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Library receives interlibrary loan development grant

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the 16th consecutive year, grants from the Kansas Library Network Board have allowed the Bethel College Library to update and expand its collection, reported Gail Niles Stucky, library co-director.

For fiscal year 2006, a grant of $1,300 enabled the library to purchase volumes of Amish and Mennonite fiction and poetry. Bethel’s Mennonite Library and Archives (MLA) receives many interlibrary loan (ILL) requests for these kinds of materials, said Stucky. Having them locally will save time for the library’s users and will also enhance the library’s contribution to the statewide interlibrary loan network.

With the grant money, 138 duplicate copies of books have been purchased. Since interlibrary loan is very hard on books, Stucky explained, the purchase of second copies of books owned by the MLA will enable the MLA books to remain in mint condition while the copies circulate. Titles of new books include, but are not limited to, Eve’s Striptease by Julia Kasdorf; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime by Tamar Myers; and Rebecca by Mary Christner Borntrager.

The second grant for FY 2006, for $4,000, allowed the library to purchase 56 titles, of which 18 are DVDs, on the economic, social and health needs of the elderly. The new titles include, but are not limited to, Community Care for an Aging Society by Carole B. Cox, Home and Identity in Late Life by Graham D. Rowles; Holding Back the Years: The Race to Slow the Aging Process (DVD); and Last Spring: Stories of Hospice (DVD).

In addition, a grant of $5,500 for FY 2007 enabled the library to buy 84 titles, including books, videos, audio books and DVDs, on leadership and leadership development. Representative titles are Dynamic Leadership in Turbulent Times (DVD); Leading with Soul (audio book); NewsHour Business Ethics Anthology (DVD set); Sun Tzu: The Art of War for Managers by Gerald A. Michaelson; and Working With You is Killing Me by Katherine Crowley.

The Bethel College Library has received 18 different Interlibrary Loan Development Program (ILDP) grants since 1992, for a total of $66,885, which it has used to purchase books, videos and DVDs, Stucky said. The stated purpose of the grant program is to enable libraries of all types throughout Kansas to purchase materials suitable for ILL and other forms of resource sharing. In the last two grant cycles, the state has required that a portion of grant monies be used to purchase audio books for the Kansas Virtual Library.

ILL is a statewide cooperative service that allows library users to borrow materials from libraries across the state. To qualify for an ILDP grant, applicants agree to make materials in their collections available through ILL. Proposals are funded on the basis of their potential to improve the state ILL network.

This grant program is funded by the State of Kansas and is administered by the Kansas Library Network Board, a division of the Kansas State Library in Topeka. This year, ILDP received 45 grant proposals from across the state, totaling $82,495. The Network Board approved funding for 33 of the applications at its summer meeting in September for a total of $60,828 in grants.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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