Standing up for Kansas libraries

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October 15, 2013 - 12:00 AM

It may seem like Kansas’ public libraries are fighting “an uphill battle” to Roger Carswell at times. But, according to the Friends of Kansas Libraries, he’s doing a stand-up job.

Carswell, director of the Southeast Kansas Public Library System and the Iola Public Library, was recently awarded the Duane Johnson Library Leadership Award. Named after the former state librarian, the award recognizes top-notch leadership in libraries statewide.

“I was surprised,” Carswell said Monday afternoon. The award recipient is selected by a private board, and no nominations are given.

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