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Dec 14

Search History at the Kansas Memory Digital Collections

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Tracey Boswell

The Kansas Museum of History, Topeka, is currently closed for renovation, anticipating a reopening in 2024 with repairs and a reinstallation of exhibitions. You can always visit its collections online through the Kansas Memory Digital Collections. It is a database of primary source materials such as photographs, letters, diaries, manuscripts pamphlets, maps, government records, and more with images and information about them. It is easily searchable and with a free account you can log in to save your research or your favorites

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Jul 12

Wheat Harvest in 1914 With Photos

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog by Bill Sowers

After a drought which brought many farming families to their knees 1914 brought a beneficial wheat harvest which astounded everyone. Journal editor, C.W. Wright, wrote a great article (with photos!) on the harvest which was published in the 1913-1914 Biennial Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture.  Read the article at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library...

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Apr 29

Covid Resource Updates

Posted to Librarian News by Holly Hutchinson

The most recent additions to our Covid Resources pages can be found below. 

Mask guidance for libraries:

While the new guidance is a positive step, the vast majority of people need to be fully vaccinated before COVID-19 precautions can be lifted broadly. Until then, it is important that everyone continues to adhere to public health mitigation measures to protect the large number of people who remain unvaccinated.

CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take these COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19:

             Wear a well-fitted mask.

             Stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with.

             Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.

             Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

             Follow guidance issued by individual employers.

             Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.


CDC statement on Surface transmission of COVID virus:


New York Times article referencing CDC statement:


NicheAcademy offers a large collection of tutorials geared toward assisting libraries during and after the pandemic:


WebJunction has the following webinars:

Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A REALM Project Webinar

REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview

REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections

OSHA Guidance on Returning to Work


From American Libraries:

 How Long SARS-CoV-2 Lives on Common Library Materials

Where Are We: The Latest on Library Reopening Strategies


From Library Journal:

Where Are We Now?


From School Library Journal:

One Year Later


From the OCLC REALM Project:

Reopening considerations for LAMs (archives, libraries, and museums)

Vaccines: Resource Roundup

Social Distancing: Resource Roundup

Virtual Programming: Resource Roundup