SCALA hosted a library tour in Topeka on June 17. Six students toured the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, the State Library of Kansas, and the Washburn University Mabee Library.

The day started at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, which was recently named the American Library Association’s Library of the Year! The title is well-deserved as the library is incorporating technological advancements such as self-checkout kiosks and 3D printing services along with updated services such as roving reference and non-typical checkout items such as sensory objects, musical instruments, and games. A visit to this library is well worth the trip!

ESU SLIM students at the 2016 Library of the Year
ESU SLIM students at the 2016 Library of the Year
Children's Room fun at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library
Children’s Room fun at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library
Learning about roving reference.
Learning about roving reference

The State Library of Kansas is housed on the fourth floor of the State Capitol building. The beautiful room has been restored to it’s early 20th-century style and boasts wrought iron railings and a second level glass floor. While the library is mostly utilized by lawmakers at the Capitol, the library is open to all Kansas residents. They also offer a myriad of services on their website and signing up for a library card is free!

ESU SLIM students at the State Library of Kansas
ESU SLIM students at the State Library of Kansas

The final stop was at Washburn University’s Mabee Library. Washburn has striven to create a dynamic, open facility for students to study and collaborate. The open concept of the library entrance combined with multiple study spaces demonstrated a dedication to student excellence. Staff showed the group how much academic libraries have changed in the past ten years and will continue to change well into the future.

ESU SLIM students at Washburn University's Mabee Library
ESU SLIM students at Washburn University’s Mabee Library
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