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Thursday, December 02, 2004

NetLibrary's Ebook of the month

December eBook of the Month:

A Black and White Case: How Affirmative Action Survived Its Greatest Legal Challenge

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Capturing the individual dramas and human passions that colored and propelled this momentous legal struggle, Bloomberg News Supreme Court Reporter Greg Stohr takes us deep inside America's court system. He follows the trail from the University of Michigan to Washington D.C., revealing how lawyers argued and strategized, how lower-court judges fought behind the scenes for control of the cases, and why the White House filed a brief in support of the white students, in opposition to a chorus of retired generals and admirals worried that the military academies would no longer reflect the face of America.

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Access the book through the Kansas Library Card.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The Librarian - Quest for a ???

Take your pick:

Entertainment Weekly had a full page add for : The
>Librarian, Quest for the Spear...He didn't want to be
>a hero. He only wanted a job. Sunday, Dec.5 on TNT.
>Here's a link to TNT site
Here's the spoof site:

Complete list [OCLC - OCLC Top 1000]

Complete list [OCLC - OCLC Top 1000]

This list contains the "Top 1000" titles owned by OCLC member libraries—the intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe.

What's your favorite book? The one you'd buy again if you wear out the binding? the one you'd want to pass on to your grandchild?

My grandad died when I was 11, and I received from him a copy of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress," and an early science fiction book called "New Bodies for Old." I promptly read both of them, and remember more about the first than the latter.


Monday, November 29, 2004

Loganberry Books: Stump the Bookseller -- New Stumpers and a New Author

Loganberry Books: Stump the Bookseller -- New Stumpers

This is a great site for finding that long-lost story or book. I know from personal experience.

Juli put the interlibrary loan on my desk while I noted the message from Rachel that her mail contained a book. So we were both opening a copy of Austrailian children's book author Margaret Mahy's "The Chewing-Gum Rescue" at the same moment. A two-month's long search for a story that moved us when we were ten years younger and listening to an audio version culminated with it in our hands, thatnks to this bookseller's site. $2.00 was not too much to pay: we were seriously interested in finding "The Midnight Story on Griffon Hill," about a writer who's sad stories can only be shared with the griffon on the hill behind his home.

Rachel has become a writer since, and is in college for an English degree. I'll let you know when she gets published.

Meanwhile, Butler of Andover faculty member Peter Devries has recently published his first, a fantasy novel "Wistrix Donn". I'll get it for the library as soon as possible, but the Andover HS library has it now, along with a nice display of Peter at the Watermark Books booksigning.

Congratulations, Peter!

The Literacy Site : Help Children Read By Giving Them Their Own Books

The Literacy Site : Help Children Read By Giving Them Their Own Books


Remember the magic of your first book? Perhaps you were nestled in the arms of a parent, or sharing a giggle with a friend. Whatever your first memory of a book, books are a powerful tool; they stir the senses, inspire the imagination and spark a love of reading that can last a lifetime. But what of children who have no books? The Literacy Site gives you a way to share the magic of books and promote the love of reading among children who might otherwise never discover the joy of their first book.

Your click on the red "Give Free Books" button at The Literacy Site generates books for children in need, funded by site sponsors and provided through our award winning charity partner, First Book. In the last three years, First Book has distributed over 20 million books to children in hundreds of communities.

Folks this is similar to the UN Food site, or the Breast Cancer site... advertising put to some good use, as you view the ads, they make the donation. Click away!


Monday, November 22, 2004

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Forward from the Kansas Library Network Board director:

Nov 18, 12:35 AM (ET)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Online search engine leader Google Inc.
is setting out make better sense of all the scholarly work stored on the

The company's new service, unveiled late Wednesday at , draws upon newly
developed algorithms to list the academic research that appears to be
relevant to a search request. Mountain View-based Google doesn't plan to
charge for the service nor use the feature to deliver text-based ads -
primary source of its profits.

"Google has benefited a lot from scholarly research, so this is one way
are giving back to the scholarly community," said Anurag Acharya, a
engineer who helped develop the new search tools.

Although Google already had been indexing the reams of academic research
online, the company hadn't been able to separate the scholarly content
commercial Web sites.

By focusing on the citations contained in academic papers, Google also
engineered its new system to provide a list of potentially helpful
available at libraries and other offline sources.

The scholarly search effort continues Google's effort to probe even
into content available online and offline. Last month, Google expanded a
program that invites publishers to scan their books into the search
index, enabling people to peek at the contents online before deciding
whether to buy a copy.

Eric Hansen, Executive Director
Kansas Library Network Board
300 SW 10th Ave., Rm. 343N
Topeka, KS 66612-1593
(785) 296-3875; (800) 432-3919

Monday, November 15, 2004

And now a word from the folks who know...

About that "free" database...

Just a few hesitations:

Julie Todaro to cjc-l
More options 3:35pm (5 hours ago)

Earlier this morning one of our VP's sent me the link as well. I reviewed
the service and had an IL expert review as well. This is what I sent my VP -
so obviously I'm including more explanation than our list members need as we
all know the lingo and have the background knowledge:

"This is a commercial for-profit service for students (there are about ten
of these on the market)...Students can subscribe and pay monthly (or in a
number of different choices) to get the full text of the article. (They can
search and get citations for free, but then must pay to get the entire

Faculty can register and get a free subscription for one semester, but then
they have to buy the course pack service and require their students to buy
the course pack service in order for faculty to continue to use for free. I
don't think there are many of our cc faculty who use the "students must
purchase course packs" process in their classes, but, frankly, I'm not sure.

This service provides full text information from 300 journals as opposed to
our myriad of databases which - as you know - offer full text books and
journals for free to our students and faculty from literally tens of
thousands of journals and periodicals.

It seems like their "angle" here is - through natural language searching -
it takes users/subscribers to the sentence within the article ...but, we
have that capability as well."

Friday, November 12, 2004

Faculty Database News

>This resource is to share with your faculty members. It is always free
for faculty.
>A new service with more than 400,000 full text copyright cleared
academic journal articles can not only make your pedagogical and
research work incredilbly easier, but it can save students hundred of
dollars on coursepacks. The Learner's Library offers 24/7 access to a
great library, a research librarian, and a research assistant at a
price attractive to students.
>Learner's Library ( provides college
students and faculty with efficient access to high quality educational
materials via the Internet - for coursepacks and for research. The
service, now in place at more than 500 colleges nationwide, can help
students with research and save them money.
>The Learner's Library helps to bring the most relevant library
resources to the student 24/7 in an easy to use easy to access tool
set. It allows students and faculty to make use of full text copyright
cleared material --backstopped by a citation checker to ensure that
accidental plagiarism does not happen.
>Learner's Library coursepacks are only $15. Faculty can make better use
of their time -- and keep course content more current -- by building
their coursepacks in the Learner's Library. The high quality academic
journals in the Learner's Library database provide for more concise and
better focused search, even for savvy web users. Time, money and paper
will all be saved - from better searches, lower priced coursepacks and
from the ability to only print what is needed. Coursepacks prepared
with the Learner's Library cost $15 each regardless of size or usage.
This can save students $25-$50 or more per class.
>On December 1, the Learner's Library will also include "live help" -
24/7 chat access to a reference librarian to assist with queries.
Beginning December 1 Learner's Library also will be providing Students
and Faculty with access to a Virtual Research Assistant. The VRA will
assist in the preparation of coursepacks by allowing a professor to
upload his/her course outline/syllabus/teaching notes (students can do
this with the first page or two of their writings) and get back a web
page which has parsed the upload material into relevvant queries, run
those queries and saved the results.The net effect is that all of the
searching for course material in the database will have been done and
the professor needs only to click "add to coursepack" on material
he/she wants to include. Learner's Library will do the drudge work
sparing faculty and students time for reading and thinking.
>Use the service please go to:
>click on the join button and then "professors join"
>The Learner's Library is always free for faculty.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

'Lassie' and other old favorite children's books come home again to a new generation

As someone who still loves to read the older children's books, this came as good news. I'll be collecting a few for the library's children's collection.

We still have a couple of holes in our Newbery/Caldecott reference collection that will be filled in as we can find copies.

So what was your favorite book as a child? The one you can't wait to read to your own kids, be they close kin or school kids? Mine was "Half Magic" by Edward Eager, published the year I was born.

'Lassie' and other old favorite children's books come home again to a new generation

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Eliot, Charles W., ed. The Harvard Classics and Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction. 1909-1917

The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume “5-foot shelf of books” and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century.

Eliot, Charles W., ed. The Harvard Classics and Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction. 1909�1917

Monday, November 01, 2004

Vote. Please.

My sister, Janet Coryell, is a professor of history at Western Michigan University, focusing on women's history. Here's the conversation and response:

Micaela Ayers wrote:


Ok, sis, you're my source. Is this a fair representation of what
happened to these women?

I'm shocked, I think.

Pretty much.

Subject: voting
From: Johanna Wilkinson
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 13:39:28 -0800 (PST)
To: Micaela Ayers ,

I checked out this at (the urban legends/hoax site I use) and didn't find it listed so perhaps it's true. I admit to wondering this year when I'm going to squeeze voting in, but I always do and I will again. This article certainly will remind me of the gift it is to vote, regardless of the outcome.

A Little History on Women Voting
The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night,
they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their
warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly
convicted of "obstructing sidewalk traffic."

They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head
and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an
iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought
Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.

Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging,
beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the "Night of Terror" on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at
the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson
to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow
Wilson's White House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their
food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they
tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid
into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks u ntil
word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why,
exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote
doesn't matter? It's raining?

Everyone should watch HBO's new movie "Iron Jawed Angels." It is a
graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that we could
pull the curtain at the polling booth and have our say. I think some of
us needed the reminder.

"What would those women think of the way we use--or don't use--our right
to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but
those of us who did seek to learn. The right to vote, should become
valuable to us "all over again."

HBO will run the movie periodically before releasing it on video and

We are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and maybe a little
shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a
psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be
permanently institutionalized.

And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong,
he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy. The doctor
admonished the men:
"Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."

Please pass this on to all the women you know (ACTUALLY TO EVERYONE YOU
KNOW). We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so
hard for by these very courageous women.

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, October 29, 2004

Donkey book

From a friend of my daughter:

Foreign titles can be tricky...

Yesterday a patron asked me about a book for her daughter, she said she believed it was a Spanish book, but she didn't know the author. She had the title written down on a piece of paper. What was written was this:

Donkey hota de la Mancha

Now, I took French, not Spanish or I might have gotten it. I also didn't read it aloud, or I might have gotten it. I search Donkey and Donkey hota and no luck. I do a search on de la Mancha, and pull up the correct title:

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Time spent figuring out the title: 45 seconds
Amount of time it amused my coworker and I: at least half an hour

It was just that kind of night, as anyone who has worked a reference desk can attest.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

The New York Times > Sports > Baseball > Boston Wins Series, 4-0: Red Sox Erase 86 Years of Futility in 4 Games

The New York Times > Sports > Baseball > Boston Wins Series, 4-0: Red Sox Erase 86 Years of Futility in 4 Games

“The $800 Million Pill: The Truth behind the Cost of New Drugs”

Powerful exposé of the pharmaceutical industry available online through Butler Community College L.W. Nixon Library

The L.W. Nixon Library, Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS, in partnership with netLibrary and The University of California Press, is pleased to offer online access to the full text of “The $800 Million Pill: The Truth behind the Cost of New Drugs.” In this gripping exposé of the drug industry, the author argues that American taxpayers are in fact footing the bill twice: once by supporting government-funded research and again by paying astronomically high prices for prescription drugs.
Written by Merrill Goozner, the former Chief Economics Correspondent at the Chicago Tribune, “The $800 Million Pill” offers a chilling glimpse into the Byzantine world of drug discovery and demonstrates that almost all the important new drugs of the past quarter-century actually originated from research at taxpayer-funded universities and at the National Institutes of Health. Goozner reports that once the innovative work is over, the pharmaceutical industry often steps in to reap the profit.
Goozner goes on to show how drug innovation is driven by dedicated scientists intent on finding cures for diseases, not by pharmaceutical firms whose bottom line often takes precedence over the advance of medicine. A university biochemist who spent twenty years searching for a single blood protein that later became the best-selling biotech drug in the world, a government employee who discovered the causes for dozens of crippling genetic disorders, and the Department of Energy-funded research that made the Human Genome Project possible--these engrossing accounts illustrate how medical breakthroughs actually take place.
“The $800 Million Pill” suggests ways that the government's role in testing new medicines could be expanded to eliminate the private sector waste driving up the cost of existing drugs. Pharmaceutical firms should be compelled to refocus their human and financial resources on true medical innovation, Goozner insists. This book is essential reading for everyone concerned about the politically charged topics of drug pricing, Medicare coverage, national health care, and the role of pharmaceutical companies in developing countries.
“The $800 Million Pill” will be available to L.W. Nixon Library patrons November 1-30. If you have already established a netLibrary account through L.W. Nixon Library, visit and log in. If you do not have a netLibrary account, you can access “The $800 Million Pill” and create a netLibrary account from any L.W. Nixon library computer or through your Pipeline account. For more information about netLibrary or other services available through L.W. Nixon Library, please contact your librarian, Micaela Ayers, through this blog, at our website, or in our library facility.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

More celebrating

Well, it was a big week of celebrating my 50th birthday. Now I'm to celebrate my appointment to the Kansas Library Network Board, the group that selects databases for the state, and administeres the "Interlibrary Loan Development Project" grants, including buying e-books. The Board of Trustees here at Butler Community College has asked me to come for a recognition moment (along with two dozen other high achievers here on campus).

Hey, I hope this doesn't mean I can't apply for grants! I received two this year:
$908.00 to buy Food and Hospitality Industry Books and CDs
$1,360.00 to purchase Early World Cinema titles, mostly in DVD

The Hospitality books have been ordered already; the cinema titles will have to wait till I get back from vacation in a couple of weeks.

To Boston...

To the Museum of Science exhibit...

To that headliner exhibit..."The U.S. Premiere of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy — The Exhibition is now at The Museum of Science."


Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Over the hill? not yet!

I celebrated my 50th Birthday with a day off and this was the welcome that my creative library staff prepared for me on my return. Just think, they all get just as creative in meeting the needs of faculty, students, staff and community members here at the L.W. Nixon Library. Thank you Juli, Judy, Ronda, Rani, Lonnie and Hazel! It's a good start on my next 50 years.  Posted by Hello

50th Birthday...not so bad at a library!  Posted by Hello

Thursday, September 30, 2004

The New York Times > Technology > New Company Starts Up a Challenge to Google

"...The new Clusty service for consumers, which will be free and supported by advertising revenue, uses a similar organizational structure. But it also presents a series of tabs enabling the user to see results from sources besides the general Web, including shopping information, yellow pages, news, blogs, and images.

Vivisimo, which is privately held and is profitable, according to its executives, has been selling its clustering technology to corporations for research by their employees. Now Vivisimo is making an effort to compete more broadly by attracting consumers to its Web site,

The service is meant to address the confusion that can be created when search engines return huge lists. Clustering is also intended to help users find related material they may overlook when they employ services that utilize page ranking methods. Such methods employ a variety of software algorithms to rank Web pages by their perceived relevance to a query."

The New York Times > Technology > New Company Starts Up a Challenge to Google

Awesome service concept -- librarians have been "clustering" information from their beginnings. I found information on the "Chicataubut Inn" that I'd been looking for via google all summer -- on the first level!

NYTImes requires a free ID and password creation: go ahead and set it up to view the full article.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Letter to my daughter

Hi, honey, if you haven't registerd to vote, please do so this weekend.
Deadline is 1 month before election, so I've seen it as Oct. 3, 4 or
5, depending on how that law is interpreted.

Go here to register if you haven't got another place to do so:

Hope all is well!



Friday, September 24, 2004

Mudslinging Deadline

The deadline for voter registration is generally one month before the national election and thus is Monday, October 4, 2004. Register right off the L.W. Nixon Library website, a service provided by the American Library Association.

The Higher Education Technology Roundup of Converge magazine reports 9/23/04 that

"Arizona State University researchers developed an impartial judge to keep score of the mudslinging in this year’s presidential campaign. Professors Steve Corman and Kevin Dooley are using a computer to analyze the language in the news releases, speeches and Web logs put out by the campaigns of President Bush and his challenger, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. By looking on a daily basis for nasty comments that the software identifies through sophisticated language analysis, their computer generates the “ Crawdad Mud Meter” -- and also tracks how many themes the campaigns are generating."

Oh, and we've picked out the new carpet for the library, which will be installed over winter break. Should enhance the look of the library...



Wednesday, September 22, 2004

AP Photos available for classroom use...

 Posted by Hello
The "community bookshelf" on the side the Kansas City Public Library garage got its second title on Monday, March 15, 2004, as Chris Davis, left, and Jeff Callahan installed "The Lord of the Rings". The 10th Street facade of the garage will hold 22 "books" when complete. The library is moving its downtown headquarters into a renovated bank building and is expected to open in mid-April. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Keith Myers)

Note: one limitation to our license -- single simultaneous user. Only one person at a time, please!

Monday, September 20, 2004

Open wide...

Alas, I hve been a blog mute. I shall reform my ways immediately.

First the news. Butler no longer has access to the Grove Dictionaries of Music and of Art. Eric Hansen reports from the Kansas Library Network Board that as they began final negotiations for a state-wide subscription a small college library cancelled their subscription. Why pay for something you are about to receive free through the State, right? Oxford reconsidered, raised the price and placed the databases out of reach of the current Network Board.

Well, we do have access to the AP Photo Archive Collection... use your pipeline account if you are off campus. This is EVERY photo that AP has published in the last 150 years. Lincoln - he's in there. Andy Warhol, space shots - yup. John Kerry, President Bush - have at 'em.

Now the books: I've just finished "The Cat's Pajamas", stories by Ray Bradbury. His final selection from a range of his marvelous writing ranging from 1946 to 2004 is a poem in tribute to his favorites: Edgar Allen Poe, Ogden Nash, G.K. Chesterton, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Oscar Wilde, and Bernard Shaw...

..."I wave at shadows, climb aboard my train.
I weep because their likes won't come again.
But this sure thing I know by sounding sea:
Their deaths diminish, words replenish me.
For traveling down the shore in lonely car,
I open wide their books and there they are!"

Open wide some books this week.

Singing off,


Friday, July 30, 2004

netLibrary - eBook of the Month

netLibrary - eBook of the Month

August eBook of The Month:
Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Manhattan

Selected as August's eBook of the Month, Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Manhattan is a guidebook that goes where other travel books fear to tread. With insider tips on big-name restaurants that live up to the hype, hip boutiques and shops, and the best clubs for catching cutting-edge bands, the Irreverent Guide to Manhattan is wickedly irreverent, unabashedly honest, and downright hilarious.

Written by Ethan Wolff, the Irreverent Guide to Manhattan provides the straight scoop on old chestnuts like the Empire State Building, as well as the skinny on new hotspots such as the sleek "neo-lounges" on the Lower East Side. With the Irreverent Guide, readers become as mobile as the locals: a dim sum brunch in a bustling Chinatown banquet hall is just a subway ride away from a soul-food dinner in Harlem.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Home at last!

I've been home for a few days now, and after mountains of laundry;  a few late nights of California time and early mornings of Kansas time (and multiple naps); a few days of work and a few evenings of routine, I'm finally feeling at home again.  Travel broadens my views - I totally recognized the Santa Fe Plaza in the PBS "American Mystery" presentation of Tony Hillerman's "A Thief of Time".  But it's taken me nearly 50 years to get things going in my life, so I'm sorta getting back to most of it.  Not much I want to dump out of this particular spot of my life.

Tomorrow we're going to have a work party in the library.  I took some time to set it up with the staff: we'll have snacks, everyone will dress in work clothes and I hope we'll get a major dusting and rearranging done.  It'll probably take two days, as everything always takes longer than I can imagine.  The impetus is both the fall semester approaching, and the fact that Ronda wants to get a subject authority control file update run this week, which will kick everyone off the projects she's had them doing all summer.  I'm thrilled that the subjects will be updated -- for the first time since this catalog was established in 1998.  And it will be fun to see what kind of creative arrangement we can do this time with the library.

Word is from Ronda that it gets rearranged about every summer, and sometimes during winter break, too.  That will happen... Marvin says there's a 955 chance the board will approve the new carpet for the library next month.  We'll install it over winter break, and I may go a little crazy trying to figure out how to move everything for the installation.  I've already realized that levitation is not a viable option in this life.  Please, if you've ever been party to such a major event, contact me.



Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Butler now has access to Grove Music and Art Online...

Oxford University Press NewsA number of Oxford University Press products have received updates and new features designed to give users the most current and expansive information available today in the reference database world. In addition, each of these products can be test driven for free at
Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) Selected by Library Journal as one of the Best Reference Databases of 2003, OSO has been enhanced with the addition of new content, bringing the number of books with complete text to 744. The disciplines of philosophy, economics and finance, political science and religion now include expanded title lists. See the What's New section for a complete list of new titles (
Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection and Core CollectionThree new titles have been added to the Premium Collection including the Oxford Dictionary of English, the Oxford Companion to Military History and the Oxford Companion to Archeology. Both the Core Collection and the Premium Collection have been enhanced with the addition of the Concise Oxford-Hachette French Dic- tionary, the Concise Oxford-Duden German Dictionary, the Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary, A Dictionary of Ecology, the Oxford Dictionary of Art and the World Encyclopedia.
Grove Music Online New content, features and functionality highlight the enhancements to OUP's Grove Music Online. Approximately 300 biographies from the New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers are scheduled to be added, works-lists of a number of 20th century composers have been updated, and 55 Sibelius-enabled Renaissance musical examples are now included, forming a core of 75 sound examples of some of the most important musical features of early music. The Explore feature offers an index page to direct users to three special categories of content in Grove Music Online: Biographies, Research Resources and Sibelius Musical Examples.
Grove Art Online Significant revisions to 85 articles on Classical Art have been made, including changes to advanced search pages. The What's New page now provides users with access to lists of new and substantially updated articles by category and month of update, and the first major review of all art image Web links has been completed to ensure access to reliable quality images from collections in museums and galleries around the world.

Note: Butler's access is through the efforts of KanEd and the State Library, for which we are all grateful here on campus.  Check out the library database page for entry points. 

YBP Community College Center - Meet a friend of mine: Scotty Zollars

YBP Community College Center

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Off to vacationland

Whoo-hoo! We leave this afternoon for Mexico and Santa Fe. I'll try to visit a few libraries along the way, and if I do, will try to get here and update things.

Otherwise, I'll be back on July 26th; see you then!

Singing alleluia,


Monday, July 05, 2004

July 5th...

We have two fellows from France visiting us this week, and we've been trying to give them a "Kansas" experience. So last night, for July 4th, we headed to Piedmont, Kansas, just east of Beaumont, Kansas (note: the "monts" are an exaggeration of Kansas proportions). We were going to the rodeo.

Peidmont is a town of maybe 150 inhabitants. The school is long since closed, the post office is a fine brick building, the only one left standing where a downtown may once have been set, and about 12 feet wide... the flag was, indeed, at half-mast for the Reagan memorial. We saw at least two churches that were trim and ready for business which had probably been concluded in the morning.

As we turned off the main highway, we followed a half-dozen cars a mile south to where the first houses showed up beyond the green meadows. The first picture I wanted to take was of a sweet old two-story farmhouse, the flag flying from the gate of its picket fence on that road to Piedmont. We scoped out the scene, discovered the rodeo arena was behind the old school, parked at the end of a long row of cars and pickups, and hiked 1/4 mile to the arena. We carried nothing but money and insect repellent; Sam and Ionel had cameras.

The stands were full - 500? 1000? people had paid the $5.00 entry fee ("contestants must pay"). I headed us toward the concession stand, since I wanted to check on the ready supply of cold water in defense against the 85 degree, 100 percent humidity of the night. Turned out that was also a good place to take our stand... if we had wanted to sit down, we needed to have gotten there earlier, as the stands were full, and the wide concrete walk surrounding the arena had it's full complement of lawn chairs packed two deep against the wire fence.

Jay headed for the announcer's stand to ask him to tell folks about our French guests, which he did very smoothly, after some lessons from Jay on how to pronounce the names. The two brothers are from northwest of Paris, and Jay met them on the Internet, playing Everquest. No applause after the announcement - guess it didn't quite register.

But the croud was polite and relaxed and obviously enjoying themselves. We saw calf-roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Mind you, this is the first rodeo I'd been to since I was pregnant with Rachel, my 21-year-old daughter, who was with us that night. I teased her about being at her second rodeo. We took some walks together, she and I, around the arena and up to where the fireworks were being prepared, then through the dirt streets of the town. We talked about a new boyfriend and babies and firefighting and beer...she's a joy to talk to. I saw the second and third pictures I wish I had a camera for as we walked: the entry to the rodeo in the sunset; a family on the lawn decorated with small flags, with one little girl sharing her sparkler show with the passersby.

We found seats for about the last hour we were there, which was nice as the fireworks started at 10 pm... they turned off the lights to the arena, the stars started to show, then were dimmed by a wonderful show. It probably wasn't a spectacular as the big ones I've seen, but it was the best small town effort I've ever had the privilege to watch, and of course, very memorable for the circumstances. Coming home, we watched the fireworks of God as the first thunderstorm of the night rolled over the prairie.

Thanks, Piedmont, for a great show and a lovely evening.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

This is my grandma. She's connected to the internet, mostly for e-mail, I think. I'd better ask her... she may want to start her own blog. Posted by Hello

Friday, July 02, 2004

We're painting in the library this week. When I commented that the color reminded me of a fishbowl, Toby, artist at heart, left me this as a signature piece. Posted by Hello

RSS and Library Jobs

LIS Jobs has a wonderful newsletter for those of us in the profession, and it is now available as an RSS Feed. Pretty cool way to keep up with colleagues writing about work and employment issues and how-to's.

My only question is why the content is going to be fed to the RSS a full week after the e-mail version. Why the dalay? Surely it's not technology... I shall attempt to get an answer from the owner; if I do, I'll post it as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Art and Music Online!

I am pleased to announce that the Network Board has added two databases to those already available to users of the Kansas Library Card.

1) Grove Art Online presents the entire text of The Dictionary of Art (1996), updated and fully-indexed, searchable and browseable.

2) Grove Music Online is an integrated music resource on the Web,including the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd edition), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of
Jazz (2nd edition).

Both of the above can be browsed in several ways, or searched by keyword.

Links to the two Groves products are present on the databases page that KSLC users see after they have logged in to their KSLC accounts. The databases are licensed for one year to test user demand.

I will be pleased to answer any questions anyone may have about this.

Best to all,

Eric Hansen, Executive Director
Kansas Library Network Board
300 SW 10th Ave., Rm. 343N
Topeka, KS 66612-1593
(785) 296-3875; (800) 432-3919

Thanks, Eric. I think this is particularly good use of the Kansas Library Network Board funds.


Harry's new story has a title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Which reminds me, I got confused about Harry. Does he have Muggle blood in him... from his mother's side, if nothing else?

I'm just finishing Book 1 again (second read through) and about to start Book 2. I do rather enjoy fantasy. You?

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Now this is a marketing effort that may well result in a new batch of library professionals... Noah Wiley playing a librarian in a new movie for TNT.

Or maybe his female sidekick will make the job more attractive. She gets to collect overdue materials in a new way...

What's new here? The boss is retiring tomorrow. I will miss her!

I am privileged to announce that the Butler Community decided, as a gift to honor Linda on her retirement, to get together to purchase books for the L.W. Nixon Library that reflect the Linda Billingsley we know and love. These represent but a few titles of those we’ll be adding:

Linda, we are well aware that we are fortunate you moved here over 20 years ago, leaving behind “A Hole in Texas”. You were able to create your daycare center, thus becoming one of the “Founding Mothers: The women who raised our nation”(and the kids of El Dorado). And then you were “The Master Quilter”, with your wonderful shop.

But there was more for you, because you had discovered “The Fred Factor: How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary” long ago. And you came on board at Butler.

The First 90 Days: might have been tough, but you found Critical Success Strategies for new Leaders at All Levels.” Oh, yeah, we know: “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: with those 101 unconscious mistakes women make that sabotage their careers;” but we think you skipped those mistakes!

Maybe it’s just that “Women Make the Best Salesmen: Isn’t it time you started using their secrets?”

At any rate, you must have done something right, because “When the Buck Stops With You,” you found “Words of Wisdom for Women” and for all of us – staff, students, and faculty. In fact, you “Inspire! Which is What Great Leaders Can Do.”

Linda, have a lovely retirement. The rest of you, come check out these books.

Singing off,


Monday, June 28, 2004

Changing for the better

Bloglines made the list of the 50 Coolest websites over at Time magazine's Tech Time website.

The complete list:

I've really enjoyed the fact I can use Bloglines to compile the blogs I read regularly onto one page. And as I explore ways to make this blog relevant to my library and to the Butler Community College world, please know that I'd be happy to share both how to create a blog and how to manage reading your choices. All thanks to the course I took on same last month.

In the physical world, parallel to the virtual, changes are coming. The board may approve new carpeting for the library in August; a coffeebar here is seen by many as a needed addition to the library or at least the 600 building. One of the area's well known decorators, Billee Douglass, 316-321-3336 (I used to spell it Billie Douglas ), will be visiting me today to initiate some design work. And I'm hoping to contact an architect locally about some re-arrangement of the main floor of the library after the carpet gets installed... it seems a shame that the view out the east windows is so blocked by the tall stacks.

Singing off,


PS. Watched "The Blues Brothers" for the first time this weekend when Bethany, my 18-year-old, brought it home from Blockbuster. I don't know how I ever missed this iconic work. This one goes into the 'must purchase' list. I particularly enjoyed the Cab Calloway number; it has a lovely scene with Ray Charles; and Carrie Fisher gets... some good shots in, you might say.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Ahead of Time (Magazine)

I must say I'm thrilled to have been in the know about blogs before Time Magazine, thanks to the online course I took with Steven Cohen.

It's a good article, and I like the concept of so many people writing. And also:

"What makes blogs so effective? They're free. They catch people at work, at their desks, when they're alert and thinking and making decisions. Blogs are fresh and often seem to be miles ahead of the mainstream news. Bloggers put up new stuff every day, all day, and there are thousands of them. How are you going to keep anything secret from a thousand Russ Kicks? Blogs have voice and personality. They're human. They come to us not from some mediagenic anchorbot on an air-conditioned sound stage, but from an individual. They represent — no, they are — the voice of the little guy."

This reminded me of the newspapers in Kansas in the early part of the civil war until about the 1930's. Every town had two or ten locally published papers, and they were often vitrolic or outrageous, concerned with the national news and the neighbors.

Here's a sample from El Dorado, Kansas 1903:
"Sidney W. Clark 10 years ago was a country lad and school teacher near Potwin. His hand and will wer all his capital. Now he is vice-president of the First National Bank of Raton, New Mexico, and dwells on Easy Street."

Ok, well, not very controversial... but not the kind of thing you see in print every day. The column for 1888 that I had in mind -- well, they have yet to deliver that paper here, although I got it Saturday at home just fine. So this will be a two-part post. Too bad the Times doesn't put their "Remember When" column on their website.


Ok, here's the stuff from 1881 (I didn't quite remember that date)...

Mrs. Chas. Selig seems to take the cake on flower gardening.

S.M. Spencer, formerly of Plum Grove, now of Wicked newton, called and gave us more than $2 worth of "sass" and once cent on subscription. Fine man. Come sass us again.

Fran Gord started for his home at Paul;s Valley, Indian Nation, but the threatened outbreak of the Indians detained him. He met his family on their way to Butler Coundy and returned with them.

And so on. Except for the quaintness, it really reminds me of what I want to see in weblogs: interesing, lively events.

By the way, I should mention here that the library has over a dozen newspapers for your use... from "U.S.A. Today" to the "Andover Courier-Journal." Our newest is to the "Kansas Traveler," another home-grown effort which reports on local travel spots. Hmmm. Quaint again. Gotta love that about Kansas.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Safari on trial

At the retirement dinner for my boss yesterday, I met Ying, our new Systems IT person. She mentioned how nice it was to nap in our comfy library chairs, to which I replied, "That's what they're for." Then I asked her over to the computer to show her Safari.

Safari is ProQuest's new product, designed to rival Books24/7. The full name is "Safari Tech Books Online" and Rob Grindstaff, who I once knew as the local salesman here in Kansas but who is now some high mucky-muck with ProQuest in Michigan asked me to trial it. Too bad there were technical difficulties before the semester was over: summer is really not a good time to test it out.

Ying had fun, though. She wanted "Oracle Certificate" which I searched, then had to knock off "certificate" to get good results. Come to find out this morning after reading the Quick Demo that there's an entire "Certification category" we could have searched on.

She noted that the first results included the best work on Oracle, then we went on to search "Cold Fusion". She was thrilled, and decided to print out an entire book... to which I explained I'd be happy to buy books for the library instead. But you know, books on my shelves are not what she wants... books in her office are.

We've got another faculty member, Skyler, who teaches animation and graphic computer arts and such, and I think this database would solve her problem of students running off with her personal library of tech books.

And a student came in looking for "Flash" books, and I showed him the site, with the addendum of a quick overview of Amazon's reviews, the fastest way I know of getting to the plusses and minuses of any book around.

Finally, I spoke to Pam, the salewoman handling my account now. When Books24/7 first came out, we had it for about $500 that year. Perfectly acceptable price for my small school of 900 FTE. The few users were mostly the tech guys running our network. But the second year, they wanted $5,000. No way could I give them 1/3rd of my book budget!

Here in Butler, with a 5000 FTE, I could afford a little more, but I don't think I would find anymore than a proportional increase in users... and I still don't want it priced at $5,000, which would be the equivalent of 1/6th of my book budget. I really hope I got my point across.

Anyway, go sample it if you are at Butler, right off the library home page.

...And please let me know what you think. I've got a 5 page PDF demo/tutorial I'll send you if you ask for it, although why it's not loaded in the web site is another question I asked Pam.

Singing off,


PS. Spent the budget. Wedding, birthday, girls night out, band practice and performance. Finally, the garden. Lost the password. Lost the username. Subconscious found 'em for me. And that's why I've not been posting... and why I'm back.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Hello, again

Dang, it's been a long week.

First was being tired and needing to catch up on sleep and housework on Sunday.

Then the family thing on Monday. Put the flag out, cooperated with the dear husband to put the pork on the grill and the food on the picnic table. A rare day in Kansas of about 80 degrees, light breeze instead of the steady wind, and clear...we fed the 18 year-old daughter, mom and dad, and niece and new (30 days) husband with food and conversation and raspberry lemonade. Somehow a fudge pie showed up, enabling us to finish the meal with a fine flourish.

Tuesday began the laborious project of selecting a new Dean at my school - actually my new boss. We concluded efforts today. My number 2 pick was selected, and it should work out fine. But I will truly miss my old boss, and haven't done grieving for that yet... she is just retiring! But it's still a loss. It would be hard for anyone to turn my job into a nightmare, it's so perfect right now. I expect all will be well, but it makes me a tad nervous.

And now I have to spend hours trying to figure out just exactly how much money I have left to spend in the next week or so, using very non-sophisticated reporting tools, matching with my figures and record of expenses, with the aim of spending every penny or maybe a few dollars over. Humph. I don't like to be pressed at the end like this. There's gotta be a better way to track expenses for my purposes. Trouble is I don't have the experience with other systems. In fact this one is better than my last institution, and the personnel are much more helpful. I need to do a bit of research with my peers next month to see how the tracking they do day to day helps with the final spending.

Finally, got my tetunus shot today, as well as Hepetitus A, in preparation for my trip to Mexico (Tecate) next month. Anyone been to that area? Any recommendations?


Sunday, May 30, 2004

Bloggers find ways to profit from blogging! Bring it on.

Bloggers find ways to profit

Dang, Steven, you can retire on this idea!

"Here's a look at ... different ways bloggers can make money:

Blogads: Blogads is a small North Carolina company run by Copeland.

Advertisers go to and choose the sites they want to appear on. Prices range from $5 a week on Heretical Ideas to $700 a week on Daily Kos."

RSS reactions

I'm sitting a home on a lovely Sunday afternoon - the first 73 degree day at this time of the day in a couple of weeks (normally it's hotter). And I want to check my blogs and write a few things... and I notice that I don't have that cool little bloglines button that I intalled on my computer at work here on my computer at home. Yikes! How do you handle the two-computer thing?

Because I'm finding the RSS feed very attractive. So much so that I chose it over checking out my email when I had a few spare minutes between meetings while at work. And unfortunately, they took away my familiar email software and gave me a new product a month ago and I don't like it very much. Bloglines is more friendly.

Anyway, not much else here today. Gotta go check out everyone's blogs.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

TAPROOTS Social Services, 1964-1971... From the State Library of KS

From the State Library of Kansas:
Happy Friday everyone!
This week’s Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library blog features TAPROOTS, a serial publication of the Kansas Department of Social Welfare issued between 1964-1971. Taproots covered the different aspects of social services to Kansans provided by state and local government during the 1960s… a time of great change in the U.S. It’s a great source for historians and social service researchers. It’s also full of photos or people and places in our recent history.
Read the blog and peruse the pages of Taproots at:
Also included in this week’s blog is a link to agency/division publications in KGI by the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division (formerly the Kansas Department of Animal Health).

Bill Sowers, KSLIB

Girl with the Pearl

Well, I just spent a pleasant couple of hours reading the rest of "The Girl with the Pearl Earring." Some vivid images remain in my mind, accompyaning a personality that's as familiar as those in the schoolgirl biographies I used to read. The fall of the wavy brown hair, the star in the pavement, the color of the earrings. The sound of the children, the rough texture of the wash-ruined hands, and the color of the clouds... it's a simple but rich book. A fast read, no wonder it's chosen for book groups and discussion.

Now I get to go see the movie.

Rarely does a movie enhance my understanding of a book, by the way. Usually it's the other way around. But there have been a few: Ben Hur. Don Quijote. Romeo and Juliet.

Lately, the one I've enjoyed enough to become a fan of is the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings. Yup, just an interpretation. But a rich visual resource that I didn't quite see when I read the books as a teen. 30 years later, I can now read the books and really appreciate them... and I have to thank Peter Jackson and the team he pulled together to get the movies made for that.

Come to think of it, my favorite fan site was a blog. I've enjoyed for over a year now, glad to know the special news and not-news surrounding the release of the last of the trilogy. Even posted to it myself once or twice, although it was via email to the owners. They were pretty selective about what was posted.

Nuff said, off to bed. RSS, tomorrow!

Singing off,


Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Another perfect day in Kansas...

In 1999, my husband and I hosted a Presbyterian pastor and his wife Stephan and Elizabet from Switzerland in our home in Independence, Kansas for about 6 weeks.

Turns out the wild, wild West is very much alive in Stephan's imagination. He is a reader of the Western genre, translated into German, one of several languages he knows, including his native Romanian. I will have to ask him again who his favorite author is.

He had a blast touring our state with his wife; I got to go on a couple of day trips with them. He was always so appreciative. And when the travel was over, and he was studying or visiting around town, he made it a habit to sit out on our front porch at 5 pm every evening for conversation and beer. Sometimes it was way too hot! But there was always a breeze. Sometimes the thunderstorms would shortcircuit our plan. But we would join him as often as possible and enjoy that perfect part of a life: good friends and a few moments to take a breather.

Then he would always lean back in his porch chair tipped to the stone railing and proclaim, "Another perfect day in Kansas."

Most days I can, I think of that and sing it out to someone here on campus or in the library. And we often think it's ironic and sometimes think it's right on. But I know, in a mythological sense, that it's always true. And that helps.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Sick, sick, sick, busy, busy busy

That cold thing really developed into a monster this week. On top of that, it was a busier week than usual at home - and taking a sick day off on Wednesday didn't alleviate the pressure at all. So, the blogging didn't appeal to me nearly as much.

In fact, my brother Brian called, and told me that after long experience, he takes two days off when he gets a bad cold, which really puts him on his feet again instead of feeling bad for 3-4 weeks. Brian works as a programmer for NASA, and I concluded our conversation by asking him to think about giving a presentation here in my library, which happens to be his alma mater. His programming work puts him in direct contact with the astronauts, as he develops software for their laptops. His latest piece lets them know the geo coordinates for exactly where over the earth they are; even over cloud cover, they can identify land features peaking through. And he was excited to describe the way the software works as an archive, so the astronaut can go back and place a photo he took at a certain time and know precisely where that was.

He talked for 20 minutes, very passionately, yet says he has never given a program. He's got what it takes though, and maybe he'll consent to give his first one here, before he takes it on the road to the software conferences he goes to.

Well, this week will be busy also, as I balance the budget and see how much I have left to spend by the end of the fiscal year. I'm glad to be feeling better.

Singing off,


Friday, May 21, 2004

No pictures

Guess that tells me something about blogging again. Do you have to pay to insert pictures? Are they only available as links to websites where they are posted?

I'm disappointed, but will try to get the pics on our library website and come back to edit the URL in.

It was still a jolly day.

Racing Around the Stacks Unseats Reference Librarian

--Story by Michelle Avis, Micaela Ayers. Pictures by Ronda Holt

“We just had our fun day here at the Library!”
Claiming that her chair was faster, Reference Librarian Judy Bastin challenged student worker Shamika Huggins to a chair race at 10 am this morning in the L.W. Nixon Library. Individual "racetracks" were divided off around the stacks, from the United States to fiction, and from social problems to games, in Dewey Decimal order. After Micaela Ayers, Director, dropped the doily to signal the start, the two sped through the stacks.
Shamika sped her way backwards to win the first heat as Judy attempted to motivate her chair by crab-walking forward through the shelves, removing a few books along the way. In the second heat, Judy followed Shamika's example in racing backwards. Surmising this second loss was due to a defective chair, Judy switched chairs for the final heat. It must have been a good idea, as Judy lost the third race by a much closer margin.
Shamika said she felt great about her victory, asking "What do I get now?" She was awarded the first brownie of the day.
"I need to recover," said Judy. She was awarded a short break.

Ready to roll: Shamika…

…and Judy.

The start:

Uh-oh… Shamika finishes before Judy starts her last leg.

A great race finishes.

Scout Report covers blog

I've been a faithful reader of The Scout Report, a website reviewer out of University of Wisconsin-Madison, and this is the first time I've seen a blog reviewed. An extraordinary blog, of course.

Healing Iraq

Mainstream coverage of the ongoing reconstruction and conflict in Iraq may at times leave much to be desired, particularly in terms of "man on the street" coverage. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of weblogs that provide a vantage point into this situation, representing the many divergent opinions on this situation. One notable site is provided by Zeyad (whose surname is not offered for privacy reasons), a dentist living and working in Iraq. On the site, visitors can peruse his latest observations on the operations in Iraq, and post comments on each individual entry as well. The site also includes a photo blog, where visitors can view photographs of demonstrations and other activities. A desireable aspect of the site is that it also offers links to other Iraq-related weblogs, and information about new blogs of note. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.

To subscribe to the Scout Report, or to manage your subscription, go to:

Wednesday, May 19, 2004


Here's a new one:

Will 'moblogs' mean mo' money?
Last modified: April 1, 2004, 4:00 AM PST
By Paul Festa
Staff Writer, CNET

...Creque, a 23-year-old human resources director for a polling company in Melbourne, Fla., estimates she takes and posts to the Web an average of five digital pictures every day, regularly updating her personal mobile Web log, or "moblog."...

...Cell phone plans vary in terms of how subscribers are charged for Internet access, but Blasi estimates that it costs 25 cents to send a picture over the network.

Consumer and cell company demand for moblogs has yielded opportunity for a number of start-ups including TextAmerica, Mobog, Buzznet and Ploggle...

...Another study, by the InfoTrends Research Group, predicts that 150 million cell phones with built-in cameras will be sold this year, totaling about one-quarter of all cell phones sold.

The moblog is only the latest variation on the traditional text-based Web log. A minor trend, also oriented around cell phones, developed last year to support audio blogs...

...While moblogs have attracted the interest of cell phone companies as a way to spur the use of phone photography, those companies and analysts alike predict that the real catalyst for camera phone usage will be the adoption of compatible technologies between carriers...

Am I the only blogger around without a cell phone or digital camera? Mind you, I've got the library digital camera, which seems a bit outdated now, but still useful. But I have a hard time spending money on some technologies, fun or convenient as they may be.

It's late. Go to bed.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004


Refuse all intercourse with comb or brush
And stand, moon-blanched, shoulders hung
Against the hush of autumn lungs

That breathe their still, illegal tender
Like a tenor saxophone whose weather
Rains against your skin. Tonight you’d rather

Walk the syncopated streets than sleep,
The counterpoint of cats and window-peepers
Slaps you in the face—the clap

As clouds and stars collide. Deny the shrill
Policeman’s silver whistle. Feral,
Canine, vault the convent wall

To waltz a private rosary, bark
The deer-bark, drive incisors hard
Against the luminescent heart

Of prey. Know every vent-pipe, each blind
Half-closed, every shape a man makes, standing
Still or skewered to his fecund

Bitch, in heat, praising the stink
Of love in moans and high-pitched squeaks.
Stars rise, stars sink

Like stones cast into water
Or laughter drowned in tears.
Believe there’s little left that still adheres

The way that childhood stitches dreams to sleep.
And down beside the drainage ditch you sip
The run-off with your pallid lips

While owls bleat merry homage to your curt
Projecting ribs, the sheal of straw and turf
In which you weigh the gravity of mirth.

--Dr. John Jenkinson, 5/18/04
Winner of a Balticon Poetry Award,

To be announced at Balticon 38, The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Memorial Day Weekend May 28 - 31, 2004


Once again hosted by The Lite Circle, Inc., a Baltimore-based nonprofit literary organization, poetry programming explores the arena of verse from inspiration and writing to submitting for publication and an overview of small press publishing. There will be a poetry workshop and a poetry reading featuring winners of the Balticon 38 SF Poetry contest and an open reading...

Congratulations, John!


Our second class on blogging is about to start... I'm giong to go grab a bit of lunch, then be back in time to tune in. Steven prefers the audio to chatting, so I'm ready with that as well, thanks to Randy Ellis in our Multimedia Resource Center.

Man, something smells good.

I'm hoping to post a poem here that was a winner at Balticon (Baltimore, MD Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention) by Dr. John Jenkinson, a friend and a professor here at Butler Community College. Watch for it this evening!

Monday, May 17, 2004

Chicken Pot Pie

Sick, I am sick. Bad cold since Saturday morning... made it to work, mostly. But now am hoping to chill with a movie this evening.

I wanted to post one of my favorite new things to do: read a few minutes of a book in an e-mail form supplied by "Dear Reader." My book choice has been from the science fiction genre; there's a total of nine to choose from.

It's a sweet deal... I get to research the latest sci-fi for my collection by reading a chapter or so from some of the newest items on the market. And the provider's notes read like an experience blogger. Several libraries have set it up as a service originating from thier libraries. And it's all free.

Singing off (a bit off-pitch tonight, in fact),


Hey, all

Hey, have any of you noticed how much fun it is to read your own blog? What is it -- admiring your word choice? seeing it in print? the thrill of knowing that you might get famous?

Anyway, thought I'd publish these links to your blogs, classmates. That way I can check them out while I'm blogging:

Rhonda -
Gwen -
Tony -
Carole -
Micaela -

And besides, it spreads the fame a bit!

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Google Blog and a question

Google Blog

Just doing my homework, and found that described the new googleblog... and some of the trouble they have had with thier posts. So far. Which is cool, because they started blogging the day before I did, even though it took them 15 months to get on the stick, and it just took me about 7 months since I first heard about what blogging is last November from Helen, the librarian at Coffeyville Community College. She was graduating from Emporia's SLIM, and showing me her capstone notebook, in which her presentation on blogging for a library conference was outlined. First I'd heard of it.

Come to find out, though, that my daughters have been blogging for years. First through (and yes, I did find out about some truly outrageous stuff when I snooped through daughter #2's), then through, now through If this continues to be as much fun as it is so far, I'll be caught up with them again (as teens, they introduced me to ICQ, for instance).

My husband plays Everquest endlessly, I constantly read the NYTimes and, the girls blog and IM all day: how do you get your daily dose?

New Library Space

...Such buildings are narratives. We did this, and then we did that. And it may be useful to see the Central Library as a series of episodes in urban space. There are crowd scenes and moments of intense solitary absorption. Intense vertigo gives way to erotic stimulation. Over here, you're an actor, over there a spectator. Don't look now, but the library could be reading you...
(from the NYTimes article below.)

The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the Disco

The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the Disco


Thursday, May 13, 2004

"The Perfect Mile"

Rats! I lost a post – tried to publish it and something must have jammed up the process. So it’s gone. Thanks, Steven, for your kind comment. It’s about time to show this to the boss so she can see the potential of a weblog.

What I wanted to write about is an acquaintance of mine from church – Wes Santee. Wes ran for the University of Kansas track team and is one of the three guys who raced to break the 4-minute mile in 1954. Neal Bascomb’s The Perfect Mile” is the story of that competition which culminated in the new record 50 years ago this month.

Thank you to Beth Golay of Watermark Books, Wichita, KS, who wrote to invite folks to his book signing on Thursday, May 20th. And she also mentioned that Runner’s World recently interviewed Wes Santee at:

He’ll be in El Dorado this Saturday, May 15 at “Grandma’s Garden for another book signing. Wes got married a year and a half ago to one of my parents’ good friends, Doris King. Good luck to you both as you begin your book tour!

Singing off,


Wednesday, May 12, 2004

About Gmail

About Gmail: "Why is Google offering email? I thought you were a search company.
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally useful and accessible. For many people, email contains valuable information that can be difficult to retrieve. We believe we can help with that.

Gmail uses Google search technology to find messages so users don't have to create folders and file their individual emails. Many of Gmail's other features also incorporate search technology to improve their effectiveness. Used this way, search enhances the efficiency of email, so we believe it's a natural area for Google to offer a service.
Interested in an account?
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Ebooks, a free look

McGraw-Hill Professional's "Allies at War" Selected as May eBook of the Month...

Today's increasingly tenuous global environment cries out for reasoned analysis and reasonable answers. Allies at War, published by McGraw-Hill Professional, provides a compelling look at the deepening division in the longstanding U.S./European alliance and presents a solid, studied framework for what must be done--soon. Allies at War will be available through member libraries with free, unlimited access through May 31.

So says net library. I found that if you go the the Kansas Library access, the book it displayed and you can link from there on your Kansas Library card (Sorry, KS residents only).

Which is more fun?

Ok, here it is the second day, and I am eager to get to this. Thus I face the first conundrum...Shall I do e-mail first, or write a new blog? Is this more fun, or is wading through the email more fun? I wouldn't do email at all if it wasn't, you see... and so much of my business is now wrapped up in it.

So the solution for me today is to get the email login started, then immediately go for this without reading any of it. On the other hand, maybe there's something wonderful in the email that I will want to share with the world here! I bet I could post again...

While I suspect most bloggers want desperately to sound/be unique, by the way, I am sure we are all similar in our human desires to be heard and understood or at least recognized. In the end, content will be more important here. I'm hoping to use this weblog or another one to communicate with the community I am surrounded with here on campus. I wonder how that will go.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

First Post

This is the first post to...

How many weblogs start that way? Truth. Ain't it grand.

Anyway, this is the first post to my first weblog. Or is it webblog? I'm so new that it's not automatic yet.

I had a relative say once that I'm a "master of the obvious" so that'll probably jump out at you pretty early. Somone has to do it.

Singing off...