Tuesday, April 29, 2008

J753 Seminar in Information Services in Summer I 2007 (June 2 to July 3) – Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 PM to 7:50 PM

J753 Seminar in Information Services in Summer I 2007 (June 2 to July
3) – Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 PM to 7:50 PM

Enjoy the convenience of taking the J753 Seminar in Information
Services during the summer. J753 will bring you up to date on the latest
developments in reference, information, and research services in a variety
of libraries. You will learn how to better serve your users and how
you can continue to stay current in a quickly changing technology
environment. You will learn how to:

* select, evaluate, and access electronic reference information systems

* negotiate a site license for these systems

* create information service policies

* develop advanced problem-solving skills by using various general and
subject databases

* oversee the design and provision of library education programs

* assess the needs of your users

* use Web 2.0/Web 3.0 and Library2.0 to enhance your information
services, including library applications in the Second Life World

* evaluate your services and create service liaisons to your user
community

* continue to develop professionally

Approach to Course: A combination of lectures, class activities,
discussion, and projects.

* Lectures and course materials (electronic- and/or text-based) will be
uploaded to the course Blackboard (BB) web site on Mondays and/or
Wednesdays.

* Several online class sessions will be held throughout the semester on
Mondays or Wednesdays.

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday (6:00 pm -7:50 pm)

Course Venue: Adobe® Connect™ (aka Breeze Meeting), Second Life
World, course Blackboard, and e-mail

Onsite: TBA

* If there is an onsite, I will arrange a virtual onsite for those who
cannot come to onsite physically.

Textbook and Readings: You won’t have to buy a textbook. The
required readings in full-text format are posted on the course Blackboard.

Course Resources: J753 is offered on the web. Lectures and course
materials (electronic- and/or text-based) will be uploaded to the course
Blackboard (BB) web site on Mondays or Wednesdays during the Summer I
2008 semester.

Online sessions and office hours will be held on Adobe® Connect™ and
in the Second Life World:

* Adobe® Connect™ is an online meeting and collaboration system; it
provides a live chatting environment for information exchange and
sharing. Computer files and WWW resources can be used with this system.
Online lectures will be delivered via Adobe® Connect™.

o Even though this new technology will be used, you will not be
required to do any system upgrading, purchase any specific software, or
download any plug-in components.

* I will use a microphone and a webcam to deliver a live class to
students during the online class sessions.

* Adobe® Connect™ provides “live talk-back” functions. You
are encouraged to have your own microphones and participate in online
discussions during the online class sessions. However, you are not
required to do this.

* Online class sessions will be archived in web-based format. The
class archives will be posted to the course BB.

* Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world. Users are logged in to the
world by using their avatars. For this class, class avatars have been
created for student access. Various kinds of training materials are
available as references. An orientation session will be held to help
students learn how to use the Second Life World.

* Suggested minimum technology requirements:

o It is highly recommended that you have high-speed Internet access
(including DSL and Cable Modem). Note: even though you are able to use
dial-up access, the low bandwidth will impose various barriers and cause
technical glitches, sometimes interrupting your access to online class
sessions.

o Your computer, a high-end machine, can be either PC or Mac platform
with peripheral device (e.g., mouse, speakers, etc.). Note: if your
computer is over five years old, you might encounter some problems
regarding a slow access rate.

o You need to have speakers and/or earphones with your computer because
you need to have a working sound-output device to hear my online
lectures.

Note: If you have any questions, please contact me at tuf@gwm.sc.edu.
I look forward to seeing you online this summer.

Feili Tu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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