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Fun Summer Film Course in the Downtown Library

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 24th, 2007

Wanted: WVU students who love movies, like online courses, and are spending part of their summer in Morgantown.

We have the class for you.

There’s a new course called Film and Media Literacy (ULIB493 CRN50964) taught online and in the Downtown Campus Library. The course is an eCampus course and does not meet in a classroom. Students watch films independently in the private viewing rooms in the Media Services Department of the Downtown Campus Library. These rooms have 42” plasma screens and high quality sound systems to deliver an optimal atmosphere for viewing films.

This summer is only the second time the course is being offered. Here are some quotes from students that took the course last fall:

“This was also one of my first web classes and I felt it was better than other web classes I have taken this semester.”

“I really enjoyed this course and would like to take more classes like this.”

“This was my favorite class throughout all of college.”

The entire class will watch one movie from four different genres: Blaxploitation, Slasher, Gangster, and Westerns. Movies include the gangster classic The Godfather Part II (1974) and the grandmother of slasher films, Psycho (1960). You select two of the fours genres to focus on and watch five more films that capture the development of those genres. Finally, you will research and choose a film from lists in your selected genres to critique for your final assignment. You will also study media literacy, film criticism and vocabulary, and film databases.

For more information visit the course web page at http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/instruction/film/.


Library Service Quality Survey Begins Monday

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
April 12th, 2007

The WVU Libraries are participating in a nationwide survey of library service quality. Beginning April 16, a random sample of 5,000 faculty and students will receive e-mail invitations to participate in LibQual 2007.

LibQual is a multiple choice online survey to help librarians get a better understanding of what library users think. It is an excellent way to tell the WVU Libraries where improvements are needed. Eliza’s coffee shop is one example of a library service that happened because of LibQual responses.  Three iPod nano’s will be awarded in a random drawing from survey participants.  For more about LibQual see http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/libqual/faq2007.html


April 11 E-Resources Workshop

Posted by ppugh@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 4th, 2007

Have you ever wondered how the Libraries select electronic resources to support research and teaching?  Faculty members are invited to attend an upcoming faculty development session, "New Options in eResources," to discuss the process used to select, test, and adopt new library resources. 

The session will include a conversation about the important role of faculty in decision-making, examples of incorporating eResources in teaching, and demonstrations of some of the Libraries' newest eResources.

"New Options in eResources" will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 3:00-4:30, in Room 136 of the Downtown Campus Library. It is offered as part of the WVU Faculty Development Program. 

To register, please contact Wendy Spaw, Office of the Provost, by fax at 293-7554 or email at wjpsaw@mail.wvu.edu.

If you have questions, please contact one of the session leaders, Linda Blake (linda.blake@mail.wvu.edu), Barbara LaGodna (barbara.lagodna@mail.wvu.edu), or Penny Pugh (penny.pugh@mail.wvu.edu).