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Friday, December 16, 2011

Librarian Spawned

Photo by Julie Clements

That's my kid! There's a good story in the El Dorado Times; here's a bit:

El Dorado, Kan. —

Rachel Ayers has always had a love of books and libraries. That passion led her to a new job as the librarian at the Towanda Public Library.

Ayers, of El Dorado, took over as the new librarian Dec. 5.

“I love books and libraries so it seemed like a good fit for me,” she said.

In the past she has worked at Bradford Memorial Library and libraries at Pittsburg State University, Kansas State University and Butler Community College.

Her mother had told her about this opening and she decided to apply.
...She wants to instill that love of books and reading to the youth.

“I’ve been a book lover from knee high,” Ayers said. “My mom read to us every night growing up.”

In addition, her mother has been a librarian for 16 years.

Ayers, who graduated from PSU with a creative writing English degree, said she always thought of libraries as a place to go for books, resources and things to do.

Kansas Collection Photographs

The Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas has a vast cornucopia of materials related to Kansas history. Some of their collections deal with the state's native wildflowers, maps, and aerial photographs of Kansas City. On this site, visitors will find over 250 images that document the history and peoples of the Sunflower State. The offerings here are part of a much larger collection, and over time the collection will grow to include several thousand digitized images.

Visitors can click on the Category Pages to look for items by "what", "where", or "when". The offerings here include images of harvesting machinery, home life, urban streetscapes, and political figures from the 19th century. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2011.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Child Safety in KS

Hello All,

This week the Kansas Government Information blog covers government resources to ensure child safety in Kansas. With so many stresses put upon parents and the economy bearing down, families are in need of helping hands more than ever. State and Federal programs and agencies have measures in place. Read more at

Thank you,

Kim Harp

Legislative Reference Librarian

State Library of Kansas



Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the Constitution – were ratified on this date in 1791, and today is known as Bill of Rights Day. Bone up on your Constitution by checking out this website, which has an image of the original Bill of Rights, the text of the amendments, links to further information and much more.

(I wonder why the federal government does not make this as big a day of celebration as they do Constitution Day, Sept. 16.)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Course in Cat Literature Outlined

Unfortunately, not yet taught at Butler:
Great Literature of Cats 101

Crossing between London and Paris, this Dickensian story of disparate lives of alley cats versus aristocats paints a stark portrait of feline famine in pre-revolutionary France and the inequities inherent between tabby cats and pure breeds.

Friday, December 09, 2011

New Librarian in the Next Town Over

There's a new librarian in Towanda, KS -- I think she'll do.
Rachel Ayers, 2011

They're having an open house next week, Wednesday, from 10-6 to show off their newly remodeled library - and the new librarian.

Visit their website here.

Micaela Ayers

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Latest information from ALA on the Penguin Group decision.

Penguin abandons best customers: Libraries prevented from buying new e-books

Penguin Group’s decision announced yesterday to deny libraries the ability to buy new releases in the e-book format — is an insult to libraries when we have been publishers’ most valuable customer for years. The simple fact is that libraries create readers. Readers who borrow books (regardless of format) also buy books. In fact, a recent study of library patrons indicates that 40% of regular library users’ end up purchasing a book previously borrowed from the library.

Readers come to the library to learn about e-readers and e-books. We even have librarians going to Best Buy and other outlets to teach new e-reader customers how to download books. We enable the e-book market.

Let me show you the money. We pay publishers more for e-books than print books. Library spending on e-books has doubled or even tripled over the last year. New York Public Library alone is spending 1 million dollars a year on e-books. Publishers Weekly even reported that libraries users were publishers’ best customers.

While Amazon’s PrimeLending program is charging for e-book lending, we seek no financial reward. We support free lending because the nation greatly benefits when access to information is available to any citizen, regardless of ability to pay. We support free e-book lending because a good number of our users want the digital formats, and we strive to meet that need.

Hello, publishers, are you listening? We are good for your bottom line. Are you shooting yourself in the foot by excluding libraries?
Carrie Russell
Director, OITP Program on Public Access to Information

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

In Love with books...

December 4, 2011

We're Still in Love With Books
By William Pannapacker

I spend a lot of time working with computers now, but much of my life is still defined by the long relationship I've maintained with books.

It's surprising how many academics who identify with the digital humanities also have ties to "the History of the Book," a field that has long been nurtured by seminars in great libraries. On the shelves of such scholars you may find the five magisterial volumes on The History of the Book in America, placed near Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination. New media emerge, but they do not immediately replace old media...

More here.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Holiday Sing!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Library Open House!
Today, Monday, December 5th
10 AM to 4 PM
BOE 600 Building,L.W. Nixon Library
BOA 5000 Building, Room 5186N-B

Join us for snacks, punch and
Music from the Butler Choir in the BOE Library at Noon!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

But this one is going to be hard to get:

A copy of the British publication, "The Art of the Hobbit" is going to be hard to get - published in U.K., not released in the U.S.A.

Story and more pictures here:

"Science, Skin and Ink" Book

The New York Times has a wonderful slide show entitled "Science, Skin, and Ink" today, from the book Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed by Carl Zimmer. I'll be picking up a copy - who knew you could learn so much science from a tattoo?

Monday, November 07, 2011

10 Amazing Databases

This is a remarkable list of the10 most amazing databases in the world, as defined by Popular Science.

Where Data Lives Dream Pictures/Getty Images

I'm most familiar with Worldcat, the catalog of the world's books that's been growing for 40 years or so. Of course.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Not to be a nag to all you writers out there, but November is National Novel Writing Month.

The days shorten and darken. You look for cozy and warm. Something to do in that lovely place... a library. My library. Books! You love 'em.

So write one...

You are welcome to write one here alone or in a writing group. May I suggest that in El Dorado at the 600 building L. W. Nixon Library we have some glorious windows, with tables alongside to meet your needs for a place to write? Also, some wonderful chairs with power strips conveniently located for your laptops? Some great resources and librarians to assist with your research?

See you soon!


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Credo Premium improves Butler's Service

The Two-Year Academic Library Director's Council has achieved a negotiated milestone with Credo Reference Service this month.
Twenty of the community college and technical colleges of the state of Kansas have signed up for the Credo service, enabling a significant discount. Butler Community College, which has had Credo 100 for the past 18 months, will be able to purchase the Credo Premium product.

Of course it's not as good a deal as Louisiana was able to negotiate:


Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Scared about your job? See this from the State Library --

Hello All,

For today’s entry on the Kansas Government Information blog, the State Library of Kansas covers training and career development opportunities for Kansans. Look to the KGI blog for resources in helping your patrons get started on a new life-

Thank you,

Kim Harp

State Library of Kansas



Friday, October 28, 2011

Hallowe'en Town

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2011.

As Halloween approaches, Salem prepares
Halloween 2011: The Bewitching Past and Present of Salem, Massachusetts

Mystery and irony in America's 'witch city', Salem

Zombies v. witches: Who will win battle between bad and evil?

My View: Coming to peace with Salem's "Witch City' moniker

Essex National Heritage Area

Salem Maritime National Historic Site: Walking Tours [pdf]

For most of the year, Salem, Massachusetts is a fairly tranquil town located 10 miles or so north of Boston. Salem has been on the map for over 460 years, and as you might expect, the town celebrates many historical and cultural events including the town�s role as a major shipping port in the 17th century and Nathaniel Hawthorne, who lived and worked there for years. However, for most casual visitors the town's history can be summed up in one word: witches. This witchy reputation stems from the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and those seeking to look into intolerance, freedom of speech, religious identity, and a myriad of other topics often make a pilgrimage to Salem. In addition, the Halloween holiday has become more popular among adults, many of whom elect to attend elaborate parties and various celebrations, including those in Salem. This year, city officials are predicting over 100,000 visitors on Halloween night. This large amount of visitors makes for some serious logistical challenges, as the city must rely on nearby municipalities to help out with various policing duties and such. In the past, celebrations have remained largely peaceful, and the majority of those celebrants find a way to share both their costumes and their goodwill with fellow Halloweeners. [KMG]

The first link will take visitors to a piece from Katy Dutile in the International Business Times about her recent visit to Salem. The second link leads to a very nice piece by Bob Ecker of the Napa Valley Register based on his recent travels to the "Witch City". Moving along, the third link will take interested parties to a fun piece from the Daily Mail about a recent playful "feud" between a group of witches and zombies in two competing attractions in Salem. The fourth link will take interested parties to a nice piece by Kristina Stevick about her own experience dealing with the "Witch City" nickname. She has good Salem credentials, as she teaches theater in the city and has been a featured performer in some of the witch trial re-enactments over the past two decades. The fifth link will take users to the homepage of the Essex National Heritage Area, where visitors can learn more about the historic locations and destinations throughout this extremely diverse area north of Boston. The final link leads to some most excellent walking tours of Salem history, provided courtesy of the National Park Service.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Library vs.Kindle Issues

"A California librarian is urging librarians to complain to Amazon over
issues with privacy and advertising in Amazon's new Kindle ebook lending
program for libraries... Amazon keeps your history of reading library
ebooks on their corporate servers, 'so it's an instant violation of all of
our privacy policies..."


Brig C. McCoy
"Former Library Systems Guy"
7815 Summit ST
Kansas City, MO 64114

Thanks, Brig. As Jaron Lanier said: "Kids today need to know they are not the customer, but the product!"

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Amazon seeks Writers

If you have not seen this article, you may want to check it out. It is in today's (October 18) edition of online If the link in this email does not work for you, you may have to go directly to to access this article.

As you all know, the State Library has been in communication with many publishers, requesting permission to move eContent that the Kansas Consortium owns, from one platform vendor to other platform providers. Many publishers appear to be afraid of what libraries are going to do with this content (provide it to multiple end-users at the same time? allow items to be pirated?).

This article suggests that publishers may have a new fear -- Amazon cutting them out of the writer relationship!

Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal
By DAVID STREITFELD, the online retailer, has long competed with bookstores; now it is starting to make deals with authors, bypassing the traditional publisher.

Joanne M. Budler
State Librarian
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Street
Room 169W
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Thanks, Jo. I should have posted this when I saw it yesterday.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Big Streaming Video Trial


VAST is a package of video collections, accessible through the new Academic Video Online cross-search. VAST is growing steadily and will include access to 20,000 videos in 2013.

Access VAST at from any Butler computer, or through the library tab on Pipeline (Trials).

Some of the ways to search within VAST include:

From the home screen, keyword search across all the videos
On the home screen, check specific subject areas and then search
Go to the Advanced Search screen and use more fields to narrow your search. Use "select terms" if you want to see the thesaurus-controlled terms valid for a field.

In the Advanced Search screen, you can go to the "Specialized Collections" tab. Select a particular collection to search (e.g., Opera in Video) to bring up exactly the search fields relevant to that collection.

Your access is activated effective today and will expire on November 17, 2011

For iPhones and iPads only (sorry): 50 gigs of storage

Free storage in the cloud:

(I'm a sucker for anything free.)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Birthday Sustainability...

Michigan was beautiful last week.

ArtPrize, apple orchards, and antiques... then my birthday was celebrated with both of my sisters and their families - thanks so much, Janet and Sue!

So here's a report on a website from "The Scout Report" on the environment, because my birthday is October 4, which is celebrated as St. Francis' feast day (patron saint of animals and the environment).

Environmental Sciences & Sustainability: The NY Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Sciences has so many areas that they investigate that choosing just one to highlight can be difficult. The Environmental Sciences and Sustainability topic is particularly interesting, and there's enough material here to warrant several return visits. For example, the article entitled "Flood-Resilient Waterfront Development in New York City: Bridging Flood Insurance, Building Codes, and Flood Zoning" from the annals, is about creating waterfront developments that are resilient to floods, and thus able to account for climate change trends. There are also multiple podcasts that visitors can listen and learn from, such as the 20-minute "The Secret Lives of Bees" podcast, which discusses the 200 species of bees that live in New York City and the Great Pollinator Project. The podcast "Between Earth and Sky" will be of interest to visitors who are fascinated by trees, as veteran forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni explains the connection she has found between humans and trees. [KMG]

To find more high-quality online resources in math and science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository at

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2011.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Coffee and Books

National Coffee Day...yesterday!

We missed it, but we're celebrating today. We had our highest level of sales in the 5 years we've been open yesterday. Okay, it's not much in terms of making a living, but we are excited that we meet the needs of students, staff, and faculty this way.

And here at the end of Banned Books Week:

In honor of Banned Books Week, Google Maps has a map of the country pinpointing and describing challenges to books as documented by the American Library Association and the Kids' Right to Read Project.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some good things coming together...

"Where is the Love" library instruction designed by Judy Bastin gets Karla Fisher approval: "You're teaching just like our Faculty Development Day speaker wants us to!"

Contracts signed to digitize the college yearbooks from 1927 - 1995, and supplementary material such as the Grizzly Magazine and the Scan since. Thank you for pulling this together, Martha Gregg. It is funded by a donor who wished to honor his family: "Made Possible by the James R. Boyd Family".

Tonight begins our Teen Reading programming, with Sheryle Dunbar, Martha Gregg, Micaela Ayers, Susan Balman, Suzie Van Tries, Jeff Tymony, Velma Honer, Kirbie Shearburn, Anne Carpenter, and Glenn Lygrisse all involved at some level or another. Kudos to Sheryle for seeing us to this moment.

And I'm happy to announce a CULS recognition (CULS Legislative Leadership Award) will go to me next month. It's always special to be recognized by your peers. I hope it inspires me to new efforts on behalf of Kansas academic libraries.

Monday, September 26, 2011

More housing in El Dorado

I hope everyone has seen the news about Butler's new dorms. But there won't be married student housing in them when they open next fall. Today I saw this announcement and following press release from Friday, Sept. 23:

From El Dorado Main Street
I am very happy to announce that El Dorado has been awarded the HOPE VI Main Street grant that we have been working on for over two years. Thanks to the partnership between the City of El Dorado,building owners and El Dorado Main Street; this grant will help revitalize two building which are in desperate need and located in the downtown. --Director Lindsey Baines

HUD No. 11-230
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
September 23, 2011

Funding will add a dozen affordable housing units to city's revitalization plan

KANSAS CITY, KS - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the city of El Dorado a $500,000 grant today that will allow the city and its local partners to include affordable housing as it revitalizes its historic central business district or "Main Street."

The grant is provided through HUD's HOPE VI Main Street Program that gives financial support to small towns to ensure they have the resources to include affordable housing in their ongoing effort to revitalize older, downtown business districts.

El Dorado will use the funding to transform Ellet's Opera House and the Gish Building into affordable housing. Two developers - Gish Apartments, LLC and W&M Enterprises, LLC - formed WMS Partnership. The new entity will join the city and PKHLS Architects to oversee and design the construction of the new housing.
The project will create 12-upper-story, affordable one and two-bedroom housing units. Ten of the units will be reserved for low- to moderate-income residents. The remaining two units, one in each building, will be reserved for very low-income residents.

For complete item, visit KNSS Radio.

Friday, September 23, 2011

While away an hour today, and view...

...The Cave of Chavet Pont-D'Arc, and 30,000 year old cave drawings. Brilliant!

We have an excellent history of the cave drawings in the library: " The Cave Painters: Probing the Mystery of the World's First Artists" by Gregory Curtis, 2006.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September Updates to Facts On File News Service Databases

As the 2011-12 year gets under way, here are highlights of recent additions to your authorized Facts On File News Service database(s) with selected key summer additions.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Monarch on Kansas Gayfeather flower

It's September in Kansas and we are once again witnessing a visit from our transient royalty. Fluttering southward we will be graced with the appearance of monarch butterflies for a short while.

More information on these amazing insects and their journies can be found at the Kansas Government Information blog:

The Kansas Government Information Blog is a service of staff at the State Library of Kansas.

Bill Sowers
Kansas Documents and Cataloging Librarian
State Library of Kansas

Friday, September 16, 2011

College Board reports SAT reading scores drop to lowest point in decades

WSJ article by Michael Alison Chandler, Published: September 14

SAT reading scores for graduating high school seniors this year reached the lowest point in nearly four decades, reflecting a steady decline in performance in that subject on the college admissions test, the College Board reported Wednesday...

...Nationally, the reading score for the Class of 2011, including public- and private-school students, was 497, down three points from the previous year and 33 points from 1972, the earliest year for which comparisons are possible.

For more on this article, click here.

I graduated in 1972, so I'm always fascinated by these stories over the years, with the benchmark set that year. Disclosure: I scored 180 points over the reported benchmark. I was a reading fiend.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mysterious, wondrous book&paper sculptures

I've long had an interest in what can be done with books, other than read them (ever since I discovered what 'weeding' a collection entails). This set is a tribute of the highest order.

For the complete story and many more sculptures: Central Station blog.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Higlighting a resource: ProQuest Nursing video

Tip: Get to these from the Pipeline library tab, selecting ProQuest. Select advanced search option > Health & Medicine (in the subject area) > audio visual to get directly to the titles.

ProQuest Nursing videos gives faculty and students 24-7 access to Medcom's library of training programs in streaming video. Already widely used in nursing courses and hospitals, Medcom videos have won more than 50 major awards for excellence, including the prestigious Emmy award. Nursing videos cover the fundamentals of nurse training as well as advanced topics.

Subject areas and sample titles include:

*Anatomy and Physiology: The Nervous System; The Muscular System; The Reproductive System

*Basic Clinical Skills: Admission and Discharge; The Charting Process; Measuring Vital Signs; Administering Medications; Lifting and Moving the Patient

*Cardiology: EKG Interpretation and Response; Advanced Cardiac Monitoring; CPR: New Guidelines for Healthcare

*Communications: Nurse-Patient Relationships; Cultural Awareness in Healthcare; The Challenge of Healthcare Literacy

*Gerontology: A Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment; Gerontology: Meeting Mental Health Needs; Recognizing Elder Abuse

*Infection Control: Standards for Infection Control; Pandemic Influenza; Aseptic Nursing Technique in the OR

*Legal Aspects of Nursing: Nursing Negligence: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Patients; Medication Errors; HIPAA for Healthcare Workers: The Privacy Rule
*Long Term Care: Resident Assessment: Physical Functioning; Meeting the Diabetes Challenge; Fall Prevention

*Medication Administration: Parenteral Medication Administration; Heart Medications; Moderate or Procedural Sedation; Case Studies in Medication Error Prevention

*Nursing Assistant Skills: Transfer and Ambulation; Recognizing Abnormal Signs and Symptoms; Techniques in Bathing

*Obstetrical Nursing: Labor and Delivery; Electronic Fetal Monitoring; Assisted Delivery and Cesarean Section; Pain Control

*Pediatrics: Medicating Children; Physical Assessment of a Child; Recognizing Child Abuse

*Surgical Care: Surgical Wound Care; Closed Suction Wound Drainage, Wound Irrigation, and Specimen Collection

*Wound Care: Phases of Healing and Types of Wounds; Normal and Impaired Healing; Pressure Ulcers

Contact your reference librarian, Judy Bastin, for more information.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Meanwhile, in the Butler Ag Dept...

On Friday, September 23rd Butler will be once again hosting a national collegiate judging event here in El Dorado at the Butler County Fairgrounds. We are expecting nearly 700 contestants, faculty and industry leaders from approximately 40 different colleges and universities.

This year our youth division is growing even larger with 4-H and FFA winners from more than 15 different states coming to participate. We are in need of help for numerous jobs both livestock and non-livestock related. No livestock handling expertise is required!

If you have any time to spare that day and would like to help, please contact Chris Mullinix at or (316) 323-0395.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

New Magazine Ideas

New Title ideas for the library:
• Atlantic • Brides • Budget Travel • Chess Life • Christianity Today • Cosmopolitan • Cycle World • DIY (Do It Yourself) • Engineering Magazine - but need title! • Entertainment Weekly • ESPN Weekly • Game Pro Magazine • Good Housekeeping • Guitar Player • Guns Magazine • In Style • Motorcylist • Ms. • Popular Photography & Imaging • Popular Science • Rolling Stone • Sporting News • Truck Trend • Trucking • The Artist's Magazine • Vanity Fair • Yoga Journal
What do you think? Anything you want to get? Send me an email by leaving a comment.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Libraries and Student Culture

Below is the link to an OKC TV report on the study that librarians did at OU and why students need librarians:

(Thanks to Jean Hatfield and Tom Taylor)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Prom? Thor? Roadkill?

So I was thinking last week about our big-screen TV, the students walking through the library, and all the new movies we bought on DVD. I had an idea...put some of the movies up, in silent, closed-caption mode, to attract students to the collection!

Fortunately, I've learned to ask our copyright specialist, Judy Bastin, about any such ideas, good as they are. And she immediately said, "No, that's not covered under our education exemption. You can't do that!"

Just today, I learned about the Swank licensing service website, suggested by other two-year college directors, and after visiting their college page, printed out their booklet on Film & Video Copyright Infringement. Maybe next time I can check it first, and avoid giving Judy a heart attack.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Update on State Library Collection of Downloadable Audiobooks, EBooks

From the State Library of Kansas Librarian came this email today:

[KANLIB-L:21612] Update on downloadable eBook/eContent services
From ; on behalf of; "Budler, Jo [KSLIB]"
Date Friday, August 26, 2011 2:14 pm

I am writing to you today to bring you up-to-date on the status of the eBook and downloadable content service. Unfortunately there are more questions than answers at this time but I want to share with you what information is available .

1) On August 3, we received a letter from OverDrive CEO Steve Potash of OverDrive’s which informed us of their “notice of non-renewal” of the OverDrive contract. The contract will expire on December 5, 2011.

2) We have received 80 permission forms back from publishers. These permission forms give us permission to move the content (which we bought from them when we were using the OverDrive platform) to a new platform provider. This number of units (which can be downloaded) is 572 audio and 869 eBooks.

3) The 3M pilot/trial. As you all know, we are doing this in partnership with Johnson County Library. Johnson County will be issuing library cards to individual libraries across the state so that you can try the 3M system. Right now we do not have a specific date on which the pilot will start but Jeff Hixon will be sending out information on that as soon as it is available.

4) Recorded Books. We will be using Recorded Books for our downloadable audio platform. I talked with Dave Wiley today to ask where they are on the start up date. He assured me that it would be ready to turn on on October 1.

The Recorded Book folks have been working on the transfer mechanism. It has always worked on iPods but we do not want to turn on our service until it works with other mechanisms. Dave told me that he successfully transferred content yesterday from his computer to a device other than an iPod just yesterday!! This is very good news.

Recorded Books is also working on the details of our purchasing mechanism (so that you can purchase content on your own for the consortium. We do not want to have all purchases have to come through the State Library.)

Jeff Hixon is also going to be talking with them about authentication issues and once he has some details worked out with them, he will share these with you.

5) We are in the process of adding MARC records for the Guttenberg titles to the Kansas Library Catalog. Once this is done either Rhonda Machlan or Jeff Hixon will post directions to the listserv so that you can “go in and grab” these records or download them via another mechanism.

6) Remember, too, that the State Library has sent a number of pre-2000 published titles to the Internet Archives’ In-Library eBook Lending Program. Here is a URL to an announcement about this program

Based on the book titles that we sent to Internet Archives, any Kansas library user may download from this service. Here is a link to the Open Library itself

In order to assist you in helping your patrons access and use this service, I have asked our newest employee, Lianne Flax, to work on some cheatsheets or aids. She will be sharing these with you as soon as she has developed these and tested them out. Watch for these!

I know that many of you are concerned that there will be a gap between the time when our conract with OverDrive ends and the 3M service starts up in earnest. I, too, am concerned because I do not want you or your patrons to be without the downloadable eContent services. We will do what we can to encourage 3M to make their service available as soon as possible. However we do want them to have a fully functional service in place before we offer this to our Kansas library users. In the meanwhile, we will be looking at how we can use the Guttenberg collection and In-Library Lending program to fill in if there is to be a gap between the contracts.

(Remember that Recorded Books should be available well in advance of the Dec. 5th date on which the OverDrive contract expires.)

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have additional questions. I will do my best to find answers for you. And thank you in advance for your patience as we travel this new territory!!

Best wishes,


Joanne M. Budler
State Librarian
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Street
Room 169W
Topeka, Kansas 66612

Monday, August 22, 2011

What Students Don't Know August 22, 2011

New article on the ethnological research done this year in Chicago at the University of Illinois reveals the difficulties students and librarians face bridging the gap that separates student need and librarian research help:

What Students Don't Know

August 22, 2011

In lieu of librarians, whose relationship to any given student is typically ill-defined, students seeking help often turn to a more logical source: the person who gave them the assignment -- and who, ultimately, will be grading their work. “[R]elationships with professors … determine students’ relationships with libraries,” wrote Miller and Murillo. "In the absence of an established structure ensuring that students build relationships with librarians throughout their college careers, professors play a critical role in brokering students' relationships with librarians," they wrote.

Because librarians hold little sway with students, they can do only so much to rehabilitate students’ habits. They need professors' help.

What kind of help? A professor could create an expectation for students to talk to us about their assignments, to look at the options of databases, to learn a few useful searching tips and techniques. Tell them they need to Google like a librarian. We'd love to discuss it with you. Come visit soon.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Welcome back, Faculty!

Jeanne Nelson asks “Does a roomful of library books provide adequate educational support? If simply providing instructional materials worked, we should be able to eliminate all teachers, replacing them with a classroom full of textbooks. Students can surely find all the information they need … for college if they are surrounded by textbooks, right?

Hogwash! We live in an information tsunami,” where all students must learn how to locate, evaluate and use appropriately the information they need for the research process without drowning. It’s called information literacy, it’s embedded in the PACT skills, and the library is committed to creating it for Butler students, as you are.

But you need to know what’s new before your students do. In designing assignments – do you need to change them up? Can we assist you in freshening up your lecture, or in scaffolding research papers to build the skills they need to use library resources and construct real papers?

Look at the expectations of research abilities and skills for K-12, Undergraduates, etc., laid out here: Albert's Model of the Research Process.

Are you comfortable when the library resources of eBooks and encyclopedias and journal resources are on the internet? For example, our entire book collection of the series “Opposing Viewpoints” is also loaded into the database of the same name. eBooks: this means that students studying in Andover and Marion and online; in the library or the dorm room; at 1 p.m. or 1 a.m. can all use the same book at the same time. Most of our periodicals and reference books are electronic only now, not paper.

Remember we have three Reference and Instruction Librarians: Judy Bastin, based in El Dorado, and Alicia Lillich and Teresa Mayginnes, who are based at the Andover Campus. Our library staff stays current with technology, services and instruction. And we’d like to help you.

Don’t get me wrong: I love books, and the library is that amazing place on campus where students and faculty and books all meet in real time. Books will never just go away – they are a mature technology. But we’re more than paper books.

If you spot an eBook in our online catalog, click on the title, then “View this Resource Online” and you’re taken right to the book through the web site. And if you happen to be searching in EBSCO for a topic, the eBooks will be listed right there with the journal articles. This is new.

Our other new databases include the Streaming video of World History in Video (companion to American History in Video), and the digital music of American Song.

Newsbank will enable full text in the Wichita Eagle; EZBib gives citation creation a whirl. The Faculty LibGuide connects you to all this information in an easy-to-absorb form, with Zombie combat included. So gird up your loins, click on the library tab in Pipeline, and have a great semester.

1) Jeannie Nelson, Fallbrook, California, Opinion/Reader Forum/Comment Enabled, American Libraries Magazine, June/July 2011, P 10-11

Your librarian,
Micaela Ayers

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wait til tomorrow

Judy and I will be presenting to faculty tomorrow. We've enough updates to fill 20 minutes or so: Newsbank, State Library News, EZBib, ProQuest Nursing streaming video, etc. Looking forward to everyone being back here at Butler!

Meanwhile, some happenings at Numana caught my eye:

Famine in Africa

The UN recently declared regions in Somalia to be suffering from extreme famine. Numana is currently taking donations to package food that will benefit Somalian refugees that are fleeing to neighboring countries. To donate to provide food for Somalian refugees, please click HERE.

Rick to Travel to the Horn of Africa
by Rick McNary

I have the inexpressible honor of accompanying
Ambassador Tony Hall to Africa next week to the refugee camps of people who are starving because of the famine in the Horn of Africa; Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, and Djibouit. We will visit one of the largest refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya, where estimates as high as 440,000 people live in squalid conditions waiting on food. Due to the lack of rain in the last four years, plus warring conditions in Somalia, millions have fled to this and other camps. Nearly 10 million people in this area are starving.

I leave the 6th of August, but have already started blogging about it. Not only can you travel with me through my blog, but we'll talk about the issues of world hunger. In fact, let's start now: What would you like me to write about as we make this journey together? Or what question/comment do you have about world hunger that you'd like me to address? Let's start talking. That's the first step in finding the answers.

Please send your questions to me via EMAIL, Facebook or Twitter. I look forward to hearing from you and keeping this conversation flowing as I share sights and sounds from the other side of the world. You can follow my blog HERE

Miss Kansas 2011, Numana's Newest Partner

We are excited to announce a partnership between Numana and Miss Kansas 2011, Carissa Kelley! Miss Kansas will work with Numana by engaging in advocacy and education through speaking at colleges and community events about the need for volunteers to care for the hungry. Her first task will be as a spokesperson for Numana's SWIPE Initiative, a State Wide Packaging Event coordinated at colleges across the state of Kansas this October. Miss Kansas will be making appearances in several communities where the college packaging events will occur. Over 500,000 meals will be packaged by students and community members at events during the weeks surrounding the United Nations designated "World Food Day", October 16, 2011.
Read On

Numana Round Up

Get your tickets TODAY for the first ever Numana Round Up Benefit, held at the Prairie Rose in Benton, KS. On August 27, from 4 PM-9PM, join fellow Numaniacs for an evening of wild west activities, a chuck-wagon dinner, silent and live auctions, a mini food-packaging event and western musical entertainment! Tickets for adults are $40, $25 for children 12 and under, and children 2 and under are free. All proceeds will go to benefit the victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa. Please join us for this important event. To purchase tickets online, please click HERE or call 877.452.5445. More information on our outstanding auctions items will be published soon!

As the new school year approaches, SWIPE momentum is going strong. Currently, 9 schools have committed to host a packaging event in October surrounding "World Food Day", October 16. These include Kansas State University, Ottawa University, Baker University, Washburn University, University of Kansas, Hesston College, Pittsburg State, University of Saint Mary, and Southwestern College.
If you are, or know a college student attending a Kansas college, university or junior college who would be interested in attending a SWIPE event, please forward this email to them. For more information on SWIPE, please visit

Numana is please to unveil a new online donation page on When donating to Numana, you may now set up recurring monthly, quarterly or annual donations and designate your funds go to a particular event. There is an "impact" calculator and the option to make your contribution in honor of someone or as a memorial gift. Please visit our new donation page and see how this new functionality may benefit you.

New events are popping up on our calendar. Please visit our site, facebook and follow us on twitter to keep up-to-date on all opportunities to save the starving with Numana.


PO Box 572
405 SW Boyer Road
El Dorado, KS 67042

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

iPhone Ap for our library catalog

We have a great mobile website at Butler for the library. Use your QR reader here on the right for the QR tag. You can also get it if you go to our library website on your phone - see it in the top of the left navigation list? Save it to your favorites.


If you have an iPhone, this may be easier in the long run:

iLib2Go is available to all AGent VERSO customers after July 1, 2011 through the Apple App Store. iLib2Go is free. iLib2Go locates AGent VERSO libraries using a mapping function and allows you to view your account and search library resources to find, renew and place reserves on items within the catalog.

You can also use the iLib2Go interface to suggest items for their library to purchase.

Steps for getting the app

> 1. Go to the Apple App Store

> 2. Search for iLib2Go

> 3. Download the app, you must have an Apple account for this

> 4. The app will self install

> 5. After the install start the app and form the Home screen select My Libraries

> 6. You should see a map If you do not see a map tap the “Library Locator” button at the top of the screen next to the “My Libraries” screen heading

> 7. Once you have accessed the map you will get a dialog asking “iLib2Go” Would Like to Use Your Current Location” Don’t Allow/OK. If you say OK the iPhone will show your phone location on the map with a green pin. The green pin is not your library but simple where the iPhone thinks it is located.

> 8. The map will also display many red pins, each red pin represents an AGent VERSO library. You should zoom in on the location of your library

> 9. When you find your library tap the red pin and the app will open a dialog box displaying the library name and address

> 10. Tap on Add to Library, this will add the library to My Libraries list

Friday, August 05, 2011

Learning Express for College Students

A reminder from the state library:

(Learning Express is available here and through the Butler Pipeline) It’s a resource that can be utilized by nearly every student for help with classroom basics or advanced studies; studying for AP tests and sample tests; sample tests for GED; and U.S. Citizenship tests. College students can practice Math and Algebra and a variety of other tests at all levels including the GRE.

In addition, LearningExpress recently added 18, new, self-paced, easy-to-follow multimedia tutorials focused on Computer and Internet Basics. These are engaging, on-line tutorials that teach PC essentials in a straightforward, non-technical manner. Think Windows 10!

The Job and Career Accelerator offers many resources for the student seeking a first job. Try the resume builder.

LearningExpress is a great resource! It’s as easy as establishing a username and password to get started. All work within the program such as practice tests, resumes, and job searches are saved in a way that the user can easily recapture.

Janie Rutherford
Communications Coordinator
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th, 169W
Topeka, KS 66612

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Free Legal Forms

The following posting is on behalf of Kansas Legal Services.

Kansas Legal Services is pleased to share some new resources that have been added in the last 60 days to the Kansas Legal Services website These resources may be of help to low income persons and others dealing with collection and child support problems.

Recently added:

· A letter to request no contact from a collection agency

· A form to request verification of a debt listed on a credit report

· Forms to request verification of credit report information

· A packet of forms to seek modification of Child Support – this can be an increase, decrease or termination of support

These new forms join a number of forms that we continue to support. Between April 30 and June 30, 2011, self-represented litigants produced over 3,000 documents to file in court or apply for legal services by using Kansas Legal Services free legal forms or free online application.

This means that people like you were able to represent themselves without a lawyer and without having to pay legal fees (except for court fees). Or you took advantage of our online application without having to telephone the toll free number. These are both a great convenience and money saver for people in Kansas!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Critical new study

In the new edition (July 2011) of College & Research Libraries, authors Wong and Webb uncovered a mathematical correlation between student library material usage and cumulative GPA. "Uncovering meaningful Correlation between Student Academic Performance and Library Material Usage"

Looking forward to more research in this groundbreaking area.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

SRS in Kansas

On July 19, the State Library hosted a meeting of the Broadband Advisory Council which is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At that meeting, there was discussion about the closing of SRS offices across Kansas and noted that in the press release and in many articles, the public was directed to "visit and use their libraries" to access information about SRS programs.

State Library Legislative Fiscal Analyst, Shirley Morrow, attended the meeting. She went back to her department and spoke with someone who is responsible for the SRS budget and got some information for us. Below you will find the website to which libraries may direct people who come to the library asking for SRS forms and information.
Joanne M. Budler
State Librarian
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Street
Room 169W
Topeka, Kansas 66612

From: Morrow, Shirley D [LRD]
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:58 AM
To: Budler, Jo [KSLIB]
Subject: Question about information on SRS

During the meeting yesterday, Bill Crowe brought up the closing of the Lawrence SRS office and that the public library was brought up. Upon further investigation, I found out that the Secretary of SRS announced that people can access SRS information and file for help at the local library so I talked to our fiscal for SRS and she forwarded the link. Feel free to send this out to all that were at the meeting (especially Bill) so they can have the information in case people start asking what to do and where to go.

Shirley D. Morrow, Fiscal Analyst

Monday, July 18, 2011

Kansas Memory

Kansas Memory

is the largest digital repository of primary sources on
Kansas history. It includes more than 160,000 images of truly unique
photos, maps, diaries, government records, posters, pamphlets, artifacts, films, audio recordings, and much more from the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. The collections span the entire history of Kansas from pre-settlement to the present with thousands of items from Kansas Territory and the Civil War.

An interactive map allows you to review primary sources on your own county or region, and many items are correlated with Kansas teaching standards especially for teachers and students.

Visit Kansas Memory at

Subscribe to our YouTube channel at

Michael A. Church
Digital Projects Coordinator
State Archives & Library Division
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
785-272-8681 x283
785-272-8682 fax
Visit our virtual repository of primary sources from the Kansas Historical Society

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Numana Hosting Benefit.

Prairie Rose Roundup Benefit

Numana's first official benefit... Held at the renowned Prairie Rose Chuckwagon in Benton, KS, on Saturday, August 27, the "Round Up Benefit" will feature an evening full of fun and charity to save the starving around the world. A delicious, all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner, wagon and train rides, old-time cowboy movies, a mini Numana packaging event, silent and live auctions and entertainment by the Prairie Rose Rangers will provide the backdrop for raising funds and celebrating the mission of Numana.

$40 per ticket for adults, $25 for children 12-2 (no charge for children under 2)
Doors open at 4 pm Aug. 27.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Recycling Magazines Again in El Dorado

The L.W. Nixon Library in El Dorado is offering - for FREE - the following magazines to anyone willing to come by and pick them up. They would make a nice gift for someone born in that year. First come, first serve! http://www.blog

American Heritage 1954 - 2005
Newsweek (bound volumes; 2 per year) 1954 - 2006

Martha Gregg
Public and Technical Services Librarian
L.W. Nixon Library, Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Rd.
El Dorado KS 67042
316 323-6842

Summer Reading Program - Rani

Rani put together the summer reading program for the kids at Butler's Educare. Here she and Rose and Martin are in native Bangladeshi and Kenyan clothing, beginning the program "One World, Many Stories."

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Open Library

Hello all,

We have a new ebook database called Open Library, it is now accessible using your Pipeline username and password. It is located on the Library Tab in Pipeline under Ebooks, and Reference Ebooks A-Z.

Please explore this database and be sure to share information with students, faculty and staff.

If you have any questions or can't access the database please let me know.
Have a great week!

Thank you, Ronda

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Magazine at Butler Libraries

Here at the El Dorado campus we've started subscriptions this summer to two new magazines:

Mental Floss ("Where Knowledge Junkies Gt Their Fix"). For a take on Mental Floss, look at this list compiled to reveal how language studies could improve for both student and faculty alike: the 10 best books translated into Latin in recent years, Winnie Ille Pu: The Latin Versions of 10 Modern Stories.

The classics listed are children's books for the most part. Harrius Potter. Fernandus Taurus. Olivia, about whose translator it was said, "She gave Latin a life it hasn’t had in hundreds of years."


The Week full of the week's news & opinion, business, arts & life, cartoons, photos and videos (on the website).

Hope you enjoy them.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Celebrating the Tony Awards -- with Books

Photo courtesy "Backstage"

Drama Book Store won a Tony last night:
"At first I didn't think it was real. I thought it was a joke or something," says store co-owner Allen Hubby of his reaction to word of the Tony honor. "I'm really surprised to hear how much it means to people. It's flabbergasting and flattering. We're thrilled."

Note this comes from a fabulous resource for theater people: Backstage, The Actor's Resource.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Heard recently:

"Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for second hand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us."

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Librarian as Data Shark

Seth Grodin's take on the future of libraries. Books may change, but we'll need librarians more than ever.

Summer Hours at Butler Libraries

May 14 – August 22
Summer Hours at El Dorado 600 L.W. Nixon Library M-F: 8-5
Andover 5000 M-Th: 10-7, F: 10-Noon; Andover 6000/High School M-Th: 8-5, F: 8-Noon

For further information, please contact:

Micaela Ayers, 316-322-3235

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tornado Safety in Kansas

Looks like storms are in the area today.

Thanks to Bill Sowers for this:

This week's Kansas Government Information (KGI) covers tornado safety
and disaster preparedness after a storm.

The Kansas Government Information blog is a service of the State
Library of Kansas

Bill Sowers

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Artists Among Us

Thank you to all the art students putting their work for sale at the Butler Art Show this morning! I bought some beautiful ceramic work by Dustin Harris and others, including someone I only know as L.P.; and a jazzy little iPod bag by Emma Cathlene Nelson.

This site's for you:

Thanks and have a great summer!


Friday, May 06, 2011

Browncoats support libraries - of course!

It was co-founded by actor Nathan Fillion and author PJ Haarsma--both
staunch supporters of the library system.

Thanks to Rod Holdsworth

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Kan-ed Lives!

Here is an article from the Lawrence, KS, Journal-World:

Kansas Senate committee refuses to move forward with dismantling of Kan-Ed

Topeka — A state-run network that provides broadband access to hundreds of schools, libraries and hospitals, but has angered powerful telecommunications interests may have received a reprieve on Tuesday from the legislative chopping block.

Sen. Pat Apple, R-Louisburg, and chair of the Senate Utilities Committee, indicated his committee wasn’t going to act on a House-approved bill that would pull the plug on Kan-Ed.

Instead, Apple directed Kan-Ed leaders to get with cable and phone company lobbyists and make peace....

On Tue, May 3, 2011 at 5:54 PM, Roger Carswell wrote:

> The Senate Utilities Committee held a hearing on HB2390, the Kan-Ed repeal
> bill today. The Committee chair announced that the committee would not meet
> to work the bill tomorrow, rendering it effectively dead for this session.
> There is to be a study of Kan-Ed over the next few months, to which the
> library community will want to provide input.
> Many representatives of the constituencies of Kan-Ed (higher education,
> hospitals, schools along with libraries) were quite eloquent in their
> defense of the importance of Kan-Ed services at today's hearing. Libraries
> were represented splendidly by the testimony of Charlene McGuire, technology
> consultant for the Southwest Kansas Library System and Janet Reynolds,
> assistant librarian of Linn County Library District #2 and library school
> media specialist for Prairie View High School.
> It was also clear that senators on the committee had heard from librarians
> in their districts. Thanks to everyone for their work in defeating this
> bill!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

DEWEY Winner story in the May 3, 2011 Lantern

It's a really nice article on Gina Austin-Fresh in the Butler Lantern this week. Except she quotes me as using the word "utilize."

I would never use that word...see?


Monday, May 02, 2011

World History in Video

Hello all,

We have purchased a new database from Alexander Street Press, World History in Video. It is accessible from the Library Tab in Pipeline, Databases from A-Z, Databases by Subject (under History) and from your mobile phone.
Please explore this database and be sure to share information with students, faculty and staff.

If you have any questions or can't access the database please let me know.
Have a great week!

Thank you, Ronda

Ronda Holt, MLS
Information Technology Librarian

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Western Lit blogs... published the 50 Best Western Literature Blogs today:

Ever get the inkling to discuss Flaubert, Twain, Proust or the other thousands of brilliant past and contemporary authors, but your friends and family just aren't interested? Don't worry - you're in the perfect place. We've compiled a list of the 50 best blogs dedicated to Western literature...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

DEWEY Award 2011 Nominees Announced

Congratulations to the following faculty, who were nominated by students and/or staff for the Butler Libraries DEWEY Award (in alphabetical order):

Gina Austen-Fresh, Darrin Bentley, William Buchhorn, Robert Thompson, Jeff Tymony, and Matt Webster

Please join us in applauding their efforts and awarding the final winner at 2:40 - 3:30 in the Clifford Stone Room during the Spring 2011 Institutional Development Day Thursday.

Micaela Ayers
Director, Library Services
Butler Community College

Monday, April 18, 2011


New product, Freegle, promising downloads of MP3 music via libraries. The name is a bit odd, considering that there's a lot of other products and services that are using "Freegle" -- recycling, free games, etc.

Should your library buy into this? We'd pay $1900 a year to let you download about 1500 songs... probably limiting you to three downloads so we can share the wealth. Honestly, I like the product we chose much better:

American Song, by Alexandria Street Press. Enter here if you're a Butler Community College person. It's a rich database of music for you to listen to. And it costs half as much, with no limits on listening.

American Song is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past.The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

Content from African American Music is now a part of American Song, including 17,000 tracks from the original interface, plus 18,000 newly released tracks. See the About page for details.

This release includes 6,834 albums, equaling 115,689 tracks, growing regularly.

African American
African American Music
American Folk
American Folk
Country, Southwestern
Cowboy Songs
Historical Song
Old Time
Political Folk Songs
Protest Songs
Shape Note Singing
Social Songs
Struggle and Protest
Tejano and Norteño
Traditional Cajun
Western Swing
American Indian
American Indian
Bluegrass Gospel
Progressive Bluegrass
City/Urban Blues
Contemporary Blues
Country/Rural Blues
Jazz Blues
Jump Blues
Piano Blues
Piedmont Blues
Rhythm & Blues
Secular Vocal Groups
Soul Blues
Creole/Cajun Music
String Quartet
String Quintet
Children's Song
Game Song
Adult Contemporary
Bossa nova
New Age
Classic Country
Country Folk
Traditional Country
Western Swing
Buck dancing
Paso Doble
Ring Shout
Ritual Dance
Round Dance
Stomp Dance
Call and Response
Contemporary Folk
Field Recordings
Fingerstyle Guitar
Folk Music
Folk Song
Gypsy Music
Live Folk
Old Time
Progressive Folk
Ring Song
Scottish Folk
Spoken Interlude
Traditional Folk
Contemporary Gospel
Gospel Groups
Gospel Hymns
Gospel Quartets
Gospel Sermons
Southern Gospel
Traditional Gospel
Indian Classical
Ballad tune
Brass music
Marching Band
Ballad tune
Contemporary Big Band
Contemporary Jazz
Cool Jazz
Early Jazz and Dixieland
Free Jazz
Guitar jazz
Jazz Fusion
Latin Jazz
Modern Jazz
New Orleans Jazz
Orchestral Jazz
Piano Jazz
Smooth Jazz
Soul Jazz
Stride Piano
Traditional Big Band
Vocal Jazz
Opera + Operetta
Ballad Opera
Symphonic Suite
Tone Poem
Contemporary R&B
Doo Wop
Syncopated Bands
Lovers Rock
Roots Reggae
Rhythm & Blues
New Orleans Rhythm & Blues
Jam Bands
Progressive/Art Rock
Rock & Roll
Roots Rock
Christian Contemporary
Church Service
Folk Spirituals
Funeral Music
Wedding Music
Vocal Pop
Spoken Word
Spoken Word
Spoken Word and Sounds
African American Spoken
American History
Jokes and Riddles
Language Instruction
Music Instruction
Oral History & Biography
Spoken Word
Spoken Word : MC
Vocal Percussion
World History
Stage + Screen
American Popular
Film Music
Soundtracks & Musicals
TV Music
African Drumming
Holiday: Christmas
Patriotic Song
War Dance
Vocal + Choral
A Cappella
Alma mater
Drinking Song
Folk Song
Love Song
Minstrel Song
Narrative Songs
Negro Spiritual
Sea Shanties
Social Songs
Work Songs
World Music

Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Way to Get to the Library's Mobile Website

Be sure and download a QR Code app for your phone. Don't confuse it with the Microsoft Tag reader -- that one reads color codes like the ones on USA Today. The QR Code is for black/white tags.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Civil War, 150 years ago today

I just read that if you extrapolate from the 660,000 soldiers killed during the American Civil War, to today's population, it would have felt like 6 million killed. In 5 years. On our soil.

This great heartache in America is worth studying for many centuries to come. Join us in exploring one element of it on Thursday, April 14, at 4 pm in the Andover Campus Student Union Grizzly Den, 5000 Building. Dr. Brian Craig Miller shares his scholarship with us.

Monday, April 11, 2011

National Library Week Celebration here at Butler Libraries

Ok, I like Paula Poundstone. She's a regular on the Saturday morning episodes of "Wait, wait, don't tell me!" on public radio. She's the one who said, " If you haven't been to your library lately, you're overdue!"

So today I'd like to share the link to the top 150 books selected by the State Library of Kansas to represent the best about and by Kansas in the last 150 years. We have a lot of these in the Butler Libraries, and we can get all of them via inter-library loan across the state.

The list is in alphabetical order by title, and is available at: and there's one of them that I read: I Married Adventure: The Lives and Adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson, by Osa Johnson.

And congratulations to the State Library on their new logo, and on the anniversary of Jo Budler's appointment as State Librarian.


Monday, April 04, 2011

Scholar Event coming April 14th

April 14, 2011, is the anniversary of the surrender at Fort Sumter; just two and a half months after Kansas became a state 150 years ago. As Americans move to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, most Americans will not think of events in Kansas. Yet Kansas’ birthday coincides with the Civil War.

You are invited at 4 pm April 14, to the Grizzly Den, Andover Student Union, 5000 building to hear Dr. Brian Craig Miller present Kansas and the Civil War in American History and Memory. Miller’s presentation includes a critical re-examination on how the Civil War affected the state of Kansas and why the Kansas struggles has been largely ignored in American history.

Brian Craig Miller is a professor of history at Emporia State University. He has researched, published, and lectured extensively about the public memory of the Civil War, including his books, The American Memory: Americans and Their History to 1877 and John Bell Hood and the Fight for Civil War Memory.

This event is brought you by the Butler Libraries, PTK, the History Department, and the Kansas Humanities Council. For more information, contact Micaela Ayers, Library Director, 322-3235,