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Library for Section 115 today

Just a reminder that we will meet outside the Library today (Tues 5) and take roll. After the Librarian is finished with our Instruction Session, we can head to the classroom, or maybe stay in their Library classroom if they let us.

I have some responses to your papers; I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the readings. And I hope the you will find the activity that Nora (our Librarian) gives us edifying!

Genre Reflection: “Twilight?” -Prof. S.

What about Jay-Z doing a track with Linkin Park? What about Twilight being a vampire story/love story? What about Katy Perry featuring Kendrik on a song?

I don’t really “get” genre because it’s best when you mix it up. It’s best when I focus on the force and passion of the message rather than the category that’s containing it.

Breaking Dawn poster

Here is what the author of our most recent assigned reading (Devitt) says about why I ought to teach you about genre:

“…the more you are able to master particular genres, the better equipped you may be to master genres that you later encounter:
When people write, they draw on the genres they know, their own context of genres, to help construct their rhetorical action. If they encounter a situation new to them, it is the genres they have acquired in the past that they can use to shape their new action. Every genre they acquire, then, expands their genre repertoire and simultaneously shapes how they might view new situations. (Devitt, Writing 203)”

I don’t know, but I’m a “master” of mixing. How about you?

Oh, and one last thing: “Stan” by Eminem. That’s a whole heartbreaking story told in letters. And it’s rap…right??

Writers call that genre epistolary and it’s centuries old — but they couldn’t have known what would happen to it in 2002. No one searches under “epistolary songs” for “Stan.”

Privacy — for You and Your Posts

An artwork by M.C. Escher entitled "Eye," 1946.A reminder that OpenLab has a “privacy” feature for all posts. You can find it on the right side of the posting screen.

Here is an image of what it looks like:

Check "Visibility" EDIT for the privace option

You would select VISIBILITY and then EDIT to access the “Private” feature.


(Eyeball image, above, is an artwork by M.C. Escher entitled “Eye,” made in 1946.)

Tutoring is now available, in limited form, this semester

Hi Classes. In past semesters, tutoring was available for students who were having difficulty with their formal papers. You could bring in a draft, or a working concept, and have one-on-one time. This semester there have been some administrative changes and tutoring isn’t available they way it once was. However, a few teachers have kindly offered their time to help students in 1121. I know of one of them, Margo Goldstein; here are her hours and location:

Location: LG31. Proceed down sloping hallway across from Learning Center. LG31 will be directly in front of you.
Tuesdays: 12pm-3pm
Wednesdays: 10-11:30; 2:30-4:30
Thursdays: 1-4:30pm

Much gratitude to Prof. Goldstein for her help.

IMPORTANT — Library Sessions are coming up

Please take note: Our Library Instruction Sessions have just been scheduled for this semester. Your 1121 section’s date and time is listed, below:
Section D439 DATE: 2/27 (11:30AM–12:45PM)
Section E106 DATE: 3/4 (6:00PM–7:15PM)
Section E115 DATE: 3/5 (6:00PM–7:15PM)

On our Library Instruction date we will NOT MEET IN THE CLASSROOM. We will meet outside the Library entrance where I will take attendance, and then we will proceed to the library’s computer classroom upstairs.

Sessions take about an hour to complete.

What is our focus? We are going to have the Librarian show us how to make properly formatted MLA citations. What will we cite? It’s my goal that we use this first session to learn how to translate something from our SHELVES — those resources most important to us, personally — into MLA format.

What you should do to prepare for this session:
If you have not already done so, please post your list of personal influences (books, movies, music, etc…) to MY SHELF/MY INFLUENCES on our Open/Lab site.
If you prefer to keep your list private, you may check “Private” on  “Visibility” in the box to the right of the post.

(Personal note: I made a photograph of my SHELF. I am looking forward to seeing how our Librarian will convert a photograph of my favorite things into pure Information — usable in any research format. Librarians have magical powers. Well, I think they do.)

See you!

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