SCKLS Digital Library Initiative
The South Central Kansas Library System hosts a digital library platform for use by its member libraries. The startup was partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through an LSTA grant.
With ongoing funding by SCKLS and the South Central Kansas Library Foundation, this project provides training and support for participating public, school, academic and special libraries to create and maintain their own digital collections.
The content of these collections may include text documents, letters or diaries, maps, photographs, audio and/or video files that reflect the history of an individual library and its community, or are of general historical interest.
This project is growing, and the next phase, which will be open to SCKLS member libraries, is currently in the planning stage.
The following library sites are currently under development:
- Arkansas City Public Library - Red Cross Scrapbooks - Depression and WW II Eras
- Augusta Public Library - Obituary Clippings
- Caldwell Public Library - Local History & Vintage Stereographs
- Canton Township Carnegie Library - Stereograph View Collection
- Halstead Public Library - Old Settlers Programs 1899-1917
- Hesston Public Library - 1990 Tornado Digital Archive & Centennial Archive
- Macksville City Library - Centennial Book
- Moundridge Public Library - Library History
- Newton Public Library - Oral History and Obituary Index
- Partridge Public Library - 1945 Photographs and Pioneer Diaries
- Rose Hill Public Library - History Scrapbooks and Local Landmarks
- Sterling Free Public Library - Max Moxley Historical Photo Collection
- Valley Center Public Library - Photos and Cemetery Records
- Whitewater Public Library - History Remembered Videos and Food Preservation
- Winfield Public Library - Laura Ingalls Wilder Correspondence
The SCKLS region includes Barber, Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, McPherson, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Stafford and Sumner counties, and has a service population of approximately 762,058. There are 147 members participating and eligible for grants and services. Membership and participation are voluntary and each member library retains its local self-government and independence.
The mission of the South Central Kansas Library System is to assist member libraries to provide excellent service to their communities. SCKLS provides grants, consulting, continuing education and cost-effective support services to its member libraries.