This Week in LIS - 25 April 2008

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Upcoming Dates

  • April 30 (Wednesday): LIS Forum: Network Shares
  • April 30, May 1 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Excel 2007 & Office 2007
  • May 7 (Wednesday): LIS General
  • May 7 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Office 2007 & Access 2007
  • May 14 (Wednesday): Training: Norse Apps
  • May 21, 22 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Windows Vista
  • More information on upcoming training opportunities:

Headline of the Week: LIS Project Funding for FY2009

This week, budget managers within LIS gathered to consider project funding requests for fiscal year 2009. With approximately $1,000,000 in projects and around $270,000 in allocatable funds, not every project came away a winner, but by and large with some creativity in how we approached individual projects, we managed to come up with feasible ways to address the top tier of project needs totalling more than $400,000. Specific projects funded for next year include some Datatel enhancements and new reporting tools, new routers and equipment to handle our upgraded Internet connection this summer, expansion of our storage area network, networking and wireless coverage for the tower in Main, and our administrative and lab desktop computer refresh projects. We also worked to identify future/alternate sources of funding for our software deployment project, print accounting, a new materials booking unit for our Innovative system, and additional media equipment for Circulation.

While we were reasonably successful in covering the biggest projects, we still have many more that we and our constituents have identified as important to the educational and administrative work of Luther. We’ll continue to work to seek opportunities to move more of those projects to fruition as funding is made available.

LIS Radar Reports

Periodically, we’ll collect and publish some status reports from around work teams in LIS on significant work that has been done or is going to be done soon. Here’s a quick run-down:

  • Application Development (Marcia reporting)
    • This week: The Academic Planning Committee application went live on Monday. Visit the new site at and login with your NorseKey.
    • This week: CBORD representatives were on campus on Thursday to demonstrate the Food Service Suite of products that support the catering, order generation, invoicing, and inventory processes for the campus food service department. If purchased, this will replaced the in-house developed catering application currently in use.
    • Next week: Plans for migration of H Drive data for seniors should be completed.
    • Next week: New Online Financial Aid Award workflow is close to being completed.
  • Archives (Rachel reporting)
    • This week: I was at the Midwest Archives Conference in Louisville, KY. I participated in a session looking at the role of the archivist in the LIS setting. The session was very well received and people seemed very interested in our integrated Library/IT model.
    • Next week: Next week we will continue testing and evaluating ARCHON, an archives database product developed by the University of Illinois. The test location is at
  • Library (John reporting)
    • This week: Once again the library has succeeded in assisting hundreds of seniors with their senior papers/projects which are due in the Registrar’s Office at 5:00 on April 25th. Reference, Circulation and Interlibrary Loan staff all go to great lengths to help these students acquire their diplomas.
    • Next week: On Wednesday, May 30, our III software will be upgraded to version 2006 1.3 starting at around 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. No down time is required and none of our regular operations should be affected.
  • Network & Systems (Adam reporting)
    • This week: Campus House is now covered by the wireless network.
    • Next week: Chris S. will be working on, and hopes to implement a change in the way replication is done between the main LDAP server and its replica. The hope is that this change will result in much faster more immediate replication of data between the two servers.
  • User Services (Diane reporting)
    • This week: The Alumni Office computer upgrade is in full swing and will continue through the middle of May, upgrading to Windows XP and Office 2007.
    • Next week: We hope to begin delivering the new Intel-based MacBooks and iMacs to the pilot faculty next week.

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week

The following articles are sampled from those available on the LIS Blog:

LIS Website Changes

  • A few minor changes on our project directory (available at Currently, access is limited to LIS staff.
  • Progress is being made in implementing some Drupal-based resource guides for library research. A demonstration of this will be available shortly.

Notes from LIS Council

Items discussed this week included:

  • The Library Week book sale – The sale went well this year.
  • III Research Pro Implementation – We are working to add Research Pro capabilities to our new Encore installation.
  • Network Shares – They are full and we need to be talking with heavy users regarding capacity. There will be an LIS Forum next week looking at this issue broadly.
  • FY2009 Budget – General discussion.

NITLE Opportunities

As a member of NITLE (National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education), Luther has the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of developmental and training programs intended for faculty, librarians, and information technologists. Events listed at the link below are currently open for registration by Luther participants. LIS Staff who are interested in participating in an event should speak with Christopher Barth. Faculty who are interested in participating should speak with Lori Stanley. Participation is contingent upon available funding and program acceptance.

Complete List of NITLE Opportunities

Cool Resource of the Week: Vectors

At the recent CNI Task Force meeting, I had the opportunity to hear Tara McPherson, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Studies at the University of Southern California and the editor of Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular. She spoke about the journal as a cutting edge example of non-textual scholarly work and expression in the humanities and highlighted several features on that site. Article submissions are accepted into the journal as with other scholarly publications, but after that point, the scholar works with technologists to develop multimedia, non-linear projects that present their research perspective via the Internet. Such work is not insignificant in effectiveness or difficulty to create and present. I believe this sort of work is a window into the future of scholarly work and the early forerunners of what librarians and technologists will be working to support in the not-so-distant future. On the web at

Around the Web

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

  • Open Source and Standards
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  • Security and Privacy
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