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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Dreams of Hope

Today, Kansas Day, is the anniversary of the day Barack Obama visited us here in El Dorado, Kansas -- in fact, next door to my library. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius joined us that day as well to endorse him for the Democratic candidacy.

Thanks to Shelf Awareness for this bookstore news item: McNally Jackson Booksellers in New York City is focusing not on books written by or about Obama but mostly on the books the President read in his 20s, which the store has collected in a display titled "How History Was Made: Books that Inspired a President." "There is an incredible range of books and writers," said McNally Jackson's John McGregor, who came up with the idea for the display shortly after Obama won the election in November.

McGregor conducted extensive research to compile the list of more than 50 featured titles....
McNally Jackson's List of Titles Read by Obama

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Antichrist by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
The Bible
The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Book of Daniel by E.L. Doctorow
Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
The Collected Writings of Thomas Jefferson
The Confessions of St. Augustine
The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich
Dynamics of Faith by Paul Tillich
Exodus by Leon Uris
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
Gandhi: An Autobiography
Gandhi's Truth by Erik H. Erikson
The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
Gilead by by Marilynne Robinson
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Hamlet by Shakespeare
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Irony of American History by Reinhold Niebuhr
King Lear by Shakespeare
Loon Lake by E.L. Doctorow
Mila 18 by Leon Uris
Moral Man and Immoral Society by Reinhold Niebuhr
My Life as a Man by Philip Roth
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
The Outsider by Richard Wright
Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Working by Studs Terkel
World's Fair by E.L. Doctorow
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's been a month or more...

since I wrote about Rachel's new webcomic, Near and Far.

Ir's deligtful to have an author in the house who takes what happens in daily life and puts it in a form for the world to see. Oh, wait, that still happens when my husband preaches... Anyway, this is more about her and the online world that is out there for us all. Go take a look and raise her statistics. Comment. Subscribe. Encourage the artist and the writer both.

And thank you from the bottom of a mom's heart.

Lincoln's Birthday Celebration

Hello all....

Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday is coming and the U.S. has been
celebrating for months.

The Reference folks at the State Library of Kansas are offering up a
"birthday gift" of resources on our 16th president at:


Bill Sowers, State Library of Kansas

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book just won the Newbery Award, the most prestigious award granted by librarians for children's literature each year. It so happens that I bought it recently, so you can check it out from this library as soon as we get the Newbery Medal sticker placed on its front cover. I have tried to get a complete collection of Newbery and Caldecott( children's book illustration) winners - one for reference, one for checkout - for our collection each year. This year I tuned in to the first ever live streaming broadcast of the events in Denver, at ALA's mid-winter conference. I have never before been reading the winner at home - I'm on page 79 - when the Newbery was announced! (So far there's been a triple murder, and a wandering baby, and a girl named Scarlett, and ghosts, and the Sleer...)

You can hear Gaiman himself reading the book, chapter by chapter, one per city on his recent book promotion tour. Check out his journal, revealing most of his reaction to the phone call announcing his win. Interestingly enough, the movie of his book Coraline is being released February 6th, next week as I write this.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Newbery Award deliberations are this week...

Shannon Hale

...and thanks to my daughter Rachel, I saw this post from Shannon Hale, author of the Honor book - not the final winner, mind you - Princess Academy.

What did the Newbery ever do for me?

(The Goose Girl was pretty amazing, too, by the way. She's got quite a series of these books in the fantasy/fairy tale/myth genre that I enjoyed this past year. And yes, we have her newest, the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge, available for checkout at the L.W. Nixon Library.)


Friday, January 16, 2009

Have a good holiday

....and catch up on your rest this weekend, like Eowyn here. The semester starts for real next Tuesday!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Libraries busy during down times, part 2

From an article in the Wall Street Journal:

"This isn't the first time library attendance has spiked in a downturn. The 1987 and 2001 recessions saw similar jumps, librarians say. But few people thought that libraries would again be in such favor after so much information flooded the Web.

One big draw: Most libraries have put in free computer and Wi-Fi service. And they've begun stocking DVDs and videogames. With the recession weighing on them, "people recognize what a great value the public library is," says Jim Rettig, president of the American Library Association in Chicago."


Meanwhile, we're preparing for budget reductions for FY2010 of 5% and I consider that fair, even as I know the need for resources will go up, compared with what some libraries in some states face.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Governor's Budget

Welcome back, faculty. I attended the first few hours of the Faculty Development Day, hearing from Dr. Vietti and from Dr. Ellis, as well as other announcers during the 3 hour opening. There was, of course, lots of reference to the economy and what will happen here at Butler: less income, more students. Except, aha, more students may mean enough extra income to make up for lost income from the state. Except if the state cuts the per student support! Arrgh, what's a librarian to do?

Last night, January 12th, Governor Sebelius gave her State of the State Address. The full text can be found on the blog for Kansas Government Information, run by the librarians at the State Library of Kansas.

They've also provided links to her speech last night, but I don't see the Republican response. But they do have the Governor's budget.

The impact on the library has been some drop in the database selection. You'll note that "Theatre in Video" will be going away. After a year of purchasing this database, we found we'd only had 25 uses. I'd rather buy the DVDs and check them out. We're also dropping "Women and Social Movements". At one time, a course used it regularly, but that's changed, so we'll get past it, too.

Remember, to use the databases, you can easily get to the on the new Library tab in Pipeline. We'll be working on the website this spring to simplify access to the material on it as well. Just wish you could get to the library from the Butler homepage easily. But it's for recruitment, not use, they tell me. I use the alphabetic "L" to get there myself. You?

Friday, January 09, 2009

What I wish every college kid knew ahead of time...

Seven Huge Financial Mistakes I Made During My College Career

Posted: 04 Jan 2009 06:00 AM PST From The Simple Dollar, Trent writes:

"Over the last few weeks, I have been reflecting on how many members of my rather close extended family are either near high school graduation or are in college right now. They have so many great opportunities ahead of them in the next few years - and so many chances to botch things, too. Stephen, Brittany, Robert - these are some of the stupid things I did in college that I wound up regretting financially for years. In some ways, I’m still suffering the repercussions. Don’t do the same.

What did these mistakes add up to? When I left college, I had over $30,000 in student loan debt (unnecessary), two degrees (one of which I didn’t really use at all), several thousand in credit card debt (totally unnecessary), a subpar GPA (easily avoidable), and only a few good connections and friendships that lasted into post-college life (although the few I had turned out to be very good ones). In many ways, I’m still paying for those mistakes, many years after graduation.

Don’t let it happen to you."

Read it and learn...

Libraries busy during down times

The Public Library Renaissance
By Freakonomics

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Whohoo! Back from vacation, time to blog!

And here it is, the first worthy thing of note for the new year: a video trailer, but not for a movie... this one is for a book. Rachel says she's started seeing a few of them. Pretty slick, this Palimpsest. It's the newest novel from Catherynne M. Valente.