Thu - February 5, 2004

Might as well JUMP (or Floppies are SO 5 minutes ago)

Last night, two of the L401 students appeared brandishing their new USB Storage devices! Two weeks ago in class we had discussed bits, bytes and the like and looked at current storage solutions, from the fading floppy to Zips and Jumps. I urged these 10 students to look at the options because it might be something they use over the next few years for holding their documents for classes.

During exercises, I spied on of the drives inserted in the front USB port of the Dells in the lab at IUSB we use. How cool is that??? When I started teaching L401 in 1997, everyone carried a floppy... now the students have access to 45MB on a network drive and a plethora of portable storage solutions.

The guys in NRDT have been using portable USB storage for over a year to move documents around our offices and to the training room or other librarians' computers. We ordered them for our department when we realized floppies were so 1990!

Tech is good!

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Mon - February 2, 2004

This Week: E-Mail. mailing Lists and the Internet Protocols

Foundational stuff for L401 this week. We'll subscribe to a class list and look at what FTP can do!

Last week was a good class...lots of discussion. I'm so pleased with this group!

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Tue - January 27, 2004

This week: Presentation Software

This week in my L401 we are learning about presentation software -- Powerpoint to be exact -- which some people believe to be the spawn of the devil! Project 1 for L401 utilizes research skills, Word and Powerpoint to develop an presentation to educate library staff or patrons. Class Wednesday night is at our Francis Branch, where I'll meet with the class and be giving a public class on Digital Cameras.

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Tue - January 6, 2004

Teaching L401 this Semester

I'm tickled to be teaching the South bend section of Computer-Based Information Tools, the info literacy class for all SLIS students at IU. I;'ve been teaching since 1997 and every semester is different. Here's our syllabus:

I'll use this category of TTW to chat about the class and possibly as a tool within the class.

Welcome L401 Students!

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