Project Guidelines & Rubrics
[For models of successful Course Project reflective write-ups, please click here]
- Course Syllabus (1/15/14)
- Course Project - Guidelines (1/15/2014)
- Course Project - Rubric
- Presentation Rubric
- Model Questions for Secret Researcher Project
- Form for Course Project - Library Site Evaluation
- "A" Student Sample 1 - Library Site Evaluation (2014)
- "A" Student Sample 2 - Library Site Evaluation (2014)
- Student Sample - Library Site Evaluation
This LibGuide supports students in LIB 102 - Introduction to Reference and Information Services.
Professor Sheldon's students: Click on the appropriate tab above to access weekly updates regarding class content and assignments.
The textbook required for this class is Crash Course in Reference by Charlotte Ford (Libraries Unlimited, 2008, ISBN 978-1591584636). Purchase it at the PCC Bookstore.
- Before Mon., 4/21 at 12 noon -> Complete one-question quick survey (link here)
- Presentations by (not necessarily in this order)...
If you create a Powerpoint presentation, E-MAIL IT TO SHELDON before 5 pm
on Wed., 4/23 - <casheldonATpasadenaDOTedu>
- Course Project--Reflective Report.
NO WORK ACCEPTED BY E-MAIL OR LATE.
- Extra credit opportunity: Attend one MLA workshop and submit yellow completion form to Sheldon. One on 4/10, one on 4/15. Click here for more info.
For Wed., 4/9
- Code of Ethics of the American Libary Association (link under Week 11)
- Library Bill of Rights (link under Week 11)
- Ford, Chap.10, pp. 101-108
- Jennerich's "Handling Complaints" (link under Week 11)
- Work on Course Project [Due 4/16]:
- Draft your answer to the Secret Researcher Question (no more than one page). Include in-text citations to the source/s for your answers.
- Create a draft list of Works Cited in which you provide the full citation information for the sources you refered to in locating your answer. Also include on your Works Cited list a citation for the RUSA Guidelines web page, with everything formatted in correct MLA format.
- Bring the draft of your Answer and your Works Cited list to class on 4/9.
- Extra credit opportunity: Attend an MLA Format Workshop - first one scheduled on Thur., 4/3. Click here for more information.
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For Wed., 4/2
- Chapter 12 of Bopp's Reference & Information Services: An Introduction -- "Reference Services for Specific Populations" (Jacobson & Sutton), pp.279-305. (Link under Week 10)
Special Populations Exercise (link under Week 10), completed using your choice of one of the seven populations covered in Jacobson & Sutton's chapter:
- Non-English speakers
- Illiterate/Low-literacy adults
- Physically disabled (visually-, hearing-, or mobility-impaired)
- Developmentally disabled
- Young Adults
- Work on Course Project [Due 4/16]. Create draft list of "Works Cited"--at least two citations for the sources where you located an answer to your Secret Researcher Question *plus* a citation for the RUSA Guidelines web page, all formatted in correct MLA format. Bring these citations to class on 4/9.
- Interested in extra credit? Attend an MLA Format Workshop. First one scheduled on Thur., 4/3. See box on Week 10 for more information.
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For Wed., 3/26
- Ford, Chap. 4, pp. 40-44.
- Ford, Chap. 9, pp. 91-98.
- Digital Reference Excercise (link under Week 9)
- Locate, print, and read one article from a respected newspaper, magazine, or scholarly journal regarding digital reference in libraries. Suggested key terms are librar* AND digital reference, virtual reference, instant messages, instant messaging, chat reference, text messages, text messaging, or SMS.
- Pose Secret Researcher question via Shatford's 24/7 Librarian Chat and complete interview. Print transcript of interview that will be e-mailed to you.
- Finish worksheet AFTER completing both of the above. Staple to completed worksheet the transcript for your QuestionPoint (Librarian chat) interview.
- Continue Course Project--Completed form for third library visit due 3/26
- Continue Course Project: Third library visited and form completed before 3/26
- Reference Scavenger Hunt, Part II.
- Review for Midterm Exam on 3/5.
- Reference Scavenger Hunt, Part I
- Secret Researcher Project - Form for second library visit due 2/26.
NOTE: Midterm Exam delivered in class on 3/5.- - - - -
- Encyclopedia Comparison Exercise
- Continue Course Project: Second library visited and form completed before 2/26
- Ford, Chap. 7, pp. 73-81
- Ford, Chap. 8, pp. 83-89
NOTE: Shatford Library is CLOSED for Presidents' Day on Fri., 2/14; Sat., 2/15; and Mon., 2/17. Check for holiday closures at other libraries before you visit them.
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For Wed., 2/12
- Database Evaluation Exercise. Be prepared to deliver on 2/12 a 5-minute mini-demonstration of the database you & your partner assessed.
- Secret Researcher Project - Form for first library visit due 2/12.
- Ford, Chap. 3, pp.21-28
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For Wed., 2/5
- Ford, Chap. 5, pp.47-54
- Ford, Chap. 6, pp.59-70
- OPAC Exercise - Searching Library Catalogs
- Begin Course Project: Visit one library and complete project form, due on 2/12/14. QUESTION MUST BE APPROVED BY SHELDON before you visit the library!
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For Wed., 1/29
- Ford, Chap. 4, pp. 34-39
- Finish one column of the Evaluating the Quality of Information worksheet, reviewing the website assigned to you by Sheldon.
- Boolean Logic Exercise
- Your question for the Secret Researcher Project, emailed AND approved by Sheldon before 1/29. Print the email from Sheldon that says "QUESTION APPROVED" and bring it to class on 1/29.
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For Wed., 1/22
- Guidelines and Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers
- Ford, Chap. 1 - pp. 1-7
- Ford, Chap. 2 - pp. 9-19
- Complete Entry Inventory (link at left)
- Print RUSA's Guidelines (link above) and highlight or star what you believe to be the 5 most important behaviors for a successful reference interchange. Be prepared to share your choices and your reasoning in class on 1/22.
- Consider the question you'd like to work with for the Secret Researcher Project (guidelines and sample questions at left). You must e-mail Sheldon your proposed question for approval before 1/29.