Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Final Grades

Final grades have been posted in SeaPort/SeaNet.

My office hours for Spring 2008 have ended.

Should you need to get in touch with me, please do so via e-mail (pembertona@uncw.edu).

Thanks and best of luck to all of you!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

For Team Activity

As a group, view this online plagiarism tutorial: http://www.fairfield.edu/lib_pcobjectives.html

Complete the online quiz at the end and e-mail me your results (copy and paste the results into an e-mail to me: pembertona@uncw.edu) and include your team members’ names (DO NOT CLICK ON “SEE HOW YOU DID”).

Complete the grades for your team members and turn these in to me

Monday, April 21, 2008

Slides for Tuesday (4/22)

The slides for Tuesday (on plagiarism) are available: .ppt

In class:

- Review plagiarism

- Team activity

- Grade team members

- For those taking final exam, review

Friday, April 18, 2008

In the Local News ...

Just as we're talking about book banning and censorship, a relevant local story to consider:

"Parents Take Son Out of School Over Controversial Book"


Video: http://www.wwaytv3.com/video/parents_take_son_out_of_school_over_controversial_book/03

WWAY on 13 March 2008 - 5:00pm.

WILMINGTON -- A book on a local ninth grade reading list has some parents so upset, they took their son out of school.

The book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, was an option for students to read in a freshman English class at Ashley High School. It was among the American Library Association's most challenged books of 2006.

Now the book is being challenged here in New Hanover County.

"This book is the most graphic book I've seen as a student book."

As Chuck and Wendy Strafford read through The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky they couldn't believe it was being taught in their son's high school freshman English class.

Chuck said, "There's millions and millions of good books out there, literature books, that are cleaner."

The coming-of-age tale told from the perspective of a high school boy has sparked controversy nationwide. The book goes into detail about drugs, alcohol, gay sex, date rape and other topics the Straffords say would be better off in more advanced classes -- not for 15-year-old students like their son Elijah.

"We're trying to keep him protected and sheltered in a healthy, clean environment and keeping him so he's innocent," Wendy said.

Elijah's teacher, Christy McCoy, gave students the option of reading a different book, but the Strafford's say he was absent the day she made that announcement and was under the impression he had to read this book.

New Hanover County Schools Spokesperson Valita Quattlebaum said, "The book will go through the school's media advisory committee and it will be reviewed there. Then the book will go on further to the district's media advisory committee to be reviewed at that time. And after that takes place a decision will be made whether or not the book will be allowed to remain on the school's shelves."

The Straffords say they've had to sign permission slips so their kids could take sex-ed courses, and even watch certain movies. They say they would have liked to be notified in the same manner about this book.

Wendy said, "We should, with literature, especially with that graphic of a nature, be told as parents, not let the kids have that choice since they are minors."

The Straffords, along with another concerned parent, met with the principal and their son's English teacher and say they couldn't reach any sort of agreement. They took Elijah out of Ashley for the time being and say they hope this eventually blows over.

They say they aren't trying to get the book banned; they simply would have liked to have gotten a heads up about its graphic nature.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

More Media Literacy

From Natalie (2:00 class):


The Final Countdown

Today (Thursday, April 17th)

- Your final reading response is due.

- We'll be discussing more information issues such as mis-/disinformation on the web, censorship and book banning (http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.cfm), and privacy.

- We'll also be doing SPOTs (Student Perception of Teaching) today.

Tuesday (April 22)

- Your final news report is due.

- We'll be discussing plagiarism and you'll have a team activity on this topic.

- You'll be giving your teammates their "team grade."

- For those of you taking the final, we'll have a final exam review.

Reminder: All extra credit is due BEFORE 2:00 p.m. on April 24th. No extensions will be granted. No, not even if you beg.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Managing Your E-mail

Andrew (the 2:00 class) shared these instructions for setting up your Outlook/e-mail: http://library.uncw.edu/web/instruction/lib103/pemberton/Outlook%20Instructions.pdf

This will allow you to set up Outlook where you can manage your e-mail, create folders, set up your calendar, etc.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

ALA celebrates National Library Week in Second Life

I'll give anyone 4 points extra credit if you get in Second Life, create an avatar, attend one of these events and do a 250 word blog posting about it! Maybe you'll see me ("Kirstie Merlin") there! As with other extra credit, this is due BEFORE 2:00 p.m. on April 24th.

Second Life Time = Pacific Time.

For fifty years, National Library Week (April 13-19, 2008) has been celebrated by libraries of all types all across the country. This year, ALA brings the celebration to Second Life with a week of "in world" activities.

All activities will take place on the ALA Island, ALA's virtual space, and will be hosted by Tina Coleman, ALA member specialist, whose Second Life avatar name is Kay Tairov or Val Hawkins, ALA library reference specialist, whose Second Life avatar name is ALALibraryVal Miles.

The ALA Island/ALA Main Stage is located at 128, 107, 29. In Second Life, teleport there directly: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/128/107/29/

Sunday, April 13
* 1:30 p.m. (12:00 p.m. Second Life Time (SLT)) - ALA President Loriene Roy kicks off the Second Life National Library Week celebrations with brief remarks about National Library Week.

* 6:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. SLT) - Julie Andrews Costume Party at ALA Party Central. Andrews is the honorary chair of National Library Week 2008.

Monday, April 14
* 11:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. SLT) - Opening fireworks

* 3:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. SLT) - Book discussion at the Book Platform * 6:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. SLT) - "Come as your favorite intellectual" Party at Lake Maze

* 6:30 pm (4:30 p.m. SLT) - AASL Storytime at the Pond Space
Tuesday, April 15

* Library Stars Photo Op: For National Library Workers Day, take a snapshot of your avatar and have it posted on the Constellation of Library Stars gallery.

* 2:00-3:00 p.m. (12 p.m. SLT) - Tai Chi Session to celebrate wellness for National Library Workers Day at the Main Stage

* 6:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. SLT) - Fireworks

* 6:30 -7:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. SLT) - Public Programs Office Storytime at the Pond Space
Wednesday, April 16

* 11:00 - 12:00 am (9:00 a.m. SLT) - Libraries Across America: The Bold & the Beautiful at the ALA Gallery

* 1:00 -2:00 p.m. (11 a.m. SLT) Scavenger Hunt at the Main Stage

* 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (4:30 pm SLT) Public Programs Office Storytime at the Pond Space

Thursday, April 17
* 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. SLT) Young Adult Literature Trivia Contest to celebrate Support Teen Literature Day at the Main Stage

* Time TBD - YALSA Podcast and discussion at the Pond Space

* 6:00 - 7:00 pm (4:00 p.m. SLT) Books With Bite: Vamp it up for YALSA at ALA Party Central. This party will include fireworks display.

Friday April 18
* 11:00-11:30 a.m. (9:00 a.m. SLT) Gaming in Libraries Presentation at Sky Presentation Space to celebrate "gaming @ your library"

* 2:00 - 3:00 pm (12:00 p.m. SLT) Salon Huron Discussion Group at Salon Huron

* 6:30- 7:30 pm (4:30 p.m. SLT) Come as your favorite video game character party at ALA Party Central

Saturday 4/19
* 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. SLT) Book Discussion at the Book Platform

* 5:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. SLT) Knowledge Rocks Concert in conjunction with the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant winner, the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County at the Main Stage

To learn more about Second Life, visit ALA's Second Life wiki at http://wikis.ala.org/professionaltips/index.php/Second_Life. For more information on National Library Week, visit the National Library Week Web page at www.ala.org/pio/nlw.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

"Some People Say ..." (Media Literacy Continued)

Shared by Corey (in the 2:00 class):

"Some People Say ..." video on YouTube:


Related: http://www.outfoxed.org/

Have something to share? Blog about it!

Class Today

The .ppt slides for today (Information Overload) are available.

If we have time, we'll also talk about the digital divide, information literacy, the Patriot Act, and the scholarly communication crisis.

Monday, April 07, 2008


We will not have class on April 15th (this is a Tuesday).

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

PowerPoint Slides

The .ppt slides are available for our discussion on evaluating information (for Thursday, 4/3).