Organizational Structure

Library and Information Services supports the work and mission of the Luther College community by providing:

  • access to appropriate communication and information resources,
  • expertise and training in the effective and efficient use of information, and
  • a place to explore and express ideas, ourselves, and our community.

The following chart displays the relationship of different LIS teams and allocation of our human resources across teams. (Click for larger view, or downloadable PDF also attached)


LIS Org Chart July 2014 

As a “converged” information services organization, we seek to appropriately synthesize traditional library and technology services in support of the academic mission of Luther College. Our organization consists of the following teams:

Archives
Responsible for development and support of archival collections support supporting the administrative and academic work of the college.

Leadership and Program Support
Responsible for organizational leadership, administrative support of LIS, and facilitating internal and external communications.

Network and Systems
Responsible for development and support of central technology infrastructure including server hardware and data and telephone networks supporting the administrative and academic work of the college.

Research and Instructional Services
Responsible for development and support of research resources supporting the academic work of the college.

Software Development
Responsible for development and support of enterprise software applications supporting the administrative and academic work of the college.

User Services
Responsible for supporting Luther community members in their use of LIS information services across library and technology boundaries.


LIS Council
The Library and Information Services Council provides strategic leadership for information support to Luther College and its mission. The LIS Council consists of the following team members, each of whom serve as team leaders with direct reports within LIS:

  • Executive Director of Library and Information Services, convener
  • Director of Software Development
  • Department Head, Library and Information Studies
  • Director of User Services
  • Director of Networks & Systems

Other individuals may be appointed to serve on the LIS Council at the invitation of the Executive Director for defined periods of service. Such appointments are not intended to be permanent in nature.


Library and Information Studies
Mission: The Library and Information Studies Department, part of the broader Library and Information Services organization, promotes inquiry and critical thinking by providing access to information resources with a depth and breadth appropriate to the college curriculum. Department members support the mission of the college through management of the library’s collection and by teaching, scholarship and service. As a teaching library, we educate users for lifelong learning through information literacy instruction and the use of technology for scholarly purposes.

The Library and Information Studies (LIST) department is the academic unit housed with the administrative Library and Information Services organization. Members of the department carry faculty appointments and are subject to standard faculty tenure and promotion requirements. Faculty members in the LIST department have dual reporting responsibilities. Oversight for academic work including scholarship, teaching, and faculty service is coordinated by the Dean of the College. Oversight for administrative work and all work pertaining to operation of the library facility and services is coordinated by the Executive Director of Library and Information Services.