- 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 http://lis.luther.edu/blog 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 lis.luther.edu, and more information is available in the LIS Blog: http://lis.luther.edu/node/467
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 lis.luther.edu. 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: http://lis.luther.edu/node/471 and at http://lis.luther.edu/miso
LIS Blog Highlights from the Week:
- New Fine Arts Exhibit Launched – The exhibit, entitled “Looking Back: the Luther College Fine Arts Festivals,” displays art works which were purchased by the college from the Fine Arts Festivals held between 1957 and 1968.
- Emergency Notification System to be Tested Next Week – Luther will test our Connect-Ed emergency notification system February 14th. The test will include telephone calls, email messages, and text messages to registered members of the community.
- New Resource: Biological Abstracts – LIS is now offering a new resource for research in the biological sciences.
- LIS Launches Microsoft Work-at-Home Licensing for Office Products – Qualifying employees who work at home may be eligible to receive a copy of Microsoft Office for their home computer.
- New Academic Planning Committee Web Application to Launch April 1st – This web-based program to submit and manage course proposals has been under extensive retooling, and will be widely available in April.
LIS Website Changes
- Migration work is underway to move lis.luther.edu 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.
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.
- Nominations due Friday, February 22nd:
- Meeting: Moodle Virtual User Community Meeting. Program Date & Time: March 27, 2008, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV.
- Nominations due Friday, March 21st:
- Workshop-To-Go: Teaching Digital Natives: Strategies for Digital Immigrants. Program Date: May 1, 2008. Location: Skidmore College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Social Software for Education: Collaborative Learning and Research Practices. Program Date: May 2, 2008. Location: Skidmore College.
- Nominations due Friday, April 4th:
- Workshop-To-Go: Teaching Digital Natives: Strategies for Digital Immigrants. Program Date: May 15, 2008. Location: Allegheny College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Visual Literacy: Using Images for Teaching and Learning. Program Date: May 16, 2008. Nomination Deadline: Friday, April 4, 2008. Location: Allegheny College.
- Nominations due Friday, April 11th:
- Workshop-To-Go: Digital Video Production: Final Cut. Program Date: May 20 – 22, 2008. Location: Grinnell College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus. Program Date: May 20, 2008. Location: Occidental College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Podcasting for the Liberal Arts Classroom. Program Date: May 21, 2008. Location: Occidental College.
- Nominations due Friday, May 23rd:
- Meeting: Moodle Virtual User Community Meeting. Program Date & Time: June 26, 2008, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV.
- Nominations OPEN Monday, March 3rd:
- Conference: Creativity across the Curriculum: The Role of Technology. Program Dates: October 3 – 5, 2008. Location: Willamette University.
- Conference: Shibboleth and Federated Identity Management. Program Dates: October 6 – 8, 2008. Location: Lafayette College.
- Conference: Kuali Financial System User Community Meeting. Program Dates: October 9 – 10, 2008. Location: Minneapolis, MN.
- Conference: Expeditions in Scientific Visualization. Program Dates: October 16 – 18, 2008. Location: Bates College.
- Conference: Real-Time Collaboration on the Liberal Arts Campus. Program Dates: October 19 – 21, 2008. Location: Rhodes College.
- Conference: Service Learning and Social Justice Programs: The Role of Technology. Program Dates: October 24 – 26, 2008. Location: Swarthmore College.
- Conference: Internationalizing the Curriculum: the Role of Technology. Program Dates: November 7 – 9, 2008. Location: Whittier College.
- Meeting: Moodle Virtual User Community Meeting. Program Date & Time: November 6, 2008, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV.
- 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, http://www.twine.com/
Around the Web
Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week:
- Social Search is Coming [ReadWriteWeb]
- How one clumsy ship cut off the web for 75 million people [The Guardian]
- Gmail Has a Daily Limit on Sending Email [Digital Inspiration]
- A Million Books Scanned at U. of Michigan — and Counting [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Better Than Free [The Technium]
- Google Works to Torpedo Microsoft Bid for Yahoo [New York Times]
- Eureka! It Really Takes Years of Hard Work [New York Times]
- A Giant Bid That Shows How Tired the Giant Is [New York Times]
- Why Students Want Simplicity And Why It Fails Them When It Comes To Research [ACRLog]
- Announcing the RTM of Windows Vista SP1 [Windows Vista Blog]
- Poor password management may have led to bank meltdown [Yahoo! News]
- Work begins to repair severed net [BBC News]
- Cable cuts, conspiracies, and submarines… [O’Reilly Radar]
- Discounting Our Way to Affordability? [Inside Higher Ed]
- Artists’ best interests? RIAA presses for lower royalties [ars technica]
- ICANN flips switch on IPv6 DNS root servers [ars technica]
- Gartner: 80% of commercial apps to use open source by 2012 [ars technica]
- Small Colleges Get Advice on How to Sell Themselves to Students [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Google Introduces New Edition of Its Hosted Applications Suite [New York Times]
- Sneaking behind IT’s back [Rough Type]
- Technology Leaders Join OpenID Foundation to Promote Open Identity Management on the Web [Market Wire]
- RIAA boss: Move copyright filtering from ISPs to users’ PCs [ars technica]
- New Google Docs feature makes mass surveys easy [Download Squad]
- Controversial college funding bill passed—P2P proviso intact [ars technica]
- The Years of Experience Myth [Coding Horror]
- Writeboards get autosave [37signals]