Monday, March 30, 2015

Are you preparing for the GED®?

Earning a high school equivalency credential shows that you have high-school-level academic skills. It can help open the door to a better job or career, and a college education.

The State Library of Kansas provides GED practice exams, eBooks and tutorials through LearningExpress Library at no charge for all Kansas residents. This resource can help you every step of the way, from finding out if you’re ready to take the test, to building your academic skills, to preparing for your high school equivalency exam.

Direct Link to the High School Equivalency Center
http://tinyurl.com/ks-ged

LearningExpress Library is available through the State Library of Kansas. You can access this link from any Kansas IP address but if you’re outside of Kansas or on a mobile device, you’ll need to sign up for an eCard. At no charge, Kansas residents can obtain a Kansas Library eCard, provided by the State Library of Kansas, by visiting your local library.

Trouble logging in? Call 785.296.3296 or email kslc@library.ks.gov.


Many Thanks,

Candace LeDuc
Communications Coordinator
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Street
Room 312N
Topeka, Kansas 66612
(785) 291-3230

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Erdrich Wins Library of Congress American Fiction Prize

News from the media, about the author of our first "Talk about Literature:Native American Writers," March 25, 2 pm, Butler of El Dorado library



Author/bookseller Louise Erdrich has won the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, which will be awarded at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on September 5, the New York Times reported. The award recognizes writers with "unique, enduring voices" whose work deals with the American experience. Erdrich is the author of Love Medicine, The Round House and Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, among other books, and owner of Birchbark Books and Native Arts in Minneapolis, Minn.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said that Erdrich "has portrayed her fellow Native Americans as no contemporary American novelist ever has. Her prose manages to be at once lyrical and gritty, magical yet unsentimental, connecting a dream world of Ojibwe legend to stark realities of the modern-day."

(From Shelf Awareness, http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=2464)

Join us for "Talk about Literature:Native American Writers," March 25, 2 pm, Butler of El Dorado library by coming and checking out the "Tracks" book at the library to read before the event. Retired WSU English Professor Diane Quantic, who specializes in Plains literature, leads the discussion.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Poetry Potluck - Bring Your Dish

Good Morning, Kansas,



This year’s KHC Pin-Up Poetry theme is POETRY POTLUCK. April is just around the corner and Pin-Up Poetry is an easy, free way to celebrate National Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

The statewide project encourages Kansans to write, read, and share their own poetry and the poetry of others.

For more information, including Pin-Up Poetry postcard templates and samples, visit KHC’s website: http://kansashumanities.org/2015/03/poetry-potluck/

Questions? Contact Leslie Von Holten, KHC's director of programs, at leslie@kansashumanities.org.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

*DEWEY Award - Be the First to Nominate a Faculty Member!

This is your chance to recognize an instructor for:
• Innovative, consistent, effective library use in classes
• Actions that bring students or others into the library
• Promotion, encouragement or support
• Helping select thoughtful, timely, and in-depth resources
• Awareness of information literacy, and helping the library improve it at Butler

Entries will be judged on the five points above. Submit the short nomination form by March 20:
Our past winners include
• Jane Watkins, 2010
• Gina Austin-Fresh, 2011
• Michelle McClendon, 2012
• Jeff Tymony, 2013
• Janice English, Butler Custodial Staff member and Adjunct Instructor in Behavioral Science, who was honored as our 2014 Dewey Award recipient.

Rules: No self-nominations. Not open to previous winners. Nominations open March 6 and close March 20. Winner to be announced on Institutional Development Day April 2, and receive some great prizes!

Questions? Call or write Micaela Ayers, Director of Library Services, 316-322-3235, mayers@butlercc.edu

*DEWEY: “Deepening Education with an Excellent Library – Yours”

Thank you for your help in selecting our winner in 2015!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Special Irish Language Course

If you have a few spare moments:

Mango Languages offers a specialty course in St. Patrick’s Day Irish. This course will allow you to connect with your Irish traditions to the fullest. You’ll be able to ask the bartender for a refreshing and authentic Irish beverage, impress your friends with your knowledge of just who the heck St. Patrick is, what he did to deserve his own day, and engage in all sorts of practical St. Patrick’s Day conversations.

Access Mango Languages

Look for the Specialty Courses inside Mango Languages

Mango Languages is available through the State Library of Kansas. You can access this link from any Kansas IP address but if you’re outside of Kansas or on a mobile device, you’ll need to sign up for an eCard. At no charge, Kansas residents can obtain a Kansas Library eCard, provided by the State Library of Kansas, by visiting your local library.

Access trouble? Call 785.296.3296 or email kslc@library.ks.gov.


Many Thanks,

Candace LeDuc
Communications Coordinator
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Street
Room 312N
Topeka, Kansas 66612
(785) 291-3230

Monday, March 09, 2015

Scholar Series at the Library 2015 -- Lorraine Madway Presents....

Ok, the headline wasn't much:

Madway Presents Presentation on Persuasion, Propaganda - See more at: http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20150307/NEWS/150309500#sthash.76MJBx1e.dpuf

...but it was a pretty good writeup. We also held the event in Andover 5000 at 6 pm. Next time I'll know better - all of Butler's history classes in Andover are held on the 6000 building. :-(



Our thanks to the Kansas Humanities Council, and particularly the funding from a gift from the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust.

Sponsored by Butler Libraries &
Butler Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Friday, February 27, 2015

Flipster?

Just starting the trial. Log into Pipeline and take a look at the available magazines...
in Flipster.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fair Use Week

This week is Fair Use Week, according to the Association of Research Libraries, and that's as good a time as any to remind everyone that it's wrong to refer to fair as merely a "limitation or exception" to copyright law -- or merely a defense to infringement. It is a right that is protected by the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has regularly referred to "fair use" as a "safeguard" of the First Amendment, allowing copyright law to be compatible with the First Amendment. As such, it seems bizarre that fair use is not seen as the default, rather than the other way around. If we are to protect the First Amendment, and not allow for speech to be stifled, at the very least, we need a greater recognition of the importance of fair use in guaranteeing that the First Amendment's principles of free speech are allowed to thrive.


https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150222/16392430108/reminder-fair-use-is-right-not-exception-defense.shtml

…brig

--
Brig C. McCoy
Network Services Manager
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
625 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, Kansas 64114
913-279-2349, Phone
816-885-2700, Cell
www.kckpl.org

Thanks, Brig!
Micaela

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Induced Seismicity

Hello all....

The Kansas Geological Survey has a great page of links on induced seismicity and general information on earthquakes at:

http://www.kgs.ku.edu/PRS/Seismicity/index.html

Among the links is a State Action Plan by the Kansas Corporation Commission issued initially September 26, 2014 and amended January 21, 2015.... i.e. hot off the virtual press!

http://kcc.ks.gov/induced_seismicity/state_action_plan.htm


Thanks to:

Bill Sowers
Kansas Documents and Cataloging Librarian
State Library of Kansas
ksdocs@library.ks.gov