Monday, January 23, 2012

New Online Nursing Reference Books!

Ronda said: Here are the titles and I was able to access them from home last night. They are in the online Library catalog, and listed in Pipeline> Library Tab> eBook A-Z> eBook by Subject> Nursing.

"Oxford Handbook of Clinical Skills in Adult Nursing"
"Oxford Handbook of Critical Care Nursing"
"Oxford Handbook of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing"
"Oxford Handbook of Nurse Prescribing"
and "Oxford Handbook of Adult Nursing"

And Mitch asked:
> Can these be downloaded to an iPhone?
> Thank you,
> Mitch T. (nursing instructor)

And my response:
Not downloaded, but you can access them through Butler's mobile site at any time on your iPhone or Android. Use your phone browser -usually Safari - to find Butler Community College. It will automatically pull up the mobile site.

We're found under Student Life > Library - Mobile >

From here, select Electronic Resources > Mobile eBooks A-Z > O > Oxford Online ebooks and click on the one you want. You'll have to log in with your Butler ID and password since authentication is required for these Butler Libraries purchased books.

(Or by subject, a few more clicks:
We're still under Butler Community College mobile > Student Life > Library - Mobile > Research Guides > By Subject > Nursing > Nursing by Judy Bastin > Books then slide down to Oxford Onlline eBooks, and click on the one you want.)

Happy nursing!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Legislative Report for the Kansas Library Association

Jennie Rose, KLA library legislative liaison sends an advocacy update for each week of the legislative session. This week Jennie reports on the Governor's Budget, Medicaid, meetings of interest for next week, and provides us with a condensed overview of the State Budget process. (Thanks to Gail Santy for bringing this to my attention. --MCA)

2012 Legislative Session: Week Two (January 16 - 20)

Governor’s Tax Proposal, Medicaid Hot Topics of the Week….A number of legislative committees heard further details this week on the Governor’s proposed tax overhaul and KanCare, the managed care proposal designed to bring Medicaid costs under control. Both issues have a significant impact on the FY 2013 budget: lost revenue from the tax proposal, but a savings on Medicaid expenses through KanCare. Legislators heard from the proponents of the tax plan, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan and Budget Director Steve Anderson while Lt. Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer; Secretary of the Department of Health and Environment Dr. Robert Moser; and Health Care Finance Director Kari Bruffett fielded questions concerning KanCare. Their presentations met with mixed reviews with many legislators skeptical about these proposed changes.

The tax proposal is taking the most heat because of the huge hit to the state’s budget: $89.9 million in lost revenue for FY 2013 and $99.0 million the next year. The Legislative Research Department told legislators that the proposal would increase the taxes of those with returns claiming less than the $25,000 a year in taxable income, those who need the extra dollars most. The Governor’s plan reduces, in most cases, individual income tax rates and eliminates a number of tax credits, including charitable contributions and the home mortgage interest credits.

Anyone familiar with the state budget would agree that the escalating costs of Medicaid must be addressed. The Governor’s proposal – a product of a special committee headed by his Lt. Governor, Dr. Jeff Colyer, a practicing physician from Johnson County – is a managed care system, KanCare. Proponents of KanCare believe the state can save as much as $853.0 billion over the next five years with the implementation of this managed system; others, like Sen. Roger Reitz, R-Manhattan, also a practicing physician, believe the plan is unrealistic. Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka, who heads the Senate’s Public Health and Welfare Committee, has said “this is a done deal” -- the escalating costs of Medicaid must be addressed. Because the requests for proposal have already been issued, the project is moving forward, but, she points out, it will be up to the legislature to make sure there is transparency and oversight.

A Condensed Overview of the State Budget Process….The Governor presented his budget last week following his State of the State address on January 11, but there are still many steps to go before the state has a budget for FY 2013. The next move in the process will be budget proposals from each chamber. Initially, a budget subcommittee will meet for a hearing on a section of the budget. These subcommittees will hear testimony from the agencies they oversee, deliberate and then vote on a budget recommendation that may or may not match the Governor’s proposal. From there, the subcommittee’s report is forwarded on to the appropriate budget committee, House Appropriations or Senate Ways and Means. That committee may approve or amend the subcommittee’s report before combining all the subcommittee reports into a budget bill. Once approved by the budget committee, the budget bill moves to the chamber floor for debate and a vote. After each chamber has approved a budget, the two versions go to a conference committee where the two are melded together, then, again, approved by each chamber. The final product of this process is then presented to the Governor for his signature.

The library budget falls under Education with Rep. Lana Gordon, R-Topeka, chair of that House subcommittee and Sen. John Vratil, R-Leawood, chair of the Senate subcommittee. Dates for those hearings have not been set, but are expected sometime in February.

For additional information, please contact Jennie Rose,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

U.S. debates censoring web sites

This American Library Association chart outlines their concerns with the PIPA/SOPA/OPEN acts before congress.

Followup: Rep. Mike Pompeo, Wichita, notes that he is opposed to SOPA "in its current form" on his email contact form site due to first amendment issues.
I am very concerned about restricting free speech or harming the openness & innovation of the internet. That’s why I am opposed to SOPA in current form.
--Congressman Mike Pompeo

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Braum Details SOPA Protest for Wednesday, Jan 18

Heads up for ... patrons and students tomorrow: Wikipedia will be blacking out tomorrow (January 18th) for 24 hours to protest the proposed SOPA and PIPA bills before Congress.

Wikipedia's release:

Here's three resources for more background on the situation:

1. Boing Boing, Reddit, and other online sites will also be blacking out tomorrow:

2. How SOPA affects students, educators, and libraries:

3. A good round-up of perspectives on the situation, including links to the proposed bills:

Heather Braum
Technology Librarian
Northeast Kansas Library System

Friday, January 13, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16

Hello all...

The Kansas Government Information blog celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr Day and Black (African American) History Month this issue with a wealth of resources on African Americans in Kansas and the U.S. Take a look at:

The Kansas Government Information blog is a service of the State Library of Kansas.

Bill Sowers
Kansas Documents and Cataloging Librarian
State Library of Kansas

Thursday, January 12, 2012

VAST TRial underway - I need to hear from you!

Trial on! Look in Pipeline>{Library}tab> for the VAST trial and send me your opinion!
Hi Micaela.

This works well on an Ipad browser, and all videos can be sent to a mobile device. I’m told we’re working on a mobile app for later 2012.

Hope this helps.

Thanks so much!


From: Micaela C Ayers []
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 1:10 PM
To: Susan Buczkowski
Subject: Re: The new VAST package - 21 discipline collections, 11,000 videos - a fantastic value!

Do you have a mobile application designed for this?



Thursday, January 05, 2012

2010 Census tools

As the data from the 2010 Census is released, these are timely changes.

From the website:

“Some of the new features and tools users will experience are:

A prominent dashboard featuring our economic indicators
A top dropdown menu for quick navigation to key topics
A new interactive map showing a mash up of economic and demographic statistics
A “Stat of the Day” highlighting Census Bureau statistics across all the data we collect
A “mega footer” with links categorized under familiar topics and highly trafficked pages
A feature for users to provide feedback
More prominent placement of our latest releases”

Jeff Imparato, Public Services Librarian, and Chair of RIAT

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

1515 W. 10th

Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

"Crap Detection 101" for Students

Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search
By Clive Thompson November 1, 2011 | 12:30 pm | Wired November 2011

...Consider the efforts of Frances Harris, librarian at the magnet University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois. (Librarians are our national leaders in this fight; they’re the main ones trying to teach search skills to kids today.) Harris educates eighth and ninth graders in how to format nuanced queries using Boolean logic and advanced settings. She steers them away from raw Google searches and has them use academic and news databases, too.

But, crucially, she also trains students to assess the credibility of what they find online...

...Mind you, mastering “crap detection 101,” as digital guru Howard Rheingold dubs it, isn’t easy.