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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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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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