This Week in LIS - 8 February 2008

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Upcoming Dates

  • February 21 (Thursday): Rescheduled Academic Technology Librarian Candidate Visit

TWILIS on Hiatus Until February 29th

This Week in LIS will be on winter break until February 29th. Check the LIS Blog at for ongoing updates from LIS.

Headline of the Week: LIS Partners with Google to Launch Norse Apps Campuswide in 2008

After an extensive trial run, Luther will move forward this spring to implement Google’s suite of web-based productivity applications for the Luther community. These products will be locally-branded as Norse Apps, and will include applications for email, calendaring, chat, and document collaboration. The project proposal is available on, and more information is available in the LIS Blog:

MISO General Review Published for the Luther Community

The first in a series of reports designed to present and analyze data collected through the MISO (Merged Information Service Organization) Survey taken at luther in early 2007 has been published to The initial installment includes a broad overview of the survey results with key points noted and discussed. Subsequent reports will be more targeted on specific aspects of the survey and on specific constituencies. More information is available in the LIS Blog: and at

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week:

LIS Website Changes

  • Migration work is underway to move off of its current server (Ada) to the helpdesk server. Much of this work was complete this week and we are now working to implement SSL on the new site. We hope to cut over shortly.

Notes from LIS Council

Council did not meet this week.

NITLE Opportunities

As a member of NITLE, Luther has the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of programs targeted for faculty, librarians, and information technologists. Each week, we’ll list upcoming opportunities. If you’re interested in more information about any of these events see the links below. If you would like to be nominated to participate in an event, please let me know prior to the posted deadline. Participation is contingent upon available funding and program acceptance. Items added since the last issue of TWILIS carry a NEW: tag.

Recruitment Updates

  • Academic Technology Librarian – Finalist interviews are underway.

Cool Resource of the Week: Twine

This site was on my review list weeks ago, but seems to have been making the rounds recently as site worthy of review and the “kick-the-tires” treatment that many new web apps get. Twine seeks to bring the semantic web to information management and organization by allowing you to share, organize and find information with people you trust. Twine is a place to store email, bookmarks, documents, contacts, photos, videos, product info, data records, and more. The system intelligently seeks and creates relationships between data you import, and uses that data to identify other information that may be of interest to you. Twine is still in private beta, though anyone may sign up for an invitation at their website,

Around the Web

Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week: