This Week in LIS - 9 January 2009

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Headline of the Week: 2009 Brings New Stuff

The first nine days of 2009 have gotten off to a very quick start for many in LIS as we work to implement several new initiatives at the start of the year. So to start the year, a sampler of the things now launched and launching this month:

  • Luther welcomes IKON to campus – Our strategic partner in managing digital output, IKON Office Solutions has officially begun work on campus this week. As this is a program that touches many/most Luther faculty, students, and staff each day, there are many questions and kinks to iron out as we continue our deployment and carve out workflows with our new IKON-managed team. We thank everybody for their hard work and patience as we work to ensure a high level of quality service to Luther. LIS has a website which has been updated daily this week with answers to frequently-asked questions and contains texts of memos shared with the Luther community. Special thanks to the many LISfolk who have helped to manage the transition in this first week.
  • Luther deploys GoPrint – As part of our efforts to better track and manage digital output and printing on campus, we are currently deploying a print auditing and tracking program called GoPrint. Implementation is ongoing. This software will not only give us much better data on how our digital output devices are used, but it will allow us over time to make more output options available when ensuring that resource usage is appropriate and accountable. LIS will be monitoring this system over the coming spring semester and will be announcing additional initiatives in this area in the coming months.
  • Luther fully deploys Norse Apps – Our transition to Norse Apps (our instance of Google Apps for Education) is complete, and the campus has converted to Norse Calendar (from Oracle Calendar) as of January 1st. Additional training for the new system continues this month as we work to clean up after the move. As of today, Norse Apps is hosting 5,163 accounts for Luther students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Usability testing on LIS website will result in minor changes – Following some usability testing this past fall, later this month, LIS will deploy some iterative changes to our website as we continue to refine it for greater usability. We anticipate changes occurring on an ongoing basis over time and view the site as evolutionary in nature.

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week

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

Notes from LIS Council

Agenda items for LIS Council this week included:

  • Updates on IKON, Norse Apps transitions
  • LIS General Meeting Planning
  • Upcoming Colleague Advancement, Innovative upgrades

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.

Events with Upcoming Registration Deadlines:

  • Nominations due Friday, January 30th:
    • Workshop-To-Go: Web-Mapping. Program Date: March 3, 2009. Location: Kenyon College (Gambier, OH). 4 program units.
    • Conference: Instructional Technology Leaders Conference. Program Dates: March 27 – 29, 2009. Ursinus College. 7 program units.
    • Conference: NITLE Summit. Program Dates: March 29 – 30, 2009. Philadelphia, PA. 5 program units.

Complete List of NITLE Opportunities

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Notable Internet Resource of the Week: PiccDrop

PiccDrop provides unlimited image hosting at no charge, and doesn’t even require an account to be created in order to use the service. They claim to accept nearly every image file type available (including PDFs), and provide a very simple interface to upload directly to their servers. You can then link directly to the service for the image. Images are limited to a generous 6MB size per file. There are no limits for the total number of images hosted. By creating an account, you can keep track of your uploads.

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Around the Web

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