ETL 505

I’m on the home stretch now!  I was a bit nervous about getting my first assignment back from ETL 505.  The essay part was fine, although I did get a bit too much into the ‘historical’ background of information organisation and should have dealt with the role of metadata in a school context more. 

I actually enjoyed the RDA element of the assignment although I didn’t exactly nail it.  I did quite well on the monograph but could’ve done better on the atlas and videorecording.  It’s all a learning experience and the fact that I’m only one more assignment away from completing this subject and my Masters makes it all worth it!  So here we go again… this time it’s SCIS subject headings and Dewey Decimal Classifications!


ETL 505

Module 2

Internet activity – SCIS

Locate three catalogue records of interest to you and explore which elements can be searched on in this particular catalogue (Voyager software), and which elements describe a resource’s information content. It is best to search for current records (2012 on) to see recent examples of SCIS records.

1)     Using the title:  Pennies for Hitler, I searched SCIS catalogue and found the following information:

2)     Using the Author’s last name I searched ‘Gleitzman’ and came up with too many records.  I filtered the search down to 2011 and after which narrowed my findings greatly.  I was then able to find the book After which was published in 2012 and is a CBCA shortlisted book this year.  I found two versions of this book each from different publishers:  Camberwell, Vic. : Viking 2012 and London: Puffin 2012.






3)     I searched Nazi Germany to find a non-fiction book that might complement the two fiction stories based on experiences during the Nazi occupation and found a comprehensive list in the SCIS Catalogue.  I chose the following autobiography: Letter from my father by Dasia Black:


 I decided to base my SCIS searches on two of the CBCA shortlisted books:  Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French and After by Morris Gleitzman.  I searched the first book, Pennies for Hitler using the title of the book in which two results were listed:  the book and an electronic resource. 

I searched the second book through the author’s name: Gleitzman for which there were 241 results.  Far too many!  I then filtered the search from 2011 and after.  This narrowed my results to a manageable 13 resources.  The book After was the second and third result listed.  This was interesting as it showed a listing for two separate publications.  The most noticeable difference in these two publications is the number of pages in each book.  The Viking version has 160 pages and the Puffin – 208 pages.  This leads me to think that the Puffin edition has larger print which may be advantageous to individuals with impaired vision.

As both books were concerned with Nazi Germany during WW II, I decided to search for non-fiction books with similar content.  I used ‘Nazi Germany’ as my search term and found many records.  Again I needed to filter my search using 2011 and after. 

I found the autobiography Letter from my father, by Dasia Black. Using SCIS allowed me to successfully find, identify and select sources easily.  Obtaining them, of course, would be my next step.

Trove – National Library of Australia

Trove is basically a ‘treasure trove’ of resources from the National Library’s digital archives.  I’ve been accessing Trove for a while now, particulary when searching for primary and secondary sources to support the history curriculum.  Whilst on my placement at Genealogy SA I also discovered that family history researchers also use Trove’s online resources to search for Births, Deaths, and Marriage documents.  There are also photos, artefacts/objects and a wealth of digital records accessible through Trove. 

While at Genealogy SA I discovered quite a few digitised newspaper articles that mentioned my dad during his motorcycle Speedway racing days


EER 500 – Module 1

Module 1 Activity:

Discovering and retrieving the text:  Utopia, by Sir Thomas More

Elements and attributes useful in discovering and retrieving the book, Utopia, by Sir Thomas More:

First, I began by looking at the FRBR four levels of items, manifestations, expressions and works.  I was looking for an individual item, the book Utopia, the translated and edited edition.  The manifestation was the second edition by Norton; the expression was the translation by Robert M. Adams and the works is Utopia, by Sir Thomas More

The task of finding this particular book involved first, knowing what I was looking for.  Then identifying the assigned name of the book, i.e. Utopia, by Sir Thomas More, second edition, Translated and edited by Robert M. Adams.

In selecting the book, I need to consider certain attributes such as content, date of publication, form – in book form.  Also, I may like to consider some other attributes such as authorship, credibility, difficulty – will this translation be easy to understand and is it faithful to the original version?  Another attribute might be level of condensation – how much has the expression of the original work been changed through the translation.

I searched through both library catalogues and online bookstores and found the most comprehensive bibliographic information to be on :

·         Full bibliographic data for Utopia



Authors and contributors

By (author) Sir Thomas More, Volume editor Robert M. Adams

Physical properties

Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 272
Width: 130 mm
Height: 211 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Weight: 282 g


College/higher education




ISBN 13: 9780393961454
ISBN 10: 0393961451


BISAC category code: PHI012000
Dewey: 335.2
LC classification: HX810.5.E5
Nielsen BookScan Product Class: F1.1
BISAC category code: POL005000


2, Revised

Edition statement

2nd Revised edition


WW Norton & Co

Imprint name

WW Norton & Co

Publication date

06 March 1992

Publication City/Country

New York/US

Main description

“Backgrounds” is designed to assist student readers in an appreciation ofUtopia by shedding light on the different points of view contemporarywith More’s work. Included are new selections from Saint Benedict and Tasso, as well as amedieval satire on the land of Cockayne. “The Humanist Circle”, a carefully chosen selection of letters, includesanother important contribution by Erasmus. “Criticism” includes five new thought-provoking essays by Alistair Fox,Edward L. Surtz, G. R. Elton, Northrop Frye, and Robert M. Adams. Also new are selections from two modern anti-utopias orquasi-utopias—Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and B. F. Skinner’sWalden Two—plus a selection from Edward Bellamy’s once futuristic butnow almost contemporary Looking Backward, which may be compared andcontrasted with More’s masterpiece. An updated Selected Bibliography is also included

FRBR four levels:

  1. Items – an individual object – has a physical form
  2. Manifestations – a version such as a particular printing – could be a single copy or thousands of copies depending on the printing.
  3. Expressions – how the work is expressed, e.g. different languages in translation
  4. Works – consists of content such as a novel, or could be an anthology – a series of works.

FRBR user tasks:

  1. Find
  2. Identify – sometimes a uniquely assigned number, assigned names
  3. Select – need to consider particular attributes; sometimes these are considered when searching but not always; content is also a consideration, i.e. the currency of content, a date; the amount of content – how many words; the form of a work, i.e. a map, website, book, film etc.
  4. Obtain
  5. Navigate

Relevance criteria are the attributes used to select resources (Hider, p. 27, 2012):

  • Aboutness
  • Accuracy
  • Aesthetic value
  • Authorship
  • Credibility
  • Difficulty
  • Diversity of content
  • Importance
  • Informativeness
  • Interesting content
  • Level of condensation
  • Logical relevance
  • Novelty
  • Pertinence

A lot of new vocabulary and concepts to learn and understand!

Week 1 – Genealogy SA Professional Placement

Researching your family history from Lindy Kelvin Week 1 of my professional placement completed! The Genealogy SA resource centre is located on Unley Road in Adelaide in lovely heritage building. Within the four walls of the resource centre there is housed a vast collection of indexes, directories, newspapers, microfiche documents, reference books, family history books […]

Next…. Professional Placement

It’s been a long term.  I managed to survive ETL500 perhaps not quite as successfully as I would have hoped, but as Bev suggested, it is one of the more challenging of the subjects in the Teacher Librarianship program.  Nevertheless, I got through it; I gained valuable information about research and I have a new appreciation for the time, effort and commitment needed to undertake a research project.

The next step on the road to becoming a Library professional is my placement at Geneaology SA beginning Monday, July 8th.  The process of locating a resource centre/library that would take me on for the professional placement was a bit more challenging than I had initially anticipated.  I began with the notion that I would be able to choose from the larger information agencies in Adelaide such as the State Library, the University Libraries or even some of the public libraries in my area.  I spent many weeks making phone calls, sending emails and waiting for responses from prospective hosts.  Once I had made contact I soon realised that most of the agencies had existing agreements with either UNISA or TAFE library programs.  I was pleasantly surprised when I heard back from Geneaology SA.  I was relieved and extremely excited to hear back from Richard who has proposed two options for the focus of placement which are:

1.  systems and processes associated with data collection, data indexing and/or transcription, data entry checking, database operations, online publication including online searching.

2. develop a curriculum  and content for teaching activities, and help to set up something web-based.

Either prospect sounds interesting and an opportunity to add a different facet and dimension to my library and teaching experiences.  I’m looking forward to this new learning opportunity and am also quite curious to see if I can find out a little bit more about my own family history!


Assignments, PD and trying to keep up!

Yes, it’s busy! I’m currently in the midst of writing Assignment 2 for Educational Research but felt the need to blog as it’s been far too long since my last post. Getting my head around the research process has been a steep learning curve. Between the terminology, the designs, methods, paradigms etc. there has certainly been a lot to take in and digest. I was ecstatic to discover that Bev has offered an extension which means that we will have another weekend to complete our Research Design assignments which will be extremely beneficial considering the busy schedule I’ve had lately.
Last week I attended ‘8 Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom’ with George Couros. I must admit I wasn’t too keen to venture out on a Thursday night after work, particularly with an assignment looming, but I have to say it was well worth it. George Couros is an engaging speaker who has an enthusiastic and infectious attitude toward innovation in education. Much of what he shared with us was exactly what this course is about – innovating our learning environments to suit 21st Century technologies and attitudes. So, here are George’s ‘8 Things’: Critical Thinking; Problem Finders and Solvers; Connected Learners; Opportunities for Innovation; Self-Assessment; Reflection; Learning is Creating; Voice (I hope I got it right – that’s the way I wrote them down!!). So, dragging myself out of the house was worth it and to top it off it was nice to run into a fellow Canadian (George is from Edmonton, Alberta might I add!).
Back to the assignment writing for me! Yes, eventhough I have one more weekend to get this one finished, I do not want to squander my time by going on Facebook, Twitter or watching The Voice – Live Battles! Back to work!!

EER 500 – Assignment 1b Submitted

After a very long Easter weekend of reading, re-reading and writing this assignment I have finally submitted Assignment 1b with much relief. I wasn’t quite sure how to go about analysing the two Wiki posts at first. I felt like I had laboured over my original draft research question for so long that I didn’t really want to change it. It wasn’t until I re-read Bryman and looked at the criteria for a good research question more closely that I was able to dissect my question and reformulate it to something more clear and researchable. Once I had done this for my own research question the task for doing it to someone else’s became a bit easier. I’m happy to have one more assignment under my belt and look forward to a bit of a breather before embarking on Assignment 2.