Thursday, November 29, 2012

Electronic Resources- Fiscal Cliff

Do talks of the Fiscal Cliff make you want to jump off a cliff? Did you come down with a case of the post-election fiscal blues? Do you want a deeper understanding of the subject than the soundbites from the talking heads?

Look no further.

Public understanding and engagement is key to a solution. To that end, Dr. Karen Kunz, Assistant Professor at West Virginia University, Division of Public Administration, has put together a list of electronic resources to aid you in gaining a better understanding of all the talk.

Urban- Brookings Institute

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Bipartisan Policy Center

West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy

Congressional Budget Office

Office of Management & Budget

Wonkbook, Washington Post

House of Representatives


Friday, November 16, 2012

New Library Update Available to View

The newest episode of Library Update is up on YouTube. This is part one of Episode 15, Electronic Resources. Make sure to catch parts 2 and 3 of the episode as well.

The West Virginia Library Commission is committed to promoting, assisting, and supporting high quality library services and information resources to all West Virginia residents. This includes getting relevant information out to library directors, their staff, and patrons through various formats. Currently the Library Commission uses its website, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, e-bulletins and now YouTube to disseminate information. 

WVLC plans on bringing you current programs, topics, and trends. This broad spectrum includes partnerships, training, programming, and service. We want this program to be a useful, entertaining resource for you. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding topics on this show, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-642-9021. 

This program is not intended to act as a calendar of events, but as a vehicle of ideology and practical tips. Specific event information can always be found on our website and at your local libraries.

The video in this post is the first segment of the episode. Check it out, then view parts 2 and 3. Make sure you subscribe to the West Virginia Library Commission YouTube channel so you don't miss the newest episodes!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lunch with Local Author TOMORROW

The West Virginia Center for the Book will host Charleston author Jim Wallace on Friday, November 16th at Noon in the Library Commission's State Library in the State Culture Center. Wallace will be discussing and autographing his new book "A History of the West Virginia Capitol: The House of State." Bring a brown-bag lunch and we will provide drinks/dessert. Please join us!

Capitol Reads

November's Capitol Read is Rocket Boys: A Memoir by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.

The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir—a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true.

With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph—at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining.

More information about Capitol Reads selections can be found on the WVLC website.