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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
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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.

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Event Password: 1234

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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 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.