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Spring '17 FYE Library Day Activity: FYE Library Activity

The Architecture of Utopia

FYE Library Activity Spring 2017

Your Librarian and PF(s)

Welcome to FYE Library Day!

Your Librarian is:

  • Jolanda-Pieta (Joey) van Arnhem, MFA, MLIS

Your Peer Facilitator is:

  •  Carleigh Hoy


Useful keywords for finding information about a specific garden or place include:

  • General
    Landscape architecture | Landscape gardening | Landscape design
    Landscape Architects | Gardens-- Design | Gardens -- History | Arboretums | Wildnerness areas
    Human geography | Human ecology
  • Landscape in literature | Landscape in art | Landscape in motion pictures
  • Site Names [in the language of the country], for example
    Ryoanji Teien (Kyoto, Japan), Forbidden City (Beijing, China) 
  • Personal Names, associated with the place, for example
    Pu Yi, Henry (in inverted order)
  • Types of Landscapes, Gardens & Other Sites, for example
    Public spaces | Parks | Plazas | Cemeteries | Campus planning | Greenbelts
    Water gardens | Botanical gardens | Herb gardens | Sculpture gardens
    National parks and reserves


In today's session, you will learn how to generate effective search strategies and find two types of library sources.

The general topic for today's session is:

  • Eastern gardens (Chinese or Japanese) and how they relate to the topic of utopia or paradise. 

Part 1: Google Docs

  • Open the "read-only" Google worksheet
  • Log into you Google account
  • Click on "File" at the top of the page, and select "Make a copy..." so that you can work on the assignment.
  • Click on "blue share button" at the top right of the page and share you document with

Part 2: Concept Mapping

  • Take the general topic and generate at least 3 subtopics with associated keywords using the built in “Draw” feature in GoogleDocs to make your mindmap.
  • Click on the mindmap image in your working GoogleDoc.

  • Click “Edit” on the bottom left of the highlight image.

  • This will open the drawing editor, where you can insert your main topic, concept and keywords.

  • Hit “Save” on the top right of the editor to save and insert your image into the document.

Part 2: Find 1 Book & 1 Article

  • Choose words (including the main topic) from your concept map to use for your source search.

Part 3: Questions/Discussion/Printing

  • Open forum for questions or comments.
  • Addlestone Library Handout shared in class

Part 4: Library Info. & Feedback

  • Complete the very brief feedback survey. 

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