Monday, August 31, 2009

Starting Your Financial Life

I'm back from vacation in lovely Albany, NY, and am about to order this book for the library after reading the review here: "The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Your Financial Life". Trent reviews books on finance and personal money management every week on his The Simple Dollar blog, and he pegs this one as perfect for the college-age crowd.

"Every once in a while, I stumble upon a personal finance book that makes me really wish someone had put it in my hands earlier in my life. Sure, it might not have made a difference in terms of the financial mistakes I made back then, but simply having such useful and direct knowledge available to me would have made a pretty big impact..."

So look for it in the library in the coming month.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Student Loans/Debt: What are these new programs?

This fantastic website does the job of explaining two new student loan repayment programs that can ease the burden for students who take jobs in certain public service sectors (which aren't usually known for high income!):

What are these new programs?

Income-Based Repayment
Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Income-Based Repayment

Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is a new payment option for federal student loans. It can help borrowers keep their loan payments affordable with payment caps based on their income and family size....


Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a new program for federal student loan borrowers who work in certain kinds of jobs. It will forgive remaining debt after 10 years of eligible employment and qualifying loan payments. (During those 10 years, the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plan can help keep your loan payments affordable.)


See for complete info and links. And thanks to Lee Dobratz, Director of the Council Grove Public Library for pointing it out.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What's new in the publishing industry - and how

it is going to affect us all...

Brig McCoy, a fellow librarian, sent me this link this morning. One of the best written blog posts I've read!

Interesting read about the publishing business and how things like
Google scanning books, Amazon's Kindle, and print on demand are affecting the

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4



Brig C. McCoy
PO Box 30287
Kansas City, MO 64112

Thanks, Brig!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Introducing Iluminar!

8/18/2009 NOTE: You don't need a library account to use Iluminar, but you do need one to set up lists, check your renewals and holds, etc. Call us with current contact info, and we'll set up you as a library user!

"Iluminar" is the new Butler library catalog which offers some
wonderful features we think students will love - and you, too! It uses
technology similar to itunes, so it is familiar and friendly for the
younger students, and fun for all.

You know where to find us - on the Library Tab in Pipeline. Click on
Library Catalog (if you see the old Bearcat, please refresh your page).
The catalog's fresh appearance includes:
book covers,
central search through the databases (click on Advanced
the library calendar,
Hours/Contact info - look here for library classroom bookings,
new books and DVDs and the,
Livelibrary blog.
Optionally,create a login to access special features, including
creating a book list, reserve new books or renewing your items out, and
writing book reviews to be read by other catalog users.

Use your Butler ID number as your login. (If you don't have it with
you - go to Pipeline, then ID lookup for the number starting with the
@sign.) Create a password - first time type the word USERPASS. Then
pick your own.

Grove Art & Music
Oxford Reference
EBSCO upgrade starts October 1 (Up from 2000 to 4500 full
text journals)

More good stuff is coming from your library this fall - we'll let you

--The Library Staff

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My best defense - for now

Why a library?

In discussion with a faculty member yesterday, he noted that everything he needs as a faculty member is on the internet. To which I say:
Unshelved puts it well in this comic strip.

But darn, that is a year old. And the internet is getting more authoritative. So I was excited when he said that the best use of the library is the ability to browse shelves.

Why is browsing important? You can see whole subjects that relate to your topic but are just off to one side or another - literally - and thus enrich your view of your topic, or redirect your research. Browsing widely is the one way to keep up with your interests and discover new ones.

So I will continue to make books available in the L.W. Nixon Library from all ages, from all aspects of a topic, at all levels of readability and depth or breadth. Come browse awhile with me.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Google Settlement and the Library Market

Shelf Awareness awarded its 'Headline of the week: "Is Google Books an Explorer, or a Conquistador?"--PC Magazine.'

"...The settlement will enable university libraries to subscribe to Google Books and tap into a vast online repository of approximately 30 million documents. This will be a highly desirable addition to university libraries, and a way to attract new students and faculty, according to Band."

[Jonathan Band, representing the Library Copyright 'Association' - actually Library Copyright Alliance ]

"The concern among libraries, Band said, is that Google will be the only company supplying a product that will be necessary for libraries to stay competitive.

"For libraries, the intangible arguments about copyright law and antitrust are "interesting and irrelevant," Band said. They want to know if they will eventually be charged an arm and a leg for access, he said.

"They are not actually worried about Google as much as they are the rights holders. "They think Google will try to keep the price of an institutional subscription low, but are worried that registry [holders] will try to get the price high," Band said.""

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Coffee, anyone? Don't forget to visit the Library Latte Coffeebar when you're on the El Dorado Campus!

Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

In this edition:

* Concerned About Coffee? It May Actually Be Good for You
* You’ve Got Rhythm - Your Internal Clock Affects Your Health
* Health Capsules:
* * Questions Raised About “Depression Gene”
* * Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes
* * Featured Web Site: NIH Education and Awareness Campaigns
Have a great day,
Rebecca Brown, MLS
Kansas Outreach & Technology Liaison
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region
University of Kansas Medical Center
A.R. Dykes Library of Health Sciences
2100 W. 39th Avenue

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

by Harlan Cohen
Sourcebooks, 2009
Product ID: 274550

The #1 Student Handbook; Updated 3rd Edition

In college, there's a surprise around every corner…But that doesn't mean you can't be prepared!

In The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, best-selling author, syndicated columnist and professional speaker Harlan Cohen provides a behind-the-scenes look at everything students need to know about college (but never knew they needed to know).

Completely revised and updated, this essential guide used by hundreds of thousands of students is packed with expert advice on everything from managing money to managing stress—plus hilarious, outrageous, and telling stories from students on over 100 college campuses. The Naked Roommate will be provided with free, unlimited access August 1-31, 2009.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Homework Kansas features for students and faculty

Start the new school year with an expanded and improved HomeworkKansas
and the new Learning Suite. Find out about the program
features now available to you at one of the free Back to School

You’ll learn about :
● how patrons of all ages can use the new features;
● how the new online classroom works; and
● what new promotional materials are available.

Go to to register for a time that works best
for you.

Thanks to Kan-ed, the State Library of Kansas and indeed all libraries across the state will continue to be a hub for homework help through HomeworkKansas.

Back to school with HomeworkKansas has never before been this exciting! With the new Learning Suite there is more time and help available for patrons of all ages.

In addition to providing help for all students—kindergarten through adult education and college students—the service has greatly expanded hours—8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. A new Live Homework Help® classroom is easy to use, and may be the one tool that helps more students succeed. Subjects for assistance include math, science, English and social studies. Assistance in Spanish is offered in the subject areas of math, science and social studies.

New to the service is college entrance practice tests like ACT and SAT, graduate school exams like GRE and LSAT, Advanced Placement, ASVAB and TOEFL, and GED prep tests. HomeworkKansas will also offer assistance with job searches, sample resumes and cover letters, financial literacy and assistance with proofreading of papers.

Use of HomeworkKansas during the 2008-09 school year averaged nearly 3,000 sessions a month at approximately 20 minutes per session. This was during a 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. time frame, so the numbers for the 2009-10 school year should increase dramatically. HomeworkKansas is powered by has webinar training sessions scheduled for Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. ET and August 19 at 1 p.m. ET. The link for the webinars is

The 13 Clocks

Jessie Kornbluth, responsible for wide-ranging, engaging reviews on his Head Butler blog, writes today about Thurber's "The 13 Clocks," quoted here in its entirety (but I urge you to make his daily blog one of your frequent sources):

By Jesse Kornbluth
Published: Aug 3, 2009
Category: Children

The younger generation has no idea who he was, but once upon a time, James Thurber was a god. He wrote “Talk of the Town” and dashed off cartoons for The New Yorker, churned out books that became classics, had his work successfully adapted for Broadway and, just to fill his idle hours, published five books for children.

Well, not just any children. Smart, verbal children. The children of New Yorker readers. Kids who now might prefer Lemony Snicket to Harry Potter. That is, nine to twelve year-olds who understand that words can be funny, sentences can be ironic and evil doesn’t always come on the wings of bats.

Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline and no slouch at the kids’ book game, thinks The 13 Clocks is more than Thurber’s best book for children --- it’s “the best book in the world.” And not just for children: “I think you could learn everything you need to know about telling stories from this book.”

Thurber wrote the fable quickly in 1950. He’d gone to Bermuda to work on another book, but this one just poured out of him. He didn’t do the illustrations; one-eyed since a childhood accident, he’d recently gone totally blind. In this lovely, recently reissued hard-cover version, you’ll find the original Marc Simont illustrations. Smart kids will want to cut them out and frame them.

And the book itself? It starts like this:

Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldn’t go, there lived a cold, aggressive Duke, and his niece, the Princess Saralinda. She was warm in every wind and weather, but he was always cold. His hands were as cold as his smile, and almost as cold as his heart. He wore gloves when he was asleep, and he wore gloves when he was awake, which made it difficult for him to pick up pins or coins or the kernels of nuts, or to tear the wings from nightingales.

In this castle, where it’s always 4:50, will the Princess ever be rescued? Perhaps, for here comes Prince Zorn of Zorna, who calls himself Xingu. And now appears Golux, a wizard with a spotty memory and a bad habit of falling for his own tall tales. With his help, the Prince may find the 1,000 jewels required by the Duke. Then again, the Duke may slit the Prince “from your gurgle to your zatch.”

At the end, the Duke has a complaint: “This tale is much too tidy for my taste. I hate it.” Consider him a minority of one. And don’t make the mistake of thinking this book is only for kids.