Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits

As employees of an educational institution, faculty and staff at Luther College enjoy a number of technology-related benefits. This page lists the types of benefits that college employees can utilize and provides links to further information.

  1. Hardware

    Academic Pricing

    Many computer hardware manufacturers and retailers offer academic pricing discounts. As employees of an educational institution, Luther College faculty and staff can take advantage of this discount to buy software for their personal computers at low prices. Some discount programs for specific hardware products are detailed below, but you can often find academic pricing deals just by inquiring of retailers or visiting academic-specific web sites such as http://www.academicsuperstore.com.

    Apple Products

    Luther faculty and staff are eligible for academic discounts on Apple hardware. The Luther Apple Store has been set up to provide academic pricing on Apple products to students, faculty, and staff. Discounted hardware includes MacBooks, iMacs, iPods, and iPhones. Visit the store to see all available products. There is often a Back to School special offer in place spring through fall.

    Dell Products

    Luther College is currently enrolled in the Dell University program. Faculty, staff, and students can get good academic pricing on Dell PCs, TVs, and printers at http://dell.luther.edu, or find more deals in the Dell Education Purchase Program and view the Dell promotional flyer.

    LIS Technology Auction

    As LIS collects used equipment that is done serving its purpose at Luther, it is sold on an online auction. LIS sells used computer equipment each week until its supply is depleted. Bidding begins when an item is posted and ends when the designated time expires. The bidding may last from 3-7 days. Purchased items are paid for and picked up in Preus Library 221 and a disclaimer is signed at that time. Personal checks and cash are accepted; credit cards are not. For more information, or to see a list of items up for sale this week, visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/lisauction/.

    Recycling

    Individuals can recycle their computer equipment through options such as the Reconnect program which is through participating Goodwill donation centers. For more information on Sustainability efforts within LIS, visit https://www.luther.edu/lis/about/sustainability/.

  2. Software

    Anti-virus Software

    Due to the constant threats of viruses and malware, all computers that access the Luther network must have an anti-virus software installed with up-to-date definitions. Sophos is installed by default on Luther-owned workstations.

    Faculty, staff, and students are required to acquire and install an anti-virus for their personally-owned computers. For your convenience, we have provided a list of anti-virus recommendations at https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/antivirus/

    Contact the LIS Technology Help Desk at helpdesk@luther.edu or extension 1000 with questions.

    Academic Pricing

    Just as with computer hardware, many software manufacturers and retailers offer academic pricing discounts. As employees of an educational institution, Luther College faculty and staff can take advantage of this discount to buy software for their personal computers at low prices. Some discount programs for specific software programs are detailed below, but you can often find academic pricing deals just by inquiring of retailers or visiting academic-specific web sites such as http://www.academicsuperstore.com.

    Microsoft Office

    • Home Use Program – Because Luther College is a part of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Microsoft Campus Agreement, Luther faculty and staff can participate in Microsoft’s Home Use Program. Through this program, employees can purchase and install one Microsoft Office suite on one personal home computer for just $9.95; the suite can be used for both personal and/or work tasks. Office suites available include Office Professional Plus 2013 for Windows or Office 2011 for Mac. Click on the link for more information or to order a Microsoft Office suite via the HUP program at http://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/lisforms/hup/.
    • Suites Available – As you are considering your purchase of MS Office for personal use on your home computer, keep in mind there are various suites offered – each with different products included and each with its own price tag. For more details on the suites, search http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products or click here.

    Apple Products

    Luther faculty and staff are also eligible for discounts on Apple software. The Luther Apple Store that is in place for buying computers also provides academic pricing on Apple software. Discounted software includes QuickTime, iLife, GarageBand, and Mac OS X. Visit the store and click on the Apple Software link on the menu on the left-hand side of the page.

    Open Source Software & Norse Apps

    When acquiring software for your device, consider open source alternatives to MS Office such as Norse Apps (e.g. Norse Mail, Norse Docs, etc), Libre Office, and Open Office. Norse Apps is available to every Luther faculty, staff, and student. In addition, for personal use, faculty and staff may create their own personal Google account.

  3. Library Services

    Luther College employees have access to all services that Preus Library provides, including checking out books from the Main Stacks. Faculty and staff can check out books for an entire semester (with some exceptions; see the detailed policy). They can also check out laptops for 2-week periods and media equipment for 24 hour periods. For longer-term borrowing of equipment, see the “Equipment Loan” section below. For a complete list of LIS services, visit https://www.luther.edu/lis/about/services/. You can also see a complete list of services provided by the LIS Technology Help Desk in the Technology Service Catalog.

    InterLibrary Loan

    Luther College employees have access to all services that Preus Library provides, including InterLibrary Loan (ILL). ILL services are a way for you to checkout books, VHS tapes, microfilm, journal articles, and other library items from libraries other than Preus. You can even have electronic copies of journal articles emailed to you. For more information on ILL services, go to https://www.luther.edu/library/about/services/ILL/, and to request an item via ILL, go to http://illiad.luther.edu/illiad/logon.html and log in using your Norse Key. This service is open to faculty and staff spouses as well, if they have obtained a Norse Key from the LIS Technology Help Desk.

    Online Databases

    Preus Library has access to over 50 electronic databases and indexes of journals and their articles. The library’s subscriptions include both general and subject-specific databases. Faculty and staff can access and search these databases when on the Luther network. A selection of general databases and relevant tutorials can be found at https://www.luther.edu/library/howto/scholarly-article/, while a list of all the databases and indexes the library subscribes to is available at http://lisguides.luther.edu/databases.

    Equipment Loan

    Faculty and staff can borrow equipment from the LIS Technology Help Desk in Preus Library for short-term loans (typically two weeks or less). Equipment available for borrowing includes laptops, LCD projectors, public address sound systems, TVs and DVD players, and laser pointers; a complete list of items is available. You can request items online via the form at https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/eventsetup/. For more information, visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/equiploan/, or contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@luther.edu or extension 1000.

    Hardware Repair

    LIS does full hardware repair on Luther-owned equipment for faculty and staff. In addition, the LIS Technology Help Desk provides limited hardware and software re-installs for personally owned computers of Luther students, faculty, and staff. Information is available on hardware repair, or just stop by the Help Desk in Preus Library. You can also contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@luther.edu or extension 1000.

  4. Other Benefits

    Lynda.com

    Lynda.com is a provider of web-based software training videos and resources. They have tutorial videos for most of the common operating systems and software applications. If you're interested in accessing this software, contact the LIS Technology Help Desk.

    Citrix

    Citrix is a program that provides access to Windows-based software, network files, and network folders from both on and off campus. It can even be used by Macintosh or Linux users to run Windows software. Citrix has a wide variety of applications. For instance, faculty and staff can use Citrix to access programs such as Datatel from home. For more information on using Citrix, visit the Citrix Training page.

    vpnweb.luther.edu

    Luther’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a tool that allows use to access a network share (such as a T drive or your H drive) through an Internet browser. Instead of seeing just your “public_html” folder, you can see and access all of your files. Simply go to https://vpnweb.luther.edu and log in using your Norse Key. Anyone with a Norse Key, including faculty and staff, can use the VPN. For more information, see the VPN Training page.

    VPN Tunnel

    Luther’s VPN Tunnel, or Virtual Private Network Tunnel, allows a remote Luther College owned computer to access the Luther College Network just as if it were directly connected to the Luther LAN. For more information, see the VPN Tunnel Training page.