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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lecture in the Library next Tuesday, April 7th

Lincoln and the Ladies

In this, the 200th anniversary of the birthday year of Abraham Lincoln,
scholars continue to ask fresh questions around “What Would Lincoln Do?”
if he had only survived the bullet that took his life. Dr. Janet Coryell applies
this query to Lincoln and the Ladies of his time in a lecture given Noon, April 7, 2009, at the L.W. Nixon Library at Butler Community College, 901 S. Haverhill Road, El Dorado.

Would Lincoln have supported women's right to vote? Would he have been a suffragist? Or found a way to reconcile his views of mankind and the nature of women with the politics and Constitutional/Declaration/natural rights issues of the day?

Dr. Coryell is a professor of History at Western Michigan University, who states,
"I am arguing that Lincoln's view of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution,and the nature of slavery and emancipation, as well as the historical context he came to power in vis-a-vis women rights and partisan political women, can let us draw the conclusion that he would have been in favor of women's right to vote."

Join us for this free event in the coffee bar of the library and enjoy a
complimentary cup of Library Latte’s finest with your brown bag lunch.

Why I don't

...Read Novels Anymore is the thoughtful posting of Alice Robison.

(Course, it must be said that I am very fond of novels and read them all the time.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Thanks to Carol Tenopir in her Online Databases column in Library Journal for pointing me to this resource. It's grown tenfold since she wrote about it in May 2007.


A new wiki encyclopedia project—and more!
•We aim at reliability and quality, not just quantity.
•We welcome collaboration with everyone who has knowledge, broad or narrow, about any of the world's innumerable subjects.
•We write under our real names—and are both collegial and congenial.
•We now have 10,400+ articles and are gathering speed.
•Eduzendium participants write for academic credit.

I use Wikipedia to get a good overall feel for a subject before refining my search on any topic. It's easier to get to than any academic database we serve up. Someday I hope to improve our access. For now, you have to get in Pipeline, and then click on the library tab, then on databases, and enter your name and password again. Shouldn't have to do that personal data entry twice.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Governor Moves On

Hello all....

Today the State Library of Kansas' "Kansas Government Information" blog
provides information on Kathleen Sebelius' nomination as U.S. Secretary
of Health and Human Services along with resources on Lieutenant
Government Mark Parkinson, who will assume the governorship if the U.S.
Senate approves Sebelius' nomination. Also included are links to the
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, the Kansas State Constitution
section on executive vacancies and the U.S. Presidential Cabinet.

The blog is found at:

Bill Sowers

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