Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Monday, March 26, 2007


I enjoyed Freakonomics last year, and so picked up The Gospel of Food this week on my book order. I'm hoping for some interesting insights. So far, I've gotten:

1) Americans smoke less than 30 years ago, thus are fatter
2) It doesn't take more than a weight gain of a pound a year to push the average weight for Americans from overweight to obese
3) It doesn't seem to matter which food you eat: carbs, protein, or other... basically, it matters what genes you inherit

That's after about 5 minutes of skimming. I'll read it more carefully after the library gets a chance to catalog it and get it ready for check out.

Meanwhile, I'm off to Baltimore for the ACRL Conference. Crab cakes, here I come.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

National Digital Newspapers

WHAT: Release of "Chronicling America," the National Digital Newspaper
Program Web site of historical newspapers

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m., during a reception of the National
Newspaper Association

WHERE: Library of Congress Madison Building, Montpelier Room, sixth
floor, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

WHO: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Bruce Cole Members of

The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities
today announced that "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers"
is being released, with more than 226,000 pages of public domain
newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia
and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. The text
of the newspapers is fully searchable, and search terms can be limited
to a particular state, a specific newspaper, and year or years and even
months of publication. The new site is available at

"Chronicling America" is produced by the National Digital Newspaper
Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH) and the Library of Congress. This long-term effort is intended to
develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with
select digitization of historic pages as well as information about
newspapers from 1690 to the present. Supported by the NEH's "We the
People" program and Digital Humanities Initiative, this rich digital
resource will continue to be developed and maintained at the Library of

Monday, March 19, 2007

Net Library Book of the Month

Ireland Adventure Guide
By Tina Neylon
Hunter Publishing, 2006

Ireland is steeped in history, tradition and culture, making it one of the most popular vacation destinations worldwide. Its story is told in centuries-old castles, stone circles strategically placed to shine in the winter solstice moon, and, of course, in its pubs, where local residents gladly share a pint and a tale.

Written by Irish native Tina Neylon, the March eBook of the Month will open your eyes to the astonishing treasures of this ancient Island, showing you how to experience Ireland directly and intensely: as a participant not just a spectator. You'll join in the pub life of Dublin, meet the people through theater and music groups, visit the lake where St. Patrick first landed in 442 AD and find some of the finest golf courses in the world. Packed with essential information for the adventure-minded traveler, this guide is a comprehensive introduction to the people, the places, and the culture of Ireland

Designed to increase awareness of online resources and highlight the value of your eBook collection, the March eBook of the Month is provided through the generous support of Hunter Publishing.

Visit the Butler website and link to e-books through our online Campus databases link or our At Home databases through pipeline.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

TimesSelect is now free

TimesSelect is now free for University Students and Faculty, offering a complimentary subscription to TimesSelect. You must be a student or faculty member with a valid college or university e-mail address to be eligible for this offer. You no longer need an access code to activate your TimesSelect University Subscription.

Course it's been free to Butler all along, but was clunky since you had to go to LexisNexis for the content. This is more direct with an email feed offered.

Visit them to get started.


Monday, March 12, 2007


I was in Chicago for three days last week. When we left the Navy Pier, we were almost run over by the croud of people leaving the IMAX that was showing "300" to sold out audiences.

So when this hit my email (and I only have 147 left to go to catch up today), I thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy,



Miss Potter and 300 - Film Stories and Sources

Two very different films are opening in wide release this weekend.
"Miss Potter" tells the story of Peter Rabbit's creator while "300"
graphically portrays the famous battle at Thermopylae.

This web site
links to primary sources and explanatory animations about Beatrix
Potter, her life in Victorian Britain, her sources of inspiration, her
editor Norman Warne and her life after she no longer wrote the "little
books." It also provides pictures of the "real Peter Rabbit," the
original "story letters" which later became books, a list of discussion
topics and a virtual field trip to Potter's beloved Lake District.

Another site provides the story behind the movie "300" and the battle
of Thermopylae. It
includes links to primary sources, explanatory animations, on-line
games from the British Museum (illustrating how Spartan children were
educated and how Greeks operated trireme ships), plus much more.

The site is free for all libraries, schools and educators. Request
group access with this form. It is also
free, through March, for library patrons, students and members of the
general public. Select an individual password with this form.

Carole Bos
Dean's Advisory Board
Grand Valley State University

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Hubby does well

Finding the Story... my husband's first book. See excerpts and order here:


Friday, March 02, 2007

Happy Birthday, Cat in the Hat

[08:57] Librarian: To the Cat:

Happy birthday we say
To the cat we adore,
And his creator, too,
Who gave us him and more.

Pushing right to the edge,
Always funny and wild,
This cat still makes us smile
And feel new, like a child.

Here's to you, boomer dude.
This is going to be hard.
It's to AARP.
It's a membership card.

[08:58] RichLayers: hahaha
[08:58] Librarian: courtesy of the "Shelf Awareness" Bookseller's newsletter.

And also,

I heard the interview today on NPR with Martha Radditz, author of The Long Road Home: A story of War and Family about the firefight in Bahgdad that caught American soldiers unprepared. "From ABC White House correspondent Raddatz comes the story of a brutal 48-hour firefight that conveys in harrowing detail the effects of war not just on the soldiers, but also on the families waiting back at home."

Wow. Gripping story of an deadly surprise. I'm getting the book on order today.