Headline of the Week: The Future of Calendaring at Luther
Beginning in January 2009, we will replacing our current Oracle Collaboration Suite calendaring system for Luther with Norse Calendar, part of our Norse Apps suite of applications we license from Google. Currently only about 250 Luther community members use Oracle, though for some of them it is a critical support application. Our new system will have many benefits including:
- Everyone will have a calendar – including students. Scheduling things for everyone on campus is about to get much easier.
- Calendars can be shared and received from users worldwide. For those who want to share their calendar with colleagues or family members (or see their calendars), many new possibilities will exist.
- Calendaring will integrate directly with email to allow for easy scheduling of meetings.
- Publishing special calendars for campus use will be much easier and individuals will be able to subscribe to a wide variety of special interest calendars.
The challenge in migrating to a new calendaring system is everybody needs to move at once, since everyone relies on the shared data and meeting information for their schedules. We’ve chosen January 1, 2009 as a good date to switch being the end of both the fall semester and the calendar year. There is a process to migrate data from their existing Oracle calendars into Norse Calendar, and LIS will be sharing that procedure later this fall. However, users who have converted to Norse Apps already can begin using and learning Norse Calendar now. For events occurring in 2009, users can input them directly into Norse Calendar saving the work of importing them later.
LIS will be talking much more about this migration this fall and what it will mean, so stay tuned, and you can look forward to a much more widely-compatible calendaring future.
- We welcome our new Academic Technology Librarian Rebecca Sullivan who officially begins her work with LIS this week as faculty return to campus.
- Our recruitments for Help Desk Specialist and Programmer Analyst are well underway and applicant review is beginning. We hope to move these recruitments along as both positions are very important support positions that we would like to have filled for fall.
- August 25 (Monday) Windows Vista Demonstration – 11:00a
- August 26 (Tuesday) Norse Mail, Chat, and Start Page Training – 9:00a
- August 26 (Tuesday) Norse Calendar and Docs Training – 10:45a
- 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:
- Norse Apps Session Added in August
- Luther’s Internet Connection: Part 3 Multihomed and More Bandwidth
- Issues Connecting to Licensed Resources
- Physics Department receives 12 upgraded laptops
- Biology Department receives 29 upgraded laptops
- Circulation Desk receives 20 upgraded laptops
- Sampson-Hoffland receives 16 A/V carts
- New Registration Clearance screen for my.luther.edu
- New Phishing Scam Email
- Network outage due to power outage Olin Hall 8/25/08
- Internet Traffic Graph
- Update on Google Apps Migration
- LIS Printing Policies
- Norse Key Password Expiration
- Partial Network Outage in Library during 8/25/08 Olin Power Outage
- Wireless Network in Tower of Main
- User Services Weekly – 8/19/08
- Bike Share circulation moving to the library
LIS Website Changes
- No significant changes were made to the website this week.
- This weekend we will do a fair amount of upgrading and patching to existing modules and services.
Notes from LIS Council
- LIS Council did not meet this week.
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: Google Insights for Search
The tagline for this site is “See what the world is searching for.” This site from Google lets users mine Google’s rich search data to see what users are searching for, where they’re searching from, and when they’re searching.
For instance, who knew that in Google at least the term “luther college” is on a slight downward trend for search volume since 2004? who knew the rank order of US states searching for “luther college” is Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, and Indiana? Who knew that Madagascar leads the world for interest in Britney Spears? Obviously there is no end to the amount of trivial information in this data mine, but there is also a fair amount of useful information as well.
On the web at http://www.google.com/insights/search/
Around the Web
Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week:
- Culture, Economy, and Business
- I Was There. Just Ask Photoshop. [New York Times]
- At School, Technology Starts to Turn a Corner [New York Times]
- Where Are We In The Hype Cycle? [TechCrunch]
- Be like a gymnast, not like a marathoner [acleareye.com]
- 29 Percent of Internet Users Admit Purchasing from Spam [AppScout]
- Mac Customer Satisfaction Gains: ‘We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’ [BusinessWeek]
- Four-day week on the rise in education [eSchoolNews]
- Google Tops Website Customer Satisfaction Index [TechCrunch]
- Hardware and Technology Tools
- The Future of the Desktop [ReadWriteWeb]
- Higher Education
- Half of college students consider suicide [MSNBC]
- College presidents seek drinking age debate [MSNBC]
- A Peek Into the Mind of the Average College Freshman [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- How Americans Pay for College [Inside Higher Ed]
- Welcome, Freshmen. Have an iPod. [New York Times]
- Colleges Get Greener in Operations, but Not in Teaching [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Internet and Networking
- We’re running out of IPv4 addresses. Time for IPv6. Really. [ars technica]
- Share Locally, Unclog the Internet [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Verizon: we need freedom to delay P2P traffic when necessary [ars technica]
- Iowa chosen for next Microsoft data center [CNET News]
- Security expert: DNS attacks are happening [CNET News]
- Law, Intellectual Property and Intellectual Freedom
- Libraries and Librarians
- Media and Publishing
- A Surprise Winner at the Olympic Games in Beijing: NBC [New York Times]
- Despite credibility issues, online news consumption grows [ars technica]
- Are editors a luxury that we can do without? [The Guardian]
- Free digital texts begin to challenge costly college textbooks in California [Los Angeles Times]
- Open Source and Standards
- Security and Privacy
- Service and User Experience
- Yahoo! drops Boolean support [Pandia.com]
- Software and Operating Systems