Thursday, December 20, 2012

BOINGBOING.NET: In which Santa helps remind us all of the importance of metadata

"At the Information Culture blog Bonnie Swoger offers some Christmas-themed examples that will help you remember what metadata is, help you understand why it's such a big deal, and improve your ability to do metadata right."


Brig C. McCoy
Network Services Manager
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

Thanks, Brig! You have always sent Kansas Librarians such good stuff!


Monday, December 17, 2012

If you have questions about the effects of the "Fiscal Cliff" go to first link for a general explanation, the second link is an individual calculator.

(Thanks to Jeff Imparato for these links.)

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Finals and Farewells

With finals upon us, some of you may need some last minute, midnight hour books for your final papers. Be sure and click on the two links in the Trials section of the website. You'll find it under "What's New" on the lower right of the website.

One is for ProQuest ebrary Collection Trial, the other is for EBSCO eBook Academic Collection Trial.

In ProQuest, after you enter your search phrase, you'll retrieve a lot of books as well as a set of subject areas so you can narrow your topic down nicely. I recommend you watch the date of publication, and aim to look at titles on about 30 books in your subject area.

You'll find a completely different set of ebooks in the EBSCO Academic Collection. It's a smaller, more limited result set: be sure to expand the subject set to see what areas the ebooks cover. There's also a category list, which gives more options.

I'm interested to know which you prefer, as we make our selection of one or the other. Please comment!


P.S. Farewell to some wonderful students I've met this semester: student workers here in the library and other students in my ceramics class. Blessings!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Year in Review 2012

The Newsbank people are providing special reports as outlined here. Perhaps one of the topics will prove useful as Butler students prepare their final papers and study for final exams:


December 2012 – Update

New Special Report - Year in Review 2012 - covering the important issues and events that made news this year.

NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, videos and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. Easily accessible within NewsBank resources, they enable users to quickly locate information on a specific subject while helping them gain better insight into current issues and events on a global scale. Each Report features current and retrospective coverage, and new articles are added daily. Special Reports constitute a unique value to your users, and are included with your NewsBank subscription. There are over 50 Reports to be sure the information you need is always available.

All Special Reports are accessed from the left side bar on your online resource menu page at, on search screens and the Other NewsBank Products link in full-text newspaper products. We suggest adding a link to these Reports on your library webpage under all relevant subject areas.

Featured Special Reports covering current issues and events that may be of particular interest to you at this time.

Natural Disasters

Issues in the News

World Economics

World Environment

World Health

World Politics and Government

Education Around the World

Science and Health in the News

Terrorism and Conflict

Watch for the release of additional current events and issues featured throughout the month as news happens.