EVPL Communities: Bufkinite@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of Bufkinite@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Ancient Gonzo Widsom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/11/20/ancient-gonzo-widsom-interviews-with-hunter-s-thompson.aspx Fri, 20 Nov 2009 15:56:00 G11T 1946 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/11/20/ancient-gonzo-widsom-interviews-with-hunter-s-thompson.aspx to post your comments!

book jacket artI've been a Hunter S. Thompson fan since I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas back in college in 1973.  The completely drug-soaked, high speed narration of a trip to Las Vega in search of "the American Dream," was a breakthrough, a new style of writing that I found entertaining and entralling. 

Thompson's fame grew as he began applying his unique style to his correspondant reportage, beoming in the process the "Father of Gonzo Journalism," a style of journalism which is written subjectively, often including the reporter as part of the story via a manic first-person narrative.  His first book of such reportage was Feath and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail 1972, his take on the Nixon/McGovern race for the White House.

He kept at it for years, as political and sports correspondent to Rolling Stone magazine, and published a raft of books compiling these articles periodically, usually to coincide with a particular presidential term in office.  He must of sensed at a very early age that his writings would be sought-after, for he kept most of his correspondence, and began, with Pround Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-67, to put most of these early letters between hard covers.

In the same vein Ancient Gozo Wisdom, compiled and edited by his widow, Anita Thompson, is a compilation of interviews, arranged chronologically from 1967 through May of 2005.  The interviews range widely from the obscure (a 1972 interview on WBZ 1030 AM Radio in Boston) to the very well-known (an All Things Considered interview on NPR in 1997), and a host of magazine, radio, and television interviews in between.  Topics covered include the publication of most of his books, correspondence he had with everyone from presidents to pop stars, his failed bid for sheriff of Woody Creek, Colorado, and his ruthlessly iconoclastic tendancies.

Anyone familiar with Thompson's life and writing will enjoy the reviews compiled here.  Onward!

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<![CDATA[The Clash's "London Calling" Still Rocks!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/11/07/the-clash-s-quot-london-calling-quot-still-rocks.aspx Sat, 07 Nov 2009 17:17:00 G11T 1928 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/11/07/the-clash-s-quot-london-calling-quot-still-rocks.aspx to post your comments!

"London Calling" cover art, 1979I have been listening to London Calling - the Clash's 1979 breakout album - on my morning drive recently, and wanted to blog about how fresh it still seems after 30 years.  In fact, it's hard to believe that it was 30 years ago that I was first entranced by the hypnotic sounds of the title track.

It's aged really well, and seems almost playful now - at least tracks like "Jimmy Jazz" and "Lost in the Supermarket." Other tracks maintain their effrontery and anger as fresh as the first time I heard them.  I'm thinking especially of "The Guns of Brixton," the lyrics of which predate the race riots that took place there in the 1980s, but are almost prescient in terms of depicting the tensions that were building at the time that bassist Paul Simonon penned the song in 1978, largely due to the heavy-handedness of the police.

Other songs that still resonate are "Working for the Clampdown" and "The Card Cheat."

One thing you never had to be afraid of with the Clash was being shortchanged.  The 19 tracks on this album contain over an hour of listening.  Their other recordings are similarly generous.

An interesting note about the album cover: it was a parody of/reflection on Elvis Presley's debut album, "Elvis Presley," which came out in 1957.  Considered a "bad boy" in his day, by the time the Clash debuted with "London Calling," Elvis seemed positively wholesome, and the image of bassist Paul Simonon smashing his bass on the stage of the Palladium in New York City reinforces the new level to which being a "bad boy" had risen by that time.

Give the Clash a listen!  If you've never heard them, it's high time; if you have, you'll enjoy the return trip.

"Elvis Presley" cover art, 1957

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<![CDATA[Word Clouds as Works of Art]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/11/07/word-clouds-as-works-of-art.aspx Sat, 07 Nov 2009 10:51:00 G11T 1927 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/11/07/word-clouds-as-works-of-art.aspx to post your comments!

Noodling around on the web is great fun because in doing so, I sometimes find things that I end up being amazed by, but would otherwise never have thought interesting. The web site wordle.net is one such example.  You can enter any text into it - love letters, web pages, emails, anything! - and it will create a word cloud which gives greater prominence to words appearing more frequently in the source text.

You can play around with the results, changing fonts, color schemes, the direction of the type (e.g. horizontal or vertical), and the overall layout.  The results are surprising, and very often stunning.

I'm a word person - I not only love to use words, I enjoy finding just the right word, and am frequently peeved (friends say more than I should be) by the unnecessary use of words, or the incorrect use of words.  (Don't even get me started on words like "digitalization" or "irregardless"!)  So finding a web site that does nothing but render words into things of striking beauty is a real pleasure for me!

Just to give you an example, here is a word cloud - courtesy of http://www.wordle.net - using the text of this blog post!

Word cloud of this post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check it out!

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<![CDATA[The Open Book Alliance, an Alternative to the Google Library Book Project.]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/10/21/the-open-book-alliance-an-alternative-to-the-google-library-book-project.aspx Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:52:00 G10T 1910 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/10/21/the-open-book-alliance-an-alternative-to-the-google-library-book-project.aspx to post your comments!

Open Book Alliance logoYou've probably heard of the Google Library Books Project, a massive project wherein search giant Google teamed up with a number of large research libraries worldwide to scan their holdings in order to make digitized copies of those books available worldwide.  Cooperating libraries included Oxford's Bodleian library - the oldest public library in the world - Harvard University Libraries, and the University of Michigan Libraries, giving Google a database which now numbers over 10 million books, many of which are not in the public domain, but still fall under copyright protection.  As a result, it wasn't long before a lawsuit was brought against Google by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, concerned that people would access their books via Google without paying the authors or publishers of protected works the royalties they would normally be due.

The result of this lawsuit was a settlement that has become known as the Google Book Settlement, a settlement that many authors, agents, libraries, and lawyers claim gives Google a tremendously unfair advantage over any other digitizing enterprise, gives Google perpetual and exclusive rights to "orphaned works" - books that are still under copyright protection, but for which a copyright claimant has not come forward or been found - if no claim has been filed for them by June 5, 2010.  Google maintains that these concerns are overblown. Co-founder Sergey Brin wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times recently essentially calling the Google Books Project the digital equivalent of the Great Library of Alexandria, but UC Berkley law professor Pamela Samuelson responded with a rebuttal, pointing out that:

  • Unlike any library, Google is a profit-motivated company, out to sell you a product
  • Libraries and library associations are lining up in opposition to the proposed settlement, something they wouldn't do if Google Books operated like a library
  • The settlement would put the fair use of copyright materials in jeopardy, and libraries are great believers in fair use
  • Rights to reader privacy are also at risk (would you like some Adsense advertisements with your book search?)

Enter the Open Book Alliance (OBA), an organization whose mission recognizes that "the mass digitization of books promises to bring tremendous value to consumers, libraries, scholars, and students. The Open Book Alliance will work to advance and protect this promise. And, by protecting it, ... will assert that any mass book digitization and publishing effort be open and competitive."  The OBA was co-founded by Peter Brantley, Director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive and previously Director of the Digital Library Federation, and Gary Reback, an intellectual property and trade regulation lawyer generally credited with spearheading the efforts leading to the U.S. Government’s prosecution of Microsoft.

The last sentence of OBA's Mission Statement makes it very clear: "The Open Book Alliance will counter Google, the Association of American Publishers and the Authors’ Guild’s scheme to monopolize the access, distribution and pricing of the largest digital database of books in the world.  To this end, we will promote fair and flexible solutions aimed at achieving a more robust and open system."

One of the ways that OBA is striving to "oppose" the Google Book Settlement is through recruiting organizational members to give weight to their mission.  Current members include Microsoft and Amazon.com, groups of authors such as the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Sceince Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, groups of publishers like the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and Small Press Distribution, library associations like the New York Library Association and the Special Libraries Association, and many others.

Another way OBA hopes to secure opposition to the Google Book Settlement is to educate the public about its dangers. They have published a quick guide to the proposed book settlement, "Fact vs. Fiction" in pdf format.  Their web site features a news center with links to all their press releases and any stories from the mainstream media regarding the proposed settlement. And they have a resources page featuring links to video and transcripts of congressional testimony about the settlement.

Follow OBA on Twitter
Subscribe to the OBA Channel on YouTube
Subscriber to the OBA website's RSS Feed

 

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<![CDATA[Learn to find Government Information on the Web]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/10/10/learn-to-find-government-information-on-the-web.aspx Sat, 10 Oct 2009 14:53:00 G10T 1898 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/10/10/learn-to-find-government-information-on-the-web.aspx to post your comments!

USA.gov logoInterested in finding out about govenment jobs?  Wonder where you can find the latest consumer product safety information? Ever wanted to look at surplus government property, and maybe bid on some of it? Want to get information on financial planning?  On October 21st there will be a free workshop on how to access all of this information and more through the premier government web portal - USA.gov.

Led by Government Documents Librarian Teresa Loeffler, this workshop will help you search and find the specific information you want, by showing you some concrete examples, and then letting you search the web site yourself, with supervision and assistance.

The workshop takes place at Central Library's Tech Center, and is limited to 15 people, so that everyone will have their own computer for searching for the information that interests them.   Call the library Reference Desk at 428-8218 to sign up, or IM us via the AskEVPL page and let us know that you'd like to sign up for the Finding Government Information workshop.

 

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<![CDATA[The Library: An Illustrated History by Stuart A. P. Murray]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/10/05/the-library-an-illustrated-history-by-stuart-a-p-murray.aspx Mon, 05 Oct 2009 18:01:00 G10T 1885 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/10/05/the-library-an-illustrated-history-by-stuart-a-p-murray.aspx to post your comments!

Cover art for "The Library: An Illustrated History"This very readable and lavishly illustrated book is a survey of libraries, from the earliest gatherings of clay tablets in the library at Nineveh to the present grandeur of the Library of Congress.  It is full of the characters of library history as well: from King Assurbanipal in 700 BCE, Mansa Musa, the sultan of Mali in Timbuktu in the 1300s, and the Mughal emperors Akbar in the late 1500s,  to Thomas Bodley, Melvil Dewey, and Andrew Carnegie.  All of themhave anecdotes attached to them which help to illustrate and flesh out the development and evolution of those institutions we call libraries today.

The Library: An Illustrated History tends to focus on Europe and the United States, but spends a chapter discussing Asia and Islam and their influence on the history of the book and libraries, and another, called "People of the Book," discussing the interplay between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the history of library development.

One of the themes running through this book is how the libraries of the victors are enlarged and enriched throughout history by the pillaging of the libraries of the vanquished. The Bibliotheque nationale de France, the Vatican Library, and the British Library have all broadened their substantial collections in this fashion.  Another theme mentioned frequently was how war influenced which ideas were given currency in a given culture and time: "It was usually the sword that decided whose teachings would be supreme in any given land."

In this regard, this book compliments the message in Matthew Battles's book Library: An Unquiet History, but that book is only marginally illustrated, and does not bring the reader the wonderful survey of world libraries with which Murray's book ends.  Anyone wanting a good overview of library history would find their time well spent reading this book.

 

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<![CDATA[Happy Banned Books Week!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/29/happy-banned-books-week.aspx Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:02:00 G9T 1873 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/29/happy-banned-books-week.aspx to post your comments!

Second most challenged book of 2008Most frequently challenged book of 2008Banned Books Week takes place this year from September 26 - October 3, and is not a celebration of banning books, but rather a celebration of the freedom to read, and the importance of the First Amendment. 

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been the subject of attempted bannings, and illustrate the fact that many people attempt to ban books from a desire to protect everyone else from ideas or images which they find personally distasteful.  This is in keeping with Laurence Peters's quote that a censor is "someone who knows more than he thinks you should," and underscores the position of the ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) that "materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation," and likewise "should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval."

The OIF releases annual lists of the most frequently challenged books, and it's always interesting reading.
Here's a list of the 11 most ironically banned books of all time.
And here's a map that shows that book bannings are a national problem.

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<![CDATA[Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/09/28/lost-boy-by-brent-w-jeffs.aspx Mon, 28 Sep 2009 17:08:00 G9T 1867 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/09/28/lost-boy-by-brent-w-jeffs.aspx to post your comments!

Dust Jacket cover art for "Lost Boy"Anyone familiar with John Krakauer's book Under the Banner of Heaven will be familiar with the polygamous, Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS).  In that book Krakauer recounts how religious polygamy was often used as a cover for pedophilia, and how anyone who questioned the motives of the church leaders often paid in "blood atonement."

The last name of the author of Lost Boy, Jeffs, may be familiar to anyone who has followed the saga of the FLDS, which has been in the news a lot in the past five years.  Warren Jeffs, the "prophet" of this splinter cult off of the mainstream Mormon church, is the uncle of the author.  The author's grandfather, Rulon Jeffs, was the "prophet" before him, and this book recounts the power struggles that took place within the FLDS, as well as the power struggles that went on within his own family - his father had three wives and 12 children, a small family by FLDS standards.

In a church like the FLDS, where men are guaranteed a "seat in the Kingdom" when they achieve "a quorum," or three wives, young men tend to be seen as "in the way" by older men in looking to complete their quorum with younger - often much younger - women.  

The book is divided into four sections called "Before," "During," "After," and "Fighting Back."  Brent Jeffs recounts how, as a very young child - just a boy of six or seven - he was forcibly and brutally raped by Warren Jeffs, as were at least two of his brothers. He recounts how young men were singled out for "discipline" for the slightest infractions, and made to feel like they didn't and couldn't belong to the church because of their unsanctified ways.

He recounts how, upon assuming the mantle of leadership of the FLDS, Warren Jeffs began to transform it from a faith - a fringe faith, yes, but a faith - into a cult.  Outlawing such small things as pet dogs, the color red, any sort of clothing that was "worldly," and a host of other everyday things like videos of popular television shows like The Simpsons, or name brand clothing or running shoes.

He recounts how his own father was expelled from the the church by his brother, and the life they led trying to keep at least part of their family together.  (Warren Jeffs had the authority to "reassign" the wives of expelled church members, and broke up hundreds of families this way in his struggle to maintain power.) He details his and his brothers slide into alcoholism and drug addiction, as they became marginalized from the only community they'd ever known.

Finally though, we are told about his long struggle to return to sanity, and even to filing a Civil suit in 2004 accusing Jeffs of abusing him.

Ultimately, this book is an uplifting look at how people can find happiness and meaning in life, even those who have had truly horrific and demeaning experiences.

Link to the segment of NPR's "Fresh Air" where Terry Gross interviews Brent Jeffs

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<![CDATA[Additional Computer Basics Class Added for October First]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/23/additional-computer-basics-class-added-for-october-first.aspx Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:12:00 G9T 1863 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/23/additional-computer-basics-class-added-for-october-first.aspx to post your comments!

Computer Basics ClassDue to the fact that all three computer basics classes filled up very quickly, EVPL has added an additional class to the fall schedule, for October 1st, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

This class will teach you all you need to know to get started using a computer without fear, and includes learning to use the mouse and keyboard, how to open different programs, and how to use the Microsoft Windows operating system.

You'll also learn the difference between hardware and software, and a little of the history of how computers developed from the first machines, which took up entire buildings but had less computing power than an iPod, to the laptop and handheld computers of today.

Registration information for this class can be found here.

Information about other computer classes can be found here.

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<![CDATA[The Ripest Moments by Norbert Krapf]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/09/15/the-ripest-moments-by-norbert-krapf.aspx Tue, 15 Sep 2009 14:00:00 G9T 1855 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/09/15/the-ripest-moments-by-norbert-krapf.aspx to post your comments!

Book Jacket - The Ripest MomentsThe Ripest Moments is a simple pleasure to read.  While reading this memoir of growing up in the 40s and 50s in Jasper and rural Dubois County, Indiana, I found myself reminded over and over again of my own childhood in northern Indiana, and the cousins, aunts, and uncles we'd often visit in Ohio and West Virginia.

While this is primarily a book about place, and family, it's also a book about community, and the work ethic that built communities like Jasper - and like Evansville, for that matter - with materials and stock that, in the author's words, were "one generation removed from the farm, two or three generations removed from Germany, and a hundred years beyond the wilderness."

As the title suggests, there's quite a bit remembered about the importance of gardens, orchards, and farms in this book.  Family garden plots were central to the survival of pre-suburban, working families.  "Summers on the Farm," "The Rye Field," and "The Garden and the Strawberry Patch" are just a few of the more mouth-watering chapters.

If you were born & raised in southern Indiana, you'll find something familiar, and likely something warm, in this book.  But even if you're a transplant, this book may speak to you.  Quoting the author's preface: "I have always believed that any story set deeply in one time and place, if told well, speaks for other times, places, and people.  To put it another way, a sense of time and place travels well.  A life lived deeply anywhere resonates beyond the context of its specifics."

This one resonated with me.

The author's website.

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<![CDATA[Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK?: A Human Rights Perspective]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/09/11/torture-does-it-make-us-safer-is-it-ever-ok-a-human-rights-perspective.aspx Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:41:00 G9T 1845 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/09/11/torture-does-it-make-us-safer-is-it-ever-ok-a-human-rights-perspective.aspx to post your comments!

Book jacket artWhile I find it appalling on so many levels that we even need a such a book as this in the 21st Century US, I'm glad that I had the chance to read this.  Torture is divided into two sections, the first being about international torture - it's history, putative usefulness, the exporting of torture from one country to another, the long-term effects of torture on its victims and perpetrators, and negotiating with torturers - and the second being about torture in the United States - including essays on practices banned by the State Department (but nevertheless recently authorized by the Department of Defense), command responsibility for torture, and torture in US prisons.

A particularly moving chapter, for me, was the one on the need to respect the Geneva Conventions (dismissed by former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld as "quaint") written by Senator John McCain, himself a victim of torture during the Vietnam War.

While not easy to read, the book clearly answers both rhetorical questions in the title with a resounding "NO!" and provides factual information and ammunition to those wanting to reclaim for the United States the moral high ground in the treatment of dissidents, prisoners of war, and other "enemies of the state."

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<![CDATA[Up-To-Date H1N1 and Flu Information Available Now!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/10/up-to-date-h1n1-and-flu-information-available-now.aspx Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:09:00 G9T 1837 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/10/up-to-date-h1n1-and-flu-information-available-now.aspx to post your comments!

As public concern about pandemic H1N1 and the upcoming flu season continues to grow, the medical and nursing editors from both EBSCO Publishing and the Gale Group have responded by offering the latest scientifically verified flu-related information available for free.

These free flu information resources are available in the following ways:

 

  1. To access EBSCO's information, click here.
  2. To access Gale Group's information on the science and history of H1N1, click here.
  3. To access Gale Groups up-to-the-minute global news on H1N1, click here.

 

This free flu information will be continually updated, so please check both of these sites often, and feel free to share, post, and email a link to this blog post to your colleagues, family and friends.

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<![CDATA[New Unemployment Filers Have Online Tutorial Help]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/08/new-unemployment-filers-have-online-tutorial-help.aspx Tue, 08 Sep 2009 14:03:00 G9T 1829 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/08/new-unemployment-filers-have-online-tutorial-help.aspx to post your comments!

Uplink Customer Self Service logoMany folks are feeling the brunt of the recession, and are having to apply for unemployment for the first time in their lives.  Even if you found yourself needing unemployment assistance at some point in the past, much has changed in the last ten years, and you'll find you're spending less time in line at the unemployment office, and more time online, at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) website.  The development of the "UpLink Claimant Self Service" (CSS) section of the DWD website makes it very easy to file your unemployment claims, but knowing what to do, and how to do it, can help the assistance you need arrive that much sooner.  

The DWD has developed an online video tutorial that will show you how to create a user profile and apply for unemployment benefits online. Uplink is the name of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s automated self service Unemployment Insurance system. You can find out much more about the Uplink Claimant Self Service at the DWD Uplink CSS page.

 

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<![CDATA[Love As Always, Kurt: Vonnegut As I Knew Him, by Loree Rackstraw]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/09/07/love-as-always-kurt-vonnegut-as-i-knew-him-by-loree-rackstraw.aspx Mon, 07 Sep 2009 01:21:00 G9T 1826 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/09/07/love-as-always-kurt-vonnegut-as-i-knew-him-by-loree-rackstraw.aspx to post your comments!

Jacket art - Love As Always, KurtIn September of 1965 Lorree Rackstraw was a graduate student in her second year at the Iowa Writer's Workshop, apprehensive about her new teacher, a relatively unknown writer named Kurt Vonnegut.  Vonnegut had published just three books: The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, and Cat's Cradle.  He'd also finished writing God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater the previous spring, and was struggling to get onto paper what he referred to as his "Dresden Book."

Love As Always, Kurt, recounts the friendship that began that summer, and lasted over 40 years, until Kurt Vonnegut died in April of 2007. To call it a friendship cheapens the care that this memoir makes clear they shared with one another.  Rackstraw is now Professor Emeritus and the University of Northern Iowa & former editor of The North American Review.

This memoir of Rackstraw's forty-year relationship with Kurt Vonnegut is a very personal and deep look into both the human and the writer behind the name Kurt Vonnegut.  We see clearly how, as a writer, he labors in draft after draft of everything he wrote from Slaughterhouse Five to Man Without a Country, and down to the speeches he gave at countless colleges, universities, graduations, and memorial services.  We see, just as clearly, how he champions common humanity, and simultaneously enjoys the company of the famous and relatively well-to-do.  We see how, despite periods of darkness and cynicism, this relationship buoyed Vonnegut, and provided Rackstraw with an escape from the pressures of her academic career as well.

We see, most plainly, a deep and abiding friendship that transcends all normal definitions.  Was it love?  Definitely.  What it friendship?  In the most useful meaning of the word, yes.  But it was more: it was a collegial relationship - Vonnegut sent her page proofs of everything from Slaughterhouse Five forward; it was an intimate relationship, certainly: "Kurt and I toured the town of Key West, hand in hand like kids, and took photographs of each other beside somebody else's catch of a huge fish... Later, we danced barefoot under moonlight on that beach, to ragtime music from the piano bar;" and ultimately, it was a lifelong relationship, that saw a parting of the ways only in the death of one.

Being a long-time Vonnegut fan, I loved this book.  It represents a first-hand account of four decades of his life by someone who he consistently loved, and who loved him in return.  A tender portrait.

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<![CDATA[Got a Question? Text it to AskEVPL!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/01/got-a-question-text-it-to-askevpl.aspx Tue, 01 Sep 2009 21:20:00 G9T 1810 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/01/got-a-question-text-it-to-askevpl.aspx to post your comments!

iPhone displaying askevpl text messageDo you text?  

Are you one of those people who keeps in touch by text-messaging?

Now you can add the library's Reference Services department to the list of places you can text!  Asking questions has never been easier!  Hosted by Mosio, a leader in providing mobile information systems, this service allows you to text us questions, while maintaining complete confidentiality, since your mobile phone number will never be revealed to us.

Send your messages to 66746 (MOSIO)

Begin your question with the word "askevpl" (without the quotes, of course), and then just type your question!  See the graphic at left for an example.

During library hours, we will answer your question within 3 hours.

So now there are five different ways you can approach EVPL Reference Services with a question:

1. You can text us, as just described.
2. You can ask us in person, at the Information Desk of Central Library, or at the Reference Desk of any branch.
3. You can call us on the telephone at (812) 428-8218 during regular library hours.
4. You can email us using our online form.
5. You can instant message us using AOL, Yahoo, or Windows Live Messenger, or directly via Meebo on our AskEVPL page.

Whatever choice you make, Reference Services is here to answer your question, help you find the job resources you need, point your research in productive directions, and provide you with timely business information.
Now, what was your question?

 

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<![CDATA[Who Is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/08/24/who-is-mark-twain-by-mark-twain.aspx Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:59:00 G8T 1795 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/08/24/who-is-mark-twain-by-mark-twain.aspx to post your comments!

Book jacket cover artWhen he died in 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens - better known by the nom de plume Mark Twain - left behind the largest trove of literary papers of any nineteenth-century American author.  Included were letters diaries, travelogues, a huge autobiography, notebooks, literary manuscripts, "easily half a million pages."  

Drawn from this cornucopia of material, Who Is Mark Twain? is a new collection of 24 previously unpublished pieces.  It contains some materials which end without resolution, and others which give the appearance (in reading) of being early drafts. Nevertheless, the collection on the whole is vintage Twain: funny, irreverent, caustic, and acerbic.  Acerbic, that is, to the point where Twain believed that they could not be published while he himself lived.  Take, as an example, extended excerpts from the first paragraph of the chapter entitled "The Privilege of the Grave:"

"Its occupant has one privilege which is not exercised by any living person: free speech.  The living man is not really without this privilege - strictly speaking - but as he possesses it merely as an empty formality, and knows better than to make use of it, it cannot be seriously regarded as an actual possession.  As an active privilege, it ranks with the privilege of committing murder: we may exercise it if we are willing to take the consequences.  Murder is forbidden both in form and in fact; free speech is granted in form but forbidden in fact... Murder is sometimes punished, free speech always - when committed.  Which is seldom...  An unpopular opinion concerning politics or religion lies concealed in the *** of every man... There is not one individual - including the reader and myself - who is not the possessor of dear and cherished unpopular convictions which common wisdom forbids him to utter."

Anyone who has read "Letters From the Earth" (also published posthumously) will recognize the same writer in the chapter "Conversations With Satan," and "The Missionary in World Politics."  Those who know that Twain was a newspaperman at one time in his life (writing for a Keokuk, Iowa newspaper under the name Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass) will enjoy the irony of "The Force of 'Suggestion.'"  There is something here for everyone, always entertaining, very well written, and backed by forceful (if not always endearing) thought.

I loved it!

Other books by Mark Twain in the EVPL collections

Purchase this book at Amazon.com benefitting the Friends of EVPL

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<![CDATA[The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/08/17/the-book-of-william-how-shakespeare-s-first-folio-conquered-the-world.aspx Mon, 17 Aug 2009 16:34:00 G8T 1776 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/08/17/the-book-of-william-how-shakespeare-s-first-folio-conquered-the-world.aspx to post your comments!

Book Jacket: The Book of WilliamPaul Collins writes in a convivial and breezy style, and is the kind of natural storyteller who brings history to life.  Nevertheless, in The Book of William, his scholarship and authority are undeniable, and make this book an important entry point for those interested in learning more about Shakespeare.

This telling of the "life story" of what became known as the First Folio of Shakespeare (though the book's title, according to commonly accepted cataloging rules would be Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies) is, quite simply wonderfully done.  

Written in five "Acts" subdivided into scenes, it takes the reader from the day in 1617 or 1618 that John Heminge and Henry Condell - two aging men who had actually worked with Shakespeare - approached the printer William Jaggard with the idea of publishing all the known works of the Bard, to  2006 in Meisei University in Tokyo, home of the largest university collection of First Folios in the world; 12 of them, "more than the British Library and the New York Public Library combined."

In between we are introduced to such well-known characters as Alexander Pope and Dr. Samuel Johnson, and a host of lesser-known but nevertheless interesting characters as: Dr. Anthony James West, who conducted a recent worldwide census of First Folios (locating a record 230 copies); Henry Clay Folger, collector extraordinaire and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library (which owns an astounding 79 copies of the First Folio); Charlton Hinman, inventor of the Hinman collator; and Mitsuo Kodama, past president of Meisei University, and the only reason why Meisei University has so many First Folios.

Spanning three continents and nearly four centuries, this book is a delightful look at the one book that routinely sells for fifty-five times its weight in gold.

Link to the Shakespeare Folio Electronic Library at Meisei University.
Purchase a facsimile of the First Folio from Amazon, and benefit the Public Library Friends.

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<![CDATA[Property Damaged by Severe Weather? Report It!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/08/07/property-damaged-by-severe-weather-report-it.aspx Fri, 07 Aug 2009 10:25:00 G8T 1743 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/08/07/property-damaged-by-severe-weather-report-it.aspx to post your comments!

Hoosiers who sustained substantial property damage caused by severe weather - including wind and flooding from recent Aug. 4 storms - are urged to report those losses online or by calling toll free 1-866-210-1925.

Reports by phone should be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The toll-free number will be in operation through Tuesday, Aug. 18. When calling, provide a name, address, phone number, what caused the damage and type of property damage (such as structural and/or loss of personal property).

Or, you can visit www.in.gov/dhs and report damage online at the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Web site.

This information will help local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security determine if federal assistance is needed in the state. After this first step is taken, the governor can declare a state of emergency and use the National Guard's military resources.

If the state determines the recovery is beyond its resources, a request for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a preliminary damage assessment can be made. FEMA personnel then join state and local representatives and conduct damage assessments and submit their findings to the governor's office.

If the state determines from those findings that a full recovery is beyond its capabilities, the governor can submit a written request to the President of the United States asking for federal aid under a major disaster or emergency declaration. FEMA's director also provides the President with an analysis of the disaster conditions and a recommendation on the needed course of action.

At that point, FEMA would either advise the governor of a denial of the request for federal aid or the President would declare a major disaster or emergency exists in the state.

But it all has to begin with individuals bringing to the attention of government the damage that they've suffered as a result of storms, so use the toll-free number or web site listed above to report any storm damages your property may have suffered. 

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<![CDATA[Is There a Web Site with Local Job Information? Indeed, There IS!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/08/01/is-there-a-web-site-with-local-job-information-indeed-there-is.aspx Sat, 01 Aug 2009 17:47:00 G8T 1721 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/08/01/is-there-a-web-site-with-local-job-information-indeed-there-is.aspx to post your comments!

Indeed.com LogoSome of the most popular workshops being offered at the library recently have involved how to polish your resume, or sharpen you interview skills.  With the tight job market, even highly skilled and trained people are getting all of their job-hunting tools sharpened, and are ready to take the next step.  Now, where can they go to find information on local job opportunities?

Indeed.com, the second largest employment web site in the world, has a website about Evansville area employment opportunities, which aggregates all the information they have about employers, companies, jobs, and employment resources in one easy-to-navigate interface.  The top section, "Popular Jobs and Salaries," provides a bar-graph style comparison of different jobs based on how much they pay, while lower sections list links to Evansville companies that are currently hiring, as well as links to pre-selected searches, such as production jobs, or clerical jobs.

Once you have performed a search for jobs, and have a list of jobs, you can limit it further in a number of ways.  You can limit it to within 5 miles of your location, by salary range, by company, or by any combination of these and many other criteria.

This site is listed on our Useful Websites web page, where a huge variety of resources, selected by librarians for accuracy, timeliness, and dependability, are sorted and classified for your convenience.  For instance. the Indeed.com web site is listed under both "Job Search" and "Employment Information and Services."

Check it out!

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<![CDATA[Libraries Lend a Hand in Tough Times]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/06/12/libraries-lend-a-hand-in-tough-times.aspx Fri, 12 Jun 2009 10:01:00 G6T 1590 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/06/12/libraries-lend-a-hand-in-tough-times.aspx to post your comments!

This morning the Today Show ran a segment on the important role libraries play during economic recessions.  The current economic downturn is no exception, as the clip discusses.

Here at EVPL we have responded to the recession in many ways.  For one thing, we have hosted and are hosting workshops on finding employment.  For another we make workstations available at Central Library's Tech Center on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 2 p.m. just for people needing to file their weekly unemployment claims.

What do YOU think the library could or should do to help Evansville residents during these hard times?

 

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<![CDATA[90 Classic Books for People in a Hurry by Henrik Lange]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/06/11/90-classic-books-for-people-in-a-hurry-by-henrik-lange.aspx Thu, 11 Jun 2009 08:20:00 G6T 1577 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/06/11/90-classic-books-for-people-in-a-hurry-by-henrik-lange.aspx to post your comments!


Jacket art - 90 Classic Books for People in a HurryThis morning over my first cup of coffee I read Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness; and then Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.  I decided to read The Three Musketeers before jumping in the shower. 

This delightful book reduces most of the canon of "Western Literature" into a series of four-panel cartoons.  Each of the books thus encapsulated is given one two-page spread, and each 4-panel cartoon only uses 3 to tell the story, because one panel is always the book title.

I found this collection to be very funny and well thought out.  It's also weird how many of the books he actually does capture the essence of in one page.

You're in a hurry, so check this one out!

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<![CDATA[Now You Can Download eBooks to Your Sony® Reader!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/16/now-you-can-download-ebooks-to-your-sony-174-reader.aspx Sat, 16 May 2009 16:10:00 G5T 1508 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/16/now-you-can-download-ebooks-to-your-sony-174-reader.aspx to post your comments!

Sony eReaderEVPL customers have been asking about when they'll be able to load eBooks onto their Sony® Readers or Amazon Kindles.  Beginning May 15th, they can start downloading eBooks to the Sony® Readers, thanks to the availability of eBooks from OverDrive in the new Adobe® EPUB format.

On the OverDrive pages, there is an entire page devoted to frequently asked questions about the EPUB format, as well a page listing all of the titles available for download in the new format.

More about the Sony® Reader can be found at Sony's web site.

Due to Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues, and the fact that it was primarily invented to push proprietary content, the Amazon Kindle is not supported by any format currently provided by OverDrive.  Also, early reviews about difficulty migrating Kindle 1 content to the Kindle 2 device should give avid readers pause when it comes to investing in a Kindle.

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<![CDATA[Explore Issues of Global Importance with New Database]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/16/explore-issues-of-global-importance-with-new-database.aspx Sat, 16 May 2009 11:56:00 G5T 1507 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/16/explore-issues-of-global-importance-with-new-database.aspx to post your comments!

Global Issues in Context home pageNeed up-to-the-minute information on child labor?  Want to have an idea about current world opinion regarding the US military's use of torture?  Are you concerned about nuclear weapons in failed states falling into the hands of international terrorist organizations?  Are you confused by the proliferation of different and conflicting information about global climate change and sea-level rise?

Information on all of these issues and much more is available through a new database called Global Issues in Context.  Available through the EVPL database page, this resource offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance, like the ones outlined above, and provides background information on them, placing them in the proper sociopolitical, religious, and cultural context.

Searching Global Issues in Context can take place in a variety of ways, starting with simple keyword searching in a single search box.  There is also a clickable world map, where choosing a particular country then links to issue portals where that country is mentioned.

Global Issues in Context has a great deal of multimedia components, including extensive audio and video clips from such places as NPR, PBS, CBC, and NBC news; interactive maps, and links to world newspapers.

TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS: Global Issues in Context's conten is aligned to state and national social studies and science standards and is up to date.  Thus it can be used across the curriculum.  It also encourages and develops critical-thinking skills by providing students a variety of pertinent global perspectives on the issues.

Check out this resource; it will broaden and deepen your understanding of current events and issues affecting countries and people around the world.

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<![CDATA[Two New Databases Emphasize U.S. & World History]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/15/two-new-databases-emphasize-u-s-amp-world-history.aspx Fri, 15 May 2009 12:47:00 G5T 1500 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/15/two-new-databases-emphasize-u-s-amp-world-history.aspx to post your comments!

History buffs now have two new resources at their disposal 24 hours a day through the databases page at the EVPL web site. The History Resource Center: World and History Resource Center: U.S. are easy to navigate, rich resources.

History Resource Center: U.S. home pageHistory Resource Center: U.S. was named a "Best Reference" by the New York Public Library, and provides a easily searchable interface to a unique combination of primary and secondary sources. The most extensive online collection of historical information available today, History Research Center U.S. delivers:

- comprehensive coverage of the most-studied topics in U.S. history, including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the post-Cold War era
- a "roll-over" chronology that features a graphical, annotated timeline of significant events spanning pre-Columbian prehistory to today's headlines
- more than 5,000 primary source documents, including more than 9,000 commentaries
- over 350,000 periodical articles
- over 130 reference books
- thousands of downloadable images, maps, charts, and flags

Whether you're a student in high school, college, or a life-long learner, History Resource Center: U.S. delivers unmatched pinpoint results and reliable sources, allowing you to establish the context within the content.
History resource center: World home pageHistory Resource Center: World was named a "Best Reference" by Library Journal, and offers students and researchers access to more than 5,000 years of world history, including 15,000 pages of primary source material, more than 50 encyclopedias and compendiums, more than 150 academic journals, more than 1,600 maps, atlases and other images, hours of video content, and daily podcasts from NPR, CBC, and other reputable sources, and annotated Web links to history-specific academic and news information sites.
Featuring extensive coverage of the 20th century, this resources also features coverage of teh Ancient Mediterranean, Ancient Near East and Asia as well as the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the modern Middle East and Latin America.  Other highlights:
- Asian history recounts the events from Bronze Age China to modern India
- African, Indian, and Latin American history includes the end of colonization in Africa and India as well as the social and political movements in Latin America
- the same kind of "roll-over" timeline as the one featured in History Resource Center: U.S.
Both of these resources feature a very simple search tool, which allows you to search either one - or both - resource centers with one search by clicking the appropriate radio button.  An example of the search box can be seen below.  You can also search by a person or by a subject, and there is an advanced search option that allows you to limit by document type, historical date ranges, date of publication of the resource, and to use Boolean operators.
Search Box

 

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<![CDATA[Now You Can AskEVPL Direct]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/12/now-you-can-askevpl-direct.aspx Tue, 12 May 2009 16:35:00 G5T 1498 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/12/now-you-can-askevpl-direct.aspx to post your comments!

The Ask EVPL Meebo widgetIf you haven't been to the AskEVPL web site recently, you're in for a pleasant surprise!  Now, thanks to an bit of Instant Message software called Meebo, you can ask EVPL Reference Staff a question anytime.

Here's how it works: when you open the AskEVPL web page, the upper lefthand portion of the page contians a box labeled AskEVPL.  This is the AskEVPL widget, and inside it is a smaller box that says "type here and hit enter to send a private message."  An example of what the AskEVPL widget looks like is to the left.

Once you type a message and hit enter, your message will come directly to the library's reference staff, and will be answered just as it would if you called, mailed, emailed, or walked in.

You can still IM us using AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger, but if you don't have one of those IM clients installed, you can still IM us using the AskEVPL widget!

What is YOUR question? 

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports Now Available Online]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/12/consumer-reports-now-available-online.aspx Tue, 12 May 2009 16:06:00 G5T 1496 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/12/consumer-reports-now-available-online.aspx to post your comments!

One of the library's most requested resources, Consumer Reports magazine, is now available online.  Not only do the magazine's articles appear here, all of the product testing and review information is archived there as well.

This is sure to become one of the most used databases available at EVPL.  As of this writing, it is already number 8 on our "top ten" list of most popular databases.

Check it out!

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<![CDATA[It's Orange Cone Season Again: How To Avoid Construction Delays]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/08/it-s-orange-cone-season-again-how-to-avoid-construction-delays.aspx Fri, 08 May 2009 12:09:00 G5T 1478 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/08/it-s-orange-cone-season-again-how-to-avoid-construction-delays.aspx to post your comments!

It's Orange Cone Time!Orange cones seem to blossom along our state's road and highways this time of year like mushrooms after a spring rain.  Coming to work every day from Posey County, I already have to navigate six to eight miles of one-lane traffic along State Highway 62.  People traveling on Lincoln Ave. and other areas in the northeast of Evansville are also contending with traffic delays and congestion resulting from road construction.

There are a few resources for finding out about road construction projects which may come in handy if you're planning a road trip in the Hoosier State anytime soon.  It would be nice if all of these resources were combined into one site where all current state-funded projects were listed, but until then, use these three to locate construction projects in your area:

 

  1. The "Major Moves" website of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) features a map of Indiana counties, where clicking on any county returns a list of Major Moves projects going on there.  
  2. INDOT also maintains a road restrictions page for non-Major Moves projects that temporarily close, partially close, or restrict access to state roads and highways due to construction projects.  
  3. Finally, INDOT has a current construction projects page that lists projects currently under construction, projects near construction, and current study corridors.
The Vanderburgh County Highway Department has a Road Alerts page that includes links to information on road closings, snow removal, flood alerts, and more - including a link to a page where you can report a problem or file a complaint.

 

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<![CDATA[The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays by Wendell Berry]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/04/26/the-way-of-ignorance-and-other-essays-by-wendell-berry.aspx Sun, 26 Apr 2009 15:19:00 G4T 1447 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/04/26/the-way-of-ignorance-and-other-essays-by-wendell-berry.aspx to post your comments!

Book jacket art: The Way of IgnoranceWendell Berry is by now surely the “elder statesman” of living responsibly in a sustainable fashion, with strong local allegiances to a place in every sense of the word: the local ecology, culture, community, and people.  He seems to be aware of the fact that, if not a statesman, he certainly qualifies as “elder,” being now well into his seventy-fourth year, and he frequently mentions his elderly status in passing in these essays:

"I know well that I am hardly the first aging man to look back on his youth as 'a better time,' and perhaps I am sufficiently aware of the dangers.  It is true nevertheless that in my lifetime I have witnessed a lot of destruction.  And I can’t say that I believe this destruction has been compensated by any of the gains we designate as 'progress.'"

He also honors his elderly status in a way he hasn’t in his previous 16 books of essays: the third and final section of this book gives the stage to two younger writers in the same agrarian and communitarian vein: Daniel Kemmis and Courtney White.

Berry's writing continues to develop its plainsong character, saying what he thinks clearly in words so carefully chosen that he makes it look easy.  It is nothing short of astounding that he can put such deep thought into such straightforward language. Here's a two-sentence example:

"We have to have a sort of pity for the CEO of a polluting corporation who desires wealth, healthy children, and a vacation in the restorative purity of nature.  And surely we have to extend the same pity to those who are sure that 'it takes a village to raise a child' but forget that it takes a local culture and a local economy to raise a village."

Moreover, the brevity he began to develop in essays that appeared in Home Economics (an out-of-print gem which EVPL unfortunately does not have) has matured as well.  The essay “Contempt for Small Places” runs less than two pages, and “Rugged Individualism,” and “We Have Begun,” both run less than three pages.

You would be mistaken to the point of foolishness however, if you assumed that he wasn’t saying very much. The book is divided into three sections, which I think of loosely as “essays about the political situation,” “essays about the cultural situation,” and “essays about how we bring the two into harmony.”

Highly, highly recommended.

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<![CDATA[Revolution In The Air by Clinton Heylin]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/04/23/revolution-in-the-air-by-clinton-heylin.aspx Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:09:00 G4T 1445 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/04/23/revolution-in-the-air-by-clinton-heylin.aspx to post your comments!

 

Book jacket imageWhen Clinton Heylin writes about Bob Dylan, people listen.  His biography Dylan: Behind the Shades, not only dug deeper than any other biographer or Dylan enthusiast, the painstaking detail of his scholarship was obvious.

So having the chance to get my hands on the first of a projected two-volume opus detailing each of the 600 songs Dylan has written thus far, I couldn’t let it go.  I haven’t been disappointed.  Heylin chronicles the songs in the order they were written, not the order in which they were recorded or performed (many of them have yet to be recorded, or were recorded and not released, and some of them have no known performance date), and this choice serves him well, allowing him to use his detailed knowledge of Dylan’s biography to give the songs a context that the lyrics alone might not provide.

The first volume details the first 300 songs, from “Juvenilia” in Hibbing (1957) to 1972 and the songs associated with Pat Garret and Billy the Kid.  Amazingly, 207 of these 300 songs were written in the five year period of 1962-1967, what Heylin calls “a burst of creativity that dwarfs any comparable twentieth-century figure.”

The scholarship and attention to detail are, as was the case with Behind the Shades, commendable.  My only complaints are that: 

 

  • Heylin tends to grouse about the scholarship of others that got there before him.  For instance he says of Michel Krogsgaard’s sessionography, published in nine installments in two Dylan fanzines, that it “has become, in the fullness of time, a valuable resource.  But it could have been of greater value still if he had collated his own work with that of the the only other person to use Sony’s resources [Heylin], and annotated his session listing with a clear indication of which material he had actually heard (almost none of it, I’d surmise).”

  • There are few - very few - glaring omissions: places where Heylin seems to just simply have missed what most other folk music students know.  For instance, Heylin lists Dylan’s #16 song as “Just As Long As I’m In This World,” a song written by Rev. Gary Davis, and first recorded by him as “I Am The Light Of This World” during his initial recording session for the American Recording Company in 1935.  Heylin mentions Dylan’s studies of traditional blues music, and even the fact that Dylan would often borrow tunes and lyric phrases and call them his own.  But he describes “Just As Long As I’m in This World” as “another early attempt at a would-be spiritual” that “tries hard to evoke a Pentecostal fervor, the singer suggesting he has ‘fiery fingers / I got fiery hands / And when I get to heaven / I’ll join the fiery band.’”  All without ever mentioning Rev. Gary Davis, or the earlier recording, which have just exactly these lyrics as one verse.


 

But these are admittedly petty complaints, given the immensity of the task Heylin set for himself.  No one else even made the attempt of a chronicle so daunting, so minor grouses and omissions do not constitute failure.  Heylin has succeeded beyond my expectations.

The book contains a song index and a general index, and each song is keyed to books where the lyrics have appeared, and to published recordings where the song first appeared.

The second volume, entitled Still on the Road - The Songs of Bob Dylan 1974-2006, is due out later this year.

The official Bob Dylan web site.

Dylan's MySpace page, where you can listen to tracks from his forthcoming recording Together Through Life, which you can buy at Amazon.com & benefit the Public Library Friends.

Clinton Heylin's site, detailing published and forthcoming works.

 

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<![CDATA[My Land is Dying, by Harry Caudill]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/04/14/my-land-is-dying-by-harry-caudill.aspx Tue, 14 Apr 2009 20:38:00 G4T 1428 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/04/14/my-land-is-dying-by-harry-caudill.aspx to post your comments!

Portrait of Harry CaudillWhy review a 38 year old book?  When I spotted this book, I remembered the name Harry Caudill because of his book Night Comes to the Cumberlands. I read that book after reading a chapter about Harry Caudill in a book of essays by Wendell Berry called What Are People For? 

Now, I've been an admirer of Wendell Berry for years, and enjoy his writing - and his thoughts - immensely.  Like Berry, Caudill (1922-1990) was a person who willingly tied his life to a place - the Kentucky Cumberlands -  and he spent his life living and working in that place, and protecting what he found valuable in it.  What he found valuable, it turns out, was the landscape, the people, and the culture that the two - put together - formed.

Published in 1971, My Land is Dying is a detailing of the history the exploitation of the Cumberlands' resources - first the virgin forest that blanketed the region, later the coal, and always the people.  He details how the collusion of state government with business interests first disenfranchised, then impoverished, and finally drove from the land the vast majority of the inhabitants of the land.  Caudill knows what he's talking about; he was a lawyer, and a good one.  But he defended the defenseless, and saw time & again how victories at the local level would be reversed by higher level courts in the capital of Frankfort.  His narrative of this slow, inexorable death is accompanied by pictures that show the devastation, and he spends time talking about people. Not in the abstract, but real folks with real names, like the widow Ollie Combs, who was arrested on her own land when she delayed miners by laying down in front of bulldozers.

Written 38 years ago, this book's message should be read more urgently today, both because the stakes are higher, and the truths that it speaks are undiminished: "No nation was ever more abundantly endowed with natural beauty than ours.  Yet it is clear from this continuing record that no nation has been more heedless of its legacy. And no chapter of that record is uglier or more threatening than the chapter that continues to be written by the mining interests, whether below or on the surface of the land."

This book may be old, but it deserves to be widely read.

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<![CDATA[Upcoming Workshops for Employers and HR People]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/10/upcoming-workshops-for-employers-and-hr-people.aspx Fri, 10 Apr 2009 17:27:00 G4T 1420 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/10/upcoming-workshops-for-employers-and-hr-people.aspx to post your comments!

A series of three workshops taking place in April will address issues all employers must address when looking to hire new employees. The workshops are co-sponsored by Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s Business Central and the Evansville Branch of Manpower. Beth Delano, Branch Manager of Manpower, and Steve Cochran, Reference Services Supervisor at EVPL’s Central Library, will lead all of the workshops. All three workshops begin at 9:00 a.m., and take place in the Large Group Room on the second floor of Central Library.

Registration is required for all workshops, and is limited to 20 participants. You can register online now!

April 15th: Writing Successful Position Descriptions

The best way to attract the most highly qualified applicants to your business is to have well written job descriptions that spell out in detail the qualifications sought and responsibilities entailed. This one hour workshop will cover how to format position descriptions, why formal job descriptions are something you should have, and address issues with ADA compliance.

You’ll also learn about library resources available for developing formal job descriptions, including online resources available through the library's web site.

Register for this workshop!

 

April 22nd: Hiring Right the First Time

It’s estimated that the hiring and training of an employee costs the employer the equivalent of one and a half times the employee’s annual earnings, so hiring an employee to doesn’t stick around can be a very expensive proposition. The first workshop in this series looked at how to develop position descriptions that target the talent you’re looking for.

This one hour workshop will take the next step, outlining how to market those position descriptions so that you get the best applicants available in the pool, how to look at review resumes to match qualifications with expectations, and give you tips for interviewing that will reveal the candidate best suited to your position.

You’ll also learn about library resources and tools that address recruiting, interviewing, and hiring.

Register for this workshop!

 

April 29th: Retaining Employees

The first two sessions of this series showed participants how to write position descriptions to attract the best candidates, and how to then recruit, vet, and interview those candidates to hire the very best person for each position.

The final workshop in this series will examine strategies employers can use to retain high-performing employees, including developing retention-focused managers, being aware of generational differences in work style, engaging employees in challenging responsibilities, and developing a recognition program.

You’ll also be shown library resources and tools that address motivating, challenging, retaining, and recognizing employees.

Register for this workshop!

 

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<![CDATA[Peanut Butter Recall Information]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/03/06/peanut-butter-recall-information.aspx Fri, 06 Mar 2009 16:20:00 G3T 1348 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/03/06/peanut-butter-recall-information.aspx to post your comments!

 

The Indiana State Department of Health is urging Hoosiers to routinely check the growing list of products and brands associated with the expanded Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) voluntary recall, which now has reached more than 2,000 items.  A complete product listing is available here.  

State health officials say salmonella is a serious disease.  At least 677 people in more than 45 states have become sick and this salmonella outbreak has claimed at least nine lives as of March 5 of this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 50 percent of the individuals who have become ill due to the current salmonella outbreak are children under 18.

State health officials want you to receive the following key messages: 

  • You should NOT consume products on the recall list. 
  • The recall list can be found online at: www.fda.gov 
  • People without Internet access can call 2-1-1 (where available) or 1-800-433-0746 for information on the recall. 
  • If the public finds recalled items on the shelves at local stores, they should notify the store manager immediately. 
  • Any individual who has consumed a peanut-containing product and has the symptoms of salmonella should contact a health care provider.
  • Symptoms of salmonella include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and fever. 

More about health issues associated with Salmonella and the entire peanut butter recall are available on this FDA Web site.  The FDA also provides the HTML code for a searchable Recall Widget that people can load into their own web pages.  That's it below.

 

FDA Product Recall List
FDA Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak 2009. Flash Player 9 is required.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/02/25/somewhere-towards-the-end-by-diana-athill.aspx Wed, 25 Feb 2009 12:11:00 G2T 1292 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/02/25/somewhere-towards-the-end-by-diana-athill.aspx to post your comments!

Cover art from the bookWritten in her 89th year, Diana Athill writes in Somewhere Towards the End not so much about getting old, but reflects on her life and, especially as the book goes on, about being old, and the matter-of-fact changes age imposes on one.

It gives me great hope to read something written by a 90 year old that demonstrates a sharp wit and reflective mind, not to mention a breezy and engrossing writing style.  A few extended quotes may serve to whet your appetite for more:

On religious belief:

“Faith – the decision to act as though you believe something you have no reason to believe, hoping that the decision will bring on belief and then you will feel better -  that seems to me mumbo-jumbo.  I can’t feel anything but sure that when men form ideas about God, creation, eternity, they are making no more sense in relation to what lies beyond the range of their comprehension than the cheeping of sparrows…

…And surely the urgent practical necessity of trying to order [life] so that its cruelties are minimized and its beauties are allowed their fullest possible play is compelling enough without being seen as duly laid on us by a god?"

On gardening:

“And still, each time I’m there [in the garden], I manage to do at least a little bit of work myself; tie something back, trim something off, clear some corner weeds, plant three or four small plants, and however my bones may ache when I’ve done it, I’m always deeply refreshed by it.  Getting one’s hands into the earth, spreading roots, making a plant comfortable – it is a totally absorbing occupation, like painting or writing, so that you become what you are doing and are given a wonderful release from consciousness of self.”

On fidelity:

“Fidelity in the sense of keeping one’s word I respect, but I think it tiresome that it is tied so tightly in people’s minds to the idea of sex.  The belief that a wife owes absolute fidelity to her husband has deep and tangled roots, being based not only on a man’s need to know himself to be the father of his wife’s child, but also on the deeper, darker feeling that a mans owns woman… And woman’s anxious clamour for her husband’s fidelity springs from the same primitive root: she feels it to be necessary proof of her value.”

If you're intrigued by any of this, there is more - much more - in this delightful book.  What a full and interesting life this woman has had!

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[The Drums, the drums, the drums! - The Ting Tings CD "We Started Nothing"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/02/11/the-drums-the-drums-the-drums-the-ting-tings-cd-quot-we-started-nothing-quot.aspx Wed, 11 Feb 2009 13:21:00 G2T 1259 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/02/11/the-drums-the-drums-the-drums-the-ting-tings-cd-quot-we-started-nothing-quot.aspx to post your comments!

We Started Nothing cover artThe Ting Tings have captivated my airplay time this passed week.  A two-person punk/alt rock band with an upbeat sound and relentlessly danceable songs, the Ting Tings have what it takes to get people off their duffs and tapping their feet.

Katie White (vocals, guitar, and bass drum) and Jules De Martino (vocals, drums, and electronics) make up the Ting Tings – named because of a woman Katie worked with by that name at a NY boutique.  The CD is titled We Started Nothing, and includes ten tracks.  The recording starts with a bang – Great DJ – and provides a taste of things to come.

Yes, there are some things I don’t care for, like the over-reliance on talking through vocals when one has a perfectly good (lovely actually) singing voice, or the necessary inclusion of dissonance in almost every song.  But these are complaints I have generally with punk, and are certainly not specific to the Ting Tings.

Check out their Facebook page.

Below is a YouTube video of the first track - Great DJ

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8AH7yYQpro]

 

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<![CDATA[Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces One-Year Stay on Implementation of Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/02/01/consumer-product-safety-commission-announces-one-year-stay-on-implementation-of-consumer-product-safety-improvement-act.aspx Sun, 01 Feb 2009 15:08:00 G2T 1205 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/02/01/consumer-product-safety-commission-announces-one-year-stay-on-implementation-of-consumer-product-safety-improvement-act.aspx to post your comments!

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was scheduled to become law on February 10th of this year, and it had librarians all over the country worried, in that it would have required every book in the children's library - and possibly in the entire library - to be tested for the presence of lead.

But on January 30th the Consumer Products Safety Commission released an announcement to the Federal Register staying implementation of CPSIA for one year, until February 10, 2010. Click here to read the announcement.

This give libraries a little breathing room, but only until 2010.  We know the books in our collections are safe, and so the American Library Association is recommending that libraries be exempt from this law. Those interested in assisting libraries in the effort to get libraries exepmted from CPSIA's requirements can find more information here.

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<![CDATA[A History of Personal "Trials" and "Attempts"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/22/a-history-of-personal-quot-trials-quot-and-quot-attempts-quot.aspx Thu, 22 Jan 2009 16:52:00 G1T 1177 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/22/a-history-of-personal-quot-trials-quot-and-quot-attempts-quot.aspx to post your comments!

Cover art for the book Art of the Personal EssayThe essay is one of my favorite literary forms, so imagine my delight in coming across The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. What a wonderful survey - even though it has a distinctly Anglo-centric bias - with some of the most outstanding writings!

The word "essay" is taken from the Frensh "essais," meaning "trials" or "attempts".  They were so named by Michel de Montaigne, who is well represented here with his own section, "Fountainhead."  It includes his essay "Of Books," which appealed to a book nut like me.

The first section of this book, "Forerunners," includes writings that approach the style of the essay by classical writers such as Seneca and Plutarch, and by eastern writers like Kenko and Ou-Yang Hsiu.  Selections from the formers "Essays in Idleness" were a delight to read, and brought home the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The meat of the book, though, and the bulk of its content, are in the final three sections: The Rise of the English Essay; Other Cultures, Other Continents; and The American Scene.  This is where I spent most of my time as well, with Henry David Thoreau's essay "Walking," Annie Dillard's "Seeing," Wendell Berry's "An Entrance to the Woods," H.L. Mencken's "On Being an American," James Baldwin's "Notes of a Native Son,' Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Lantern-Bearers," and Virginia Woolf's "The Death of the Moth."

These are only a small sampling of the riches this book holds.  I haven't mentioned E.B. White, Samul Johnson, Ivan Turgenev, or Charles Lamb, or two dozen other authors.

What are your favorite literary forms?  What are your favorite anthologies?

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<![CDATA[New Database Brings the World to your Desktop]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/21/new-database-brings-the-world-to-your-desktop.aspx Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:26:00 G1T 1173 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/21/new-database-brings-the-world-to-your-desktop.aspx to post your comments!

Global Road Warrior banner adA new database called Global Road Warrior brings you comprehensive information on 175 countries around the world.  And when I say "comprehensive" that is exactly what I mean.  There is information in over 100 specific areas for each country listed.

There is basic information like geography (including flags and maps for each country), govenment, and climate; information about the society and culture, like standard greetings and courtesies, food peculiar to the area (including recipes), holidays, religions, and sports; information about how business is conducted, with special attention given to women in business; information about the currency used there, including a currency converter; and infrastructure information including electricity, telephones, Internet connectivity and ISPs, telegram, fax, and postal services.

In addition, there is a "security briefing" for every country taken directly from the CIA's World Factbook, health and medical information, and contact information - addresses, email, and telephone numbers - for all foreign embassies and consulates within each country.

Below left is a screen shot of the home page for Mongolia.  The menu on the left is standard for each country, and includes the information outlined above and much more.  Below right is a close-up of the standard menu, with an example of the sub-menu choices for "Society and Culture," to give you an idea of the richness of this resource.

Teachers will especially enjoy global road warrior!  The maps listed for each country include a simple outline map as well as an outline map that includes outlines of states & provinces.  There is also a list of "essential terms" for each country: how to say "hello," "goodbye," "yes," "no," and the other essential words and phrases you'll need to get around.

The search interface is very easy to use, and allows you to search within a particular country, or search for a particular term across all countries.  Try it today and see what you think about EVPL's newest database offering.
Screen shot of Global Road Warrior's home page.Menu with sub-menus from Global Road Warrior

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<![CDATA[Sherman Alexie is One Fine Poet!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/12/16/sherman-alexie-is-one-fine-poet.aspx Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:59:00 G12T 1019 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/12/16/sherman-alexie-is-one-fine-poet.aspx to post your comments!

Cover art - One Stick SongAnother post to this blog mentioned Sherman Alexie's book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, which I checked out, read, and thoroughly enjoyed. 

"I want more," I said to myself, and set out to discover more about this writer.

Wow!  I didn't realize I'd already crossed paths with Alexie's writing when I saw the movie Smoke Signals. Alexie wrote the screenplay to that movie, which was adapted from his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.  I thought Smoke Signals was one of the most refreshing and honest looks at life on "the rez" that I'd ever seen.

Then, just last week, I stumbled upon another book of Alexie's while looking up another poet answering a reference question, and decided to check it out and take it home.  The book is called One Stick Song, and is a mixture of poetry and short prose, and is well worth the hour it'll take you to read it from cover to cover.  The short prose piece that begins the book, "The Unauthorized Autobiography of Me," made me realize just how much of the longer book The Absolutely True Diary...etc., was autobiographical, even though the book is called a novel.  The title poem really does read like a song, and I could hear men playing the Big Drum in rhythm with the poem.  Part sad, part funny, part melancholy, all beautiful - even when dark, gritty, and awful.  Quite an accomplishment.

There are a number of books in the EVPL collections that are either by Alexie, or include contributions by him.  Check them out!  I'd love to see Sherman Alexie come to Evansville!

 

 

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<![CDATA[Government Fuel Economy Website Updated to 2009 Model Year]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/12/05/government-fuel-economy-website-updated-to-2009-model-year.aspx Fri, 05 Dec 2008 10:03:00 G12T 971 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/12/05/government-fuel-economy-website-updated-to-2009-model-year.aspx to post your comments!

fuel economy dot gov home pageThe US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed a fuel economy web site to try and get the word out about the benefits of using more fuel-efficient vehicles.  The web site contains an electronic version of the 2009 Fuel Economy Guide, and features updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1985, allows side-by-side comparisons of up to four vehicles you choose, and offers fuel-saving tips.

The web site also contains vehicle-specific air pollution emissions information and safety ratings, and provides links to car buying Web sites.  This web site can help you make informed automotive purchase decisions, and can help you gain fuel economy with the car you have.

How does your car compare?  Find out!

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<![CDATA["Big Brown Books" Now Available on Your Home Computer]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/12/01/quot-big-brown-books-quot-now-available-on-your-home-computer.aspx Mon, 01 Dec 2008 10:42:00 G12T 928 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/12/01/quot-big-brown-books-quot-now-available-on-your-home-computer.aspx to post your comments!

How many of you were given an assignment in a high school or college literature course to find "critical reviews" of some obscure author, and despaired of finding anything meaningful before you found - or were directed to by a librarian - the gold mine of the "Big Brown Books"? Actually different series, entitled Contemporary Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, these books compile information from a number of literary journals and poetry magazines, and arrange them by author.  Each title now runs to well over 100 volumes, and Central Library has a complete run of all three titles.

But now comes Literature Criticism Online, and all volumes are available online through EVPL's databases page.  So, not only can you browse them from the public computers at any of the EVPL branches, you can browse them from home, 24/7!

Logging in to Literature Criticism Online presents you with options for a basic or advanced search. Below is a screenshot of the Basic Search window, and you can see there are tabs for an advanced search, as well as for browsing by author, or by work.  You can limit your search to one of the titles, e.g. Contemporary Literary Criticism, or choose to search all held titles with one search.  The drop-down menu beside the search box allows you to search by keyword, full text, named author, or named work.

Literature Criticism Online Basic Search screenshot

  Search results present you with a list of links to pdf versions of the original print materials, so that what you find online is visually identical to what you would find in the original printed books.  There are cases where copyright restrictions end up presenting the message "Text Not Viewable Online," but they are very few and far between.

So check out Literature Criticism Online, look up your favorite author or work, and find out what the critics had to say!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Plunkett Research Online Just Got Better]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/26/plunkett-research-online-just-got-better.aspx Wed, 26 Nov 2008 15:10:00 G11T 874 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/26/plunkett-research-online-just-got-better.aspx to post your comments!

One of EVPL's many databases, Plunkett Research Online, is a great tool for researching current trends in 32 distinct industry sectors, including everything from Alternative Energy to Wireless Technology.  For each industry sector examined, you'll find a market overview and an analysis of major trends for each company, an industry-specific glossary written in language that is easy-to-understand, a statistics section containing extensive data on many facets of the industry, and in-depth profiles of leading companies in each industry.

Now, Plunkett has added current job information to its company profiles.  In the sample page image below, you can see the result of a search for 3M Company.  Just below the company name is the heading, "Latest 3M Company Jobs."  The first three positions are directly linked, while more positions and job details are just a button click away.  In today's very tight job market, this kind of resource is very likely to come in handy.

 

Results page of a search for 3M Corporation

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<![CDATA[Official ".gov" web site of the office of the President Elect]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/08/official-quot-gov-quot-web-site-of-the-office-of-the-president-elect.aspx Sat, 08 Nov 2008 09:18:00 G11T 844 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/08/official-quot-gov-quot-web-site-of-the-office-of-the-president-elect.aspx to post your comments!

It's been said that Barack Obama ran a transformational campaign, and is a transformational political figure.  Now, with the advent of www.change.gov, we have what looks like the beginning of a transformational Presidency. This is the official ".gov" website of the office of the President-elect.  Not politics, but policy.

Top-of-page informational links include a Newsroom and Blog, a "Learn" link to biographical information on the Presidential and Vice-Presidential families, and an "Agenda" link with Obama adminstration policy statements in 25 different policy areas.

But the truly "transformational" part are the remaining top-of-page links.  The "American Moment" link invites you to share your vision for the direction America needs to go.  The "America Serves" link currently is not very fleshed out, but looks to become a clearinghouse to opportunities for citizens to volunteer for the Peace Corps, Americorps, and projected new government orchestrated volunteer organizations: Classroom Corps, Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps.  The "Jobs" link encourages anyone to begin the process of applying for a job in the Obama administration.  Finally, the "About" link contains links for contacting the transition team, and a link to the GSA's "Transition Directory," a very interesting document which was developed to assist in-coming administrations work with the current administration to smooth the transfer of power.

Thanks to googler@evpl for bringing this site to my attention.

What do you think about this level of transparency?  What is your vision for the first 100 days of an Obama administration?

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<![CDATA[Google Book Settlement May Transform Google Book Search Into Google Bookstore]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/07/google-book-settlement-may-transform-google-book-search-into-google-bookstore.aspx Fri, 07 Nov 2008 22:26:00 G11T 843 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/07/google-book-settlement-may-transform-google-book-search-into-google-bookstore.aspx to post your comments!

The November 3, 2008 Library Hotline has a lead article on a landmark settlement between Google and the  Authors Guild (AG) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP), two organizations that had filed suit against it over the Google Book Search Project.  The details are very sketchy, but "Google has announced that the parties have agreed to expand Google Book Search into what will be the web's largest online commercial book venture.  Hotline says "the deal could mean significantly increased access to book content online," but not everyone is happy.  Harvard University, for example, has noted that it will not participate with Google in the scanning of in-copyright works, and will continue with its policy of only allowing Google to scan books whose copyright has expired.

On it's web site, Google explains the settlement in terms of what will change and what won't.  Access to books that are out of copyright won't change much at all.  Access to books that are in copyright but out-of-print, or in copyright and in print, will change from the current "snippet" view to more of what is currently the preview view , where you're allowed to view up to 20 full pages of text, then decide whether you'd like to purchase "full online access" to millions of books.  Publishers and authors will have their royalties managed through the creation of a "Book Rights Registry."

You can't, apparently, actually download the titles you purchase - at least not yet - but simply keep then on your "electronic bookshelf" within your Book Search account.

Libraries will be able to "purchase institutional subscriptions" allowing their customers access to the full text of the books on the library's "electronic bookshelf," but there's no information about being able to download or "check out" these ebooks.  Public and academic libraries will also be able to offer terminals where users can access the out-of-print books for free.  However, an article at Xconomy.com makes the point that, while libraries are supposed to be offered a free, view-only license to Google's digital collections, that the agreement actually "restricts each public library to exactly one Google terminal."

Time will tell whether the proposed model will generate enough money for authors & publishers, or enough interest from the reading & book-buying public. I'm not hopeful, because while I enjoy downloading ebooks to read, maintaining an "electronic bookshelf" on Google's servers as a virtual adjunct to my own print library isn't attractive to me at all.

What do you think?

 

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<![CDATA[Lake Street Dive - Prize-winning Song-writing and a Unique Sound]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/30/lake-street-dive-s-quot-in-this-episode-quot-prize-winning-song-writing-from-indie-rock-jazz-newcomer.aspx Thu, 30 Oct 2008 16:56:00 G10T 785 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/30/lake-street-dive-s-quot-in-this-episode-quot-prize-winning-song-writing-from-indie-rock-jazz-newcomer.aspx to post your comments!

Cover art for Lake Street Dive's "In This Episode..."My daughter turned me on to this group, and the recording In This Episode..., and I was completely taken in by them.  Everyone with whom I've shared this recording has been similarly impressed.  Lake Stree Dive is comprised of vocalist Rachael Price, trumpeter and guitarist Mike Olson, Bridget Kearney on bass, and Mike Calabrese on drums, guitar, and keyboards.  The band gained prominence when Kearney's song "Sometimes When I'm Drunk and You Are Wearing My Favorite Shirt" won a Grand Prize and Lennon Award in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.  The prize resulted in increased exposure for the band, a Midwestern tour and this, their first recording.

The group combines playful lyricism with creative arrangements, and Price's voice is unique enough - pure and rough-edged, earthy and sweet all at once - to be recognizable the next time you hear it.  They've just recently released a second recording, entitled Promises, Promises, but you'll have to wait if you want to check it out from EVPL

Here's a link to the group's MySpace page.
Here's a link to Lake Street Dive recordings available at Amazon.com, where your purchase will benefit the Public Library Friends

And below is a YouTube video of the group's prize winning song, "Sometimes When I am Drunk and You are Wearing My Favorite Shirt." Sound quality isn't the greatest, but it'll give you an idea of this creative group's sound and creative dynamic.

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk4EqF4t60M]

 

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<![CDATA[Business Central Now Open For...(wait for it)...Business!!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/23/business-central-now-open-for-wait-for-it-business.aspx Thu, 23 Oct 2008 16:21:00 G10T 745 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/23/business-central-now-open-for-wait-for-it-business.aspx to post your comments!

Library Director Marcia Au cuts the ribbon opening Business CentralLibrary Director Marcia Au prepares to cut the ribbonOn Wednesday, October 15th, the Metropolitian Evansville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on the second floor of Central Library to open a new, business-focused area of Central's reference and non-fiction collections. 

Business Central is many things:

It's a place within Central Library, on the second floor.  This location gathers legal and business reference materials, and a cooperating collection of the Foundation Center, with numberous reference resources for finding grants for non-profit and not-for-profit corporations.  It also offers an extensive circulating collection of materials dealing with management, commerce, international commerce, marketing, public relations, customer relations, finance, planning, and career development and advancement.

It's a web presence with the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library web site that links to resources within the library and on the web that have to do with everything from starting a business to managing time, money, and personnel.

It's a team of library professionals who know business and the information needs of entrepreneurs and business professionals.

So whether you've already got a business up and running or are planning to start one; whether you're looking for capital or strategic planning information; whether you're doing in-depth market research, or just wanting to stay abreast of current business and economic trends, Business Central is your destination for business information!

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<![CDATA[Early Voting On Saturday!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/23/early-voting-takes-off.aspx Thu, 23 Oct 2008 15:57:00 G10T 766 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/23/early-voting-takes-off.aspx to post your comments!

An earlier post to this blog about early voting must've helped to get the message out, because the turnout has just been phenomenal!

Still, a number of people coming to the Information Desk at Central Library have asked if there is a place to do early voting on Saturday, since it is not offered at any of the EVPL locations.  I'm happy to report that the answer is YES!

For the next two Saturdays - October 25 and November 1 - you can vote anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Civic Center, in Room 214.  The same rules apply there as anywhere else: you must be a registered voter in Vanderburgh County, and have a valid photo identification with you.

So, Monday through Friday at EVPL, including Central Library, McCollough Branch, North Park Branch, Oaklyn Branch, and Red Bank Branch; and Saturday at the Civic Center, Room 214.  Now you know: VOTE!

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<![CDATA[Listen Up! - John Prine's Playing the Centre on October 24th!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/06/listen-up-john-prine-s-playing-the-centre-on-october-24th.aspx Mon, 06 Oct 2008 15:19:00 G10T 691 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/06/listen-up-john-prine-s-playing-the-centre-on-october-24th.aspx to post your comments!

John Prine with his guitarJohn Prine, named an American Treasure by the Smithsonian Institution, has been an iconic American songwriter and folksinger since the release of the eponymous John Prine in 1971.  That recording contained enough timeless material to make people sit up and take notice: "Illegal Smile" and the Vietnam veteran's lament "Sam Stone," plus songs that have become folk/country standards - "Angel from Montgomery," "Hello In There," and "Paradise."

If you haven't heard Prine play and sing, now's your chance.  He's coming to the Centre on October 24th, and tickets are still available here.  It will be well worth the money and your time.

Like Neil Young, Prine has the ability to take very simple lyrics and weave them into compelling emotional statements.  Sometimes moving, sometimes funny, always a clear-eyed look into the human condition.  Check out the video clip below for an example in the form of the song "All The Best," taken from The Missing Years (the first 30 seconds or so is intro talk)

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQwnG5axGRw]

Even if you don't go to see him, give him a listen!

 

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<![CDATA[Neutral Milk Hotel - An "Unknown" Band with a Huge Following]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/09/20/neutral-milk-hotel-an-quot-unknown-quot-band-with-a-huge-following.aspx Sat, 20 Sep 2008 14:18:00 G9T 610 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/09/20/neutral-milk-hotel-an-quot-unknown-quot-band-with-a-huge-following.aspx to post your comments!

Neutral Milk Hotel hasn't released a new recording in ten years, and yet the album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea remains as fresh and inspiring as any indie recordings coming out right now, and established singer and guitarist (and the band's chief songwriter) Jeff Mangum as one of the creative talents of the decade.

Early recordings of the NMH tend to include an amalgam of whoever Mangum was playing with at the time, which is obvious on the EP recording Everything Is (originally released in 1994), but by the time On Avery Island (1996) and Aeroplane (1998) were released, the band had gelled a bit and featured Julian Koster on banjo, bass, and saw; Scott Spillane on horns; and Jeremy Barnes on drums.

If you like R.E.M., Elf Power, Radiohead, Modest Mouse or The Apples in Stereo, you should give NMH a listen.

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH3CRVVBL9o]

Here's a video with the song In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
The official Neutral Milk Hotel web site.
Buy Neutral Milk Hotel CDs from Amazon with your purchase benefitting the Public Library Friends.

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<![CDATA[What happened to the Rosetta Stone language learning materials?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/08/what-happened-to-the-rosetta-stone-language-learning-materials.aspx Mon, 08 Sep 2008 08:35:00 G9T 407 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/08/what-happened-to-the-rosetta-stone-language-learning-materials.aspx to post your comments!

Rosetta Stone has changed its licensing restrictions with version 3 and no longer allows purchase of their CD-ROM products that could be checked out by library patrons. Unfortunately, because of these new restrictions, we've had to withdraw them from our collection.

To continue to provide our users with language learning tools, we have acquired Mango Languages, an electronic database available to our cardholders. Mango is an excellent language learning tool similar to Rosetta Stone and offers instruction in 12 languages. It can be accessed via the direct link above or from our databases section.

Additionally, we currently have several other varieties of language learning materials available to check out, as well as website recommendations. Please check out the following:

If you need additional assistance, please contact us via Ask EVPL, or call Central Library's Reference Services at (812) 428-8218.

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<![CDATA["Fugitive Denim": Casual Day from a Global Perspective]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/06/fugitive-denim-casual-day-from-a-global-perspective.aspx Sat, 06 Sep 2008 15:27:00 G9T 419 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/06/fugitive-denim-casual-day-from-a-global-perspective.aspx to post your comments!

Fugitive Denim book jacketA world-renowned fashion designer starts out to make a "green" line of denim wear, using organic cotton, paying living wages to the growers, cutters, and seamstresses who all have a hand in bringing the product to market.  Can it be done?

To answer that question author Rachel Louise Snyder travels everywhere from Azerbaijan to Guatemala and many places between examining the history and current state of the place of cotton in world culture.  

While her writing isn't as incisive as John McPhee's, the style of the book reminds me of McPhee's because she approaches her subject most successfully by introducing us to the people whose lives are wrapped up in it.  There's Rogan Gregory, the fashion designer with the dream of greening a very dirty and exploitative industry; Mehman Husseinov, the Azerbaijani cotton grader who can tell by feel what kind of quality cotton he's holding; and a host of others all made fully human through Snyder's deft narrative.

The facts about cotton - well footnoted, incidentally - never cease to inform and surprise.  For instance, did you know that a foot of cotton thread may contain cotton fibers from as many as seven or eight different countries?  No, neither did I.

You'll never think the same way about buying and wearing blue jeans again, and will come away with a new appreciation of the dumbfounding complexity of the global economy.

Click here to open a new window allowing you to purchase this title from Amazon to benefit the Public Library Friends.
Click here to see the catalog record for this book - also in a new window. 

 

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<![CDATA[Brian Wilson's Latest - That Lucky Old Sun - due out September 2nd.]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/08/30/brian-wilson-s-latest-that-lucky-old-sun-due-out-september-2nd.aspx Sat, 30 Aug 2008 17:22:00 G8T 344 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/08/30/brian-wilson-s-latest-that-lucky-old-sun-due-out-september-2nd.aspx to post your comments!

Lucky Old Sun cover artThe composing force behind the Beach Boys, Brain Wilson has been in creative control of the production of his music since Pet Sounds was released 40 years ago.  His latest recording, That Lucky Old Sun, is coming out in only 3 days. (Several copies are on order for the library - you can put a hold on it by clicking the title link above and using the "Request" button.) Listen to sample tracks and background interviews with Wilson at this site.

The sample tracks that I've listened to, including the title track, indicate that this will be vintage Wilson, with rich and heavily textured male harmonies, without sounding over-engineered.  I don't know if there are many other Beach Boys or Brian Wilson fans out there, but if you're like me, every chance to listen to either is great, and a new recording I consider a blessing.

How many Beach Boys recordings are on your iPod?

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<![CDATA["The Book of Kells" by Bernard Meehan]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/08/28/the-book-of-kells-by-bernard-meehan.aspx Thu, 28 Aug 2008 09:43:00 G8T 307 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/08/28/the-book-of-kells-by-bernard-meehan.aspx to post your comments!

Book of Kells cover.The Book of Kells is a lavishly illustrated manuscript book created as a Alter Book sometime between 800 and 900 AD at a monastery in the town of Kells, in Ireland.  It is the most lavishly decorated of a series of gospel manuscripts produced between the seventh and ninth centuries, when Irish art and culture flourished at home.  The Book of Kells, on the other hand, is a book about the Book of Kells, its content, history, epigraphy, symbolism, production, and overall design.

Having had the opportunity to actually see the original Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin this past summer, I wanted to learn more, and this book is a wonderful guide, thoroughly researched and footnoted, with a variety of full-color illustrations of many of the book's pages.  Chapters address the decorative influences, scheme, and purpose, and individual chapters address different decorative themes: animals, the evangelists, Christ & his symbols, and more.  Finally there are chapters that address the number of scribes and artists involved in the book's production, how long it took to produce, the amount of vellum used in the book's production, and writing materials and pigments used.

If you like rare books, book decoration and the craft of illuminated manuscripts, this is a must-read.

Anyone else out there had a chance to see the original Book of Kells?  Anyone interested in illuminated manuscripts?

 

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<![CDATA[New Electronic Books available via the Databases site]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/19/new-electronic-books-available-via-the-databases-site.aspx Tue, 19 Aug 2008 16:28:00 G8T 237 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/19/new-electronic-books-available-via-the-databases-site.aspx to post your comments!

Twenty new electronic books have been added to the EVPL catalog that are available through the Credo Reference database. Some of the titles include:
 
Concise Encyclopedia of Sociolinguistics / edited by Rajend Mesthrie ; consulting editor, R.E. Asher
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends  / Jan Harold Brunvand ; artwork by Randy Hickman
Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law / edited by Gregg Lee Carter
Martial Arts of the World: an Encyclopedia / edited by Thomas A. Green
Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History / Don M. Coerver, Suzanne B. Pasztor, and Robert M. Buffington
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present / Nicholas J. Cull, David Culbert, David Welch
Public Opinion and Polling Around the World: A Historical Encyclopedia / John G. Geer, editor
 
Credo Reference is a database of fully searchable digital reference books, where search results are relevancy-ranked and displayed alongside related entries from other works in their collection. Search results include images and audio and can optionally be displayed as a concept map. Credo Reference is available on the Databases page of our Research tab.
 

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<![CDATA[What's an "Ozone Alert" and how should you respond to one?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/07/23/what-s-an-quot-ozone-alert-quot-and-how-should-you-respond-to-one.aspx Wed, 23 Jul 2008 12:49:00 G7T 68 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/07/23/what-s-an-quot-ozone-alert-quot-and-how-should-you-respond-to-one.aspx to post your comments!

A recent number of days where Evansville issued Ozone Alerts have resulted in questions about just what that means, what health risks there are, and how a person should take care of themselves during an Ozone Alert.

The city of Evansville has a page on its web site explaining what events will result in an Ozone Alert being issued, and other useful information in living through it.

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<![CDATA[Flight of the Conchords - Season one]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/06/23/flight-of-the-conchords-season-one.aspx Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:03:00 G6T 14 Bufkinite@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/06/23/flight-of-the-conchords-season-one.aspx to post your comments!

Bret & Jemaine are Flight of the Conchords.Two New Zealanders come to New York City to make it big in the folk music world.  They have an incompentant agent who manages the band out of his "day job" office in the New Zealand Dept. of Tourism, and one fan, who borders on stalking them.

Shot on location in NYC, this is one of the freshest, most creative, and funniest things I've seen on television for a long time.  Whether it's girlfriends, getting mugged, finding your own apartment, or playing a lousy gig, everything is fodder for great humor and wonderfully silly folk songs.

I'm looking forward to more.

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