Category Archives: Pursuing the PhD

Last Day of Class at Dominican & Student Web Sites

It’s the last day of the last weekend of my Internet Fundamentals section. My students are sharing their Web projects! (Remember their Blogs?) These are fictional or “not official” mini-Web sites for a library or library service. Here are some of the projects:

Archives Project:

Fox River Grove Library:

Information Policy:

Resources for Gay Teens:

Young Adults:

Hayt Elementary Library:

Gaming in Libraries:

ILL Page for a Library:

Library programs Pages:

Stone Book Reviews:

Andersen library:

Planning a Wedding resources at the Library

Blogging, Libraries and Community

Here’s the good news: I am gathering all my data, presentations and evidence to send to Dr. O’Connor for my “qualifying experience” at UNT. :-)

Next up: writing the porposal for my dissertation. Here’s a bit from a favorite researcher that is helping my thinking:

Nancy Van House :

Avid topical bloggers see blogging as a transformative technology for building and maintaining an intellectual community, and doing individual and collaborative knowledge work. I’m interested in how blogging may be transforming the work of knowledge communities. Blogging gives us a place to watch how participants cope with the decontextualized world of the internet, and how they evolving practices of knowledge creation and determination of competence and credibility. I am not interested in blogging itself as much as in how it may reveal and transform how knowledge communities do knowledge work, especially in relation to issues of authority and credibility.

Spiffy New Charts of Librarian Blogger’s Survey: Web 2.0 Tools

More Survey Data

God Bless Luke Rosenberger, who attended my SirsiDynix Webinar last week and sent a comment about the charts. He has helped me manipulate some of the mountain iof data with Excel skills that blow me away.

He wrote: If I remember the survey correctly, you allowed respondents to choose multiple answers for that question….I think you should keep your “n” constant — always comparing your data against the number of respondents. So perhaps for this question, a bar graph would be a more helpful mode of presentation..

Heck yeah! So here’s a link to some more data, presented in spiffy bar charts:

I’ll be incoprprating this into future versions of the “Weblogs & Libraries” presentation.

Thanks Luke!


Will Richardson posted a few days about about reinventing himself — about quitting his job — and today I can announce the same thing.

I’m stunned …really…

This morning I was offered and accepted a full time tenure-track teaching position at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. I will begin my official teaching duties there in August of this year. My title will be Instructor and when I finish the UNT program, I’ll be an Assistant Professor. I spent time with the incredible faculty at Dominican and I know this is a good fit. I’m teaching adjunct there now and I look forward to working full time with the students, the faculty and the Dean. At the heart of my decision to take this position is the desire to improve libraries and inspire the next generation of librarians as they begin their journey into a radically new landscape.

Just now, however, I submitted my resignation at SJCPL. Here’s a bit of my letter:

This is a bittersweet moment, however, because I am leaving SJCPL after almost 15 years of service. Working at the library has been rewarding and beneficial for me all these years – a tremendous growth experience.

I can’t even describe how much I’ve learned here. I’ve worked in Audio Visual Sevices, Reference Services and spent most of the last few years in IT. I’ve been an assistant manager, reference librarian, department manager, technology trainer, web developer, web redesign chair, Head of Networked Resources Development and Training and a Special Projects Librarian. I’ve learned from some incredible librarians with much more experience than I and I’ve learned from some newly minted ones as well.

What comes next? I have six months to prepare for this next chapter in my life.

I have a proposal for research to finalize and defend. I have a dissertation to begin.

I have some writing to do, including a Library Technology Report on Web 2.0 for ALA, workshops to present at Computers in Libraries 2006 as well as moderator duties, conferences to attend and blog, presentations and a couple of keynotes to give, a tour of five Minnesota cities to talk about Library 2.0 in May, and the roadshow to take here and there with Jenny, including the Texas Library Association and the Washington State Library Association. I also plan some serious unplugging Up North.

I’ll continue to write here and at ALA TechSource. This is simply the next phase. TTW will not go away, but with a new life comes new perspective and I will continue to invite you to share in this journey through the place where librarians, users and technology meet.

LIS753 Student Blogs

Our afternoon was spent learning about blogs, libraries and what librarians can do with this tool. Each student got a Blogger blog. They agreeed that I could post them here.

What amazes me is within 5 minutes opf posting (really as a way to share the URLs with the class) I had a comment from John Blyberg. How cool.

Yes, these should be linked and when I have time I will activate them. Right now, I need to drive home through a lake effect snowstorm.

Margaret Lincoln’s Night Blog at SLJ

Night Blog

Attention School Librarians, don’t miss UNT Cohort colleague Margaret Lincoln’s coverage of her work with students, blogging and the travelling Holocaust exhibit at School Library Journal. It’s fascinating and concrete proof of the power of blogging in schools.

The Night Blog is here.

As the media specialist in charge of coordinating technology related to Lakeview’s Holocaust unit, I created a blog so students could exchange their views of Night with kids 720 miles away in the English class of Honey Kern at Cold Spring Harbor High School in New York. Lakeview High School English teacher Carol Terburg found the blog to be an effective and engaging teaching tool, giving students the chance to talk to their peers in another part of the country. As a result, kids ended up exploring questions that were essential to their Holocaust lesson without realizing it. For example, one student asked, “How does one dehumanize another person/group?” Terburg says that her students found the blog to be the most meaningful activity related to Wiesel’s book.