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Weekly Response Posts

Each week, you will be required to post (here on the class blog) a brief response to one or more of the assigned readings. This response is designed to give you the opportunity to reflect on what you read and to prepare you for in-class discussions. It is also a chance for you to bring up any ambiguities or confusing parts of the reading, so that we may further discuss these in class. These are informal comments, not research papers—you will not be docked for any grammatical or spelling errors. The end goal of these posts is to foster meaningful, thoughtful class discussions in which we learn from each other.


  • Due: weekly, before noon on the day of class
  • Length: 1 to 2 paragraphs
  • Submit: to the class blog
  • Late policy: posts submitted after noon on the day of class receive 0 points
    • (unless previously cleared with instructor)
  • Include: your name, title of the reading(s) considered in your response

If you have trouble thinking of something to write, here are some questions you can answer to get yourself started:

  • How does this reading fit into the broader ideas/issues of information organization?
  • How does this fit in with or contradict another reading (from this class or an earlier meeting)?
  • What surprised you about this reading, and why?
  • If two of the readings took different approaches or contradicted each other, what did you learn from this? Do you agree with one author over another? Why or why not?
  • Does the author consider this topic from the viewpoint of a library user?

Syllabus Update

Just a note that there is a new syllabus uploaded on the blog. The next three class sessions will now be:

  • April 1: Subject Analysis
  • April 8: Data and Information Organization
  • April 15: Documentalist Movement

In addition, please note the due dates for your in-class collection and for your final project presentations:

  • April 29: In-class collections due
    • Each group will show their collection to the class, and discuss why they made specific choices about how to catalog and display them, considering all we’ve learned this semester. We will also discuss the collections as a class.
  • May 6: Final projects due (essays & presentations)
    • Each group will present on their final project topic. You will also each turn in your individual essay portion of the final project.

That’s all!  🙂

Example: Final Project Proposal Post

This is an example of how I would like each of you to post your proposal for your final project. You will be working in two-person groups for part of the project, but each of you must create a separate proposal post. This post is due before class on February 25th.

  1. Name: Starr Hoffman
  2. Group members:  Me, Myself, and I
  3. My group has chosen this topic: traditional cataloging
  4. I am interested in this topic because: I found MARC tags to be fascinating, and I’d like to learn more about them.
  5. List at least three specific resources that you have found that may be useful to your essay research. (You may or may not use them in your final essay.) One of these sources may be a website. 
    1. Author, Name. (2013). Article. Journal, 33/2, p. 1-23.
    2. Author, Name. (2013). Article. Journal, 33/2, p. 1-23.
    3. Website name.
  6. Based on my preliminary research, I have chosen to focus my individual research essay on the following aspect of my topic (one-paragraph abstract):

Our group will be presenting on MARC tags and their development. I’d like to focus my individual essay on how MARC tags can continue to be relevant for cataloging newer resources, such as websites and applications. I plan to research evidence citing how practical this approach might be.

Consider: How is your topic interesting or important?  Are there unresolved questions relating to your topic?  How might you approach these questions? (Your answer to this question will constitute your argument.  Your argument may change as you do more research on and think more deeply about your topic.)