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Jul 20

KPERS information for 2015

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Robin Genschorck

KPERS blog

The 2015 Kansas Legislative session involved much discussion about KPERS, the Kansas public employees' retirement system. Quite a few KPERS-related bills were proposed. The KPERS bill that generated the most interest during session, HB 2253, was not passed this year, but remains alive for the 2016 session. In the end two KPERS-related bills passed: Senate Sub for HB 2095 and SB 228.

Below are KPERS-related links to documents and resources that may prove helpful. First is the text for Senate Sub for HB 2095 and SB 228, along with their respective "Summaries of Legislation" published by the non-partisan Kansas Legislative Research Department.

After the 2015 legislation are links to the KPERS website and various KPERS documents and PDFs explaining KPERS-based retirement planning and issues.


Senate Sub for HB 2095
Senate Sub for HB 2095 (Summary of Legislation)

SB 228
SB 228 (Summary of Legislation)

KPERS Home Page

Working After Retirement Flowchart, based on 2015 Legislation

KPERS Steps to Retire

Getting Ready to Retire: Your KPERS Pre-Retirement Planning Guide

KPERS Pre-Retirement Presentation

Getting Ready to Retire: Your KP&F Pre-Retirement Planning Guide

KP&F Pre-Retirement Presentation

Jul 23

Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library (2015)

Posted to State Library's LIS Collection by Brian Herder

Start a Revolution

Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library (2015)

Ben Bizzle with Maria Flora

American Library Association


“But this is how we’ve always done it!” Objections to taking a fresh tack are about as common as budget shortfalls, and the two are more closely related than you might think. At the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas, Ben Bizzle and his colleagues defied common practices by using creative risk-taking in marketing and outreach to transform their library into a dynamic institution that continues to grow and thrive. In “Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library,” published by ALA Editions, Bizzle and co-author Maria Flora share techniques for success alongside a provocative marketing philosophy that will spur libraries to move beyond their comfort zone. Focusing on creative ways to pull patrons in rather than just push the library out, this book:
  • steers libraries towards defining their brand, explaining why it is crucial to meeting the needs of their users and potential users;
  • offers strategies for getting stakeholders on board and engaged, including how to address budgeting concerns;
  • demonstrates the importance of the library’s website as the digital “main branch” of the library, with guidance for creating and promoting it;
  • details the systematic marketing campaign undertaken at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, encompassing both traditional and new media channels such as billboards, posters, newspapers, TV and radio and mobile technology;
  • takes the mystery out of how to use social media platforms as public awareness tools, complete with detailed strategies and step-by-step instructions;
  • shows how to pull it all together into a manageable campaign through strong leadership and teamwork.
Aug 03

Explora & Database Pages Updated Aug 3

Posted to Statewide Online Services News by Lianne Flax

The new EBSCO product Explora has been added to the database pages, and the database pages reorganized.

Explora is a multi-search.  The version on the main Online Resources page and the Kansas Library eCard's General section are for adult research.  Multiple databases are behind it (like Academic Search, MasterFile, Newspaper Source, EBSCO eBooks).  Databases being searched by Explora are now under "view all" to provide a cleaner page.

Children's & student databases already had multi-search products.  The old ones have been retired in favor of new Explora versions for the appropriate age ranges.  These Exploras have the same materials behind them as the old versions. 

The children's and student databases will now only be on the Kids and Student Research (Middle - High School ages) pages.  The main Online Resources page will primarily be for adult research and learning.