Monday, November 29, 2010

Snack, Study, Song at your library!

What do cookies and books have to do with each other? If you said 'cookbooks,' you'd be half right. If you said 'Holiday Open House in the Library,' you'd nail it!

You're invited to the L.W.Nixon Library, BOE 600 Building, and the AND 5000 Libraryette to enjoy homemade Christmas cookies and music on Wednesday, Dec. 1st.

Start your studies for finals with the able assistance of your librarians.

Fuel your studies with a snack - either our cookies, available all day, or a treat from the coffee bar.

Cheer your spirits with the music of the Butler Choir at noon in El Dorado, or holiday music the rest of the day.

Happy Holidays to all from the Butler Libraries staff!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snapshot Day!

Snapshot Day took place at Butler Community College's L.W. Nixon Library on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. In addition to a holiday luncheon for student workers and staff, we enjoyed visiting with our patrons about how and why they use library services.

An offer of chocolate candy was motivation enough to fill out the surveys and let us snap their picture. It was a busy day at the library (just how we like it!) with several classes doing research, lots of computer use and people stopping in for coffee and smoothies or simply to check out a book.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Pull out your cell phone

Butler Libraries' newest service starts next week...

We don't know what to call it: Text-a-Librarian? Text Librarian? Text Us? but whatever we call it, we're going to offer text for our students to ask questions in a format they are most comfortable with.

The number is 316-322-5278. Our reference librarian is charging up the phone today. She'll start answering it on Monday, Nov. 29th, after the Thanksgiving holidays.

We see it as one more way to provide the best customer service we can. Quite a few other libraries are doing it, as this news article from Tampa Bay Online discusses today (ours is cheaper than going through the service mentioned, but you have to have that whole 10-digit number to text us). If you have a question for our librarian, just pull out your cell phone.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thinking about winter?

The hard frost last night killed off the summer. I'd collected a few ripening tomatoes, and taken inside the last, hardy ferns and gerbera daisies. But I forgot to cover the planter of rosemary, sage, and mums on my staircase.

Good news, though, as the window boxes did fine because of all the heat escaping from the windows. By Thanksgiving, they will be gone, too.

So when I saw this article on prepping the house and car for winter, I was interested. I share it here with you. And since I'm the one who does all this stuff around the house, I guess I'm the 'manly' one...

Even better, there's a couple of articles on the website on stuff to carry in the car and ways to prepare the car for winter. I think of all the commuters and Butler and worry about you. Have a safe driving winter this year!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Information Literacy

New (Nov. 1) report "Truth Be Told" by Alison J. Head, Ph.D. and Michael B. Eisenberg, Ph.D. from The Information School, U of Washington.

According to this report, "84 percent of students say that when it comes to course-based research, getting started is their biggest challenge; however, only 30 percent asked a librarian for research help."

--I'd sure like to turn that around.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November Rememberings

American women were able to vote in the recent federal election because the 19th Amendment gives them that right. The story of how the amendment was first proposed - and what suffragists had to endure, at the hands of government officials who opposed them - is a little-known story about a group of heroes who never gave up.

November is also the anniversary month for other events, such as "The Gunpowder Plot" (when Guy Fawkes plotted to blow-up the Houses of Parliament), Kristallnacht (when Jewish synagogues throughout Germany were destroyed), "Remembrance Day" (when people wear poppies in Canada), President Nixon's famous press conference (during which he declared "I'm not a crook"), President Kennedy's assassination (in Dallas) and Charles Darwin's world-changing publication ("Origin of Species"). It is also the 100th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy's death.

Videos, images and lesson plans for these topics, plus many other November commemorations - such as Native-American Heritage Month, the "Mayflower Compact" and the fall of the Berlin Wall - are provided together with primary sources.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

My Grandmother, the early adopter

My grandmother Bonnie is 103 this year (as of June). Here she is at one of her early computers. She was one of the first female ham radio operators in the state.


Tuesday, November 02, 2010

NPR Survey

NPR has a survey for book readers out there: what do you want to hear in book articles? How much do you want to share your own opinions? Take the survey here.