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Update: Final Note

All I can say is WOW! I was blown away by the range and quality of projects this summer. I know that taking summer courses is stressful, but I hope you enjoyed your journey.

I've sent everyone a personal email through Oncourse with your final project comments and grade. Let me know if you don't get it and I'll resend the information.

I know that some of you are graduating this summer. However if you'll be around next year, I hope to e-see you in another e-course!

S681 History of the Book 1450+... If you liked this course, you'll LOVE the History of the Book. It explores the book as an artifact (from printed material to ebooks), as an author work, as a commodity (publishers and booksellers), as knowledge (history of all the genres), as print culture, as cultural icon (book burning, censorship, best sellers), and as a reader's experience. There's not overlap with this course. It will be all new content and assignments. It will be a blast!

S604 Marketing in Libraries... Regardless of whether you're interested in public, academic, school, or special libraries, consider learning about marketing in libraries... it could save your library and your job!

S672 Seminar in Literature for Youth - Nonfiction and Informational Reading Focus... If you love to read, you'll enjoy this course. Explore a wide range of books for youth including popular nonfiction for young people, connections to topical fiction, and books that youth and adults enjoy equally. Find out why NOW is the time for libraries to rethink the role of informational reading for youth!

Please remember to complete the evaluation. Here is the link for a course evaluation SurveyMonkey survey. Thanks!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Update: Wednesday June 19

It's been a whirlwind trip through library history. I hope you've enjoyed the ride!

The Final Project is due Tuesday June 18.
Peer Project Review is due Wednesday June 19.
Procrastinator's Last Day is Wednesday June 19. Thursday AM by noon is okay too.

It's important that the university hear from you about me and the course.
Here is the link for a course evaluation SurveyMonkey survey.

Join me for more fun in the Fall. Check out courses offered by my husband and I.

If you've enjoyed this course, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND History of the Book 1450+. There's NO overlap between two courses.

S681: History of the Book 1450+
Instructor: Annette Lamb

From book smuggling and censorship to scandalous content and astonishing illustrations, the history of the book is filled with adventure and intrigue. When you look at a book, you may see a cover and bound pages. However a book is ultimately the story of people. From the author, illustrator, typesetter, and printer to the publisher, bookseller, and reader, a book is much more than a physical object. It's an artifact that reflects a connection to people, places, periods, and society.

This three-credit graduate course provides a survey of the book from 1450 to the present, with emphasis on the development of the book in the West. It focuses on the physical aspects of the book from the mid-fifteenth through the twentieth centuries, and on some of the many roles of the book in society during this period. It also increases awareness of current scholarly trends in the history of the book.

This course is a great elective regardless of your area of specialization. However, it's essential for those working on a dual degree with History.

This course makes a great companion to S580 History of Libraries. Consider taking both course for twice the fun!

This course is 100% online with meaningful projects that bridge theory and practice. The flexible assignments allow students to match their professional goals with interesting learning experiences.

To learn more, download the course syllabi:

S672 Seminar in Literature for Youth - Nonfiction Focus
Instructor: Annette Lamb

From graphic biographies and histories to plant and animal field guides, libraries are full of engaging nonfiction for children and young adults. By pairing popular fiction with nonfiction books, introducing graphic novel-style nonfiction to reluctant readers, and tying engaging nonfiction works to online tools and resources, librarians can attract new leisure readers and promote essential 21st century skills.

The introduction of the Common Core State Standards makes this a particular timely topic for school and public librarians alike. These new standards place emphasis on nonfiction reading and research skills. In addition, this course explores ways that readers' advisory services can be used to connect nonfiction titles with readers through both direct and indirect means.

Finally, nonfiction reading is fun! This course provides opportunities to read and analyze a wide range of nonfiction books for youth. Come join the fun!

This is a required course in some specializations and an elective in the rest of the program. It is HIGHLY recommended for those interested in school librarianship and public librarianship. However it's fun for everyone.

To view the syllabus, go to http://eduscapes.com/nonfiction/S672syllabi.pdf

S604 Marketing for Libraries
Instructor: Annette Lamb
This new online course is for YOU!

Marketing is much more than creating attractive displays and updating your Facebook status, it's about meeting the needs of individuals and groups. If library users aren't aware of your resources and services, they're unlikely to visit your physical or virtual library. If they've had a bad experience in the past, they may be sharing this negativity with their friends and colleagues. Marketing is about understanding the needs and interests of current and potential users, reaching those individuals with quality resources and services, and evaluating the experience so adjustments can be made to increase effectiveness, efficiency, and appeal.

This three-credit hour graduate course focuses on the application of marketing concepts, techniques, and technologies for all library types. Emphasis is on matching library customers with services through information, education, persuasion, and partnerships. Topics include planning, audience analysis, needs assessment, market analysis, goal-setting, message design, public relations, publicity, promotion, advocacy, assessment and evaluation, internal and external communication, and change theory.

What do people want and need from a library? What services can your library provide? How can services be connected with the needs of current and potential library users? Regardless of whether you're interested in academic, school, public, and/or other special library settings, this course will expand your thinking about the essential role of marketing.

Join me for this 100% online course in Fall 2012 for the most important and practical elective of your graduate program.

To learn more, go to the course materials at http://eduscapes.com/marketing/

S671 School Media
Instructor: Larry Johnson
This course focuses on the role of the school library media specialist as an educational leader and center administrator. Emphasis is placed on the evolving role of the teacher librarian as a critical player in the learning community including manager, collaborator, collection and curriculum developer, facilities designer, fiscal agent, planner, advocate, promoter, and evaluator. In addition to building professional knowledge and skills in traditional areas, this course explores accountability, administration, and advocacy aspects of the media specialist's critical leadership role in the learning community.
Contact either one of us for more information or to answer specific questions.

Update: Monday June 17

Thanks for all your efforts in the course. I look forward to enjoying your final projects!

Remember, your project is due Monday and your peer review is due Wednesday.

Final Project is due Monday June 17.
If you need an extra 24 hours to complete your project, just email to let me know. It's okay, no penalty.

Peer Project Review is due Wednesday June 19. Post this as a reply in the Final Project area.
This is a FIRM date because the registrar has a short turn-around time for grades during the summer.

Update: Thursday June 13

We're almost done with the semester. All the readings are done!

Now, you can concentrate on your final project.

Although the formal readings for the course are over, I'd like you to watch one last video.
Libraries of the Future by Tod Colegrove is a TED talk focusing on the past, present, and future of libraries. He does a great job stressing that the library is much more than books.

Go to http://youtu.be/RvE0gHhK3ss

Final Project is due Monday June 17.
Peer Project Review is due Wednesday June 19.

It looks like most of you had fun with the "futures" Actio assignment. I was happy to see so many of you mention the connection between our past, present, and future. There's so much we can learn from history to plan for the future.

The options for your final project are endless. Do something you enjoy, something that applies to your professional interests, or something that allows you to use your critical or creative thinking skills.

Be sure to check the options and criteria for the final project.

Also, remember the peer review aspect of the final project.

Have some fun. Remember, it's summertime!

Update: Wednesday June 12

All the readings are done!

Actio 6 is due Wednesday June 12. No replies are required.
Final Project is due Monday June 17.
Peer Project Review is due Wednesday June 19.

Please go to the Gradebook and check your grades. If you're missing postings or replies, your last day to receive credit is June 19.

Can you believe the variety of topics covered in Actio 5? There's something for everyone in library history!

One of the most exciting aspects of library history is the people who bring history alive. By studying the lives of people like Ruth Brown and Clara Breed we gain insights into the way librarians thought and acted during different time periods. Hopefully, these models will inform your decisions when making tough choices and taking action on important issues.

As we move from studying contemporary to current topics, keep in mind that it can be difficult or even impossible to gain perspective on an issue close your to heart and your times. When we're "living it" it's difficult to step back and see the big picture. These are the times when it's useful to make comparisons. For instance the article focusing on Carnegie and Gates gives us an opportunity to do some deep thinking about philanthropy that might not be possible without an historical context or anchor. Even with a historical anchor it can still be difficult when focusing on current issues.

It's time to be working on your final project. If you're still uncertain about directions, feel free to email me for help.

Update: Monday June 10

The summer is quickly coming to an end. We have less than 2 weeks to go.

Let's explore Futures: Today and Tomorrow. As you explore the futures section, be thinking about how today and tomorrow connect with the past.

Watch the Futures video.

Read the section: Futures including Current, Futures, Connections, and Conclusions.

Actio 5 replies are due Monday June 10.
Actio 6 is due Wednesday June 12. No replies are required.
Final Project is due Monday June 17.
Peer Project Review is due Wednesday June 19.

Update: Friday June 7

No new readings.

Once your last Actio is done, it's time to dive into your final project. Remember, this is your opportunity to shine. Choose a topic that you're passionate about and do a deep exploration. In addition to the course materials, I want you to dig deep into the professional literature. Find primary and secondary resources that others may not have connected before. Locate surprising and exciting examples to share. If possible, go beyond "writing a paper" and think about infusing primary source documents, historical photographs, maps, and other nontraditional materials that will bring history alive. Create a product that you're proud to share with the world and use in your portfolio.

Actio 5 is due Friday June 7.
Actio 5 replies are due Monday June 10.
Actio 6 is due Wednesday June 12. No replies are required.
Final Project is due Monday June 17.

From Native Americans to working class patrons, it was interesting to explore the clients who use our libraries and how libraries serve the needs of communities.

Several of you selected to explore various aspects of cataloging through history. It's fascinating to see how organizational systems evolved over time. Subscription libraries, Medical libraries, art libraries, seminary libraries and more... each has a fascinating history. National libraries around the world reflect the needs of individual countries, societies, and their people.

Update: Wednesday June 5

I hope you're enjoyed early summer weather!

Let's continue our exploration of the Contemporary Libraries section

Read the final section of the Contemporary Libraries section including the links from the 1970s CE through the 2000s CE.

Actio 5 is due Friday June 7.
Actio 5 replies are due Monday June 10.
Actio 6 is due Wednesday June 12. No replies are required.

A couple people have asked about Actio 6.3. If you choose this option, you can share your "comparison" as a reply to your own posting anytime between the posting and reply due dates.

Update: Monday June 3

The semester is flying by!

If you haven't started working on your final project, it's time to start thinking about the possibilities.

Let's continue our exploration of the Contemporary Libraries section. As a child of the 1960s, we're moving into familiar territory for me. As a young person, I spent lots of time in our public library. At home, I made card pockets for our family collection and remember "processing" magazines as they arrived in the mail. I would "check out" Newsweek to my dad and place it on his nightstand. Yes, I was and continue to be a nerd. ;-)

Read the middle section of the Contemporary Libraries section including the links from the 1930s CE through the 1960s CE.

Actio 4 replies are due Monday June 3.
Actio 5 is due Friday June 7.
Actio 5 replies are due Monday June 10.

Update: Friday May 31

I've completed grading Actio 3. You can find your grade and comments in the Gradebook.

By the way, I'll be traveling to New York City for a few days. I'll be online, but it may take a few hours for me to get back to you.

In the Contemporary Libraries section we'll examine the growth of information, technology, and libraries. It's amazing to think about the changes that have occurred in libraries the past century.

Read the Battle book, Chapter: Knowledge on Fire & Lost in the Stacks on pages 156-214.

Watch the Contemporary Libraries video at Vimeo.

Read the first part of the Contemporary Libraries section including the links from the 1900s CE through the 1920s CE.

Actio 4 is due Friday May 31.
Actio 4 replies are due Monday June 3.
Actio 5 is due Friday June 7.

It was interesting to see that we had postings in all four categories. You're all doing a great job with both postings and replies. We've had some really interesting discussions so far!

In tracing the history of libraries, it's useful to explore major shifts that have impacted library collections. It's exciting and sometimes frustrating to realize that we're living through one of these shifts right now. While we're focused on digitization at the moment, we can only imagine what shape the next shift might take.

Exploring the "dark side" of our profession is as important as examining the positive events. Only by analyzing and acknowledging the past can we understand how to prevent destruction, censorship, and other experiences that negatively impact libraries. However as many of you pointed out, collection development policies in some countries restrict access to information. Regardless of how well we prepare as librarians, even our own biases can cause unconscious censorship. This is the reason that being open-minded is so important. We need to think about the mission of our libraries and service to our community. What's our purpose and what are the needs and interests of our clients?

As long as libraries have existed, there's been maltreatment of books and thief of valuable collections. Getting to the root of the problem involves more than chains and electronic detectors. It requires an understanding of our library users, their needs, and their impulses. For example, many high schools have high losses on books related to sensitive topics related to topics such as human sexuality, sexually transmitted disease, emotional abuse, etc. Students are embarrassed to check them out. I know a few libraries place stickers on the spines indicating that these books can be borrowed without checking them out. The librarians have found the losses have been reduced and students return them on their own.

Different approaches work in different situations and at different time periods. Back in the early 1980s when library automation was just beginning, we found that our losses in elementary school libraries were greatly reduced immediately after implementing library automation. We found that students thought the bar codes were some kind of security system and were afraid the sticker was a tracing device. This misinformation worked for a few years until libraries began installing security systems and students caught onto the difference.

Libraries are interwoven into the fabric of societies around the world. A global perspective helps us better understand the history of libraries.

Update: Wednesday May 29

I hope you enjoyed a brief break for the holiday weekend. Or, had a chance to catch up.

Let's continue our exploration of Modern Libraries.

It's the time of subscription libraries and the "every-day" citizen begins to use the library. From medical and art libraries to academic and prison libraries, a wide range of new specialty libraries emerge. It's an exciting time in librarianship. Toward the end of this period, librarians begin to band together to form associations and discuss professional issues.

Read the second half of the Modern Libraries section including the links from the 1750 CE through 1900 CE.

Actio 3 replies are due Wednesday May 29.
Actio 4 is due Friday May 31.
Actio 4 replies are due Monday June 3.

I know that many of you are starting to think about your final project. Remember, it's triple (30 Points) one of your Actio assignments, so it should be substantial.

As you browse through the course materials, jot down topics that are of interest. Don't think "final project". Instead simply think "I like this stuff." You might also scan ahead to the Contemporary section of the course. Then, go back to your list and see if you can find any patterns. Where are your interests? A specific library type, a specific library, a management area, a focus on people, a focus on world events like war, a societal or cultural issue, or a patron type... then you can start finding the passion in the project. Finally, think about how you might share this information in a professional and/or creative way. Think about technology tools such as Google Maps or timelines that could be incorporated into some aspect of your project. This is your chance to create something that would be great on your resume, practical in your work, or contribute to the profession or a particular library. It just needs to be focused on library history.

It's summer! Have some library history fun!

Update: Memorial Day Weekend

Nothing new, nothing due.

I hope you're taking a break for a picnic and the Indy 500!

Actio 3 replies are due Wednesday May 29.
Actio 4 is due Friday May 31.
Actio 4 replies are due Monday June 3.

Update: Friday May 24

I know many of you enjoyed using the "alternative" tools such as the online timeline tools and Google Maps. They were fun to grade too. Please feel free to use these in another assignment such as Actio 3 or Actio 4 if they fit your content. I know that writing traditional paragraphs can get boring after awhile, so you might want to "change-up" how you present your content to the class. Just be sure you address the required elements of the option you select.

In the Modern Libraries section we'll examine the impact of printing on libraries and major changes in libraries worldwide. Libraries spread with colonialism.

The invention of movable type in the mid-1400s marks the beginning of this era. While the Vatican and church libraries rise, many monastic libraries are dispersed. Subscription and circulating libraries emerge as reading becomes a leisure activity for an increasing segment of the population.

Watch the Modern Libraries video at Vimeo.

Read the first half of the Modern Libraries section including the links from the 1500 CE through the 1725 CE.

Actio 3 is due Friday May 24.
Actio 3 replies are due Wednesday May 29.
Actio 4 is due Friday May 31.

Update: Wednesday May 22

The spring has flown by. It will be summer soon! Time flies when you're having fun and I love studying Library History!

This is a great time to catch up on readings if you've gotten a little behind.

Also, read the Battles book Chapter: The Battle of the Books & Books for All on pages 82-155.

Actio 3 is due Friday May 24.
Actio 3 replies are due Wednesday May 29.
Actio 4 is due Friday May 31.

I've graded Actio 2. Your score and comments are located in the Oncourse Gradebook.

Grading projects with 30 students in the class takes lots of time, but I must admit it was more fun grading Actio 2 than Actio 1. It looked like many of you had a blast exploring timelines, maps, and interesting historical perspectives.

Overall everyone did a nice job on this assignment. However many of you simply relied on course materials for your information. In the future, try reaching outside the course materials. The book and website are simply intended to provide a broad overview of the course. For specifics, you'll need to seek out books, articles, and website resources that provide more detailed examination of these topics.

Julius Caesar's vision of the public library, Callimachus of Cyrene's ideas about cataloging, the Great libraries of Ashurbanipal and Alexandria, the history of the bookshelf, life before clay tablets, and the transition from archives to libraries were just a few of the exciting "giant steps" in library history. It was interesting to see what was of interest to each person.

Choose your wording carefully when making statements about the "first" this or the "only" that. Much of what we know about the past has been written by the victors in war, the well-known scholars, the folklore of an area, and those involved in the exploration of ancient ruins. Much is still to be re-discovered through archeological digs and wading through archives. The study of library history isn't about absolutes. It's about understanding the culture of a particular time, exploring the movement and interaction of peoples, and identifying the nuances in the evidence we have available. While you can build arguments to support the "first library this" or the "first librarian to do that," there are other equally enthusiastic scholars who will find evidence to support their perspective.

Thanks to those of you who tried the chronology option. I find timelines are a wonderful way to visualize history. From ancient libraries to Presidential libraries, we had a wide range of topics covered using a variety of online tools.

From poems and diary entries to short stories and letters, be sure to check out the creative option postings. It was fun to go back-in-time to experience the life of ancient and early libraries. Thanks to everyone who brought the past to life through stories!

The Google Maps and infographics projects were a great way to visualize library history through maps, information, and visuals. I particularly like maps because they provide interesting insights based on geography. This is particularly clear when viewing the map showing ancient libraries around the Mediterranean Sea.

I can tell many of you are beginning to understand the importance of studying library history in gaining perspectives related to librarianship today!

Keep up the great work!

Update: Monday May 20

It's a beautiful Spring day here in Utah. I hope you're enjoying your day where ever you are!

I've posted the grades for Actio 1. You can find your grade and comments in the Oncourse Gradebook. Let me know if you have questions.

We'll continue our exploration of Early Libraries. Keep in mind that the course pages simply provide an overview of some of the key activities, changes, and innovations during a particular period. If you find something of interest, spend some time exploring on your own to enhance the experience.

Read the second half of the Early Libraries section including the links from the 700s CE through the 1400s CE.

Actio 2 replies are due Monday May 20.
Actio 3 is due Friday May 24.
Actio 3 replies are due Wednesday May 29.

A number of the Actio assignments involve using various online tools. When you submit your assignment, please double check any links. If you're linking to a dynamic site such as a web page you've made, a timeline, or map, be sure that it's available when you're not logged in. In other words, some websites default to a private setting rather than a public setting. Be sure your page can be viewed by the public (as in your classmates).

Update: Friday May 17

The course has been rolling along for a week now, I hope you're enjoying the materials so far!

I just finished grading your Actio1 assignments. You can find your grade and feedback in the Oncourse Gradebook.

The Digital Public Library of America opened recently. It contains some wonderful resources for research using primary resources. In addition to connecting to many libraries, archives, and museums, it uses Apps to display information in exciting ways. Take some time to explore this wonderful resource at http://dp.la/

In the Early Libraries section we'll explore libraries in the Middle Ages.

Read Battles book Chapter: The House of Wisdom on pages 56-81.

Watch the Early Libraries introductory video at Vimeo.

Read the first half of the Early Libraries section including the links from the 400s CE through the 600s CE.

Actio 2 is due Friday May 17.
Actio 2 replies are due Monday May 20.
Actio 3 is due Friday May 24.

As we work our way through the course, it's impossible to discuss every aspect of library history in depth. It will be your job to apply what you've learned about library historiography to focus on areas of professional interest. This first assignment was intended to help you critically evaluate existing research as you begin to think about your own areas of study.

I was excited to hear many of you talk about the need for a historical perspective in understanding librarianship. With the rapid growth of technology, librarians understand the need to be forward thinking. However as many of you stated, it's essential to know where we've been to make good choices about where we're going!

From prison and antebellum libraries to pack horse librarians and life in Timbuktu, I really enjoyed the variety of works you selected for this assignment. What a wonderfully diverse sets of articles and books! I'm glad to hear that many of you immersed yourselves in your topics and the work of your peers. I know that getting sidetracked is time consuming, but it's also lots of fun!

Thanks for doing such a great job with replies. Most of you did a nice job citing professional resources, providing feedback, and illustrating your ideas with examples. Also, you're doing a nice job tactfully pointing out errors and providing additional information. It's helpful for peers to have corrective feedback as long as you provide quality information to support your perspectives. Everyone is doing a great job providing respectful comments. This feedback is essential in an academic environment focusing on history because it's so easy to miss key pieces of information that may be hidden in long lost books and digital information in the deep web. Finally, thanks to those of you who are replying to people who ask questions on your postings. This "back and forth" conversation really enhances the course.

Keep in mind the importance of citation chaining. You can often find interesting information by working your way back through secondary sources to primary sources. Much can be gained by going back to the "horse's mouth" rather than relying on the interpretation of others. On the other hand, keep in mind that just because something is a primary source doesn't mean that it's accurate or reliable.

For any of the assignments, you aren't restricted to the time period associated with the readings for that section. Feel free to explore whatever works best for your focus within the context of the options provided and the topic of library history. Summer is a time for exploring and creativity so have some fun.

I know a few of you are starting to think about a final project. In most courses, I post lots of examples from previous semesters to get you thinking. However since this is the second online offering, I don't have a lot of examples. Let's support each other in brainstorming about projects. I've already been communicating with a few of you. It's fine to email me directly if you want to e-talk about ideas.

OR, if you want to share your project idea and get feedback from classmates, I've created a FINAL PROJECT IDEAS forum topic under the GENERAL DISCUSSION AREA if you wish to bounce around ideas with your peers.

Emailing me or participating in the final project discussion area is optional. I just want to let everyone know that you've got support if you need it.

Update: Wednesday May 15

I know that summer is a popular time for family gatherings. If you think you will need a couple extra days for an assignment, just let me know. Rather than waiting to find that there's no wireless at your hotel, let me know you may be away and need extra time. No problem, no penalty. However if you don't make contact and simply make late postings, there will be a deduction for late work.

Let's continue our exploration of Ancient Libraries. In this section, we'll move from small collections of materials to what most people would refer to as a library.

Read the second half of the Ancient Libraries section including the links from the 400s BCE through the 300s CE.

Actio 1 replies are due Wednesday May 15.
Actio 2 is due Friday May 17.
Actio 2 replies are due Monday May 20.

You'll notice you have lots of options for Actio 2. It's summer. I encourage you to have some fun.

Using Google Maps to create a library history map would be a fun and easy option. Give it a try! It's easier than you may think.

I've expanded the Option 2.4 Mapping Library History directions and I've made a couple help pages for anyone who wants to try creating a map or an infographic.
Map Help - http://eduscapes.com/history/course/maps.htm
Infographic Help - http://eduscapes.com/history/course/infographic.htm

Update: Monday May 13

Summer school is rolling. I hope you're enjoying the readings.

In the Ancient Libraries section we'll be shifting from the formation of early written works and archives to the development of ancient libraries.

Read Battles book Chapter: Burning Alexandria on pages 22-55.
Watch the Ancient Libraries introductory video at Vimeo.
Read the first half of the Ancient Libraries section including the links from the 900s BCE through the 500s BCE.

Actio 1 is due Monday May 13.
Actio 1 replies are due Wednesday May 15.
Actio 2 is due Friday May 17.

Remember that each Actio is worth 12 points. That's 12% of your grade.

Your assignment may require several pages to adequately address all of the requirements in detail. I'm looking for depth in the form of specific examples rather than a surface level examination of the article/book. In other words, this is MUCH MORE than a conversation starter or discussion posting you may find in other classes.

You can often find interesting connections by exploring the primary sources or other articles cited in a work. If you're looking for an article, use IUPUI's Link Checker at http://ulib.iupui.edu/findit/linker
This page will help you find specific articles.

Be sure to make any links you provide active for easy access by your classmates.

A Word or PDF attachment is an effective way to post your assignment because you'll retain the formatting of your posting. However be sure that your attachment works.

If you choose to paste your assignment directly into the forum from Word, BE SURE you have removed any of the extraneous characters from your posting. For more information, read http://kb.iu.edu/data/arbr.htm

Finally, it's fine to go back and revise your posting through the reply period if you wish. Sometimes classmates have great suggestions. I won't be grading until all replies have been posted.

Unlike some classes where you post a single reply, in this class you will be posting TWO quality replies.

Below you'll find examples of the kinds of "responses" that will be counted. Feel free to "get into" the discussion with as many comments to your peers as you'd like. However to receive your TWO response points, be sure that a couple of your responses are insightful and will help others in their learning.

• Provide technical support or suggestions. You might provide a tip or suggestion related to history or historical reading that might help a student expand their project or solve a technical problem such as making a PDF.
• Act on a suggestion. For example, after reading a comment from a peer, you might decide to add an example, suggest a website address or other resource, or answer a question.
• Provide feedback to others such as a specific comment or idea along with an example, expansion, or suggestion. In other words, "way to go Susie" is a good start, but won't get you a point. You could even start with "that's crap Susie", however the key is providing positive, constructive criticism or helpful and encouraging advice. Healthy debate is fine, but let's discourage mean-spirited comments.
• State an opinion and provide supportive evidence or arguments. This can be fun because it can really get a discussion going. For example, you might point out why you think a particular project is effective or ineffective. Be sure to be specific with an example or article.
• Add an insight. If you've had an encounter with the topic being discussed, it would be valuable to hear your thoughts and "real world" experiences. This should be more than "I'll use the idea in class." How and why will you use the idea? Would the idea work in another area? How or why?


Update: Friday May 10

From your introductions, I can tell there's a wide variety of library interests. Some of you have particular interests in libraries or history, but it sounds like everyone is excited about library history! As you move through the course, seek out materials in the interest area of your choice. This will enrich your experience and also provide new ideas for your peers.

Having watched all the television and movie clips, when I set up the Movies page, it was interesting to see what everyone chose. It's impossible to keep this page up-to-date because of copyright restrictions and changes. Many of the clips go bad and sometimes I can't find the library scenes from the movies. Regardless of the technical difficulties, it sounds like everyone was able to find favorites to share.

From television shows like Sesame Street, Doctor Who, The Librarian movies, and Monty Python to classic movies like Breakfast at Tiffany's, Music Man, Desk Set, and FBI Story, you found a wide variety of libraries represented. Beauty and the Beast, Mummy, and Ghostbusters are popular representations. It's interesting to compare teen libraries like Breakfast Club and Harry Potter. When I think of libraries in movies Shawshank Redemption comes to mind. However, the "Time Enough at Last" Twilight Zone is also one of my favorites.... okay, I love them all!

It's time to start our exploration of library history. There's not a single event that marks the beginning of libraries. Instead, there's a combination of activities related to information, communication, record storage, and cultural development that culminate in the first archives and libraries.

Read the second half of The Beginnings section of the course including each page from 10,000BCE through 1000 BCE.

Actio 1 is due Monday May 13.
Actio 1 replies are is due Wednesday May 15.

When working on your Actio resources, you'll want to seek out quality professional literature regarding library history. I encourage you to use the Dig Deeper articles, resources listed, and any other materials found in the course. I picked some of my favorites to incorporate hoping that you would enjoy them too.

I've provided a "Library Resources" link in the side navigation area in Oncourse to help get you started.

I've provided a list of ebrary books through the university that might be useful.

If you're looking for ideas to spark assignment topic ideas, try these:
Library History Buff Blog - http://libraryhistorybuff.blogspot.com
The History of Information - http://www.historyofinformation.com
Library History Round Table - http://www.ala.org/lhrt/popularresources

Try some of the major history journals such as
Libraries & the Cultural Record
Library Trends
Library History
Library & Information History
Journal names have evolved over the years so the names change over time.

Some of the most exciting resources are primary sources. Many older books, articles, and documents are now available through online digital collections. Try the following resources:

Please cite the resources you are using. For example, in the body of your work you might use (Smith, 2010; Jones, 2013). Then provide the author, date, title, and when possible the URL at the end of the article.

As you jump into reading articles about library history, you'll find a wide variety of approaches. The first assignment is intended to get you thinking about the study of library history. As you work your way through the requirements, you might find that a particular required element doesn't fit with the article or book you've selected. Don't worry!

To receive the points, you simply need to address the element such as methodology. If the element is missing from the article you selected, write about why you think the author didn't incorporate this element and whether this impacts the article in a positive, negative, or in a neutral way. It's your critique, so there's not a right or wrong answer... I just want you to consider each item in your discussion and think about what makes an effective library history article.

Remember, I'm here for you if you need me. :-)

Update: Let's Go!

It's time for the first day of classes!

Most of you have made a posting in the Introduce Yourself area. Way to go! The class is rolling.

Watch the Overview video at Vimeo.

Read the book by Battle, Chapter 1, p. 3-21.

Watch the Beginnings video at Vimeo

Read the entry page to The Beginnings section of the course materials.

Also, read Movies, The Study of History, Library History, Library Historiography, Sources of Evidence, Fields Associated with Library History, and Foundations. You'll find these links on the calendar and course guide.

Your first assignment is to Introduce Yourself. Check the course guide for the specifics on this assignment. There's more to it than simply saying hi to your new classmates.

Next, it's time to dive into the Actio assignments. Keep in mind that TWO high-quality replies are requires in this course.

Read about Actio 1: Beginnings at

Your POSTING for Actio 1 is due on Monday May 13.

If you wish, you can take a few days to make your TWO required REPLIES.
Your REPLIES for Actio 1 are due on Wednesday May 15.

The course materials have many pages of information. If you're looking for a particular topic such as references to monastery libraries, prison libraries, or censorship issues, do a search. On the Course Guide at http://eduscapes.com/history/course/courseguide.htm you'll find a Google Custom Search. It will search the pages within the course.

Be sure to watch the Vimeo videos on the entry page to each section. They'll provide an overview to each section of the course. It's hoped that this will provide the "big picture" of what's happening during each time period.

You have three tasks:

1 - Follow the course calendar and complete your assignments on time. As a matter of fact, getting things in early is a good idea.

Read my class email updates for a review of what's happening. If you think you may have missed one, just check the class archives which is also the entry page for our Oncourse materials at http://eduscapes.com/history/course/archives.htm

2 - Let me know if you run into trouble. Don't fret and worry about your problem. Instead, email me and let's discuss it. If you're not sure about a topic for an assignment or have trouble with a due date, just let me know. I'm flexible and happy to help.

3 - Have fun. Learning is about opening a new world of information, skills, and understandings. Many assignments encourage you to explore resources and brainstorm ideas. Don't think of the class discussions as painful homework. Think of them as a chance to interact with your colleagues about issues and ideas important to our profession.

My job is to help you successfully complete this course and expand your skills in high tech learning. I "live" on the Internet, so I'm happy to hold personal email discussions whenever you feel the need to talk. Feel free to email any time. I'll get back to you ASAP.

Enjoy the course... You'll hear from me again soon.

Update: Get Set!

Classes start Wednesday so you can set started any time. Here are a few more ideas to get you rolling.

From now on, my emails will focus on an overview of required readings and assignments. Although I know these emails can get long, please read them. They will really help direct your activities. If you don't "get it" after reading these descriptions and exploring the materials, please email me. I'm happy to answer your questions!

The only required book is Matthew Battle's Library: an Unquiet History. Also, the Casson book (you can get the ebook for free through IUPUI) is optional.

I designed the website so it works well on the iPad. Be sure to hold your iPad sideways (landscape) for the best reading.

The Course Guide will help you work through the course materials. It links to the course readings and provides the guidelines for all the requirements. At first, people are overwhelmed by all of the links. You don't need to read everything... it's not possible. Instead read my course pages, then if you want additional information you can read, skim, or explore the other resources.

Keep in mind that the course reading assignments can be found in two places: the Calendar and the Course Guide pages.

It's a good idea to get ahead in this course in case you get busy in another course.

As you work your way down the Course Guide you'll notice Actio activities.

"Actio" is Latin for "take action". You'll have six opportunities to demonstrate your understanding of course content through "actio" assignments. You'll be sharing articles, making comparisons, connecting libraries to societies, and event critiquing libraries in movies and television. Then, responding to the work of a peer.

So.. how do you get started? If I were you, I'd read the syllabus and requirement page first.
Then, print out the course checklist and review the course calendar.

Next, go to the Course Guide to get a feel for how the course materials are organized and read the details of the course assignments.

Finally, take a deep breath and relax. This is going to be fun! Once you get a handle on the materials, you can start rolling!

In the past, I've been a librarian, computer teacher, and college professor in Iowa, Ohio, and Indiana. I know that we have a wide variety of students in this course. History is both a personal and professional passion of mine, it sounds like many of you have this excitement about our past too. Some have library experience, while others are new to the library field. I look forward to learning more about you!

I love teaching online courses and exploring the world around us. I'm a new kind of professor. I teach full-time at IUPUI, but I don't live in Indiana. We live in the mountains and deserts of beautiful southern Utah. Don't worry about trying to find me, I'm online, all-day, everyday, most days.

In the past, I included photos in my email updates, but some people had trouble downloading them. As a result, I'll just include a link to my website with fun personal and professional updates. I try to keep it up to date. If you want to keep up with our adventures or learn more about me, check out http://www.eduscapes.com/lamb/

Or, friend me on Facebook.

I look forward to having you in e-class. Be sure to email me if you have questions. I'm online all the time, so I can normally get right back to you with an answer.

Now, it's your turn. Go to Oncourse and find the Introduce Yourself area in the Forums. Tell us a little about yourself.

Also, think about how libraries and librarians are portrayed in the media. Do you see one-dimensional stereotypes or multi-dimensional perspectives? Explore the movie clips and pick one to share. How does it reflect the time period it represents and/or the time period when the clip was produced? For the movie clip page, go to http://eduscapes.com/history/beginnings/movies.htm

Some of you may need lots of support during the semester. However, many of you will be very independent. I'll send regular updates. But as long as I see you posting things on the forums, I won't bug you individually.

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns. Unlike a face-to-face class where I can see the concern in your eyes, in an online class it's up to you to take the initiative. I'm always here for you by email.

Keep in mind that summer will go VERY FAST. There's not time to get behind. If you run into trouble, let me know right away so we can work things out.

I look forward to having you in e-class. Be sure to email me if you have questions. I'm online all the time, so I can normally get right back to you with an answer.

I'll send one more email out before class, then leave you alone to work for a few days. I look forward to your introduction!

Update: Get Ready!

I think I have everything ready to go with our History of Libraries course. I'm REALLY excited and hope you enjoy the course materials as much as I enjoyed building the online materials.

I know it's over a week until classes start, but I thought I'd send a quick overview of the course for people who would like to get a little head start.

I'll be sending an email message to the class every few days during the summer to remind you about important readings and assignments as well as to provide debriefing after each forum discussion. I'll be using your university email unless you have another email you prefer. If you would like me to use a different email address that this one, just let me know.

If you're not sure whether you're getting the email messages, go to the email archives at http://eduscapes.com/history/course/archives.htm

There are NO face-to-face or virtual meetings in this course. It's your responsibility to follow the course Calendar and CourseGuide. Then, complete and post the required assignments in Oncourse.

The Oncourse and online materials are ready for anyone who is ready to get started.

We'll be using the university's Oncourse system to share assignments and ideas. Go to http://oncourse.iu.edu and enter your login and password to enter the system. Inside Oncourse you'll find the following elements for our course:
1) The SYLLABUS shows our course website and archives the course emails. Check this area regularly to be sure you didn't miss a course communication.
2) The ROSTER shows the class list. You may wish to update your personal profile.
3) The GRADEBOOK is a place where you can track your progress. I will be posting grades and comments in this area.
4) The FORUM area contains discussion threads for posting assignments and replying to the work of your classmates.
5) The MESSAGES area is a place to read and compose email.
6) The CHAT area can be used by anyone who would like a "real time" conversation with the instructor or a classmate.

Below I've provided a list of the most important course materials.

Course Website - http://eduscapes.com/history/
Oncourse can be slow. I suggest that unless you are reading or posting assignments, you go directly to the course website and by-pass Oncourse. The navigation bar on the left side of the page provides links to the course materials and the six sections of the course.

Syllabus - http://eduscapes.com/history/course/syllabus.htm
Be sure to review the syllabus including the course description, objectives, and grading scale.

Calendar - http://eduscapes.com/history/course/calendar.htm
The calendar is probably the most important page of the course website. It provides a quick review of readings and due dates.

Requirements - http://eduscapes.com/history/course/requirements.htm
The requirements page provides useful background information as well as suggestions for proceeding through the course.

Checklist - http://eduscapes.com/history/course/checklist.htm
The checklist is a quick-reference to course requirements.

Email Archives - http://eduscapes.com/history/course/archives.htm
The email archives reviews course announcements and email updates.

Course Guide - http://eduscapes.com/history/course/courseguide.htm
The course guide takes you step-by-step through the readings and requirements of the course. It provides detailed information about the course assignments and the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignments.

Please email me if you get lost or confused. It's my pleasure (as well as my job) to help! :-)

Welcome Message

I thought I'd send a quick note, so you can start thinking about this summer e-class.

The course website at http://eduscapes.com/history is ready to go!

If you want to get a head start, you can jump into the required and optional texts for the course. The Battles book takes an interesting, conversational approach that I think you'll enjoy. It's also inexpensive which I know you'll appreciate!

Battles, Matthews (2003). Library: an Unquiet History. WW Norton Co. 0-393-02039-0. This is available in varied formats:
Paperback - http://www.amazon.com/Library-Unquiet-History-Matthew-Battles/dp/0393325644
Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/Library-An-Unquiet-History-ebook/dp/B004MPRAAM

Casson, Lionel (2001). Libraries in the Ancient World. (free e-book through iupui)

I love teaching online courses. If you'd like to learn more about me, go to http://eduscapes.com/lamb

If you're feeling excited, frustrated, confused, anxious, enthusiastic, happy, or any other emotion about this course, you're normal. Online courses are a great alternative to traditional, face-to-face courses, but it takes a little time to get comfortable.

If you have questions, be sure to e-ask (as in email me). About a third of the class has taken one of my other online courses... they survived to take another one... that's a great sign!

I'll be sending a couple more emails to get you started thinking about the course before we begin.

I look forward to working with you this summer!

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