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 www.netLibrary.com 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."

Yay!

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