This Week in LIS - 28 March 2008

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Upcoming Dates

  • March 26,27 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Office 2007
  • April 2 (Wednesday): LIS General Meeting
  • April 2,3 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Sneak Peek at New Magnus (library catalog)
  • April 9,10 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Microsoft Windows Vista
  • April 16,17 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: KATIE
  • April 17 (Thursday): Demonstration: Norse Apps
  • More information on upcoming training opportunities:

Headline of the Week: LIS Service Points

Preus Library has three primary service points located on the main floor of the facility, Reference, Help Desk, and Circulation. They each contribute heavily to the thousands of user interactions LIS has with the Luther community both physically and virtually. They are not the only service locations, but together they do comprise the central support desks for our organization. A group of LIS staff are taking some time during the rest of the semester to ask and answer the big questions of what these service points do, what they should be doing, and what their relationships should be with one another. As an integrated library and technology organization that is intentional about exploring the intersections of library and technology services, such inquiries can get at the core of how we define our organization.

Over the next several weeks, we will be looking at each individual service area to understand what it does, and what it might do. After our individual reviews we’ll be consider the “interconnectedness” of services. Out of these discussions, and combined with data gathered from and about our users, we hope to begin exploring the next evolution of these services at Luther, and also physically what our needs and desires are for housing them on the main level of our primary facility.

Do you have thoughts on service points for LIS. We’d love to hear them and incorporate them into our discussions. Please pass them along via our Contact form or to one of our service points.

The group will be reporting back to LIS in the coming weeks. Stay tuned …

No TWILIS on April 4th

I will be traveling to a NITLE Summit meeting next week, followed by the spring task force meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information. Plenty of travel reports to come …

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week:

LIS Website Changes

  • Work is underway to add functionality to for lis-wide project management and status updates. Stay tuned. Work is also continuing on subject resource guides and a revised staff listing.

Notes from LIS Council

LIS Council met to review the status of more than 50 projects ongoing in LIS. We charted them out with some target completion dates and noted dependencies. This data will be shared out to a broader audience very soon as the content moves to the website.

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: MyDeco

As we think about replacing a small portion of our furnishings in the library, it’s clear the web has unleashed some whole new worlds when it comes to interior design possibilities. A case in point is – dubbed “a furniture fix for the decorati.” Though the site is from the UK, so likely not a good spot to shop for the “decorati in decorah,” their use of social interactivity in interior design is fun. You can upload photos of a room, and use one of three planning tools, one that allows you to change wall decorations and flooring, one that allows you to add furniture, and a complete room planner that integrates both. The online galleries of rooms uploaded by site users allow you cast all sorts of judgment about the decorating tastes of others (if that’s your thing).

On the web at

Around the Web

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

  • Higher Education
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  • Media and Publishing
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  • Mobility
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  • Open Source and Standards
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  • Service and User Experience
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