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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.