State Library of Kansas Board

Board Meeting 9.20.19


  • Beverly Caley, Green, retired educator
  • David DePue, Topeka, Director of the Capitol Commission
  • Amy Gilliland, Topeka, Librarian for USD 501 Topeka Schools
  • Lenora Kinzie, Topeka, Director of Library Services at Stormont-Vail HealthCare
  • Deborah Ludwig, Hays, Director of the Forsyth Library, Fort Hays State University
  • Janet Moore, Perry, General Federation of Women's Clubs
  • Cathy Nugent, Leawood, Owner of Willis Pendleton LLC, a grassroots communications company
  • Jennifer Schroeder, Concordia, Library Director at Cloud County Community College
  • Ray Walling, Baldwin City, Director of Library Services at Baker University
  • Roger Carswell, Director of the Southeast Kansas Library System
  • Tom Taylor, Wichita, Director of the Andover Public Library, representative of the public library community

Ex-officio Members

  • Eric Norris, Lawrence, State Librarian of Kansas
  • Randy Watson, Topeka, Kansas Commissioner of Education. Jackie Lakin, Educational Program Consultant (Designee)
  • Blake Flanders, Topeka, President & CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.  Steve Funk, IT Director (Designee)
About the Board
The State Library of Kansas Board was created by Statute (K.S.A. 75-2546) in 2007.

Eleven of fourteen members are appointed by the governor, including seven professional librarians. Ex officio members are the executive officer of the board of regents and the commissioner of education (or their designees) and the state librarian.

By law, the board shall:
  • Advocate for statewide library services and resources, encouraging cooperation among libraries and promoting and encouraging innovative library services
  • Advise and counsel the state librarian on policies and management and the state library strategic plan
  • Review and approve the annual plans of regional systems of cooperating libraries
  • Promote collaboration with the state board of regents to ensure the inclusion of libraries on the KAN-ED network and the continued availability of statewide library resources
  • Perform such other duties and functions as provided by law
  • Recommend statewide priorities for interlibrary cooperation and resource sharing
Board Overview
This board promotes cooperation with the Kansas Board of Regents to ensure the inclusion of libraries on the KAN-ED network and continues the availability of statewide library reference resources.

Membership consists of seven professional librarians, a trustee of a public library, two representatives of the general public and one qualified member of the Kansas Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Additionally, the board includes the Executive Officer of the Board of Regents, the Commissioner of Education, and the State Librarian as ex officio members. Members will serve four-year terms.