Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Class Updates/Reminders

  • You will have your “library lingo” quiz on Tuesday, October 4th
  • You have until the end of September to catch up on your course readings/blog postings
  • We will not tack on extra days to class but may have some supplemental activities instead (to make up for the time)
  • You WILL have class on 9/27. I had originally hoped that we might get ahead and would have a free day. But we WILL meet every T/R for the rest of the semester.
  • If you posted flyers for me, please e-mail me so I can make sure you get extra credit
  • Please attend class on Thursday. Roll will be taken.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Course Readings

You will be responsible for reading the course readings. You will have until the end of the month to post your blog responses.

You need to read the following:

Reading: "The Understanding Business" (on ERes - Electronic Course Reserves at Randall Library)Post reading response on blog

Reading: "The Low-Fat Information Diet" (on ERes - Electronic Course Reserves at Randall Library)Post reading response on blog

Reading: "Executive Summary of 'How Much Information?' 2003" (http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/projects/how-much-info-2003/execsum.htm)
Post reading response on blog

On Tuesday I hope to cover the lecture originally scheduled for 9/12.

I’ll make sure everyone is on the same page on Tuesday.

Monday, September 12, 2005


Hurricane Ophelia Update - 12 noon Monday, Sept. 12, 2005

UNCW is currently within the hurricane watch area for Hurricane Ophelia. The university has issued a mandatory evacuation for all resident students. All UNCW events and activities, including classes at all locations, are cancelled beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 through Tuesday, Sept. 13 and until further notice. UNCW employees should continue their normal workday today and finalize their hurricane checklist in the event the university closes for employees tomorrow. Employees and students should continue to monitor this hotline, the UNCW Homepage and local media for updates.

Quotes About Information

Here are some more quotes (from Drew):

1. Information is the currency of democracy. -Thomas Jefferson

2. Information is not knowledge. -Albert Einstein

3. Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit. -William Pollard

4. There is a principle that is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance, that principle is contempt prior to investigation. -Herbert Spencer

5. Where is the life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? -T.S. Elliot

6. Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgement, the manner in which information is collected and used. -Dr. Carl Sagan

7. Information is the seed for an idea, and only grows when it's watered. -Heinz Bergen

8. Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. -Kofi Annan

9. You can always trust the information given to you from people who are crazy, they have an access to truth not available through regular channels. -Sheila Ballentyne

10. Information on the internet is subject to the same rules and regulations as conversation at a bar. -Dr. George Lundberg

Office Hours Today (Monday, 9/12)

As I mentioned in class, my office hours will be cut short today so that I can attend the following presentation (you can attend too if you have time!). I'll be in my office from 3:00 to 3:45 if you need me.

Monday, Sept. 12 4 pm "9/11 in Context" Faculty Panel DiscussionKing Hall Auditorium, UNCW

A panel discussion to explore the events of September 11, 2001, in a larger context. What foreign policy decisions influenced 9/11, and what has happened since then? What are the roots of prejudice and fear that can lead to repression? How should governments deal with terrorism? The only agenda is to provide a forum for discussion and education.
The panel will consist of Dr. W. Taylor Fain (History, UNCW), Dr. Rob Miller (Sociology, UNCW), Dr. Lynne Snowden (Criminal Justice, UNCW), Thomas Massey (History, CFCC), and Dr. Craig Galbraith (Cameron School of Business, UNCW).

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

More Information Quotes

Here are more quotes about information (from Rick):

He is wise who knows the sources of knowledge — where it is written and where it is to be found. - A.A. Hodge

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking something up and finding something else on the way. - Franklin P. Adams

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. - Samuel Johnson

Research means that you don’t know, but are willing to find out. - Charles F. Kettering
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. - Benjamin Disraeli

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” -Albert Einstein

“The stone age was marked by man’s clever use of crude tools; the information age, to date, has been marked by man’s crude use of clever tools.”-?

“Learning is the indispensable investment required for success in the ‘information age’ we are entering” -?

“In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show.” -?

“Trying to control information in the network age is about as successful as pissing into the wind” -Marshall McLuhan

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Websites from Lecture 4/5

Library Time Line

Babelfish (used to translate webpages and text)