- March 26,27 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Office 2007
- April 2,3 (Wednesday, Thursday): Training: Sneak Peek at New Magnus (library catalog)
- More information on upcoming training opportunities: http://lis.luther.edu/learn
Headline of the Week: Norse Key Changes
This week, LIS put in place some changes to our Norse Key policies that will affect all faculty, staff, and students. These changes have been in the works for quite a while and will create a safer and more secure environment for our networked information. Data security is a top priority for LIS and Luther, and we want to ensure and promote that same responsibility for data security and integrity is an important duty for all Luther community members.
The new policy will now provide periodic expirations for passwords, and brings us in line with standards for secure identity management. We recognize there are benefits to keeping the same credentials over time, though we also know the potential damage that can be done with compromised credentials. Ensuring a regular expiry procedure allows us to better contain the associated risks. Each time a password is changed, community members are also asked to review the Statement of Responsibility that covers use of data and data networks at Luther. This will serve as a good refresher and reminder of the responsibilities that accompany access to the Luther network.
We do strongly encourage individuals to not write down their Norse Key credentials to minimize their exposure to loss or theft. The recent spate of phishing attempts at Luther were delivered from compromised accounts at another educational institution, and we want to continually work to ensure that our resources are not used in a similar manner. To accomplish that, we need your help in keeping your credentials safe, secure, and regularly refreshed.
For questions regarding the policy and changes to the password procedures, please call the Help Desk.
LIS Blog Highlights from the Week:
- Norse Key Password Requirements are Changing – Training was held this week on the new Norse Key policies.
- Emergency Response Planning – LIS is reviewing and expanding emergency response plans. This will be an ongoing process.
- Norse Apps Migration – Our migration is well underway. Check out the temperature gauge included in this post for an update.
- CBORD Server Swap – Our CBORD system will have some upcoming maintenance performed.
- Interesting Uses of Technology in Instruction Department – Twitter – A look at Twitter in an academic environment.
- Network Outage in Preus and Olin Monday Morning – Construction for the Sampson Hoffland Science facility will involve some electrical disruptions in Olin which will affect network access in the Library on Monday.
- New workflow for summer programming billing – The headline says it all for this one :)
- Ernest Espelie Essay – A new page on the Ernest Espelie collection held in Preus Library.
LIS Website Changes
- Lis.luther.edu has received some significant patches and upgrades this week to ensure security. We also continue to look at some expanded functionality to migrate discipline-specific research guides into Drupal.
- Encore has arrived and is now available as an alternate search interface to our library catalog. We will be working to expand its functionality in the coming weeks before a public launch in early summer 2008. Luther’s Encore is on the web at: http://encore.luther.edu/iii/encore
- Magnus, LIS’ online catalog has a beta interface available at http://books.luther.edu:2082/ which is currently undergoing review and will be finalized shortly. This new interface will be launched alongside Encore after the end of the spring semester.
Notes from LIS Council
LIS Council discussed Norse Key changes and timelines for implementation, beginning our review of emergency response procedures, how regular care and feeding of Postal Soft should be handled on campus, and reviewing timelines for LIS projects. We also discussed topics from the faculty meeting also held on Tuesday including contracts for non-tenure line faculty and the proposal for a Russian Studies major.
As a member of NITLE, Luther has the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of programs targeted for faculty, librarians, and information technologists. Each week, we’ll list upcoming opportunities. If you’re interested in more information about any of these events see the links below. If you would like to be nominated to participate in an event, please let me know prior to the posted deadline. Participation is contingent upon available funding and program acceptance. Items added since the last issue of TWILIS carry a NEW: tag.
- Nominations due Friday, March 28th:
- Online Meeting: Designing a Language Center in a Liberal Arts College: a professional development brown bag for instructional technologists and their colleagues. Program Date & Time: May 2, 2008, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV.
- Nominations due Friday, April 4th:
- Workshop-To-Go: Teaching Digital Natives: Strategies for Digital Immigrants. Program Date: May 15, 2008. Location: Allegheny College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Visual Literacy: Using Images for Teaching and Learning. Program Date: May 16, 2008. Location: Allegheny College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Visual Literacy: Using Images for Teaching and Learning. Program Date: May 7, 2008. Location: University of Richmond.
- Workshop-To-Go: Web-Mapping. Program Date: May 8, 2008. Location: University of Richmond.
- Nominations due Friday, April 11th:
- Workshop-To-Go: Digital Video Production: Final Cut. Program Date: May 20 – 22, 2008. Location: Grinnell College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus. Program Date: May 20, 2008. Location: Occidental College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Podcasting for the Liberal Arts Classroom. Program Date: May 21, 2008. Location: Occidental College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus. Special focus: blogs, wikis, and RSS. Program Date: May 22, 2008. Location: Wheaton College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Podcasting for the Liberal Arts Classroom. Program Date: May 23, 2008. Location: Wheaton College.
- Nominations Due Friday, April 18th:
- Workshop-To-Go: Digital Repositories: Using DSpace. Program Dates: Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Location: Union College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus. Program Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2008. Location: Macalester College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Visual Literacy: Using Images for Teaching and Learning. Program Date: Thursday, May 29, 2008. Location: Macalester College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Technologies for Teaching Writing. Program Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008. Location: Southwestern University.
- Nominations Due Friday, April 25th:
- Workshop-To-Go: Visual Literacy: Using Images for Teaching and Learning. Program Date: May 27, 2008. Location: Colby College.
- Workshop-To-Go: Introduction to Web Development. Program Dates: May 29 – 30, 2008. Location: Birmingham-Southern College.
- Nominations Due Friday, May 1st:
- Workshop-To-Go: Teaching with Learning Management Systems: Sakai. Program Date: June 3, 2008. Location: Allegheny College.
- Nominations due Friday, May 9th:
- Workshop-To-Go: Multimedia Narrative: Communicating with Stories. Program Dates: June 18 – 20, 2008. Location: St. Lawrence University.
- Nominations due Friday, May 23rd:
- Online Meeting: Moodle Virtual User Community Meeting. Program Date & Time: June 26, 2008, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV.
- Nominations due Friday, August 15th:
- Conference: Creativity across the Curriculum: The Role of Technology. Program Dates: October 3 – 5, 2008. Location: Willamette University.
- Conference: Shibboleth and Federated Identity Management. Program Dates: October 6 – 8, 2008. Location: Lafayette College.
- Conference: Kuali Financial System User Community Meeting. Program Dates: October 9 – 10, 2008. Location: Minneapolis, MN.
- Conference: Expeditions in Scientific Visualization. Program Dates: October 10 – 12, 2008. Location: Bard College.
- Conference: Real-Time Collaboration on the Liberal Arts Campus. Program Dates: October 19 – 21, 2008. Location: Rhodes College.
- Conference: Service Learning and Social Justice Programs: The Role of Technology. Program Dates: October 24 – 26, 2008. Location: Swarthmore College.
- Conference: Internationalizing the Curriculum: the Role of Technology. Program Dates: November 7 – 9, 2008. Location: Whittier College.
- Nominations due Friday, October 3rd:
- Online Meeting: Moodle Virtual User Community Meeting. Program Date & Time: November 6, 2008, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV.
Cool Resource of the Week: The Visible Body
Depending upon how you feel about doctors, medicine and the internal workings of your body, this week’s selection may or may not be for you. The Visible Body is a fully-interactive, 3D human body application providing a window into ourselves like you’ve probably never seen and according to the publisher, is the most complete, highly detailed, and anatomically accurate human body model available. It is designed to deliver the level of detail necessary to teach a college-level Anatomy and Physiology course. Individual layers can be controlled and turned on or off, allowing for study of specific anatomical systems. Currently the model used is female, though a male version is currently under development as well.
This web-based tool does require Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer, so there are a few points off there for not playing nice with all operating systems and browsers. Two plugins are also required (Flash and Anark). However access to the full tool is available at no charge to anyone who registers with the site. Use in educational environments is encouraged.
For those just wanting to look a bit before registering, check out the Help page which includes a video with screen shots (http://www.visiblebody.com/controls)
On the web at http://www.visiblebody.com/ – Thanks to Andrew for forwarding this along.
Around the Web
Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week:
- Culture, Economy, and Business
- AOL to buy Bebo for $850 million [Los Angeles Times]
- Pleasing Google’s Tech-Savvy Staff [Wall Street Journal]
- 7 Things You Should Know About Google Apps [Educause]
- Opening Google Docs to users and developers via Gadgets and Visualization API [Official Google Blog]
- The Google Conflict: Search Engine or Destination? [Clickz]
- Higher Education
- U. of Iowa Reverses New Policy That Would Have Made Nearly All Theses Freely Available Online [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- MPAA to Congress: Filtering is in colleges’ best interests [ars technica]
- Internet and Networking
- Yahoo Beats Google to Semantic Web [Internet Evolution]
- Law, Intellectual Property and Intellectual Freedom
- Congressman may inject much-needed Fair Use into PRO-IP Act [ars technica]
- Libraries and Librarians
- Soft Launch VS. Big Blowout – A Design Perspective [Designing Better Libraries]
- The Internet Archive Keeps Book-Scanning Free [Wired]
- Lean and Clean Balancing Machine [Yanko Design]
- Absurd Entries in the OED: An Introduction To Ammon Shea [Oxford University Press USA]
- Media and Publishing
- Ha Ha! Your medium is dying! [The Simpsons / LiveLeak]
- Web changing journalism, but not as expected, study finds: News agenda seems to be narrowing [International Herald Tribune]
- Verizon Wireless Tops Airways Auction [New York Times]
- Open Source and Standards
- Security and Privacy
- 40% of all spam comes from just one source [The Tech Don]
- Service and User Experience
- Question your work [Signal vs. Noise]
- The Flip takes 13% of the camcorder market by doing less
- Software and Operating Systems
- Mozilla says Firefox 3 ready for prime-time [Yahoo! Technology]