This Week in LIS - 5 September 2008

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Headline of the Week: Plan for LIS External Communications

During the 2007-08 academic year, LIS spent time developing an internal communication plan designed to better manage how we communicate with one another across a diverse organization with broad responsibilities and services. This project, led by Andi Beckendorf and Diane Gossman has been in place and tweaked over the past nine months, and we believe continues to provide a good framework and central understanding of how we share information with one another.

This summer, LIS has expanded this plan to specifically cover our external communications with the Luther community, and the entire plan is now posted to the LIS website.

LIS will continue to build our web presence as the primary tool for community communication. This will happen over the coming year through the migration of our Help Desk and Archives website into our current LIS web architecture. We will also be actively working to increase documentation and content as well as continuing to make the LIS Blog the central place for LIS news and updates. We will use a variety of supporting channels to consistently drive users back to the central website, including:

We will also develop two new channels:

  • A suite of brief introductory guides about LIS and our services designed for new members of the Luther community.
  • A new web-based portal to be used as the home page in computer lab web browsers providing information of use to students and the general Luther community

We hope that this new framework and focus on the web will provide the right information at the right time for the Luther community and look forward to the build out of our new channels during the 2008-09 academic year.

Personnel Updates

Upcoming Dates

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week

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

LIS Website Changes

  • Some minor cosmetic changes have been made this week.
  • The home page now displays some random links to site content.

Notes from LIS Council

The following topics were discussed at our meeting this week:

  • the external communications plan (reference above)
  • implications of wireless access management in classrooms
  • 2008-09 budget considerations

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: Stormpulse

Gustav, Hanna, Ike, and Josephine seem to have folks in the southeastern United States caught with one eye on the sky and the other on the storm track maps. Stormpulse pulls together data from the National Hurricane Center, along with imagery from NASA to create a very interactive Flash-based cartographic tool for following storms. The site also provides toggles for overlaying various forecasting models, wind probabilities, satellite imagery, and more. Historical storms are available for reference through keyword searching or by strength, month, year, etc.

On the web at

Around the Web

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

  • Hardware and Technology Tools
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  • Open Source and Standards
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