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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Go Local Kansas Health is Live

Go Local Kansas is part of a statewide health information initiative encouraging Kansans to take charge of their health. Kansas Health Online ( is a health information web site, which launched last year and is sponsored by the Kansas Health Policy Authority and developed by biomedical librarians at Dykes Library. It includes information on diseases and conditions, tools and tips to make healthy lifestyle decisions, and a guide to health policy in Kansas.

Go Local Kansas ( launched on January 29th, 2009. Go Local Kansas allows consumers to find contact information for health care providers such as hospitals, county health departments, support groups, nursing homes, and community clinics. Users can search by location, type of facility, or a specific disease or condition. Information from all counties in Kansas is available.

The project is the result of the hard work of librarians and library staff from across the state. Librarians from Dykes Library at The University of Kansas Medical Center, the State Library of Kansas, Kansas public libraries and the Kansas Regents Institution Libraries contributed to the web site.

Data was gathered from a few state agencies, and then imported into the database. Selectors were recruited from each Regional Public Library System to create records for local services that don’t register with a state agency. Librarians from each of the Kansas Regents Institution Libraries then provided a final review of all records. This distributed model was used in an effort to provide a truly comprehensive database for residents of Kansas, as well as create a sense of ownership across the state.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed a proclamation declaring January 29th, 2009, Go Local Kansas Day and encouraged residents to visit the site “today and every day in 2009 to locate health resources in their community”.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Academic Research A Painful Process For Students

From the ACRL Blog Feb. 18, by StevenB:

"A new report from an organization that is trying to learn more about what it is like to be a college student in the digital age may provide the sort of information we need. Project Information Literacy is a national research study based in the University of Washington’s Information School. PIL seeks to understand how students conduct research for assignments and everyday needs. A desired outcome is to improve the transfer, teaching, learning and measurement of information literacy competencies."

I'll have a copy of this 18-page report in my library office. Let me know if you'd like me to send it to you.

-Micaela x3235

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

State Budget Cuts affecting Libraries

State aid to local libraries faces the real possibility of sizable
reductions this session. A Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee will
soon consider the State Library's budget, where state aid to local
libraries is funded. Now is the time to share with your Kansas
legislators about how important state aid is to your library. Many
libraries are experiencing increased use and growing demand for
services during these difficult economic times. Reducing state aid
hurts libraries just when their communities need them the most.

HomeworkKansas is also in trouble. In spite of overwhelming student
approval it appears HomeworkKansas will not be funded next
year. Sharing with your legislators about what the loss of and
interruption in service for HomeworkKansas means for local students
is also important. Even if your legislators are not members of the
Senate Ways and Means subcommittee, it's important for your
representative and senator to learn of your first-hand experience and
your concern. *Ask your legislators to share the concerns you have
with Ways and Means subcommittee members.*

The Senate Ways and Means subcommittee for the State Library's budget
is Senator David Wysong, Senator Jean Schodorf and Senator Kelly

Roger Carswell
Southeast Kansas Library System/Iola Public Library
218 E. Madison
Iola, KS 66749
(620) 365-5136

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Virgin Speaks

Surfin' the Web? Perusin' the 'Net? Checkin' out the blogs? Try this
one, an excellent interview with Nancy Pickard, featured author for the 2009 Kansas Reads...The Virgin of Small Plains.

Pay special attention to Question #8 toward the end! But read it all to
get some skinny on Nancy's next book, another stand alone set in Kansas!

Many thanks to Carol Ann Robb at Pittsburg Public Library for being
part of the 2009 Kansas Reads...The Virgin of Small Plains committee
and for bringing this to our attention.

Roy Bird
Kansas Center for the Book
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Room 343N
Topeka KS 66612 1593

Thanks, Roy!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Weather Info Available

From the Kansas State Library:

Hello all....

The storm spotter classes are starting up and although we're in
February we had thunderstorms booming across the state just a couple
days ago.

It's time to start thinking about thunderstorm safety and the Kansas
Government Information (KGI) Blog has gathered together a few resources
for you at:

Our best to you...

Bill Sowers

Bill Sowers
Kansas Publications & Cataloging
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th, Room 343-N
Topeka, KS 66612

Lincoln and Darwin - Born 200 Years Ago Today

Today, as I was listening to an NPR story on Charles Darwin (Death Of Child May Have Influenced Darwin's Work by Robert Krulwich), I was reminded of a book that I saw recently:

Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (Hardcover)
by Adam Gopnik

On a memorable day in human history, February 12, 1809, two babies were born an ocean apart: Abraham Lincoln in a one-room Kentucky log cabin; Charles Darwin on an English country estate. It was a time of backward-seeming notions, when almost everyone still accepted the biblical account of creation as the literal truth and authoritarianism as the most natural and viable social order. But by the time both men died, the world had changed: ordinary people understood that life on earth was a story of continuous evolution, and the Civil War had proved that a democracy could fight for principles and endure. And with these signal insights much else had changed besides. Together, Darwin and Lincoln had become midwives to the spirit of a new world, a new kind of hope and faith.

Searching for the men behind the icons of emancipation and evolution, Adam Gopnik shows us, in this captivating double life, Lincoln and Darwin as they really were: family men and social climbers; ambitious manipulators and courageous adventurers; the living husband, father, son, and student behind each myth....

(Publisher's Product description)

It gives one pause to think what the world is like because of the lives of these two men.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Textbooks and a chuckle

From the ACRL blog comes "The Paperless Dorm Room"

"Joseph Storch has an idea... to deal with textbook piracy - have all publishers put their books on a common electronic platform and let the colleges negotiate a subscription on behalf of students and dole out royalties to publishers based on use. Students will be fine with it because online is where students are at, and if a few students insist on printing content, well, even so “the system could save considerable paper.” And publishers might even start creating some digital content to supplement textbooks. What a concept!

Evidently Mr. Storch, an assistant counsel in the State University of New York’s Office of University Counsel, knows something about intellectual property law, but hasn’t paid much attention to the textbook industry and the masses of expensive online content they bundle with books, or to how students prefer to read...."

Barbara Fister goes on to point out that students will print out articles they want to read in depth, mark up, and bring to class... so paper cost moves from the publisher to the student. Libraries supply lots of additional online digital content. It still costs a lot - I spend as much on digital content as I do on physical, paper content each year. Our online use went up nearly 10%; our physical circulation rose only 1%. So yes, there is preference there.

But I can't get a subscription based on use - it's always based on the old model of charging for 5000+ (Full-time Equivalency)students at the college. So even for very limited databases, such as "Theater in Video" or "Safari" (technology books), I have to pay for the potential use, not the probable use. Would that I could.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Followup to the Newbery Medal winner - the Kansas connection

When I asked Julie Tomlianivich if I could post her recent email about being on the selection committee for the Newbery Medal, she wrote back:


Absolutely! Post away. Thank you for thinking enough of the message
to do so. I love the Graveyard Book. It won the SCKLS Mock Newbery in
December, so my opinion is we are ahead of the curve. :) If you visit
Gaiman's website you can see and hear him read the book.

Posted Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

As one of fifteen national Newbery Medal Committee Members, I have had an extraordinary year of reading and working with thoughtful and insightful people who care deeply about literature for children. From the moment I was asked to place my name on the Newbery selection committee ballot the anticipation began. When the phone call came with the good news that I had been elected to the 2009 Newbery committee I was overwhelmed. Little did I realize what it truly meant.

Boxes of books from publishers began to arrive as well as many self-published materials. Newbery committee rules stipulate that all the children’s books published during the year were to be considered. I was surprised at the number of authors who had no national publisher but consider their work to be “distinguished.” I did not remember receiving books from individual authors when I was on the Caldecott Committee but perhaps there are fewer artists than authors. Each box and package was a surprise and there was always the thought that maybe this box of books might contain the future medal or honor title. Then the reading began: reading, more reading and still more reading of nearly 600 titles.

As part of the Newbery selection process, committee members like me submitted up to three titles for consideration. Members of American Library Association’s (ALA) Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) were also asked to submit titles. With fifteen members of the committee and a wide variety of backgrounds, tastes and opinions, the list began to grow. And the reading continued…

The Newbery Award Committee met for the first time at the 2008 ALA Mid-Winter Conference in Philadelphia, again at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA and finally last week at the 2009 ALA Mid-Winter Conference in Denver, CO. The hours of reading and note taking came down to a weekend of discussion, questioning, persuasion and passion. The final process included hours of debate among the committee members who shared the responsibility and knowledge that what we decided would be the “most distinguished children’s book of the year.” We also knew our choice would be second- guessed, criticized and hopefully cheered.

Finally, we arrived at our choice, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman. After so much work, the emotion of our decision was stunning and everyone on the committee caught our breath. Four Honor books were also chosen: THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Appelt; THE SURRENDER TREE: POEMS OF CUBA’S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM by Margarita Engle; SAVVY by Ingrid Law; AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson. While many librarians and authors wondered which book and author the committee would chose, that night and most of the next day we knew something that no one else did.

On Monday, January 26, 2009 at 6:00 in the morning, our committee gathered at the Denver Convention Center. Our committee chair had previously placed a telephone call to inform Neil Gaiman that he was the 2009 Newbery recipient. He seemed stunned at news at that early hour of the day, but he was very humorous and charming once he was wide awake. What a fabulous way for a children’s author to be awakened!

At the convention center, the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Printz, Geisel and other children’s award committees had selected their winners and the anticipation of their announcements was palpable. Each committee sat together in a massive ballroom as their selections were announced and the covers of the books and videos flashed on large screens. The official announcement of the awards seemed to take forever. The last award to be announced was the Newbery.

It was my fear that whatever book our committee chose would leave the crowd speechless with only a smattering of applause. It soon became clear that my fear was pointless because as the author’s name, “Neil Gaiman” was announced and the cheers and applause seemed to roll from the back of the room toward us with an unbelievable force. And just like that the thousands of hours of reading, note taking and pressure to make a decision was over. Our choice for 2009 Newbery Award Medal recipient was official: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman.

I would like to thank SCKLS staff and system members who were so very helpful and supportive during this exciting year. //jt

Julie Tomlianovich

South Central KS Library System

Youth Services Consultant

321A N Main ST

South Hutchinson, KS 67505

1-800-234-0529 ext. 144

1-620-663-3211 ext. 144

FAX 1-620-663-9797

"Without a doubt, there is such a thing as too much order." Fables--Arnold Lobel

Monday, February 02, 2009

February e-book of the month, 2009

In celebration of African-American History month, NYU Press and NetLibrary are pleased to announce that Raising Freedom's Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future After Slavery will be available as the February eBook of the Month.

Drawing on previously untapped resources, author Mary Niall Mitchell demonstrates how the black child became a figure upon which people projected their hopes and fears about slavery's abolition. From the 1850s and the Civil War to emancipation and the official end of Reconstruction in 1877, Raising Freedom's Child examines slave emancipation and opposition to it as a far-reaching, national event with profound social, political, and cultural consequences. Mitchell analyzes multiple views of the black child—in letters, photographs, newspapers, novels, and court cases—to demonstrate how Americans contested and defended slavery and abolition.

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