Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gearing up for Finals, and Final Papers

College Libraries are Humming in Vermont: "I come to the library a lot,” said Caroline Connelly, a UVM sophomore, who was sitting at a computer terminal in Bailey/Howe working on an article for a natural-resources course. Early in the semester she was looking for information on Camus for a French class and discovered the stacks. “I didn’t know there were so many awesome books,” she said.

Savannah McInvale, a UVM junior majoring in animal studies, was sitting at a table with Josh Benes, a junior majoring in environmental studies. Both had several papers due during the next couple of weeks.

“I talked to the reference desk about finding scientific articles online,” McInvale said.

“The library’s a really good place to get work done, especially when the weather’s nice,” Benes said."

-The Burlington Free Press, April 19

And you are welcome here in the Butler libraries too! We've got everything mentioned in this article... chat with us about your needs online through our meebo chat "Ask a Librarian" on our website

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth day 2010

Forty years have passed since I celebrated the first earth day by collecting a pile of trash from a creek bed in Endicott, NY with my fellow high school Environmental Club members. I may be able to remember what we were called - or I may have to get out the yearbook to check the name and the photo out. Meantime, this info from an email by Julie Tomlianovich, of SCKLS:

April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day and now 40 years later we still celebrate what we can do for our environment. Whether it is recycling, planting a garden, driving less or simply turning off the lights when not in a room, there is something that people of all ages can do. Help celebrate Earth Day 2010 with your students/patrons. There are hundreds of websites with the history and fun and easy activities. Discover what communities in the United States and others around the world are doing to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day. We can celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day all year and especially this summer, with the reading program’s water theme and slogans: Make a Splash-READ!; Make Waves at Your Library; Water Your Mind-Read

Environmental Protection Agency: History of Earth Day; Official EPA website

Earth Day Network

Register your school or community to achieve the goal of one billion activities that will help the Earth’s environment.


ABC Teach

Picadome Elementary School, Lexington, KY

Teacher Vision: Earth Day activities for students K-12.

Enchanted Learning website

Contact Julie:

Julie Tomlianovich
South Central KS Library System
Youth Services Consultant
321A N Main ST
South Hutchinson, KS 67505
1-800-234-0529 ext. 144
1-620-663-3211 ext. 144
FAX 1-620-663-9797

"I don't want children to read just to perfect their reading. I want them to love books for the joy of it." Coleen Salley (1929-2008), storyteller extraordinaire, professor emeritus and scholar.

Thank you, Julie!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

After libraries, I like gardens best...

... and so this link to the KGI blog...

As temperatures outside rise and thunderstorms move through watering the earth below our thoughts turn to home-grown vegetables, well manicured lawns and flowerbeds bursting with color.

This week's KGI blog digs into the rich online resources on gardening offering up a harvest of links to some helpful sites, most of which are specific to Kansas.

Kansas Gardening and Lawns


Bill Sowers

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

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Freeze and READ on Saturday...4 pm

OK, this is one of those funky things that may be fun, too. Show your appreciation for libraries by publicly demonstrating your willingness to read. By that time on Saturday, I'm usually ready to drop anyway...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jane Watkins Announced as first DEWEY Award Winner at Butler

Congratulations to Jane Watkins, our first ‘DEWEY’ Award winner, first announced by Dr. Leann Ellis on April 1, 2010. ‘DEWEY’ means “Developing Education with an Excellent Library – Yours.” This award is designed to recognize the award winner’s outstanding use of the library in areas such as:

1. innovative, consistent, effective use of the library in teaching;

2. program activities that bring students and/or the community into the library;

3. promotion, encouragement or support of the library and its resources and services

4. thoughtful, timely, and in-depth resource development.

Here’s what those who nominated her said:

When I first thought of this idea, I was instructing Jane Watkin’s Children’s Literature class. For seven years, Jane has brought in her English Composition I, Fundamentals of English, and Children’s Literature classes in for instruction. What makes Jane unique from other instructors and their classes is that her classes don’t require using the library. Jane believes so strongly in information and how to do research that she worked with me each semester to incorporate research assignments into each of those classes. The assignments were very direct and purposeful. For the Children’s Literature assignments of finding author biographies and book reviews, Jane wanted to simulate what the students would need to know to complete these tasks in the real world of teaching. Consequently, students from her classes leave the library with knowledge of the library, confidence in how to research, and lifelong skills that will enrich their professional and personal lives.

Jane is a wonderful recruiter for the written word. I have heard testimony from many students that hated English and reading until they took her class. She creates more readers!

She is a dream of every librarian. She loves to discover new authors and talk about books. Her love of reading and research inspires others, and she will be missed by the library staff. I will especially miss working with her. She is my dream instructor! (J. Bastin)


Jane Watkins has used the library repeatedly over the years, not only as a Butler Instructor but also as an avid library patron. Jane has brought her Children’s Literature class into the library for instruction and research. For years, she has made use of the library web page as a resource for subject guides using a variety of print sources, Internet sites, and online databases. When Jane comes into the library, she always brings a smile along with her superb sense of humor. We will miss her as she retires again for the second time. Jane will leave a void here in the library that will be hard to replace.

Thank you Jane for all your years of support to the L. W. Nixon Library! (R. Holt)

Thanks to all who placed a nomination.

Your librarian,


Micaela Ayers
Director, Library Services
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road, El Dorado, KS 67042 (316)322-3235
CULS President 2009-2010