June 30, 2008

Wedding Recovery Post

Posted in Updates tagged , , , , , at 8:51 am by maf

The Wedding went off without a glitch.

Other big events: Jessica’s wedding was the same day. Also, Angie’s baby came!

Leo Quinn Pendley made his big arrival on Thursday, June 26th at 1:33pm. He weighed 8lbs 13oz and is 22 1/2 inches long. Yes, a mighty Quinn indeed! We came home this afternoon and everyone is doing great! I’ll send pictures along soon! –Angie F.

Today I’m removing glitter from my hair, and trying to find the bottom of my inbox and the top of my desk.

I managed to catch up within 7 days of grading.

I’ve made no progress on the Mortimer “quiz” despite my best intentions. That task has a high priority through Wednesday.

Christina provided these titles of the three books she used in her Last Word on 6/14:

The Shelf Elf and The Shelf Elf Helps Out by Jackie Mims Hopkins
Our Librarian Won’t Tell Us Anything! by Toni Buzzeo

I’m adding these to the agenda record of that day as well.

Finally for today – a couple of fall announcements.

  • For those of you taking EDIT 6900: I’ve renewed by decision to use the Farmer text again this year. Go to the hibernating webpage for that course to get the particulars.
  • Most of you will take EDIT 6400. Make sure to sign up for the section under Dr. Clinton. (Dr. Choi is wonderful, but the Clinton section is planned for you.)

June 24, 2008

Wedding Week Updates

Posted in Updates tagged , , at 10:23 am by maf

Here’s a quick post as I wait for an arborist to arrive (if he comes, his crew will be the first I’ve been able to engage to work on my standing-but-damaged trees), and I need to go shopping this afternoon for wedding miscellanea. I’ll be so glad when life returns to normal! It’s hard to get any actual work done.

But here are a few tidbits:

Are you studying for the GACE? Here is a sanctioned study resource. Thanks to Andrew for this contribution.

Idea from one of your service projects:

When you don’t have a lot of time to catalog a new resource, find its MARC record in PINES and print it out. Stick it in the book (or, in this case, a DVD) and lay aside for your next catch-up cataloging opportunity. Highlight the most useful parts of the record for typing in. Idea from Sharon Mitchell; contributed by Angie F.

As promised, I’m recording my text marginalia in a file called “KR Notes by MAF.” Today I finished typing up through chapter 3. I’ll update the file as I go along, and announce here when I complete a chapter (which will simply be added to the end of the file.) Here’s where I express some opinions, some pragmatic adjustments, and quotes of highlights and key concepts.  These are the “takeaway” ideas that I want to remember, and hope you will remember, from this text.  It might provide a good review tool; use it as you see fit (but don’t post it anywhere or share indiscriminately). Access this file from WebCT/6380/Resources.

June 19, 2008

Due dates changed

Posted in Updates at 1:10 pm by maf

Today I’ve caught up with my 7-day grading window. Yesterday, I didn’t do much UGA work because Dr. Clinton came to help me with my tornado projects – and we accomplished a lot. (Thanks, Dr. C.)

In WebCT, I changed all of your assignment due dates to July 21 (actually, early 7/22). I also tried to set each assignment to allow me to grade as we go along, and for you to see the results of that grading. Please let me know if you can’t see both the score and the feedback file. I’ll try to tell you in the dropbox comments whether or not I’ve uploaded a feedback file.

Mortimer is the exception – that’s a different project. As I said in class though, you can now see all of the selected textbook quizzes if you visit the assignment description.

Also, I hope you saw the appeal for midterm feedback via SLM-L. I chose the most efficient method, given the workload that most of us have.

It’s nice to have a respite from the heat!

June 18, 2008

After-class update

Posted in Updates tagged at 5:55 am by maf

I’m sure that all of you are as glad as I am that we now have a few weeks off from f2f classes.

Like many of you, I feel totally overwhelmed. You don’t need my litany of priorities and complaints, but I hope you know that I’m juggling priorities as best I can. Things are even more hectic that I predicted Saturday for a couple of reasons which I won’t burden you with.

These are accomplished:

  • Updated the agenda from Saturday. Two notes:
    • The due dates were relaxed to become July 21 for everything. This I offered in equal exchange with your nods of agreement that in general you will turn in projects as fast as you do them (because I’ll never finish if everybody waits to submit everything on 7/21).
    • The items marked with an asterisk were not “covered” in class.  I will deal with them in some way – next agenda, or blog posts, or something.
  • Yesterday, I caught up with the 7-day grading window. I will do my best to maintain this. However, the aforementioned challenges will affect this to some extent.
  • I’ve not yet formally changed the due dates in the dropboxes.  That item is on the To-Do.

June 13, 2008

Q+A: 082 Tag: Text discrepancy

Posted in Assignments tagged , at 7:21 am by maf

Today I have a question from the class, a pragmatic answer, and a philosophical reminder.

The question, slightly paraphrased:

In the KR text for the classification exercises (082 tag) the text and the exercise instructions have the institution indicator (_, 0 or 4) first and then the version, (0 or 1). But when you check the answers it is reversed and later in the text it is reversed. Which one is correct?

Don’t you love it when you find a booboo in the text? To be honest, I did not track down where in the book it is correct versus not correct. I simply went to The Authority (my title), which is the Library of Congress (actually, I searched all Delicious bookmarks for MARC and spotted this near the top of the list). There I found this long tag list. I did a Control-F search for 082, and found this helpful clarification:

      First - Type of edition
         # - No edition information recorded (BK CF MU VM SE) [OBSOLETE]
         0 - Full edition
         1 - Abridged edition
         2 - Abridged NST version (BK MU VM SE) [OBSOLETE]
      Second - Source of classification number
         # - No information provided
         0 - Assigned by LC
         4 - Assigned by agency other than LC

So, clearly, the first indicator is for edition and the second identifies the cataloging agency.

And now for philosophy. Do I think it’s important for you to carry this 082 information around in your head? Absolutely not. There will always be authorities for you to check – unless you’re on a desert island somewhere! Do I think it’s important for you to understand this? Perhaps. But it is not the most critical of the MARC tags to understand. Do I think it’s important for you to know how to check any aspect of MARC? Absolutely critical. And the LOC is the best tool for this.

June 12, 2008

Back from the GLMA Summer Leadership Institute

Posted in Updates tagged , , at 7:11 am by maf

I enjoyed the conference – this one is excellent because it provides Georgia news on a range of topics, all relevant to SLMSs. Plus fun stuff – for example, I attended a session on Second Life.

The agenda for Saturday already has more than enough material on it. Feel free to visit and make your priorities known.

A quick request: if anyone has any of those large poster-size sticky chart pages – we could use 6-8 of these in class on Saturday. I know these are expensive; I make this request only if someone has to happen some on hand with no particular need for them.

Haven’t found the Intellicenter yet? Try this Google Map. In most basic terms, go north on I85 and take the Old Peachtree exit. Turn right off the ramp; look for the McDonald’s, go right again on Sever Road. The Intellicenter comes almost immediately into view – it’s large and on the right.

Now for a quick Q&A about the Bibliography:

Q. For the Bibliography, do we need full APA format or only “resource title and location information?” What does that entail exactly?

A. Here, you do not need full APA format (although it wouldn’t hurt). The specifics required for the assignment are listed under #8. By resource title, I mean the title of the item. By location, I mean which library and its call number there, and any other info you might need to put your hands on the item. The logic here is: if you provide this bibliography to a teacher who decides to use one of the items, where could it be accessed it without needing to do more catalog look-up?

June 9, 2008

Monday updates

Posted in Updates at 7:18 am by maf

Just a few little things today.

Check your WebCT 6340 Dropbox for the Order feedback files. With Allyson, Melissa, and Lisa’s help, I figured out why you couldn’t see the files until this morning.

My other class met in the new UGA/Gwinnett facility Saturday – and overall, it’s quite nice. Easy to find; busier than we expected – every classroom seemed full! No wireless yet, no document camera, but shiny new everything else. Not enough diet sodas in the machine … I’ll be prepared for that, next time! You can park on either side of the building.

I heard in class that some of you are regretting the June 23 due dates for two big class projects. I am still open to moving one of those assignments forward. We can discuss on Saturday.

I have the GLMA Summer Institute this week, along with a funeral today – so I will be slow to respond and grade for a few days. Bear with me.

June 6, 2008

Several text updates and Orders

Posted in Updates tagged , , , at 7:58 am by maf

Seems like the summer weather is really here now! Even I enjoy air conditioning under these circumstances.

KR Text issues:

Allyson pointed out a discrepancy in the exercise regarding the 082 tag. If someone wants to research this as their absentee “giveback,” let me know – quickly; I don’t want the question to dangle too long.

Here’s a good question:

For our KR exercises, do you want us to explain the answers that we create for our exercises or do we just provide the answer?

My answer is: No explanations necessary. 🙂 The submissions I’ve seen so far look fine. I’m trying to “do a dab” on these various assignments each day, in order submitted (usually).

Mortimer: I hope that no one is actually all finished and waiting on these exercises to be published. But here is what I’m thinking: 1). Everybody read. 2). Do selected exercises (I am selecting them now and publishing the ones chosen so far on the assignment description page). 3). I will make a “quiz” (open-book, low-risk, repeatable) in WebCT for you to “pass.” Any concerns about this?

A comment about KR: whew. As I reread this text (trying to reconcile with the older edition), I am struck once again as I am every time I teach this class – do not sweat the small stuff. Approach this book with this attitude: 1). gaining an overview. 2). absorbing some general qualitative ideas and principles. 3). applying just enough to get the idea – using the exercises. 4). noticing where the details are located in case you ever need them. Frankly, some of the descriptions are just painful to wade through. I can’t help but think that the detailed level of MARC knowledge described (while much less detailed than in other cataloging tomes!) is a dying dinosaur. It’s exactly like html code. I know just enough about web page coding to solve little problems if they come up, using the many html tools out there. I do not need to memorize those codes. MARC – same thing. Your software will do the work; you just need to be able to get in there and tweak when necessary.

As we go along, I’ll try to pull out for you the general principles that are important to understand. Just get through it in the meantime.

Finally: Order scores and feedback are now available through the 6340 Dropbox. I uploaded the feedback files to each team member, so you won’t need to share them around this time.

June 4, 2008

Service Project Index and other tidbits

Posted in Updates tagged , at 8:18 am by maf

I’ll admit that I have been preoccupied with my other class and other things and look forward to returning my attention to cataloging matters soon. In the meantime here are some tidbits:

Melissa has put together our Service Project Index Page – thanks, Melissa!

The Service Project Menu had a new addition as late as last Friday. I know that there are a couple more percolating out there – this is for those of you who may not have chosen quite yet.

Our room number at the new UGA Gwinnett campus will be 119.

Buffy Hamilton has agreed to visit us on July 12 and talk about 2.0 cataloging.

Mortimer exercises: yes. Coming soon. Just read for now, if you are concerned about getting it done. Don’t do all the exercises in the book because I can see that I don’t think they’re all … important.

I am up to date on questions and have done a decent amount of assignment grading. Note: on group projects, I’ll wait until each team member has submitted reflections before grading, just so that I can keep everything together and review it once.

And – I’m pushing hard to get your Orders finally finished. Many apologies on the length of this task. Blame it on the tornado! I still am just barely managing to get the top priorities done each day (if that!)