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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

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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.