ILS Selection for an Academic Library

My 631 Emerging Technologies assignment was to narrow down the field of ILS to a few that might be useful in the library category that I choose. I selected OCLC’s WorldCat Local, LibLime’s Koha, and Serials Solutions’ Summon/AquaBrowser.

Admittingly, I’m not sure that my paper is worth anything seeing as how I doubt that simply reading about ILS is very useful. Hopefully we’ll get an opportunity in this course to somehow get hands-on experience with different ILSes. When I scribed for the Charlotte employers’ focus group in the Spring, one of the biggest complaints that graduates of my program didn’t know anything about ILSes. Unless this course does more hands-on demonstrations, I suspect that this might continue to be true.

Now off to watch The Addam’s Family movie.

The Sticks and Stones of Animation

Below is a selection from my final paper as a Multimedia undergrad with the full-text available here.

Of all our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. ~Walt Disney

Over the last thirteen years, the American animation landscape has been in an upheaval divided between two very different camps: traditional two-dimensional (2D) and computer graphic (3D) animation. The supporters of each group are very vocal proclaiming their medium to be the best in terms of animated expression. Putting personal feelings aside, economic figures have to be taken into consideration about the success of each medium in regards to the reception it receives by American audiences. Money has played a big part in the dismantling of classic American 2D animation and the rise of computer animated movies. The lack of quality domestic traditional animated films then led American audiences to look outside the United States for 2D movies. This movement led to the emersion of Japanese 2D films. However the commercial success of 3D animation cannot and has not replaced the value of 2D animation as a more natural and communicative storytelling tool in animation.

Reading Notes for LIS 654

The notes for Enhancing Teaching and Learning chapter one can be found here. Here are the notes for Empowering Learners section one are here.

I’ve realized that by providing my notes on here, it motivates me to actually write my notes down. I had to reinstall Windows 7 the other day and in turn all my programs, so to me this .pdf looks weird. How does it appear to you? Is the text blocky?

Update: When I reinstalled Windows 7 due to a virus, I did not reinstall all the programs I had previously. One of those programs apparently was the root of the problem because after reinstalling everything, my .pdfs look fine again!

Also here is my K-12 Learning Experience paper. The paper is written in first person and the tone is admittedly bitter. So be warned that if you’re a 110% fan of the public school system, you may not care for it!


Improving Cultural Literacy at the Glenwood Library

Situated in the piedmont region of North Carolina, the Greensboro Public Library (GPL) system hosts a central library and six satellite libraries to serve Guildford County. These seven libraries support a diverse community of 242,817 with 12.4% of residents speaking a language other than English at home (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). The Glenwood Library branch located at 1901 W. Florida Street was established as the depository for the majority of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and foreign language materials held by the GPL. Since multiculturalism is among the forefront of current issues, we have questioned whether the GPL’s decision to host nearly all the multicultural materials in one particular library branch was an appropriate move for the Greensboro community. With the traditional user group of the library changing, libraries must adapt to the needs of these new demographics.

This is the paper my partner and I wrote for our Action Research Project. If you’d like to read it, please access it here.