Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Inside Britannica during National Dogs week

The last week of September is National Dog Week. In honor of that, this month we are featuring articles on dogs of all shapes and sizes. Click on the links below to explore Britannica’s coverage of many different dog breeds and related canines.
Inside Britannica

Friday, September 20, 2013

Butler receives $2.7 million federal grant for Information Technology Institute Retraining Project expansion

EL DORADO, Kan.—Butler Community College was awarded $2.7 million in federal grant money by the U.S. Department of Labor on September 18. The grant will be used to establish an Information Technology (IT) Institute at the Butler of Andover site.

This project demonstrates an innovative, skills-based approach to building programs based on industry needs and utilizing technology to provide better access to employment opportunities for participants across the state. Butler is the only higher education institution in the state of Kansas to receive the grant.

Butler’s goal in creating institutes is to concentrate resources on areas of workforce training that are demonstrably critical and relevant to the needs of the regional economy. Butler will be the premier IT training provider in the region.

“This award will allow Butler to provide both credit and non-credit, competency-based training opportunities,” President Dr. Kimberly Krull said. “Butler will offer innovative learning approaches to meet the needs of the changing marketplace, prepare students with broad based skills to strengthen the workforce, and support the region’s economy while focusing on student success.”

The creation of academic clusters will reorganize and integrate Butler’s current Career and Technical Education programs so they can operate more efficiently. In each cluster students will complete a set of common foundation courses before moving on through a series of specialty tracks that lead to a range of related occupations.

“This positions Butler in a situation that will have an immediate impact on the region,” Dean of Career and Technical Education Dr. Roberto Rodriguez said. “We can localize it.”

Butler Community College has worked with employers in Kansas to assess their needs, and their TAACCCT proposal will improve their alignment with Kansas employers by meeting the needs of Wichita regional employers. Creation and implementation of the grant will involve multiple partnerships, in particular High Touch Technologies and the Kansas Workforce Alliance. This project will provide IT training and skill development that leads to employment in a variety of industries including Aircraft Manufacturing; Corporate, Subsidiary, and Regional Managing Offices; Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing; Custom Computer Programming Services; and Computer Systems Design Services.

“We’re moving away from a focus on curriculum and courses and programs to knowledge and skills that are competency-based,” Associate Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness Dr. Gene George said. “We’ve recognized the critical knowledge for employment in IT and then we will build the curriculum accordingly. It’s innovative because it provides a clear map of the core competencies needed.”

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded 57 grants that will support 190 projects in at least 183 schools in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The grants will expand programs in growing industries, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, and encourage geographic and industry sector collaboration through the development of both statewide and multistate college consortia.

The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education. All course materials developed using these public funds will be available through the Open Educational Resources initiative so that others can access and build on successful training models. The U.S. Department of Commerce is also encouraging employers to collaborate with local colleges eligible for funding through this program.


Butler Community College, with nearly 15,000 students, is the second largest community college in the state. It offers nearly 90 degree programs and 30 professional certification programs. The college’s main campus is in El Dorado, but it has centers in five other communities, including Andover.

For more information about the college, go to www.butlercc.edu. Also, find us on Facebook and Twitter (@butlercc).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Research Guide for cheap health insurance

Ronda Holt pulled together a Research Guide for Obama Care, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act and its Marketplace. After October 1, people including part-time staff, students or their parents, and adjuncts looking for health insurance will be able to find an affordable product in the Marketplace. Cheap? Perhaps...you decide.

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Ceramics Research Guide

I don't know why I've never reported on some of the amazing LibGuide Research Guides that our reference staff have produced over the last three years. Perhaps because I don't use them in my job; perhaps because I only contributed to one before now. Certainly I know how critical they are to the students and faculty who come to depend on them.

Research Guides are collections of resources and weblinks bringing together all aspects of an academic course or assignment or topic. Each one like a regular website with tabs, lots of links, and video. All are curated by librarians and shared across colleges and universities throughout the world.

Since I put together the Ceramics Research Guide, I now know how much work goes into one. Ceramics is organized into Artists & Shows; Books & Magazines; Videos for Beginners; Videos for Intermediate & Advanced; and Home and Help, of course.

Take a look at Ceramics, and then look at the full list of guides. You may need one soon!

Note: As you enter the actual guides, you'll need to use your Butler username and password for links to our paid resources.

Friday, September 13, 2013

What DOES the fox say?

Professor Roger says it's because of grand kids that HE knows.

For the rest of us, there's this to answer the question:

Monday, September 09, 2013


Nashville's Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots are coming to Wichita, KS on Friday night September 13th to play a charity show benefiting Numana's "30 Abes" campaign! The event is hosted by Midwest KIA at Kellogg & Tyler. Also performing is Big Machine's recording artist and Anger Management star, Laura Bell Bundy! Tickets are on-sale TODAY, September 6th at 5pm thru all Select-A-Seat outlets, including INTRUST Bank Arena and www.selectaseat.com and by phone to 755-SEAT.

For more information regarding the show, go to www.1021thebull.com!

To learn more about the 30 Abes campaign, visit www.30abes.com!

We hope to see you there!

For all other Numana event information, please visit www.numanainc.com

Friday, September 06, 2013

Internet Trends

Gary Pattillo, reference librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill notes some Internet trends I found remarkable in his June 2013 Fast FActs from C&RL News.

2.4 billion Internet users, average 8% annual growth rate

Global digital info created/share grew 9 times in five years to nearly 2 zettabytes (2 trillioin gigabytes) as of 2011.

500 million plus phots are uploaded and shared every day.

100 hours of video are uploaded per minute to YouTube.

...For more see 2013 Internet Trends by Meeker and Wu on Kliner Perkins Caufield & Byers website.