Thursday, December 06, 2012

Final Grades and Thanks!

I will be e-mailing you individually with your final grade tonight (12/6).

I plan to post final grades in SeaNet on Monday, 12/10.

If you have any questions about any of your grades you must contact me PRIOR to 8 a.m. on 12/10.

It has been a pleasure being your teacher this semester. This fall 2012 class has been a joy! I wish you all the best of luck and don't forget to ask a librarian for help when you need it.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Plagiarism PowerPoint

In case you are having trouble locating the PowerPoint about Plagiarism, it is part of the Intellectual Property presentation that was posted in October:

Intellectual Property (download or open)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Find CDs

There was a question from the notecard activity on Tuesday about how to find CDs.

The easiest way to identify a CD is to go to "Find ..." - "Music & Audiobooks" in the top, left corner of the Randall Library website: This allows you to search or browse.

Once you have a call number you'll go to the cabinets of CDs on the first floor of Randall Library. These are closest to the DVDs. You'll see call number ranges on the outside of each cabinet. Match your call number to the drawer that has your call number range. Keep in mind that sometimes CDs are missing so you can always ask for help at the Circulation Desk.

Review PowerPoints: Extra Credit on Final Exam

If you are interested in earning extra credit on the final exam (or because you are interested in learning something new!) review the following PowerPoints:

1. Information Overload (Open or Download)

2. Information Issues: Part I (Open or Download)

3. Information Issues: Part II (Open or Download)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Info from Archives and Government Documents

1. Archives

When we visited our Archivist and asked her about the cost of parking tickets early in the university's history, she said that she didn't know but would find out. And she did!

She says, "The first mention of parking fees was in the 1963-1964 student handbook. The fee was 25 cents and it was refundable if plate was returned in good condition. The next year it went up to 30 cents."

You can see the student handbook from 1963/64 online: Click on "Read Online" and enter search terms in “Search Inside.”

2. Government Documents

The Prezi provided by the Government Documents Librarian is available online:

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tuesday's Class is Cancelled (11/20)

We will not have LIB 103 this coming Tuesday (11/20).

News Report #5 IS still due by 12:30 on Tuesday. See the syllabus for other upcoming due dates.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Recent PowerPoints

You can view or download the recent PowerPoints we went over in class:

1. How to Find Full-Text (Open or Download)

2. Classification Systems (Open or Download)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Office Hours

I will not have office hours for the next two weeks (10/29 and 11/5). If you have questions, please e-mail.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Banned Books Event (alternative to News Report)

If you attend Randall Library's banned books panel discussion you can blog about the event instead of doing news report 4 or 5. Your blog post must be posted when that news report is due. In other words, if you decide to blog about the event instead of doing news report #5, be sure it is posted before 12:30 p.m. on the due date for news report #5.

More information about the event here:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Announcement: News Report #4

For News Report #4, which is due on 11/6 (Election Day!), you have two options:

1) Do the "usual" assignment OR

2) Blog about fact checking. You can do this any way you want: Find a story about what fact checking is or find several facts you want to check (related to the Presidential campaign specifically) and describe how you went about the process or make a list of some of the facts that one or both candidates got wrong and how you investigated their claims.
Connect fact checking to information literacy. What is the connection? What is the connection between what fact checkers do and what you are learning in LIB 103?

Lecture about Databases

The PowerPoint from Thursday's (10/11) discussion about databases is available: Open or Download

There is no PowerPoint related to search techniques but I suggest you go through this site a few times after you have practice tomorrow (10/18): My Search Strategy

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How to Find Article with Citation ("Infodiet" article)

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 one of your next readings. I did not provide a link to the article so you can start getting in the habit of locating articles on your own. Here are the steps:
  1. Go to the library website and click on "Looking for a journal? Already have a citation?" search box which is located below the "main" search box on the homepage. You would do this any time you have a citation for a magazine, newspaper, or journal.
  2. In this case you are looking for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Type this in and click "Go!"
  3. You are now taken to the library "catalog" which you might think of as a "portal" to get to journals that are in databases. It is like a "gateway" to the journals Randall Library subscribes to.
  4. Under "This title is available electronically via" you'll see a list of databases.
  5. You can use any of them but Academic Search Complete and MasterFILE Complete have the EBSCOHost interface and will likely look familiar to you. Click on either of those.
  6. You are now accessing the Chronicle of Higher Education through that library database.
  7. On the right side of the screen, click on "Search within this publication."
  8. 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. It is the first article in the list of results.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Changes to Syllabus / Class Tomorrow

I feel like we need to do a little catching up before we move into the second "half" of our course which focuses on research and the Library.
Please review our updated syllabus (linked on the right).

News report due dates have been updated as well as the date for your database presentations (which we will discuss after fall break). The annotated bibliography due dates remain the same.
I believe I have updated all documentation but if you see any errors or discrepences please let me know so that I can correct them.

Tomorrow's class will be our catch up class. We will:
  • Discuss your latest news reports
  • Discuss your ideas about the library of the future / Randall Library of the future
  • Catch up on topics such as citations, plagiarism, copyright, etc.
Be sure to bring your completed worksheets from yesterday to class.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Review PowerPoints

We have not (and will not) have time to go through these PowerPoints completely in class. Be sure to review each of them and let me know if you have any questions. You are responsible for the content of these for the final exam.

1) Overview of Libraries and Scholarly Communication (download or open)

2) Citations, Annotations, Abstracts, and Book Reviews (download or open)

3) Intellectual Property (download or open)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Interesting article about power, pollution, and the Internet

If you are interested, feel free to write about this in your next News Report assignment:

Glanz, James. "The Cloud Factories. Power, Pollution and the Internet." New York Times. 22 September 2012.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Writing Article Summaries

After I have e-mailed you your grades from the latest Reading and Activity Report, review the following links to learn about how to summarize an article. (Focus on the "Summaries" section).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review for First Test (9/25)

Things to know and/or review for the upcoming test on 9/25. This test will be in our regular classroom (RL #1039). You will not be asked questions related to the discussion on 9/20.

DO NOT e-mail me and ask me for the answers to these questions. You have the information. If you do not, look at the blog or talk to a classmate.
  • Define "information" and "information technology."
  • Draw or describe the information cycle. Be sure to include various sources of information and the timeframes for when they become available following an event.
  • From "Signs of the Times" Video:
    • List at least one important historical development related to the dissemination of information.
    • Discuss at least one prediction that an "expert" made that did in fact become true (or did not come true)?
  • Library Lingo (You do not need to know the trivia facts about Randall Library. Focus on the "lingo" only).
  • What is the difference between "misinformation" and "disinformation"?
  • Describe "media literacy."
  • Discuss why instructors are concerned with students using Wikipedia.
  • Use the CRITIC model to evaluate a website or article.
  • Have a basic understanding of the Internet and search engines:
    • Is the World Wide Web the same as the Internet?
    • What is the "Deep Web"?
    • How do search engines work?
    • When you are searching Google, what exactly are you searching?
    • Why is it useful to search multiple search engines?
  • Describe one Google tool that you or a classmate presented in class.

How Search Engines Work / Using the Web for Research

The PowerPoint (How Search Engines Work / Using the Web for Research) is available: Open or Download.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

No Office Hours on 9/24

I will be unable to hold office hours on Monday, 9/24. Please e-mail me with any questions that you have and I will respond as soon as possible.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tuesday's Class and Evaluating Information PowerPoint

The PowerPoint about "Evaluating Information" is available: Open or Download

For Tuesday's (9/18) class we'll be playing catch-up and going over:
  • Assignment #2 (Annotated Bibliography)
  • How Searching Engines Work / Using the Web for Research
  • All About Google
  • EndNote Web (if there is time)
We will likely not have time to discuss your News Report #2. But be sure it is posted before class. If you are still having issues with your course blog, you may e-mail me your assignment.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

No Office Hours on 9/17

I will not be able to hold office hours tomorrow (Monday, 9/17). If you have questions, e-mail me and I will be back in touch as soon as I can.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

In Class Quiz: The Internet

In class (on 9/13/12) take the following quiz to see what you know about the Internet:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Notes on Blog Posts

As I am grading your first News Report and your first Activity/Reading assignment here are some issues I have seen on a few blogs:
  1. You must include all the information about your news report that is required in the assignment. The url is not enough. As we discussed in class and is posted on a previous post on this blog, you must include: The title of the story, the author's name, the date it was posted, and the url.
  2. Choose a story that you likely will have some reaction to or opinion about. This is HALF of the assignment. The summary is one half and your reaction to/opinion about is the other HALF.
  3. Be sure to summarize the ENTIRE article for your Activity/Reading posts. If you only summarize the first few paragraphs then I can only assume that you did not read the article. I did not make this clear on the syllabus and did not deduct points from your grade. Moving forward however, be sure to summarize the article.
  4. It is extremely useful to me if you name/label your post according to the assignment you are working on: For example:
    News Report #1
    Activity/Reading #1
    News Report #2
    Activity/Reading #2 ...
  5. Use the spell check in Word and in Blogger. I do count off for spelling and grammar issues. This is mentioned on the assignments and on the syllabus.

Friday, September 07, 2012

The InfoCycle

As promised, here is information about the Information Life Cycle (or "InfoCycle") that we discussed on Thursday:

You can find other websites and videos by searching Google and YouTube for "information cycle" or "information life cycle" or "information time line." If you learn best through reading, looking for websites. If you are more visual and prefer videos, search YouTube.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

News Reports: URL is not enough

Remember to include ALL the information required in the News Reports assignment.

Only supplying the url is not enough. Why?

Because urls frequently change and it is important to list other identifying information such as: Author, Date, Title of site or page, etc.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

News Reports

Reminder: Your first news report should be posted before class this Tuesday.

You do not need to find a news story that covers ALL the topics related to the assignment. As long as you find a story that relates to either libraries OR the Internet OR information technology you will be fine. You might find a story that does cover two or three of the topics but this is not required.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How to Post to Your Blog

Here is a video that shows you how to log into your blog and how to post. You can also make your blog private if you would like.

If you prefer step-by-step instructions:
1. Go to
2. Log in with the e-mail you used in class to set up your blog (your UNCW e-mail or your Google account).
3. Click on the name of your blog at the bottom of the page (i.e. lib103 or myawesomeblog).
4. When you want to POST to the blog, click on the "New Post" orange button on the left.
5. If you want to make your blog private so only I can see the blog, click on "Settings" and then scroll down to the very bottom. Next to "blog readers," click on "add readers" and add my information in the box provided:

In the video I go over a few other steps. Let me know if you have questions.

 Two tips:
- Always type your posts in Word first and save that document.
- Give your post a title that is specific (e.g. News Report #1 or Activity and Reading #1).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Welcome to LIB 103 for Fall 2012. Please check this website for updates and announcements. You will also find all relevant course material available on the right side of the site.

Looking forward to a great semester!