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

From LearningTimes.net

Dear Colleague,

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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
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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 Loose...in 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 Lovereading.co.uk 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 & Noble.com
Michael Calvert
Paperback$89.00 Online price
$80.10 Members price
Find out more at Barnes & Noble.com

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.
https://www.awesomestories.com/signup.php?ua=group_signup It is also
free for students and members of the general public. Select an
individual password with this form.
https://www.awesomestories.com/signup.php?ua=individual_signup The
site's privacy policy
http://www.awesomestories.com/content/privacy.shtml is strictly

Carole Bos
Dean's Advisory Board
Grand Valley State University

Thanks, Carole.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Join an online book club

At DearReader.com, 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

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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!