Keeping Track of Resources

As you work your way through courses you will come across so many fantastic resources you just won’t know what to do with them. A great way to keep these resources manageable is the use of a browse folder or bookmarks. Unfortunately, we all use different browsers and sometimes we access material on computers with only certain browsers.

My answer to this is: Diigo

What can I do with Diigo?

  • you can bookmark pages and add personalized tags
  • you can highlight pages and save them
  • you can share your bookmarks
  • you can categorize them
  • you can add notes to links, pages, posts, and many other resources
  • webpages are archived so you can still view it later even if the original link is now broken

Get it Diigo now!


How’s your Time Management?

silver stop watch clock with the image of a business man running

Being an online student means you MUST learn to manage your time effectively. As an online student you aren’t confined to attending a physical location for a set day and time and that’s fantastic (for most). It is also the gateway to true procrastination. Unless it is physically in our face humiliating us for showing up late to a lecture it’s easy to ignore.

Vicki Steiner, Libr203 professor, shared a fantastic link to a Time Management Toolkit, from MindTools, which includes a Time Management Quiz.

Take the quiz, see how you are doing.  

Meet Whitni: Peer Mentor for Libr203

I have created a quick PPT show, based on the bing homepage, except its all about me. 🙂 Introduction

I am an Arizona girl who lives in Southern California but longs to live in Vermont or head back to Virginia. I am almost finished with my MLIS and I have enjoyed the program greatly.


5 facts about me you didn’t know

1. I’m an avid soccer player

2. I have 3 blogs & over 15+ social media platform memberships

3. I love almost any chocolate candy bar frozen (Reese’s, Twix, Snickers, Butterfinger, etc)

4. I’m a fan of obnoxious print pants but don’t own a pair

5. At any given time I’m likely to have 5-7 tabs open on my browser



Online Communities: your first?

Online Communities

What is an online community?Wikipedia: “An online community is a virtual community that exists online and whose members enable its existence through taking part in membership ritual.” (link to Wikipedia article)Meredith Farkas: “An online community is simply a group of people who gather online for a specific purpose.” (Farkas, 2007, p86).

Just like an offline community and online community needs a leader or someone to moderate what goes on with in the community. A moderator has many tasks and a great responsibility to the community.

Online Community: Best Practices

  1. Recognize your role as a moderator but also recognize the role of your members, do not try to control everything. “…allow people to connect with each other and speak their minds, it helps build trust and foster an environment where people are wiling to both own and share their work together” (Farkas, 2007, p105)
  2. Have guidelines and understand that not everyone will agree with them but they need to be followed.Often members join a community because of the guidelines set in place, similar to why someone chooses a particular school, if you allow them to be violated you will loose members and reputation.
  3. Hinder lurkers. Encourage visitors to become members. “By requiring users to take
    an affirmative action (that requires some minimal effort on their part), it weeds out the casual
    troublemaker from an interested user.” (Grohol, 2006)
  4. Communicate effectively by being clear, direct and frequent. Guidelines need to be communicated direct and clear, community updates need to be informational, and become a ‘human’ to the community, members like to hear from the ‘higher ups’.

Communities to join:

  • Wikipedia is a freecollaboratively edited, and multilingual Internet encyclopediasupported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.
  • FreeCycle a community the derives off everything being free. Members can request items or offer items. Main rule: It must be free.
  • Urbanspoon a community that enocurages members to leave reviews on restaurants they have eaten at.
  • FourSquare a community that encourages members to check in to places they visit and leave tips or comment for other visitors. Incentives often are special coupons or offers when you check in. I once received 15% off my dinner bill just for checking into the restaurant on FourSquare. This community is predominantly mobile based.


Farkas, M. G. (2007). Social Software in Libraries: Building collaboration, communication and community online.  Medford, New Jersey: Information Today, Inc.


Welcome SJSU SLIS Students!

Welcome to the San Jose State University SLIS (School of Library and Information Science) program! I will tell you up front, this program is not easy, it takes discipline and focus but it is worth it. You are bound to make lasting friendships and enjoy what you learn and yes you will learn lots of information. Don’t fear trying our courses that sound interesting, in fact I recommend it!

When I started this program in Fall 2011, I was very anxious and concerned that the lack of physical classroom attendance would keep me from doing me work. Fortunately, SJSU does a fabulous job at making sure you stay involved and participate. I was fortunate enough to be able to blow through the Libr203 course in the first 3 weeks, if you have the time and are able I highly recommend this for a couple of reasons.


1. You gain familiarity with the tools you will be using in the rest of your courses

2. You finish the class and don’t have to focus on it for the rest of the semester

3.  [I don’t have a third reason…..]

Discussion Boards: Overwhelming? 

Yes, the discussion boards can get overwhelming, especially as more students enter the class site and posts go up and the interaction starts building. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by email notifications, you may want to unsubscribe yourself from the boards. Note that if you do so, though, you will need to check the various boards regularly to see if important information is added.

The amount of discussion in LIBR 203 can tend to be a bit more voluminous than your other classes, since we’re a bit more informal and a big part of the discussion activity is intended to help students meet their classmates, acclimate themselves to networking in an online environment, and so forth. As a result, when you start your other classes, it would be a good idea for you to at least initially subscribe to the discussion forums in those classes, since your specific posts–both original and responses–may be graded by the instructor.

One of the many great things about LIBR 203 is that it affords students the opportunity to experiment with how they interact with the learning management system. So feel free to take advantage of the time in this class before the semester starts to play around with your notification settings and see what works best for you.

I look forward to getting to know you better over the next two months and hope you will feel comfortable dropping me a line or two or three after the course so that I know how you are getting along!