COMPOSITION: 50 items/entries are required (mandatory) for your project (the instructor assumes students will read, watch, play, or listen to each of the titles/material selected for inclusion in the project). These materials are directly tied to the library collection and should be considered “acquired” by the library. An example – if you include games that are provided free on the Internet the library is supplying the computer and the Internet access not the game. You would not include games that are free on the library computers. If the library provides games for checkout-loaded to computers in the library-related to a program then the library is providing that material. Ask if you need further clarification on any “materials”.


These are just a few of the materials that have needed clarification in the past. The list below does not include all material types that you may want to include. If you have other questions please post to the discussion thread provided for questions and/or concerns.

These are the maximums of materials that you can include in your blog/database project:
MATERIALS – must be appropriately focused on 15-18 (older teens) and materials that you would see in a library setting (public or school).

·       Adult Titles -  "cross-overs" for teens aged 15-18 – Up to 5
·       Single Series (Example Harry Potter) – No more than 2 books in an individual series. You can have more than one series in the database but remember that you want to include a diverse collection so don’t include more than 3-4 series (2 titles from each series is allowed).
·       Individual Author – Up to 3 titles by an author is suggested – again you are to provide a diverse look at materials not just materials by one or two specific authors.
·       Individual Genre –  Be careful to include as many genres/sub-genres as you can. The database is to be representative of what materials are available to older teens.
·       Games  - Up to 3 games (Games that are found free on the Internet are not supplied by the Library. Games purchased by the library are the types of games you should consider for inclusion in your database).
·       Subscription databases like Proquest or Britannica Online, etc. to teens aged 15-18 (Facebook, MySpace, etc. are not “provided” by the Library. They are available free on the Internet) – Up to 4 databases
·       Magazines that are marketing primarily to teens – Up to 4
·       Music CD’s – Up to 3
·       Movies – Must be primarily focused on teen audience (Clueless, Twilight, etc.) – Up to 5
·       Audiobooks are considered in the book count – Up to 35 books/audiobooks but you cannot do this entire category as audio books. Use common sense.
·       You must include all types of materials available to teens 15-18.
The project MUST include the following elements however more elements of the student’s choice may be included: Use the names of the individual parts of the assignment as the headers throughout your blog.
·       All of the same components included on regular paper’s title page must be included at the top of the homepage of the blog.
·       Cover Art
·       Create a list in alphabetical order of the material titles you included. This list must either appear on the side margin of the blog or if you chose a blog software that does not allow alphabetical listings create the list as your last blog entry thus placing it at the top of the blog. The instructor must be able to see what titles you are including easily.  You can create a blog entry as your last entry putting it first in the blog chronology and simply type an alpha list of the titles in the blog. Most software will allow you to create an index but the individual blog entry is a work around that has worked for students in the past.
·       Each element must be a separate entry and not combined with another element. For example do not combine Plot Summary and Critical Evaluation. They are two separate required elements. Please do not include fields within an entry on separate blog pages – this makes it a nightmare to read and creates an un-necessarily long blog. Keep the elements with the title in one entry.
·       Bibliographic information (at a minimum Title, Author, ISBN/any other identifying numbers present on DVD's, Publisher, Copyright Date. Bib information will be specific to type of material so check out an entry from your local library catalog to see what is included for non-print materials.
·       Plot Summary (compose in your own words). READ the definition given under Content on the d2L class site.
·       Critical Evaluation (compose in your own words).  READ the definition given under Content on the d2L class site.
·       Reader’s Annotation (compose in your own words). READ the definition given under Content on the d2L class site.
·       Information about the author (at least two paragraphs of text)
·       Genre
·       Curriculum Ties, if any – if there aren’t any then put N/A by the header. This is to be kept simple. You can look up the curriculum standards in your state and cut and past into this field or you can put down topics like Political Science/Civics, Diversity of Cultures, etc. You do not need to include examples from materials.
·       Booktalking Ideas (compose in your own words). DO NOT WRITE BOOKTALKS; give ideas for booktalks only. One or two ideas is fine.
·       Reading Level/Interest Age (these may be two different ages – look at respected review sources)
·       Challenge Issues, if any and brief idea of how you would prepare, as the librarian, if the material were to be challenged. How would you prepare and what would you have on hand if approached by a patron/parent concerned about material in your library? See Instructor’s lecture on creating a defense file.
·       Why did you include this book in you’re the titles you selected?
(Compose in your own words) and indicate the selection tool (journal, website, etc.), if appropriate.
·       A reference page is optional with this assignment unless you are directly citing material. You should either include the citation within the appropriate entry or create a blog page that you can include all of the citations on.

Example: There are examples of past student’s blog(s) on the class D2L site. You may not copy or reproduce these blogs in any way. These examples are provided as just that - EXAMPLES and the assignment is from a previous semester so not all assignment criteria will be the same. The requirements may have changed for the assignment this semester so please follow the requirements listed for the summer, 2012 assignment.

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