November, 2011

Week 14

November 26th, 2011 November 26th, 2011
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This past week, Claire and I led discussion on copyright and “copywrongs.” It went incredibly well–the class took the discussion and ran with it, discussing the ins and outs of copyright, patents, and licensing. Several people mentioned having enjoyed the reading, even though it was fairly dense. Claire and I had planned a class activity on infographics, as well, because part of our week was meant to be discussing that, but the reading discussion went so well we ran out of time to implement it.  All in all, that seemed to me to be a resounding success!

Also this week, we continued working on our final project for Info Age, which will be the documentary on DS 106, a Digital Storytelling class taught through UMW. We’re going to be talking about the class itself, and the various “generations”–the first generation, taught by an assistant professor within the Computer Science department, differed greatly from later “generations:” later generations were taught by computer savant/tech genius Jim Groom, from DTLT at Mary Washington. From its original iteration as a class within the Computer Science department, it’s become a huge multi-user opensource website (a “massive open online course,” or MOOC) and program that has participants from all over the globe visiting the site,, posting, and participating in the discourse. We’ll be tracing its evolution and how it became such a massive platform, and examine various aspects of the question of how it fits into a Computer Science education.



Week 12: First Documentary Finished!

November 20th, 2011 November 20th, 2011
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This past week we finished up our documentary and presented it to the class. Originally, we were planning our documentary such that we would have narration throughout, but we wound up not necessarily needing to, and decided that it was a less elegant solution anyway — that is to say, that it is more difficult to make audio narration sound elegant and professional. Our interviews wound up being comprehensive enough that we did not need to have narration providing the introduction, conclusion, and transitions. Our full story arc was depicted through the interviews, so we ended up using the narration at the end, as a sort of postscript, to fill in factual gaps such as what a card catalog is and when card catalog to digital catalog changes occurred. We decided to still have the narration because a lot of research went into it, and we felt it was valuable enough that even if we did not have it throughout the paper, we certainly wanted to include it. Overall, the documentary project was a lot of fun. It was definitely more work and more time-consuming than any of the previous projects, but it wound up being the one that was most unusual and novel for all of us in my group. AND–drumroll please!–we have decided to do a documentary for our final project, which will be on a class that was actually taught at UMW and wound up being a really unique class.

Week 11 / Documentary!

November 12th, 2011 November 12th, 2011
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This week we continued work on the documentary. We filmed several interviews, including Caitlin & Joe’s interview of Rosemary Arneson, and Caitlin’s & my interviews of Charles Balthis and Carolyn Parsons. The interviews with Mr. Balthis and Mrs. Parsons were fascinating–Mr. Balthis has been a cataloger at UMW since 1969, and we discussed the transition from card to digital catalogs with him on Wednesday. When he went to Library School in 1967-8, Mr. Balthis says that there was no sense of a transition to bed had anytime in the near future. However, by the 70s, Mr. Balthis was involved in helping with the transition. We discussed an entirely different set of material with Mrs. Parsons; although by the time she went to Library School in the mid-1980s, card catalogs were already mostly phased out, Mrs. Parsons nonetheless has some interesting experience with them. She currently works with the Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books at UMW, for which card catalogs are still used. Caitlin and I had an excellent chance to go over the ups and downs of card catalogs (and see some fascinating pictures of card catalogs at Mary Washington!) while meeting with Mrs. Parsons. Overall, those were both excellent and very productive interviews. Ashley has got much of our narration nailed down already, so we’re well on our way to an excellent & fascinating documentary!

Card Catalogs to Digital Catalogs: A Transition

November 8th, 2011 November 8th, 2011
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My group’s topic is the shift from card catalogs to digital catalogs in libraries, with a focus on its effect on librarians.



Title Searches in an Online Catalog and a Card Catalog (Ebscohost)

Online Catalogs and Library Portals in Today’s Information Environment (Ebscohost)

Card Catalog Conversation  (Ebscohost)

Catalogs and Catalogers: Evolution Through Revolution  (Ebscohost)

Catalog Dependency  (Ebscohost)

The Card Catalog Mentality or We Have Always Done it This Way  (Ebscohost)

Deciding the Future of the Catalog in Small Libraries  (Ebscohost)

Card Catalog to Com  (Ebscohost)



Audiovisual sources will be solely B-roll that we record and footage of interviews; no external audiovisual sources are going to be used.



Introductory Image

Narrator establishes what a card catalog is, introduces topic (B-roll plays)

Interview (some B-roll, some interview footage)

– discussing using current catalog system

Narrator establishes when the transition began taking place (B-roll plays)

Interview (some B-roll, some interview footage)

– personal details of transition

Narrator addresses how the personal transition of the interviewee related to the overall transition

Narrator addresses how it affected librarians personally

Interview (some B-roll, some interview footage)

– how it affected that librarian personally

Narrator synthesizes and concludes

Closing graphic


Week 10 – The Documentary Work begins!

November 4th, 2011 November 4th, 2011
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This week we actually started to work on fleshing out the documentary project. Caitlin, Joe, Ashley and I are doing our documentary on the shift from physical card catalogs in libraries to “digital catalogs,” and how that change has affected historians–both librarians and those visiting libraries. We had to tighten our topic up a bit, due to the fact that Kyle’s group had already chosen a topic with which we could have potentially overlapped. We were able to avoid that though!

We’re going to have our documentary be a mix of narration and interviews. The narration will provide the introduction, conclusion, transitions, and necessary facts and data. The interviews will be used to provide individual experiences and to add some color to the story, as well as to further personalize it to Mary Washington’s switch to digital catalogs.

We were concerned about finding a card catalog we could film B-roll of, but this week we found out that UMW has card catalogs for some of its special holdings which we can film–a lucky break. We’ll be using B-roll during narration, as well as for smooth transitions when switching from narration to interviews, and to provide a change of “scenery” during interviews.

Overall, it should be a fun project!