Last week, we were discussing ways of organizing digitized content in ILS655-Digital Libraries. In my section, we had a good debate about social classification schemes. Too bad, christy1975 hadn’t put up this group presentation yet.
I was quite happy to get a grade on my subject review paper for ILS655-Digital Libraries late this afternoon. I felt a bit confused about what the professor wanted (which have have been the result of me making it all too complicated – and being very nervous about taking a week off). I did fine – well, I think I did fine. There are often these bizarre grading systems that professors use. I mean they really do make sense if you read the syllabus carefully, but since every professors uses a different scheme, they are difficult to keep straight. Besides the actual grade, the professor had some thoughtful comments to make.
So, it is a big relief to have grades on the first assignments from both classes. As a student, it is so helpful to have the professor take the time to grade the first assignment quickly. Personally, it helps me feel grounded in the class, gives me a good sense of how things are going, and helps me feel more comfortable moving forward. I now have a very pleasant sense of relief that all is going as it should for this summer session. I’m excited about both classes – and looking forward to the rest of the semester.
I’ve printed off both syllabi for my two summer classes. I’m excited about both of them. I’m even more excited that with due dates and workload, etc., I think I will be able to leave the laptop at home next week while I’m in Las Vegas. YEAH!! I do have a paper due on the 11th of June. However, I will be back on the 8th (leaving on the 2nd). I should have time to do the preliminary research this week, and have a good start on it. I might really be able to get away from it all!
School officially starts tomorrow – ILS566-Library Personnel Management and ILS655-Digital Libraries (classes 9 & 10 out of 12). Both professors have material already posted on WebCT. In fact, I just finished my introductory post on the ILS655-Digital Libraries class. Sadly, I ended up putting my introduction in the wrong area. There are two sections of the class this summer – and the professor is using one online course area for both sections. There seem to be two areas for each discussion – one for each section. This is going to take some getting used to. Regardless, I’m going to need to do some serious school work this week in order to be able to enjoy my upcoming vacation to Las Vegas (June 2nd thru 8th). Fortunately, this to shall pass.
Meanwhile, there were some great specials on tv this weekend about Star Wars. I’m currently watching a great one on the History Channel – Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed.
Summer session begins a week from today. Technically, I’m all set. My books have arrived – my classes show up in WebCT. However, the time off has gone by way too quickly. I’m not ready to go back to school yet! The good news is that once this semester starts (barring any major disasters), I will only have to go through this two more times.
Additionally, my husband and I are going to Las Vegas for 6 days – leaving on June 2nd. I have to keep reminding myself that this is approaching quickly. My cousin is getting married at the Bellagio (on the 3rd, I think) – and I haven’t even thought about appropriate attire (which is going to require a shopping trip). I’m certainly not even close to being ready to go away yet!!
Yesterday, I decided to go ahead and drop ILS575-Instructional Design Principles in favor of ILS655-Digital Libraries. I’m not sure why I was avoiding Digital Libraries – especially since, I think it will be an important class to have taken. ILS575 still only had 11 registered students – and ILS655 had 18 (with a max of 20). It seemed that I would be taking a gamble with ILS575. Besides, I needed to get books ordered. The professor for ILS566-Library Personnel Management sent an email this morning with her final choice for our text.
So, I ordered the books this morning from Amazon. The required text for ILS566 is Supervising Staff: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by Marcia Trotta (ISBN-13:978-1555705244). For ILS655, Introduction to Digital Libraries by G.G. Chowdhury & Sudatta Chowdhurry (ISBN-13:978-1856044653) is required and Understanding Digital Libraries by Michael Lesk (ISBN-13: 978-1558609242) is recommended.
When I placed the order, Amazon offered me the chance to purchase the digital version of the Lesk Book for an additional $9.99. Being an onmivore and one who likes to try everything out, I decided to go ahead and purchase this version. I’ve never used Amazon’s Online Reader, but so far, think this is pretty cool for textbooks. I wouldn’t have done it for a fiction book. After only a couple of minutes using this, I like the fact that you can bookmark parts of the text, highlight relevant pages and get to it from any computer with internet access. I’m definitely looking forward to playing with it a bit more!