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

ABOUT THE LITERACY SITE

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!

Micaela

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.
(GOOG)
is setting out make better sense of all the scholarly work stored on the
Web.

The company's new service, unveiled late Wednesday at , draws upon newly
developed algorithms to list the academic research that appears to be
most
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 -
the
primary source of its profits.http://scholar.google.com

"Google has benefited a lot from scholarly research, so this is one way
we
are giving back to the scholarly community," said Anurag Acharya, a
Google
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
from
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
material
available at libraries and other offline sources.

The scholarly search effort continues Google's effort to probe even
deeper
into content available online and offline. Last month, Google expanded a
program that invites publishers to scan their books into the search
engine's
index, enabling people to peek at the contents online before deciding
whether to buy a copy.
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Eric Hansen, Executive Director
Kansas Library Network Board
300 SW 10th Ave., Rm. 343N
Topeka, KS 66612-1593
(785) 296-3875; (800) 432-3919
eric@kslib.info
www.skyways.org/KSL/KLNB

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
article.)

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 (http://learnerslibrary.com) 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: http://www.learnerslibrary.com
>
>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:

Janet,

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

I'm shocked, I think.

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


Ladies:
I checked out this at www.snopes.com (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.
Jo
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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
DVD.

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