This Week in LIS - 10 June 2011

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Headline of the Week: Summer Planning 2011: Valuing Information Service

This week, LIS held our annual summer planning day to spend some time thinking about the bigger picture of where we are and where we are headed for next year. Our agenda included a talk about value in information service, keying off of major reports by the Association of College and Research Libraries, OCLC’s Perceptions 2010 Report, and a survey published by Inside Higher Ed of college and university presidents on their perspectives and outlooks for higher education. We also spent time discussing multimedia services in the context of our facility vision planning, as well as sessions to determine our specific objectives for the 2011-12 academic year.

On the topic of value, I think we need to challenge ourselves to ask more critical questions about how provide the services we do and what value those services ultimately have for our users and the college generally. In a nutshell, the value of libraries is seen to be in decline, and according to college presidents, the value delivered by information technology organizations is also not seen as particularly effective. Libraries would seem to be living to some extent off of a reputation built on an era when they were the only game in town, while IT organizations benefit from the fact that we can’t operate without it, even if those in leadership don’t necessarily understand the value or services delivered (which ultimately means leadership cannot assess value at all).

There is no silver bullet to address this issue. I believe it is significantly more challenging to deliver quality information service in today’s environment than even five or ten years ago. Our marketplace is changing to rapidly to allow for professional standards and practices to catch up. I do not predict this will get any easier.

I have read arguments that those in information organizations need to do a better job articulating their value, which is undoubtedly true. What is self-evident to some, is certainly not to all. We can and should work to better tell the story of the value of our service. Yet, what I believe is much more important is focusing on delivering services and resources that themselves illustrate and demonstrate the value we deliver. We cannot afford to carry forward or prop up mediocre or increasingly outdated methods of providing service. We should hold fast to the core of what we do, while questioning everything about how we do it. Successfully accomplishing this I believe will be the hallmark of a thriving information organization well into the future.


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:

  • New Items
    • Elimination of 802.11B
      • We will be disabling 802.11B access to the Luther wireless network this summer. Exact timeline remains undetermined as we make sure all Luther equipment relying on this standard has been retired.
    • Equipment Disposal
      • Adam has some equipment for disposal and is wondering if there is other equipment in LIS as well.
    • Office for Norma Hervey
      • Norma will use an LIS office in Olin temporarily in August and September.
    • John Sabbatical Coverage
      • We reviewed contact people for technical services operations while John is on sabbatical.
    • Card Access System
      • Facilities is working to coordinate installation of card access for residence halls. They are still working on electrical contracting and exactly what will be complete this summer remains to be seen.
  • Returning Items
    • Summer Planning
      • We reviewed the agenda for planning day.
    • Transition Document
      • We began discussing items on the transition document and assigning responsibility for some duties.
    • 2010-11 Budget
      • Budget adjustments need to be made by Friday. We discussed arrangements to transfer remaining funds to our SQL server fund.
    • KBOX / Track-It! Conversion
      • The conversion has gone well and we have now activated self-service with a soft launch. Work will continue to prepare for migration of software/inventory later this summer.
    • Annual Report
      • The annual report will be published in final form on June 24th. Everyone can continue to make updates until that time.
    • TG 150
      • No update.
    • Recruitment
      • The recruitment is now complete. Chris will be working on a plan of work for orientation for the fall.
    • Collaboration
      • DCSD Document
        • No update.

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.

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
Rubric-Writing for Beginners Faculty Development Jun 13 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Borlaug Open
Co-constructing Rubrics with Students Faculty Development Jun 13 2011 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Borlaug Open
Creating a Faculty Website Using Reason Workshop Jun 15 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Closed
Book Discussion: "Radical Homemakers" by Shannon Hayes (Part 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 15 2011 – 12:30pm 1:30pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Book Discussion: "Radical Homemakers" by Shannon Hayes (Part 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 22 2011 – 12:30pm 1:30pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel Open
Book Discussion: "Growing Older" by Joan Dye Gussow (Part 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 7 2011 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Shakespeare's "1 Henry IV" on the Page and Stage (Option 1) Faculty Development Jul 8 2011 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Open
Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology – Summer 2011 Faculty Workshop Faculty Development Jul 11 2011 – 9:00am Jul 15 2011 – 12:00pm TBA Closed
Shakespeare's 1 Henry IV on the Page and Stage (Option 2) Faculty Development Jul 11 2011 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Open
Book Discussion: "Growing Older" by Joan Dye Gussow (Part 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 21 2011 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel Open
Creating a Faculty Website Using Reason Workshop Jul 27 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
Creating a Faculty Website Using Reason Workshop Aug 3 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
Book Discussion: "Bringing it to the Table" by Wendell Berry (Part 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 3 2011 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Using ICPSR for Teaching and Research Faculty Development Aug 9 2011 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Olin 213 Open
Book Discussion: "Bringing it to the Table" by Wendell Berry (Part 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 10 2011 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel Open
Academic Rigor: What Does it Look Like in Your Course? Faculty Development Aug 16 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
When, Where and How Do We Attempt to Develop Student Reasoning Skills? (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 17 2011 – 9:00am 4:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
When, Where and How Do We Attempt to Develop Student Reasoning Skills? (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 18 2011 – 9:00am 3:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Seeking External Grant Support Faculty Development Aug 19 2011 – 9:00am 12:00pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Shakespeare's "Tempest" on the Page and Stage Faculty Development Aug 19 2011 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 22 2011 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 23 2011 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open

Quote(s) of the Week

  • “The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Helen Keller
  • “Mobile technology is pulling apart the centuries-old format of the article. News and analysis are getting a divorce.” – The News Article Is Breaking Up
  • “The majority of the titles that were infringed upon were scholarly monographs,” Kiely explained. “It’s very hard to find a correlation between the appearance of these books on these sites, and lost sales. In some cases you can’t help but think that … obscurity might be our biggest problem, rather than piracy.” – News: Could Pirates Be Your Friends? – Inside Higher Ed
  • “One panelist at the session, Michael Levine-Clark, collections librarian at the University of Denver, gave the audience a long list of features the e-book aggregations will have to include to satisfy libraries. “We need to be able to get whichever books we want on whatever platforms make sense for us,” he said. “We absolutely need flexible pricing.” E-books should be available at least as soon as any print edition is, he told the crowd, and they should also be easy to use and not tied down by too much rights-management software.” – Publishers Grapple With Thorny Issues of Protecting Property and Going Digital – Publishing – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “Conventional wisdom has always held that the state with the largest military prevails, but in the information age of the 21st century, it may be the state (or nonstates) with the best story that wins. It is no longer clear how to measure the global balance of power, much less how to develop successful strategies to survive in this new world.” – The Future of Power – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  • “The giant structure will physically lord over Silicon Valley as the unmistakable King of the Campuses. The image in the minds of the public about Google involves nerdy geeks playing with colorful toys scattered around. But the image of Apple will become this space-age, all-powerful Pentagon, but without the unsightly edges.” – How Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus Reveals the Future of Technology – Datamation
  • “Facebook presents far more danger than the cultivation of lowercase first-person “i”s and emoticons :). The real threat posed by Facebook is not that it ruins writers’ ability to punctuate or encourages them to replace words with pictures. The problem with Facebook is that it nurtures one of writing teachers’ greatest foes — the teenage fantasy that writers write only to themselves and to those who are just like them.” – Views: The Facebook Mirror – Inside Higher Ed

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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