Friday, December 18, 2009

Library at National Institute of Corrections

National Institute of Corrections Library [pdf]

The National Institute of Corrections, an agency within the U.S. Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons, has an online presence that undoubtedly makes it easier for them to achieve their goal to "provide training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies." The online library not only provides relevant reading materials and up to date information, it also offers "Self-Study Options", such as "Online Curricula" and "Video Learning". These can be found on the far left hand side of the library homepage, near the top. The "Ask a Research Expert" feature under the heading "Assisted Research", on the left hand menu offers research help to corrections professionals via an online help desk. Since 75% of the physical library's collection is not online, there are librarians available for this type of assisted research. The "Popular Topics" link, on the left hand menu, offers key resources and documents on almost a dozen commonly researched topics. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2009.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier

Heart's Blood is Juliet Marillier's newest fairy tale retelling, and she's turned out a masterful Beauty and the Beast, keeping the bones of the story while bypassing the cliches of one of the most frequently retold tales there is. Heart's Blood Honestly, this may be my new favorite Marillier book (although Daughter of the Forest, as my first book of hers, will always hold a special place in my heart). With her usual graceful prose, she's created an original and strange telling of the familiar story. I don't want to give too much away, but I REALLY loved the concept behind this one. So as far as plot goes, all I want to say is: Juliet Marillier's Beauty and the Beast. (Of coures you can discover more from the reviews, but that's up to you. :) As far as the writing goes, well, I'm completely in love with Marillier's style, and this one was more quick paced than some of hers -- while I love her writing I do occasionally find parts of the story to drag a little, not so in this one. She brought in a lot of unexpected elements, was really creative with the story in a way I haven't seen in other versions. I think a lot of retellings like to really focus on character development while keeping an old story absolutely in it's original frame. This version is just... more creative -- which is not to say she shortchanged her character development at all. Agh! Just go read it! You won't regret it!


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

SOAR introduction


I am a manager of Wichita State repository SOAR, the database of WSU authors’ works and collections. To promote a new service, my colleagues and I speak to individual faculty and groups (e.g. college executive councils; department meetings, staff luncheons, special events, etc.); distribute flyers and brochures; arrange training to those who interested; post information on SOAR to newsletters.

Recently, I have started a weekly video column “Industry News” to promote SOAR to library staff. The column features innovative ideas, projects, and other news in information technology, libraries, publishing, and higher education. I find short free videos on the Internet and embed them to the SOAR home page.

The videos should be short and informative; even better if humorous. I posted videos about the Book Espresso Machine; Twitter, Wiki, Kindle 2, Digital Preservation, and Google Wave. This week video column is featuring a short introduction to Cloud Computing: (upper right corner of the screen).

It is fun for me to select and post videos. It is useful for SOAR marketing, too. I believe that new services should be marketed to library staff, not only to patrons. Than more staff know about a service, than better patrons are served. Would you

Sincerely, Susan

Monday, December 07, 2009

American History in Video - Amazing!

This is a terrific new database the library has just purchased and I hope that you can help me get the word out to history faculty.

The trial is available now; one year subscription begins Jan.4, 2010. There are over 5,000 titles in the collection, many that you are familiar with from the History Channel, PBS, & A&E. There are also historic newsreels and archival footage. Perhaps the best feature is that every title comes with embedded links so that you can link directly from your electronic syllabus or assignment page to the video. You also have the capability of showing short clips and annotating them with your own text. The database is searchable by keyword, subject, time period, etc., AND each video is further indexed.

How to get to it? Log on through Pipeline and click on the Library tab. You'll find the link on the left under Database Trials. In January, look for the link in the middle of the page under Databases A-Z.

In other words - a wonderful resource. Micaela (your Library Director) asked me to pass along a request to all instructors that we would really appreciate your feedback on this new purchase. We want to hear if you find it useful in order to determine the following year's purchase. Thanks so much, and call or email any questions you might have.

--Martha Gregg

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Bake Away this Year...

The Modern Baker: Time-Saving Techniques for Breads, Tarts, Pies, Cakes and Cookies, from best-selling author and chef Nick Malgieri, is the NetLibrary December eBook of the Month. Discover how with the right teacher, simplified techniques and step-by-step photo tutorials to guide the way, everyone can make freshly baked loaves, crisp flatbreads, savory tarts and rich desserts—in record time.

Written by baking Hall of Famer Nick Malgieri, this collection of 150 straightforward recipes with gourmet appeal strives to bring success to even the busiest of bakers, with the bulk of the preparation taking under one hour.

The Modern Baker is as necessary and essential as a good oven. The author distills years of teaching and experience into these detailed recipes for baking everything from bread to biscotti to puff pastry to old-fashioned layer cakes. Recipes are thorough and include descriptions of how batters and doughs are supposed to appear at each stage of preparation. Malgieri leads cooks through the simple art of creating an international assortment of delicious sweet and savory baked goods, interweaving techniques and helpful sidebars.

Malgieri, former Executive Pastry Chef at Windows on the World, is a 1996 inductee into Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. The bestselling author of eight cookbooks, Malgieri currently directs the baking program at the Institute of Culinary Education. Malgieri's recipes have been published in the New York Times, Cuisine, Family Circle, McCall's, Ladies' Home Journal and other magazines and newspapers throughout the United States. He is the author of articles for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and his writing has appeared in the New York Daily News, Gourmet, Chocolatier, Food & Wine and Cook's Illustrated. Malgieri has appeared on all the U.S. national morning shows, local television and "Chef du Jour," "Cook's Choice," "Bakers Dozen" and "Cooking Live" on the Food Network and with Julia Child on "Baking with Julia," as well as with Martha Stewart.