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Monday, March 31, 2014

Do you teach online? Do you take online courses?

6 Ways to Be a Better Online Teacher

With more and more faculty being asked to teach blended or online courses, the need for faculty training has never been higher. Campus Technology looks at tried-and-tested strategies for molding better online instructors...
by Paul Beaudoin, 03/26/14

1) Maximize Your Digital Savvy

The online learning environment relies on technology to deliver education to the learner. Let the available technological tools help, not hinder, what you would like to achieve in your course. As you develop and deploy your course online, take time to discover the digital tools in your arsenal. Taking advantage of technology can help you save time, increase your efficiency and engage your learners at ever deeper levels.

If your institution uses a learning management system, learn how you can harness the tools it comes with. LMS platforms can do everything from managing documents and administering tests and surveys to supporting blogs, wikis and multimedia.

Librarians can help you with this! Call to set up an appointment to visit our Instruction staff head, Judy Bastin.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

DEWEY Award - Nominations open!

The Libraries at Butler annually recognize the outstanding work of a faculty member who is an extraordinary developer of library users of a new generation. We applaud their valuable contributions to the information literacy competency of our students.

Jane Watkins was our winner in 2010; Gina Austin-Fresh won in 2011; Michelle McClendon was honored in 2012. Jeff Tymony, Professor, Criminal Justice/Behavioral Science is our 2013 Dewey Award recipient.

From March 12 to April 2, 2014, faculty, students or staff can nominate any instructor at Butler to receive the fifth annual Butler Libraries DEWEY Award in 2014.

Perhaps you learned how to navigate the library this year, or an assignment so you used library online resources instead of just googling. Or you, an instructor yourself, were inspired by the use of the library in teaching by a peer. This is your chance to recognize that instructor for any of:
1) Innovative, consistent, effective use of the library in teaching
2) Program activities that bring students and/or the community into the library
3) Promotion, encouragement or support of the library and its resources and services
4) Contributions towards thoughtful, timely, and in-depth resource development
5) Awareness of information literacy, and enabling the library to improve the competency of students

Entries will be judged on the five points above.

Please fill out the form at

Nominations open March 12, 2014 and close April 4.

Representatives from the library and Dr. Karla Fisher, Vice President of Academics, will select the winner to be announced on Institutional Development Day April 17. Then, we will celebrate the DEWEY Award winner as part of the Order of the Purple on May 16. Prizes include appearing on a Read poster, a gift certificate and gift basket, and a $500 grant for library materials in the instructor's area of expertise.

Questions? Contact me, please. And thank you for your help in selecting our winner in 2014.


Micaela Ayers
Director, Library Services
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road, El Dorado, KS 67042 (316) 322-3235

Libraries: bigger on the inside.

Friday, March 21, 2014

World Poetry Day, March 21, 2014

From Shelf Awarness today, advice to 'get poeting' and:

In his aptly titled poem "World Poetry Day," Polish author Tadeusz Rozewicz writes:

around noon the phone rang
"today is poetry day"
said Maria
"I can't hear you!"
"today is World Poetry Day, o poet!"
it's been established by Unesco"
Even Ionesco couldn't have thought up
something like this! this is something (something)!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Giver - get the book here first...

The first trailer has been released for The Giver, based on Lois Lowry's classic and "one of the first modern dystopic tales written explicitly for a younger audience," Entertainment Weekly reported. The film, which stars Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift, is scheduled for an August release. (thanks for the link, Shelf Awareness!)

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Windows XP bites the dust...

In February we saw the usual small movements in the browser market. More significantly, however, we didn't see any significant movements in the operating system market. For the second month in a row, Windows 8.x's share is basically unaltered... and so is Windows XP's.
Microsoft plainly hasn't been able to reach a vast number of Windows XP users to explain to them both what is going to happen, and why it's important. And while Firefox and Chrome will both be supported on Windows XP beyond the end-of-life, the substantial number of people using Internet Explorer 6-8 is strongly suggestive that many of these Windows XP users are going to be using not just an unsupported operating system, but an unsupported browser, too.


If you aren’t sure whether your computer is running Windows XP, you can go to this website to check:

You don’t necessarily need to buy a new computer with a new version of Microsoft Windows… you could buy a Macintosh, or you could put a version of LINUX on your computer. Whatever your choice, when Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP in April, bad guys are going to start attacking Windows XP like crazy and the odds of you falling victim to malware or other bad things increase a lot.


Brig C. McCoy
Network Systems Manager
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
625 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101

913-279-2349, phone
913-279-2271, fax
816-885-2700, cell

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Internet turns 25 this year

Happy Birthday to the web!

This report from the Pew Research Internet Project may inspire a paper topic idea you can use.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee...wrote a paper on March 12, 1989 proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and architectural structure for the Web. He eventually released the code for his system—for free—to the world on Christmas Day in 1990. It became a milestone in easing the way for ordinary people to access documents and interact over a network of computers called the internet—a system that linked computers and that had been around for years. The Web became especially appealing after Web browsers were perfected in the early 1990s...

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

It won't be long...

It won't be long till Spring, and graduation follows so quickly!

For those searching for jobs, starting early is always worthwhile - resume writing, searching the industry and local jobs, improving job search skills. Butler, through the state library, has an online tool to help. LearningExpress tells me-

A powerful career guidance tool is now available to help your patrons face the daunting task of searching for jobs or advancing their careers. Job & Career Accelerator from LearningExpress- the industry’s most comprehensive online career and job search system- put job seekers in the driver’s seat.

Job & Career Accelerator integrates everything patrons need to conduct a successful job search. Interactive wizards guide patrons through each step of the process, from exploring occupations and finding jobs to preparing resumes, completing job applications, and improving job search skills. The personalized job search portfolio allows job seekers to plan, tailor, and track multiple job searches while providing easy access to all of their saved information.

The end result is the most efficient and effective job search possible.

Stop in to the library or visit our webpage (the databases) to connect with Job & Career Accelerator from LearningExpress.