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Stucky named to statewide library board

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Gail Niles Stucky, Bethel College co-director of libraries, has been appointed to a new 11-member State Library of Kansas Board.

The Kansas Legislature created the board during the 2007 legislative session to promote cooperation with Kansas Board of Regents, making sure libraries are included on the KAN-ED network and continuing statewide library reference resources. The KAN-ED network was created to connect communications service providers throughout the state to a high-speed telecommunications network and to provide basic network connectivity to all K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, libraries and hospitals.

“Ensuring that our public schools and Regents institution have access to the library network expands the opportunities Kansans have to read, learn and explore,” said Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

Stucky is one of seven professional librarians on the State Library of Kansas Board, who represent a variety of types of libraries across the state. The board also includes a trustee of a public library, two representatives of the general public and a qualified member of the Kansas Federation of Women’s Clubs.

The State Library of Kansas Board is a new entity, but indicates a change in existing organizational structures, Stucky said. Susan Taylor, librarian at McPherson College, was a member of the Kansas Library Network Board – now folded into the new structure, representing Kansas’ private college and university libraries. Stucky will fill that role for the State Library of Kansas Board.

Others appointed to the board are; Micaela Ayers, El Dorado, library director at Butler Community College; John Flower, Bonner Springs, strategic planner with SBC/AT&T; Lori Goetsch, Manhattan, dean of libraries at Kansas State University; Martha House, Council Grove, librarian at Council Grove High School; Nancy Keith, Effingham, an elementary school principal in Atchison County; Donna Lauffer, Overland Park, CEO of the Johnson County Library system; Marisa Lewis, Wichita, an engineering librarian for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation; James Minges, Roeland Park, director of the Northeast Kansas Library system; Marion Renner, Haysville, a retired teacher with 50 years of classroom experience; and Michelle Swain, Arkansas City, director of the Arkansas City Public Library.

Ex officio members of the board are the Executive Officer of the Board of Regents, the Commissioner of Education and the State Librarian. Board members will serve four-year terms.

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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