This Week in LIS - 7 November 2008

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Headline of the Week: Time to Move

If you’ve been holding out to switch to Norse Apps for email and calendaring, the time to move has come. Luther’s deployment of Norse Apps began this spring with the full migration of our students prior to the summer. The Class of 2012 began their Luther lives on Norse mail this fall. During the summer, LIS invited alumni using Luther email forwarding a migration path to Norse Apps. All the while, employees have had the option to move when it most suited them, and many have moved. Thanks to everyone who has made the switch!

For those remaining, the time has come to move as we have a target date of December 31, 2008 to deactivate local Luther email services for all Luther community members. Next week, LIS will “invite” all remaining employees and encourage you to login to your Webmail account to launch the migration process. We will also be following up with individuals to ensure a timely and smooth transition for anyone yet to move.

Campus migration from Oracle Calendar to Norse Calendar will occur on January 1, 2009. LIS will coordinate with current Oracle users to ensure appropriate transfer of data to the new calendars. All events for 2009 should be scheduled in Norse Calendar, not Oracle Calendar.

Campus response to Norse Apps has been positive and many faculty, students, and staff are using the new features to improve their work and workflows. We look forward to completing our transition next month and thank everyone for their help in making this a positive step for Luther.

There will be no TWILIS published Friday, November 14th.

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week

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

Notes from LIS Council

LIS Council met with Rich Tenneson and Mark Donhowe, Luther’s insurance agent to discuss insurance coverages relating to Luther’s information infrastructure, including our collections and technology hardware.

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.

Recently added NITLE opportunities:

  • Nominations due Friday, January 30th:
    • NEW: Workshop-To-Go: Web-Mapping. Program Date: March 3, 2009. Location: Kenyon College (Gambier, OH). 4 program units.

Complete List of NITLE Opportunities

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Notable Internet Resource of the Week: Pixlr

Pixlr is a free, online image editing tool made available via the web using Adobe Flash technology. Pixlr was primarily developed in Sweden for non-professional editing of photos and images destined for web publication. In look and feel, Pixlr is similar to other products such as Photoshop, and it includes tools such as magic wand, cropping, cloning, layers, transparency, and many filters.

Importing images is done from a local drive, and the service does not yet interface with other online image hosting sites like Flickr.

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Around the Web

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

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