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Aug 19

Kansas Laws on Child Vaccinations

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Brian Herder


In the last several years, the subject of child vaccinations has become a contentious topic. The issue typically boils down to balancing parents' rights to raise their own children as they see fit, and society's desire to keep individual children and the public as a whole as safe as possible from preventable illness.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a web page addressing immunizations under the Kansas Immunization Program. An additional KDHE web page hosts school-related immunization brochures.

If you'd like to check out the nuts-and-bolts legal stuff, the Kansas Legislature has passed numerous laws addressing childhood vaccinations:

KSA 65-508. Equipment, supplies, accommodations; competent supervision and care of children; rules and regulations; immunizations.

KSA 72-5208.   Health tests and inoculations; definitions

KSA 72-5209.   Same; certification of completion required, alternatives; duties of school boards.

KSA 72-510.   Same; duties of public health departments and officers; fees, exception to payment.

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3924

Oct 01

Osawatomie, Topeka and Winfield State Hospitals

Posted to KGI Online Library by Bill Sowers

Kansas has been serving the needs of people with mental disabilities and developmental disabilities for over a century.  For many years much of the work was accomplished through institutions across the state.  Three of these state hospitals were at Osawatomie, Topeka and Winfield.

The Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library provides scanned copies of annual/biennial reports of the state hospitals at Osawatomie, Topeka and Winfield as well as some monographs related to the Topeka State Hospital at the following locations:

Osawatomie Annual/Biennial Reports (1877-1958)

Topeka State Hospital Annual/Biennial Reports (1900-1958)

Topeka State Hospital general publications

Winfield State Hospital Annual/Biennial Reports (1881-1958)

The institutions at Winfield and Topeka were closed in 1998 and 1997 respectively.  The Osawatomie State Hospital continues to work with patients.  Its mission is:  "To lead in providing compassionate, patient-centered care in a safe environment for positive outcomes."  Three other institutions still providing on site care are the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center , Larned State Hospital and the Kansas Neurological Institute at Topeka.
Sep 11

Britannica E-STAX: new batch of MARC

Posted to Librarian News by Lianne Flax

Information below is mostly for school libraries.  While public libraries are welcome to download the MARC records for Britannica E-STAX, please realize direct access can only work in-house-only.  Patrons at home will not be able to use the 856 link in these MARC records from your catalog.  Schools benefit from direct access & MARC records as it allows teachers & students an easy way to get to specific titles at school.  Britannica E-STAX is the only kids ebook system without school use restrictions. 

Not signed up for direct access yet?  Get your school’s public IP address(es) and email us at If you signed up last year and your E-STAX links no longer work, please also send us your IPs.  They probably changed over the summer, this can be updated fairly easily.

New titles were added to Britannica E-STAX in July. 

Just want to take a peek at Britannica E-STAX, or place the main statewide link on your library website?  Please use  This link has geo-location authentication built in.  Patrons recognized as being inside Kansas by their internet service provider will not need to login for access.