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Nov 24

Kansas Hunting Information

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

Kansas has a diverse game population, including pheasant, quail, and turkey, waterfowl, small game, and two types of deer, just to name some of the common animals to hunt. That being said, the season for deer hunting with regular firearms is right around the corner, which runs from Dec. 3-14, 2014.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has information and news about hunting in Kansas in general, and as well as downloadable hunting guides and hunting atlases. See the left hand column of their website to access the hunting menu.

Dates for hunting seasons can be found at the KDWPT’s website as well. On the Seasons webpage, dates along with the type of animal are listed.  By clicking on the animal name, you can find other information, such as the daily limit, and possession limit.

Hunter Education is important to keep hunters safe and informed. The KDWPT’s Hunter Education portion of their website offers class schedules, tips, and basic information for individuals wanting to become certified.

Hunting license information can be found at the KDWPT’s website under Hunting Applications and Fees. Lifetime hunting license information is also available at this website. If you don’t have internet access, just go to your local public library to download the application.

Kansas statutes and regulations concerning hunting are offered at the KDWPT’s website. A PDF of all statues and of all regulations are available to download, but visitors can break the information down to individual categories, based on their need.

Most of Kansas is not available for hunters to use without permission from a land owner.  Check out the KDWPT’s page about private land hunting, and information about needing written permission. However, Walk-In Hunting Areas (WIHA) are made available by KDWPT by leasing private properties, and turning them into public hunting. Visitors can find information about WIHAs and the online map for Kansas at KDWPT's website. Also, controlled shooting areas are private fee-to-hunt areas that have been licensed by KDWPT. Information for CSAs can be found at KDWPT, and Hunt Kansas.

For more information on hunting, and hunting seasons in Kansas, please see additional menu items on the KDWPT's website.

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3919

Nov 12

Customer Service in Libraries: Best Practices (2013)

Posted to State Library's LIS Collection by Brian Herder

Customer Service in Libraries

Customer Service in Libraries: Best Practices (2013)

Edited by Chris Harmon and Michael Messina

Item Number: 978-0-8108-8749-7

Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Inc.

In Customer Service in Libraries, nine librarians from across the country describe their libraries' best practices in this key area. Their contributions range from all-encompassing customer service policies and models adaptable for any library to micro-approaches that emphasize excellent user-focused technology planning, picture-book arrangement with patrons in mind, Web 2.0 tools to connect users with the library, establishing good service delivery chains, and making the library a great resource for homeschoolers.

As past Public Library Association president Audra Caplan writes in her introduction, "There is nothing magical about providing excellent customer service; it just takes the right people, the right philosophy, and the passion to make it a reality." If you've got all that, here are the best practices to make stellar customer service a reality for your library's users.