Weekly Round Up : Weeks 3 and 4.

I was away last weekend, and due to public transport issues didn’t make it home until Monday so I thought I’d wait and do a double round up this week.

Collection Management.
Week 3 saw a lecture on adapting collection management or development policies to include digital resources. We started however on looking at the arguments for and against having such a policy, we were given an article on each side to read and then discuss. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time for anyone to get to the end of either article and so the discussion didn’t really get us very far.

Week 4 was a week without a lecture so that we had time to devote to reading towards our essay title:

Discuss the arguments for and against a library or information unit creating a written Collection Development Policy.

We have a word count of 1500 words which is not a lot for the topic, I’ve got lots of ideas and know that I now need to start narrowing down what I can and can’t include.

Information and Society.
Week 3 saw the lecture unfortunately cancelled, but we’d already covered part of the material and the lecturer has rearranged the rest of the teaching so that everything gets covered. Week 4 as a result saw us learning about “State, Citizen and Privacy” covering all sorts of interesting ground. It was really interesting to hear other people’s opinions on some of the issues such as the surveillance society. From a personal perspective this is probably the lecture where I would be most reluctant to speak up, but I disagreed on a couple of things that people were saying and bit the bullet so left feeling like I’d done okay.

Web Publishing.
No lectures in the last fortnight for this, the next teaching session is in week 7.

Information Retrieval.
Week 3’s lecture was on interfaces and the user. It was really interesting, and involved us using both Lego and K’Nex briefly which is a sure fire way to keep me interested! There was a lot from this that I wanted to follow up on and read more about, but I haven’t managed it yet. I’m going to try and do it in the next few days or I’ll devote a good chunk out of reading week to this module.


Weekly Round Up : Week 2.

Second week of lectures and my enthusiasm is still pretty good. Three lectures again this week, though a different mix to last week’s.

Collection Management.
The reading and homework for last week covered the basic introduction to collection management, and most interesting for me time spent exploring Acqweb’s Directory of Collection Development Policies. I had a look at a few policies, the ones I found most interesting were for public libraries and school libraries.

This week’s lecture covered the basic differences between a collection development policy and a collection management policy, using our own university library’s policy as an example. Quite a bit of the hour was spent reading an article which covered the ground I’d read about in preparation for this week’s lecture, and then discussion of the first assignment of the module.

Information and Society.
This week’s lecture was on Barriers to Information and Censorship – a lot to cover in two hours! It was a really interesting session, it began initially by looking at all sorts of barriers to information – whilst some were pretty obvious there were some that I hadn’t necessarily thought about before and definitely gave me something to go away and think about. The second half of the lecture introduced what censorship is, and part of it was spent with us brainstorming examples of censorship that we knew about or had experienced – the discussion was varied (it always is with our group) and again sent us all away with food for thought.

Web Publishing.
The teaching sessions for web publishing are going to be once a month, with self directed learning to take place between them. This was the introductory session, first of all we were taught how to use the Open Learning Materials (surprisingly it was felt this needed to be explained pretty explicitly and backed up in writing, I think just the written sheet would have been sufficient) and then we had the two assignments explained to us.

I’m really looking forward to this module, it is going to be a combination of covering ground I already know and filling in some gaps particularly in terms of accessibility and the legislation governing online activity. The assignments are to draw up a proposal for a website and then to build it, I can’t wait!


Weekly Round Up – Week 1.

Like I said yesterday one of the things I want to do here is talk more about my degree and what I’m learning. Last year was a great introduction to being a student and allowed us to dip our collective toe into the world of Information and Library Studies but it is this year where we really get stuck in. This semester I will be studying four modules:

  • Collection Management
  • Information & Society
  • Information Retrieval
  • Web Publishing: Websites, Blogs And Wikis

Collection Management and Information & Society will both be completed this semester, but Information Retrieval and Web Publishing are “thin” modules which will last for two semesters (through until Easter). Three of them are traditional modules i.e. we turn up to lectures, listen, take notes and complete assignments and exams for the marking. The Web Publishing one however is an Open Learning Unit which means it’s mainly self directed learning with a teaching session once a month.

This week we had the introductory lectures for all of the modules except for Web Publishing. This meant that we covered what to expect from the module, the all important information about the assignments, and a brief introduction to the topic. My initial thoughts are that all three modules sound really interesting, there are topics being covered in lectures that I’m looking forward to finding out more about.

The thing that has pleased me the most from this week’s lectures is that I have homework for each one. Whilst last year there was the assumption we would read around the subjects there were no concrete tasks given. This week I have a list of things I need to read and questions I need to answer – I finally feel like a proper student! I’m sure in a couple of weeks the novelty of having homework will have worn off but at the moment I’m loving it.