Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Resources for the Elections from State Library of Kansas.

With Election Day just two weeks away, we’d like to point out a great series in the EBSCO History Reference Center database. In this database, you'll find journal articles, reference ebooks, and primary source documents on historical topics (of course!).

Flash Focus: Presidential Elections 1788-2000. Each article overviews the candidates, big issues of the time, the campaign, and election outcomes (including voter turnout on modern elections).

History Reference Center has a search component, but we really enjoy the homepage Browse feature. This is a great way to pick a topic for a research paper or just to quickly learn about an era. Choose a section (U.S. or World) then a time period to view a list important events, issues, and people during that time. Each item on the list will take you to a package of materials on the topic. U.S. History sections will commonly contain materials for presidents, if you’d rather browse towards presidential information.

Direct link to this on our blog: http://kslib.info/Blog.aspx?IID=316


Lianne Flax
Online Services and Programming
State Library of Kansas
Phone: 800-432-3919
Support email: audiobooks@ks.gov
**PLEASE NOTE that my email has changed to lianne.flax@ks.gov **

Republished from Lianne Flax.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Links to Help: Registering to Vote in Kansas

Do it soon. Do it now!

The following information is being provided to all Butler students and staff in accordance with Federal Regulations. The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is October 18.

http://www.voteks.org/ - Information on how to register to vote, where to vote, check the status of your voter registration, etc.

https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration/ - Register to Vote Online

http://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/A_Guide_to_Voting_in_Kansas.pdf - A guide to voting in Kansas with important deadlines.

http://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/voterregistration.pdf - Paper Voter Registration Form

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Fall Semester begins Today! Come visit us at the Libraries of Butler

We welcome you as you visit libraries at Butler online, in El Dorado, in Andover; and at our related libraries at Andover High School and Rose Hill High School. Happy first day!

Friday, July 29, 2016

TAPROOTS: the State of KS Social Welfare 1964-71 archives

From the KSLIB:

Happy Friday everyone!

This week’s Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library blog features TAPROOTS, a serial publication of the Kansas Department of Social Welfare issued between 1964-1971. Taproots covered the different aspects of social services to Kansans provided by state and local government during the 1960s… a time of great change in the U.S. It’s a great source for historians and social service researchers. It’s also full of photos or people and places in our recent history.

Read the blog and peruse the pages of Taproots at:

Also included in this week’s blog is a link to agency/division publications in KGI by the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division (formerly the Kansas Department of Animal Health).


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Personal Help with Health Insurance Marketplace Available

Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace?

You can go to www.coverks.org to get the most up-to-date list of free, in-person certified assistants in the patron’s zip code area.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Kansas Induced Seismicity State Task Force

Hello all…

The latest blog from the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library:

Links and assorted material issued through the Kansas Induced Seismicity State Task Force (in operation during 2014)


Stay cool!

Bill Sowers

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

From the State Library: Resources on the June 23 Special Session on School Finance

Hello all,

Be sure to check out the latest blog post from the State Library of Kansas. This week, From the Reference Desk includes information about the Special Session next week. To read more, please click on this link, http://kslib.info/ReferenceBlog.


Brett L. Rurode
Reference Librarian
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Ave, Rm 312-N
Topeka, KS 66612-1593
785-296-4673 *** 800-432-3919

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

For College Students Seeking Jobs

State Library of Kansas | NEWS

Service Name: CareerOneStop
Audience: Job seekers of all ages and stages
Subject: Online Resources


We have recently added a new resource to the Skill Builders section of our Online Resources pages. This resource can also be found under Job & Career Tools within the Kansans section of our website.

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a website with tools to find training, local help, search for jobs, explore careers with self-assessments and occupation profiles, as well as other career and search resources. There are resources available for all types of job seekers - veterans, students, career-changers, older workers, and more. CareerOneStop also has an app available in the Apple App and the Google Play stores.


QUESTIONS? – kslc@library.ks.gov

www.kslib.info | 785.296.3296


Friday, April 08, 2016

Keep Your Money Well

Provided by the State Library of Kansas:

Hello all,

Every year, April is National Financial Literacy Month. In addition, this year's Money Smart Week is April 23 through the 30th. Money Smart Week is a great time to help patrons learn to manage personal finances with events and activities.

Please take a look at a list of financial literacy resources at the State Library's website, compiled for librarians and educators regarding financial literacy education. These include curriculum resources and programming ideas.

Also, be sure to view the financial literacy resources available to all Kansans, from youth to older adults.

This year, we've added a Total Boox shelf to the financial literacy Digital Books page, as well as some additional titles. Feel free to check back, as other titles might be included throughout the month.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,
Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois
Reference Librarian
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th, Rm. 312N
Topeka KS 66612-1593
785-296-1472 *** 800-432-3919

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Up Your Elections IQ

Everywhere people are talking about the upcoming presidential election. Do you get asked “Just what is a Superdelegate?” and “What happens at a brokered convention?”

If someone calls you a 'Brass Collar Democrat', should you be offended? What is 'Fusionism'? Hint: State Librarian Annie Diggs (1898-1902) was one.

The answer to these questions and more can be found in Elections A-Z, an encyclopedia found in SAGE Knowledge, on the main Online Resource page under Stats & Government.

Elections A to Z explains how campaigns and elections are conducted in the United States. Entries range from short definitions of terms such as superdelegate to in-depth essays exploring vital aspects of elections such as primary types and voter trends. The mostly one- to three-page entries, many with sidebars and illustrations, are enhanced by black and white portraits, photographs, and political cartoons.

To discover the answers to these questions and more, paste the DOI that appears to the right of each italicized term into the SAGE Knowledge search bar:

Superdelegate - 10.4135/9781452234144.n241
Brokered convention - 10.4135/9781452234144.n26
Brass collar democrat - 10.4135/9781452234144.n25
Primary Types - 10.4135/9781452234144.n182
Fusionism - 10.4135/9781452234144.n93

Be sure to check out the latest blog post, >From the Reference Desk.

Post courtesy of

Cindy Roupe
Director of Reference
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Ave Rm 312-N
Topeka KS 66612
785-296-3296 ** 800-432-3919
Ask a Librarian - http://kslib.info/ask

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Zika Virus Response and Information Resources

The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone –

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 1 PM CT
TOPIC: “Zika Virus Response and Information Resources”

By The New York Times | Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Pan American Health Organization

Dr. Sonja Rasmussen will discuss how information resources are pulled together and disseminated for the CDC Zika Virus response. In addition, representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will provide an overview of NLM Disaster Health’s Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide.

Dr. Sonja Rasmussen is the Director of CDC’s Division of Public Health Information Dissemination (the Division that includes the CDC Library) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series. She is also a Senior Consultant to CDC’s Zika Response.

Meeting URL: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?d=629830267&t=a
Event Password: 1234

For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Monday, March 07, 2016

Nationally-known economist Glenn Hubbard to speak at Butler March 31

Former White House economic advisor to give free presentation

El Dorado, Kan. – Is the U.S. economy getting better or worse? The question regularly sparks debates across the nation. Later this month, the public has the opportunity to hear from an expert in the field during an event hosted by the Butler Community College Humanities and Social Sciences Division.

Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School, will present a free talk, Thursday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in the Hubbard Welcome Center at Butler of El Dorado. Hubbard’s talk entitled, “All I Need for Understanding Economics I Learned in the Real World (and from a Good Textbook),” will highlight how using narratives animate teaching economics, and will touch on concerns about employment and consumer finance.

Hubbard served from 2001 – 2003 as chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers, an agency which advises the U.S. President on economic policy. He has also appeared as an expert source on Bloomberg.com and “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News.
The March 31 event is open to business and civic leaders, high school and college instructors and students, as well as interested members of the public.

“We’re delighted Dr. Hubbard is able to spend time with us,” said Noreen Templin, Butler economics instructor. “I think anyone truly interested in the current situation of our country will find his talk interesting, especially since it’s a campaign year.”
The presentation will include a 45-minute talk and a Q&A session with a public reception immediately following in the Lattner Family Foundation Entry of the Hubbard Welcome Center.

Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida and also holds AM and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University. In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Hubbard is the author of three popular textbooks, as well as co-author of The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending Poverty, Balance: The Economics of Great Powers From Ancient Rome to Modern America, and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System. His commentaries appear in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Nikkei, and the Daily Yomiuri, as well as on television and radio.

In the corporate sector, he is on the boards of ADP, BlackRock Closed-End Funds, and MetLife. In addition, he is co-chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; he is a past Chair of the Economic Club of New York and a past co-chair of the Study Group on Corporate Boards.

Glenn and his family live in New York.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Coffeyville Explosion of Oct. 18

An unknown man delivers a package to be sent by train from Coffeyville, Kansas, but before the package is put on the train it explodes killing two people. Various groups accuse each other of the deed which is cussed and discussed through the local media for weeks. Finally the State Legislature appoints a committee to hear witnesses and view testimony trying to sort out just what happened.

Sounds like a plot for a TV movie on events taking place within recent years, doesn't it?

No... The event took place in Coffeyville, Kansas on October 18, 1888 and the legislative report was issued in 1891.

The State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library has just added an 1891 legislative committee report on the 1888 explosion in Coffeyville, Kansas. Take a look at the short blog article and look through the transcriptions of testimonies and other evidence at:


The blog article includes a link to a digitized pamphlet at Kansas Memory (Kansas Historical Society) issued by Populists shortly after the explosion.

Have a great weekend!

Bill Sowers

Bill Sowers
Kansas Documents and Cataloging Librarian
State Library of Kansas
visit the KGI Online Library!!

Monday, February 01, 2016

House Bill introduced to eliminate Due Process for Community Colleges and Tech School teachers

From a librarian at Johnson County Community College last week.


To all colleagues at 2 year institutions:

This information was circulated earlier today directed to our teaching faculty. While not encouraging, I am passing this awareness on to all of you. Likely, some may already know about this.

House Bill introduced to eliminate Due Process for Community Colleges and Tech School teachers.


Could be an interesting spring.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Public Health Emergencies information links

The National Library of Medicine has a branch devoted to Disaster Health Information. We have just spent the last two weeks organizing information around three public health emergencies, Flint Water Crisis, Aliso Canyon Methane Leak, and the Zikka Virus. Please share this information with whomever you think would benefit from these resources. thank you!

Zika Virus Health Information Resources:https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/zikavirus.html

Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/…/aliso_canyon_gas_leak.pdf

Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System:https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/FlintLeadWater.pdf

From Siobhan Champ-Blackwell via the Libraries Step Up (in time of crisis) Facebook group:



Brig C. McCoy
Network Services Manager
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
625 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
913-279-2349, Phone
816-885-2700, Cell

Friday, January 15, 2016

Spring Semester begins soon. The books are in the library...

I read a lovely review of a newish book this afternoon. The book is The Givenness of Things: Essays (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015) by Marilynne Robinson. The review was written by Richard Cox in his blog Reading Archives and the Academy.

Robinson states, “Open a book and a voice speaks. A world, more or less, alien or welcoming, emerges to enrich a reader’s store of hypotheses, about how life is to be understood” (p. 15). Now faculties are sometimes loath to assign books because students often will not read them. “Now we are more inclined to speak of information than of learning, and to think of the means by which information is transmitted rather than of how learning might transform, and be transformed by the atmospheres of a given mind” (p. 28). What, we might ask, are we losing in all this?

I am inspired by this life on this campus, and want to know that learning still takes place here. Come! Come to the books! Listen to the voice that speaks. Listen and learn...