Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bookmans Does Banned Books

It's Banned Books week again... each year the American Library Association uses this week to draw attention to the variety and scope of books that have been banned in one venue or another. Take a peek here at a video created by Bookmans in their 36-year stand against the concept of banning books.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Voting this year?

I found out today that voter registration for El Dorado closes on October 16th. You can get this information and more about your home district (if you are voting as an absentee student) from a new tool the League of Women Voters provides that helps people register to vote, and offers information on voting requirements and state deadlines.

The Vote 411 tool allows users to build an online voter’s guide, view political races, compare candidate positions side-by-side and print out “ballots” that can be used to remind the public to vote on Election Day. The tool also provides visitors with helpful voting information, candidate statements and details on current issues.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Reading "Swerve"

Hi Micaela,
Thanks for sharing your reading chair with us. It’s now up on our PInterest Board.

It’s so lovely with the nice painting beside it.
Have a great weekend,
Random House Library Marketing

"Films on Demand".... and bandwidth

Ok, as much as I love Films on Demand,and the fact we offer the collection to Butler through the library now, there have been a few issues in certain buildings, certain classrooms.

The help desk can't do a whole lot to change the limits on bandwidth of our facilities. Upgrades have been done over the last few years and will continue. Meanwhile, what's an instructor to do?

If the film rolls, fine. You might want to consider just planning a small segment first, to see how it's playing in the class that day. You might want to assign all films outside of class, then discuss in a flipped classroom style.

I'm happy to provide this resource to Butler and the comments from faculty and students have been appreciative. I wish it were perfect... please share any other tips you have.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Talk Like a Pirate, You Say? Avast, ye landlubbers!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19, 2012. Join the fun by brushing up your accent on our new subscription to the Mango Language Learning database, supplied to the state of Kansas through the State Library of Kansas.
Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.
Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
Sample this kind of learning with Pirate and maybe you'll go on to learn a living language like French or Spanish: there's over 40 available!
Get there from the main library website or through Butler Pipeline.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Issues and Controversies Database

...has added new, comprehensive coverage that probes a range of hot-button issues surrounding Child Abuse. Furthermore, they report,
We've thoroughly revised and updated our coverage of some other top subjects--coverage that students and educators turn to again and again for key facts, perspective, and analysis. We've looked in depth at many significant issues and examined how recent events and major news stories have shaped national controversies.

Updated, revised, enhanced content topics include abortion, capital punishment, gun control. Major new articles include strip searches, the Presidential candidates and religion, and medical testing guidelines.

Issues and Controversies is available in the Electronic Resources page of Butler Libraries main page or in Pipeline. Access is provided for Butler Community College students, staff and faculty through your username and password, and to community members within the library on campus.