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Libraries & Archives

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Libraries and Authors

The president of the American Library Association, Maureen Sullivan, responds to an Op-Ed article by Scott Turow.

We take issue with Scott Turow’s April 8 Op-Ed article, “The Slow Death of the American Author.”

First, librarians love authors. Our business is knowledge-building and imagination, and writers form the backbone of our nonprofit exercise in supporting and promoting lifelong learning....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DEWEY Award Nominees

It’s National Library Week, and this library is proud to announce the nominees of the DEWEY Award of Butler Community College Libraries. Congratulations to the following faculty members who were nominated by students, staff, or faculty to receive the 2013 faculty award:

Sue Cecil
Amber Celestine
June Costin
Robin Crowe
Yolonda Jarman
Kay Metzinger
Jeff Tymony
Henry Waters
Matt Webster

Please join us in applauding their efforts and awarding the final winner at a reception in the
El Dorado Library (600 Building) on May 1, 2013, at 11:00 am.

Micaela Ayers
Director, Library Services
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road
El Dorado, KS 67042

Monday, April 15, 2013

Civil Rights Working in Kansas

The director of our museum in El Dorado writes, on April 12, 2013, inviting all to an important event in El Dorado:

Mindy Tallent
Executive Director, Butler County History Center

Presentation Explores Impact of Civil Rights Movement in Kansas

El Dorado, KS – Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum will host “Civil Rights Working in Kansas,” a presentation and discussion by Gretchen Cassel Eick on April 26th, 2013 at 7 pm at the museum, located at 383 E. Central, El Dorado, KS. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the History Center at 316.321.9333 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Prior to the Civil Rights movement, employment discrimination kept African Americans confined to low-pay work, and in the southern states they were vulnerable to arrest for “vagrancy,” only to be released to businesses to “work off their fines.” Eick will discuss this type of discrimination in Kansas and how Civil Rights advocates forced state and national government agencies to alter their policies.

Gretchen Cassel Eick is an historian and professor at Friends University in Wichita. Her book, Dissent in Wichita: The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest, 1954-1972 won three awards and sparked museum exhibits and commemorations of the 1958 Dockum Drug Store sit-in, the first successful student led sit-in.

“At one time Kansas' state employment agencies openly discriminated against persons of color despite anti-discrimination laws,” Eick said. “But some Kansans organized the first successful student-led sit-ins, and a Kansan led the movement to make the NAACP address economic inequalities. How we work in Kansas today is the result of advocacy for open hiring of all qualified people regardless of ethnic background.”

“Civil Rights Working in Kansas” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions examining the theme of work and working in Kansas and how these stories help define us.

To kick off the evening, the museum is hosting a Preview Party, starting at 6 pm, featuring five new exhibits, a new website and new microfilm reader in their research library. Additionally, wine and refreshments will be served.

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at

For more information about “Civil Rights Working in Kansas” contact the Butler County History Center at 316.321.9333 or visit

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Librarian Position Open

At Butler Community College (, the library meets student needs for resources, for information instruction, for a place to gather, and for fast and friendly library services. We provide a variety of learning-centered resources, services, and facilities to support a diverse community; encourage student success, academic achievement, and lifelong learning; and to enhance teaching excellence.

We are currently seeking applications through April 17 for the following position, located in El Dorado, Kansas.

Librarian, Public and Technical Services


The Public and Technical Services Librarian is responsible for the outstanding customer service of the L.W. Nixon Library for Butler Community College. The Librarian manages all Butler Libraries’ cataloging through proficiency in the Library Management System software (currently Agent Verso); provides for and controls the circulation services at Andover 5000 and L.W. Nixon library; and in El Dorado, supervises and trains student workers; manages Library Latte coffee shop; assists in library instruction; and accomplishes any other duties requested by the Director. The Public and Technical Services Librarian reports to the Director of Library Services.

Required Knowledge and Skills:
Must be able to teach a class in information literacy competency. Must also have knowledge of and skills in management and supervisory process requiring independent judgment; knowledge of general library administrative procedures, cataloging and acquisitions; knowledge of Library Management System software to produce public service and technical services; the ability to create policies and procedures in areas of responsibility, and interpret those set by the Library Director and the institution; the ability to analyze library problems and formulation of original and creative solutions for them; knowledge of online and physical collections of the Butler Libraries as they relate to academic needs, and skill in sharing that knowledge with students; the ability to assist library users and co-workers in a friendly, professional manner.; the ability to organize tasks, to communicate effectively, and to give instructions; and the ability to keep up with the latest in technological innovations used in the library.

Required Experience includes: two years’ experience in a public, school or academic library; circulation/Public Services experience performing research within a library, using a variety of library resources; experience in instruction and/or teaching; supervisory and administrative experience; and cataloging experience. Food Service experience preferred.

Required Educational Background is a Master’s degree.
Preference is for a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (M.L.S.) or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited institution, but acceptable alternatives include Master’s in education or related area, with state certification as a school librarian. The applicant may be requested to authorize the College to procure a consumer report(s) for employment purposes.
Location: El Dorado campus

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience, with range from $36,550 - $54,826. Full fringe benefits.

APPLICATION: Please submit a cover letter, resume and transcripts to:
Human Resources
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Rd.
El Dorado, KS 67042
DEADLINE: Position open until April 17, 2013.
Butler Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Monday, April 01, 2013

DEWEY Award nominations dues tomorrow!

Nominations for the DEWEY award close on April 2.
Your nomination can make this award happen for a faculty member you appreciate!
Please use this form.

What is it?
The DEWEY Award annually recognizes a faculty member who is an outstanding user of the Butler library. Nominate someone who provides:

• innovative, consistent, effective use of the library in teaching
• program activities that bring students and/or the community into the library
• promotion, encouragement or support of the library and its resources and services
• contributions towards thoughtful, timely, and in-depth resource development

Since faculty model Butler’s principles and timeless values to students so closely, this award serves to recognize an extraordinary developer of library users of a new generation. We applaud the faculty’s valuable contribution to the education of our students.

What is won?
The DEWEY Award consists of recognition to be announced by the VP of Academic Affairs and the Library Director on April 17 during National Library week. Furthermore, our winning faculty member is awarded:
• $500 grant to select books for the library in their subject area
• $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate to purchase books for self-inspiration presented in a lovely basket of goodies
• An appearance on library READ posters around the institution and permanently framed in the library (a print is giving to the winner)
• Library bookmarks, using the images from the READ poster (photos for READ Poster and bookmarks may be submitted or taken by Media or Library Staff after the announcement)
• A permanent position in the library on the Award plaque listing all winners since 2010

How do I nominate someone?
Nominations may come through from faculty; staff, including library staff; administration; and students (no self-referrals). Click on this link and fill out the form today: