This Week in LIS - 7 March 2008

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Upcoming Dates

  • March 12,13 (Wednesday, Thursday): Luther Staff Meetings
  • March 12 (Wednesday): Training: Getting the Most out of LIS []
  • March 19 (Wednesday): Training: Upcoming Norse Key Password Changes []
  • March 20 (Thursday): III Encore Installation
  • March 26,27 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Office 2007 []

Headline of the Week: Norse Apps Conversion to Begin in Earnest

Within the next week LIS will be working to fully engage our conversion/implementation process for migrating existing users into our new Norse Apps infrastructure hosted by Google. As of today, 109 users have been moved into the new system, mostly comprising LIS staff, student employees and some other select employees. In the next week, we will begin the process of adding accounts for the incoming Class of 2012, as well as beginning to work to migrate this year’s seniors, the Class of 2008 into the new system. Invitations will be made available to select groups of students through the existing SquirrelMail interface.

News of this conversion was included in this week’s Chips. A student-targeted information session has also been scheduled for next Wednesday evening at 6:00pm in Mott covering the new services. More information on that session is available in the LIS Blog. More general information about Norse Apps is also available from the Technology Help Desk website.

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week:

LIS Website Changes

  • Sorry, no changes of note this week to
  • Magnus, LIS’ online catalog has a beta interface available at which is currently undergoing review.

Notes from LIS Council

LIS Council discussed changes to processes for changing passwords for alumni, options for handling H drives for graduating seniors, and policies regarding personal use of Luther-owned equipment.

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.

Cool Resource of the Week: Booktagger

Booktagger is a service akin to LibraryThing, that seeks to provide a social framework around books. Booktagger (based in Australia), allows you to create a virtual bookshelf, onto which you can place books you are reading, have read, own, or want to read. It allows for easy sharing of your books, reviews, and tags added to individual titles.

On the web at

Around the Web

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

  • Security and Privacy
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  • Service and User Experience
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