and Jeff Hixon, State Library of Kansas - State Library Overview 2019

    Session 5 11:00 - 11:50 AM (Thursday, October 24)

    Tammie Benham, Southeast Kansas Library System - Planning for Family Engagement During Story Time Programming

    Laurel Littrell and Tara Coleman, Kansas State University - Smoke on the Water

    Poster Sessions, 1:30 - 2:55 PM (Thursday, October 24)

    Arielle Vaverka, Manhattan Public Library - Aligning Kansas Libraries with ALA’s New Sustainability Value

    Session 6 2:00 - 2:25 PM (Thursday, October 24)

    Kate Gramlich, Lawrence Public Library - Feeling S.A.D.? Come to Your Library

    Rhonda Machlan and Jeff Hixon, State Library of Kansas - KICNET Users' Group 

    Session 7 2:30 - 2:55 PM (Thursday, October 24)

    Ann Schuster, Kansas Association of School Librarians (KASL) - Indispensible Ingredients: Sifting Through the New AASL Standards to Spice up Student Learning

    Emily Vardell, Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) - Librarians Build Healthy Communities by Connecting Patrons to Health Insurance Coverage

    Session 8 3:40 - 4:30 PM (Thursday, October 24)

    Jeri Hopkins, Independence Public Library; Eric Norris, State Library of Kansas; Diana Weaver, Basehor Public Library; Melany Wilks, Pioneer Memorial Library; Gail Santy, Central Kansas Library System; Christi McKenzi, Rossville Public Library; and April Hernandez, Goddard Public Library - Savvy Leaders Serve: How Servant Leadership Empowers All

    KLA "Sparks" New Ideas.

    Session 9 8:00 - 8:50 AM (Friday, October 24)

    Mirah Dow, Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management; Laura DeBaun, NEKLS; Janet Brooks, JCCC Library; Carmaine Ternes, Retired High School Librarian; Amanda Harrison, McPherson School LIbrarian; Michael Lang, Kansas State Library Talking Books - Beta Phi Mu, Beta Epsilon Chapter Annual Business Meeting and Initiation (check out the event photo gallery)

    Crystal Hicks, Manhattan Public Library - Wow Your Patrons with a Great Graphic Novel Collection (additional handout can be downloaded here)

    Session 10 9:00 - 9:50 AM (Friday, October 24)

    Jack Granath, Bonner Springs Public Library; Jacque Slingsby, Atchison Public Library; Laura Carroll, Basehor Community Library; Terri Wojtalewicz, Lansing Community Library; Cindy McGuire, Leavenworth Public Library; Nicole Holifield, Tonganoxie Public Library - One Book, Many Neighbors 

    Closing Keynote (Friday, October 24)

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    Lance has served as Executive Director for Kent District Library since 2011. He received a juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University’s College of Law and his master’s degree in Library Science from Wayne State University (WSU). In 2018 he was chosen as Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, and in years past he was the recipient of the Joey Rodger Leadership Award from the Urban Libraries Council, Librarian of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association (MLA), the WSU Distinguished Alumni award, and Library Journal’s Mover and Shaker Award. Lance is currently involved in the ALA Policy Corps, WSU’s Capital Campaign, MLA’s Legislative committee, and recently graduated from Michigan Political Leadership Course.

    Check out the Pre-Conference information here. 

    Keynotes / Speakers for 2019 Conference

    Check out the line up for speakers at our 2019 conference. 


    Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and as the Literary Editor for seven eight five magazine publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas. His poems can be found in his collection How to Hang the Moon published by Spartan Press. He is the winner of ARTSConnect’s 2018 Arty Award for Literary Art. His forthcoming book Un Mango Grows in Kansas will be released in 2019.


    Eric Norris, Kansas State Librarian, is a native Kansan who received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, MA from Fort Hays State University, and MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Prior to joining the State Library in 2018, he served as the Adult Department Librarian and Director of the Hays Public Library.  He has also worked as a Director of Human Resources and a newspaper reporter.


    Ann Braden writes books about kids struggling to find their voice amidst the realities of life. Ann’s debut middle grade novel The Benefits of Being an Octopus was listed as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018, received a starred review from School Library Journal, and was described by Newbery award-winner Karen Hesse as “a compassionate look at poverty, hard choices, and defending one’s right to be treated humanely.” Ann founded GunSenseVT, a grassroots group focused on championing the common ground on the issue of guns in Vermont, which recently helped pass landmark gun violence prevention legislation. She also founded the Local Love Brigade, which now has chapters all over the country sending love postcards to those who are facing hate. Ann is a former middle school teacher, the co-host of the children’s book podcast, “Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide,” along with Pakistani American author Saadia Faruqi, and recently one of the co-organizers of #KidsNeedMentors. Ann lives in southern Vermont with her husband, two children, and two insatiable cats named Boomer and Justice.