Thursday, October 29, 2009

Classification Systems and Call Numbers

The PowerPoint for today's lecture is available: .ppt

Please practice these call number exercises:

Monday, October 26, 2009

No Office Hours on 11/2

I will not have office hours on 11/2. I can be reached (as always) through e-mail throughout the rest of the day however.

Changes to Syllabus and Grades So Far

I made a few changes to the syllabus with regard to the schedule. All due dates remain the same but I've had to move one of the team exercises to another date. Please review the syllabus online and print if needed:

I will be e-mailing each of you individually with your grades to this point. The database presentation grade is based on the presentation itself in combination with my observations of the group and the "grades" you gave your teammates.

I am still reading your last reading report so this grade will not be reflected in the e-mail I send you.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Notes on Part II of Annotated Bibliographies

MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations. Many of you are using the "old" MLA format which does require urls.

For those of you who are not using urls in your citations, I'm asking you to note the url for this assignment. I realize this is confusing as we transition from one edition of MLA to another.

For grading purposes, however, please indicate the url. This will save me time in locating your source. This is noted in your citations which you will get back in class.

Other items of note:

- Pay attention to appropriate use of "there" and "their"
- Try to avoid slang like, "breaks down" or "tells" and instead use "organizes" or "discusses"
- Avoid statements like, "They must be credible because they are at a university." What makes them credible? What is their education level? Research interests?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Review Database Slides

Please review this PowerPoint about databases and types of publications. We will only skim this in class: .ppt. You will need to know this information in the coming weeks and for your final exam.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Intellectual Property .ppt

The slides from our discussion about intellectual property are here: .ppt

Today In Class

Today in class we'll be discussing library subscription databases.

The database presentation assignment and your group's assigned database is available on the right side of this page. We'll discuss this assignment in class.

You'll also be exploring the library's databases individually in class today using a worksheet:

You'll need to do the following:
  • Save this Word document (.doc) to your computer
  • Work on the worksheet remembering to save frequently
  • E-mail the worksheet (when completed) to me (

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Library Catalog Wars

An interesting article and commentary from the Chronicle of Higher Education about library catalogs:

Sunday, October 04, 2009

National Information Literacy Awareness Month

"National Information Literacy Awareness Month highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age ... "

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Future of Print News and Special Collections

Here's a recent blog posting from a Newsweek blogger that discusses the future of print news:

Here's a piece in Smithsonian Magazine (online) about Special Collections in libraries:

Feel free to use either of these in your next news report.