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?

May 30, 2008

Q+A for Several Assignments

Posted in Assignments tagged , , at 8:09 am by maf

We have pioneers in this class – people who are working fast and ahead. With the busy summers many of you have planned, this is understandable. As I deal with some of their questions below, you shouldn’t feel guilty if your priorities have been something else – but notice the questions. In many cases, they point to little problems in the assignments or clarifications that need to be made.

Access Enabler question:

Our group needs clarification … Do we have to do the actual lesson/handouts that we discuss as being our solution, or just describe what we would do?

Answer: I apologize that the assignment is quite unclear on this point. What I would like is a “middle way”: a). thoroughly describe your solution; and b). develop just enough of the solution package (or lesson, or tool, or resource) to give us a clear idea and a small sample. This might be a single piece of the package, or a list of lesson plan steps, or an excerpt. You may decide it’s easiest and most appropriate to provide the entire resource, especially if it’s compact. In the case of lesson or unit planning, I do not expect to see everything down to the last word of the handout or test for students. If you are uncertain how much to hand in, ask me.

Bibliography Question:

I chose to do this assignment on my own. Since two parts of the Rubric under “reflection” deal with group participation and process, what should I do to earn these 2 points?

Answer: I’m sorry I missed this aspect of the assignment. Simply mark this section “NA.” You will more than make up for the points by doing the assignment alone!

And finally for today, a more philosophical, general question:

On MARC records: How often are we actually going to do anything with them except download them from our vendor and import them into our circulation system?

Answer: Hardly ever, if ever. But you may make small edits on a frequent basis; most often, your software will make this very easy.

You will find a lot of variation in the SLMSs you talk to – many think MARC knowledge is crucial, while others are wary of MARC records and reluctant to tamper with them. I don’t want you to be afraid of MARC – you should feel confident about editing if necessary. And you will always have the text and other authorities to consult. The goal for now is to empower you for when you need this skill in the future. We all need to “know our way around,” and some of you will be more interested in this technical stuff than others. That’s where we’re going in this class.

May 22, 2008

New baby; KR and Bib questions; class notes

Posted in Updates tagged , , , at 11:44 am by maf

Several updates today!

First a big congratulations to Earl and family on the birth of London Rose, May 21, at 12:20pm. “Mom is good and big sister is excited,” says Dad.

A big shoutout to Kristie Michalowski for receiving the national Intellectual Freedom Award! This is a Really Big Deal. (Remember, she came and presented to EDIT 6340, and judging from your reflections, made quite an impression about the importance of good Selection Policies and following careful procedures.) Read about it at the GLMA Blog (which you really should be reading anyway).

Notes from class are shaping up. Thank you to the notetakers! Send your Gmail ID or email address to Christa to gain access through GoogleDocs.

Finally, two questions about the KR Assignment and this pertains to the Bibliography as well:

I have used Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) because I have not been able to locate a copy of Sears, so I have been using the online LCSH resource. Through the reading, I do understand that Sears is most used in schools, but because I have not been able to locate that resource is it acceptable to use LCSH for the assignments since I can access that online?

My answer:
If you have a choice, go with Sears. LCSH are ok if you don’t have access to Sears; once you get to the point of knowing the LCSH heading, translating to Sears is pretty easy, if that ever becomes necessary. Most school libraries will, unfortunately, probably have a mixture due to vendor preference for one or the other. Theoretically, we prefer Sears for schools and in a perfect world we would be consistent throughout the catalog. That level of perfection, I’ll wager, is very rare and probably not a high priority for most SLMSs.

KR Question:

I have started the text exercises, and have one question. For the “answer” to the items we create, do we just need to show ONE answer? It seems that there could be multiple answers that would work. Do we need to include multiple answers?

My answer:

Generally speaking, if there is more than one answer, I would say “one possible answer is:…” and just develop the one, but also say that multiple answers are possible. Make sure your one answer completely answers the question, of course.