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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.