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Blue Skyways Articles and Awards
Information Release (21 February 1997)

For more, contact Eric Hansen at 785/296-3875 (erich@kslib.info)

ALA endorses Blue Skyways with $10,000 award
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 (erich@kslib.info).

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