- March 19 (Wednesday): Training: Upcoming Norse Key Password Changes
- March 20 (Thursday): III Encore Installation
- March 26,27 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Office 2007
- April 2,3 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Sneak Peek at New Magnus (library catalog)
- More information on upcoming training opportunities: http://lis.luther.edu/learn
Headline of the Week: Upcoming Faculty Computer Roll
LIS is current working to plan and launch our triennial replacement of faculty desktop computers, scheduled for summer 2008. With more than 350 machines to replace and the individual preferences and transfer of information for each faculty member, there is no shortage of work or steps to the process. This weekend we are launching a survey for faculty to provide feedback on a number of aspects of the replacement project, including information on what software they use regularly, as well as their general platform and form factor preferences. We are also planning with this roll to transition to a quadrennial replacement cycle, and are considering some different options for structuring the cycle including a staggered approach, or continuing the everyone-at-the-same-time model. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. We’re interested in thoughts from faculty.
The transition to a four-year cycle we believe makes sense financially and technologically for the college as we work to ensure appropriate replacement cycles for all Luther hardware. We will be ensuring that the hardware we purchase this summer will be appropriate for a four-year cycle and will work to ensure a good experience on the hardware for its lifetime.
We are also working to acquire specific specifications for hardware and working with vendors on overall pricing packages. We will be surveying faculty again this spring for specific information on their preferences, and the hardware replacement process will crank up in June.
Second Headline of the Week: Norse Apps Migration
As the week began, we had just over 100 users migrated into Norse Apps, including much of LIS, our Help Desk students, and other selected faculty and employees. As of today, we now have nearly 600 users migrated and more than 200 users newly-born into Norse Apps, putting our total users at near 850. The migration process for seniors, who were invited this week has gone smoothly and a large percentage of the class has accepted the invitation to move. We have also added more than 230 new users from the Class of 2012, next year’s first-year students to the user list and will continue adding more new students over the next several weeks and months. Next week, we will be inviting the junior class to move as well.
LIS Blog Highlights from the Week:
- Phishing Attempt for Luther.edu Email Accounts – Sunday saw a targeted phishing attack at luther.edu addresses.
- Norse Apps Migration Process – Our broad migration process began this week with the senior class being invited to move.
- New Workflow for Alumni Password Changes – A new workflow is in place for alumni password changes at the Help Desk.
- NITLE Workshop – Digitizing Audio – Archivist Rachel Vagts reports on a NITLE session she attended on digital audio.
- Norse Key Password Changes – Feedback Requested – Our Norse Key password change process and website are undergoing an upgrade.
- Barracuda Anti-Spam Firewall Firmware update – For those using Luther-hosted email, new spam firmware helps stop more spam (we hope).
- New JSTOR interface anticipated next week – One of our major electronic journal sources will sport a new look next week.
- MISO Review: Staff and Importance/Satisfaction regarding LIS Resources and Services – The latest in a series of reports looking at our MISO Survey from 2007.
- Technology Fee Defined – Technology Fee definition is expanded.
LIS Website Changes
- Lis.luther.edu has a newly configured home page with links to recent blog posts, LIS services on the web, as well as a customized search interface to LIS web resources.
- Find.luther.edu has been upgraded to the latest version of system software that enables some new functionality for our Google Search Appliance.
- Our new discovery services platform server Encore has arrived on campus and will be installed in the next week.
- Magnus, LIS’ online catalog has a beta interface available at http://books.luther.edu:2082/ which is currently undergoing review.
Notes from LIS Council
LIS Council discussed Marcia’s participation on Datatel’s e-Advisory board, the college’s study abroad programs, our upcoming Norse Key policy changes, the phishing fiasco from Sunday, and Norse Apps migration.
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, 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.
- Online Meeting: Visual Literacy: a remote refresher. Program Date & Time: April 24, 2008, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV.
- Nominations due Friday, March 28th:
- Online Meeting: Designing a Language Center in a Liberal Arts College: a professional development brown bag for instructional technologists and their colleagues. Program Date & Time: May 2, 2008, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV.
- 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. Location: Allegheny College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Visual Literacy: Using Images for Teaching and Learning. Program Date: May 7, 2008. Location: University of Richmond.
- Workshop-To-Go: Web-Mapping. Program Date: May 8, 2008. Location: University of Richmond.
- 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.
- Workshop-To-Go: Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus. Special focus: blogs, wikis, and RSS. Program Date: May 22, 2008. Location: Wheaton College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Podcasting for the Liberal Arts Classroom. Program Date: May 23, 2008. Location: Wheaton College.
- Nominations Due Friday, April 18th:
- NEW: Workshop-To-Go: Digital Repositories: Using DSpace. Program Dates: Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Location: Union College.
- NEW: Workshop-To-Go: Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus. Program Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2008. Location: Macalester College.
- NEW: Workshop-To-Go: Visual Literacy: Using Images for Teaching and Learning. Program Date: Thursday, May 29, 2008. Location: Macalester College.
- NEW: Workshop-To-Go: Technologies for Teaching Writing. Program Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008. Location: Southwestern University.
- Nominations Due Friday, April 25th:
- Workshop-To-Go: Visual Literacy: Using Images for Teaching and Learning. Program Date: May 27, 2008. Location: Colby College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Introduction to Web Development. Program Dates: May 29 – 30, 2008. Location: Birmingham-Southern College.
- Nominations Due Friday, May 1st:
- Workshop-To-Go: Teaching with Learning Management Systems: Sakai. Program Date: June 3, 2008. Location: Allegheny College.
- Nominations due Friday, May 9th:
- Workshop-To-Go: Multimedia Narrative: Communicating with Stories. Program Dates: June 18 – 20, 2008. Location: St. Lawrence University.
- Nominations due Friday, May 23rd:
- Online 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 due Friday, August 15th:
- 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 10 – 12, 2008. Location: Bard 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.
- Nominations due Friday, October 3rd:
- Online Meeting: Moodle Virtual User Community Meeting. Program Date & Time: November 6, 2008, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV.
Cool Resource of the Week: Google Sky
For backyard astronomers in Northeast Iowa, it is finally getting a little warmer outside so it is not quite so painful to be outside while stargazing … and for backyard astronomers everywhere, studying the sky and stars just got a little easier thanks to Google’s new Google Sky product which brings the same technology powering their Google Maps product to space. The following describes the new service and is quoted from Google:
Traveling to the stars has never been easier.
To help you explore the far reaches of our universe, we have teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you a new view of the sky. Using Google Maps this tool provides an exciting way to browse and explore the universe. You can find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and even watching the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.
We are particularly excited about the ability to view the universe at different wavelengths, to see how it would look if our eyes worked in the x-rays or infrared. As you explore these new layers, play with the transparency to blend between the different wavelengths and see how different parts of the universe light up at different wavelengths
If you are interested in what’s happening on the sky tonight or over the next few months then check out the podcasts from Earth and Sky or search for the position of your favorite planet.
On the web at http://www.google.com/sky/
Around the Web
Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week:
- Culture, Economy, and Business
- Tech’s Late Adopters Prefer the Tried and True [New York Times]
- Why We’re Powerless To Resist Grazing On Endless Web Data [Wall Street Journal]
- How Google keeps your information secure [Official Google Blog]
- Google could be superseded, says web inventor [Times Online]
- Preview books anywhere with the new Google Book Search API [Inside Google Book Search]
- Higher Education
- Iowa State could hand email over to Google [Des Moines Register]
- Internet and Networking
- AOL to buy Bebo for $850 million [Los Angeles Times]
- Law, Intellectual Property and Intellectual Freedom
- U. of Iowa Writing Students Revolt Against a Plan They Say Would Give Away Their Work on the Web [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Congressman may inject much-needed Fair Use into PRO-IP Act [ars technica]
- Libraries and Librarians
- Media and Publishing
- Mobile Web Use Growing Faster than Ever [ReadWriteWeb]
- Open Source and Standards
- Security and Privacy
- Service and User Experience
- Software and Operating Systems
- They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know. [New York Times]
- Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 for 2010 – No Word on Windows 7 M2 [Softpedia]