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KULSA: KU Libraries Staff Association

Watson Library at dusk

Purpose & Historical Sketch

KULSA, short for Kansas University Libraries Staff Association, has been in existence for more than 60 years.  Currently all library staff, as well as IT staff residing in and supporting the Libraries, are members of KULSA and participation in KULSA activities is strictly voluntary.

In the past KULSA has had several purposes, e.g., as a bargaining unit, facilitating staff development and serving as a social organization for all Libraries staff (faculty, unclassified and support staff).  Throughout the years, as other entities assumed responsibility for some of these activities, KULSA has continued as the Libraries social group.  As a member of KULSA, you are encouraged to organize get-togethers for the group after hours or worthy projects in which all may assist or contribute. 

Examples of previous activities of KULSA include:

  • Publishing cookbooks:
  • Publishing newsletters:
    • Jayhawk Biblio Tracks which became The Gamut [1954-1977] and KULSA News which ended in 2002
  • Organizing celebrations, e.g., croquet, ribbon-cuttings for new buildings, picnics, TGIFs, and concerts  


Current responsibilities –

  • KULSA gives a gift certificate when someone retires or resigns after a minimum of five years, and usually presents it at a going away party if the staff member so desires. 
  • KULSA sends cards when staff marry, welcome babies into their families, are seriously ill or experience a death in the immediate family. 
    • Staff members who are hospitalized have the option to receive a plant as well as a card and new parents receive a gift certificate from a local store. 
  • When a staff member or local retiree dies, flowers are sent to the funeral home or a contribution is made to the charity recommended by the family.
  • KULSA may organize:
    • Summer/Fall  Picnic
    • December Holiday Family Adoptions


Dues –

  • Staff members are asked on a voluntary basis to contribute $5 annually, and more is always appreciated and put to good use.


In order for KULSA to fulfill its obligations, it’s necessary for each of us to communicate to any of the folks listed below the milestones in our colleagues’ lives (if the colleagues so agree):



Officers –
Julie Woodrick, Chairperson
Al Mauler, Treasurer for one more year only!

Other staff members and their KULSA responsibilities –
Carmen Orth-Alfie and Mary Ann Baker welcome new staff.
Nancy Larsen arranges for cards, plants or gift certificates for important events in the lives of staff.
Michelle Curttright manages the KULSA website,   


Financial Reports

2016 Financial Report

Prior Year Financial Reports


Upcoming Events

Past Events


2006 Holiday Party Pics

2014 Fall Picnic Pics



2001 KULSA Cookbook :may be viewed in ScholarWorks

1969 Watson Gourmet (2nd Edition) :may be viewed in ScholarWorks