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Greetings from Kansas,

My name is Patty Collins and I am a Consultant with the Central Kansas Library System.  I work with a team of 7 consultants assisting small and rural libraries in 17 counties in the heart of Kansas.  We provide education and training (and some financial assistance) to 54 public libraries and 9 volunteer run libraries who have no tax base or funding sources.   Throughout our service area there are only a handful of library staff with an MLS, although some do have some college.  Our goal is to give "boots on the ground what you really need to know today" kind of training.  

Each of our consultants has a specialty so we are able to divide and conquer as we train library staff in all areas of librarianship.  My specialty is Youth Services and Programming.  

Our director, Gail Santy, who will be joining us in Salt Lake, has set forth a new strategic plan for our building.  (Our last strategic plan was mediocre at best and did not really address what our stakeholders needed, but more what we could provide.  Neither of us had real input into the past plan.)  Gail and I will focus our energy on developing a tool to help us determine the questions we really need to be asking the librarians and trustees we serve.  It recently occurred to us that we are offering financial incentives, training opportunities and services that may not be what they really need.  It's time to right that wrong, hear from those we serve, and give us a direction for the future.  We understand the big task we have ahead, but are hoping RIPL might give us a jumpstart and some direction as to where we want to go and what means of data collection we will need to get us there.

Gail and I are looking forward to meeting and learning from all of your these next few days.  

Safe travels to all,
Patty Smile
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