K-State Libraries support and advance the teaching, research and service mission of Kansas State University.
Create a next-generation, land-grant university library.
Champion equitable access to resources; teach critical evaluation and research skills; and cultivate innovation, inquiry and curiosity.
- People first: We care deeply for the wellbeing of people, reflecting this by supporting our staff and providing our best level of service to the community.
- Belonging: We prioritize action that supports diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) as well as accessibility, social justice and community building.
- Equitable access: We believe in the power of access to information resources, innovative tools and collaborative spaces for the betterment of society.
- Confidentiality and privacy: We defend the rights of our users to privacy.
- Collaboration: We value partnerships in all we do.
- Ethical stewardship: We are trustworthy, effective and efficient curators of our resources.
Strategic priorities and action steps
DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging)
- Revise the purpose and terminology of the previously named IDEAS committee (inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, social justice) to align with K-State.
- Develop a plan to recruit diverse applicants for Libraries positions.
- Implement a training program for Libraries employees related to DEIB.
Sunderland Foundation Innovation Lab
- Hire additional staff.
- Finalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Libraries and university IT and administration.
- Develop a programming plan that aligns with the Libraries’ strategic plan.
Research support services
- Manage phases of the program to include university stakeholders; review and update the RSS online presence; explore new staffing models, etc.
- Conduct a needs assessment for necessary services related to research support.
- Build and strengthen university relationships to ensure provided services meet the needs of the university.
- Strengthen the scholarly communication structure and staffing within Libraries’ organizational structure.
- Review the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship (CADS) programs and scope of work.
- Improve the efficiency and accuracy of the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative (OATI) administrative fee.
In addition to five locations, the Libraries maintain a robust online environment to support teaching, learning and research.
Our collections are comprised of more than three million volumes and includes our special collections and university archives and digitizied materials. Our budget also supports online access to more than 200 databases and 90,000 electronic journals. Additionally, we support open accesss publishing initiatives.
Our people and services
The expertise of the Libraries faculty and staff is our greatest resource. Our dedicated staff work with the K-State community to provide services that supoort the mission of the university.
Awards and scholarships
Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards
These annual awards recognize outstanding scholarhship among K-State undergraduate students. Winners in the freshman and nonfreshman category each receive $1,000. Winners in the group category receive a minimum of $2,000.
The Marjorie J. and Richard L. D. Morse Family and Community Public Policy Scholarship provides $3,000 annually to support a project or internship that gives a student the experience of working in community, state or federal government or providing service in the nonprofit sector.