This Week in LIS - 6 June 2008

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Upcoming Dates

  • 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:

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:

LIS Website Changes

  • Some security changes have been completed regarding access for administrative 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.

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

Notable Internet Resource of the Week:

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, 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

Around the Web

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

  • Mobility
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  • Open Source and Standards
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  • Service and User Experience
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