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Aug 20

Legislative Clippings at the State Library

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

One important resource in the State Library of Kansas is the newspaper clippings. These clippings are essentially like scrap books, containing material on state governmental topics for each year from newspapers throughout the state. The State Library has these from 1913 to the present in the collection.

In earlier years, the newspaper articles were cut and pasted by the legislative staff onto sheets of heavy card stock type material. The name of the newspaper, along with the date, is handwritten at the top of the article. Currently, newspaper articles are printed out from various news sources, and compiled into binders by subject and year. An archive of the clippings, going back to 2006, is also available on the library’s website at the Kansas Newspaper Clippings page.

The clippings are used by patrons to answer research questions, in addition to possibly providing legislative intent, especially in the earlier years when minutes were not kept for meetings. The clippings have historical value, and offer chronological coverage when researching past legislators, legislative sessions, and state agency issues.

Patrons can browse through the clippings by coming to the State Library between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. They are located in the lower stacks, and are accessible to all patrons. The clippings can be scanned or copied, and are available for use in the library.

The pictures below are just some examples of what the earlier clippings look like. These pictures are of the title page, and page 46, from the 1943 legislative session.  In the second picture, the handwriting denoting the newspaper and the date is visible at the top of each article. Legislative Clippings

1943 page of Clipping
Feel free to stop by the State Library of Kansas to view the clippings in person, and to research a bit of history. Also, stay tuned for more informative postings of From the Reference Desk.

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3919
E-mail: infodesk@library.ks.gov

Jul 30

Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects, a LITA Guide (2014)

Posted to State Library's LIS Collection by Brian Herder


Makerspaces Top Trailblazing Projects

Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects, a LITA Guide (2014)

Caitlin A. Bagley

Item Number: 978-1-55570-990-7

Publisher: ALA TechSource


Spaces that have been designed to allow users to create, build, and learn new projects and technologies, makerspaces employ a variety of tools such as 3-D printers, AutoCAD design software, and even open-source hardware like Arduino Kits. Developing a community around shared use of space and equipment, a tenet of the makerspace movement, fits squarely into libraries’ mission. Bagley examines nine makerspaces in public, academic, and school libraries, describing their design and technical decisions in depth and showing how each is doing something unique and different, under a wide range of budgets and project offerings. Enabling readers to quickly gather information about these trailblazing projects, Bagley’s guide

  • Defines the makerspace, and describes why it fits perfectly into the library’s role as community center
  • Answers common questions about implementing a makerspace project, detailing how libraries are addressing issues such as registration, usage policy, noise, software programs in digital workspaces, adapting spaces, funding, and promotion
  • Illustrates approaches libraries are taking to staffing makerspaces, from Anchorage Public Library’s Maker in Residence and Mesa Public Library's THINKspot coordinator, to the library school students involved with University of Michigan and University of Illinois makerspace projects
  • Covers the demographics of makerspace users, from children and teens to hobbyists and job seekers, offering guidance for targeting, marketing, and programming

A sourcebook of ideas that readers can apply at their own institutions, this resource also demonstrates how makerspaces can be gathering places for people to learn how to create and build together as a community.