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Declines in state aid to Kansas libraries has forced budgeting changes

“State aid to Kansas libraries dropped 23 percent in the past fiscal year, according to a new report — part of a years-long decline that has caused the Topeka and Shawnee County Library to change the way it budgets. The Kansas Center for Economic Growth said Tuesday state funds to libraries fell approximately 23 percent between fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014 when dollar amounts were adjusted for inflation.” (via CJOnline.com)

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KU Libraries places ‘radical’ political literature online

“The American political landscape of 50 years ago was full of radical movements and ideology, from violent opposition to the Vietnam War to lesser-known ideas about the supposed danger of fluoridating water. It was also when the University of Kansas Libraries purchased the collection of a young student chronicling activities of different political movements across the ideological spectrum. KU is marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, one of the world’s premier collections of political ephemera and literature, with an online exhibition…” (via CJOnline.com)

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Topeka library wrestles with concealed carry law

“The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library still is wrestling with how to respond to the state’s new concealed-carry law. The board Thursday went into a 55-minute executive session about the topic. The board on Aug. 14 held a two-hour special meeting, all but five minutes of which were conducting behind closed doors to discuss security measures. The board has until October to have a first reading on any proposed policy changes.” (via CJOnline.com)

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Kansas Senate debating Internet filtering bill

“A bill aimed at preventing children from seeing obscene or harmful images while using the Internet in schools and public libraries is coming up for debate in the Kansas Senate. Senators planned to discuss the measure Tuesday, only a day after their Education Committee endorsed it. The bill initially would have required schools and libraries to have technology installed on computers, such as filters or content blockers, to prevent children from viewing child pornography or other obscene or harmful material.”

via AP

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Kansas State Library’s Facebook campaign targets top publishers’ e-book policies

“The Kansas State Library has launched a social-media campaign against what it says are unfair practices to keep bestselling electronic books out of the hands of libraries and their patrons. Library officials have started a page on Facebook, “bringing attention to the titles publishers are refusing to sell (as) e-books to libraries, price gouging or limiting checkouts per copy purchased.”

via KansasCity.com

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Kansas libraries lead way in e-book access

Kansan.com – “More e-books are available in libraries this year than ever before, and Kansas libraries are leading an effort to keep them there. Nationwide, 82 percent of public libraries across the country offered e-books in 2011, up 10 percent from last year, according to a survey published by Library Journal. Academic libraries saw a more modest increase of one percent, with 95 percent in the nation offering e-books. But with that increase, some libraries have seen the terms of their contracts with publishers change radically, raising the question of whether the libraries are purchasing ownership of the books, or merely renting them for the period of the contract. The State Library of Kansas recently decided to change vendors when prices spiked and the terms of ownership changed in a proposed contract renewal with OverDrive, a national e-book distributor. Jo Budler, the state librarian, balked at those changes and decided to let that contract expire in December. From then on, the state library will contract with 3M for its e-books and with Recorded Books for audio books.”

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Book destruction, thefts at University of Kansas library

Los Angeles Times – “Books dating back to 1819 recently were vandalized at Watson Library on the University of Kansas campus, causing $5,000 worth of damage. One folio contained images of the archeology of Greece's ancient Delphi (the Apollo Temple is pictured above); another was about Julius Caesar.”

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Kansas Memories For All To See

livelibrary – “Kansas Memory is the Historical Society’s newest online offering, featuring the largest collection of photographs and manuscripts from Kansas history on the Internet, and can be accessed at kansasmemory.org.”

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