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Sep 04

Educating Children in Wartime Kansas, 1863

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on September 4, 2019 at 10:07 AM by Bill Sowers

A recent addition to the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library:  The 1863 Annual Report of the Kansas Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Step back in history and get an idea how Kansans struggled to provide a decent education for their children in a time of war...

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Sep 26

Kansas Educational Directories, 1940-2016

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on September 26, 2016 at 9:48 AM by Bill Sowers

The State Library of Kansas has added Kansas Educational Directories, 1940-2016, to the Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Libraray. This collection consists of over 70 volumes of information on statewide, regional and local educational institutions, school districts, associations, boards, and administrators.  Information is provided on both public and private schools within the state.  The directories include some basic numbers on teachers and students within each district as well.

The directories were issued by the State Department of Education and its predecessor, the State Department of Public Instruction and can be a valuable tool in locating schools no longer in existence as well as the names of principals, board members and other administrators.

The directories are located here:


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 Commerce works to deliver the highest level of business development, workforce, and marketing services to build a healthy and expanding Kansas economy. The Department fosters the economic development of the state through the promotion of business, commerce, and industry. The Department's overall effort is to assist in the efficient use of the state's labor, capital, and land resources.

Aug 18

Highlight: Back to School (Resources for Students)

Posted to Statewide Online Services News on August 18, 2016 at 4:49 PM by Lianne Flax

School started this week around the state, so here's a tiny overview of statewide resources for children & young adults.  Teachers, we have extra notes for you at the bottom.

There are two database pages for students – a Kids page (Elementary) and a Student page (Middle-High School). Databases on these pages are appropriate for age. We would specifically like to call attention to:

Encyclopedia Britannica School – a great place to start for any project. There are standard articles, but also images, videos, primary source documents, interactive maps, educational games, and even web-links that have been checked by Britannica staff. One of my favorite sections in Britannica is the Biography Browse, where you can look through historical figures by time period or what they are known for (poetry, science, etc).

EBSCO Explora (link is for the Middle School version, see database pages for alternates) – new in the last year, Explora versions cross-search a bunch of the single-topic EBSCO databases on statewide access. It also gives you a way to browse topics & current events, which was not available on single-databases. Give Explora a try when starting your research topics.

Digital Books eLending
All of the digital books systems will have some children’s and young adult materials in them. Please realize that with the exception of those only for children, you will need a Kansas Library eCard for logins or registration. We’re specifically calling attention to:

 Britannica E-STAX – this is a nonfiction ebooks system for kids.

All have unlimited copies (no holds lists) and there’s no limit on how many books can be used per sitting. The books work directly in the internet browser too, so these will even work for ChromeBooks.

The majority of titles are for PreK-Grade 5, but a few are for older students. Every main topic (math, science, history) is covered.

OneClickdigital Audiobooks
– We subscribe to a package of youth books with unlimited copies, which helps provide more access for children and teens to audiobooks. Not all books can have an unlimited copies version, but there are over 1600 so far in both fiction and nonfiction. “Half a Chance” is on the William Allen White nominee list for this year.

OneClickdigital registration via the Kansas Library eCard is required for checkout! See our First Time User page for brief notes.


  • Teacher FAQ sheet for State Library's Statewide Services.
  • Britannica E-STAX has a direct linking for schools, please ask your school librarian if your school is signed up. E-STAX books may be used in curriculum in any way you choose, so feel free to use these books on your whiteboard or have kids read them as part of a lesson. 
  • OneClickdigital – spreadsheet of the books in the Childrens-YA-Collection with unlimited copies, if this helps you plan reading lists or suggest audiobooks to students that need them. While the books will expire after 3 weeks, renewal is available or the students can check out the book again. Most of the classics on OneClickdigital will also be unlimited use.