Thursday, January 31, 2013

Prof. Tymony's Criminal Justice Display


Jeff Tymony contributed from his own collection of Criminal Justice resources, and we selected a few titles from the library collection for this display.

For a closer look, come visit at BOE 600 Building, 2nd floor: L.W. Nixon Library.


Monday, January 28, 2013

EBSCO's Literary Reference Center Enhancements


EBSCO announces that Literary Reference Center database now includes several new features:

• An enhanced contemporary home/landing page aligning with the new companion product Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
• Ability to Browse “Full Text Classics” from the landing page
• A Dynamic Timeline visible on the landing page
• Book Carousel
• Standard EBSCOhost tools such as Citation Tool (Cite, Export, etc.)
• Interface Translation
• Text-to-Speech functionality
• PDF Viewer for PDF full text
• Curriculum Standards Tool accessible from the Reference Shelf
• “Peer Review” limiter available from Advanced Search screen
• Radio buttons for known-item searching

To learn more about Literary Reference Center, please visit this page:
http://www.ebscohost.com/public/literary-reference-center

Monday, January 14, 2013

Faculty Return! Potpourri Library News, Spring 2013

Welcome back, good to see all the faculty on campus again!

Ponder how many of you have now used an eBook. Perhaps it was on a personal eReader like the Nook, Kindle, or Sony … or on your smart phone …or a tablet… laptop … desktop …Used it for reading the latest John Grisham or classic Jane Austen … or while doing research… From a show of hands at the faculty meeting this morning, it looked to be about 50% attending.

Now for the library news here at Butler:

First of all, the library is adding a subscription to approximately 100,000 academic eBooks. You’ll find them through our EBSCO database.

Now, I have another question. How many of you remember what PDA is?

Ah, PDA… Public Display of Affection

And when we got a little older, it was that little electronic device, the

Personal Digital Assistant

Now the PDA acronym panoply enlarges again:

Patron Driven Acquisition – PDA of eBooks.

Patron Driven Acquisition is library jargon for allowing students, staff and faculty to choose what they read, and only then charge the library for the book.

It will work through our catalog, with three main triggers for purchase.

After an eBook is discovered, we buy it when:

• it is read for 10 minutes or ten pages;
• or portions are printed, emailed or copied;
• or the entire thing is downloaded.

We have options from 300,000 books, and will select certain subject sets to choose from. I invite you to please feel free to express your thoughts about this.

An update on Films on Demand – we’ve been working with the vendor on this. Call Aaron Brown x6326 when and if you experience delays. He needs to know which classroom; what time any slowing occurs. Thanks!




Our other news is about library people. Judy Bastin introduced Teresa Mayginnes, formerly of our Butler 6000 and Andover High School media center staff. She will be in the Butler 5000 building, serving in the Libraryette and the Learning Commons (formerly the lobby) of 5000 North. In February, Tammy Garrison will join our Butler librarians in the 6000 Building.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Kansan Jo Budler: LJ’s 2013 Librarian of the Year

Jo Budler: LJ’s 2013 Librarian of the Year

I had the privilege of  working with Jo for a year or two when I was on the board of the Kansas State Library.  She has met a lot of challenges head on, and met them well.  And I know she'll keep doing what's best for the citizens of Kansas.  This kind of recognition should be respected by the legislators she serves; may they continue to support her work.