This Week in LIS - 26 August 2011

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Headline of the Week: Student Workers – What Would We Do Without Them?

In LIS, student workers are essential. During this past summer, we had twelve students working full-time with us throughout the department. As I try to imagine what our department would be like during the summer without those students, well, let’s just say that it would be very different and LIS would not be able to support the Luther Community in the same way without them. They have helped at our Technology Help Desk and Circulation Desk service points, with Interlibrary loan and library technical services, the faculty computer rollout, the classroom and lab rollout, Reason programming, and networking. To quote one of our staff, the students “did a phenomenal job this summer” and we greatly appreciate their contributions.

As we prepare for the start of the Fall 2011 Semester, this week our new and returning Technology Help Desk students have been involved in training sessions since Tuesday afternoon. Similarly, our Circulation Desk students will be in training on Monday and Tuesday of this coming week. In total, there are over 60 students who work for LIS during the academic year.

If you’re on campus this weekend helping students move-in to their residences, you’ll see LIS students helping new and returning students connect their computers to the campus network. LIS students are an integral part of the work we do in LIS and we enjoy working with them and being a part of their lives at Luther.

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
    • Valders 377 Large Format Plotter
      • Reviewed the changes regarding the large format plotter in the GIS lab (Valders 377) which is now limited to natural science division faculty and approved students for science classroom and research work only. For all other large-format printing needs, a large-format plotter is available in the Document Center in Main.
    • LIS Service and System Notices – Fall 2011
      • LIS is beginning to gather items for the fall message that will be sent to the Luther Community regarding new and upgraded services. LIS staff with items to be included are to pass them to Adam, Marcia, Andi, or Diane.
    • LIS Outboard Google Calendar
      • When the LIS website moves to Reason, the LIS Outboard will need to be replaced with another option. Use of an LIS Outboard Google Calendar is being considered and will be discussed in more detail at the September LIS General.
    • Appropriate Use of Luther Data Networks
      • Reviewed the message that will go out this fall reminding the Luther Community of the appropriate use of Luther Data networks.
    • ACM Visit
      • Representatives from the ACM will be on campus the end of next week.
    • Admissions Student Ambassador Training
      • Discussed Monday’s sessions to train the Admissions tour guides and the handout that will be provided to them.
    • Basecamp
      • Reviewed the current use of Basecamp and discussed options.
    • Chromebooks
      • We submitted our signed contract for 10 Chromebooks to Google this week and expect delivery soon. Bob Puffer will be leading the pilot project.
    • LC Guest Network
      • We are seeing several people regularly using the guest network and will watch the numbers once school starts to determine usage patterns. Reminder that faculty, staff, and students are to use the LC Wireless campus network.
    • Xirrrus
      • Xirrus is on campus Wednesday, August 24, to survey the Miller wireless network post-remodel.
  • Returning Items
    • Browser Home Page
      • Discussed recent conversations and decisions regarding the default browser and home page.
    • LISAAC Student Representation
      • Aimee Schreiber is joining the LIS Academic Advisory Council this year.
    • Google Street View
      • Decided to move forward and participate in Google’s free partnership program in which we could invite them to come with their equipment and map the campus. Publications will be the point of contact for the partnership.
    • Transition Document
      • Reviewed additional transition items.

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
Understanding What Morsle Can Do For You Product Demonstration Sep 6 2011 – 11:00am 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Understanding What Morsle Can Do For You Product Demonstration Sep 7 2011 – 11:00am 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Understanding What Morsle Can Do For You Product Demonstration Sep 8 2011 – 11:00am 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Understanding What Morsle Can Do For You Product Demonstration Sep 9 2011 – 11:00am 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Norse Apps Student Information Session Workshop Sep 12 2011 – 4:00pm 4:45pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Closed
Norse Apps Student Information Session Workshop Sep 13 2011 – 9:40am 10:30am Olin 301 – Round Table Room Closed
Norse Apps Student Information Session Workshop Sep 13 2011 – 2:30pm 3:15pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Closed

Food for Thought

LIS is pleased to announce the availability of our new web-based Work Order Self Service system. Enter new work orders, add to existing work orders, or check on the status of your requests. Visit and sign in with your Norse Key. More information available at Note that you can still contact the LIS Technology Help Desk via email ([email protected]), phone (563-387-1000), or visiting the library.

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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