Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

National Library Week coming

It's time to announce the Butler Community College Library award to one of our faculty members who demonstrates the best use of the library in teaching and learning. I’m calling it called the DEWEY award: “Developing Education with an Excellent Library – Yours” ... also known as “Dream Educator Wisely Enthralls You in the Library.”

You’ll be able to nominate your fellow faculty who demonstrate:

• innovative, consistent, effective use of the library in teaching
• program activities that bring students and/or the community into the library
• promotion, encouragement or support of the library and its resources and services
• contributions towards thoughtful, timely, and in-depth resource development

I’ll have everything posted on the website for you. The award will be made during National Library Week in April, and announced at the spring Institutional Development Day. The winner will receive:

• a $500 grant to select books for the library out of the library budget
• a $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate to purchase books for self-inspiration presented in a lovely basket of goodies
• an appearance on library READ posters around the institution and bookmarks
• a permanent position in the library on the Award plaque listing all winners
• and a certain amount of publicity or notoriety

I can’t wait to see who wins!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Oxford Announces new e-reference

January 2010 Update

New Content

Welcome to 2010! In this first update of the new decade, we enhance and expand Oxford Reference Online's language and religion content, and offer brand new OUP content dedicated to Sports Studies. With three new titles – The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins, The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang, and A Dictionary of Sports Studies – and three new editions – A Dictionary of the Bible, A Dictionary of Popes, and The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms – plus thousands of other updated entries throughout the site, this update is packed full of interesting, useful, and trustworthy information.

Remember, you can get to online reference books through your Pipeline tab "Library"!

Exciting times...

Now Is the 'Most Exciting Period to Be a Reader'

"Amidst all the doom and gloom (Books are dying! Print is dead! The Kindle will destroy us all! Big Publishers want to kill your pets! ARMAGEDDON IS NIGH!!!), I just want to take a moment to proclaim that this is quite possibly the most exciting period to be a reader in my lifetime. Think about it: when was the last time books and publishing were as much a part of the daily conversation as they are now?... [I]n my thirty years on this planet, I cannot remember a time when so many people were discussing books themselves, the future of books, and what it all means for everyone involved. All in all books have a 'buzz' about them that I can't recall ever feeling. The future of publishing feels like an important discussion well outside the cul-de-sac of the industry itself, and there are more books and book-related discussions than I can remember in a long, long time."--Jason Pinter in the Huffington Post.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wind Times

Hello all.....

Sometimes friend, sometimes foe, the wind has played an integral part in Kansas history and continues to be an important influence on our economy, culture, literature and persona.

Kansas 150 SLK takes a look at the wind this week as it has shaped our state... literally and figuratively... though the years.

You can view the Kansas 150 SLK blog at:

Bill Sowers

Bill Sowers
Kansas Publications & Cataloging
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th, Room 169-W
Topeka, KS 66612

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


President Obama discussed his goals for transportation and high-speed passenger rail in his State of the Union speech. Learn more about how your government is working towards this goal at the Kansas Government Information blog at .

Thank you,

Kim Harp
Legislative Reference Librarian
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th, 169-W
Topeka KS 66612