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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

October e-Book of the month

Burn This Book:
PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word

Edited by Toni Morrison
HarperCollins Publishers, 2009
Product ID: 277345

In recognition of Banned Books Week, OCLC NetLibrary and HarperCollins Publishers are pleased to announce that Burn This Book will be available as the October eBook of the Month.

Published in conjunction with the PEN American Center, Burn This Book explores the meaning of censorship, and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves. Contributors including Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, David Grossman, Nadine Gordimer and other literary heavyweights, discuss the importance of writing from various views, both political and social. They illustrate the need for freedom of speech and human rights, and they emphasize the target writers become in a tyranny.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Dracula the Un-Dead

Bloody book trailer of the day: Dracula the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt (Dutto). Stoker is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker; the book is based on plot threads and characters from Stoker's notes compiled while he researched and wrote Dracula.

from Shelf Awareness. The book is on order here at the L.W. Nixon Library.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

LexisNexis providing free Lexis One

From the listserv:

"I just found out about a new source that Lexis-Nexis has just recently placed online.
Lexis One, Lexis-Nexis has a stripped-down free site, available for the public, this case law is available all States (including Kansas), Federal jurisdictions for the last ten years, as well as all United States Supreme Court cases. The address is: :

"I did a basic search and it came up with some really good case law for Kansas as recent as 2009. While it is scaled down, it could still benefit our patrons.

Hope this helps you all!

Melany Wilks

Pioneer Memorial Library

Colby KS 67701"

Thanks, Melany!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Free - Smithsonian Education Online Conference on Climate Change

LearningTimes is very pleased to invite you to another unique online
conference sponsored by the Smithsonian.

The "Smithsonian Education Online Conference on Climate Change" is
three-day, free, education online conference taking place September 29
through October 1, 2009. Register now at:

"Climate Change" sessions will be of special interest to educators,
entire classrooms of engaged students, and to the general public.
Throughout the conference, participants will explore Smithsonian
research and collections related to the evidence, impact, and response
to climate change. Alongside Smithsonian scientists and curators, you
will look at the issues surrounding climate change from the
perspectives of science, history, and art.

The conference will show the depth of research that the Smithsonian can
bring to a current problem. Smithsonian scientists and other experts
will lead participants in explorations of Smithsonian research on this
important issue via live interactive presentations, moderated forums
and demonstrations.

All of the conference sessions will be recorded for later viewing via
the Web at:

Among the many presenters are:

* Bert Drake, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental
Research Center, who leads two major studies of the impact of
atmospheric carbon dioxide on ecosystems
* Scott Wing, paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History,
who specializes in prehistoric plant life and its reactions to climate
* Charles Duncan, collections specialist at the Archives of American
Art, who will explore the intersections of art, communications, and
*Tricia Edwards, educator at the Lemelson Center at the National Museum
of American History, who will focus on the work of young inventors
concerned with sustainability issues.

Registration is open to everyone at:

which also features a blog about climate change and an archive of the
first online conference, "Abraham Lincoln," which attracted more than
3,000 participants on six continents.

Please write to with any questions.

Warm regards,

John Walber

¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

From the State Library of Kansas:

This week's Kansas Government Information (KGI) blog celebrates the
peoples who call themselves Hispanic Americans. Resources are provided
on Hispanics in the U.S. and Kansas as well as a link to a display to
celebrate the month constructed by Kansas library volunteers in the
virtual world, Second Life.

You can check out the blog at:

Bill Sowers

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

Thanks, Bill!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunflower State Book Festival

October 10, 2009

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Osborne High School Gymnasium

200 block of West Washington St.

Admission Free & Door Prizes

Lunch served on site

The inaugural Don Coldsmith Award will be given to Dr. Jim Hoy

for his lifetime writing achievements promoting Kansas.

The Osborne Public Library will be hosting an open house for Dr. Hoy

October 9, 2009

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information contact

Von Rothenberger

Or visit the website

Proud Sponsors are:

Kansas Humanities Council

Kansas Center for the Book

Central Kansas Library System

Northern Kansas Association

Osborne Public Library

Downs Carnegie Library

Farmers Bank of Osborne

State Bank of Downs

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just picked this up at Watermark Books in Wichita yesterday at the SCKLS Book Talk Luncheon for area librarians:

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
The acclaimed author of Birds of America returns with her first book in ten years. Narrator Tassie Keltjin is a Midwestern college student who takes a part-time nanny job, caring for a biracial adopted child. Set immediately following 9/11, Moore's story is a deft examination of race and class. Anne says, "Here is some of the finest yet of [Moore's] brutal, gorgeous, pun-soaked prose, that tension between witty satire and raw, real human connection."

I was reminded of it with the above from Goodreads, a service connecting readers to readers, in their monthly newsletter.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Titles in Oxford Digital Reference Shelf database

Thank you to BCR, our consortial buyer, for this update...

Oxford University Press Increases Database Content and Resources

Oxford University Press has added new titles to its Oxford Digital Reference Shelf database resource as well as fascinating new content to Grove Art Online and Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture.

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf brings Oxford's award-winning scholarly reference titles into the online environment, seamlessly integrating them with Oxford Reference Online Premium Edition. For subscribers to the Premium Edition, all Oxford Digital Reference Shelf titles, in addition to being accessible at their individual URLs, are cross-searchable within Oxford Reference Online Premium.

Two new reference tools just added include:

  • Encyclopedia of Human Rights — This encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law and history, providing situation profiles and full coverage of the development of the movement, historical cases of abuse, key figures, major organizations and more.
  • The Oxford Companion to Architecture — The Oxford Companion to Architecture is a new reference book on a popular and much-debated subject. It contains more than 1,500 A-Z entries covering all aspects of architecture, from architects, building types and movements and styles to materials, aspects of design and definitions. It is particularly strong in its coverage of architecture around the world and of modern and vernacular architecture.

Resulting from a collaboration with Nancy Deihl and Lourdes Font of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Grove Art Online has been updated with new content focusing on fashion as a visual art, with an eye on women's fashion, high fashion and the work of individual designers. This core of essential entries on fashion offers more than 100 new and revised articles and 160-plus new images.

Within the database, Grove's newest Thematic Guide leads users through its fashion content, providing a view through the "lens of economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, semiotics and other disciplines as well as the history of art and design."

New articles include such topics as: Fashion: origins and development; Fashion and Technology; Fashion: Categories of Design; Christian Dior; Mary Quant; Callot Soeurs; and Azzendine Alaïa. A sampling of the new images available include::

  • Paul Iribe: Les robes de Paul Poiret
  • Jean Paul Caultier: Sketch of designs for men and woman
  • Achille Devéria: 5 Heures du Matin (Woman in an evening dress, after the ball)
  • Vivienne Westwood: Ensemble from the Anglomania collection
  • Yves Saint Laurent: Evening dress from the African collection
  • John Gailliano: Dress (for Christian Dior)

Dan Brown's Follow up to the Da Vinci code

The Lost Symbol
Dan Brown

"Unlock the mystery starting today! Packed with mysticism, hidden codes, and the secret society of Freemasons in Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol spans a frenzied 12-hour period in which Robert Langdon careens through a masterfully conceived edge-of-your-seat adventure."

...So says Barnes & Noble in promoting the latest Dan Brown. What do you think of his work? If you want to be the first to check out the book, better get over here to the library quickly... or call x3234 to reserve it. Note: B&N gives buyers 40% off. But you can check it out for free here, read it, then not have to find a place to keep it in your home. Cool, huh?

Monday, September 14, 2009

What would it be like if all the libraries close?

Check out this news story. Scary stuff.

Royce Kitts

And a comment on the story:

As someone raised in Philadelphia, the Free Library of Philadelphia
took pride in the fact that it was the first public library in the
nation, thanks to good old Ben Franklin, and has never in my memory
closed due to lack of funds. The legislature better wake up, I know
that if Governor Rendell gets a bill to increase funds for Libraries,
he will sign it. He has been a great supporter of Libraries in the past.

Imparato ','edit')">
Topeka Shawnee County Public Library
Topeka, KS

Thank you Jeff, Royce. To me, this represents distopia.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

EBSCO and the Flu: Multiple resources available

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