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Executive Committee Meeting Schedule

2014 CKLS Executive Committee Meeting Schedule

February 19, 1:15 Downs Carnegie Library, Downs
March 12, 1:15 CKLS, Great Bend
April 16, 1:15 Jamestown City Library, Jamestown
May 14, Spring Forward, Camp Webster, Salina
June 11, 1:15 Lincoln Carnegie Library, Lincoln
July 16, 1:15 CKLS, Great Bend
August 6, 1:15 Budget Hearing, CKLS, Great Bend
September 17, 1:15 Technology Conference, CKLS, Great Bend
October 15, 1:15 JH Robbins Memorial Library, Ellsworth
November 18, 1:15 CKLS, Great Bend (Joint Dessert Social with GBPL Board)
December 17, 1:15 Sylvan Grove Public Library, Sylvan Grove

Please check the CKLS website calendar for  the most up to date information about Executive Committee Meetings.

 

Executive Committee


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Board chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Aurora, Cloud county
Vice chair Sharron Hamilton, Salina, Saline county
Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Kirwin, Phillips county
Treasurer Janice Carlson, Formoso, Jewell county
 Max Reeves, Concordia, Cloud county
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Hays, Ellis county
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Cawker City, Mitchell county
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Great Bend, Barton county
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Courtland, Republic county
Rita Birzer-Feist, Ellinwood, Barton county
Governer's Appointee Dean Schultz (also Board chair)
Governer's Appointee Position open
Governer's Appointee Position open

CKLS Governance

Central Kansas Library System By-Laws
2014 System Plan (.pdf)
2013 System Plan (.pdf)
System Grant Questionnaire

Executive Committee
Executive Committee Meeting Schedule
Executive Committee Agendas
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Proxy Letter Information

In 1965, acting on the ingenious idea of State Librarian of Kansas, LeRoy Fox, to levy a tax on rural property in exchange for providing library services to rural residents, the Kansas Legislature established seven regional systems of cooperating libraries. In 1967, a group of active citizens, who had been working together since the System legislation had been passed, hired the first CKLS Administrator, and the System program was underway. From that time, through successive changes in administration and staff, CKLS has grown and developed, never losing sight of the purposes for which it was created.

The System is like a municipality, as such it has the authority to levy property taxes for the support of the System.  The system tax is levied on property that is not otherwise taxed for the support of a local public library in 16 counties. The board of the Central Kansas Library System consists of 54 members appointed by the boards of local public libraries and 16 members appointed by the governor from the rural areas of the counties that levy the system tax.  This board meets twice a year to conduct the business of the System, to approve the budget, any resolutions, the system plan, and elect members to the Executive Committee.  The Executive committee meets monthly at various System library locations, to conduct the general business of the System.  The Executive Committee of the Central Kansas Library System and the Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors hire the Director/Administrator.

About Us

The Central Kansas Library System supports library services in 17 counties, covering 13,988 sq. miles with a total population of 187,750.

Counties served include:

Barton, Cloud, Ellis, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa Pawnee, Phillips, Republic, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, and Smith counties.

The mission of the Central Kansas Library System is to help member libraries give their patrons what they want by extending library service to the unserved and improving library service where it already exists.

The goal of the Central Kansas Library System is to respond to needs articulated by member librarians and trustees through specific programs that offer a level of sevice not affordable in local communities. CKLS pools resources and used modern technology to help local librarians serve their patrons better. CKLS also offers direct services to rural residents and those who need special services because of disability. Anyone living within the System boundaries can get the library materials they want by using the collections of local libraries or by contacting CKLS directly.

  • Cooperating with our colleagues to help all libraries meet the needs of all Kansans.
  • Working together, helping each other at CKLS meet the needs of all our clients.
  • Supporting local libraries, helping them give their patrons what they want when they go the library.
  • Providing direct service to those who cannot go to a library or cannot benefit from regular library services.

The Central Kansas Library System receives most of its funding from a General Mill Levy on rural property (i.e., property not taxed by a city library) in sixteen of seventeen counties in the CKLS region. Pawnee County is a contracting county. The Jordaan Memorial Library in Pawnee County contracts for CKLS services.

CKLS History

CKLS Governance

CKLS History

In 1965, State Librarian of Kansas LeRoy G. Fox pushed through H.B. 621 establishing seven regional systems of cooperating libraries. These systems were created for two basic purposes:

  • to extend library service to the unserved:
  • to improve library service where it already existed.

CKL Board President Bud Lewis in Great Bend and Hoisington Librarian Mrs. Walter Jonas organized CKL's first service and headquarters at 511 East Seventh Street in Hoisington. Claflin librarian Mrs. George Brunts and her daughter, Janice, and Mrs. Jonas and her daughters, Nancy and Janetha, processed rotating books for member libraries.

In July 1965, Hoisington Rural High School speech teacher, Clay Thompson, began delivering rotating books in a station wagon borrowed from Leon Whiteman to libraries in Plainville, McCracken, Great Bend, Ellinwood, Claflin, Ellis, Downs, Long Island, Stockton, Palco, Russell, Lucas, Smith Center, Kensington, La Crosse, Hays and Hoisington. The first deliveries were three boxes of children's books, two boxes of young adult books and one box of adult books.

By September 1965, the system had purchased a van with "Central Kansas Libraries" on the side. Until the late 1970s, the rotating driver selected the books, placed them in red yard-long wooden boxes for delivery. The driver had a key to each library because boxes of books were often swapped when the library was closed. In 1975, the driver made several rotations to Kensington's library before discovering that the Kensington Library Club had closed the library without telling the system. In 1978, librarians began selecting their own books from a rotating truck.

To improve interlibrary loan, CKL gave telephone credit cards to member libraries. Librarians used the cards to call the closest large library for interlibrary loan requests.

A statewide interlibrary loan network was established by October 1965. Librarians mailed to Topeka library postcards with their ILL requests. At 8 am each morning, Topeka library teletyped these requests to Salina and Hutchinson libraries. The three libraries owned over 1 million items.

Central Kansas Libraries held its first workshop in Great Bend Public LIbrary on November 12, 1965. Forty-three librarians and assistants from 17 libraries participated. By that time 31 libraries in 13 counties were members.

CKLS was officially organized July 1, 1967 under Title 1 of the Library Services and Construction Act. CKLS established by January 1, 1968 funding with its own mill levy on rural property. In 1967, a group of concerned citizens, who had been working together since the System legislation had been passed, hired the first CKLS administrator, Keith Trost.

CKLS Financing

The Central Kansas Library System receives most of its funding from a 1.551  General Mill Levy on rural property (i.e., property not taxed by a city library) in sixteen of seventeen counties in the CKLS region. Pawnee County is a contracting county. The Jordaan Memorial Library in Pawnee County contracts for $9,200 for CKLS services. CKLS' 2011 budget is below.

Mill Levy

Pawnee County contract    

1,167,000

$9,200

     
Interest on savings $600     

Other revenue

State Aid

    $4,000

  $80,000

CKLS Purpose

The mission of the Central Kansas Library System is to help member libraries give their patrons what they want by extending library service to the unserved and improving library service where it already exists.

The goal of the Central Kansas Library System is to respond to needs articulated by member librarians and trustees through specific programs that offer a level of sevice not affordable in local communities. CKLS pools resources and used modern technology to help local librarians serve their patrons better. CKLS also offers direct services to rural residents and those who need special services because of disability. Anyone living within the System boundaries can get the library materials they want by using the collections of local libraries or by contacting CKLS directly.

  • Cooperating with our colleagues to help all libraries meet the needs of all Kansans.
  • Working together, helping each other at CKLS meet the needs of all our clients.
  • Supporting local libraries, helping them give their patrons what they want when they go the library.
  • Providing direct service to those who cannot go to a library or cannot benefit from regular library services.
 
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