2016-09-12T09:42:27.366-04:00I'm revising my instructional methods yet again this semester: I'm asking students to answer questions in advance of our time together. These questions typically relate to the assignment or mimic what the students would do in Real Life.
|Stephanie teaching a PR class, Fall 2015|
2016-06-03T15:29:15.087-04:00Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research by Matt Upson, C. Michael Hall, and Kevin Cannon is a terrific addition to the tools I use to teach students how to do online research.I love it for two reasons:It's graphic, cute, and trendy ...It's accurate, thorough, and humorous.Here are some specifics of what I love about the book:The librarian uses chairs to illustrate why subject headings can be helpful -- adding that chairs are also seats, and are within the category of "furniture."Chairs, p. 34She illustrates Boolean operators with Venn diagrams, by talking about a search for Pirates (no, not the Pittsburgh Pirates), ships (no, not a UPS truck), and history: History of Pirate Ships, p. 46There's a whole chapter devoted to journals & databases, and I've used the 7-page discussion of popular, trade, and scholarly journals in classes with good results. Journals, p. 55The chapter on searching the web (including Wikipedia) is followed by a chapter on evaluating sources. The librarian offers the usual (to librarians) questions about authority, purpose, accuracy, relevance, and objectivity. Here's an illustration of a persuasive site:Persuasion, p. 86The book concludes with a chapter on Using Information Ethically, which covers plagiarism and citations, as well as how to quote or paraphrase what you've read.Paraphrasing, p. 92I've used it with undergraduates in one-shot sessions -- asking them to read a chapter or two before class, and then discussing the content in class. I've also taught the book in an introductory reference class at UNC's School of Information and Library Science. Finally, I've had my student workers read chapters of the book as part of their training on what a library does -- so they can better help their fellow students from behind the reference desk. I will definitely continue all of these.If you teach anyone to search for information, I recommend using this book as a supplement to instruction. It's terrific!Bonus: the book succeeds at being relatively inclusive in its graphics (although the librarian does reflect the majority of U.S. librarians in her look and gender).People Reading, p. 56Confession:I must raise an ethical question of my own: is it ok for me to use so many photos of graphics used in the book? Chicago University Press can answer the question ... but in my defense, I...took photos with my phone (i.e., lower quality) blurred out some of the text.only used a tiny handful of graphicsAND since the illustrations are what make the book so great, no review would be complete without at least a few selected images.[...]
2016-05-24T12:45:50.926-04:00I've been busy taking photographs lately, so am spending less time immersed in cognitive science.
2015-10-22T19:02:56.185-04:00I've been very involved in the North Carolina Library Association 61st Biennial Conference, and I've been able to collaborate with my colleagues and students at UNC's School of Media & Journalism as part of that involvement.I served as chair of the publicity committee, which involved all aspects of promotion for the conference. To start with, I asked two MEJO design students to create the conference logo, which was used on all of our material and on our conference bags:Thanks, Katie King & Camille Romac-Gullo!Katie King also designed our program and pre-conference brochure, and both look terrific.I've also worked to promote the conference on social media and other methods -- and filled in content for the pre-conference brochure. Fortunately, my awesome colleague April Everett from the Rowan County Public Library filled in all the content for the final program. Follow the conference tweets at #ncla15.At the conference, I collaborated with two colleagues from the Durham County Library to present a three-hour pre-conference session discussing the use of social media in libraries. We primarily talked about using Twitter and Facebook (DurhamCountyLib is awesome on Twitter), and we covered issues such as content, social media clients, and control & coordination of the accounts. We also talked about social media policies, visibility, and analytics -- and we ended with a brief discussion of the other social media tools we use.We created a guide with notes and links from the session: Social Media Hacks: Tips & Conversation for Enhancing Social Media Use in Libraries - and we had a great time talking to academic and public library colleagues across the state about using social media.Finally, I had a poster session presenting results of my research with MEJO professor Jim Hefner: Does Forcing Students to Ask for Help Work? Assessing the Effect of REQUIRING Term Paper Consults The short answer is: YES, forcing students to ask for library help does work. See my earlier post Requiring Students to Meet with a Librarian for more details of that research.Stephanie discusses the results with Brigitte Blanton, director of Greensboro Public Library.It's been a great conference, and I'm thrilled to incorporate so much of my daily work into the association and the conference.[...]
2015-08-19T13:24:50.367-04:00The Associated Press has just uploaded "one million minutes of historical footage" to YouTube! It's an impressive collection. Check it out on YouTube, or read their July 2015 press release AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube; they say there will be over 550,000 videos from 1895 to present.
2015-08-08T16:05:53.358-04:00Durham Farmer's Market today, I lingered at Piedmont Biofarm ... and discovered some fresh edamame. I've made it before, but this time I decided to research recipes to see if I could recreate the yummy experience of the edamame at Dashi.
2015-06-25T14:01:43.844-04:00new favorite podcast is from online news outlet ProPublica.
2015-05-26T08:58:43.640-04:00I worked with 2015 PR major, Michelle Park, to promote the Park Library to students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Our goal was to persuade students that talking to me could save them time and help them turn into more efficient searchers.
2015-05-13T15:49:14.072-04:00@teodor_thecat icons are essential. There are some great free ones on iconarchive, and there are some additional free ones on the iconka website (here are the Cat Power icons). You can also purchase a full set of the "cat commerce" icons for $18.99.
2015-05-11T16:36:04.442-04:00I'm building a collection of stylebooks for newspaper and other news outlets. The collection primarily includes titles from various newspapers in the United States, such as the the "AJC (Atlanta Journal & Constitution) Style : Style and Reference Guide Covering News, Sports, Business and Features Issues"(1998); "The Kansas City Star Stylebook" (1987); "The Los Angeles Times Stylebook" (1979 & 1995) … and so many more. Browse the titles in our collection.
2015-03-17T10:37:11.266-04:00My SILS grad assistant and I presented some interesting research at the Librarians' Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conference on March 13, 2015.
2015-02-28T08:22:08.416-05:00The recent snow was a great opportunity to take bird photos - from the comfort of my own living room (and occasionally on the deck).
2015-03-21T13:12:47.550-04:00We adopted kittens Webster and Lucinda (not biological siblings, but fostered together) in August: he was about 4 months old and she was a month older. They were darling kittens and really got along well together.Sadly, Webster developed Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), which is what his brother Darnarian died of back in May. It's a horrible disease which affects many internal organs and is always fatal, usually quite quickly. We were fortunate that Webster lived with his diagnosis for almost two months; his initial prediction was 20-30 days.Lucinda (tuxedo) & Webster (tabby)His primary nickname was Superman because when he jumped off a table or the bed he would spread all four legs wide and sail off into the wild - and if he'd had a cape, it would have flown out behind him.Webster was a regular newspaper eater: he liked to sit on the kitchen table with me and chew on the paper as I read it. And he was a crafty kitteh: Webster liked to sit in the middle of my photography work and provide assistance.A little newspaper nommingHelping with craftsHis favorite song might have been John Fogerty's Centerfield. When he was well, and very kitteny, he would sing to me: "Put me in coach! I'm ready to play! I'm ready to play today!" He'd add ... "I don't know what I'm going to play, but I'm ready! I'm ready to play!"Webster preferred to chase his food than eat it out of a bowl. More than once, he left a full bowl of crunchies in order to chase kibbles I'd thrown to keep his sister Lucinda running & in shape. Webster ran down the hall to chase crunchies, returning to his bowl only when the game was over.He was a very affectionate, social cat. His purr motor was almost constantly on; in fact, two veterinarians had trouble hearing his heart due to his purring. He liked to be with his people and his sister Lucinda, right up until the end. He is survived by his adopted sisters Lucinda (now 9 months) and Emma (a very healthy 15 years).Webby, webby, webby, webby, Webster. Rest in peace, little guy. Thanks to ... Independent Animal Rescue & Foster Mom Pam (article from UNC's Daily Tar Heel) Piedmont Veterinary Clinic, especially Drs. Sugg and Kipp.NC State Veterinary Hospital, especially Jamie and Dr. Wiley.For More Information about FIPFIP - Feline Infectious Peritonitis patient handout from Cornell Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) - VeterinaryPartner.com Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Coronavirus Information from Dr. Diane Addie Understanding Feline Infectious Peritonitis (pdf) by UC Davis' Niels C. Pedersen For Helpful, Knowledgeable Support the FIP Fighters Group on Facebook is full of knowledgeable, caring humans who have dealt with FIP in one (or more) cats.[...]
2014-07-24T11:35:14.720-04:00Many of my research colleagues do content analysis on newspapers, and there's a new tool which may provide useful to them. Let's explore Voyant Tools, a "web-based reading and analysis environment" which provides lots of high-level insight into text. I did a quick LexisNexis search on articles written in college newspapers about sexual assault and pasted a few of them into Voyant-Tools.org. You can see the word cloud above as well as the text on the right.If you click on any of the words in the cloud or in the text itself you'll also see where in the document the term appears, and you can see a list of Keywords in Context.Click on the plus-sign next to the phrase, and you see more of the context.I was able to export a URL for this Keywords in Context chart, so you can see it in all its glory.There are myriad other export features in the tool, including a list of words by count, comma- and tab-separated options, and more.It seems like a good option for exploring text on a very broad level. And it's a quick way to provide graphics for publications or presentations on your text analysis.There is a stop-word list so you can exclude common words; you can edit this list as well (I excluded lots of common LexisNexis terminology like "u-wire" and "document;" should I have excluded "said" as well?). It is possible to upload multiple documents, so that you can compare coverage of a topic in one newspaper against coverage in another paper.Some of the limitations for newspaper research include:It's not possible to analyze pdfs, for relatively obvious reasons; but this eliminates the ability to search many historic newspapers which are available online only as pdfs.If you export multiple stories from LexisNexis or America's News, they are exported as one document, which makes it impossible to compare documents against each other in Voyant-Tools. To do this kind of analysis, you'd need to export the documents one at a time, which would quickly get tiresome.Here's a screen shot of an analysis I did of eight individually downloaded articles from LexisNexis -- that process was a bit cumbersome, but the data is interesting:The chart at right shows the number of times the word "women" appears in each of the eight artcles. You can see a quick analysis of all the words in the eight articles under the Word cloud (or here).This has great potential in the newspaper content analysis toolbox.[...]
2014-07-01T16:18:10.123-04:00I truly enjoyed Catherine Anderson's Seeing with Quiet Eyes class at the John C. Campbell Folk School last week. I learned a lot and took some great photos. I bought an Easy-Macro iPhone (and other phone cameras) macro lens ... which I used to take this photo of a lily sticking through leaves at UNC's Arboretum.We spent an afternoon playing with photo apps for the iPhone and iPad. Catherine mentioned 8-10 ... most of which are ad-supported / free with ad-free versions available. The ones I tried are:SnapseedA general photo editing program (from Google). There are multiple editing options in Snapseed, and most of them can be made by finger-swiping. Editing is easy for newbies - you don't have to know about healing or contrast or white balance ... just click on an option and swipe.Before & After in Snapseed - as easy as clicking the landscape button on the top right of the screen: My final Snapseed image:PhotopathThis lets you put multiple photos on one image. In addition, you can tweak image borders - change from square to rounded, and change the colors.border and color options in PhotopathFinal Photopath image ... of the Folk SchoolPhonto lets you put text on images -- and offers a great many fonts, layout options, and even symbols.Repix lets you draw on your photos. It's not something I'd do all that often, but the sparkly effects sure are fun on this lily. I also used Repix' filter options - which you can apply and tweak to increase or decrease the effect.Catherine also mentioned Waterlogue, which turns images into watercolor paintings. I didn't download it, but the demo in class was very pretty.For online image editing, Catherine suggests ipiccy.com; I'd already started using PicMonkey (at @samkatben's recommendation) -- so check them both out.Catherine suggested Costco (Costco Photo Center) as a great option for ordering photos. I just ordered some and am very impressed with the ordering options. These include:Turning off their auto-correct - useful if you've spent time correcting color or removing blemishes.Customizing text printed on the back of photos (I have set the default to include the date).Set the crop for individual photos. Tell them where you want a 8x10 cropped, which is different from where a 4x6 image would be cropped. Inexpensive -- for me, 8x10 photos are $1.49 and 11x14 photos are $2.99. I even printed one at 8x8 (for $1.49).Catherine likes ordering larger images from Costco because larger photos don't get rolled.For more great ideas from Catherine, check out her 2011 book the Creative Photographer.[...]
2014-06-18T07:12:00.168-04:00I will be learning to see with quiet eyes next week at the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.
2014-06-15T19:04:38.863-04:00I made two delicious dishes this weekend:Mark Bittman's Beet Roesti with Rosemary (from How to Cook Everything)Bittman blogged this recipe in the New York Times back in 2008: Beet Rosti With Rosemary. The beets were fabulous, as they always are from Pine Knot Farms. The rosemary was from my kitchen garden.The photo doesn't do the beets justice - they were terrific. Tonight I made Singapore (Street) Noodles (from the July / August 2014 issue of Cook's Illustrated). The magazine calls them Singapore Noodles (tho' they're from Hong Kong, not from Singapore), but I know them as Singapore Street Noodles, so that's what I call them.I made the recipe for 4-6, but the recipe for 2 is online through August: Singapore Noodles for Two Recipe.Just about everything was from NC., except for the noodles and the spices. The shrimp were from Core Sound Seafood, a local community supported fishery (CSF) that also sells to our local food coop. Scrumptious!The red peppers were from Vollmer Farms (whose berries are out of this world) and the eggs were from Roberson Creek Farm. I want to finish the whole batch! [...]
2014-05-22T10:39:14.945-04:00We adopted Darnarian from the MSPCA back in December, 2006 (see his welcome post). He had a wonderful life with us, but he recently developed Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or FIP, or as I call it, "Fatal Kitty Disease."Darnarian was a wonderful kitty, and he died today, largely because of FIP, but more directly due to "anemia of chronic illness."He was fond of squirrel watching, and he never met a ball he didn't like. Other hobbies included sleeping (he was an excellent sleeper!), eating dust out of corners, and lying in the middle of the kitchen while we were preparing dinner. The garage was one of his special spots -- he loved to roll around in his pop's wood shavings. He loved any bathroom, especially toilets, sinks, and bathtubs; he was particularly fond of curling up in any sink just about his size. Of course, he was a box-dweller too: he hopped into any box around.When we had a house with stairs, he loved to run up three or four flights at a time; once he slid off the banister when he got to the top floor, resulting in a bloody nose.He was a magnet for funny names - Darnarian itself is fun to say and never boring, but we also called him Potamus, and sometimes, the Mayor of Potamus-town. Early on, we called him the "weenie wiggler" and more recently, we called him "head butter 5" in honor of his fondness for head-butting and as a riff on UNC basketball player Kendall Marshall's "Kbutter5" Twitter name.Darnarian lived in two states (that we know of): Massachusetts and North Carolina, and he's always been a trouper. Even on that 14-hour trip from MA to NC, he didn't make a peep.Darnarian's current favorite toy is "fleece-on-a-stick," also known as the Cat Charmer. Here he is with his sister Emma on a recent Sunday morning. Darnarian is survived by his non-biological sister Emma (who is now 15) and his two humans. All of us are grateful to his smart, kind, and caring veterinarians (Drs. Kipp and Heinz at Piedmont Veterinary Clinic, and Dr. Flood at Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital).FIP is a pretty horrible disease. For information from a few reputable sources, check out Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) from VeterinaryPartner.com (a highly reputable source for all veterinary information; recommended & supported by veterinarians) Feline Infectious Peritonitis from the wonderful vets at Cornell.Understanding Feline Infectious Peritonitis, by UC Davis' Niels C. Pedersen, DVM, PhD & FIP researcher (pdf).[...]
2014-02-24T18:12:31.961-05:00I'm excited to be leading a discussion at this week's ScienceOnline conference in Raleigh called “How Traditional Research Literature Should Change to Improve Access to Scientific Knowledge.”
2014-01-07T14:44:00.623-05:00One of my goals for 2014 is to take more photos. To help with that goal, one of my 2013 vacation goals was to create a website for my photos. The second goal has been achieved!
2014-01-04T18:55:52.140-05:00I made a delicious Thai recipe from EatingWell in Season: The Farmers' Market Cookbook tonight: Tom Yum Soup. I'd never had it in a restaurant, but it looked tasty: shrimp, pineapples, red peppers, and tomatoes ... (I omitted the mushrooms). I went to a big healthy food store to get lemongrass and lime leaves, and I'm glad I made the effort.
2013-12-31T21:25:44.235-05:00As usual, Christmas was a day of good eats! Here's what we had: Started the day with a cup of Willoughby's decaf in a new Spode mugGoat chops, frozenDarnarian supervisesCooked carrots (with maple syrup & mustard)Cooked chops, before the red wine reductionGarlic smashed potatoesThis was what we ate, in the end. Delish!The finished product[...]
2013-12-31T20:41:14.768-05:00"When a man eats a chicken, one of them is sick," says Tevye in _Fiddler on the Roof_.
|The second best part was eating the soup! |
2013-12-31T21:06:55.218-05:00I taught a "one-shot" session of The World of Mass Communication this semester. It's a 100-level class designed to introduce students to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.