Some writings by me

Beer

General

Thoughts on a Thanksgiving morning 25 Nov 2004

Categorize my life…? 23-24 Nov 2004

This was written around Thanksgiving 2004 when I was most of the way through my 2nd semester of library school. The website it is discussing is a previous one, which few ever knew of.

Thoughts on "Community" Summer 2004

Education for a Lifetime

Published in Milner Memos: The Monthly Newsletter of Milner Library's Faculty and Staff, No. 161, March 2004, pp. 7-8.

Putting oneself into one's writing 31 Dec 2003

Distinguished Alumni 2003

Published in Alumni Newsletter, Department of Philosophy, Illinois State University, Volume 8 Spring 2004, pp. 3-4.

My neighborhood May-Jun 2003

Letter to President Vic Boschini 29 Jan and 2 Feb 2003
Published in The Vidette, Wed, 5 Feb 03

And yes, I knew the President of the University should not be addressed as "Mr." This was printed in the campus newspaper, The Vidette, a few days later. [5 Feb 03—somehow I thought it was later though. I'll have to check my printed copy when I can find it.] I was proud to be "the one lone negative voice" or whatever it was Vic called me on the radio! If he only knew; I had so many people telling me so much. So many of us, people who literally give their heart, soul, mind, and body (blood, sweat, tears) to that university on a daily basis—many of whom can barely make a living, said so many nice things to me. I literally became some people's hero for speaking my mind. I really do hope Vic and his family are doing well at TCU; but he did ISU so very wrong on that day and someone had to say so!

Letter for an Honors Scholarship Apr 2000

Successful application letter for an Honors Tuition Waiver for Summer 2000

Academic

These are some of my academic writings that I am proud of for various reasons. Some that I am very proud of are not here as they are not for public consumption (see Putting oneself into one's writing). I do not necessarily subscribe to all of the views I espoused in these papers anymore; I certainly did at the time. I cannot write stuff that I don't believe; although library school is forcing me to try.

Some are currently in MS Word format but I am in the process (such fun!) of converting them to HTML.

Library Science

Reference Services Assignment 7: Virtual Reference and Technostress for LIS 504A Reference and Info Services Fall 2004

Is Bibliography a Science? for LIS590EB Enumerative, Descriptive, Historical and Textual Bibliography Summer 2005.

Not bad considering I had less than 2 weeks to research and write this, along with several other assignments in this two week class.

Collection Assessment and Evaluation Plan for LIS590CD2 Collection Development Fall 2005

This document consists of a Collection Assessment and Evaluation plan that considers the UIUC LIS Library collection, along with online materials available through the UIUC Library Gateway, for support of cataloging and classification education and the continuing education of catalogers and metadata librarians. By this I am including support for formal GSLIS courses, student self-education, and the continuing education of practitioners.

Women in WWI Digitization Nomination Plan for LIS590CD2 Collection Development Fall 2005

The Women in WWI collection represents a tremendously important resource to the study of women's service roles in World War I. This material, though, is only a small amount of the primary documents representing WWI service by Illinois State Normal University students, alumni, faculty and staff. The digitization and provision of access to the remaining ninety-five percent of WWI materials in the Illinois State University Archive's War Service Records collection would be invaluable to scholars, students, and genealogists.

What Have We Got to Lose? The Effect of Controlled Vocabulary on Keyword Searching Results class presentation for LIS577 Cataloging & Classification II Spring 2006

A presentation based on an article by the same title by Tina Gross and Arlene Taylor. College & Research Libraries, 66(3): May 2005, pp. 212-230.

Annotated bibliography of materials related to the education of catalogers and metadata specialists for LIS577 Cataloging & Classification II Spring 2006

This annotated bibliography of materials related to the education of catalogers and metadata specialists represents a long-term, complex learning environment for me. As I pursue my own education to become a 21st-century cataloger, I am also highly interested in the education of these librarians, currently, historically, and in the future; also, formally in graduate programs and post-graduate means of continuing education, such as on-the-job training and other forms of continuing education, formal and informal.

Free the Authorities!: Linking authority records and online catalog files class presentation for LIS590CS Seminar in Classification Systems for the Organization of Knowledge Fall 2006

Mapping Thesauri for Interdisciplinary Work for LIS590TR Information Transfer and Collaboration in Science Fall 2006

This paper is intended to be a representative literature review on the topic of mapping different thesauri and the uses of such for the organization of information to meet the needs of interdisciplinary scientists.

A Tale of Two Properties; or, CIDOC CRM P88 and P89 for LIS590OH Ontologies in the Humanities Spring 2007

Class presentation for A Tale of Two Properties; or, CIDOC CRM P88 and P89 in the paper's first version.

Terminology Services: Vocabulary Work with Info Resources class presentation for LIS590RO Representing and Organizing Information Resources Spring 2007

A presentation based on the JISC's Terminology Services and Technology: JISC state of the art review

Relationships: a Primer class presentation for LIS590RO Representing and Organizing Information Resources Spring 2007

One boy's journey into relationships, or the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. An annotated bibliography on the topic of relationships in LIS for LIS590RO Representing and Organizing Information Resources Spring 2007. [pdf] [rtf file]

Bibliographic Relationships: A Topic Map class presentation for LIS590TML Summer 2007

The Epilogue that Started It All; or, Integrating LIS (Harris and Hjørland ): A bibliographical essay and annotated bibliography LIS511 Fall 2007 (January 2008)

Anthropology

Article summary of Jarvie, I.C. "On the Limits of Symbolic Interpretation in Anthropology." Current Anthropology, December, 1976 Vol. 17(4):687-701.

Written for the Public Anthropology Anthropology Journal Archive Project. Fall 2003. [I do apologize but you will have to do a Ctrl-F Find on that page for my name or Jarvie's to get to it.]

Article 3 Review for ANT 374 Intro to Museum Studies Feb 2001

Source: Shea, Christopher, "The Brawl on the Mall" in Preservation, January/February 2000, pp. 36-43 and 76.

Article 4 Review for ANT 374 Intro to Museum Studies Feb 2001

Source: Molella, Arthur P., "Science in American Life, National Identity, and the Science Wars: A Curator's View" in Curator, April 1999, pp. 108-116.

Article 6 Review for ANT 374 Intro to Museum Studies Apr 2001

Source: Pekarik, Andrew J., Doering, Zahava D. and Bickford, Adam, "Visitor's Role in an Exhibition Debate: Science In American Life" in Curator, April 1999, pp. 117-129.

Philosophy

Epicurus' Death Argument for PHI 232 Ethics Summer 1999

Laurence BonJour - Coherentist or Foundationalist? for PHI 361 Epistemology Fall 1999

Final Exam Question 3 - Feminist / Alternative Epistemologies forPHI 361 Epistemology Fall 1999

Hume's Theory of Causal Relations for PHI 255 Modern Philosophy Spring 2000

Computation: Which Framework is the Best Explanation? for PHI 389 Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence Spring 2000

Ryle on the Mind-Body Problem as a Category Mistake for PHI 389 Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence Spring 2000

Quine on the puzzle of nonbeing in "On What There Is" for PHI 350 Seminar in Modern Logic Spring 1999 - Summer 2000

Why Kripke was Puzzled About "A Puzzle About Belief" for PHI 350 Seminar in Modern Logic Spring 1999 - Summer 2000

Substitutivity (Final paper) for PHI 350 Seminar in Modern Logic Spring 1999 - Summer 2000

The previous two are parts of this, plus a whole lot more—44 pages. If you ever need something to put you to sleep—not to say that this isn't important work—give this a try. Don't bother asking why they took so long; piece it together from my bio. Or else, read it and maybe then you will see another valid reason—that our education system is not set up for this kind of learning! Such a shame is commoditized education.

Mid-term for IDS 202 Honors Colloquia on the History of the Development of Western Moral Thought Fall 2000

Who says I cannot write succinctly? It is an admitted weakness, but I am very proud of this rare example.
Plato's sense of justice
The relationship of human function, goodness, eudaimonia, and virtue in Aristotle's ethical philosophy.
Epicurus' conception of pleasure.
Controlling one's desires in Plato's, Aristotle's, and Epicurus' conceptions of living well or happily.
The differences between duty and virtue ethics as types of supersocial ethics.

Paper 1 - Ring of Gyges for IDS 202 Honors Colloquia on the History of the Development of Western Moral Thought Fall 2000

Paper 2 - Aristotle on the 'good' for IDS 202 Honors Colloquia on the History of the Development of Western Moral Thought Fall 2000

Replicators & Vehicles - Dawkins vs. Replicators & Interactors - Hull for PHI 310 Philosophy of Biology Sprig 2002

Sociology

Final Exam for SOC 469.04 Seminar in Sociological Institutions - Modern Morality Fall 2001

This is one of the pieces of my own writing with which I am the most pleased—just me and the sources and material from the course.
Todorov's theory of totalitarianism.
Stivers' theory of American technological morality and how Baumgartner's and Jackall's conclusions about morality fit.
Moral minimalism as Baumgartner describes it, as a kind of ordinary vice.
Radical toleration advocated by moral education programs in American schools critiqued from the point of view of Todorov's "Some Remarks on Contacts Among Cultures."
Absence of morality in the Ik tribe as described in The Mountain People contrasted with absence of morality in totalitarian societies.

Book Review Essay on the morality evidenced in The Unbearable Lightness of Being for SOC 469.04 Seminar in Sociological Institutions - Modern Morality Fall 2001

Talk about a new experience! This was the first literature (fiction period, even) that I had read in a long time, and then to have to analyze its morality….

"… a pixel too far." Book Review Essay of Dreyfus' On The Internet for SOC 469.04 Seminar in Sociological Institutions - Technology and Modern Society Fall 2003

Book Review Essay of McNeill's The Pursuit of Power for SOC 469.04 Seminar in Sociological Institutions - Technology and Modern Society Fall 2003

Final Exam for SOC 469.04 Seminar in Sociological Institutions - Technology and Modern Society Fall 2003

This is another one of the pieces of my own writi/ng with which I am the most pleased—just me and the sources and material from the course.
Ellul's idea of a technological system.
Explain "the better adapted man is, the more tolerant and liberal the system can act toward him. The more he conforms, the less constraint has to be used." and integrate Ellul's insights with Perrow's depiction of first, second, and third order controls.
The military as a technological subsystem.
Limitations and criticisms of the Internet according to Dreyfus related to Ellul's and Stivers' criticism of the computer.
Idea that the technological system is out of control. How might we once again gain moral control of technology?

Presentations

Integrating tagging: tagging as integration. Part of a panel presentation entitled, "Tagging as a Communication Device: The Impact of Communities on Transforming Tag Information" at ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH, 27 October 2008.

What LIS Blogs Should Could I Be Reading?: Or how to keep your finger on the pulse of the library world, how best to keep yourself sane while doing so, and how you can contribute. Invited presentation to ASIS&T Student Chapter at UIUC. 19 February 2007.

Those below are all related to Course Reserves/E-Reserves under Endeavor Voyager; so if that isn't your thing you might want to skip them. By the way, I do not do Course Reserves anymore. What I and a very few students accomplished there is one of my proudest accomplishments in life. What the senior administration put me through is literally some of the very worst of my life. The collegiality, interest, and sheer thanks I received from my audiences at these presentations made a big impact on me. I look forward to being able to again share something that I know and care about to others who either want or need to know.

IAUG Presentation on Implementing Voyager Course Reserves

Endeavor EndUser 2003 Presentation on Standards Development for Course Reserves in Voyager

Endeavor EndUser 2003 Documents for my above presentation