Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Final Grades

I will be e-mailing you your final grades for the course tomorrow (Thursday, 12/2).

If you have ANY questions at all about your grades you need to e-mail BEFORE 8 a.m. on Monday (12/6) as I will be posted grades in SeaNet that day.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

PowerPoints from Class

  • Information Overload (discussed in class on 11/16): .ppt
  • Answers to Your Questions (to be discussed in class on 11/18): .ppt
To discuss if there is time (11/18 and/or 11/23):
  • Information Issues (digital divide and Patriot ACT): .ppt
  • Information Issues (intellectual freedom and Internet safety): .ppt

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Schedule Updates

11/16: Reminder: We are meeting in the Curriculum Materials Center - Education Building - #127.

11/16: All extra credit is due by 3:30 p.m. this day (there are two opportunities on the course blog).

11/18: We will have the Reference Resources exercise in class on 11/18.

11/23: We will do SPOTS, your team evaluation (determines the remaining 7 points of your team grade), and the final exam review. This is our last class before the final exam. DO NOT MISS THIS CLASS!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Explore Library's Mobile Site for Extra Credit

For 2 points extra credit (must be posted by 11/16), blog about the library's mobile website:

For credit, you must explore the site with your mobile device and provide feedback in a blog post. This will help us revise the design of the site.

Credit will only be given if thoughtful feedback is given. "This is cool" is not thoughtful feedback.

What do you like? What do you not like? Were you able to access everything you would like to access? What was left off? Is it easy to use on your particular device? What device do you have? Is it visually appealing? Did it load quickly?

Want to star in a video about the Learning Commons?

If you are interested in appearing in a video about the library's Learning Commons, please contact Lisa Williams: She is a librarian and the manager of the Commons.

Filming has been happening on MWF between 9 and 11 but there may be other times that will work for those involed in the project.

You would only need to answer a few short questions about how you use the Learning Commons and your opinions on the space.

Syllabus Updates

Check the syllabus for updates:

  1. I have combined the team activity from this past Thursday (that we did not complete) with the team activity for tomorrow. So the entire activity will be worth two points.

  2. The final annotated bibliography is now due on 11/23. You may turn it in early if you wish.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

PowerPoint and Interesting Bit from Wikipedia

There is an interesting "public appeal" from Wikipedia's founder online (read).

The PowerPoint from today is available here: .ppt

Monday, November 01, 2010

Search Strategies / Call Number Exercises / Thursday

Search Strategies

In reviewing your "search strategy" worksheets (the exercise that you worked on outside of class about selecting keywords and databases) I'm noticing a trend.

If you are in a database that has one search box you need to put similar keywords (synonyms) in paratheses.

Example: (television or media or film) AND (health or wellness or psychology) AND (teen* or adolescen* or child*)

Think of it like a math formula!

Call Numbers

Today in class we'll be talking about call numbers. To get practice understanding how books are put on the shelf in call number order, you can complete these exercises:


On Thursday we'll meet in our classroom but then will immediately take a tour of the library. If you are late to class you'll need to find us. You will be counted as absent if you do not participate in this tour.

No Office Hours Today

I will not have office hours today (Monday, 11/1). As always, you can e-mail me if you have any questions.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


  • No office hours on Monday (10/25)
  • No class on Tuesday (10/26)
  • Database presentations are on Thursday (10/28)
  • The next part of your bibliography (scholarly articles) is due on Thursday (10/28)

I will be out of the office from Sunday (10/24) until Thursday (10/28) but hope to have e-mail access.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Schedule change and .ppt

As we discussed in class, the database presentations will be on 10/28. On 10/21, we will talk about the library website and catalog and you will have a group activity. This is reflected on the syllabus.

No other changes (due dates, etc.) have been changed.

The slides about finding full text are available: .ppt

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Search Strategy Help

We discussed various search strategies yesterday in class:

  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
  • Truncation (Example: teen*)
  • Limits (Example: limiting by date or limiting to scholarly publications)
  • Field searching (Example: Searching for a particular word in an article's title)

As there was no PowerPoint, here are some resources to help you:

Monday, October 11, 2010

PowerPoint on Databases

We will pick up with slide #22 tomorrow in class: .ppt

Sunday, October 10, 2010


1. No Class on October 14th

As we discussed and voted on in class, we will not have class on 10/14. You are responsible for the activity we would have done in class. In class on Tuesday (10/12) I will distribute the activity. You may work on this individually or in a small group. We will discuss this more in class on Tuesday. If you will not be in class on Tuesday you are required to e-mail me to obtain the activity. You must e-mail me by midnight on Tuesday (10/12). The activity is due at the beginning of class on 10/19.

2. Extra Credit Opportunity

It occurs to me that in our discussions about scholarly communication that the reasons for participating in scholarly communication and research are lost. While university faculty do research in part to attain tenure, the reasons for doing research are far greater. It is research that helps us understand human and animal behavior, helps us find cures for diseases, works to create new technologies to better society, and so on.

You can learn more about current UNCW research here:

So for you to see what type of research is being done I'm offering you an extra credit opportunity. To earn three points of extra credit, you may do the following:

  • Find three scholarly articles written by faculty members at UNCW or any other university. Hint: If you use the database Web of Knowledge, you can type "Wilmington, NC" in the "Address" field so you can retrieve citations for articles written by researchers in Wilmington. Many of them are at UNCW. We will talk more about how to retrieve the full-text of these articles in future classes.

  • Write a blog posting about these articles. For EACH article, provide a complete citation, summarize the purpose of the research, and briefly discuss the importance of this research.
  • I would expect that it would take a minimum of 300 words to adequately describe each article. So your blog posting would be a minimum of 900 words plus three citations.
  • The deadline to complete this is November 16.

3. Directions for Retrieving the Next Reading

When you have a citation for an article, your instinct is most likely to Google the title of that article. In some cases you might get lucky and find that article for free using Google. But as we've discussed in class, most of the time you can't. This is the case for your next reading. I did not place this reading on Reserve so you can start getting in the habit of locating articles on your own. Here are the steps:
  • Go to the library website and click on "Have a citation? Looking for a journal?" which is located below the search box on the homepage.

  • In this case you are looking for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Type this in and click "Go!"

  • You are now taken to the library catalog which you might think of as a "portal" to get to journals that are in databases.

  • Under "This title is available electronically via" you'll see a list of databases.

  • Click on the first one (EBSCOhost MasterFile Premiere).

  • You are now accessing the Chronicle of Higher Education through this library database.

  • On the right side of the screen, click on "Search within this publication."

  • As one of the words in the title is very unique ("Infodiet") you can type this into the second search box to retrieve the article you need.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Intellectual Property Slides (Copyright and Plagiarism)

The slides on intellectual property (from 9/28) are online: .ppt

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thursday's .ppt on Citations, Annotations, Abstracts, and Book Reviews

Here are the PowerPoint slides from Thursday's (9/23) lecture: .ppt

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Help with MLA

An interactive way to learn MLA:

Purdue's MLA guide online:

MLA Handbook For Writers Of Research Papers (MLA) in Randall Library: LB2369 .G53 2009 (Copies are available in the General Collection and at the Learning Commons/Reference Desk)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In Class Today

As we're covering quite a bit today in class, I thought it best to post some of the resources we'll cover:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Test #1 (9/21)

Your first test will be approximately 30 questions.

Half of the questions will be multiple choice questions about the library lingo you are responsible for knowing.

The remaining questions will be short answer and can address all material discussed prior to today. It will not include questions from 9/16's lecture and discussion.

Be sure you are familiar with:

  • The information cycle (You might find this tutorial useful)
  • The discussion questions about the "Signs of the Times" video
  • CRITIC (What does this stand for? What should you use it for?)
  • What it means to be media literature
  • The definitions of misinformation and disinformation
  • Basic principles of how search engines work
  • The term "information technology"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today's Discussion

Today in class, we will discuss how search engines work and how to use the web for research. We will not have time, however, to discuss all the slides during class. You are responsible for understanding the main concepts in the slides:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Questions to Consider from Video

If you were not in class for the video, "Signs of the Times," you can watch it in the library. It is available on Reserves. Take this call number: P211 .S536 1996 to the Circulation Desk (front desk on first floor). It is VHS and there are VHS players in the library's viewing room (first floor). You will need your UNCW ID to check out the video and to access the viewing room.

Here are some questions you should consider:

  • In the video, “Signs of the Times” a variety of primitive information technology is shown. Describe some of these.

  • In the video, “Signs of the Times” experts commented on the future of the book. Describe one expert’s opinion on this.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

PowerPoint from 9/7

The PowerPoint presentation from Tuesday (9/7) is available online:

Evaluating Information:

You are responsible for material not covered during class.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

No Office Hours on 9/13

I will not hold office hours on Monday, 9/13. Please contact me via e-mail if you have questions.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

No Class Today (9/2)

As classes are cancelled at 4 p.m. today, we will not meet at 3:30 p.m.

We will adjust our class time accordingly. All assignment dates remain the same. Your reading response should be posted before 3:30 p.m. today.

Let me know if you have any questions (


From: Davis, Joy Camille On Behalf Of UNCWAlert
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 11:25 AM
To: FAC&STAFF; AllStudents
Subject: UNCW Under Tropical Storm Warning; Classes Cancelled After 4 p.m. Thurs., Employees on Schedule

As of 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010: UNCW remains under a Tropical Storm Warning issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Wilmington area that will remain in effect until Friday.

At this time, the university will continue normal operations. However, the following decisions have been made:
- Effective at 4 p.m., today (Thursday), classes are cancelled on the UNCW main campus and the Onslow Extension campus; all Friday classes will follow a normal schedule.
- The faculty meeting today scheduled for 4 p.m. today will still be held
- University employees should continue working their normal shifts on Thursday up until 6 p.m. The adverse weather policy is in effect for faculty and staff. Administrative leave due to catastrophic weather is in effect starting at 6 p.m. today. All critical personnel will remain on campus until their shifts are complete.
- All Thursday evening campus events are cancelled.
- Randall Library will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday; will reopen Friday by 8 a.m.
- Wagoner Dining Hall will close at 8 p.m. on Thursday and will reopen at 7 a.m. on Friday.
- The Student Recreation Center and Campus Life Facilities (Fisher University Union, Fisher Student Center and Warwick and Burney Centers) will close at 8 p.m. on Thursday; normal operations will resume on Friday.
- All campus facilities will resume normal operating hours on Friday.
- With possible wind gusts as high as 45 mph in the Wilmington area later this evening, students are strongly advised to remain in their residence halls from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. to ensure their safety.
Although Earl is currently a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph tracking north along the East coast, National Hurricane Center models indicate the storm will have minimal impact on the Wilmington area. Starting Thursday night until early Friday morning, Wilmington is expected to experience 20-30 mph sustained winds with the potential for tropical storm force gusts of 35-45 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than a half an inch are anticipated.
Hurricane Earl is causing significant rip current danger on the coastline, which will continue throughout the weekend. It is recommended to avoid swimming in the Atlantic at this time. For more information, visit:
UNCW is coordinating efforts with municipal and County agencies. Please note that although local government offices are closed tomorrow, the closure is unrelated to Hurricane Earl. These closures are due to local agency furlough days scheduled months ago.
For updates on Hurricane Earl, monitor the UNCW homepage,, the UNCW Alert Emergency Information Hotline at 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751 and local media. Status updates will be provided as conditions warrant.
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Videos of Interest

All of these videos relate to LIB 103. We watched the first three videos in class. You are not required to watch the others but you may find them interesting.

Watched in Class:

*Did You Know 4.0 (4:46)

*Information R/evolution (5:29)

*A Vision of Students Today (4:44)

Other Relevant Videos:

EPIC (8:45)

The Information Revolution: The Convergence of the Media (6:15)

The Internet Has a Face (4:42)

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

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Office Hours (M 3 to 5 p.m.)

I am on the Reference/Learning Commons Desk until 3 p.m. each Monday. On most days I should get to my office no later than 3:15 p.m. Please be aware that I will not be in my office RIGHT at 3 p.m.

You can contact me virtually during my office hours (M 3 - 5 p.m.) through the "Meebo" chat box on the course blog, through AIM (AnnePemberton01), or through e-mail (

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Setting Your Time Zone in Blogger

If you have not already done so, be sure to set your time zone to "Eastern Time" in Blogger.

Log into Blogger and go to: Settings - Formatting - Time Zone

Monday, August 02, 2010

Fall 2010

Welcome to LIB 103 for Fall 2010.

You are required to check this blog regularly for announcements, updates, and information about the course.

You'll find links to the syllabus and assignments to the right as well as news items that relate to the content of this course.

Should you have any problems with accessing or navigating this blog, please let me know immediately (

Ms. Pemberton