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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