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.