Headline of the Week: LIS Service Points Task Force Reforming
Last spring, a number of LIS folk spent time exploring and asking the big questions regarding our primary LIS service points on the main floor of Preus Library – Circulation, Reference, and Help Desk. As an integrated library and technology organization, we wanted to think about how these traditional service points represent LIS as an organization, and understand how they do and can interact one another to further the work and mission of LIS and Luther. The result of this work was a vision and framework for service points in LIS, excerpted below:
- To enhance the user experience at LIS service points
- To encourage broad thinking about service with LIS and among LIS staff providing service
- To broaden the skills of professional staff through cross-training and collaboration
- To design and create spaces that better support service and collaboration
Vision for Relationship Between Service Points
Regarding primary LIS service points, we will pursue:
- a physically co-located suite of service points on the main entrance floor to Preus Library
- greater understanding and knowledge of service across individual service points
- an evolutive and iterative seedbed to test, try, and develop innovative service models
- inclusion of the college’s Writing Center adjacent to the co-located service point
Vision for Service Point Staffing
Regarding staffing our LIS service points, we will pursue:
- Greater cross-training and awareness of LIS services across all staff (including student staff)
- More effective use of student employees
- Creation of a central hub for LIS staff to collaborate
Vision for a Learning Studio
Regarding collaborative work space on the main floor of Preus Library, we will pursue:
- Flexible, multi-purpose space intended for small group collaborative work
- Integrated technology that is also flexible in purpose and use
- Open space that uses furniture to appropriately define and divide space
- As few physical walls and barriers as required
- Individual office space for all LIS staff
- Space intended specifically for LIS staff collaboration
This spring, we will reconvene our task force to brainstorm and recommend specific actions to put this vision to work. Once these steps are identified we can work to plan for resources to enact the vision as our budget and other resources allow. As always, the work of the task force will rely upon the input and thought of all of LIS and many other campus constituents who use our service points. Thanks in advance to everyone for helping bring this vision a few steps closer to reality.
LIS Blog Highlights from the Week
The following articles are sampled from those available on the LIS Blog:
- Top-selling books in Decorah in 2008
- New Conficker Virus requires Server Update Patches for Protection
- SciFinder Scholar Web Access [Luther Only]
- Library professional staff meeting 1-19-09
- Students can view 1098T information on my.luther.edu
- NITLE Update – 20 January 2009
- LIS Website Updates – 01/22/2009
- Oracle Calendar is Going Away
- Spring 2009 Training and Instruction Sessions
- Additional Servers Getting Update Patches Friday Night for Virus Protection
Notes from LIS Council
LIS Council discussed the following topics this week:
- Visit to Beloit College
- Web CMS Project Status
- Instruction Opportunities
- NITLE Summit
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.
This list represents professional development events with registration deadlines within approximately four weeks. A full list of events (sortable by registration deadline) is available at http://www.nitle.org/www/events.
- Grassroots Video. Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Date & Time: January 28, 2009, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/855-special-topics-in-digital-teaching-7.
- Language and Culture: Finding, Assessing, and Exploiting Online and Media Resources for Language Teaching. Registration deadline: January 23, 2009. Program Dates: March 13 – 15, 2009 (6:00 PM, Friday – 12:00 PM, Sunday, Central). Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. 7 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/827-language-and-culture.
- Tablet PCs In and Outside the Classroom: What Difference Do They Make? Registration deadline: January 23, 2009. Program Date & Time: February 6, 2009, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/852-special-topics-for-instructional-tec....
- Web-Mapping. Registration deadline: January 30, 2009. Program Date: March 3, 2009, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Eastern. Kenyon College, Gambier, OH. 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/909-web-mapping-7.
- Instructional Technology Leaders Conference. Registration deadline: January 30, 2009. Program Date: March 27 – 29, 2009 (5:00 PM, Friday – 12:00 PM, Sunday, Eastern). Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. 7 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/826-instructional-technology-leaders-con....
- NITLE Summit. Registration deadline: January 30, 2009. Program Date: March 29 – 30, 2009 (2:00 PM, Sunday – 5:00 PM, Monday, Eastern). Philadelphia, PA. 5 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/871-nitle-summit-2.
- Call for Proposals, Mapping for Sustainability (April 23 – 25, 2009, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA). Proposal submission deadline: January 30, 2009. Call for proposals: http://tinyurl.com/map-for-sustain-cfp. Submit proposals electronically: http://tinyurl.com/MapSustainCFP. Conference registration deadline: February 27, 2009. Event web page: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/824. Contact: Sean Connin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Special Topics in Digital Teaching. Registration deadline: February 13, 2009. Program Date & Time: February 25, 2009, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/856-special-topics-in-digital-teaching-8.
- Digital Video in the Curriculum. Registration deadline: February 20, 2009. Program Date & Time: March 6, 2009, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/853-special-topics-for-instructional-tec...
Next Week in LIS
- Thursday, January 29th – Norse Mail Tips & Tricks (Skills Training), 9:00-10:00a, Olin Round Table Room
- More information on upcoming training opportunities
Notable Internet Resource of the Week: 2itch
This week’s installment is a web app of likely interest to college students in particular, but really any of us might have a hankering for Twinkies at 3:00 am. While you might know how to commandeer your quarry in your own home town, what if you’re out and about … what establishments are open 24 hours? 2itch tries to answer that question for you by serving as a map and index of establishments open 24 hours. Coverage and data is currently better for metropolitan areas and locations along major interstates. The site relies on data from users to provide direction to stores, services, restaurants, hospitals, etc. that are always open. They also offer a Windows Vista sidebar gadget and are developing an iPhone location aware application.
On the web at http://www.2itch.com/
Around the Web
Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week:
- Copyright and Intellectual Property
- IFPI publishes Digital Music Report 2009 [FierceWireless]
- 37% of P2P users say they’ll ignore disconnection threats [ars technica]
- RIAA pulls out of John Doe cases involving college students [ars technica]
- Judge: 17,000 illegal downloads don’t equal 17,000 lost sales [ars technica]
- Dutch government study: net effect of P2P use is positive [ars technica]
- Culture, Economy, and Business
- Music Industry Imitates Digital Pirates to Turn a Profit [New York Times]
- The Top Changes IT Must Make to Survive [Internet Evolution]
- Facebook Now Nearly Twice The Size Of MySpace Worldwide [TechCrunch]
- Microsoft delays plans for Iowa data center [CNET News]
- Data Security and Privacy
- Google and Search
- Google Apps
- Hardware and Technology Tools
- Higher Education
- If Only Wal-Mart Ran My College [The Daily Beast]
- The Last Professor [New York Times]
- College Remains Key to Prosperity [LiveScience]
- Colleges and Universities Adopt Social Media to Recruit and Research Potential Students; Outpace Corporate Adoption of New Communications Tools and Technologies [PRWeb]
- 3-Year Study Affirms Value of Better Information Technology [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Innovation and Design
- NMC Releases 2009 Horizon Report [New Media Consortium]
- Internet and Networking
- Libraries and Librarians
- OCLC Delays WorldCat Policy Pending Review Board [American Libraries]
- Media and Publishing
- The Death of Newspapers [Chronicle Review]
- Publisher Rethinks the Daily: It’s Free and Printed and Has Blogs All Over [New York Times]
- Watch out Wikipedia, here comes Britannica 2.0 [Sydney Morning Herald]
- Software and Operating Systems
- Microsoft Ordered to Delete Browser [New York Times]