Friday, May 28, 2010

State Library update on KBOR

This week's Kansas Government Information blog gives an overview of the Kansas Board of Regents:

http://ksdocs.blogspot.com/2010/05/kansas-board-of-regents.html

Kansas Government Information (KGI) is a service of the State Library of Kansas.

Enjoy!

Bill Sowers



Bill Sowers
Kansas Publications & Cataloging
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th, Room 169-W
Topeka, KS 66612
ksdocs@kslib.info
785-296-3296

Monday, May 17, 2010

Space and Time

First, a great photo connection to space:
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/first_of_the_last_space_shuttl.html

Then, take some time to look through these resources:

Please take a look at the latest State Library of Kansas' KGI blog:

KSPACe, Online State Government Publications Digital Archive

http://ksdocs.blogspot.com/2010/05/online-state-government-publications.html

Have a good one!

Bill Sowers
--
Five sunflowers gazed above the ground
Toward the sixth, heaven bound
Visit Rachelville in Second Life
http://sites.google.com/site/rachelvillesl/

Friday, May 14, 2010

From the Friday In-Box May 14, 2010

CNN picked up the story of the rave at the K-State Library this morning. See KCTV link below.

http://www.kctv5.com/news/23544261/detail.html

LeAnn Weller


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Please take a look at the latest State Library of Kansas' KGI blog:

KSPACe, Online State Government Publications Digital Archive

http://ksdocs.blogspot.com/2010/05/online-state-government-publications.html

Have a good one!

Bill Sowers
--
Five sunflowers gazed above the ground
Toward the sixth, heaven bound
Visit Rachelville in Second Life
http://sites.google.com/site/rachelvillesl/

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Job Hunting


The kid (my daughter) needs a job:

> Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:56 pm
> Subject: speaking of writing contests....
> To: Micaela C Ayers
>
> Check out my entry for the Radiant Prose contest and you can vote for it there :)


> > http://radiantprose.com/entry/view/364

>--Rachel

May something like this enter her world. Meantime, I'm ordering the book "48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal".

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Don't Smoke in Kansas!

Hello,
This week the Kansas Government Information blog helps to get the word out on the State's new smoking ban law website. This bill and website will help your communities in the transition to a smoke-free state. Learn more at the KGI blog: http://ksdocs.blogspot.com/2010/05/kansas-goes-smoke-free.html.
Thank you,


Kim Harp
Legislative Reference Librarian
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th, 169-W
Topeka KS 66612
785-296-2149
kimh@kslib.info
www.kslib.info

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

More Database News


The State Library of Kansas is announcing some changes to our statewide database package beginning August 1, 2010. The new focus of products available to everyone in the state, from preschool to seniors, allows us to expand our offerings in some needed areas.


Products to be added include:


From Gale Cengage Learning

Student Resource Center Gold
DISCovering Collection
Junior Reference Collection
Student Edition
Junior Edition
Kids InfoBits
History Resource Center – U.S.
History Resource Center – World
Books & Authors


From Learning Express Library

Job & Career Accelerator
Learning Centers – 4th grade through College
Microsoft, Adobe, Corel and Windows/ Mac online classes
Occupation practice tests – air traffic controller to teacher


No changes are planned to the current ProQuest products (Heritage Quest and Nursing / Allied Health Journals). The current Gale package which includes Chilton’s Auto Repair, Literature Resource Center, and OneFiles will remain. WorldBook Encyclopedia will continue as part of the statewide package.


As of July 31, our contracts with OCLC for WorldCat and the Ebsco products will end. These include Searchasaurus, Kid Search, TopicSearch, Student Research Center, ERIC, Professional Development Collection, Newspaper Source, and Novelist.


Patti Butcher, Director
Statewide Resource Sharing
State Library of Kansas - Topeka
pattib@kslib.info
785-296-3875
Toll free: 800-432-3919
Check out our new website: http://www.kslib.info

LearningExpress Library now available


LearningExpress Library Signs on with State Library
May 3rd, 2010

(from http://statelibrary.mykansaslibrary.org/ on 4May 2010)
For Kansas job seekers, new help has arrived. The State Library of Kansas just inked a three-month trial deal with LearningExpress Library to offer extensive online resources including occupational and scholastic practice tests, skill-building courses and a segment of the service titled, “Job and Career Accelerator.”

“This is a fabulous addition to the research databases that we already offer to all Kansans,” explained State Librarian Jo Budler. “It’s an amazing collection of individual exercises, full-blown courses, and practice tests ranging from third grade math problems, to middle school grammar questions, to preparing for the ACT, GED, and even the test for US Citizenship.”

During the trial period (May – July), Kansas library users will access the LearningExpress Library by clicking on the link found on the State Library homepage – http://www.kslib.info .
Alternately, users can also click on the LearningExpress Library graphic on the Blue Skyways homepage, http://www.skyways.org . All users will need to create a unique account within LearningExpress to view course offerings, practice tests, or career and training information and to save any created files, such as a new resume.

Regardless of an individual’s goal, LearningExpress Library’s resources promote success. Twelve different Learning Centers from elementary through college levels plus computer skills, GED and new workplace skills training offers the exercises, the courses, the practice tests, and the information needed to be successful at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? The Job and Career Accelerator will identify strengths and weaknesses, help with resume writing, and even monitor postings on job boards.

Users should check out:

1) Practice Tests for Careers such as electrician, plumber, air traffic controller, and military aviation;
2) eBooks that assist in preparation for careers in Civil Service such as EMT, or police, or healthcare occupations such as paramedic or nurse’s aide;
3) Extensive list of flash-based computer skill tutorials to learn Microsoft programs such as Power Point, Excel, Word or Outlook Express, and Adobe.
4) US Citizenship Test Practice, With 100 civics, history, and government questions, this practice test offers all the preparation you need to pass the newly redesigned naturalization test… more info including hundreds of questions, all taken from the official naturalization test and geared toward achievement of the best possible scores.
5) GED materials with study strategies, pretests and lessons, and exam practice questions.

Founded in 1995, LearningExpress currently holds statewide library contracts with 16 states, making the database available through more than 4,000 libraries and 5,000 academic sites. Last year, approximately 1.5 million users accessed LearningExpress’ online resources.

“There are hundreds of amazing testimonials from people who have used this database,” said Budler. “one from Michigan—a young man who passed the EMT test, scoring the highest of all people who took the class with him. He used the practices tests in LearningExpress to prepare. We hope to duplicate those kind of success stories in Kansas,” Budler added.