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 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!)