Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Who Pays Writers?

New for writers, discovered via a Chronicle of Higher Education article by Sarah Kendzior:

Who Pays Writers collects and reports whether—and how much—magazines and websites pay their writers. We post 'em as you report 'em. Intended to be informational, not judgmental.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Makerspaces Move into Academic Libraries

Makerspaces Move into Academic Libraries
 Academic libraries are places where people from all disciplines gather. By bringing makerspaces into libraries, we can provide opportunities for new types of rich cross-disciplinary interaction to occur. Libraries are open to all campus constituents, and are thus perfectly positioned to provide equal and convenient access to makerspace materials, tools and technologies. In a makerspace, students from all areas can work together to share expertise, learn new skills, expand their thinking and discover new possibilities. We can open up opportunities for those majoring in nursing, education, biology, music, geography, and every other discipline.
Creative Commons licensed image via Owenstr

Friday, October 04, 2013

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov

A new study reported in the New York Times found that reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.

Emanuele Castano, left, and David Comer Kidd, researchers in the New School for Social Research’s psychology department, worked on a study that found that reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of social perception.

Thus: hire English Lit majors. :-)

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Book Repurposing

Mary Hester, Director of Library Services at Miller Library, McPherson College had an intriguing repurposing of weeded library books. She says,
I hope to do all the walls in this room but my student worker is less than enthusiastic about that idea. It was fun for her at first but turned into a lot of work.

The process depended on Elmer’s glue between the books and some books glued to the wall for stability. We used liquid plastic for the ones glued to the wall."

I've always wondered if books contribute to keeping a home warm in winter...


NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, videos, maps 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 global issues and events. 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.

Enter directly from the Butler Libraries website by selecting Databases, then Newspapers. Newsbank is almost on the bottom of the list. Use your pipeline log-in.

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. This informative video shows you how to find Special Reports, what they are and how they can be used. Please view and share this video with others.

Get more information on the following and other topics delivered daily to your email with NewsBank eMail Alerts. Contact Customer Service at 1-800-243-7694, or email at

Following is a listing of some Special Reports that may be of particular interest to you at this time.

October Topics and Monthly Themes
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Issues in the News – Bullying Prevention Month
World Economics
Natural Disasters

Additional featured Reports covering current issues and events
Education Around the World
World Health
World Politics and Government

And, watch for the release of these Reports and others throughout the month
World Environment – Rainforest Week (October 7-13)
Mental Health – World Mental Health Day (October 10)
World Economics – World Food Day (October 16)