This Week in LIS - 11 June 2010

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Headline of the Week: On Our Radar

This week, LIS gathered for our annual strategic planning day where we look forward to shaping our agenda for the coming academic year while working to view where the winding path of information service will be leading us in the future. This year, as part of our 2009-10 annual report to be published later this month, we’ll include a “Predictive and Guiding Vision for Library and Information Service” designed to gather a series of statements forecasting where we will be moving as an organization and a profession in the coming years. The series of statements is broken down into four sections, Information Resources, Information Services, Information Infrastructure, and Information Professionals.

This list has been in incubation for a while and draws heavily from planning work done by LIS in 2009. It will be regularly reviewed and updated and will likely become a regular part of our future forecasting and planning. There is little dispute that the evolution and change in the area of information service is broad and foundational. With the landscape changing rapidly, it is important that we continue to maintain a high awareness around us in order to position our service most appropriately in service to the mission of the College.

The statements are available graphically, which include a relative assessment of imminence and focus for the organization. The full text of the statements also appear below. These are currently in draft form, and a final version will be published June 25th. We’ll include more from our planning days in this space in the coming weeks. Stay tuned …

Luther LIS Radar - June 2010

Information Resources

  • Collaborative partnerships for acquisition of information resources will rise in priority and importance.
  • Physical research collections will shrink over time focusing on the “classics” and core titles.
  • Large packaged digital collections (monographic and serialistic) will increasingly form the backbone of academic research collections.
  • The focus of Library and Archives curation and collection operations will increasingly focus on digital content management, with emphasis on local unique materials.
  • Collection development activities will migrate from “just-in-case” to “just-in-time” with expansion of print-on-demand capabilities.
  • The Internet will be the primary method of delivery for multimedia content.
  • Users will continue to quickly adopt ebooks and ereaders.
  • The importance of metrics on resource use (particularly in-facility physical and virtual use) will increase.
  • Storage of research materials will not be seen as a significant priority for library space.
  • A higher value will be placed on more flexible physical spaces for information interaction with emphasis on both private/quiet study and social/collaborative engagement.

Information Services

  • Building effective virtual service points and service capabilities is an increasing priority.
  • Users will increasingly seek physical and virtual self-service opportunities.
  • Users will increasingly seek delivery of ubiquitous mobile services.
  • Geographical independence of mobile and non-mobile services will rise in importance.
  • Use, scope, and size of circulating collections of creative, interpretive, and consumptive information devices will increase.
  • Processes will improve to easily publish and maintain locally-created content (text, audio, video).
  • Integration of information fluency within the curriculum will be the centerpiece of academic research services.
  • It will be an increasing priority to cultivate and maintain quality communication channels with constituents.
  • Collaborative partnerships for information service will expand.

Information Infrastructure

  • There will be increasing opportunity and reason to form collaborative partnerships for information infrastructure.
  • Classroom/lab infrastructure will be reduced.
  • We will experience a continued and somewhat heightened migration to mobile hardware for employees.
  • Data networks will expand to a large number of devices over next-generation IPv6 networks.
  • Voice communications will migrate to data networks with unified messaging.
  • Redundancy and availability will be benchmarks of infrastructure service.
  • Open source, cloud-based enterprise systems will emerge as viable alternatives to current vendor systems.
  • We will trend toward virtually-based infrastructure (cloud computing).

Information Professionals

  • Information support personnel will increasingly focus on public service and information fluency.
  • Comfort with and acclimation to change and evolution of information service will remain a priority.
  • Information professionals will increasingly work on local value-added tasks.
  • There will be an increased expectation of flexibility and broadening of skillsets.
  • Information professionals will increasingly focus on relationships with constituents and increasingly defocus on collections in daily activities.
  • Information professionals will increasingly locate and originate services from embedded positions within functional work teams.
  • Geographic consolidation of information support staff in more collaborative work environments will remain a priority.

LIS Blog Highlights from the Week

The following articles are sampled from those available on the LIS Blog:


Notes from LIS Council

LIS Council is the leadership team within LIS. Among the topics discussed this past week were:

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NITLE Opportunities

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.

Upcoming NITLE events:

Event Date Description
Learning-Centered Assessment: Ideas for Inquiry & Student Success Jun 21, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members who are interested in getting started with effective assessment of instructional technology.
Introduction to Multimedia Narrative in Liberal Education Jun 21, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members interested in teaching, learning and evaluating student multimedia projects.
NITLE Camp: an overview Jun 21, 2010 Innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members will engage issues raised at the NITLE Summit. Camp will focus on applying, managing, and innovating with information technology at liberal arts campuses.
Assessing Instructional Technology Community Meeting Jun 22, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members who are interested in effective assessment of instructional technology.
Digital Storytelling Community Meeting Jun 22, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members who are interested in teaching and learning with digital storytelling.
Moodle Community Meeting Jun 22, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members who are interested in the Moodle open source learning management system and how it can further the academic mission on campus.
New Tools for Digital Storytelling Jun 22, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members looking for new tools to use for digital storytelling.
Open Access and Liberal Arts Colleges Jun 23, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members who are interested in implementing alternative models of scholarly publication on the liberal arts campus.
Supporting Mobile Devices Jun 23, 2010 For innovative front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members interested in supporting teaching and learning with mobile devices.
Audio 2.0 Jun 23, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members interested in teaching and learning with cloud-based audio tools.
Visual Literacy for Teaching and Learning Jun 23, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members who want to use visual resources and open-access solutions for teaching and learning.
Pedagogy of Mobile Devices Jun 24, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members interested in teaching and learning with mobile devices.
Introduction to Text Encoding for Digital Scholarship Jun 24, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members interested in marking up texts for digital scholarship using the Text Encoding Initiative guidelines.
Teaching and Supporting Multimedia Learning Jun 24, 2010 For innovative faculty members and front-line technologists, librarians, and other staff members interested in implementing multimedia projects in the curriculum.
Pedagogical Implications of Wireless and Mobile Technologies Sep 9, 2010 For participants from Lincoln Memorial University and other members of the Appalachian College Association who wish to learn about the pedagogical implications of wireless and mobile technologies for the learning environment and the practice of teaching.

A full list of events (sortable by registration deadline) is available at http://www.nitle.org/events/calendar.php


Upcoming LIS Training, Instruction, and Professional Development Opportunities

Click on the event below for specific information and for a link to register. More information on training and development events is available.

Course Format Date Location Enrollment
Book Discussion: "Second Nature" by Michael Pollan (Part 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 16 2010 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel Open
Reason Web Training Workshop Jun 17 2010 – 2:00pm 4:30pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
Co-teaching and Writing in Team-taught Courses Faculty Development Jun 23 2010 – 9:00am 4:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Book Discussion: "Second Nature" by Michael Pollan (Part 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 23 2010 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel Open
Making Popular Culture Matter Faculty Development Jul 7 2010 – 9:30am 4:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Book Discussion: "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver (Part 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 20 2010 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Nansen Open
Book Discussion: "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver (Part 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 27 2010 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel Open
Music: Structure, Symbol and Story (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 28 2010 – 9:00am 4:00pm Jenson-Noble 123 Open
Music: Structure, Symbol and Story (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 29 2010 – 9:00am 4:00pm Jenson-Noble 123 Open
Using ICPSR as a Teaching Tool Faculty Development Aug 2 2010 – 8:30am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
Using ICPSR as a Research Tool Faculty Development Aug 3 2010 – 8:30am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
Book Discussion: "My Year of Meats" by Ruth Ozeki (Part 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 12 2010 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Nansen Open
Book Discussion: "My Year of Meats" by Ruth Ozeki (Part 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 16 2010 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel Open
Grading for the Sake of Learning (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 17 2010 – 9:00am 12:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nansen Open
The Oneota Project: Sustainability Across the Curriculum (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 17 2010 – 1:30pm 5:00pm Baker Commons Open
Grading for the Sake of Learning (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 18 2010 – 9:00am 12:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nansen Open
The Oneota Project: Sustainability Across the Curriculum (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 18 2010 – 1:30pm 5:00pm Baker Commons Open
Building Peace Through Interfaith Cooperation (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 19 2010 – 9:00am 12:00pm Baker Commons Open
Building Peace Through Interfaith Cooperation (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 20 2010 – 9:00am 3:00pm Baker Commons Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 23 2010 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 24 2010 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Creating and Presenting Posters Across the Curriculum Faculty Development Aug 26 2010 – 8:30am 12:00pm Valders 377 Open

Internet Resource of the Week: Copyc.at

Copyc.at is a website that will apply a series of readability tests on a given web page and return the approximate grade level of writing that appears on the page. It also provides basic statistics like the number of sentences, words, and average words per sentence. You can then compare your content with other sites. Running the last edition of TWILIS through the site yields an average grade level of 13.6 (which given that we’re a college doesn’t appear to be too far off-base). Though it is high when compared to the New York Times (8.74), The Onion (9.5), or BBC News (13).

On the web at http://copyc.at/


Quote(s) of the Week:

  • “To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.” – Steve Jobs
  • “For me, news websites often seem optimised to distract the bored, not to inform the healthily curious. A rapid news cycle coupled with perceived demand for breaking stories only encourages reporting of half-truths about live events, or coverage of items that aren’t really news at all, like snow in mid winter, or learning that Sarah Beeny is pregnant.” – The Curse of the 30-Second News Cycle | Modern Nerd
  • “The fictional high school chorus at the center of Fox’s Glee has a huge problem — nearly a million dollars in potential legal liability.” – Yale Law School fellow Christina Mulligan in a post on Balkinization, outlining the difference between Glee-world, where kids remix and perform songs in a care-free utopia, and the dystopic world we live in, where entertainment corporations could sue you into bankruptcy if you tried that kind of nonsense
  • “I saw a two-year old kid (in diapers, in a stroller), using an iPod Touch today. Not just looking at it, but browsing menus and interacting. This is a revolution, guys.” – Seth Godin

Links of the Week

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Next Issue

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This Week in LIS is published most Fridays by Christopher Barth, Executive Director of Library and Information Services at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

This issue is Volume 4, Number 32 (#159)

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