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Kevin L. Smith arrives on campus as dean of KU Libraries

“Kevin L. Smith, former director of copyright and scholarly communication at Duke University, has joined the University of Kansas as dean for KU Libraries. Smith succeeds interim co-deans Kent Miller and Mary Roach, who assumed their roles following the departure of Dean Lorraine Haricombe. Haricombe was named vice provost and director of libraries at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. During his tenure at Duke, Smith advised faculty, staff and students on issues of copyright, intellectual property and open access to the Duke community and beyond.” (via University of Kansas)

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Kansas legislators want to cut taxes at expense of libraries

“A recent bill proposed to the Kansas legislature appears to be a way for Kansas citizens to have more control over where their tax money goes, but it comes at the expense of community libraries.#HB 2719 was proposed to the Kansas House of Representatives on March 8 and has been stalled since March 14.#The bill has been frozen partly because many Kansans are upset about what exactly it entails and have begun petitioning. They have more than enough reason to be upset, might I add.” (via The Baker Orange)

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Librarians, others throw book at House bill clipping tax authority

“Dozens of Kansas librarians joined with representatives of small governing bodies Monday to express displeasure with a House bill requiring city, county or voter approval for changes in property tax levies or for the issuance of bonds.The Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity stood alone in advocating for House Bill 2719, which attracted testimony from more than a dozen opponents. The approval mandate contained in the bill would apply to airport, museum, park, library, recreation, fire, water or any similarly nonelected board that possesses authority to levy taxes or incur debt.” (via CJOnline.com)

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Late KU librarian’s expertise, devotion remembered as another bequest announced from her multimillion-dollar estate

“In 1957, the Kansas University Library purchased a second-edition translation of John Barclay’s “Argenis” that was printed in London in 1636.Shortly thereafter, a young student named Ann Hyde — along with a visiting professor, Bertram Colgrave, and the special collections cataloguer, Alexandra Mason, who would become Hyde’s lifelong friend — discovered and deciphered leaves from two different 11th century Old English manuscripts that were used as padding in the 17th century book’s binding.” (LJWorld.com)

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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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