Some further thoughts on the library assignment

This post is an amalgam of various answers to questions I have been sent in the past few days. If you have further questions, you could post them in the comments, if you like:

First step: Remember that the bibliography you are compiling is not merely a list of what is available at UNB; it is a list of central texts by and about your writer that you have developed from various sources (other bibliographies,, &c.). These will be works that a good library collection would have. Your annotations should indicate why you consider them central: for example, “This is the only biography of Writer X in print,” or “This is the most complete collection of Writer Y’s poetry.”  If you are working on a writer about whom there is a lot of material, you will have to be selective. Which begs an interesting question: how will you determine, out of ten books of literary criticism, which one, two or three are “central”? If you are working on a writer about whom there is little published, you might decide to throw your net wider and include anthologies, for example, in which your writer is represented (something you wouldn’t worry about with a more widely published writer).

A related question: in cases where there is a choice, how will you decide which editions of a writer’s work would be best for the library?  Some editions are facsimiles (i.e. they are exact reproductions of early printings), while others may contain useful editorial material such as essays and notes. When in doubt, more recent editions are often the safest bet, and facsimile editions are always worthwhile. If you think the Library should acquire different editions of the same text(s), explain why.

As a second step, compare your optimal bibliography to what is available to us at UNB.

Your final step is to propose that the acquisitions dept. aquire new material about your writer.

Your main focus will be on books, though in some cases you might want to suggest the Library acquire access to a particular journal. You will want to note the availability of articles about your writer, but there is no need to write annotations for individual articles.



A note re. the blogs

In most cases, WordPress will withhold the first comment from a commenter until you approve it; after that first approval, a commenter can comment freely. Some of  you are probably unaware of this and so have been missing people’s comments on your blog posts. When you are in the dashboard, on the left side, there is a menu item called “Comments”. If there is a number here, this means there are comments pending your approval. Once you have given it, the commenter will be able to post in future directly.

True, that.

I am obnoxious to each carping tongue
Who says my hand a needle better fits,
A poet’s pen all scorn I should thus wrong,
For such despite they cast on female wits:
If what I do prove well, it won’t advance,
They’ll say it’s stolen or else it was by chance.

Anne Bradstreet, The Tenth Muse (1650)

You can

start staking your territory for the second assignment (the Wikipedia assignment). List.

Moving on into the Renaissance

Portrait of a Lady with Spindle and Distaff by Maerten van Heemskerck, ca. 1531


I have put everyone I have heard from on the presentation schedule and/or the library assignment list. If you haven’t signed up for both yet, have a look and let me know. Thanks!

Hey Girls (and Guys),

Caught up!

All the blog URLs and presentation requests should be here on the course blog. If I have missed anyone, please let me know.

And the readings for this week are laid out more explicitly in the schedule.

I think

I am caught up with the links to your blogs (on the left) and requests for presentation topics (see Schedule). If I have missed anyone, please let me know. If you have not yet sent me your blog URL, please do so a.s.a.p. And do put in your requests for presentations.