Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Please send in your DEWEY nominations!

Gina Austin-Fresh, 2011 DEWEY Award winner

Butler Students, Staff and Faculty:

The Libraries at Butler annually recognize the outstanding work of a faculty member who is an extraordinary developer of library users of a new generation. We applaud their valuable contribution to the information literacy of our students. Jane Watkins, retired English Department instructor, was our winner in 2010, Gina Austin-Fresh in 2011. Today you can nominate a faculty member to receive the 2012 Butler Libraries DEWEY Award.

If you learned how to navigate the library this year, had an assignment that got you thinking about how easy the librarians were to work with, or were inspired by a colleague's use of the library in teaching, this is your chance to recognize an influential faculty member.

Please go to to complete the brief nomination form. Nominations close March 16, 2012. Representatives from the library and the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Karla Fisher, will select the winner. We will award the prizes on Institutional Development Day. Prizes include appearing on a Read poster, a gift certificate and a $500 grant for library materials in the instructor’s area of expertise.

Questions? Call Micaela Ayers, Director of Library Services, 316-322-3235,
Thank you for your help in selecting our winner in 2012!

Jane Watkins, 2010 DEWEY Award winner

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Butler Yearbooks Online!

Here's the link to the scanned Butler yearbooks from 1927 through 1995, the last year one was published.

A few tips: it's easiest to search by year, and then within the year, you can search by name. We don't have the ability to search across all the yearbooks, so people will have to have some idea of what year they are looking for.

It's best to use the "View Online" option just to look (you can view thumbnails, a slideshow, or page by page), but if you want to print, use the PDF option, then print the page(s) you need. Be sure to use the "shrink to fit" option in your printer settings or the bottom of the page will be cut off.

Have fun! Martha

Martha Gregg
Public and Technical Services Librarian
L.W. Nixon Library, Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Rd.
El Dorado KS 67042
316 323-6842

Monday, February 13, 2012

Copyright and Fair Use

A critical piece of an instructor's preparation includes knowing what constitutes fair use of an article or chapter selected in order to educate students.

The Association of Research Libraries has compiled a code to assist:
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education.

Note that a code of practice is not a law, but a best-guess at applying the principles involved.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Bookstore cats

Some pretty cats in this link:

Meanwhile, The Book Grinder at Central and Haverhill in El Dorado have three cats... who need visits from you.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

New Report Suggests Mandatory Library Orientation Helps Students Graduate at Community Colleges

...The report found similar results regarding orientation services, which include providing students with information on navigating the library and finding support services such as academic and mental-health counseling. Previous research shows that participation in orientation leads to greater use of support services and improved retention of at-risk students, the report says. However, among colleges that offer orientation programs, only 38 percent report that they require it for all first-time students.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2, 2012, Multiyear Study of Community-College Practices Asks: What Helps Students Graduate?, Jennifer Gonzalez.

David Binder reports in the comments that "The study discussed in the article ("A Matter of Degrees: Promising Practices for Community College Student Success") is the first of an intended 3 study series and is available at It can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat file."

Friday, February 03, 2012

How do you use a Kobe? a Kindle? a Nook or Sony eReader?

Library staff training, provided by the kind folks at SCKLS: Tom Talor, Lee Scott. and Tram Nguyen yesterday, gave us hands-on experience with 4 device vendors and some of the 11 current models on the market today. Most of us own one device or another. If you have questions on your new eReader, please visit with us.