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:

Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak:…/aliso_canyon_gas_leak.pdf

Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System:

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...