New(s) @ Axe

News and Events of the Leonard H. Axe Library, and of the
Kansas Technology Center Library - Pittsburg (KS) State University

Monday, July 17, 2006

Interior Upgrades Scheduled for Axe Library

A number of interior improvements are scheduled to begin inside of the Library, starting on July 31st. The estimated time to completion is two weeks. New carpeting and wall coverings are to be installed during that time and the main Browsing Area will not be available. The Circulation desk will be in operation and reserve materials will generally be available on request.

Newspapers -- The newspaper rack with the current days newspapers will be temporarily located just outside the print station area near the computers. Past issues of newspapers that are currently on the flat shelving will be moved. The more heavily used papers such as the Morning Sun, the Kansas City Star, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Wall Street Journal will be on a shelf near the entrance to the Computer Classroom. Others will be stored in Technical Services and will need to be requested from Reference staff.

New Books - The "New Books" display will be temporarily discontinued and new books will go directly to the Circulating collection.

Book Sale Items - The materials that are for sale will be temporarily removed and be unavailable.

Most location changes will be made the week of July 24th.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Axe Library shifts into OverDrive !!

The Library is pleased to announce it's participation in a new audio book and music service called OverDrive, a collaborative project currently made up of 56 Kansas libraries and sponsored by the State Library of Kansas.

Using Gus identification (Kansas residents have access to the service using their Kansas Library Card), you may set up an account in OverDrive and check out items from a selection of thousands of titles in areas of Fiction (General, Juvenile, Mysteries, and Romance) and Non-Fiction titles like Biographies, Foreign Language Studies, and Self Improvement.

Music selections include "classical", instrumental, and vocal music, including blues, New Age and music from other countries. Listen to Beethoven's 5th, Scott Joplin rags, or "A few things to hear before we all blow up".

Up to 10 titles are made available for 14 days, then automatically checked back in (no overdues!).

The majority of book and audio titles may be downloaded to your computer or MP3 player (sorry, not iPod), and a few may be burned to CD. OverDrive software must be installed on your computer to use this service, so check the Help screens if you have any questions.


Say Hello to EDGAR

A new link has been added to our online database pages. EDGAR, the Electronic Data-Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, is one of the latest. EDGAR provides SEC filings for almost 10,000 publicly traded companies, financial data, management policy, products produced, corporate history, and current and future prospects of publicly traded companies.

The primary purpose of EDGAR is to "increase the efficiency and fairness of the securities market for the benefit of investors, corporations, and the economy by accelerating the receipt, acceptance, dissemination, and analysis of time-sensitive corporate information filed with the agency."

EDGAR is produced by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

New Special Collections Page

A new Special Collections page has been added for the Midlands Magazine, a locally-produced, daily, thirty minute news and feature program produced and aired by KRPS Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate station located at Pittsburg State University, from 1988 to 1990. The recordings contain news broadcasts, weather, business reports, and interviews pertaining to regional activities and guests.

The 201 audio tape recordings are arranged in chronological order from 20 June 1988 to 14 February 1990. "Midlands Magazine" aired Monday through Friday and tapes exist for nearly every date during this period.


Tuesday, July 11, 2006


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