Tuesday, December 04, 2007


All extra credit must be submitted today at the beginning of class (no exceptions).

I will grade the final exam immediately after class today. Your final grade will be e-mailed to your UNCW e-mail account by 5:00 p.m. today. You have until 10 p.m. to respond with any questions relating to your grade. If for some reason you are not able to do this, let me know immediately.

I will post grades in SeaNet tomorrow (12/5).

If you wish to delete your blog, you can log into Blogger and click on "Settings." Under the "Basic" section, scroll to the very bottom and click on "Delete This Blog."

Monday, November 26, 2007


  • Your grade "status" report will be given to you in class tomorrow (11/27)

  • We will have the final review for the exam tomorrow (11/27)

  • You will also have the opportunity to evaluate your team members and the team grade will be explained

  • You will also complete the SPOTS tomorrow (11/27)

  • PowerPoints for this week: Information Overload (.ppt) and Information Issues (.ppt)

  • All extra credit must be completed and submitted by 12:30 p.m. on 12/4 (the day of the final exam)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Interesting Videos

Here are some interesting videos related to class: http://mediatedcultures.net/mediatedculture.htm

Thursday, November 15, 2007

No Class on Tuesday (11/20)

We will not meet on 11/20. You are responsible for:

- E-mailing your completed, corrected bibliography to your instructor BEFORE 12:30 on 11/20

- Reading "Web Hoaxes, Counterfeit Sites, and Other Spurious Information on the Internet" (Electronic Reserves). You must post your reading response on your blog BY 12:30 on 11/29

- We will have a final exam review on 11/27 and/or 11/29

- A "status grade report" will be e-mailed to you on 11/20 or 11/21 indicating your grades to this point

PowerPoint Slides

Evaluating Information .ppt slides

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Office Hours (11/19)

I will not have office hours on 11/19. Please e-mail me if you need to meet or have any questions.

Monday, November 05, 2007

PowerPoint Slides

PowerPoint Slides Available for 11/6

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Annotated Bibliography: Part 3 due on 10/30

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

PowerPoint Slides

Available for 10/25

No Class on 11/8

We will not meet on 11/8.

Use this time to work on your annotated bibliographies and to read the assigned reading for that day:

Reading #4: "Can Wikipedia Ever Make the Grade?" by Brock Read. Chronicle of Higher Education (10/27/2006). [Use library catalog to locate article]

Post reading response on blog BY 11/15

Your News Report #8 is still due that day

Monday, October 22, 2007

No Office Hours Today

I'll be unable to hold office hours today (Monday, 10/22).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Today (10/18/07)

Unfortunately I need to cover a class for a colleague at 12:30 so I will not be in #1039 today.

Norma Flax, one of my colleagues, will be handing out some worksheets for you to do in class (individually, not in your group).

Please put your name on the worksheet and work on those from 12:30 - 1:15. Hang on to the worksheets as we'll continue working on them next week. You will have 4 research questions. For each question, complete 1 worksheet. You'll be finding citations to 2 articles and 2 books that would help you answer the research question. These instructions are given on the handouts.

Please use the remainder of class time (1:15 - 1:45) to work on your databases presentations.

If you have any questions, please contact me via e-mail (pembertona@uncw.edu) and I will respond as soon as I can. I apologize for not being in class to assist you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Slides for Today

The PowerPoint slides for today's lecture are available: .ppt

Monday, October 15, 2007

This Week

Tuesday, October 16

Lecture and Discussion: Controlled Vocabulary and Boolean Logic

Reading #3: "The Infodiet: How Libraries Can Offer an Appetizing Alternative to Google" by Steven Bell. Chronicle of Higher Education (2/20/2004). [Use library catalog to locate article]

Post reading response on blog BY 10/23

Annotated Bibliography: Part 2 Due

Thursday, October 18

Team Activity: Database Exercise

News Report #5 Due

Monday, October 01, 2007

Upcoming Weeks

  • Part I of the Annotated Bibliography is due tomorrow (10/2)
  • PowerPoint slides for 10/2's lecture
  • Library Lingo & Randall Library test on Thursday (10/4) (20 questions, multiple choice, covers library lingo and information about Randall Library)
  • No class on 10/9 or 10/11
  • Part II of the Annotated Bibliography is due on 10/16

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Internet People: The Meth Minute

An animated tribute to the Internet people of the world, wherever you may be.

Call numbers and .ppt slides

Reading Call Numbers (#1)

Reading Call Numbers (#2)

.ppt slides for 9/25

Reminder: News Report #4 due on Thursday (9/27) and Part 1 of Annotated Bibliography (Assignment #2) due next Tuesday (10/2).

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Library Lingo and Thursday's Class Location

On 10/4 you'll be tested on this list of library lingo as well as any information discussed in class (including tours) about Randall Library

On Thursday we will meet in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) - Education Building - #127. We will discuss Assignment #2 in detail during this class.

Assignment Reminders

- Your reading responses and news story responses must be a MINIMUM of 250 words. You can check this by typing your response first in Word and doing a word count (Tools - Word Count) and then copying and pasting your response into your blog

- News stories must pertain to ONLY libraries, the Internet, or information technology. No other content will be accepted.

- Please use the spell check feature of blogger!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Extra Credit Opportunity and Upcoming Items

Extra Credit Opportunity:

If you'd like to earn 2 points extra credit, please post at least 3 reasons why you use Facebook and/or MySpace to your blog by 5:00 today (9/11). I'm teaching a workshop about why students are seemingly "obsessed" with these social networking tools and would like to use some quotes from students.


9/4's Reading Report is due today (9/11) (should be posted on blog before beginning of class)

Reading #2: "Information Navigation 101" by Andrea L. Foster. Chronicle of Higher Education (3/9/2007). [Use library catalog to locate article]. Post reading response on blog BY 9/18

News Report #2 is due on Thursday (9/13)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Slides and Reminders

Lecture Slides for 9/6

No Office Hours on Monday

Reading Report #1 due on Tuesday, 9/11

Library Lingo Game on Tuesday, 9/11

News Report #2 due Thursday, 9/13

Tour on Thursday, 9/13

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Reading #1 is assigned today (9/4):

"Are Librarians Totally Obsolete?" by Will Sherman. Available online: http://www.degreetutor.com/library/adult-continued-education/librarians-needed

Post reading response on blog BY 9/11

News Report #1 due on Thursday (9/6)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lecture Slides (8/30)

Download the lectures slides (in .ppt) for "What Is Information?" (8/30)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Check to make sure your blogs work. On the right side of this blog, click on "Your Blogs" and find your first name. This list is actually in alphabetical order by your last name. But because this page is available for public view, your last name has been removed. If you do not have a blog linked from this page you need to create one. Consult with me or a classmate to create your blog. Make sure the blog address (i.e. http://yourgreatblog.blogspot.com/) is e-mailed to me ASAP.

Also ... keep in mind that your news stories for Assignment #1 should be about libraries, the Internet and information technology.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Fall 2007

Welcome to LIB 103 for Fall 2007!

Announcements, stories of interest, and changes to the schedule will be announced here. You should check this page frequently.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


The deadline for submitting all extra credit, assignments #1 (news scan) and #5 (plagiarism quiz) is midnight tonight (Tuesday, April 24th).

Thursday, April 19, 2007

PowerPoint Slides Available

Evaluating Information (.ppt or .pdf)

"Information Issues" (.ppt or .pdf)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Assignment #5

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

1. View this online plagiarism tutorial: http://www.fairfield.edu/documents/Library/plagicourt.swf

2. Complete the online quiz at the end and e-mail me your results (copy and paste the results into a new e-mail to me: pembertona@uncw.edu).

I must receive the e-mail before the beginning of class on 4/24.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

No Class Today (April 10th)

LIB 103 will not be meeting today (Tuesday, April 10th).

Please use this time to complete your reading reports that are due today and to begin reviewing for your upcoming final exam. If you want to get ahead, another reading is listed on your syllabus that will be assigned on Thursday.

On Thursday, we'll spend half the class reviewing for the exam and half the class talking about evaluating information.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Review Session: April 12th

We will have a review session for the comprehensive final exam (that happens on April 26th). Your final exam is worth 20% of your final grade.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Of Interest ...

New and improved libraries, on CBS
(requires Windows Media Player 11 or Real Media Player)
The CBS Early Show explores the ways libraries are reinventing themselves in the 21st century, with a visit (4:21) to ALA President Leslie Burger and the Princeton (N.J.) Public Library....
The Early Show, Mar. 23

A new pedia in town
Larry Sanger, a cofounder of Wikipedia, this week launched an alternative resource, Citizendium. His goal is to capture Wikipedia’s bustle, but this time avoid the vandalism and inconsistency that are its pitfalls. Like Wikipedia, Citizendium will be nonprofit, devoid of ads, and free to read and edit. Unlike Wikipedia, Citizendium’s volunteer contributors will be expected to provide their real names. Experts in given fields will be asked to check articles for accuracy.....
Associated Press, Mar. 25

Books getting more digital
The International Digital Publishing Forum has announced a conference in New York City for May 9. Digital Book 2007 will feature digital publishing and mobile device innovations. Librarians might remember the IDPF as the OeBF, or Open eBook Forum. It dropped the old moniker when it became clear that the group was essentially a trade organization, and not primarily an effort to create an open e-book standard....
Hectic Pace blog, Mar. 28

British schools refuse boring classics
Dozens of schools have rejected gifts of free classic books because today’s pupils find them too “difficult” to read. Around 50 schools have refused to stock literary works by the likes of Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens after admitting that youngsters also find them boring. The worrying figures were released by the Millennium Library Trust, which donates sets of up to 300 books to schools around the UK....
Evening Standard, Mar. 20

World internet censorship map
In an effort to counter the once borderless internet, states are seeking to create informational boundaries in cyberspace. This is accomplished through a combination of technical and regulatory means—including laws, licensing regimes, industry self-regulation, national filtering, and content removal—thereby creating a matrix of controls. The OpenNet Initiative has created this interactive global map to highlight those countries with restrictions....
OpenNet Initiative

FBI misues Patriot Act, FBI audit says
Poorly trained FBI agents underreported the number of times the agency issued National Security Letters to obtain financial and telecommunications records in antiterrorism investigations, neglected to provide proper justification for their use, and failed to put in place record-keeping procedures to ensure civil liberties were protected, according to a Justice Department audit released March 9. ALA President Leslie Burger said in a March 9 release that the “findings confirm many of ALA’s most repeatedly stated concerns about the lack of oversight into the FBI’s surveillance activities”....

Book ban turns intra-Palestinian fight into a cultural one
For more than 30 years, anthropologist Sharif Kanaana has been collecting and studying Palestinian folk tales so that people at home and abroad would understand the story of his people. This week, the Hamas-run Palestinian Authority added a new chapter: a directive to pull Kanaana’s book Speak Bird, Speak Again from school libraries and destroy it. The decision underscores the struggle for ideological and political hegemony, one that is making itself felt more strongly than ever before....
Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 9

The Wikipedia scandal
Wikipedia’s latest scandal is the revelation that a high-ranking administrator, and employee (until March) of the associated commercial venture Wikia, had falsified his academic credentials. It turns out the contributor nicknamed Essjay was not a tenured professor at a private university but a 24-year-old named Ryan Jordan who holds no advanced degrees....
The Guardian (U.K.), Mar. 8

Who’s watching your space?
A video summary (2:53) of the OCLC Symposium at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 19, in Seattle. More than 400 people attended this discussion of social networking practices and trends. Participants included moderator Michael Stephens (right) and panelists Howard Rheingold, danah boyd, and Marc Smith....
YouTube, Mar. 9

How the library changes lives (PDF file)
Last spring, as part of its ongoing partnership with ALA, Woman’s Day asked its readers to send in stories about how the library affected their lives. The 2,000 heartfelt, funny, and touching essays submitted prove that the library isn’t just the place you go to check out books. Ellen Breslau presents four stories of hope and inspiration....
Woman’s Day, Mar. 6

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Final Bibliography and Lecture Slides

Your FINAL annotated bibliography must be turned in BEFORE midnight on 4/3. As of today (3/29) you can no longer submit portions for feedback. All feedback is being returned in class today.

I will have office hours on Monday from 3:00 - 5:00 and you are more than welcome to drop by for input then.

The final bibliography format example is available (in Word)

Lecture Slides from today (3/29/07):

Catalog vs. Databases (.ppt or .pdf)
Internet vs. WWW (.ppt or .pdf)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007

Finding CHE Article

Many of you are having trouble finding Reading #3. There are directions below. I want to talk about this in class however. Being able to find an article with only a citation is a very basic skill that I want everyone to know.

- Go to the library homepage and click on "Search Catalog" on the left side
- Then click on the "Journal Title" tab
- Type in "Chronicle of Higher Education"
- Scroll down and click on the link next to "EBSCOHost" (EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier Jan 1999-(last 1 month not available)
- When the EBSCOHost interface comes up click on "2004" on the right side
- Scroll down and click on "Vol. 50 Issue 24 - 2/20/2004"
- It is article #53 (keep clicking next until you get to it)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Affect vs. Effect

Many of you used the words "effect" or "affect" incorrectly in your annotations in your bibliography.

Check out this site for help with this:


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Technology Sniffs Out Student Plagiarism

"With Unsourced Copying On The Rise, New Software Programs Are Being Used To Combat Cut-And-Paste"

Full Story

Monday, March 19, 2007

Slides for 3/15

The PowerPoint slides from 3/15's lecture are available (.ppt format or .pdf format)

Reminder: Reading #3

Reading #3: "The Infodiet: How Libraries Can Offer an Appetizing Alternative to Google" by Steven Bell. Chronicle of Higher Education (2/20/2004).

This is not on course reserves. Use your new found searching skills to find this article.

Post reading response on blog BY 3/27

Thursday: Meeting in #1022

Both the 11:00 and 3:30 classes will meet in #1022 this Thursday (3/22).

This classroom is located near the DVDs.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Google Lawsuit

Full Story

Monday, February 26, 2007

No Class This Week ... but ....

Hi LIB 103ers,

We will not have class on either Tuesday or Thursday of this week. But ... you have a lot to be working on so use this time wisely.

You should be working on the following:

Assignment #1 (monitoring the news)

Assignment #3 (annotated bibliography)

Assignment #4 (if you were not in class when this assignment was handed out, you can pick up this assignment after Noon on Tuesday at the Reference Desk)

You also have a reading to do. This is listed on the syllabus (Reading #2: "Students Shun Search for Information Offline" (Electronic Reserves). The reading response should be posted before class on 3/13.

Please use this week to work on these assignments.

I'm available through e-mail if you have questions.

Ms. Pemberton

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

PowerPoint Slides Available

The PowerPoint slides from today's lecture are available (.ppt format or .pdf format)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Library Usability Testing/Student Committee

  • If you are interested in receiving 50 free iPrints you can participate in the library's web usability study. Contact Oakley Cline at: obc9017@uncw.edu or 910.200.9552 to set up a time to participate.

  • If you are interested in serving on the Library Student Committee, contact Sue Cody (codys@uncw.edu).

In the News ...

Libraries are repositories of society's greatest thoughts ...

A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia as a Research Source (this link is temporary)

Google suffers setback in copyright case

Budget cuts threaten British Library services

Courts turn to Wikipedia, but selectively

Baghdad day to day: A librarian’s journal

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Extra Credit Events

African American Read-In
Wednesday (2/14) 11:00 - 2:00
Must participate (read) to get extra credit

Flash Fiction Contest
This week (due on Friday, 2/16)
Do not have to win for extra credit - submit copy of story to instructor

Carole Weatherford, Children's Book Author
Friday (2/16) 4:00 - 6:00

Assignment #3 and Lecture Slides

The lecture slides for today's lecture are available (.ppt format or .pdf format)

If you did not receive Assignment #3 you can view it here (.pdf format)

2/26 and 2/27

My office hours are cancelled for 2/26

Class is cancelled for 2/27

In Class Exercises: 2/13

Complete the following:

Call Numbers #1

Call Numbers #2

Reminder: Test on 2/22

This test will be multiple choice and will cover any discussions about Randall Library (information from the tours, class, etc.) and "library lingo."

Missed a tour or class? Consult your classmates.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Library Flash Fiction Contest - win $150!

Not only will you get 2 extra credit points for participating ... you could win $150!

The library is hosting a Flash Fiction contest and if you are interesting in writing, I encourage you to participate:


Monday, February 05, 2007

Meeting Location for Thursday (2/8)

Please remember that we are meeting in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) on Thursday (2/8)

The CMC is located in the Education Building (#127)

If you enter the building from the front entrance, this room is at the back, right of the 1st floor

Saturday, February 03, 2007

British Library to Start Charging

Its archives hold the Magna Carta, Beatles manuscripts and the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. Visitors to its fabled reading room in the British Museum included Karl Marx, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens and George Bernard Shaw. But the future of the British Library as a world-class, free resource is under threat fromplansto cut up to 7 per cent of its £100m budget in this year's Treasury spending round.

To survive, the library proposes to slash opening hours by more than a third and to charge researchers for admission to the reading rooms for the first time.

Read more ...

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Library Lingo Test

On 2/22, you'll have a test about Randall Library and on "library lingo." You'll need to be prepared to answer multiple choice questions about the "lingo" on this page: http://library.uncw.edu/web/instruction/lib103/pemberton/lingo.pdf.

This test counts for 10% of your final grade.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Lecture Slides from 1/25/07

PowerPoint Slides (.ppt format) (.pdf format - handouts)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Having Trouble with your Blog?

If you are having trouble logging into your blogs, here is some information that might help:

1) Make sure you click on "New Blogger" when you sign in (http://www.blogger.com/start). This is at the top, right of the page.

2) Make sure you type in your e-mail address as your username (whatever e-mail you used to create the account).

3) If you are still having trouble, try retrieving your password by going to this page: https://www.google.com/accounts/ForgotPasswd

If you do not know what e-mail address you used to create the blog, you may have to create a new blog. If you do, please make sure you send me the new address.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Lecture Slides from 1/18/07

PowerPoint Slides (.ppt format) (.pdf format - handouts)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Get Books from an ATM?

An ATM for books
Coming soon: The most inclusive reader's catalog in the world, at your fingertips.

By Emily Maltby, FSB Magazine
December 14 2006: 9:36 AM EST

(FSB Magazine) -- Buying a book could become as easy as buying a pack of gum. After several years in development, the Espresso - a $50,000 vending machine with a conceivably infinite library - is nearly consumer-ready and will debut in ten to 25 libraries and bookstores in 2007. The New York Public Library is scheduled to receive its machine in February.
The company behind the Espresso is called On Demand Books, founded by legendary book editor Jason Epstein, 78, and Dane Neller, 56, but the technology was developed six years ago by Jeff Marsh, who is a technology advisor for New York City-based ODB (ondemandbooks.com).

The machine can print, align, mill, glue and bind two books simultaneously in less than seven minutes, including full-color laminated covers. It prints in any language and will even accommodate right-to-left texts by putting the spine on the right. The upper page limit is 550 pages, though by tweaking the page thickness and type size, you could get a copy of War and Peace (albeit tough to read) if you wanted.

As a librarian, it is hard for me to imagine getting a book out of an ATM type machine. It does make me realize that print has not and doesn't seem to be doing away.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Welcome to LIB 103

Welcome to LIB 103 @ UNCW. Check this blog frequently as important announcements about the course will be posted here.