Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas to all...

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

I think it is time to share some Friday-afternoon-before-Christmas greetings. And I offer some delightful holiday music to you, my friends and colleagues on the list:

Straight No Chaser Holiday Music Video

Butler closes at the end of the day for a two week holiday. AS our President, Dr. Jacqueline Vietti said: "Happy holidays and best wishes for an enjoyable, much-deserved winter break."


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Atlas of True Names

Dad mentioned yesterday how intrigued he was when he saw a book at the hospital book sale which purported to be An Atlas of the Universe.

Today, Rachel sent me a peek at an atlas, which, while not an atlas of the universe, is intriguing in its own way:

And I'm all about Middle Earth, of course!


The Bookless library? The Paperless Office?

Thanks to Bob Walter of Pittsburg State University, I've been made aware of the Chronicle of Higher Education piece (17 min) on the future of libraries. This is an AUDIO piece:

"...So long as there's a librarian in it, it's a library...that's what makes it distinct." and "There's room for all of these [technologies, humans, books]."

Thus our "Librarians on the Loose" program in Andover.

A couple of websites for the Goucher Athenaeum (for the visuals):

From the architect:

From the College library website:

Music comes to the book

In the category of new things from old books:

Artist Jennifer Khoshbin creates music boxes from a selection of older works.

I've been tracking the use of the book as form apart from function... changing the function usually changes the form of the book, most particularly when it becomes the basis for furniture or art. Usually with furniture, you can no longer read the book.

This is altering, but visually the book shape doesn't change as much as the 'altered books' art of recent time. I've seen a bit of my daughter's work, and I like the fact she selects recent but outdated medical books to alter. But even in the art books, they can still be read, as you continue to pick up the book and turn pages to see what the artist has created. I wonder how much of these books can still be read. She certainly has a couple of books that look intriguing for their content as much as their covers...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Most likely to succeed...

Malcolm Gladwell asks "How do we hire when we can’t tell who’s right for the job?" in Most Likely to Succeed, found in the column Annals of Education from The New Yorker today.

Football and teaching...

To be honest, I always wondered if I'd make a fine teacher. Ever since I heard in my college educational psychology course at The University at Albany about the study, probably apocryphal, that proved an actor makes a better teacher than a subject specialist. Since I was more of an actor at the time, the story had some appeal. I'd like to know what others think of it.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Lowry in Kansas, after.

Lois Lowry captured the photo of the performer's bows at the end of the musical "Gathering Blue" on her website.

I enjoyed the performance at Independence Community College Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, tremendously, and felt privileged to be in on the production at what amounted to the workshopping stage. The drama speaks to our times in the era since 9/11, or perhaps Oklahoma City, in the concepts of the world going through 'destruction and reconstruction, many times' as recognized in The Singer's Song; in the security vs safety issue as expressed in GW Bush's presidency; and in the hope for the future that many now feel. I appreciated that the copyright date of 2001 was pointed out during the audience discussion with the composers, the director, the playwright and the author Lois Lowry just after the show.

On Saturday, she gave what was termed a lecture, but what I would call a memoir - she told a life story, accompanied by pictures. Born in Honolulu, she left the island shortly befor Pearl Harbor was bombed: she remembered telling her father that he needed to put his uniform on that day. She has a picture of her grandmother, visiting, on the beach in 1940 with the USS Arizona in the ocean behind them...

She also mentioned her favorite book of all she's written is "Autumn Street," in which a child is murdered; her book about her sister's death is "A Summer to Die." Her second Newbery Medal award was for "Number the Stars." She truly has dealt with dark material in her life: "Gathering Blue" reflects that, but remains quite hopeful. Too, when asked what her favorite part of "The Giver" is, she recalled when the boy is given a memory of a family and a dog, gathered in warmth within a home, around a tree. He doesn't know what the memory means, but we do, especially these weeks before Christmas.

I look forward to reading "Gathering Blue" and the following novel "The Messenger." (The actor playing Matt was so amazing in the musical). She says she's also working on a 4th in the set. I'm amazed to see how few of her 37 books I've read; she published most from 1980 forward, so my daughters read more of her than I have. I shall enjoy them!


Friday, December 05, 2008

ArtSTOR for the holidays

Go look at this during the holidays - a visual gift from ArtSTOR:

Collection news

Collection agreement: Images from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
ARTstor is partnering with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to share approximately 1,200 images of works by Georgia O'Keeffe.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum collection page.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

December 2008 Book of the Month

"At the beginning of 2004, Barack Obama was an almost unknown Illinois state legislator and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Today, Obama's straightforward policy recommendations, message of hope and inclusion, and charismatic style have propelled him to the highest office in the nation.

Written by Martin Dupuis and Keith Boeckelman, this book examines Barack Obama's meteoric rise to fame and what it means for American politics. The roots of President-elect Obama's politics and presidential campaign strategy are traced in this detailed political biography, ascending from his successful run in 1996 to represent Chicago's South Side in the Illinois Senate, through his partial term as the junior U.S. senator from Illinois beginning in 2004, to his campaign for the presidency."

Click through to this book from your Pipeline account, library tab. Enjoy a great read.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Near and Far startup nears...

My daughter is the writer and her distant friend Aaron (they've never met in person) is the artist. I like what I see of Near and Far!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One last post today; 'cause I want to have the links handy from home

The latest issue of the State Library's "Kansas Government Information" blog is out. This post provides information and resources on selecting the right age appropriate gift for those youngsters on your list, store shopping safety tips, charitable giving information, online purchasing information, and also reminders on how to correctly ship packages.

You can view the blog at:



Megan Schulz
Legislative Reference
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th, 343-N
Topeka, KS 66612
phone (785) 296-4673
Legislative Hotline (800) 432-3924

Oh and Happy Thanksgiving!



The Christmas Book Challenge

From the Squeetus blog:

"...For neighbors, friends, teachers, family: give books. You can find $3 books in bookstores (mass market paperbacks or early reader books), or go all the way up to a $30 hardcover for nicer gifts. There are so many to choose from. Let's make it a literary holiday. Get books into people's hands! Flood the earth with stories!..."

It's Rani's Birthday!

Rani is our technical book processor and display master here in the library. She does a great job preparing books and Audio-visual for checkout. What I enjoy is her terrific sense of humor and the cultural connections she brings to us from Bangladesh, where she was raised.

Black Friday? Not if you are buying books!

From current Shelf Awareness newsletter: "Watermark Books, Wichita, Kan., is featuring "a black coupon good for Black Friday that went out with last week's e-letter," notes Sarah Bagby. "Our customers love coupons and they were successful last year. Our expectations are not widely varied from previous years. During the latter two weeks of October and all through November, three of us have gone out on the circuit, speaking to book clubs, philanthropic groups and auxiliary groups. We asked attendees how they felt about giving books as presents and whether they will give the same amount as in previous years. The answers were overwhelmingly positive. Customers seemed adamant about giving books to facilitate an authentic experience, rather than more stuff or gadgets.""

For more help with the holidays, see Sarah's Holiday Notes: booklists, an offer to pick and pack your books, online ordering, etc.

As a librarian, I enjoy getting books as gifts. But hey! I want the stuff or gadgets too, to be honest.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lois Lowry comes to Kansas!

Good morning,

I’m pleased to announce that Newbery award-winning novelist Lois Lowry will be in Independence from Thursday, December 4 through Sunday, December 7, for the opening of a new musical based on Lowry’s 2000 novel Gathering Blue. The musical is being presented by the Independence Community College Theater Department and the William Inge Center for the Arts, with performances at 7:30pm on December 4-6 and 2:30pm on December 7. My understanding is that Lowry will be present at the December 5 performance, and possibly the December 6 performance as well.

Lowry will also be delivering a lecture about Gathering Blue and the Giver trilogy on Saturday morning, December 6, at 11:30am. The lecture will take place at the Independence Civic Center, at 400 N. Penn. The lecture is free and Lowry will be signing books after the conclusion of the lecture...

We’re delighted to have an author of Lois Lowry’s stature coming here to Independence, and we would love to have a robust contingent of Kansas librarians on hand for the lecture and/or performances. Please let me know if you have any questions about these upcoming events, and we’ll hope to see you here!
Marcel LaFlamme

Director, Learning Resource Center
Independence Community College
1057 W. College Ave.
Independence, KS 67301
(620) 332-5468

Rachel found this treat:
(especially the one on politics)

And some further details:

Hi Micaela,

I talked to the folks at the Inge Center, and they said that they are
not doing advance ticketing for the lecture. So you are welcome to just
show up for that on Saturday, December 6. As for the performances,
advance tickets are $8 and you can call (620) 331-7768 or (800)
842-6063 x 5835 to reserve them. The lecture will take place in
downtown Independence, at the Civic Center, and the performances will
be at the William Inge Theater on the campus of ICC.

I'm glad that you and your daughter are interested in coming! See you
in a little bit.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dewey to be a Movie

I've not yet read the book - lots of others ahead of it - but I will before this movie comes out. Nice review here of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
by Vicki Myron (Reviewed by Tammy Garrison, Bradford Memorial Library, El Dorado, KS)

Movie news here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"Kansas Government Information" blog

Hello all.....

A new issue of the "Kansas Government Information" blog is up at:

Today we're providing links to information on the process of
presidential transition in the United States. As the Bush
administration prepares to hand over executive power to the incoming
Obama team there's a lot of curiosity in just how the "dance of
democracy" continues from one administration to the next. Hopefully
these resources will be of help in learning about this system.

AND IF YOU MISSED IT!!!.... Kim Harp put together some terrific links
on Veteran's Day in last Thursday's KGI blog. Just scroll down below
the presidential transition section to find these.

Bill Sowers
State Library of Kansas

Bill Sowers
Kansas Publications & Cataloging
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th, Room 343-N
Topeka, KS 66612

Friday, November 07, 2008

Diary of Anne Frank

The Guild Hall Players, a community theatre in Wichita, will be
presenting a production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Nov. 20-23 at 3750
E. Douglas.

The play is directed by two Butler people- Phil Speary
(BOE) and Alexis Hopkins (BOA). This is a new adaptation of the play
done recently on Broadway based on the full publication of the diary
published after Mr. Frank's death. I'm sure you know what a moving
worthwhile play this is-- one either you or your students would enjoy.

Performances are Thurs thru Sat. at 8 pm and Sun at 7 pm. At 7 pm on
Nov. 20-21 for those who wish to come early Dr. Forrest J. Robinson
will be speaking about his experiences as one of the liberators of the
concentration camps. Tickets for the play are $10 for general and $5
for students (all ages). Seating is limited- reservations at 683-5686.

Applying Fair Use Doctrine to Colleges and Universities

Applying Fair Use Doctrine to Colleges and Universities -- Access to session

For those faculty and staff attending the Applying Fair Use Doctrine to Colleges and Universities web conference on Friday, October 10, 2008, instructions on how to access the archived session are included below. They'll be available for the next month or so.

Applying Fair Use Doctrine to Colleges and Universities

Thank you for attending the Applying Fair Use Doctrine to Colleges and Universities web conference on Friday, October 10, 2008. Instructions on how to access the archived session are included below.

Please share your feedback on this web conference by taking the web conference survey. Please share the survey link with others who have viewed this event.

A copy of the web conference materials can be downloaded from the link(s) below:
Original Presentation
Archive Recording

To access the archive visit:
The recording will begin playing automatically.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Congratulations to the new President-elect and Vice-President-elect

One of the librarians of the 2-Year Academic variety passed on the link to Obama's 2005 keynote speech to the American Library Association annual convention, which reads, in part:

"It is a pleasure to address you today because of what libraries represent. More than a building that houses books and data, the library has always been a window to a larger world - a place where we've always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American story forward.

And at a time when truth and science are constantly being challenged by political agendas and ideologies; a time where so many refuse to teach evolution in our schools, where fake science is used to beat back attempts to curb global warming or fund life-saving research; libraries remind us that truth isn't about who yells the loudest, but who has the right information. Because even as we're the most religious of people, America's innovative genius has always been preserved because we also have a deep faith in facts.

And so the moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a library, we've changed their lives forever, and for the better. This is an enormous force for good."

Thanks Robert, for providing the link and the look at President-elect Obama's views on education and libraries! As another colleague said, "I was there and saw him deliver it. I told everyone when I came back that if this man ever ran for president, he had my vote!!!!! :)" Helen

I hope that all will demonstrate patience and hope as this presidency goes forward. Meanwhile, Happy Obama Day, as my daughter Bethany greeted me this morning.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Poetry Reading Succeeds

Poet Daniel Spees
John Jenkinson, founder of the Oil Hill Poetry Reading Series
Attentive audience at the L.W. Nixon Library

..."What has become a tradition at Butler Community College grew another year stronger Wednesday when Daniel Spees delivered a poetry presentation as part of the Oil Hill Reading Series..." "...Spees now celebrates another important landmark in his writing career with the publication of his first full-length poetry collection this year, "Asleep in the Orchard Grass." That publication was the source for the readings Spees gave to the audience...."

From the El Dorado Times, Nov. 4, 2008

P.S. It's Election day....

... and I'm off to vote now.


Foreclosure - the old way

Foreclosure Survival Guide:
Keep Your House or Walk Away With Money In Your Pocket
by Attorney Stephen R. Elias
NOLO, September 2008
The No. 1 topic of conversation in the news and around the office today and tomorrow? Foreclosures. They rose in the U.S. by over 79 percent last year—and over two million more are expected in the next two years.

Written by a practicing lawyer who has helped hundreds keep their homes or come out of foreclosure financially sound, Foreclosure Survival Guide provides practical solutions and information that can help readers make the best decisions possible, including what to expect from foreclosure, whether it's worth trying to keep the house and using Chapter 13 bankruptcy to save a home.

Foreclosure Survival Guide: Keep Your House or Walk Away With Money In Your Pocket will be provided with free, unlimited access November 1-30. The author's video tells more.

Monday, October 27, 2008

It's a Wonderful Internet

From my friends at Pixel Time Learning Centers, 7230 E 29th St. N, Wichita comes this item:

Blip's Pick
it's a wonderful internet

"Don't you love pop-up books? And how about Capra's great movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," where Jimmy Stewart finds out what the world would be like if he'd never been born? Blip's Pick this issue is "it's a wonderful internet," a site that borrows heavily from both those sources. Our hero, George, wishes the Internet had never been born~and magically discovers what his life would have been without it."

Thanks Skylar!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Near and Far

Look for a startup comic starring Rachel and Aaron coming soon to a webcomic site near you:

Thursday, October 09, 2008

October e-Book of the month

Great Events from History:
The 20th Century, 1971-2000
Edited by Robert F. Gorman, Texas State
Salem Press, 2008
Salem Press' monumental Great Events from History series spans human history from ancient times to the present, worldwide. NetLibrary is pleased to announce that the culminating set in this series, Great Events from History: The 20th Century, 1971-2000, will be available as the October eBook of the Month.

The ideal reference tool for students and general readers at all academic levels, Great Events from History: The 20th Century, 1971-2000 includes 1,083 individual essays covering topics ranging from personal computers to the rise of the Internet to groundbreaking advances in biotechnology. Events covered include the curriculum-oriented geopolitical events of the era—from the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War in 1973 to the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Essays also address important social and cultural developments in daily life: major literary movements, significant developments in the arts and motion pictures, trends in world population and immigration, and landmark social legislation.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Friday's Copyright Webinar

Join your colleagues at noon Friday in the L.W. Nixon Library as we look in depth at the fair use doctrine in a online Webinar. Drinks will be provided. You will:

Understand the origins and evolution of fair use
Determine if the use of a particular work is fair under the law
Learn how fair use applies to materials used in the classroom
Understand how fair use pertains to electronic reserves
Craft policy around fair use doctrine


Staff responsible for the creation and enforcement of institutional copyright policy will leave this event with the knowledge they need to apply fair use doctrine. This includes policy officers, legal counsel, university librarians, academic deans, and department heads.

Full Program Agenda


"This overview of fair use was one of the most useful I have seen. It provided a sound overview of fair use and a perspective on recent and often confusing developments in the law."


Wesley D. Blakeslee, Executive Director, Technology Transfer and Associate General Counsel, The Johns Hopkins University

Hosted by both the library and the Faculty Development Office. Attendance will generate professional development points through the
Faculty Development Office. Call for further information.

Micaela, 322-3234

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Value of Books in a Tough Economy

"Let them eat cake... well, brioche, then..." (Rousseau)

From "Shelf Awareness", current events for booksellers, Sept. 29:

The Cape Cod Times unearthed some bookselling wisdom for our times to highlight its report on NEIBA's fall trade show: "Apparently, there's an old saying that in a tough economy, booze and books continue to sell. The former, because people don't stop drinking no matter what,and the latter because books represent a purchase of lasting value, plus you can find anything in the world within the covers of a book..

And today, Sept 30:

"Calling the Old Book Shop, Morristown, N.J., "a time capsule," the Daily Record noted that owners Chris Wolff and Virginia Faulkner "trace the beginning of their shop to 1915. They purchased it in 1974 . . . The shop is more than shelves of books and collections of postcards, maps and journals. It is a place where the value of people's stories is expressed in a variety of ways."

"People hang on to books more than nearly any other thing," Wolff said. "This is time travel. This is a time capsule. Every book is a time capsule.""

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Dear Colleague,

I thought you would be interested in hearing a recent conversation on
developing critical thinking skills. In this podcast, Stephen D.
Brookfield joins fellow authors Rena Palloff, Keith Pratt and Jonathan
Finkelstein to discuss fostering critical thinking in the online

The conversation will interest anyone looking for ways to help online
learners improve their depth of understanding, their ability to
challenge or confirm assumptions, and their openness to thinking
critically. (And as a special bonus, music lovers will appreciate
hearing how being in a band can teach us to model critical thinking.)

This podcast is a pre-cursor to the second annual Jossey-Bass Online
Teaching and Learning Conference to be held completely online October
7-8, 2008, during which Brookfield will address this topic further as
part of his online keynote address. A special pre-conference workshop,
hosted by Fielding Graduate University, will be held on October 6, 2008.

For more information visit:

Enter discount code sqd2 when prompted, to get a $10 savings.

Gain an instant library:

Registrants receive their choice of ANY three books from the
Jossey-Bass Online Teaching & Learning series upon registration, for no
additional fee.

Many group pricing and sponsorship opportunities are available. To find
out more click this link to contact us:

We hope to see you online in October!

Warm regards,

John Walber

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Book for a Month

Bless their hearts, HarperCollins is promoting Neil Gaiman's new book "The Graveyard Book" due out on Sept. 30 by providing access to his "Neverwhere" for 30 days.

"Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancee. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever.
Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of — a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels."

For those of us who like fiction "with bite" this is just the thing.

Or try an Audio story: "A Study in Emerald" by the same author. Enjoy!


Monday, September 22, 2008

Librarians on the Andover

New service in Andover, at the 5000 building! Butler librarians Judy Bastin (shown) and Teresa Mayguines are in the building from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Look for their expert help and build a case for another library facility in the 5000 building. There's not a single college library from the east side of Sedgwick County until you get to El Dorado. These gals are bringing the library to you!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Case for the Book

"Just published by FMR in Bologna is an, as it were, ground-breaking volume on Michelangelo. Its cover is real marble and shows in miniature the Madonna della Scala, a bas-relief from the Casa Buonarotti.

With original photographs by Aurelio Amendola, Michelangelo: La dotta mano (Michelangelo: The learned hand) is guaranteed for 500 years, weighs 21kg and costs $155,000 (£87,000)."

And that's just one of many interesting tidbits from "Beautiful, Perfect, Supreme Chunk of Paper" as Peter Crawshaw from writes, reported in BBC World News America Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

I especially like his note that new media do not replace but merely come alongside longstanding media. TV hasn't replaced radio, e-books don't replace books. Here's his elegant expression of this concept:

"No new communications technology has ever wholly replaced its predecessor. Handwriting did not replace speech, wood-block print did not replace handwriting. Radio did not succeed print. Television lives side-by-side with radio. And so on.

What happens is that any new medium changes our perceptions of existing media and we adjust our behaviour and taste to fit."

I suspect the same is true in other areas beside communications technology - teaching? transportation?


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Student Engagement....

Are students getting dumber or are the academics working with them just getting more out of touch with those they teach? That debate has been hanging around for a while and now the noise level is increasing by more than a few decibles.

--Dumber Students Or Out Of Touch Academics

By StevenB on thomas_benton

"For example, I have continued to lecture in many of my courses, but I have gradually learned to make lectures more stimulating and interactive by weaving together multiple threads of analysis using images, video, audio, artifacts, and readings — and asking the students to perform those readings. The lectures are designed to make a sustained argument, but they also have multiple points of entry, so that students are not lost after a momentary lapse of attention. Added to that are intervals of rest — in which concentration can slacken for a few minutes, as concepts are considered and discussed — before the harder analysis is resumed.

Such lectures have to be carefully prepared, but they are also spontaneous, and always open to interaction, because that's what enables students to make connections on their own." (Benton)

This is a thoughful response to the issue, and bears reading. In view of Butler's new grant to look at student engagement, we could start the research here.


Monday, September 15, 2008

The ART of Teaching

Lesson Plans: Teaching Without a Script
By By Matthew Kay
Published: September 14, 2008
Matthew Kay explains why young, enthusiastic teachers like himself are drawn to his school: classrooms where art, performance and learning are allowed to meet.

This link will ensure access to the article, even after it becomes part of the NYT archive. Thank you, NY Times!

By the way, I have always wondered why my degree from the University of Kentucky is in Library Science, granted from the School of Library and Information Science. I strongly feel a case could be made for another degree in Library Arts... which is more my inclination and practice, anyway.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New Book by Butler author

Mike Calvert's new publication, available now at Barnes &
Michael Calvert
Paperback$89.00 Online price
$80.10 Members price
Find out more at Barnes &

Since Mike Calvert included this message for me:
"I think the BOE and BOA libraries should definitely add this to their holdings!!!!!!"
you may want to wait til we get it in and check it out from us instead...


Heinlein's answer to email

One of my favorite authors - both when I was a child and as a young teen - I never have written any author, but many do - and here's how the Science Fiction master dealt with volumes of mail: pre-email, and without secretarial help.

Thanks to Kevin Kelly and Shelf Awareness.

I wonder how Stephen King does it?


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Kansas Notable Books, 2008

Brad Sneed, right, author and illustrator for the book, "The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians," signs a copy for Marcia Allen, a librarian at Manhattan Public Library. Sneed and his book were among those honored Tuesday at the Statehouse with the 2008 Kansas Notable Books Award.

Ann Williamson / The Capital-Journal

Kansas Notable Books

From awards article that appeared in The Topeka Capital-Journal September 3
(click on URL below):

• "American Shaolin," by Matthew Polly

• "The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians," by Brad Sneed

• "Can I Keep My Jersey?" by Paul Shirley

• "The Curse of Catunkhamun," by Tim Raglin

• "The Farther Shore," by Matthew Eck

• "From Emporia: The Story of William Allen White," by Beverley O. Buller

• "Hellfire Canyon," by Max McCoy

• "Hunger for the Wild: America's Obsession with the Untamed West," by Michael L. Johnson

• "The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007," by Albert Goldbarth

• "A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution," by David A. Nichols

• "The Middle of Somewhere," by J.B. Cheaney

• "The Rest of Her Life," by Laura Moriarty

• "Sea Monsters," by Michael J. Everhart

• "Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey," by Jim Reed

• "Writing in an Age of Silence," by Sara Paretsky

Newspapers on Google

We spent significant funds gaining access to newspapers, through ProQuest and EBSCO and LexisNexis, etc. It will be interesting to me to watch the market shift to accommodate Google once again. --Micaela
This from Google:
Official Google Blog: Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time

And this commentary from the New York Times:
Google to Digitize Newspaper Archives
Published: September 9, 2008
Google is scanning microfilm from newspaper archives to make them searchable online, first through Google News and eventually on the papers’ own Web sites.

Monday, September 08, 2008

September Highlights

During September we remember the Great Hurricane of 1900 (which
decimated Galveston on the 8th and 9th), the shooting of President
McKinley (whose assassination has been called "One of 10 Days that
Unexpectedly Changed America") and the events of 9-11 (when four
airliners were hijacked by terrorists).

In addition, we commemorate other significant events: Ramadan
(observed during September this year), China's Xi'an festival
(celebrating the country's ancient culture and its famous terra cotta
soldiers ), Constitution Day (commemorating the approval of America's
federal constitution on September 17, 1787), and the story of the
Star-Spangled Banner (which Francis Scott Key wrote after the famous
battle near Baltimore's Ft McHenry). Learn the details of those, and
other events, in this summary of September Highlights.

Also provided are indices for videos (more than 400 are summarized and
linked in context), World War II resources (for both European and
Pacific theaters) and primary sources for space/aviation.

Group access to the site is free for all schools, libraries and
educators. Request group access with this form. It is also
free for students and members of the general public. Select an
individual password with this form. The
site's privacy policy is strictly

Carole Bos
Dean's Advisory Board
Grand Valley State University

Thanks, Carole.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Join an online book club

At, Suzanne Beecher makes an offer you can't resist:

Dear Reader,

Sign up for a book club and every day I’ll email you a 5-minute portion of a book. I’ll send a different book each week and you can sample two to three chapters.

Before long you’ll be hooked on a book and you just might win a bubble machine, a signed copy of a book, or some of my homemade chocolate chip cookies too—I love to bake for readers.

Thanks for reading with me. It’s so good to read with friends.

Suzanne Beecher

Book Clubs include the genres of Business, Fiction, Good News, Mystery, Teen, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, and Horror. Or you can hear Audio Books, enjoy pre-publication samples, or discuss books. She also offers several publisher sponsored clubs, like Penguin Classics or the Breakfast Club (Zondervan).

Happy reading!

Your librarian,


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Book Grinder -Glad You're Here

View Larger Map

©2008 Google - Map data ©2008 NAVTEQ™

2222 W Central Ave
El Dorado, KS 67042
(316) 321-4484‎

Your review
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Open on Sunday‎ - Micaela‎ - Today
It's great to have someplace to go on Sunday afternoon for a wonderful cup of cappuccino, a chance to browse a great selection of books, and a friendly bookstore atmosphere. I can always find something here! This week it was "The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told" for my husband, the Red Sox fan here in El Dorado. Then there was the Sci-Fi collection that will be brilliant for my Dad's Christmas present.

Anyway, I'm so glad they are here in El Dorado and they appear to be doing well enough to stay!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday afternoon video

A Friday afternoon video, with magician Jeff McBride

He's got some really amazing things to say about libraries and books.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Discworld Convenes

Image: The Great A'Tuin by John Stephen Player

North American Discworld Convention

The hotel is booked, official announcements are going out and many of the crucial staff positions are now filled; at last U.S. fans will have their own Discworld Convention, with Himself in attendance.A good deal of organizing & networking will be done, both at WorldCon, at the UK Discworld Convention, and elsewhere. Pass it on.The Turtle Moves!The First North American Discworld Convention will be heldSeptember 4-7, 2009 (Labor Day weekend which includes a Monday holiday) at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in downtown Tempe, Arizona (near Phoenix).

Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy birthday, Martha Gregg!

Martha turns 54 tomorrow, born in 1954, which makes this a special birthday! Send her greetings, come up to the library and make her day...

We've got plans to help her celebrate this evening at a local spot in El Dorado.

Using ARTstor for teaching

From the ARTstor folks today comes this timely tip sheet. Access ARTstor at Butler Community College from the database page on the website, or through your Pipeline login if you are off campus.

Tips & tools

Using ARTstor large file-size images for teaching
ARTstor images are available for use in presentations for educational or other noncommercial uses in the software environment of your choice. High quality digital images—large sized JPEG files—can be projected either in the ARTstor online environment or in a variety of offline environments such as OIV, PowerPoint and Keynote. Users can download a full image at 1024 pixels on the long side or pan and zoom to needed details and download the saved detail at 1024 as well.

ARTstor users can also use the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool to create digital slide show presentations. OIV enables side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning on-the-fly, and the ability to customize text on each presentation slide. Users can download images at up to 3200 pixels for offline presentations by using OIV.

Integrating ARTstor with Courseware
Instructors can share ARTstor content with students through campus courseware systems, such as BlackBoard, WebCT, Sakai, or Moodle. You can upload images, provide URLs to link students to individual images or entire image groups, or share OIV presentation files. Our courseware guide explains how ARTstor content can be shared through courseware systems.
Learn more

Export image citations to citation management software
Citation management software is used to manage citations and create bibliographies. You can create image lists in ARTstor and export the image citations directly to RefWorks, EndNote, ProCite, or Reference Manager. You may also share lists of ARTstor images with others by printing, emailing, or downloading the citation list.
Learn more

Interactive features of ARTstor
ARTstor contains many interactive features that allow instructors and students to communicate within the ARTstor environment. Instructors may share image groups with students by creating password-protected (shared) folders. Students can unlock an instructor's shared folder to view the instructor's image groups, analyze images and metadata, study, and annotate images.

Instructors can also create student work folders associated with instructor shared folders. Student work folders give students a place to create image groups, add comments to images, and share this work with the instructor. Learn more

Subscribe to announcement RSS feed
To receive ARTstor announcements via RSS, copy and paste the following URL into your RSS reader:

Visit the ARTstor Blog
Visit the ARTstor Blog for acccess to all current and archived announcements.

Contact ARTstor
Please contact User Services with any questions about the content of this announcement or about ARTstor in general.

Phone: 888.278.0079 (USA Only)
Phone: 212.500.2400
151 East 61st Street
New York, New York 10065

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Logo representing Information Literacy

“To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. The information literate individuals are those who have learned how to learn” (ALA, 1998)

From The Information Literacy Section of the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA). They have created a database to record information literacy materials from different parts of the world, on behalf of UNESCO.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched CDC-TV, a new online video resource available through the CDC-TV videos will cover a variety of health, safety and preparedness topics. The premiere series on CDC-TV is “Health Matters.” The first segment of the series, “Break the Silence: Stop the Violence,” addresses the topic of teen dating violence. In this video, parents and teens discuss the problem of dating violence and how to prevent it.

The library of available videos through CDC-TV will expand to include single-topic presentations as well as series for children, parents and public health professionals. Most are short and all include captioning for the hearing-impaired. The videos are part of the CDC′s efforts to increase access to information that can help people prevent illness and injury.

Rebecca Brown, MLS
Kansas Outreach & Technology Liaison
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region
University of Kansas Medical Center
A.R. Dykes Library of Health Sciences
2100 W. 39th Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66160 (NN/LM MCR Web Site)

My thanks to Rebecca for the links.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Database Trial for Entrepreneurs

Our ProQuest salesman mentioned a database this summer that covers a wide variety of entrepreneurial endeavors. Content ranges from the scholarly - including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings - to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample business plans, and tips from successful entrepreneurs...on video.

Our trial is now active, and it runs from 08/12/2008 to 09/10/2008.

To log in to our trial, go to pipeline, log in, then click on library databases (which appears right under the pipeline logo at the top. You'll have to use that whole off-campus thing of re-entering the log-in info, but on the databases page, click on trials.

Click on the blue title "ProQuest Entrepreneurship" to enter. I know I'm going to do some research on the Library Latte coffeebar. Let me know what you think.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

Michael Phelps wins 6 today!

Carol Fitzgerald at writes

Michael Phelps Plots His Swims Like a Good Novel

I love to read and I love to swim. Watching Michael Phelps this week I was thinking that the way he swims is like plotting a memorable book.

He takes off from the wall like a great novel grips you and pulls you in. As he moves down the lane, he has his eye on the field the way a good writer watches over all of his characters --- and he stays one step ahead of them.

He holds back when he needs to conserve energy as a writer holds back some action or revelation... (Go To Blog)

Meanwhile, it's quiet here in the library - the calm before the storm next week when classes begin at Butler Community College. Actually, it stays quiet here for up to a couple of weeks; students are just getting into things those first few classes, and faculty start library intros after that.

New here this year:

We have one new database : Theatre and Drama in streamingVideo contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, - more than 500 hours in all.

Then there’s the new HiDef Big screen TV for faculty reserve in the library classroom. We’re trying to obtain a Wii – they are still hard to find – and look forward to announcing a Thursday evening game night.

Finally, we’re committing to a new presence in the Andover 5000 building – look for our Librarians on the Loose during afternoons and evenings, Monday through Thursday.

And as always, we welcome your calls, your presence, and your ideas. You faculty are the connection between the library and the students; we need you and are glad you're back!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Statewide Databases Announced

If you haven't noticed -- we have a new set of databases available for statewide access!

As of August 1, we now offer a full suite of Gale/Cengage Learning products - including Chilton's Auto Repair, WorldBook Encyclopedia, Novelist - and 9 other K-12 products from Ebsco, HeritageQuest, and ProQuest Nursing Journals.

To access these products, go to Type your search in the yellow box OR click on "Explore Our Resources" in the yellow box to see the full list.

Patti Butcher, Director
Statewide Resource Sharing
State Library of Kansas - Topeka
Toll free: 800-432-3919

NOTE: Get to these databases through the Butler Libraries website too!

Friday, August 08, 2008

MP3 Options for Reading and Listening

The State Library of Kansas is happy to announce that starting on July
31st, audio books from will be
available for download in MP3 format. The MP3 collection will include
approximately 1,000 titles at the launch date and should be growing
throughout the coming year.

The most exciting news about this format, is that these MP3 files
should work on most existing MP3 players including the iPod and the

I hope that many of you will be able to take advantage of this exciting
development as an opportunity to promote this service. If you would
like ideas, or if you have any questions about the audio books, music
and more service, please feel free to direct them to me.


Eric Gustafson

Library Technology Consultant
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th St
Room 343-N
Topeka KS 66612
(785) 296-8152

Thursday, August 07, 2008

New Videos for instruction

Two lists on the same day!! Hope you can stand it.

These are the latest purchases from the South East Kansas Academic Librarians Consortium SEKALC. Let me know and I'll get them for you in a day or two from their storage site at Allen Community College.

"This program, part two of a two-part series on child abuse discusses reporting requirements and the consequences for failing to report incidences or suspected incidences. Legal protections afforded mandated reporters are also covered."
SEK 362.76 C436 2005

CLEAR VISION. 2005. DVD. 60 min.
Explores the fundamentals of personal creativity and vision. Illustrates techniques of perspective, clear thinking, not being afraid of mistakes, reframing a problem into an opportunity, finding more than one right answer, being a good listener, critical focus, and intuition.
SEK 153.3 J713CL 2005

DARE TO DANCE. 2001. DVD. 20 min.
Dewitt shares his spirit of Aloha and explores the life perspectives he has learned that allow access to higher levels of achievement. He gives his audience the creative tools they need not only to find their own vision, but to make that vision a reality.
SEK 153.3 J713d 2001

"This program approaches dyslexia from a new angle, exploring how the so-called disability might prove an advantage in an increasingly image-based world"--Container.
SEK 616.8553 D995 2002

"In his twenty year career with National Geographic, Dewitt Jones created hundreds of extraordinary visions. He discovered that the creative tools he employed as a photographer had even deeper applications when applied directly to his personal and professional growth. In Extraordinary visions! Dewitt shares his philosophy. Using his astounding photographs as illustrations, he weaves a visual tapestry of emotion and content. One that will allow you to touch your own passion to balance your head with your heart: and to come away inspired...with your own creative potential."
SEK 153.3 J713e 2001

Three million adolescents are diagnosed annually with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, making it the most common children's behavioral disorder in the U.S. Controversy separates parents and professionals over how best to treat ADHD. In this program, three families content with the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, each choosing a different regimen, from home-schooling to medication....
SEK 618.928589 H999 2002

Dekel Shekarzi, a 21-year-old who defines himself as an actor, a poet, a dancer, and a romantic in love with love itself, is defined by many others not by who he is, but by what he was born with: Down's syndrome. This ... documentary follows Dekel in his everyday life, which is anything but "everyday." For him, faith, hope, and willpower have fused together to fuel his dreams....
SEK 362.3 Ia1 2000

"The headlines today are filled with speculation about changes in the U.S. Supreme Court and what those changes might mean for abortion--an issue that has divided the country for more than 30 years. Heated rhetoric from both sides continues to be heard in courtrooms and on the campaign trail. But while attention is often focused on the arguments, there is another story playing out in local communities. Pro-life advocates have waged a successful campaign to reduce abortions in many places throughout the country. By using state laws to regulate and limit abortion and by creating their own clinics to offer alternatives to women, they have changed the facts on the ground. FRONTLINE investigates the steady decline in the number of physicians and clinics performing abortions, and focuses on local political battles in states like Mississippi, where only a single clinic performs the controversial procedure."--Container.
SEK 363.46 L339 2005

THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. 1998. DVD. 40 min.
The business and creative aspects of the music industry are examined in this detailed instructional video. Includes interviews with top songwriters, artists and record company executives sharing their experiences on the hit making process. Also explores the issues of artist development, packaging, marketing, and distribution.
SEK 780.23 M973 1998

(Producer) Using the illness of Michael J. Fox as a springboard, this program theorizes that most Parkinson's cases are the result not of heredity but of viral attacks and environmental toxins that severely damage the substantia negra, the "gearbox of the brain." Fox, Oliver Sacks, neurologists from The Parkinson's Institute and The University of British Columbia, and others share insights drawn from their knowledge of Parkinson's, encephalitis lethargica, gum disease, and MPTP poisoning that, taken together, make a compelling argument for linking Parkinson's to neuronal trauma. Therapies involving neuronal grafting from fetal tissue, retinal pigmented epithelial cell implantation, and transplantation of adult stem cells are discussed as well.
SEK 616.833 P229 2002

Provides initial safety information and basic awareness of how to protect yourself against the dangers and hazards found in theaters.
SEK 363.11 P698 1994

The secret to presenting a professional image goes much deeper than external appearances. This menu-driven DVD investigates not only the visible factors of proper attire and hygiene, but the issues of attitude, professional self-esteem, familiarity with technology, and knowledge of business trends as well. The image a person communicates through written correspondence and in after-hours settings is also addressed.
SEK 646.34 P942 2005

This program offers expert insight into the nature of learning disabilities, why learning disabilities may also be accompanied by ADHD or social disorders, and what can be done to help children learn to compensate and succeed.
SEK 371.9 Un2 1996

Techniques of post production for video recordings are explained, with emphasis on editing techniques and differences from film editing.
SEK 778.593 V668 1990

This emotionally charged program profiles four young women attempting to recover from anorexia nervosa. Ranging in age from 14 to 25, they struggle to gain weight while dealing with associated conditions such as osteoporosis and depression, family dysfunctionality, and a mindset that equates starvation with self-control. Filmed at the adolescent eating disorder unit of Westmead Hospital in Sydney and a private outpatient clinic, the program captures the complexities of a devastating psychological disorder that drives women to continuously lose weight -- even if it kills them.
SEK 616.8526 W288 2004

The Breakdown

At Butler, we get a great resource through the state library - in fact this database is available to Kansas citizens 24/7 through an IP recognition service. Some of the PowerPacks available with Academic OneFile /General OneFile subscriptions


Agriculture Collection

With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the Agricola database, this collection of more than 400 titles is focused on agriculture and its related fields: from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture. In addition, over 20 Delmar reference titles provide in-depth coverage on a variety of agricultural related topics.

Business Economics Theory

With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, with more than 450 full-text journals to support their research and regular feeds of videos from that contain business news coverage and interviews with CEO’s and entrepreneurs.

Communications and Mass Media Collection

A custom collection of more than 250 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field: key subjects covered include advertising and public relations, linguistics, and literature.

Criminal Justice Collection

Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection rises to the challenge. Users will have access to 150 journals.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

A collection of over 700 journals and 6 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Fine Arts and Music Collection

With more than 150 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide support for research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Gardening Landscape and Horticulture Collection

A collection of more than 80 journals focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture, with the addition of over 20 subject specific reference sources from Delmar, this collection provides information for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Home Improvement Collection

This collection of more than 180 home-improvement focused titles covers such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more will meet the needs of hobbyists and professionals alike.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection

Including more than 1000 titles, this collection's current and authoritative content will be of use to both nursing professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

Psychology Collection

This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops and diminishes over time. Researchers will have access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection

This collection of more than 800 journals and 29 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism fields.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

E-Book of the Month at Butler Community College

August, 2008

Competition and Development: The Power of Competitive Markets

by Susan Joekes and Phil Evans
IDRC 2008

The growth of international trade and investment has brought about many changes in the economies of developing countries, including a move away from state-controlled enterprise. However, it has also made developing countries more vulnerable to new and potentially harmful types of anticompetitive business practices.

Competition and Development: The Power of Competitive Markets demonstrates the importance of true and fair competition to sustainable development and an effective marketplace, touching on issues of globalization, consumer welfare, cartels and monopolies, and trade liberalization. It provides an introduction to competition, and competition law and policy in developing countries. It focuses on the practical problems faced in developing countries and the steps that have been and can be taken to overcome those problems.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

July E-book of the Month

Encyclopedia of World Religions

by Doniger, Wendy.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

Religion is dominating today's headlines like no other time in modern history. Whether the issue is sectarian violence, stem cell research, or political elections, religion plays a critical role. But what is the story behind the headlines? The Britannica Encyclopedia of World Religions gets to the heart of the matter by providing a deeper understanding of the religions that shape our world.

Prepared by the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster, with the assistance of hundreds of scholars and experts, this authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date book answers your questions as well as exposes you to the concepts, movements, people, and events associated with living and ancient religions, including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Britannica Encyclopedia of World Religions will be available with free, unlimited access July 1-31, 2008.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What librarians consider....

..."In short, most of the books we have are designed not to interfere with parents' notions of how to raise their children, but to support them. But not every parent is looking for the same thing."

A brilliant post on July 14, 2008, by a public librarian, Jamie LaRue, in response to a challenge to the book "Uncle Bobby's Wedding."

Friday, July 11, 2008

ARTstor at Butler

Collection news Tips & tools

Now available:

The Century Magazine Illustrations of the American Civil War collection is now available in the Digital Library. This collection is the result of a project undertaken by Allan Kohl, Visual Resources Librarian at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, to assemble images depicting Civil War battle scenes and camp life, as well as details of weapons and uniforms.

Additional images added to the Art, Archaeology, and Architecture Collection (Canyonlights World Art Image Bank)
Approximately 1,500 images from an ARTstor–sponsored photographic campaign with Canyonlights are now available to ARTstor users. These images focus on Spanish Colonial missions located along California's El Camino Real.

Now available: Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Rollins College)
More than 60 images of American and European prints and paintings highlighting the diverse permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College are now available in the ARTstor Digital Library. ARTstor, through a partnership with the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, is attempting to reassemble a substantial portion of the original Kress Collection as it existed before its dispersal to museums like the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Additional images in Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Art (ART on FILE Collection)
More than 2,200 images have been added to the Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Art (ART on FILE Collection). A portion of ART on FILE's image archive is being digitized and made available through the ARTstor Digital Library, and ARTstor has also agreed to sponsor photographic campaigns to generate new content.

Additional images in the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive collection
ARTstor announces the addition of approximately 400 images to the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive, a collection of images of Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Plastic Bags

Go ahead and view this brief slideshow. Rachel sent me this... we can make a difference!

And for the catchy tune, check out this YouTube from some guy I'd never heard of...but I can't argue with his message. Canvas Bags by Tim Minchin.


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Database changes

This is an announcement from the State library. Butler will continue to offer the ProQuest product they are dropping, however.


State Library of Kansas Newsletter - July 2008
Kan-ed and the State Library of Kansas Announce Databases for FY 2009
By Patti Butcher, Director of Resource Sharing
Jun 10, 2008, 15:15

by Patti Butcher, Director of Statewide Resource Sharing

Kan-ed and the State Library are pleased to announce the following database products available through our statewide packages for FY 2009. While the “official” start date is August 1, most products will be accessible beginning in July. Training sessions are being planned throughout Kansas for the fall, along with online (web) options. Watch for new promotional materials!

From Gale/Cengage Learning, a package including:
- Academic OneFile
- General OneFile
- Literature Resource Center
- Health & Wellness Resource Center
- Alternative Health
- Business & Company Resource Center
- Business & Company Profiles ASAP
- Custom Newspapers
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Chilton’s Auto Repair

From ProQuest:
- ProQuest Nursing Journals
- Heritage Quest

From Ebsco:
Ultra Online Package/ Middle Online Package/ Primary Online Package (also referred to as UOP/MOP/POP) * includes 9 database products for K-12
- Novelist

From WorldBook:
- WorldBook Encyclopedia
- WorldBook Advanced

From OCLC:
- WorldCat (via FirstSearch)

Products Ending August 1, 2008:

ProQuest Research Library
SIRS Discoverer
ABI Complete (includes Wall Street Journal): ABI Inform Global, ABI Inform Dateline, ABI Inform Trade & Industry
National Newspaper Abstracts

Kids InfoBits
InfoTrac Junion Edition
InfoTrac Student Edition

FirstSearch – (we will continue to have access to WorldCat through FirstSearch, but not to any of the other FS products)

We hope to have contract negotiations completed by the end of June.

Automatic IP Address authentication via Quova will remain for all the databases.

If you have questions, please contact Patti Butcher at

© Copyright by

Wichita and Watermark

Hey, I was just alerted to this article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution printed on Sunday about Wichita and Watermark Books. Great stuff.


Wichita's friendly charm makes visitors feel right at home
For the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 07/06/08

Wichita, Kan. — We're not proposing anyone change their trip from Tuscany to Wichita. But if you happen to land there, the city is like comfort food — familiar and friendly.
When one of my companions called the wrong number and left a message, the woman not only called back to say it was the wrong number — but added that she called back because she didn't want us waiting by the phone for a return call that wouldn't happen.

That's friendly.

I've done that phone call thing recently, by the way. I'm pretty sure it wasn't me... but how could I know? It might have been.


it goes on:
...there's plenty to do in Wichita, which is already recognized Forbes as the No. 1 place to "live the good life cheaply."...

Who knew?

There's also a mention of Watermark books, where you can find me for an hour or two before 9:30 (any Sunday my husband preaches at Grace Presbyterian Church down the street - I go to the 9:30 service but he starts in at 8:15). At that early hour, before 9 am, they toss me for my coffee, and about 1/2 the time I get it for free. Not this past week though. Oh, and I find it hard to resist the cafe early breakfast items, many of which are baked from recipes in their 'cookbook of the month.'

Anyway, I saw the article in the Shelf Awareness Daily News. You can subscribe here for your own customized Shelf Awareness Daily News.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On the Value of Books

"De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) by Nicolaus Copernicus "went for the out-of-this-world price of $2.2 million on Tuesday at a sale of about 300 books of scientific significance" at Christie's auction house, MSNBC reported.

Estimates that the books would fetch $6 million proved to be modest, as the total sales exceeded $11 million. Also included in the sale was a copy of the first phone book, issued in 1878, which went for $170,500."

--from Shelf Awareness Daily News via email, 6/18/08

I remember spending $12 on an old edition of At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald back in my early college days and thinking that was an enormous sum. Guess not.


Monday, June 16, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

E-Book of the Month at Butler Community College

What now?

by Ann Patchett
HarperCollins, 2008

Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another. With wit and candor, Patchett tells her own story of attending college, graduating, and struggling with the inevitable question, what now?

From student to line cook to teacher to waitress and eventually to award-winning author, Patchett's own life has taken many twists and turns that make her exploration genuine and resonant. As Patchett writes, "What now? represents our excitement and our future, the very vitality of life." Praised as "The best graduation present on the market..." by Publisher's Weekly, What now? highlights the possibilities the unknown offers and reminds us that there is as much joy in the journey as there is in reaching the destination.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

I just received this from my niece Jennifer:

Good day to all, I hope everyone is doing well.
I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you.
As a child I never really understood what Memorial Day was all about. To me it was day out of school, Or it marked the begining of summer, but that was about it.

Then I grew up and married a soldier. Though for many years he was just a "weekend warrior" and I still never took the time to understand memorial day and what it truly meant.

Then one day Greg was sent to Germany, all of sudden my life was in a whirlwind. I had to take care of the kids, the bills, the house and everything else that entailed single parenting, while my husband was sent to defend our country halfway around the world.

For 7 months I struggled to survive each day, not used to this "new life" I was undertaking. It was very hard and I often times felt so alone, but I thank God for getting me through those months and making me a stronger person.
Finally the day came when he returned home to us.

Then almost 3 years to the day of his return from Germany, he was sent overseas again, this time to Iraq.
I knew this deployment would prove to be much harder to get through. It wasn't just about single parenting again, it was much more then that. He was going to be gone for over a year and he was being sent to a war zone. A place that so many dear soldiers were not returning home alive from.
The love for my country, for our freedom and for my soldier sank deep into my heart. During this time I taught my children what true patriotism meant. I couldn't guarantee them that their daddy would make it home alive, but I could promise them that God had a plan for him and that he was soldier of God and that he was called to help defend our country.

They swelled with pride knowing that their daddy was a soldier. That he was "piting da bad guys" as Sean who had just turned 3 years old would say. God brought our soldier home safely 14 months later.

While he was in Iraq I watched the news intently. My heart broke each time another soldier died.
As this war continues on, I continue praying for the families of the soldiers who pay the ultimate price for our freedom.
Let us not forget those that lay down their lives in a foreign country, to ensure your freedom here in America.

Now here we are on this Memorial Day 2008. Away from our dear soldier as he finishes up training in Montana. He has been gone all month but will be home with us again on Friday. Shortly the kids and I will be going over to the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery and pay our respects to the many soldiers buried here who have fought for our freedom in the past and laid down their lives for this country.
Today let us not only remember those soldiers across the nation and over seas who work so hard each day to train and fight to defend our freedom, but let us also honor the memory of the countless soldiers over the many years and past wars who have fought and died for this Great Nation.

Because of them and through the blood, sweat and tears they shed; we can proudly stand and call ourselves 'An American'.

God Bless You,

Love, Jennifer