This Week in LIS - 24 June 2011

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Headline of the Week: LIS 2011-12: A First Look at the Road Ahead

It is that time of year again as we look back at all we in LIS set out to accomplish for the 2010-11 academic year and also spend some time thinking about what the future holds for us in 2011-12. The answers to all these questions have been carefully gathered by LIS and published in our 2010-11 Annual Report, published today. In addition to the full report available on the LIS website, our annual Snapshot is also downloadable if you’re seeking the high level overview of the past year.

2010-11 has been very busy and productive for us and we have excellent momentum carrying us forward into the coming year. Here are a few factoids about LIS in 2010-11:

  • 579,853 – Pageviews on the LIS Website
  • 333,467 – Volumes in Preus Library
  • 234,621 – Visitors to Preus Library
  • 3,610 – Work orders Opened by the Technology Help Desk
  • 1,941 – Research Help Interactions
  • 520 – Research Visits to the Luther Archives
  • 326 – Training sessions for the Luther Community
  • 140Mbps – Internet bandwidth available to the campus
  • 100% – Participation in library instruction from Paideia Instructors in the Fall Open Unit
  • 94% – of Students use KATIE, our learning management system
  • 36% – of Luther’s Workstations are Laptops
  • 26 – Print journal subscriptions converted to electronic
  • 5.2 – Days to fill an Interlibrary Loan Request
  • $0.77 – Cost per database search

LIS has set an ambitious agenda for the 2011-12 academic year. Our current objective list as included in the annual report is republished here. As always, this list is a fluid one. While we can set many of our priorities for the coming year now, we also know that a number of initiatives will emerge over the next twelve months. (And for those curious on how we did on this year’s objectives – the full annual report includes item by item updates.)

Items in bold are the LIS Goals that provide a framework for our objectives. Team names in italics are responsible for coordinating work on each item.

2011-12 Objectives

A focus on our constituents and their work to support the mission of Luther College

  • Expand the framework for information literacy/fluency by identifying and cultivating strategic collaborations. [Library]
  • Develop a plan and timeline for implementation of LIS mobile services. [Software Development / User Services]

Support for students

  • Improve direct communication with students. [Library]
  • Expand the multimedia lab on the Main Floor in Preus Library. [User Services]
  • Research how to provide students training and instruction including methods and content. [User Services]
  • Create an iPad Classroom in Preus Library. [User Services, Library]
  • Develop integration and event synchonization between all katie course sites and NorseApps calendars. [Software Development]

Support for faculty

  • Create video tutorials, laying the foundation for increased multimedia support. [User Services]

Support for administration

  • Draft data security policies and procedures for portable devices. [User Services, Network & Systems]
  • Complete the GoPrint Implementation. [User Services, Network & Systems]
  • Complete update of Records Management Policy with training for staff responsible for administrative records. [Archives]
  • Develop an easy and customized Luther Admissions Online Applications for prospective students [Software Development]
  • Plan for and develop reporting solutions using tools that access SQL Server data from the Datatel system. [Software Development]

Engaging and collaborating with our peers

  • Work with Sustainability to implement energy conscious initiatives such as power consumption efficiencies and replacements for lab printers. [User Services]
  • Continue working with Vesterheim Museum to implement an integrated descriptive catalog utilizing Archon software. [Archives]
  • Support more than 75% of staff in attending off-campus professional development opportunities or conferences. [All]
  • Explore collaborative open source opportunities for enterprise software and services [All]

Depth and breadth in resources

  • Continue to work to migrate a portion of collection development activities to “just-in-time”. [Library]
  • Enhance patron-driven leisure reading & media collections. [Library]
  • Review and respond to circulation/library policy issues that were identified through the building vision planning. [User Services, Library]
  • Plan and start migration of Datatel data and software to SQL server. [Software Development]

Simplicity in product, tool, and service

  • Consider options to maximize storage space in the DEPO. [Library]
  • Deploy lecture capture capabilities campuswide. [User Services]
  • Migrate all appropriate LIS websites to Reason content management system. [User Services, Software Development]
  • Migrate from Track-It! to KBOX for Technology Help Desk, Inventory, and Software. [User Services , Software Development]
  • Plan and begin implementing the move to Windows7 for all Windows faculty, staff, and lab computers. [User Services]
  • Develop a plan to reduce the number of computers in the labs and classrooms by 25%. [User Services]
  • Consider antivirus options for students, faculty, and staff. [User Services, Network & Systems]
  • Develop comprehensive electronic communications plan for the campus covering email and personal web content. [Network & Systems, Software Development]
  • Develop and deploy Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) for the ability to sign on once to gain access to NorseApps and Katie. [Network & Systems, Software Development]
  • Research and develop Google’s calendar application to import, export, and notification to support facilities scheduling. [Network & Systems, Software Development]

Innovation in products, tools, and service

  • Foster a culture of innovation to support and enhance the work of the new Innovative Services Librarian. [Library]
  • Implement an institutional digital repository and begin efforts to collect content. [User Services, Library, Archives]
  • Implement a campus-wide digital image storage and access system. [Archives]
  • Implement desktop virtualization for academic computer labs. [User Services, Network & Systems]
  • Move the LIS Auction from Drupal to eBay. [User Services]
  • Explore the possibility of selling select withdrawn and gift books online. [User Services, Library]
  • Research video conferencing options. [User Services]
  • Develop online archival exhibits. [Archives]
  • Implement QR codes on archival materials to enhance description and provide location information. [Archives]
  • Research the potential of hosting and managing Moodle for area schools. [Software Development]
  • Market the collaborative benefits of Norse Apps to all campus staff and faculty users. [Software Development, User Services]
  • Continue taking steps toward Implementing IPv6 networking at Luther** [Network & Systems]
  • Implement DNSSec for Luther’s DNS [Network & Systems]
  • Create a WPA2 Secured Wireless Network and Educate users on the benefits of using it [Network & Systems, User Services]
  • Expand our VMWare implementation and virtualize more servers [Network & Systems]

Integrated information organization and services

  • Create a plan to renovate the current teaching spaces in Preus Library (Hovde, Curriculum, and ICN) to facilitate improved interactive learning and presentation. [Library, User Services]
  • Evaluate designated space(s) for multimedia production, video recording, presentation, and practice. [User Services, Library]
  • Create a cafe style area in Preus Library for gathering and conversation that includes snacks and beverage vending. [User Services, Library]

Staff excellence

  • Recruitment of Executive Director of Library and Information Services. [All]

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week

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

Notes from LIS Council

LIS Council is the leadership team within LIS. Among the topics discussed this past week were:

  • New Items
    • 2011-12 Objectives
      • We reviewed the draft list of LIS Objectives for 2011-12 as gathered by individual teams. We also reviewed broader objectives from the current year to decide which ones to carry over into 2011-12.
    • Orientation Plan for Innovative Services Librarian
      • We reviewed and discussed the orientation and work plan for our Innovative Services Librarian. Diane Gossman will be the immediate supervisor and coordinate her work this fall. The document will be shared to those participating in the orientation plan later this week.
    • Aviary Design tools as a new Norse App?
      • We discussed and reviewed this app that provides some editing/design tools connected to Google Apps. While the beta appears to be free, we’re not sure if there is a cost or how it would compare to other offerings we have currently.
    • Server Room Transfer Switch Maintenance and service shutdown on 6/22
      • We reviewed plans to shut down local servers on Wednesday so that repairs can be made to the generator transfer switch. Network connectivity and some webservers will remain up.
  • Returning Items
    • Transition Document
      • We will complete review of this at next week’s meeting.
    • Annual Report
      • Final edits should be made before Friday.
    • Collaboration
      • DCSD Document
        • The school district has added information to the shared document discussing infrastructure and brainstorming.

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.

A full list of events (sortable by registration deadline) is available at

Upcoming LIS Training, Instruction, and Professional Development Opportunities

Click on the event below for specific information and for a link to register. More information on training and development events is available.

Course Format Date Location Enrollment
Book Discussion: "Growing Older" by Joan Dye Gussow (Part 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 7 2011 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Shakespeare's "1 Henry IV" on the Page and Stage (Option 1) Faculty Development Jul 8 2011 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Closed
Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology – Summer 2011 Faculty Workshop Faculty Development Jul 11 2011 – 9:00am Jul 15 2011 – 12:00pm TBA Closed
Shakespeare's 1 Henry IV on the Page and Stage (Option 2) Faculty Development Jul 11 2011 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Closed
Book Discussion: "Growing Older" by Joan Dye Gussow (Part 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 21 2011 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel Open
Creating a Faculty Website Using Reason Workshop Jul 27 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
Creating a Faculty Website Using Reason Workshop Aug 3 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
Book Discussion: "Bringing it to the Table" by Wendell Berry (Part 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 3 2011 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Using ICPSR for Teaching and Research Faculty Development Aug 9 2011 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Olin 213 Open
Book Discussion: "Bringing it to the Table" by Wendell Berry (Part 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 10 2011 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel Open
Academic Rigor: What Does it Look Like in Your Course? Faculty Development Aug 16 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
When, Where and How Do We Attempt to Develop Student Reasoning Skills? (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 17 2011 – 9:00am 4:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
When, Where and How Do We Attempt to Develop Student Reasoning Skills? (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 18 2011 – 9:00am 3:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Seeking External Grant Support Faculty Development Aug 19 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Shakespeare's "Tempest" on the Page and Stage Faculty Development Aug 19 2011 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 22 2011 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 23 2011 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open

Quote(s) of the Week

  • “What’s going on with the cloud is completely and totally valid. We’ve spent the past 40 years putting technology inside the enterprise and we’re going to spend the next 20 years ripping it out. That is a fundamental shift. There is no reason whatsoever for any business with 100 employees or less to have any infrastructure on their premises other than end units. It doesn’t make sense.” – Bill Gurley Explains How Twitter Will Rule The World And Why Groupon Won’t
  • “We are in a special moment that will not last beyond the end of this century: Paper books are plentiful. They are cheap and everywhere, from airports to drug stores to libraries to bookstores to the shelves of millions of homes. There has never been a better time to be a lover of paper books. But very rapidly the production of paper books will essentially cease, and the collections in homes will dwindle, and even local libraries will not be supported to house books — particularly popular titles. Rare books will collect in a few rare book libraries, and for the most part common paper books archives will become uncommon. It seems hard to believe now, but within a few generations, seeing a actual paper book will be as rare for most people as seeing an actual lion.” – The Technium: When Hard Books Disappear
  • “I hope kids are still finding some way, despite Google and Wikipedia, of not knowing things. Learning how to transform mere ignorance into mystery, simple not knowing into wonder, is a useful skill. Because it turns out that the most important things in this life — why the universe is here instead of not, what happens to us when we die, how the people we love really feel about us — are things we’re never going to know.” – In Praise of Not Knowing –
  • “It’s not enough for libraries to gather, store and preserve huge masses of information resources. We have to be actively engaged with users and potential users, and that engagement includes providing ways for them to find and to use the resources libraries have. We must provide the entry point that brings users to information materials without that access being mediated through a commercial revenue model. So for every HathiTrust or DPLA that focuses on the resources we need a related project — equally well-funded — that focuses on users and access. Not just creating a traditional library-type catalog but providing a whole host of services that will help uses find and explore the digital library.” – Coyle’s InFormation: Dystopias
  • “The collective intelligence of the Internet’s two billion users, and the digital fingerprints that so many users leave on Web sites, combine to make it more and more likely that every embarrassing video, every intimate photo, and every indelicate email is attributed to its source, whether that source wants it to be or not. This intelligence makes the public sphere more public than ever before and sometimes forces personal lives into public view.” – Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone –
  • “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert Heinlein
  • “The key to true creative problem solving is the ability to work in ambiguity – to explore the full range of possibilities without jumping to conclusions. The poet John Keats praised Shakespeare for this trait, which he called “negative capability.” As Keats defines it, negative capability “is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, [and] doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” In short, we must feel comfortable moving forward without always knowing exactly where we are headed.” – The Power of Uncertainty :: Tips :: The 99 Percent

Links of the Week


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Next Issue

The next issue of TWILIS will be published on Friday, July 1, 2011.

This Week in LIS is published most Fridays by Christopher Barth, Executive Director of Library and Information Services at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

This issue is Volume 5, Number 30 (#197)

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