Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Monday, November 27, 2006

Lecture Slides for Tuesday

You can view the PowerPoint slides for Tuesday's lecture (11/28) here:

Assignment #5

For Assignment #5 (worth 5% of your final grade), please do the following:

1. View this online plagiarism tutorial:

If you are on a computer that does not have flash, you may view an .html version of the tutorial:

2. Complete this online quiz ( and e-mail me your results (copy and paste the results into a new e-mail to me:

I must receive the e-mail before the beginning of class on Thursday, 11/30.

Monday, November 20, 2006

No Class Tomorrow (11/21)

No LIB 103 tomorrow (11/21).

Class will resume on Tuesday of next week (11/28).

Reading responses for reading #4 are due tomorrow (yes, I will be checking!).

Reading #4: "Can Wikipedia Ever Make the Grade?" by Brock Read. Chronicle of Higher Education (10/27/2006) - available via Lexis-Nexis.

Reading responses for reading #5 are due on 11/28. The reading is called, "Web Hoaxes, Counterfeit Sites, and Other Spurious Information on the Internet" and is available on Electronic Reserves.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Today's Lecture

Here are the PowerPoint slides from today's lecture:

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Reading #3

"The Infodiet: How Libraries Can Offer an Appetizing Alternative to Google" by Steven Bell. Chronicle of Higher Education (2/20/2004).

Use your newly aquired research skills to obtain this reading

Post reading response on blog BY 11/9

Monday, October 30, 2006

PowerPoint Slides Available

You can find the following PowerPoint Presentation Slides available online:

Assignment #1 Reminder

Do not forget about Assignment #1

Assignment #1 (ongoing throughout semester): Throughout the semester, monitor the news for stories relating to libraries, the Internet, or information technology. As you see, hear, or read about news stories relating to these topics, post a report on your blog about each story. Give all available citation information for your news source (website address, name of news program, name of publication, date, etc.), a brief summary of the story, and your reaction or opinion about the news. This assignment is worth 10% of your final grade. Each news story is worth 1 point (1% each). You should comment on 10 news stories. We will discuss these news items at the end of the semester. More information will be given in class about this assignment.

Here's an example of something you might comment on:

"Local Libraries Booming"
By Kyle Odegard, Gazette-Times reporter

A great place to search for news on the web is Google News:

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Reading #2 and No Office Hours Monday

Reading #2 is available on EReserves (Library Homepage - Reserves)

"Students Shun Search for Information Offline"

Post reading response on blog BY 10/24

There will be no instructor office hours on Monday (10/23)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

No Class Tomorrow (9/28)

LIB 103 will be cancelled for tomorrow.

If you wish to complete Assignment #3 and were not in class on Tuesday, please get a copy from a classmate or pick up a copy at the Reference Desk in the library. I will leave an envelope with this assignment at the Desk for you to pick up. It's due at the beginning of class on 10/3. You will note your answers on the assignment sheets (not on your blog).

If you have any questions, please let me know. We'll pick up again on Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Reminders for 9/21

  • We are meeting in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) on Thursday (Education Building - #127)
  • Your reading responses for "The Information Infrastructure: Libraries in Context" should be posted before class on Thursday

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Slides/Video/No Office Hours Monday

Hi all,

You can find the last two PowerPoint presentations here:

If you missed the video this week, you can check out a copy. It's called, "Signs of the Times: The History of Writing," and is located in the A/V Video section, call number: P211 .S536 1996

I will NOT have office hours on Monday, September 11th. I will be attending the following event (please feel free to come!):

The September Project: Panel Discussion with UNCW Faculty
Monday September 11th
Randall Library Room 1022

Please join us on Monday, September 11th for a panel discussion with members of the UNCW faculty and staff (including Randall Library’s own Debbie Edwards) as we explore the legacy of 9/11/2001 five years later. This panel discussion is part of a global effort by libraries to commemorate September 11th called “The September Project.” To learn more about events and activities other libraries have planned please visit The September Project website at:

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Web Stats

comScore releases July U.S. search engine rankings:

  • Americans conducted 6.3 billion searches online in July, down two percent versus June, reflecting seasonal declines typically seen in July
  • Google sites led the pack with 2.7 billion search queries performed, followed by Yahoo! sites (1.8 billion), MSN-Microsoft (802 million), Time-Warner Network (366 million), and Ask Jeeves/Ask Network (338 million).
  • Google and Yahoo! continued their dominance in toolbar searches, combining for more than 95 percent of the market share in July. Google grabbed 50.3 percent of toolbar searches, while Yahoo! captured 46.2 percent.

View press release:

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Welcome to LIB 103! (Fall 2006)

This blog will be used for class announcements and communication. Powerpoint presentations will be posted here as well. Remember to check this blog for any new information regarding class.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Final Grades

You should have each received an individual e-mail from me regarding your final grade.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

I will not be able to input grades into SeaNet until next week (1st week of May). The system will not allow me to do so until then.

I hope you all enjoyed your experience in LIB 103. Have a fabulous summer!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Lecture Slides

Today's lecture (4/25) can be found here:

Good Example of An Information News Story

Here's a great example of the type of news story I'm looking for as an "information news story" for Assignment #1: "Texas College Bans"

Feel free to use it as one of your 10 stories.

Remember, you should include a summary of the news story as well as your reaction to the story.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Assignment #5

For Assignment #5 (worth 5% of your final grade), please do the following:

1. View this online plagiarism tutorial:

If you are on a computer that does not have flash, you may view an .html version of the tutorial:

2. Complete this online quiz and print out your results. Please make sure to put your name on the quiz. You must turn this in at the beginning of class on Tuesday, April 25th for full credit:

Announcements and .ppt slides

All class requirements must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27th for full credit. No assignments will be accepted past this date and time. This includes:

- Assignment #1 (10 news stories)
- Any extra credit you wish to do

Here are the .ppt presentations from the last few classes:

Using the Web for Research:

Information Overload:

Monday, April 10, 2006


For the 11:00 Class:

We will meet in Leutze tomorrow (Tuesday, April 11th)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Slides for 3/23

You can find today's powerpoint slides here:

Announcements and Reminders

  • The 11:00 class will meet in Leutze (old classroom) on Tuesday (3/28) for your database presentations

  • I will not have e-mail access from Friday morning (3/24) through Sunday night (3/26). If you have a question about your database presentation over the weekend, I will respond to you on Monday morning.

  • Database prices: If I am able to get a price for your database I will either e-mail it to you or tell the class on Tuesday. You are not responsible for finding the cost of your database.

  • On Tuesday, I will have a sign up sheet for your final project presentations. Should you wish to present on the last day of class (4/27) you may do so. If you want to wait until our finals day (5/9) you may do that as well. Be prepared to sign up for either day on Tuesday.

  • Course Readings: Make sure you refer to your syllabus to find course readings. If the reading is online it will be labeled as such and you can simply click on the title to get to the reading. If it's a reading that is in the Course Reserve system it will be labeled as such and you can click on "ERes" to get to that system.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Class on 3/21 Cancelled

Tomorrow's class (3/21) is cancelled due to several students having conflicts relating to Business Week.

You must be prepared to turn in your exercises from last week (Thursday's exercises) in at the beginning of class this Thursday (3/23).

You should think about using class time to work on your database presentation with your partner.

You also have a reading response due on 3/30. Check your syllabus for details.

If you have any questions, let me know.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

3/14's Lecture

Today's Lecture slides can be found here:

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Example of news posting for Assignment #1

The following is an example of a news item relating to information. The following should serve as an example of how/what to post for news items for Assignment #1:


"Winfrey Stands Behind 'Pieces' Author - Writer Has Been Accused of Exaggerating Memoir"
Posted:Thursday, January 12, 2006; 9:09 a.m. EST

From CNN: "LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The author of a best-selling memoir enthusiastically endorsed by talk show host Oprah Winfrey answered accusations Wednesday night from critics who say parts of the book are fabricated or exaggerated."

Having read and been impacted by James Frey's book, "A Million Little Pieces," I am shocked and disappointed that the author felt he needed to falsify details of his life that were included in his "memoir" about his battles to fight drug and alcohol addiction. After Winfrey stood up for the author on "Larry King Live," the author later came on her show and admitted to changing details of his life that were included in his book.

This brings up important issues about information. Who is responsible for this? Should the author be held accountable solely? Should the publisher be held accountable? Should the book be republished as fiction? Many look to print to be the last place left to find "the truth." With the ability to publish anything electronically/online on blogs, wikis, and websites, books have always seemed to be the last place one would expect to find a case of someone so misleading to their readers.

Are Frey's exaggerations enough to be called "lies?" He writes about a woman he had fallen in love with who hangs herself. He admitted on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" that she actually committed suicide by cutting her wrists. How far is too far when it comes to exaggeration? What does this mean for the publishing industry?

This story raises many questions about infomation and more specifically the publishing industry and future of books such as Frey's.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Classroom Location - only for section #001

As we talked about today, the test (this Thursday) will be held in your regular classroom in Leutze.

After Thursday, we will meet in the Library Instruction Room (RL #1039) for the remainder of the semester with 2 exceptions:

March 28 (meet in Leutze)

April 11 (meet in Leutze)

I will update your online syllabus accordingly.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Lecture slides and Lingo page

Now that the library website has changed, the web addresses for the lingo page and the PowerPoint slides have changed. The following are the new addresses for the material that will be covered on your test:

Library Lingo:

Overview of Libraries .ppt slides:

Organization of Information .ppt slides:

Classification Systems .ppt slides:

Controlled Vocabulary and Boolean Logic:

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Updated Syllabus and .ppt slides

Your syllabus has been updated:

You can find Tuesday's lecture slides here:

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Assignment #3

We will discuss assignment #3 in class. You are to answer the following questions on your blog. This should be posted BEFORE class starts on 2/28.
  1. How is the word "catalog" defined? (use any dictionary)
  2. Name any catalogs that you are familiar with
  3. What kinds of information do catalogs offer?
  4. How are the catalogs organized?
  5. What similarities are there in the way that this information is offered?
  6. What do the catalogs have in common?
  7. What do they do for you?

Monday, February 20, 2006

Section #001 Meeting in Library on 2/21 and 2/23

This is to remind you that LIB 103 (Section 001) is meeting in the Library Instruction Room (back, right of 1st floor #1039) at 11:00 on Tuesday and Thursday of this week (2/21 and 2/23).

Thursday, February 16, 2006

No Class Today (2/16)

LIB 103 has been cancelled today (Thursday, 2/16). Class will resume on Tuesday (2/21).

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Deadline and Lecture

The deadline for both Assignment #2 and your reading response to "The Information Infrastructure: Libraries in Context" is 10:00 p.m. tonight (2/14). Both Assignment #2 and your reading response MUST be posted ON YOUR BLOG by 10 p.m. tonight to receive credit.

The powerpoint presentation slides for today's lecture can be found here:

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Meet in CMC on Thursday

All classes meet in the Curriculum Materials Center (in the Watson School of Education Building) on Thursday

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Blogs, Lingo, Lecture, Thursday, etc.

If you have not already checked to see if your blog is working, please do:

The library lingo learned in class can be found here:

The powerpoint lecture from last week is here:

Thursday (2/2) we will have a tour of the library. Section #001 should meet across from the Circulation Desk at 11:00.

Assignment #2 is due on 2/7. You must have your assignment posted on your blog BEFORE class time on this date.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Out of Town

I will be out of town from Friday (1/20) through Wednesday (1/25). We will have class on Thursday (1/26). If you need to contact me before then, e-mail is your best bet (

Remember to send your blog addresses to me BEFORE class on Thursday. The format should be:

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Welcome to the LIB 103 Blog!

This is the course blog we'll be using for LIB 103.

You can come here to look for new posts which will include information and updates about class, information passed on by your classmates, and citations for resources we discuss in class.