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?