Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Earth Day, continues even now...

And in honor of Earth Day, here's some absolutely gorgeous aerial
photos of our planet:

Rhonda Machlan
State Library of Kansas

Thank you for this, Rhonda. --Micaela

Monday, April 14, 2008

Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous

New book review... by Head Butler. Not Butler Community College, mind you, but the site of Jesse Kornbluth, for Happens that it's a book about a Kansan. Happens that we have it here.


April 14, 2008 ISSUE # 0698

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Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam
Pope Brock

John R. Brinkley snipped the testicles from a goat.

He made neat incisions on the comparable zone of a male patient.

He tossed the goat testicles in and sewed the patient up.

He charged $750 for this operation. (In the 1920s, when he plied the surgeon's trade, that was the equivalent of about $7,500 today.)

Sixteen thousand men submitted.

More than a few died.

How did this grotesque medical fraud happen? Well, Brinkley started in Kansas, where the citizenry apparently has a soft spot for charlatans. His claims appealed to the rest of the country because, writes Pope Brock, “When it came to physicians, Americans not only tolerated but demanded incompetence.” And he got away it with it because, as late as the 1920s, most states had no licensing requirements for doctors.

For the rest of the review today, use this link. After today, check his archives...

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Book Talk by Dr. Bill Langley

Dr. Bill Langley of Butler Community College is one of Butler's finest...

Join us at the L. W. Nixon library on the El Dorado campus
to hear about Dr. Langley's research toward his extraordinary
newly published book, "Grasshopper mouse: evolution of a
carnivorous lifestyle."

Tuesday, April 15 @ noon in the library classroom (upstairs
in the 600 building)

Bring your lunch; drink and dessert provided by the Library Latte
Coffee bar.

Dr. Langley will bring copies of his book to purchase and sign. We
are grateful for his donation of two copies to the library. And we are
proud to feature the accomplishments of one of Butler's finest
instructors! Note that The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Region 7 named Dr. William Langley of Butler County Community College,
El Dorado, as its Educators' Environmental Excellence Award recipient
from Kansas for the 2000-2001 school year.

Call Martha Gregg, Circulation Services Librarian x6842

Library Conference

What shall we call it now that "Tri-Conference" is defunct?

Judy suggests "Kan-Lib-Con" which does, indeed, roll off the tongue nicely. And the only other use of Kan-Lib is for KanLib-L the email listserve. Please no KLA or KLC's which have multiple names behind them!

Anyway, it takes place in Wichita from Wednesday through Friday. The events I'm looking forward to the most include the CULS breakfast Friday and the tour of the new Barnes & Noble bookstore that I arranged for the 2-year Academic Librarians Interest Group on Thursday evening. I suspect the State Librarians luncheon "Hats off to KS" will be fun, but it's got me worried about wearing a hat or not... and if I wear one, what will that do to my hair the rest of the day?

I'll be back Monday with lots of new ideas and fresh energy for the job here...

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

In Kansas, though, it's free....

From the guys who write the comic strip "Unshelved":

Sponsors :
posted Monday, March 31, 2008 12:09:00 PM by Bill

At ALA a few months ago I ended up in a conversation with Galen Warden from I told her we had been writing a sequence about online homework help, and she asked if she could sponsor it. If you think about it, that's kind of brave. They were asking to pay to sponsor, sight unseen, a sequence of strips essentially roasting their product and the people who use it. We admire that kind of chutzpah, so we said yes.

Anyway, since we wrote that sequence we've learned a lot more about Live since 2000, they now connect thousands of human tutors to millions of students around the country. This service is made available free to students via over 1800 library branches. A great way to find out about them is to register for their April 22 online conference thingy (I do so hate the word "webinar") here. Tell 'em we sent you.


As of two years ago the State Library of Kansas includes as part of their state database purchases. And with IP recognition, it's terrifically easy to use across the state. Their service generally includes 2nd grade up to 2nd year college. Please let me know if you or your kids or your grandkids try it and like it!

You can find the link to it as long icon labeled "Homework Kansas" right off the library webpage, down at the bottom.