Robert Banks, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Chief Operating Officer, has been elected to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Executive Board to a three-year term beginning July 2012.
ALA represents libraries and librarians with a membership of more than 60,000. The ALA executive board provides leadership and vision for the association. Banks will also work with the ALA Council committees and members to develop and set priorities, and provide direction for the association. The 12-member executive board also identifies and assesses key areas needing attention and resources, communicates priorities and concerns to and from the membership, and provides fiscal oversight.
Banks has been a leader in libraries for more than a decade and has represented Kansas libraries on the local, state and national level. This year marks the beginning of his third term as a Kansas Councilor on the ALA Council. Locally, he is active on the Safe Streets Task Force and Teens Taking Action and former member of the Topeka Landmarks Commission, TurnAround Team and Topeka Symphony Orchestra.
Banks is a past president of Mountain Plains Library Association, addressing the needs of libraries in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. He has also served as the Kansas Library Association Councilor, as a delegate with ALA.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.
Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.