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This Week in LIS - 11 December 2015

Headline of the Week:  Human and Machine Collaboration - Michael Cameron and His International Touring Organ
I very much enjoyed listening to an
NPR interview with organist and composer Cameron Carpenter on a drive last weekend to Chatfield to pick up the bounty from a successful deer hunting season. The subject of the conversation was Carpenter’s music and his digital International Touring Organ which he designed in collaboration with Marshall and Ogletree, digital organ builders in Needham, Mass.

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This Week in LIS - 4 December 2015

Headline of the Week: Learning to Learn, Neuroergonomics, Welcome! Welcome!
I am fascinated by the process of learning. This comes honestly from years and years spent in a field (Information Technology) that has changed so rapidly over all the years I’ve been a part of it - and trying to keep up. Some argue the rate of IT change is increasing.

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This Week in LIS - 20 November 2015

Headline of the Week: Security, The Internet of Things, Convenience
One of the projects that we have been working on is isolating the networks associated with various classes of devices/things on our network. We want to isolate them from possible attacks coming from outside our firewalls and we would like to isolate them to an appropriate degree within our firewall so only those people and systems with a need have access.

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This Week in LIS - 6 November 2015

Headline of the Week: The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
Special thanks to recent guest “Headliners.” Your excellent contributions provided time to finish Nicholas Carr’s latest book
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us. Like his “Shallows” book where he explores some of the knock-on systematic consequences associated with humans and their nature when using mobile devices and interacting through screens, in this book he explores the knock-on consequences of the growing trend towards usage of automation and robotic systems.

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This Week in LIS - 23 October 2015

Headline of the Week: Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! New Team Members in LIS
In the last week, two experienced professional software developers have joined our LIS team. Please join me in welcoming them. I encourage you to reach out and get to know them. I am grateful they are a part of our LIS team.

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This Week in LIS - 16 October 2015

Headline of the Week: Sleepers, Wake!  Innovative Technologies to Boost Participation and Gauge Absorption
Today I welcome a “Headline” by Jaci Wilkinson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Library and Information Studies.  Jaci joined our librarian team this fall providing sabbatical replacement for Andi Beckendorf.

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This Week in LIS - 9 October 2015

Headline of the Week: Within Vocation, Hard Work is Worth It

Today I welcome a “Headline” by Hayley Jackson, our new College Archivist. She has been with us a bit over 60 days and that provides an occasion to talk about work at Luther College.

Paul
paul.mattson@luther.edu

It’s an oft-heard maxim: “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

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This Week in LIS - 25 September 2015

Headline of the Week: More Robots - WinePod - Roboethics
It’s fall and the wine grapes in California have ripened. For many of the last 15 years or so I have been a part of a team of guys in Rochester who have gathered in a common pursuit to make a good red table wine. We have started with fresh fruit from California that travels across the county to a refrigerated warehouse in the Cities where we (and other winemakers who want to work with fresh fruit) pick it up within hours of its arrival.

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