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Oct 21

State Library of Kansas Publications Online

Posted to KGI Online Library on October 21, 2016 at 3:59 PM by Bill Sowers

Within the past two years the State Library of Kansas has harvested, scanned or inherited (via the former KSPACe project) over 50,000 individual Kansas state government publications and added them to the Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library.  Library staff have gone through the State Library's paper collection, boxes of publications on loan from the Kansas Historical Society and state agency websites selecting titles we've felt would be of interest to the public.  Annual reports, newsletters, monographs, news releases, etc. have been chosen for inclusion.  But it's primarily been a selective process trying to discern what we should put into KGI.

Several months ago a decision was made to go through one state agency's paper collection on the shelves here at the State Library adding everything issued by that agency to the KGI Online Library... and what better choice than our own publications!  It took quite a while but we now have the publications of the State Library of Kansas back to the 1860s up online. Sadly there are some holes in newsletters, meeting minutes and annual reports but on the whole it is a pretty decent look at what the State Library (and libraries around the state) have been doing the past 150 years in Kansas.

The State Library collection within KGI has publications of the Library and affiliated boards, commissions, task forces, etc.  This includes publications of entities such as the Kansas Traveling Libraries Commission, KPLACE and the Kansas Library Network Board.

The topics in these publications aren't limited to statewide library issues.  They include studies and reports on individual libraries like Abilene (1968), La Cygne (1969), Salina (1954 reprint of a 1941 publication), Paola (1967), Elkhart (1968), El Dorado (1971) and Dodge City (1967).

You can view the different subcollections within the KGI State Library of Kansas collection here:

  • Annual and Biennial Reports
  • General Publications
  • Homework Kansas Report
  • Interlibrary Loan Statistics
  • Kansas Libraries Newsletter
  • Kansas Library Bulletin (1927-1973) [Incomplete]
  • Law Blog for Librarians
  • LSTA Evaluation Reports
  • Public Library Statistics
  • Kansas State Library Advisory Boards and Commissions Meeting Minutes
  • SLK News
  • Travelling Libraries Commission Biennial Report
  • Kansas Library Network Board (KLNB)
    • Annual Reports (1981-2005)
    • KLNB Monthly Reports (1984-1995)

    • The subcollection, "General Publications," consists of reports and other monograph titles.  At the top of the display list for each subcollection is a search box if you'd like to narrow the display by topic and or name.

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      FEATURED AGENCY COLLECTION

      We feature here a different agency or division of a large agency and its publications within the Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library:


      The Department of Corrections provides safe and secure institutional care for adults and youth committed to the custody of the Secretary of Corrections; emphasizes rehabilitation; supervises individuals on post-release supervision after serving their sentence or being granted parole or probations received through interstate compacts; and administers the Community Corrections Grant Program, which assists communities in alternative correctional services. The Department of Corrections, as part of the adult criminal justice system and juvenile justice system, contributes to public safety and supports victims of crime by exercising reasonable, safe, secure, and humane control of adult and juvenile offenders while encouraging and assisting them to become law-abiding citizens. In 2013, Executive Reorganization Order No. 42 placed all the responsibilities and functions of the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority under the Department of Corrections.