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Allen Gardiner was born at Holton, Kansas, in 1948, of Scottish-American heritage, and grew up on the family farm at Denison, Kansas. He became involved in library work in 1967 when, while attending Washburn University, he worked part-time at the Topeka Public Library for the Kansas Information Circuit, the statewide interlibrary loan network. When the network headquarters was removed to the Kansas State Library in 1971, he was offered the job of coordinating the activities there, and has been at the State Library ever since. In February 1975, he was named as LSCA Coordinator, and in 1982, he assumed additional duties as Consultant to Public Libraries.
He graduated from Ottawa University, "with distinction," with a B.A. degree in English/Creative Writing. He has also done graduate work at Emporia State University.
When he was 24, he wrote (and self-published) a history of his hometown. It was so eminently successful that he was encouraged to write another book, and, as one person has noted, "he hasn't stopped writing them ever since." He compiled Kansas Public Libraries from Abilene to Zenda; A Concise History in 1982 as a primary step in preserving the history and heritage of Kansas libraries. In 1983, he compiled The Handy Book for Kansas Public Librarians and Trustees, an innovative approach to acquainting librarians and trustees with library laws, regulations and related matters, which has proved to be a useful document. Since 1982 he has edited Kansas Libraries, a monthly newsletter designed to keep Kansas librarians informed of current issues and changing trends in librarianship.
Allen has had various articles published in genealogical and historical magazines. A short story was published in The Little Balkans Review, Fall/Winter, 1984-1985. The Carnegie Legacy in Kansas is his fourteenth book.