Allen Press, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Kathy Lafferty to our local sales team. Lafferty joins Allen Press with over 33 years of experience in print publishing, advertising sales and marketing.

In her role as Sales Executive, Lafferty will leverage her vast experience and industry knowledge to grow Allen Press’s digital printing, direct mail and marketing services in Lawrence and surrounding areas.

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“Kathy is an excellent addition to our sales team as she has immense business knowledge with magazines, niche publications, newspapers and integrated marketing,” said Maria Preston-Cargill, Allen Press Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “She has been a leader in the Lawrence and Topeka communities for over 30 years and will be an important asset as Allen Press expands its local presence.”

Lafferty started her career in print media as an Account Executive at the Topeka Capital-Journal in 1985. After more than 19 years, she joined The World Company and worked in multiple advertising sales roles including Advertising Sales Manager and Sunflower Publishing’s Senior Account Executive. More recently, she has been the Magazine Director for the Emporia Gazette and Senior Account Executive for MetroMedia Publishers.

“Throughout my career, I’ve been passionate about utilizing the power of print and creative advertising to solve business problems and exceed sales objectives,” said Lafferty. “This opportunity allows me to continue to help local businesses in this manner while growing a company that’s been a staple of the Lawrence community for many years.”

Kathy earned a B.A. in Journalism from Kansas State University. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, art and dancing to live country music.


The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) has awarded the 2018 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. The 2018 award goes to Robert P. Doyle, for his work “Banned Books: Defending our Freedom to Read,” published in 2017 by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.  

“Banned Books: Defending our Freedom to Read” was selected by the Oboler Award Committee for its comprehensiveness, its ease of use, its attractive design, and its well written treatment of an integral issue in librarianship. 

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which consists of $500 and a certificate, is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom for 2016-2107. The award was named for Eli M. Oboler, the extensively published Idaho State University librarian known as a champion of intellectual freedom, who demanded the dismantling of all barriers to freedom of expression. The Oboler Award has been presented biennially since 1986.

The award will be presented at the IFRT Awards Recognition & Fundraising Breakfast on Saturday, June 23, at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. 

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. Contact oif@ala.org for more information.


According to KnowledgeSpeak IEEE GlobalSpec, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of IEEE and provider of digital media solutions designed to connect industrial marketers with their target audience of engineering and technical professionals, has named Steve Kirkpatrick to its Board of Directors.

Kirkpatrick brings a wealth of financial experience to the Board of IEEE GlobalSpec, Inc. He currently serves as Commercial Director and Global Head of Sales for North Sails, the world’s leading sail making company. Prior to this position, he was the CFO and Head of Business Development at Focal Upright, an award-winning ergonomic furniture company. Previously he held senior positions with Glass Lewis, Discovery Capital Partners, and Robertson Stephens.

IEEE GlobalSpec is a community built by engineers, for engineers – delivering the single source for trusted, expert engineering content, information, insight, tools, and community for engineers and technical professionals across multiple industries and disciplines. An engaged community of more than 8 million industry professionals relies upon IEEE GlobalSpec as a trusted resource at every stage of the research, product design, and purchasing process.”