Kansas’ State Librarian Jo Budler: 2013 Librarian of the Year

Kansas’ State Librarian Jo Budler: 2013 Librarian of the Year

 Topeka, KS, — State Librarian Jo Budler is Library Journal’s choice for 2013 Librarian of the Year.  Effective library leadership and significant local contributions in the state of Kansas made Budler a clear selection for this honor.

Shortly after Budler moved in as Kansas’ State Librarian in 2010, the state’s ebook collection was in jeopardy. Kansas’ ebook platform, OverDrive, presented Budler with a renewal proposal increasing administration costs by some 700 percent and losing access to ebooks for the users of Kansas. Budler quickly rejected more than one proposal from OverDrive and won the right to transfer titles to a new platform. This dispute set off a long (and public) national examination of library service agreements.

“We’re so happy Jo was able to preserve our electronic formats so that Kansans would not lose their collection,” said First Lady Mary Brownback. “Jo remains dedicated to providing high-quality statewide services, making certain that every Kansas resident has access to valuable resources.”

Governor Brownback and his wife, Mary, continue to show their commitment to developing life-long learners and the importance of reading, through collaborations with the State Library in building healthy learning communities. “Governor Brownback is very supportive. He understands the value of reading, and having Kansas children reading at the age-appropriate levels is one of his goals,” says Budler. “Our first lady, Mary Brownback, developed a book festival last year and will do another next year (September 7) at the Capitol.”

“I am proud to know that Jo is taking a stand for Kansans and making sure we are good stewards of state dollars,” said Governor Brownback, who reappointed Budler in 2011 as State Librarian. “Mrs. Brownback and I are especially happy that Jo and her staff work so closely with libraries to provide excellent library services to all our state’s residents.”

Mary Boller from Northwest Kansas Library System said, “This is ABSOLUTELY fantastic. I am so glad that she will be recognized for all of her hard work on behalf of libraries, patrons and of all of us here in Kansas!”

Library Journal’s 2013 Librarian of the Year Award will be presented to Budler at a special awards dinner during the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting in Seattle in January. Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field.