- June 9 (Monday) Office 2007 Training Demo – 11:00 am
- June 11 (Wednesday) Office 2007 Training – All Day
- June 13 (Friday) Internal LIS Annual Reports Due
- June 16 (Monday) Norse Apps Training Demo – 11:00 am
- June 18 (Wednesday) Norse Apps Training – morning
- More information on upcoming training opportunities: http://lis.luther.edu/learn
Headline of the Week: Digital Output Devices
Luther is like most other businesses that over the last 10-15 years has collected a wide variety of digital input/output devices ranging from inkjet printers to laser printers to copiers to multi-function (networked) copiers to scanners and back to inkjet printers. Along with our packrat habits in collecting these devices, we have not taken any sort of strategic approach to how these devices are acquired, deployed, or managed. In some cases, this can result with multiple pieces of equipment that essentially do the same thing sitting near one another, and often with substantially different costs of operation. We have not clearly communicated the true costs of using these devices, and generally have let employees figure out on their own how best to handle digital output devices.
Many organizations are paying closer attention to the costs (and benefits) of digital output devices and are beginning to look at this issue both enterprise-wide and strategically to maximize the value to the user and minimize the overall costs. Luther is following this trend, and over the last several months we have worked with a number of vendors to both assess our current operations and identify a strategic partner for us to help guide our future strategic directions for digital output.
After a lengthy review period, and with the blessing of the Cabinet, Luther will be pursuing a strategic business partnership with IKON, one of our current campus vendors for copy equipment. They will over time be our vendor for acquiring and supporting all copy equipment located in our departmental offices and will assist Luther in related areas such as fleet assessment, tracking, and digital document workflow development. Through this expertise available from IKON, we hope to more “right-size” our fleet, expand the services available, and develop a strategic vision for managing paper and digital documents at Luther.
We will be working with IKON this summer to develop a Service Level Agreement that will more clearly define our partnership covering office digital output devices, and we will prepare a memo for department and budget heads that provides details for moving forward shortly. We look forward to a healthy partnership with IKON and look forward to bringing their expertise to the campus broadly in the coming months.
LIS Blog Highlights from the Week
The following articles are sampled from those available on the LIS Blog:
- Work on network and phone wiring in tower of Main
- SchoolDude product review on June 5
- Midwest Library Technology Conference Report
- All Current Students have now Migrated to Norse Apps
- Account Removal Notification to May Graduates
- CLIR Announces Draft RFP for Hidden Collections Grants
- Spacesaver rep on campus
- User Services Weekly – 6/3/08
- June 5 Firewall Upgrade complete
LIS Website Changes
- Some security changes have been completed regarding access for administrative lis.luther.edu users.
- A new event management module has been installed and is functional. We will be transitioning our training program to this system very soon.
- CAPTCHA images are now included for non-authenticated users on site forms to cut down on the spam generated through the site.
- Various other modules have been updated (Panels, Google Analytics and FAQ (for Dear Linka))
Notes from LIS Council
Council reviewed project statuses and the agenda for Wednesday’s LIS General meeting.
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.
Notable Internet Resource of the Week: Goosh.org
This week’s entry is high on geek-factor and maybe not-so-high on usefulness, but for the command-line folks among us, I’ll point your attention to Goosh.org, a command line shell for Google, allowing keyword searching of several of Google’s major properties (web, images, news, blogs, feeds, video, maps, plus Wikipedia) via a browser-based command line. It will do translations as well. Goosh is the product of programmer Stefan Grothkopp and is not an official Google product. Though perhaps after they see it, perhaps it will be down the road …
On the web at http://www.goosh.org/
Around the Web
Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week:
- Culture, Economy, and Business
- Trouble at eBay [ReadWriteWeb]
- Blackberry Deprivation: Why the president won’t send you an email [The Weekly Standard]
- RSIs on the rise, says report, but prevention is simple [ars technica]
- Microsoft’s Ballmer on Yahoo and the Future [Washington Post]
- Google Earth Escapes the Client and Comes to the Browser [O’Reilly Radar]
- Google Apps: The Missing Manual, and More [Google Blogoscoped]
- Google Asked to Add Link to Privacy Policies [New York Times]
- In Google we trust – but should we? [The Guardian]
- Introducing Gmail Labs [Official Gmail Blog]
- Higher Education
- College Alumni Magazines Struggle to Compete With Facebook [New York Times]
- Is Retention Improvement Within Colleges’ Reach? [Inside Higher Ed]
- Internet and Networking
- Law, Intellectual Property and Intellectual Freedom
- Guilty Verdict In First Online Music Piracy Trial Means Up To Five Years in Jail [Wired]
- North Oaks tells Google Maps: Keep out – we mean it [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
- The Inexact Science Behind DMCA Takedown Notices [New York Times]
- Intel antitrust woes spread as FTC launches investigation [ars technica]
- Libraries and Librarians
- Office Hours?! [ACRLog]
- Media and Publishing
- Open Source and Standards
- Security and Privacy
- Service and User Experience
- Software and Operating Systems
- Instant Messaging Proves Useful In Reducing Workplace Interruption [Science Daily]
- 9 Firefox Extensions to Protect Your Privacy [Web Worker Daily]
- Microsoft: ‘There is no need to wait for Windows 7’ [ars technica]