This Week in LIS - 6 July 2012

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Headline of the Week: Big (Holiday) Week

It has been a big week despite the fact we enjoyed a holiday right in the middle. It was “quieter” given some vacations and a slower event week on campus. As a result, for the first time since joining the team there were two, half-day blocks of discretionary calendar time on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Both were enjoyed, doing some reading and studying. They reminded me of the value of longer blocks of uninterrupted time. I am sensitive to the needs of our team to find those extended blocks of productive time whether used in collaborative models such as “hackfests” or on personal, thoughtful, intellectually intensive work.

Tuesday afternoon was allocated to studying copyright and fair use. Reading began with Marcia Keyser’s book “Copyright for the Rest of Us – A Guide for People Who Aren’t Lawyers.” Intellectual property (IP) is familiar but it centers on patents and software assets. The ubiquity of copyrighted materials in digital form, powerful tools to manipulate and leverage those works and the ability to easily share them across networks make copyright a topic of ongoing concern. Further, dynamics in statutory and case law and associated interpretation as technology and innovation enable new scenarios to emerge makes this a moving target. The college wants LIS to maintain competency to continue to guide the Luther community. I want to thank librarian John Goodin for joining me in this regard. The intention is to found a learning community around copyright and fair use to maintain intellectual currency, capture that in policy, influence the community through teaching and learning and provide guidance to resources so our community members are enabled to make good decisions as they use copyrighted materials. In addition it will be useful if securing usage rights is easy when usage goes beyond fair use.

Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon and early this morning were dedicated to reading and studying Brian Mathews book, “Marketing Today’s Academic Library – A Bold New Approach to Communicating with Students.” Jennifer Self and Jennifer Rian have been working on some ideas for communication. Both Jennifers reminded me of this book recently and in preparation for conversation the book moved to the top of my reading list. After reading a sample I just had to keep going. O how convenient/seductive Amazon “one-click” combined with a Kindle reader and a wireless connection can be!

Product (or service) marketing is about creating offerings that meet needs of the clients, making them available on terms the clients accept/desire and then introducing them/communicating to clients so they are aware. This book focuses largely on the communicating part and it is clear there is a bias for communicating around offerings of academic value.

On the subject of communicating, some of you will see (over time all of you non-managers will see) invitations to “roundtables.” These are optional meetings of collections of LIS team members to keep open conversation flowing across the LIS organization. Generally the invitees are somewhat “randomly” selected from across the team. Sometimes I may choose a targeted group to have focus on a particular issue. Bring an open mind and willingness to share. Roundtables will be a good complement to the 1-on-1’s and LIS Generals that will continue. When you are invited please respond in the calendar entries so we know who is coming and we can get a good turnout.

I have been reflecting on the list of objectives from our strategy workshop last week. I think they represent very thoughtful input for planning our work for next year and I want to thank you again. It is significant that all our participating voices were reflected in that list.

It was interesting that security was a top objective. This resonates with the conversations the (anti-virus) security team has been having, the conversation that I had with the Cabinet earlier this spring, and the capital investments we were able to make at the end of the fiscal year to strengthen network security. Special thanks to Matt Hammen for arranging a presentation via GoToMeeting by Josh Droegmiller, Manager of IT Infrastructure and Operations from Buena Vista University, that several of us were able to attend. Josh shared some of the story from a data breach at BVU and some of the lessons he took away from the experience. We will soon launch some additional process work to further bring focus to this important topic.

Suggested reading:

“Copyright for the Rest of Us – A Guide for People Who Aren’t Lawyers”, by Marcia W. Keyser. (Marcia is a librarian at Drake I met at an Iowa Private Academic Library meeting in April. Her book is available at:

“Marketing Today’s Academic Library – A Bold New Approach to Communicating with Students”, by Brian Mathews

“IT Risk – Turning Business Threats into Competitive Advantage”, by George Westerman and Richard Hunter

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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. LIS Council did not meet this past week.

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
Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology – Summer 2012 Faculty Workshop Faculty Development Jul 9 2012 – 9:00am Jul 13 2012 – 12:00pm Preus Library – Hovde Lounge Closed
Shakespeare's "King Lear": Page, Stage, and Workshop (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 10 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Open
Shakespeare's "King Lear": Page, Stage, and Workshop (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 11 2012 – 8:00am 8:00pm Off-campus Open
Creating a Faculty Website Using Reason Workshop Aug 9 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
Senior Projects: Creating Meaningful Culminating Experiences in the Major Faculty Development Aug 16 2012 – 9:00am 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nansen Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 20 2012 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Paideia 111/112 New Instructor Workshop (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 20 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Main 114 Open
Updates for Academic Advisors Faculty Development Aug 20 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm TBA Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 21 2012 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Paideia 111/112 New Instructor Workshop (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 21 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Main 114 Open
Writing in the Disciplines Faculty Development Aug 22 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Open

Food for Thought: Google Drive App for iOS

A Google Drive app for iOS (iOS 5.0+) is now available for download in the iTunes App Store. This app allows you to open all files stored in your Drive on your iOS device (iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone).

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Thanks to Adam Forsyth for this week’s submission.

This Week in LIS is published most Fridays by Paul Mattson, Executive Director of LIS at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

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