Thursday, August 28, 2008

Clips from Today's Class

Here are the clips we watched today in class:

EPIC (8:45)

Information R/evolution (5:29)

A Vision of Students Today (4:44)

You might also be interested in these:

The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version) (4:34)

The Internet Has a Face (4:42)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Blogging 101

Where are your blogs?
  • Click on "Your Blogs" on the right side of this blog. They are in alphabetical order by your last name but only your first name is visible. If you don't see your blog, you probably were not in class on Tuesday and you need to stick around at the end of class on Thursday (8/28) to create one.
Putting text in your blog ("web log") is called "posting."

To post something (a news report or reading report), go to Blogger:

Log in with your UNCW e-mail address and the password you created for your blog.

You should see your blog and a little blue icon that says, "New Post." Click on this.

Give your post a title that will enable me to easily determine what you are posting (e.g. "News Report #1" or "Reading Report #1").

You may wish to type your reports in Word first to utilize the word count and spell check features and then copy and paste that into your post.

Click on "Publish Post" when you are finished. You can always go back and edit a post by clicking on "Edit Post."

Should you ever have trouble with your blog and an assignment is due, e-mail the assignment to me ( and we'll work to get your blog up and running in class. "My blog won't work" will not be an acceptable excuse for not having your assignments submited on time.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Example of news posting for Assignment #1

By Emily Maltby, FSB MagazineDecember 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 (

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. It seems that people still want books and want them when it is convenient from them. This seems similar to the DVD atm machines that are available at gas stations and grocery stores. New mediums come around but the old mediums don't "die." Even though you can watch movies online people still purchase DVDs and rent DVDs. The same is true for books. I do wonder why more people do not borrow books from libraries. This costs nothing except for the expense of driving to your nearest library. People still seem to want to own books and add them to their collection.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Welcome to LIB 103! (Fall 2008)

Welcome to LIB 103 for Fall 2008.

Plan to check this blog regularly for announcements, updates, and information for the course.

You'll find links to the syllabus and assignments to the right as well as updated news information on topics related to this course.