S401 Proficiency Project 4: Advanced Technology, Ethics, and Professionalism

A. Book Database

Go to the free service Sodadb at https://sodadb.com/ and create a book collection database. Use the OPTION menu to add at least two additional fields. Add at least five records to your database.  Be sure that it’s available to the public. Evidence: You will be adding a link to your database within your web page project in Section C below.


B. Content Management System

Go to http://www.weebly.com/. Create a website following the on-screen directions. Your entry page is your HOME page.  Create an ABOUT page that introduces yourself. Create a professional ETHICS page containing the following information:

• A link to the ALA Code of Ethics along with a brief description.
• A short discussion of your concerns regarding one of the major areas discussed in the ALA Code of Ethics.

Create a PERSONAL page that includes a topic of personal interest that may also be associated with the profession such as your passion for reading, technology, or a particular author or genre; a social concern such as literacy or homelessness; or any other area you wish.  Embed a widget such as the WorldCat widget. Incorporate the following images somewhere in your website:

• At least one photo you took with a digital camera
• An edited version of a photo (e.g., modify colors, add Gilter, crop)
• An image you scanned using a scanner.
• An image you generated using a web-based tool such as an infographic maker, sign generator, or other online creator.
• An image from Wikimedia Commons

Place a list of these images on your ABOUT page. Double check to be sure that you’ve made your website available to the public. Incorporate a video you produced into your website. Embed this video somewhere on your website. It should be embedded rather than just a link.


C. Web Page Development

Create a single web page using raw HTML and CSS coding. Save it with the HTM file extension. Review a book, movie, app, or other item of your choice.  Include the following tags in your HTML code. Beyond the requirements, you can do whatever your wish.

• <!DOCTYPE html>
• html
• head
• title
• meta
• style
• body
• paragraph
• h1
• br
• horizontal rule
• list tag

Create a link to Amazon to the book.  Create a link to your database page created in Section A above. Be sure it’s public. Insert an image of your choice. Be sure to use an ALT tag to identify the image. Check the validity of your HTML code by pasting in your code into the W3C validator. Fix what you can, but don’t worry about those things you don’t understand. Look at your web page on two different browsers.Conduct a field test with at least one other person. Ask a couple other people to look at your page.  Share your findings (i.e., website validation experience, test with different browsers, and field test) in a brief paragraph. Add this paragraph as a comment to the Assignment area.

Comment paragraph:

Images have not been uploaded as the document links to my blog. I didn’t put a lot of effort into design. I’m fairly familiar with basic HTML, and I much prefer content management systems, which handle design for you. I found that fonts and images were clearer in MS Edge (the IE replacement in Win 10) than they were in Firefox. I had two errors that I was able to correct with validation. These errors resulted from Amazon cancelling my affiliate account due to lack of sales and editing out the links. I found the validator’s line numbers useful, as my text editor had them as well. It was easy to locate the specific error location. My teenager was unimpressed with my web page design, suggesting I “throw some more stuff in there,” center the images, adjust the background color, and improve the separation between posts.

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<h1><a href="https://sodadb.com/gfeCuZNTGqOxO8YnngVG">My SodaDB Database</a></h1>

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<pre>Clicking above will take you to my SodaDB database. Rather than adding records manually, I was able to import my exported Goodreads database. I had to reformat the entire spreadsheet to fit SodaDB’s template, changing the delimters from commas to semicolons. Then, after importing, I had to add, edit, and delete fields using the Option menu to accommodate the extra information transferred from Goodreads.</pre>
<h1><a href="http://www.amazon.com/One-Pot-Skillet-Cooker-Stockpot/dp/0307954412">One Pot – Martha Stewart Living</a></h1>

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<pre><a href="http://www.amazon.com/One-Pot-Skillet-Cooker-Stockpot/dp/0307954412"><img class="size-medium wp-image-178 alignleft" src="https://dewey641.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/onepot.jpg?w=243" alt="onepot" width="243" height="300" /></a> I love Martha Stewart’s cookbooks, to the point where I’ll overlook a lot of flaws that other cookbooks wouldn’t be able to get away with. Then again, I rarely follow recipes exactly, so perhaps those flaws are my own. Anyway, I tried out two recipes from this book. The first was Arroz con Pollo, on page 21. I had planned to try this anyway, but was pretty surprised that my teen-aged son picked this out when I handed him the book and asked him what he wanted to eat this week. What kid would choose rice with olives in it? Mine is not typical, I believe. Flaws first. Here’s what the Arroz con Pollo looked like at the point it was supposed to be finished cooking. Looks pretty good, right? No. The rice was still kinda crunchy. I ate some. It was passable. But only OK. I’m not really sure if the cooking time was incorrect in the book or not. Because that instruction that says, "Drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat?" Yeah, I didn’t do that. (Why would I do that?) So there might have been too much liquid in the pot. But I could only see that making a difference if the fat kept the rice from absorbing water. Otherwise, the rice wouldn’t have been crunchy. There just would have been extra liquid in the pot. So maybe the timing was off in the book. Or not. Anyway, I put it back in the oven FOR OVER AN HOUR. <a href="https://dewey641.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/20150805_174948.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-179" src="https://dewey641.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/20150805_174948.jpg?w=300" alt="????" width="300" height="225" /></a> But the extra wait was SO WORTH IT. The rice came out super creamy. And the olives lent some contrast to that creamy chicken/tomato flavor. This dish really surprised me. I happily ate it the rest of the week. Instead of typing out the recipe, <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/1085428/arroz-con-pollo">I’m going to point you to it on Martha Stewart’s website,</a> for reasons I will get to in a minute. One interesting note though. I’ve linked to the recipe as it appears in the book. But <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/333866/arroz-con-pollo">there is another very similar recipe with the same title</a> on her site, that doubles the amount of rice, without significantly increasing the amount of stock. So, vindication, maybe. I didn’t really plan to review a second recipe, but another week went by without sitting down to post, and I just happened to make another recipe for dinner. This time I made the Chicken and Dumplings on page 17, another kid request. These were as good as any I’ve had. I used <a style="border: none;" href="http://www.amazon.com/Bobs-Red-Mill-All-Purpose-Gluten-Free/dp/B000ED7M3Q">Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose flour</a> for both the dumplings and for thickening the broth. I could not tell the difference. I thought the biscuits turned out a little salty, but then, I measured the salt in the palm of my hand. So, that’s on me. I’ll type this one out, <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/1083336/one-pot-chicken-and-dumplings-recipe">along with the link</a>, because the only recipe I could find for this version was her video. <a href="https://indylibrarytech.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/dumpling.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-1058" src="https://indylibrarytech.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/dumpling.jpg" alt="dumpling" width="304" height="228" /></a> On second thought, no I won’t. Just watch the video. It’s not long. And chicken and dumplings aren’t hard to do. (Maybe I’ll come back and edit it in later. But it’s getting late.) Anyway, these were delicious. I’m probably going to buy this book. There are many, many great-looking recipes in it. But probably one of the best things about it is the fact that every recipe from it that I’ve looked for so far, I’ve been able to find on her site as well. So, then, why get the book? Browsing for recipes online is a <em>horrible</em> experience. I remember how excited I was when content sliders started to be introduced to webpages. Suddenly, I could flip through recipes or images without having to wait for the whole page to load (along with its gazillion flash ads, which always seem to load first) every time I wanted to move on to a new recipe. But I guess somebody figured out that if the whole page didn’t load, they were missing out on ad revenue. ‘Cause we’re back to having the whole page load every time, even though the slider’s still there. So, I use the book to browse. I pick out a few recipes I’d like to try, then I go to the website and search specifically for the recipe I’m looking for. From there, I can import the recipe directly into my meal planning/shopping list software with the button on my toolbar. Here’s one instance where online information can’t compete with the utility of printed pages. But anyway, I highly recommend <em>One Pot</em> from Martha Stewart Living. Check out a copy from the library, see if you like it, then buy a copy for yourself.</pre>
<li>"Arroz con Pollo." <i>One Pot</i>. Comp. Martha Stewart Living. New York: Clarkson Potter, 2014. 21. Print.</li>
<li>"Chicken and Dumplings." <i>One Pot</i>. Comp. Martha Stewart Living. New York: Clarkson Potter, 2014. 17. Print.</li>

D. Ethics and Plagiarism

The university has developed a test to ensure that students understand how to recognize plagiarism. Email your instructor with a screen capture of your completion certification.

JConrad IU Plagiarism Test

S401 Proficiency Project 3: Social Media and Participatory Technology

A. Peer Chat

Go back through the class introductions. Identify a person with similar interests and send them email using the Canvas email system. Chat for at least 5-7 minutes about anything you wish. Evidence: The log of your chat is your evidence. You don’t need to do anything else.

Joanna Conrad
Hi, there.
2:17 pm
Joanna Conrad
2:18 pm
N. G.
hi Joanna! Thanks so much for being my partner here, how’s your day going?
2:18 pm
Joanna Conrad
Pretty well, how about yours?
2:18 pm
It’s been a super busy day at work. Did you go in today too??
2:19 pm
Joanna Conrad
No, today’s my day off. I’m working on a transcription file, though. Maybe two hours of typing gets me $20.
2:20 pm
Joanna Conrad
Then I can do other things around that, make some money and still feel like I had a day off.
2:20 pm
Joanna Conrad
What do you do?
2:21 pm
Oh that’s not bad at all! I always like to find ways to make an extra buck when I get the chance.
2:21 pm
Joanna Conrad
2:22 pm
I’m a circulation assistant at the job I’m at today. It can be really stressful depending on people’s moods though, but I’m sure it’s like that everywhere right?
2:22 pm
Oh thank you for that link! I will definitely be using that
2:23 pm
Joanna Conrad
I’ll say. You have more than one job? Both in libraries?
2:23 pm
Joanna Conrad
No problem. They’re asking for referrals all the time. Right now is their busy season.
2:23 pm
Perfect! and yes I do, as a help desk tech in another library too
2:24 pm
Joanna Conrad
I’ve thought about trying to get a second library job and giving up the typing, but it’s more scheduling hassle than I want to deal with right now. I’ve got a 14-yr-old with his own schedule that I’ve got to accommodate. How are your projects coming? I’m just starting the second. 🙂 I’ve finished all the tutorials, though.
2:26 pm
I think one of the only reasons I got the second job was for experience purposes, it really is tough with schoolwork being added on top of it. For this class I just finished the second project and am done with the tutorials too!
2:28 pm
I’m super behind on the project for the annotated bibl, io
2:29 pm
how far are you with that?
2:29 pm
Joanna Conrad
I’m glad this class is so flexible. It’s really helped to be able to put it off for a while. I’ve only done the three samples for the annotated bib. I’ve got Wed. off, I’ll probably do a chunk of it then. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be finished for peer review. I’ve got another project due Fri. that I haven’t started yet, either. But it’ll get done.
2:30 pm
Joanna Conrad
I think we’ve fulfilled the requirement. Shall I let you get back to lunch?
2:31 pm
It is actually just about to end! But thank you for chatting with me (:
2:32 pm
Joanna Conrad
Nice talking to you. Have a great afternoon!
2:32 pm
You too! Bye!
2:33 pm
Joanna Conrad
2:33 pm

B. Library Talking Points

Add to a class Google Doc in Canvas. Add a talking point and short example of no more than a few sentences to the list. Use the same font as the first talking point, but change the color for your talking point. Add a comment regarding one of the other talking points on the list. Evidence: Your Google Doc addition and comment is your evidence. You don’t need to do anything else.

Talking Point: Libraries improve the quality of life in the communities they serve, even for those who never set foot in a library, whether they realize it or not.  As we help people build resumes, improve literacy, access government services, and complete their educations, those patrons then go out into their communities with new resources and skills, putting them to use in ways that benefit the community as a whole.   – Joanna Conrad

C. Professional Blog

Create a blog using Blogger, Weebly, or Word Press.


Create an introduction to your blog using Voki at http://voki.com/. Embed this as a posting or as part of your profile. If you have trouble embedding, take a screen capture of the Voki and place the image in your blog. Then, add the link.

Was included in Welcome message at top of page, but removed after grading.

Create a blog posting that discusses your experience using social networks.

I’ve kind of stayed away from social networks, especially Facebook. Their monetization practices, selling user data, are highly intrusive and a violation of privacy rights.  I realize they are important marketing tools for libraries.  However, I feel librarians should be educating users on the practical implications of giving away these rights, rather than encouraging their use.  Because of these privacy issues, I have two Facebook accounts, one professional, the other personal.  I blog fairly often, and cross-post to these networks in hope that more people will see my work.

If you don’t already have a Facebook account, create one. Then, LIKE The School of Informatics and Computing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InformaticsIUPUI.

My Facebook profile.

If you don’t already have a Twitter account, create one. Then, join The School of Informatics and Computing Facebook page at https://twitter.com/iupuinformatics.

My Twitter profile.

Compare and contrast two social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn that you’ve used yourself. What do you see as the value for library and information science professionals? Provide a personal or professional example. Also, include an example from either the IUPUI School Facebook or Twitter postings.

LinkedIn is a much more professional social network than Facebook, intended for making professional social connections, job searching, recruitment, and networking.  LinkedIn allows you to promote professional skills and experience, and your friends to endorse those skills.  Although you could blog and update there if you chose to, most people use it for professional self-promotion.  I have my work and education history posted there, and have connected with many of my coworkers.  Facebook, on the other hand, is more focused on non-professional social interaction, keeping up with friends and family, or posting silly pictures of your pets, for instance.  While my professional Facebook account is connected to my those of my coworkers as well, I am much more likely to see posts about their pets than I am to see them post about their jobs.  Of the two, LinkedIn holds more value for library and information science professionals.  This is not to deny the usefulness of these networks for marketing purposes.  For example the School of Informatics and Computing uses its Facebook page to promote its upcoming events.

Create a blog posting that discusses your experience using a MUVE, an interactive, or gaming technologies. If you’ve never tried a MUVE, talk to someone who has and share their experience. How do you see librarians and/or libraries using these technologies? Provide an example.

I’ve played several MMORPGs quite often, mainly Dungeons and Dragons Online and World of Warcraft.  I enjoy playing them, but they can be resource hogs on computers that aren’t relatively new, and I tend to avoid the social aspect anyway.  To me, interaction online is no different than talking on the phone, without the benefit of visual cues, as avatars often have no relationship to the conversation being had.  While earning my LTA degree, MUVEs like Second Life were promoted heavily as the next big thing that was going to save libraries, but it really turned out to be just a fad.  However, with many libraries adding Minecraft clubs and some libraries going entirely digital, Second Life may be granted a second life.  Maybe this virtual environment was simply ahead of its time.

Create a blog posting that is a book, movie, or app review of your choice. Include an image such as a book cover or screen shot.

Please see my cookbook review blog Dewey641.wordpress.com

S401 Proficiency Project 2: Collection Management and Productivity Tools

A. The Profession

Create a 4-10 slide PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi presentation with the following elements:

  • Feature three professional organizations in your professional area of interest.
  • Provide an example of a library that uses LibGuides at http://libguides.com/ community.php in your area of interest and explain how it’s used by the library.
  • Make a hyperlink to the LibGuide library page. Include a screen capture.
  • Record audio narration for the presentation.
  • Evidence: Upload the presentation document called presentation to your IU Box account. Be sure you make it public. For help, go to http://kb.iu.edu/data/bbro.html.


Download the entire presentation.

B. Collections: Authors, Titles, and Genre

Choose an author or genre of interest to examine for this component (B).  In 3-4 sentences, compare and contrast LibraryThing with GoodReads. Use at least two screen captures.

I think the screenshots below show very well the contrast in usability between GoodReads and LibraryThing.  Here you see the two screens you are presented with immediately upon logging into each service.  GoodReads is much more focused on social interaction, while LibraryThing gives many more options for organizing your collection.  The GoodReads interface is much more cluttered with forum posts and comments from groups I’m subscribed to.  Ultimately, though, I don’t use GoodReads for the social aspect.  I much prefer the dashboard LibraryThing offers, with tools to manage my collection.  Exporting my library from GoodReads to LibraryThing was super-easy, and I’ll probably stop using GoodReads altogether.


Use a content curation tool or social bookmarking tool to organize at least three websites associated with your author or genre. Provide the URL.

I created my Scoop.It profile while in the LTA program at Ivy Tech.  The link is in the sidebar, or right here:http://www.scoop.it/t/library-resources.

I started using Marklet to organize the websites and online catalog entries for books I would use in my annotated bibliography project in S401.  I really like it.  Adding links isn’t quite as intuitive.  You can’t just drag and drop from one category to another, you have to copy and paste.  But I liked the way the links were organized.  However, Marklet isn’t social.  It doesn’t allow you to share.  So, I moved them all over to Bookmarkee.  The page doesn’t look as nice, but the interface is much more intuitive, and allows for annotations, where Marklet doesn’t.  I wish I could mash the two together.  The result would be the perfect social bookmarking platform.

Share your experiences reading ebooks and listening to audiobooks. Skim, read, or listen to a work related to your area of interest.

I can’t listen to audiobooks.  They don’t hold my attention.  My mind wanders, the book becomes background noise, and I have to keep backing up to replay what I’ve missed.  This happens when reading books, too, but it isn’t such a hassle to re-read as it is to re-listen.  Ebooks are OK.  I definitely prefer paper.  Some of the additional features of ebooks, such as the ability to look up words, highlight, save snippets, or bookmark passages are neat, but not necessary.  Electronic devices hurt more when you drop them on your face, and have the additional risk of breaking when you do so.  When you drop a book on your face, the only things likely to break are your glasses (or your nose), and the book will come out unscathed.

In 3-4 sentences, discuss your experience using spreadsheet applications. Create a spreadsheet that compares the price of TWO books, ebooks, and audiobooks from at least THREE suppliers (e.g., Amazon, Barnes & Noble).

Create a column for the retail price too. Use a formula to report the average price of each item. Also, report the total cost from each supplier. You MUST use both an AVERAGE and TOTAL formula. Share your conclusions.

I’ve been using spreadsheet programs, such as Excel for decades.  They provide a very intuitive method of organizing information.  I can’t imagine having to use paper spreadsheets without the find and replace features or formulas.  The instructions above for creating the spreadsheet weren’t very clear.  I ended up totaling and averaging everything.Only a small portion is included below.  Download the whole sheet here: spreadsheet

The Martian Paperback Me Before You Paperback Total Paperback Average Paperback
Amazon $9.00 $9.15 $18.15 $9.08
Barnes & Noble $9.99 $9.52 $19.51 $9.76
Books-a-Million $9.30 $9.71 $19.01 $9.51

Grand Total Paperback:



Grand Average Paperback

Overall Total:



Overall Average

C. Primary Source Genre

Select an online digital collection(s) to use in this example. Create an instructional handout showing step-by-step how to use the digital collection. Include examples of (a) a digital reproduction of a primary source, and (b) a digital transcription of a primary source. The document should be at least 2 pages and include: headings, subheadings, footer, pagination, bullet points, SmartArt and/or shapes. Your document should be professionally designed and ready to print.

This handout provides instruction on how to use the collection of appliance manuals at ManualsLib.