Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Let the Holidays Begin!

The Butler Libraries invite you to share the spirit of the season at our Holiday Open Houses!
The Butler Ladies perform, 2011

At BOE, festivities begin at 2:00 pm on Thursday, Nov. 29th with a holiday concert featuring The Butler Chamber Singers and The Butler Ladies vocal groups. Enjoy refreshments while listening to terrific music performed by Butler’s finest. There’s a special surprise in store for those of you who find yourself in the 600 Building, 2nd floor, El Dorado campus library at exactly 2 pm.

At BOA, stop in at the Andover 5000 Library Open House across from the bookstore for conversation, cookies and other treats all day long during our hours 9 am to 7 pm.

Happy Holidays from all of us at both campus libraries – we hope to see you this Thursday.

--The Butler Libraries Staff

Thursday, November 15, 2012

EBooks Mystery

Check out this story about eBook publishers and libraries trying to purchase eBooks from Heather Braum's email post today:

It's worth a read and is a good piece to educate those who ask why the library doesn't have "this title" in ebook format.

The State Library of Kansas' Facebook page, "The Big 6", gets a mention in the story:

>From the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/art-brodsky/the-mystery-of-the-missin_b_2131277.html
Heather Braum
Digital and Technical Services Librarian
Northeast Kansas Library System

4317 W. 6th St.
Lawrence, KS 66049
Office: (785) 838-4090
Fax: (785) 838-3989

http://www.nekls.org/ | http://www.nexpresslibrary.org/

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Technology Survey for College Students

Would you like to win an iPad? Do you want to help your library? How about adding your voice to a global survey about technology? If you have 15 minutes, you have enough time to participate in a global study about undergraduate college students, information literacy, and e-resources.

Participants will be automatically entered to win a brand new iPad, and anyone who takes part in the survey will be contributing to the research on libraries and technology today. Please find the survey link below. Questions or comments may be submitted to shiva.darbandi@credoreference.com

The survey:

Library’s Digital Shelves Missing Nearly 90% of Bestsellers

Nov, 7, 2012
For more information, contact:
Candace LeDuc, 785-291-3230

The State Library of Kansas Launches Facebook Page Advocating for Library Users.

Topeka, KS, — Six major publishers are making it difficult, if not impossible, for libraries to purchase ebooks. Those same six publishers are responsible for publishing nearly all the bestsellers.

The State Library of Kansas has been at the front of the ebook conflicts, since State Librarian Jo Budler rejected a contract renewal from the ebook monopoly OverDrive, that would have increased costs nearly 700%. Since then, Kansas has settled in nicely with alternative platforms that include 3M, OneClickDigital, and the newly acquired Freading and Baker & Taylor. Now the dilemma seems to lie with six publishers, Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and the newly merged Random House and Penguin Group.

In reaction to the unfair restrictions and prices these publishers are placing on ebooks in libraries, The State Library launched a community Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thebig6ebooks, bringing attention to the titles publishers are refusing to sell to libraries, price gouging or limiting checkouts per copy purchased. Budler is hopeful that this page will bring librarians and library users together and show that they are aware of the gaps on their digital shelves and are mindful of the publishers responsible. “Writing to publishers and complaining to each other about the publisher/library ebook conflict wasn’t enough,” said Budler. “We needed a platform of our own to come together with the public and really take a look at the content NOT available. It’s really a missed opportunity for these publishers. Data indicates that libraries increase ebook buying business. Why are these publishers seeing this as a threat and not an opportunity? This is a gain-gain for all parties -- the libraries, the publishers, and the readers.”

To help bring attention to titles affected by publisher’s unwillingness to work with libraries, please visit and like www.facebook.com/thebig6ebooks. For more information on ebook lending in Kansas, visit your local library or www.kslib.info/digitalbooks.html.
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Monday, November 05, 2012

Please Vote

Kansas Elections
The Kansas Government Information blog has recently been updated with a short article concerning the upcoming election. It is nonpartisan and discusses some nuts and bolts of the Kansas election process from a voter's perspective. It also contains a few links to official Kansas government sites that may prove helpful.