Kansas Corona Contingencies

The State Library of Kansas will be closed March 21 through April 5. During that time, there could be limited or disrupted services, and messages may not be received or responded to until after reopening.

This closure is in response to Governor Kelly’s mandate to place all executive branch state employees on administrative leave.

Eric Norris, State Librarian

State Library of Kansas

For Kansas Public Patrons

If you need to return items to the library, the Statehouse, along with the State Library will be closed. Please hold on to the items until April 6 when we will have procedures in place. This includes items that we have borrowed for you from other libraries. Because the State Library does not invoke fines, there will be no fines for overdue items.

Kansas Library eCard - During this time we will be unable to create new or renew expired library card accounts. If your local library is conducting business, they may be able to help you. We will resume support for card services as soon as practical.

Online Resources (Databases and Skill Builders) will continue to be available to the extent our providers can maintain them. Please make the support and help functions they offer your first point of contact if you have difficulties.

Also be aware that if you reach these via the Kansas Library eCard, an expired card will not permit access until renewed (see above). Be sure to try the links on the Online Resources page. They are designed to allow you access based on your IP address.

Digital Book eLending platforms will continue as above. Please be aware that ebook accounts (cloudLibrary, Enki, Freading) require a current Kansas Library eCard. Cards that have expired will no longer permit access until renewed (see above).

Kansas Talking Books Service will be closed March 21 through April 5. During that time no books, machines, videos, or equipment will be mailed from KTB. No new patron applications will be processed. Our phone line will not be monitored. Emails may not be received or responded to until after reopening. BARD should still be operational. Braille services from Utah are still active and braille patrons will be notified by the Utah Talking Book staff if this changes.

If you have the space to keep books in your home, we ask that you refrain from returning them to us until the week of March 30th as we have limited incoming mail storage space.

The Legislative Hotline will be unavailable until April 6. During that time, messages will not be received or responded to until after reopening. If you need assistance or would like to leave a message for your legislator, please leave your message at infodesk@ks.gov. We will do our best to reply to messages after we reopen on April 6.

Other Resources such as the Kansas Library Catalog and Kansas Government Information Online Library will continue as above.

For Librarians

Kansas Library eCard - During this time we expect to be unable to provide admin login info during this time. If your regional library system is operating, they may be able to look up your admin login for you.

If another library is willing to share a login with you on an emergency basis, such local agreements are legitimate. We will resume support for card services as soon as practical.

SHAREit/KICNET: If your regional library system is operating, please contact them first. If they’re unavailable, please use the Customer Care form at Auto-Graphics. For "Product", use SHAREit; for "Module", use the specific area you are having issues with, such as Login, Advanced Search, Request Manager, etc.

For Teachers

Visit this page for resources to help plan and implement your new out of classroom learning curriculum.

If your regional library system is operating, they may be able provide your library staff with an admin login to manage eCards for your students and staff.

 

For State Agencies

If you need assistance, please send an email to infodesk@ks.gov. Your message may not be received or responded to until April 6. At that time, we hope to be able to process interlibrary requests for electronic delivery.

Help for SLK Resources

As noted above, the providers of our online services are aware of our situation. They expect and are preparing for an increase in support requests from users who generally seek first help from a librarian. Please don’t give up on finding what you need without asking for help through the options on their sites.

There will be a certain amount of communication between the State Library and our providers during these two weeks. The priority will be widespread issues that affect overall access, rather than individual user difficulties.

General Knowledge

Kansas specific updates on Covid-19 on the Covid-19 Resource Center from Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  

Governor of Kansas Newsroom for updates and Executive Orders. 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 updates.