Friday, July 07, 2017

From Bill Sowers, KGI Online Library:

Within the well dusted shelves of the State Library of Kansas' virtual KGI Online Library is an incomplete collection of newsletters, "Kansas Schools," covering the years 1952-1969.

These publications, issued by the then Kansas State Department of Public Instruction, could be seen as historical reflections of the changing face of public education and society in general in the Sunflower State during the post-WWII decades. These were changes that shaped the coming of age of the Baby Boomer generation... The Korean War, school integration, suburban development, the Vietnam War, the turbulent 1960s, gender equality, etc.

The collection is a great tool for social, historical and casual researchers interested in the development of public education and American society in the 1950s and 1960s. You can find "Kansas Schools" online at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library at:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

That "Fake News" Infographic...

How to Spot Fake News

By IFLA ( [CC BY 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

IFLA has made this infographic with eight simple steps (based on’s 2016 article How to
Spot Fake News) to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you. Image credit and
more information:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1951 Egg Candling Kansas document at KGI Online Library

Dedicated to the Egg Lady (Julie Smith) and her daughter at Butler.
From Bill Sowers, State Library of Kansas, 3/13/2017

Does anyone remember Candling eggs? Today we added this little gem to the State Library's KGI Online Library, "Candling and Grading Manual for Shell Eggs." Published in 1951 this booklet gives a full description of candling.

The preface states, "This manual is prepared for use in properly training persons and to develop skilled candlers and graders. It may also be used in developing a more thorough knowledge of the egg, the importance of its care, and factors which constitute quality."

Cool little read.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

International Woman's Day

Hello Girls Trailer from Shell Studios, LLC on Vimeo.

Book coming to the library soon: The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers by Elizabeth Cobbs (Harvard University Press).

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

From a colleague:

"This week has been dubbed fair use weekby a whole bunch of organizations (mostly universities and libraries) as a chance to celebrate the usefulness and wonder that is fair use in protecting free speech, enabling creativity and inspiring innovation. As we've said many times in the past, fair use is an incredibly important concept -- if often misunderstood -- so it's good to see these organizations working together to better educate the public on why fair use is so key.

However, not everyone is so enthralled with fair use. The MPAA is apparently so frightened by fair use that it, and some of its friends, have been posting weirdly uninformed screeds against fair use over the past few days. Some are more silly than others (such as one that tries to claim that the MPAA has never been against fair use, ignoring that the MPAA's long-time boss Jack Valenti once declared -- totally incorrectly -- that fair use wasn't in the law), but let's focus on the one that comes straight from the horse's mouth: Neil Turkewitz, the MPAA's "Senior Policy Council" has published a piece at Medium (a site that relies heavily on fair use to protect it from being sued into oblivion) pretending to honor fair use while actually criticizing it.


Brig C. McCoy
Network Services Manager
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
625 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, Kansas 66101"

Thursday, January 05, 2017

State Library of Kansas Link to Historical State of the State addresses!

It’s coming! The 2017 Kansas Legislative Session is almost here. And with the new session the annual State of the State address will be delivered.

This issue of the Kansas Government Information (KGI) Blog provides a link to previous Legislative Messages delivered by Kansas governors stretching back to the 1860s. We invite you to read the blog and take a look at the state of the state through the years.


Bill Sowers