This Week in LIS - 16 January 2009

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Headline of the Week: Building Bridges

Yesterday, in the cold I trekked eastward to visit with the staff of Beloit College’s Information Services & Resources team, a merged library/IT organization. A former colleague of mine now heads ISR and while it was a good chance to reconnect with her, it was also a good opportunity to learn about the opportunities and challenges at Beloit while sharing the work currently underway here at Luther. LIS has included in our objectives each year the desire to reach out to others around us, particularly those that are relatively similar. While Beloit is a smaller school than Luther, we share much in common regarding our information services (including services such as Datatel and Moodle). They are also looking at deploying Google Apps for Education, and are ramping up a web content management project similar to ours. The challenges we are both facing are very similar, as we work to maintain and expand services in challenging economic times for higher education. Learning and understanding how schools approach these problems is very valuable from many perspectives.

I believe our ability to most-effectively deliver our services now and in the future rely upon exploring and pursuing good opportunities for collaboration across campuses, particularly among campuses that share similar and strong commitments to the liberal arts. I look forward to developing opportunities for greater collaboration with Beloit and other schools as we continue to build bridges with neighboring institutions in the future.

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week

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

Notes from LIS Council

LIS Council did not meet this week.

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:

“Let the world decide who is at fault.” For everyone who was 100% sure that their side of an argument or disagreement was correct, the Internet can now come to your rescue and give you that hard data to back you up (or shoot you down :). is a website that allows individuals to post anonymously the content of a disagreement by first allowing one party to summarize and make their case. After completing their entry, the system notifies the other party in the dispute by email inviting them to enter their side of the story. After both sides are complete, the story goes live on the site and users from around the world are free to give their opinions on who is right and who is wrong. The two parties can mutually agree to resolve their dispute if they choose as well, which ends voting.

The site is principally geared to sorting out relationship disputes, so be prepared to sort through other people’s dirty laundry on all sorts of relationship-related problems if you visit. They do offer a political story covering Obama’s proposed economic policies as well, and plan to expand on content type over time.

One wonders if there is anything the Internet cannot do these days.

On the web at

Around the Web

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

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