Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another thought ...

From our discussion in the 11:00 class when Paul asked why older information isn't freely available online it occured to me after class that the main reason that many journal articles that are older (say, from the 1980's and 1990's) aren't online is because many are only available in print and it is a very expensive and time consuming process to digitize items and make them available.

Publishers can also sell these "backfiles" to libraries ($$$) so there's another reason that this stuff isn't all on the web for free.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Evaluating Information .ppt

The PowerPoint from today's lecture and discussion is available here: .ppt

Interesting Article about Wikipedia

"Editorial Row Engulfs Wikipedia"

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Library Lingo

You are responsible for knowing the "library lingo" for this class and specifically for the test on 2/10.

Click on "Library Lingo" to the right to see the list.

The test on 2/10 will primarily focus on these terms. It will be multiple choice.

Video Available on Reserves

The video, "Signs of the Times" is now available at the Circulation Desk (the front desk) on reserve:

Make sure you bring this call number to the desk: P211 .S536 1996

You can check out headphones at the front desk as well and you can view this video in the library's viewing room: on the first floor. This room is located past the Reference Desk on the right.

If you missed the video, you should view it before our first test on 2/10.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Past Week

If you missed watching the video, "The Signs of the Times" I'll be putting a copy of the video on reserves for you to watch. I'll alert you when it is available. It is a VHS copy so if you do not have a VHS player you can watch it in the library's viewing room.

On 1/15 we discussed the importance of information. Here are the videos (*) we watched (along with some others) and a couple of tutorials about the information cycle you might find useful:

*Information R/evolution (5:29)

*A Vision of Students Today (4:44)

*EPIC (8:45)

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

The Internet Has a Face (4:42)

The Information Cycle (Penn State University Libraries)

Information Cycle Timeline (Northwest Missouri State University)

Saturday, January 17, 2009


All assignments that are posted to your course blog are to be posted before class on the specified due date.

For example, for news report #1, you should post your news report before class on Tuesday.

Please give each posting a heading that refers to the assignment and the number of the posting (e.g. "News Report #1" or "Reading Response #1).

Friday, January 09, 2009

Extra Credit

It's early in the semester but there's already an extra credit opportunity for you.

On 2/3, we will be discussing Second Life (SL). SL is an online virtual world built and owned entirely by its residents. There are nearly 17 million people who use Second Life. It is a unique tool that allows for education, communication, and collaboration.

UNCW has recently purchased an island in SL and is looking for input from students about the design of the island.

If you attend this session and give feedback, you will receive 2 points extra credit. I'll be at the session and you can remind me of your name and I'll give you the extra credit.

Details of session:

When: Thursday, January 15, 3:30 - 5:00
Where: Hoggard 133

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Welcome to LIB 103 (Spring 2009)

Welcome to LIB 103 for Spring 2009.

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.