TOPEKA, Kans. - Marilyn Boria, Chair of the American Library Association's
Fyan Grant Jury, has announced that the Kansas Library Network Board
is the recipient of the 1997 Fyan Grant.
This $10,000 award will improve library services statewide by equipping
Kansas librarians to become Web experts for their communities. As
a result of this project, 100 librarians will receive free Web space
for civic pages on Blue Skyways, the Kansas library community's World
Wide Web service.
With grant funds, the State Library, University of Kansas Medical
Center and regional library systems will deliver training workshops
across the state, beginning in mid-1997. These sessions will show
librarians how to develop and maintain civic pages on Blue Skyways,
and how to train Web developers in their towns.
As proactive community information specialists, participating librarians
will take the lead in putting their towns on the digital global map.
By serving as Web experts for their communities, they will assume
a higher profile than ever before.
"We are elated about this endorsement of Blue Skyways,"
said Jim Bingham, KLNB chair. "The Network Board looks forward
to working with our partners statewide to build a service all Kansans
can be proud of."
Blue Skyways is the World Wide Web service for the people of Kansas.
It is brought to you by the Kansas State Library, in cooperation with
librarians and volunteers statewide. Blue Skyways provides information
about Kansas communities, education, government and libraries. It
is available at http://skyways.lib.ks.us/.
For more about Blue Skyways, contact Eric Hansen at 785/296-3875