This Week in LIS - 9 September 2011

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Headline of the Week: Easier Than Ever to Apply to Luther College!

Students applying for admission to Luther have a new, easy online application featuring OpenID to login to the application with their Google, Facebook, Twitter, or Yahoo credentials. The new application was developed at Luther using Reason, our web content management system. Admissions staff will use an automated process to transfer the completed application information to our student information system for processing.


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
    • Library Basement
      • The library basement will be featured in an upcoming issue of Chips.
    • Reminder about Harassment Sessions
      • All faculty and staff are to attend one of three sessions on September 19th and 20th.
    • Institutional Profile
      • LIS will be updating the library information for the Institutional Profile per a request from the Office for Assessment and Institutional Research.
    • Sophos
      • Reminder that if you are using Sophos AutoUpdate on a personally owned computer, you must reconfigure AutoUpdate to accept this new password whenever you change your Norse Key password. LIS will be updating the Norse Key change pages to include additional text to this effect. Sophos is available to all faculty, staff and students. See http://www.luther.edu/sophos/ for more information.
  • Returning Items
    • LIS Service and System Notices – Fall 2011
      • We reviewed the message that will be sent to fall faculty, staff, and students next week regarding new and upgraded LIS services.
    • Basecamp
      • LIS is researching options for moving LIS content currently in Basecamp to other locations.
    • Policy on Network Access
      • Changes have been made to our policy on Granting Network Access due to the fact that our software licensing requirements restrict usage to faculty, staff, and students.

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 Diane Gossman. 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
Norse Apps Student Information Session Workshop Sep 12 2011 – 4:00pm 4:45pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Closed
Norse Apps Student Information Session Workshop Sep 13 2011 – 9:40am 10:30am Olin 301 – Round Table Room Closed
Norse Apps Student Information Session Workshop Sep 13 2011 – 2:30pm 3:15pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Closed
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Sep 19 2011 – 12:15pm 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Sep 19 2011 – 1:30pm 2:30pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Oct 3 2011 – 12:15pm 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Oct 3 2011 – 1:30pm 2:30pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Oct 17 2011 – 12:15pm 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Oct 17 2011 – 1:30pm 2:30pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Oct 31 2011 – 12:15pm 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Oct 31 2011 – 1:30pm 2:30pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Nov 14 2011 – 12:15pm 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Nov 14 2011 – 1:30pm 2:30pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Nov 28 2011 – 12:15pm 1:15pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
New Faculty Teaching Group Faculty Development Nov 28 2011 – 1:30pm 2:30pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open

Food for Thought

Tom’s Hardware Page has been around since the beginning of the PC and I’m not aware of a more widely-accepted, impartial source for information regarding all matters of personal computing. The results below capsulize their August 29th review major browsers:

Place PC Mac
1st Chrome 13 Safari 5.1
2nd Firefox 6 Chrome 13
3rd Internet Explorer 9 Opera 11.5
4th Opera 11.5 Firefox 6
5th Safari 5.1 N/A

Link to full review

Thanks to Bob Puffer for this week’s submission.


This Week in LIS is published most Fridays by Diane Gossman, Chair of the LIS Council, on behalf of the LIS Council at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The Library and Information Services Council provides strategic leadership for information support to Luther College and its mission.

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