Monday, January 31, 2011

Changes in Pipeline


One of the most efficient ways for students and faculty to get to online library resources at Butler is our library tab in the Pipeline pages. Please look at the changes we've made to reorganize and simplify access to it.

We'll be taking a couple of days to discuss the changes under each tab. Note that the items below the tab entries stay the same on each page: Research Help, About the Libraries, and Videos How to...

If you have ideas or comments, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Live Feed on KPTS

Those in the Wichita area can tune into the statehouse happenings today at 10 am On KPTS to watch the Kansas Birthday celebration at the statehouse.

Or stop by the Library and watch on the big screen in the Library Latte coffee bar.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kansas Celebrating 150

This just in on Tuesday from the State Library of Kansas (SLK):


> Hello all...
>
> This week's Kansas 150 SLK blog circles the globe in 1861 to see what all was happening when Kansas became a state. Take a look at the events, activities and people of that year around the world.
>
> http://kansas150slk.blogspot.com/2011/01/world-in-1861.html
>
> The Kansas 150 SLK blog is sponsored by the State Library of Kansas,
> sharing Kansas information and resources during 2010 and 2011 in
> celebration of the Sunflower State's 150th statehood anniversary.
>
> If you'd be interested in contributing to the blog with a Kansas topic contact Bill Sowers at the State Library.
>
> Bill Sowers

Thanks, Bill

And Happy Birthday January 28 to Kansas!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Another New Resource




Or, possibly an old one in new form: Current Biography. We now have 70 years, from 1940 to 2010 on the shelf. And you now can search the complete content of the acclaimed print resource Current Biography, plus get photographs!

Current Biography Illustrated (TM) reflects the entire contents of the printed monthly Current Biography—a trusted resource in library collections since 1940. This is where you will find reliable information about the people making tomorrow’s headlines plus historical figures back to World War II. With more than 15,000 full text biographies, more than 9,400 obituaries and more than 19,500 lively images, this database is sure to please any researcher.

Profiles give users the information they want on celebrities, politicians, business people, writers, actors, sports figures, artists, scientists, and many others.

For more details about the source information for this database, please go to the following site: http://butlerlib.butlercc.edu:2442/Databases/cbillus.htm
Or check out what it looks like by going to the databases tab within the Library tab on pipeline. Select A to Z list and scroll down to Current Biography.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Database of Resources: American Song

We've got a few new offerings for the campus online. One of the most intriguing is "American Song".

Don Koke reviewed it for me:
This site is absolutely awesome! Exactly what a serious researcher or folkaphile would give eyeteeth to access. Is this something that needs a subscription to include in the collection? I would definitely be in favor.

Nice find! Thanks, Don

From the site:
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, equalling 115,689 tracks, growing regularly.


Look for it in the A-Z list in the library tab on Pipeline.

Oh, about that. We've remodeled that tab. How do you like it? Can you find everything you set out to find? I hate that question in a grocery store, but honestly, if you can't we probably moved it. Call us and we'll help you find it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What Kansas Means to Me



Read Your Way to Kansas 150 in 2011!
Available now in the Butler Library at El Dorado.

The official date for 2011 Kansas Reads...What Kansas Means to Me is a little more than two weeks away. Join us as we launch a very special one-book/one-state reading and discussion project presented by the Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas.

The fifth annual statewide read begins on Kansas Day of the 150th anniversary year of statehood. It features a treasury of affectionate, literary, twentieth century essays and poems about the meaning and appeal of Kansas, What Kansas Means to Me. Editor Thomas Fox Averill is touring the state, and the special page on the website at www.kcfb.info has information about the book and its editor, discussion questions, program ideas, posters and bookmarks to download, and much more to help libraries and other literary organizations tailor adult programming to their local needs.

Ring in the sesquicentennial by encouraging everyone in your community to read and discuss What Kansas Means to Me...share what Kansas means to you!

Roy Bird, Director
Kansas Center for the Book
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Room 169-W
Topeka KS 66612 1593
800/432-3919
royb@kslib.info
www.kcfb.info

Friday, January 14, 2011

Moon over Manifest


The American Library Association announced the Youth Media Awards at Mid-Winter in San Diego. And the winners are…

Newbery 2011: “Moon over Manifest,” written by Clare Vanderpool

Vanderpool lives in Wichita, KS, visit her website: http://www.clarevanderpool.com/home.html

Caldecott 2011: “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kansas Back in Session...

Hello,

The Kansas legislature is back at work and the Kansas Government Information blog has ways your patrons can contact their legislators and other legislative information at http://ksdocs.blogspot.com .
Thank you,


Kim Harp
Legislative Reference Librarian
State Library of Kansas
kimh@kslib.info
785-296-2149
800-432-3924 (legislative hotline)

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Smartphone?

"January 2, 2011

6 Top Smartphone Apps to Improve Teaching, Research, and Your Life

Academics describe going mobile to plan lectures, keep up with scholarship, and run classes (By Jeffrey R. Young for The Chronicle of Higher Education)

"I used to use a piece of paper" for taking attendance in class, says David M. Reed, a computer-science professor at Capital U., but he kept losing the sheet. The smartphone app that he wrote to do the job has gained him about $20,000 on the iTunes store.


Not long ago, it seemed absurd for aca­demics to carry around a computer, camera, and GPS device every­where they went. Actually, it still seems absurd. But many professors (and administrators) now do just that in the form of all-in-one devices. Smartphones or tablet computers combine many functions in a hand-held gadget, and some users are discovering clever ways to teach and do research with the ubiquitous machines..."

Article here. Get a free subscription to the Chronicle (limited edition).

Smartphone?

"January 2, 2011

6 Top Smartphone Apps to Improve Teaching, Research, and Your Life

Academics describe going mobile to plan lectures, keep up with scholarship, and run classes (By Jeffrey R. Young for The Chronicle of Higher Education)

"I used to use a piece of paper" for taking attendance in class, says David M. Reed, a computer-science professor at Capital U., but he kept losing the sheet. The smartphone app that he wrote to do the job has gained him about $20,000 on the iTunes store.


Not long ago, it seemed absurd for aca­demics to carry around a computer, camera, and GPS device every­where they went. Actually, it still seems absurd. But many professors (and administrators) now do just that in the form of all-in-one devices. Smartphones or tablet computers combine many functions in a hand-held gadget, and some users are discovering clever ways to teach and do research with the ubiquitous machines..."

Article here. Get a free subscription to the Chronicle (limited edition).