September 26, 2009

How many other library students are out there? Really, there are more than I can count.

There’s a new graduation option open to a lucky four guinea pigs this year at my school. It’s called the “E-Profile”. The handbook is not out yet, so the concept is loose. But basically, over the course of a students school term, the student will be saving samples of work completed and then pasting it together into an online portfolio. The idea is that this option gives employers something to see besides a grade, to an unknown test, on a piece of paper.

I want to be one of those guinea pigs. Seriously, pick me. Study me. Poke and prod me. Just let me make a portfolio.

This may seem like a lazy man’s option, but it’s not. Sure, some of the work for my graduation final is done during other classes (awesome), but other pieces have to be created to pull everything together. I believe there will also be a portfolio presentation, perhaps like a thesis presentation. I bet, in the end, the E-Portfolio option will be more work than taking an exam and studying for it.

Still, a portfolio just sounds like more fun.

I might even consider creating an E-Portfolio for nothing, no credit, just because I think that it is something that employers would consider when hiring.

Anything for that competitive edge.

It will still be a long ways before the guinea pigs are chosen. I’ll let you know. I know that the option has drawn a lot of attention and interest. Who can blame it?

On the lighter side…

September 23, 2009

Every once in awhile, the time comes where we begin to feel overwhelmed. I know I’m not the only one. Don’t lie!

So here’s a laugh.

Remember all of those who said things like this:

“What, are they going to teach you, how to say ‘shhh’?”

“I didn’t know you needed a Master’s for that!”

“So… what else is there besides the dewey decimal system?”

Oh, how little they know! How wrong they are!

Metadata, Library of Congress, Boolean searching, MARC, AACR2r, XHTML, DC, information-as-thing, and many other concepts… thats just scratching the surface.

So, when we feel stressed out as we study, we will just think back to those times where our friends said we would be learning how to say “shhh”… and wish it were so!

Memex to Hypertext

September 22, 2009

Learned something new in class today, that happens a lot! But anyways, today we have been discussing the differences between the internet, world wide web and internet 2 (yes, there are differences). Then, we got to talking about hypertext and its history. Everyone who has ever used the world wide web has seen hypertext, even if they didn’t realize it. Its everywhere!

Click here!

I find hypertext to be very useful. Its nice to be able to find other pages that are associated with the topic that I am studying. Its free information without a new search.

The memex is a precursor to hypertext. It was formulated around 1945, which is a long time ago!

Wikipedia (thanks Web 2.0) has a good description of what a memex is. A brief description would show a desk with two monitors, a stylus, a joystick and a slot on the right. A print document goes into the slot and is scanned onto microfilm. Then, it can be pulled up on a monitor. A person could use the stylus to link documents together (based on topic etc) and the links would show up every time either document was accessed after that.

The memex was theoretical, clunky and impractical at that time. Its just interesting to think that the idea of hypertext has been around for so long!

I find it amazing that someone can be so forward thinking. He (Vannevar Bush) created a concept in such detail that the technology of the time did not support it.

That type of forward thinking made me wonder what my generation has come up with, that will be realistic in a later time.

STAR WARS! Well, it came around a bit later, in 1977. Not quite my generation. Or, Star Trek from 1966.

Still, the idea of spaceships… or …teleportation sounds nice. At least it would save some gas money. Perhaps that is the technology we should be researching, instead of all of these electric cars and biofuels.