Break Time

Spring 2013 semester is over.  Yeah.  I should be getting A’s in both LIBR202 – Information Retrieval and LIBR287 – Hyperlinked Library.  LIBR287 was definitely more fun and more educational.  LIBR287 has a more futuristic syllabus and offers information that I can apply to work immediately.  In fact, I created a Twitter account @LLULibraries inspired in part from the Hyperlinked Library class.

LIBR202, on the other hand, was a bit dry.  I don’t think that I learned that much or that much useful information that I could apply to work.  I was thinking it would help with searching databases but it was a class on information retrieval theory more than application.  I guess that is why they call it a core-class.  And I got dinged for using Wikipedia as a source. Grant it, I know it’s not a scholarly source, but I was using it to explain an acronym.  I feel that common knowledge like this is trustworthy on Wikipedia. Maybe that’s the problem;  APA citations are not needed with “common knowledge.”  Anyway, the ding didn’t make a big difference in my grade.


Virtual Symposium

Here it is the last post for the semester.  I cannot believe that this class if over.  I have had a lot of fun.

Meet Robbie, maybe a librarian of the future or an information interface.  Robbie is going to explain the concepts of  the Hyperlinked Library; I think he got his ideas from taking this course LIB287.

Robbie was created using the website Xtranormal. This was the first time I used the service (which is free up to a point).  I was really happy with the results as the video while being previewed but when it fully rendered, the speech was not as consistent.  There are unusual pauses at places that I did not intend.  Maybe we can chalk it up to Robbie’s robotic voice.

I downloaded the Xtranormal file and used Microsoft’s Movie Maker to continue to edit the video:  adding, captioning,  cutting and splicing as you will see.  I also sped up Robbie’s dialog which seemed to drag a little after the rendering.  It also shortens the video to around 7 minutes.

In case the dialog is a little too broken up, I have included a transcript: Dialog