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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Three posts...

in one day. I don't usually do that. But this Project Information Literacy has been picked up by Butler's Research Office and the website has a bit of information, including this summary by Joseph James, whom I heard speak in Kansas City a few years ago:

Strange thing - when the students speak, I am reminded of my undergrad years... I was so typical. Then I became a mother. Then I decided to go to grad school. The memory of papers written and diapers changed somehow conflated in my mind and in my actions, and I became a great student. And yes, there's a pun or a joke in there somewhere... which I leave to your imagination.

Look for our Database trials in Pipeline!

Database Trials

Grove Music Online

Grove Art Online

Oxford Reference Online

May 2009 E-book of the Month

Encyclopedia of World History

by Marsha E. Ackermann, Michael Schroeder, Janice J. Terry, Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur, Mark F. Whitters
Facts on File, 2008
Product ID: 272675

In today's world of globalization, there is a growing trend among historians and students alike to study the common challenges and experiences that unite the human past. The seven-volume Encyclopedia of World History is truly a groundbreaking work and one of the first to offer a balanced presentation of human history for a global perspective on the past. A team of distinguished world history academics has brought together scores of specialists in writing signed entries based on the latest scholarship.

Influenced by the U.S. National Standards for World History, this comprehensive and authoritative set is rich in features to make the study of world history easier for students to understand. Arranged in six chronological eras that span prehistory to the present day, its chronological approach follows the way world history is taught and studied in the classroom.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Grove Art and Music

Hey, all,

Looks like we'll be replacing some databases. We have a trial set up to Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online - these two will be available instead ofArtStor which isn't getting much use, and AP Wirephotos for the same reason...

Start date will be about July 1st, but look at the trial via our Library Tab page in Pipeline.

Info about the databases:

thirty day trial (23-APR-09 - 23-MAY-09)
to Grove Art Online, the most comprehensive online reference resource
for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the
present day! Now available through the Oxford Art Online gateway,
Grove Art Online features over 45,000 signed articles, 5,500 images,
40,000 image links, timelines of world art, MoMA lesson plans, and
links to ARTstor (for subscribers to this service -we have it until
the end of the year).

A Grove Art Online subscription now also includes access to the full text
of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art
Terms, and the Oxford Companion to Western Art.

thirty day trial (23-APR-09 - 23-MAY-09)
to Grove Music Online! Grove Music Online is a dynamic online resource
and the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music. Now available
through the Oxford Music Online gateway, Grove Music Online includes
the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians,
second edition; The New Grove Dictionary of Opera; and The New Grove
Dictionary of Jazz, second edition.

This new subscription to the database Grove Music Online
now also includes access to the full text of the Oxford
Companion to Music and the Oxford Dictionary of Music.

Friday, April 24, 2009

I hope your Earth is better for your efforts...

And now for a little treat. I just got this email:

Hello Everyone!
Saturday May 2nd is Free Comic Book day.
Here is a link to find participating stores in your area:

A good way of connecting with your local comic shop, maybe they will even throw some your way for your patrons.

have fun!

And whatever you do - keep on recycling, reusing, reducing your global footprint.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth day!

It's Earth Day! I remember what I was doing on the first one: cleaning out a streambed in my home town of Endicott, NY. We piled up a head-high conglomeration of trash, in spite of the snow flurries that dogged our efforts that day.

It was an honor to work with Kentucky's Department of Environmental Protection in Frankfort KY while I was in graduate school in nearby Lexington (UK). Born October 4th, I discovered about that time that my natal saint is St. Francis of Assisi (see the 1972 Zefferelli film).

So, hey, I celebrate earth day! And to extend the celebration, look at these businesses with social entrepreneurs at the helm: for example, Better World Books, who we ship our weeded books to for reuse/recycling. Today they are offering a 20% discount, so yay!

Celebrate Earth Day 2009
Reuse First! 20% Off Used Books - Earth Day Only!
Use Coupon Code EARTHDAY09.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Global Footprints

Global Footprint: the concept that if everyone lived in the same manner you do, the number of earths would it take to support the current global population.

Check out your global footprint here:

and check out the Library's new books on the environment in the New Library Books blog here: in our regular online catalog, the BearCat.

Monday, April 13, 2009

National Library Week, and some goodies are around to be won...

It’s a Virtual Open House!

Celebrate National Library Week with Free Access to Databases from ABC-CLIO, Greenwood, Praeger, and Libraries Unlimited

In honor of National Library Week, we are pleased to offer free access to all of our critically acclaimed online databases, including Release 2.0 of ABC-CLIO’s eight social studies databases, 2009 Dartmouth Award-winner Pop Culture Universe, The American Mosaic collection, Praeger Security International Online, Daily Life through History, Daily Life America, The Reader’s Advisor Online, ARBAonline, and many more.

During the week of April 12th—18th, you and your patrons can test drive the remarkable resources free of charge. And because we think you’ll love what you discover, we’re also offering extended trials once National Library Week is over.

Sign up here and start an incredible journey through knowledge, time, and history!

Enter to Win Prizes Big & Small!

BIG!* Win a One-Year Subscription to the Database of Your Choice
To enter, simply sign up for a free 60-day trial of the databases you want to preview. We’ll hold a random drawing to select the lucky winner of a one-year database subscription.

SMALL* Win an iPod® Touch®
Click here to take a multiple choice quiz using our databases as a reference. We’ll select the winner of this prize from all quiz entries with correct answers.

*No purchase necessary.

Trial Database Through End of Month

American History in Video is live. AND it's openly accessible through
April 30th. No username or password required. Access it now at

Providing the largest and richest collection of video available online
for the study of American history, it so far includes over 1,260 titles
totaling roughly 420 hours of rare newsreels, archival films, and
important documentaries from leading producers like The History
Channel®, and it's continuously growing.

Butler is anticipating selecting this database if use and finances line up.
Please let me know what you think at