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: http://ai.connectpro.acrobat.com/p11244867/
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.