This Week in LIS - 12 August 2011

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Headline of the Week: Datatel and SunGard Higher Education sign agreement to combine businesses

Datatel and SunGard Higher Education have signed definitive agreements to combine businesses under a new holding company and operate as one company focused exclusively on serving global education. Together, with 3,000 employees collectively serving more than 2,300 colleges, universities, institutions and foundations in 40 countries around the world, the combined companies will be able to better serve customers.

Which administrative systems will the combined company continue to support? Will you plan to migrate customers away from their current solutions?

This is an important point for all of our combined customers. We will continue to support and invest in the solutions of both companies. We will also continue to develop ERP-independent solutions that work with our administrative systems (SunGard Higher Education Banner and PowerCAMPUS; Datatel’s Colleague) as well as those from other vendors. Keeping customers happy is our number one priority. As we listen, collaborate and innovate, we will make decisions that are right for the customer and right for the business. We will continue to deliver on the development plans we have committed to customers.

Are you planning to cancel any projects or products? Any solution areas where you expect to significantly diminish investment?

We expect to accelerate innovation and invest in key areas to address the needs of our customers once combined. We will continue to deliver on the development plans we have committed to customers.

Full story at

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
    • TWILIS
      • Discussed the Infoneer feed that was previously in TWILIS (and will no longer be a part of TWILIS). Anyone can subscribe to the full content feed which is available by Daily Email Digest or RSS.
    • Browser Home Page
      • It is possible to set the home page on the web browser to a specific page. Diane will make a list of what page is the home page on each of the various images – faculty, staff, lab, etc, and then LIS Council will talk further.
    • LIS Student Advisory Committee
      • A few years ago, an LIS Student Advisory Committee was formed to gather input from students and to share happenings within LIS. This committee did not meet during the past academic year and will not meet this fall either.
    • LISAAC Student Representation
      • Student names are being gathered by LIS and will be submitted to the Dean’s Office. The Dean will then select a student to join the LIS Academic Advisory Committee (LISAAC), replacing a student who graduated this past year.
    • Google Street View
      • Discussed the possibility of participating in Google’s free partnership program in which we could invite them to come with their equipment and map the campus. Conversation will be held with Marketing.
    • LIS-Reason Migration
      • The project to migrate the LIS website from Drupal to Reason content management system is underway. At this point, it seems it will be primarily a manual process to copy the content over. Implementation timeline and workflow is under discussion.
    • Internet Speed Increase
      • Mediacom is scheduled and NEIT will be coming in a few more weeks. This will increase our bandwidth from 140MB to 250MB with these changes, almost doubling our capacity.
  • Returning Items
    • Faculty Handbook Review & Edits
      • We confirmed the edits to be made to the LIS sections of the handbook and will be submitting them to the Dean’s Office this week.
    • MS Campus Agreement
      • We are in the process of reviewing our Microsoft Campus Agreement and will be renewing this month. We are in year 3 of 3 in our current agreement.
    • Chromebook Pilot
      • We have the contract for a few Chromebooks in hand and are reviewing a few details before signing and beginning our pilot project.

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 Diane Gossman. 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
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 Closed
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
Datatel web user interface 4.3 training Workshop Aug 25 2011 – 11:00am 11:45am Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open

Food for Thought

The recent posting If You Can’t Reach Everyone Aim For The Passionate Users at the ACRL blog looks to surviving local video stores (in the age of Hulu and Netflix) as a model for academic libraries remaining relevant in today’s society.

In other words, it is useless for video stores to compete with services like Netflix in terms of price, convenience, or sheer volume of inventory; but where they can compete (and win) is in personalized service and creating community.

Can the same be said for academic libraries and Google? If so, the question becomes “who are our most passionate users?”

Thanks to Jennifer Rian for this week’s submission.

This Week in LIS is published most Fridays by Diane Gossman, Chair of the LIS Council, on behalf of the LIS Council at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The Library and Information Services Council provides strategic leadership for information support to Luther College and its mission.

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