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Apr 06

Sign Up for a State Library Card and See the Materials Available

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

Any person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Kansas can come into the State Library to check out, or use, the resources the library has available.
In order to check out materials, patrons do need to apply for a card and present a valid Kansas ID, a process that takes just a few minutes. The cards are good for three years, which are then able to be renewed. Materials can be checked out for three weeks, but can be renewed up to two additional times if there are no holds for that particular item.

The State Library has an interesting collection of books within our general reference section. There are quite a few biographies on presidents, and their papers, in this collection. Also, the State Library provides the option for inter-library loan (ILL), which is handy if patrons who come and look for something we might not have in the collection. If that is the case, the library can ILL another title for the patron. The option for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is also available for non-Topeka residents through the patron's local library.

Another area of interest is the Floating Playaways collection located to the right of the circulation desk. The Playaways portion of the library’s website offers more detail about them, as well as links to lists of all the available Playaways throughout the library system in Kansas. Just contact your local library if you would like to listen to a particular title on the list.

Of course, the State Library also has federal documents, and state documents, for patrons to peruse and check out. The library also has a collection of legislative documents that are available to be read in the library, since not all circulate.
Not wanting to check out print books, or travel to Topeka to view the collection?  Check out the library’s Digital Book eLending webpage, which are available for all Kansas residents across the state, and requires a Kansas Library Card. Information for the card is available at the First Time User page. Talking Books are also available for reading help for anyone with a visual impairment, physical impairment or reading disability.

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

Dec 04

Resource Sharing Today (2014)

Posted to State Library's LIS Collection by Brian Herder

Resource Sharing Today

Resource Sharing Today (2014)

Corinne Nyquist

Item Number: 978-0810888036

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Budget constraints challenge collection development in unprecedented ways. Collection development has increasingly become a cooperative effort among libraries in geographic proximity. When their own library doesn't have certain books or journals, users turn to interlibrary loan to obtain the resources they need. However, many library science degree programs don't cover interlibrary loan. Resource Sharing Today is a practical guide to resource sharing starting with the library across town and ending with libraries on the other side of the globe. Chapters cover everything from the ALA's interlibrary loan form to successful innovations such as Virginia Tech's ILLiad to New York's IDS (Information Delivery Service). Appendices include regional, state, national, and international ILL codes, ALA and IFLA forms, open access agreements, and purchase on demand plans.
Apr 02

3M - Nook Color & Tablet app

Posted to Statewide Online Services News by Lianne Flax

The regular 3M Android app works for Nook HD & HD , but the app was no longer stable for Nook Colors and the original Nook Tablet. 3M did some small updates to an older version of their Android app, and this app is now available in the Barnes & Noble App Store.  We have tested it on a Nook Color and found no issues.

These devices should specifically use the 3M Cloud Library (for Nook Color & Tablet) in the B&N app store.  If you have a previous version of the 3M Cloud Library app on your Color/Tablet, please delete that copy of the app.  Want full instructions for use?  See this instructions page.

If you have a Nook HD or newer, please continue to use the 3M app available to you via the Google Play Store.