Thursday, April 28, 2011

Western Lit blogs...

CollegeEducationOnline.org 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

Freegle


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
Calls/Hollers
Country
Country, Southwestern
Cowboy Songs
Folk-Pop
Historical Song
Holiday
Norteño
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
Bluegrass
Bluegrass Gospel
Progressive Bluegrass
Blues
Blues
Blues-Rock
Boogie-Woogie
City/Urban Blues
Contemporary Blues
Country/Rural Blues
Jazz Blues
Jump Blues
Piano Blues
Piedmont Blues
Rhythm & Blues
Secular Vocal Groups
Soul
Soul Blues
Vaudeville
Cajun/Zydeco
Creole/Cajun Music
Zydeco
Caribbean
Afro-Cuban
Chamber
Piece
String Quartet
String Quintet
Trio
Children's
Children's
Children's Song
Game Song
Contemporary
Adult Contemporary
Afro-Pop
Bossa nova
Disco
Electronic
Fusion
New Age
Popular
Rap
Song
Country
Classic Country
Country Folk
Country-Rock
Cowboy
Honky-Tonk
Old-Timey
Traditional Country
Western Swing
Yodeling
Dance
Bambuco
Biguine
Bolero
Buck dancing
Cakewalk
Cha-cha-chá
Charanga
Corrido
Cumbia
Dance
Danza
Danzón
Fandango
Flamenco
Foxtrot
Guaracha
Habanera
Huapango
Jig
Mambo
Maxixe
Mazurka
Merengue
Paso Doble
Polka
Quadrille
Ranchera
Redova
Reel
Ring Shout
Ritual Dance
Round Dance
Rumba
Salsa
Samba
Schottische
Stomp Dance
Tango
Tarantella
Traditional
Twist
Two-step
Vals
Waltz
Drama
Drama
Monologue
Folk
Acoustic
Anti-Folk
Bluegrass
Call and Response
Celtic
Contemporary Folk
Dance
Field Recordings
Fingerstyle Guitar
Folk Music
Folk Song
Folk-Rock
Fungi
Gypsy Music
Historical
Honky-Tonk
Hornpipe
Instrumental
Jíbaro
Kalinda
Klezmer
Live Folk
Old Time
Political/Protest
Porro
Progressive Folk
Rara
Ring Song
Scottish Folk
Singer/Songwriter
Skiffle
Spoken Interlude
Traditional Folk
Vodoun
Gospel
Contemporary Gospel
Gospel
Gospel Groups
Gospel Hymns
Gospel Quartets
Gospel Sermons
Southern Gospel
Traditional Gospel
Hip-hop
Hip-hop
Rap
Holiday
Christmas
Others
Humor
Humor
Indian Classical
Raga
Instrumental
Ballad tune
Ballade
Barcarolle
Brass music
Cadenza
Dance
Duet
Duo
Instrumental
Intermezzo
March
Marching Band
Mazurka
Minuet
Piece
Rag
Solo
Suite
Tango
Variations
Waltz
Jazz
Avant-garde
Ballad tune
Bebop
Contemporary Big Band
Contemporary Jazz
Cool Jazz
Early Jazz and Dixieland
Free Jazz
Guitar jazz
Hard-Bop
Jazz
Jazz Fusion
Latin Jazz
Modern Jazz
New Orleans Jazz
Orchestral Jazz
Piano Jazz
Ragtime
Smooth Jazz
Soul Jazz
Soul-Funk
Stride Piano
Swing
Traditional Big Band
Vocal Jazz
Latin
Latin
Opera + Operetta
Aria
Ballad Opera
Extracts
Finale
Intermezzo
March
Opera
Operetta
Overture
Piece
Prelude
Quartet
Vaudeville
Orchestral
Concerto
Fanfare
Fantasy
March
Overture
Piece
Polka
Rhapsody
Suite
Symphonic Suite
Symphony
Tone Poem
Waltz
Pop
Pop
Popular
Contemporary R&B
R&B
Doo Wop
Ragtime
Syncopated Bands
Reggae
Dancehall
Dub
Lovers Rock
Reggae
Rocksteady
Roots Reggae
Ska
Rhythm & Blues
Doo-Wop
Funk
Go-go
Motown
New Orleans Rhythm & Blues
Rock
Alternative
Americana
Folk-Rock
Jam Bands
Pop-Rock
Progressive/Art Rock
Punk
Rock
Rock & Roll
Rockabilly
Roots Rock
Sacred
Anthem
Cantata
Carol
Chant
Christian Contemporary
Church Service
Devotional
Folk Spirituals
Funeral Music
Hymn
Psalm
Ritual
Sacred
Service
Song
Spiritual
Wedding Music
Soundtracks
Vocal Pop
Spoken Word
Spoken Word
Spoken Word and Sounds
African American Spoken
American History
Comedy
Documentary
Drama
Interview
Jokes and Riddles
Language Instruction
Music Instruction
Narratives
Oral History & Biography
Poetry
Prose
Sounds
Spoken Word
Spoken Word : MC
Vocal Percussion
World History
Stage + Screen
American Popular
Cabaret
Film Music
Musical
Satire
Soundtracks & Musicals
TV Music
Traditional
African Drumming
Banda
Bèlè
Calypso
Drumming
Hawai'i
Holiday
Holiday: Christmas
Improvisation
Instrumental
Mariachi
Patriotic Song
Pow-wow
Son
Song
War Dance
Yodeling
Vocal + Choral
A Cappella
Alma mater
Anthem
Aria
Arioso
Ballad
Canción
Canon
Cantata
Carol
Chant
Chorale
Corrido
Cries/Hollers
Drinking Song
Duet
Folk Song
Hymn
Lament
Love Song
Lullaby
Melodrama
Minstrel Song
Narrative Songs
Negro Spiritual
Piece
Psalm
Quartet
Quintet
Responsory
Romance
Sea Shanties
Social Songs
Solo
Song
Spiritual
Trio
Vallenato
Vocalise
Work Songs
World
World
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: www.kslib.info 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.

--Micaela

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, mayers@butlercc.edu.