This Week in LIS - 18 June 2010

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Headline of the Week: Service Point Changes

This spring, various LISfolk have been engaged in conversations regarding aspects of our main service points … specifically how we can improve their usefulness and relevance to our users. These conversations are in response to the changing nature of how users use the services we provide. With the continued migration to using the library virtually via the web, we want to offer better service to those who use the library while outside the library either elsewhere on campus, or elsewhere in the world. We also want to right size the services we offer to the needs of the community, while we also work to improve collaboration among our service points, and specifically offer more compelling work study experiences to the students who support our service points.

With these things in mind, LIS will make the following adjustments for Fall 2010:

  • We will expand the hours of Preus Library during J-Term by opening at 9:00a on Saturdays instead of 12:00 noon.
  • We will develop and market virtual reference/research help service available online from 6:00-10:00p Sunday through Thursday evenings. Physical research help will continue to be available at the current hours (6:00-9:00p).
  • We will expand our pilot work to provide research help service at a variety of different campus locations for short sessions during the week.
  • We will suspend regular Saturday afternoon research help service (normally 1:00-5:00p).
  • We will be working to identify a way to hire a part-time Saturday LIS Service Points Supervisor. This person would help us provide needed adult coverage on Saturday and expand our service capabilities. This will require study and budget review to determine feasibility.
  • We will close the Technology Help Desk call center at 9:30p Sunday through Thursday nights. Service will continue to be available at the walk-up desk in the Library for in-person or email queries.
  • We will close the Technology Help Desk at 5:00p on Saturdays.
  • We will also work toward offering virtual Help Desk services as well as remote Help Desk service as will be offered for research help service.
  • We will be working to cross-train Technology Help Desk and Circulation students to be able to handle a broader range of issues and situations as part of our ongoing work to build stronger collaborative bridges across LIS Service Points.

We will work to assess these changes and welcome comment as we work to improve service opportunities provided by LIS. Thanks to many in LIS who have helped move these discussions along this spring.

Second Headline of the Week: Digital Document Output Data Published

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As part of our ongoing initiatives to gather and understand data regarding digital document output at Luther, a new report has been made available for the community detailing current and historical use. The report will be updated monthly and is available at http://lis.luther.edu/digitaloutput. This past spring, Luther held sessions for the community to discuss proposed changes to pricing models. The content of the new report is based upon data shared there, though expanded and refined. Specific information covered includes:

  • Overview of black and white and color volume in each of three primary locations of device: the Document Center, departmental copiers/multi-function devices, and departmental laser printers.
  • Data is also classified by department, either academic, administrative or public.
  • Trend data for the past 12 months
  • Overall changes year-over-year from last year

Because raw data includes devices that are being continually added and removed from monitoring, these reports only include data from devices that have been in use for the covered 12 month period (June 2009-May 2010). The reports also include devices currently managed under our campus agreement with IKON Office Solutions.

Also available on this site is the apples-to-apples cost comparison of copy jobs shared at the information meetings this spring.


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
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: Kayak Explore

Kayak is an online travel site that aggregates search results from a variety of reservation sites. Recently added to their site is an explore option, which brings up a full screen map of the world. You can select an origin city, specify a budget for how much you would like to spend on airfare, the time of year you want to travel and then see all the destinations that meet your budget. You can additional filter by specific activities you want to do (e.g. beach, ski), or how many hours you’re willing to be cooped up in a plane. You can then click through on locations for more information.

On the web at http://www.kayak.com/explore/


Quote(s) of the Week:

  • “So, here we are, in 2010 — we have librarians holding on to their last major source of power in the digital age, the site licensing budget, which is shrinking or flat; university administrators who likely sense they’ve stumbled upon a great budget watchdog situation for information expenditures; faculty who can be swayed into action but who mostly are still incentivized to publish in high-profile journals while at the same time enjoying the benefits of ubiquitous online access to same; university budgets that depend on equity markets (for-profit companies); and publishers of all kinds who are stymied by this strange brew of tactics, compromises, and short-term thinking while facing increasing expenses and pressures to invest in new markets.” – The Latest “Library as Purchaser” Crisis: Are We Fighting the Wrong Battle? « The Scholarly Kitchen
  • “If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee — that will do them in.” – Bradley’s Bromide
  • “If you want to make the right decision for the future, fear is not a very good consultant.” – Markus Dohle
  • “Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that’s where creativity arises. My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I am running but not listening to my iPod. When I am sitting, doing nothing, waiting for someone. When I am lying in bed as my mind wanders before falling to sleep. These “wasted” moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital. They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots. They’re the moments in which we talk to ourselves. And listen. To lose those moments, to replace them with tasks and efficiency, is a mistake. What’s worse is that we don’t just lose them. We actively throw them away.” – Why I Returned My iPad – Peter Bregman – Harvard Business Review

Image of the Week:

A glimpse into the future of the classroom: how the Steelcase node will change the way we teach – The Ubiquitous Librarian


Links of the Week

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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.

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