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State Librarian

Ms. Jo Budler
State Librarian
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Avenue
Room 312-N
Topeka, KS 66612-1593
Phone: 785/296-5466
Fax: 785/296-6650

State library website:

photo of Kansas State Librarian“We’ll emphasize digital literacy and the use of mobile devices, and want to ensure the technical capacity statewide (broadband) to deliver all Internet offerings, including e-government resources. Family literacy is a key focus as well. ‘Learning Express,’ ‘Ready-to-Read,’ and summer reading programs will continue.”

--Jo Budler, State Librarian, State Library of Kansas

Read the State Library of Kansas Interview with IMLS.


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$1,809,993 $1,773,974 $1,718,260 $1,768,651 $1,755,667

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Project Examples

Abilene Public Library Playaway collectionKansas Floating Playaway Collection
The Kansas Floating Playaway Collection is a statewide project that allows collections of audiobooks to circulate to users in a decentralized manner. The Playaway devices are about the size of a deck of cards and include audiobooks and a self-contained player. They are purchased by the state library and distributed to eight library locations in Kansas, where they float from library to library rather than passing back through a central library. Since the inception of the program several years ago, the collection has grown to over 1,200 items, including recently added Playaway Views for video. During the project period, there were approximately 7,300 circulations of these items across the state. Grant funds also supported the purchase of associated bibliographic records that allow Kansas users to find the Playaways through their library catalogs.
IMLS Funds: $18,574

Regional Technology Grants
The state library has a strong working relationship with the seven Regional Library Systems across the state that were established in statute to help local libraries provide services to all Kansas residents. In order to help the Regional Library Systems provide services to their local member libraries, the state library offered grants for technology enhancements that would best aid each regional system and its members. The North Central Kansas Libraries System (NCKLS) spent its grant to enhance technology in member libraries by updating software, hardware, and content. Software included licensing for word processing, system administration, and remote desktop access; hardware included laptops for member libraries and wireless boosters for a WiFi project; and NCKLS also provided personnel to install and upgrade the software.
IMLS Funds: $48,592

Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Kansas's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 161KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning

General Services and Initiatives

  • Customize access to and delivery of library services to meet the needs of Kansas residents.
  • Administer or collaborate on statewide programs to meet reading and information literacy needs of all library users.
  • Foster awareness and support for reading and literary events for Kansas residents of all ages.


  • Promote and support early literacy, summer reading programs, and other efforts associated with reading development in children.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Maintain and improve the State Library of Kansas website to serve as the first point of access for Kansas residents to obtain quality, up-to-date statewide resources and information.
  • Dedicate a professional staff member to provide customer and technical support of statewide electronic resources.
  • Foster database development and monitor new technology and social media to ensure our libraries remain relevant to the needs of Kansas residents.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Encourage training for and programs in youth services for children’s librarians, young adult librarians, and rural library directors to promote early literacy and literacy initiatives for people of all ages.


  • Support automation in Kansas libraries of all types, using common software to facilitate communication among libraries providing fast, reliable access and delivery of materials to library users.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Administer the Kansas Talking Books Service to meet the information, cultural, and recreational interests of library users with special needs.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Kansas's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 938KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Kansas's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 336KB).