Headline of the Week: 2007-08 LIS Annual Report and Snapshot Published
As we prepare to launch the new academic year in just a couple weeks, we close the book on the 2007-08 academic year with the completion of the LIS Annual Report. Notable points include:
- The full report is being published only electronically this year on the LIS website.
- The condensed “Snapshot” is also now available as a PDF download. This 8-page summary will be printed and distributed selectively on campus.
- Metrics have now been added to the entire LIS website (including the Annual Report) in a “Did You Know?” box running in the far right column. This item randomly chooses one of many metrics tracked by LIS.
- The objectives listed in the Annual Report are now our final objectives for the coming year.
- A number of edits, additions and other changes have been made over the last several weeks.
Thanks to everyone for your assistance in gathering together this summary of work for the past academic year. On to 2008-09 we go …
Presidential Candidates Release Technology Policies
Today, the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain released his technology policy which now joins the policy previously published by the presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Links to the two policies are included below, and both are worthy of a good read. Technology and technology policy in government will only grow in importance as our reliance on networked information grows.
- August 18 (Monday) Norse Apps Demonstration – 11:00a
- August 19 (Tuesday) KATIE Workshop – 9:00a
- August 20 (Wednesday) Norse Mail, Chat, and Start Page Workshop – 9:00a
- August 20 (Wednesday) Norse Calendar and Docs Workshop – 10:45a
- August 25 (Monday) Windows Vista Demonstration – 11:00a
- August 27 (Wednesday) KATIE Training – 9:00a
- August 27 (Wednesday) Windows Vista Training – 10:45a
- More information on upcoming training opportunities: http://lis.luther.edu/learn
LIS Blog Highlights from the Week
The following articles are sampled from those available on the LIS Blog:
- Financial Aid Award Letters available on My Luther
- Luther’s Internet Connection: Part 2 Bandwidth Management
- Network Outage due to Power Outage 8/11/08 7:30AM
- Sampson-Hoffland Wireless Network Open for Business
- User Services Weekly – 8/5/08
- LIS Website Switches Default Theme
- $475,000 in Mellon Foundation Funds to Plan Open Source Library System
- Norse Apps Training for Football / FinAid
- Windows Vista demo/training
- New Luther email system demo/training
- Students Hardware Upgrade Complete
- Online Campus Visit Events Registration Goes Live
- New Sculpture for Center for the Arts
LIS Website Changes
- The default theme on the website has been changed. This new theme allows for some greater flexibility in publishing, integrates imagery and introduces a more muted color scheme.
- The “Did You Know?” factoid box has been introduced as a way to convey the scope of LIS service to the community. It currently appears on each page.
- The About LIS section of the website has been nearly completely revamped. All content (with the exception of the staff listing) has been migrated to Textile and cleaned up. New material has been added including our most recent organization chart. Our policies have been republished as a collective unit like our Annual Report. We will be actively working to expand the collection of policies published there.
- Some permissions work is ongoing to address some issues with site stability.
Notes from LIS Council
Among the topics discussed at this week’s Council meeting were:
- Planning for the Help Desk Specialist recruitment.
- Review of third-party training resources.
- Review of our LIS project list (http://lis.luther.edu/projects – LIS Only).
- Ramifications of the technology mandates in the Higher Education Reauthorization Act.
- Policies required by the Reaccreditation team.
Council also met this week in “extended” session to prepare the first draft of a comprehensive external communications policy. This will be shared with LIS in the next couple of weeks.
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.
Notable Internet Resource of the Week: NowDoThis
On the web at http://www.nowdothis.com/
Around the Web
Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week:
- Culture, Economy, and Business
- Shifting To A Design Thinking Culture [Designing Better Libraries]
- Bureau of Labor Statistics reports big drop in tech jobs
- Michael Wesch’s Presentation to Library of Congress
- Online student-teacher friendships can be tricky [CNN]
- Boom: Apple Worth More Than Google [All Things Digital]
- 12 Tools That Will Soon Go the Way of Fax and CDs [How to Save the World]
- Hardware and Technology Tools
- Higher Education
- An Education in the Dangers of Online Research [Washington Post]
- Colleges Link Up to Cut Costs [BusinessWeek]
- For Most People, College Is a Waste of Time [Wall Street Journal]
- President Bush Signs Legislation to Renew the Higher Education Act [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- An Internal Wiki That’s Not Classified [New York Times]
- Internet and Networking
- Researcher: encourage more, not less Internet traffic [ars technica]
- Obama, Olympics spam popular as year-over-year volume grows [ars technica]
- Storms in the cloud leave users up creek without a paddle [ars technica]
- U.S. Internet Speeds Drop to 15th Worldwide [Yahoo! News]
- Law, Intellectual Property and Intellectual Freedom
- What copyright costs us [c|net News]
- 2 IP addresses, 40 matches: Tufts tries to cut RIAA driftnet [ars technica]
- University wants cease-and-desist order for MediaSentry [ars technica]
- Judge: RIAA damages too high in innocent infringement case [ars technica]
- The Coming Collision of Legal & IT [Internet Evolution]
- Court: violating copyleft = copyright infringement [ars technica]
- RIAA Pays $107,951 to Alleged Filesharer [TorrentFreak]
- Libraries and Librarians
- Media and Publishing
- Applications Spur Carriers to Relax Grip on Cellphones [New York Times]
- Open Source and Standards
- Security and Privacy
- Russian Gang Hijacking PCs in Vast Scheme [New York Times]
- Major Internet security flaw also affects email [MSNBC]
- Leaks in Patch for Web Security Hole [New York Times]
- Web Privacy on the Radar in Congress [New York Times]
- Goodbye, Passwords. You Aren’t a Good Defense. [New York Times]
- What is worse than reusing passwords? [ITWorld]
- Service and User Experience
- Software and Operating Systems
- Blog Posts Poke Holes in ‘Taste Test’ by Microsoft [New York Times]
- Microsoft Launches Windows 7 Development Blog [AppScout]
- King penguin receives Norwegian knighthood [Yahoo! News]