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.

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.