This Week in LIS - 4 May 2012

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Headline of the Week: Valuing Information Technology

If we in LIS were to draw a Venn diagram that includes a circle that represents the institution of Luther College and its mission, and we drew another circle that captures the information technology mission of LIS, how would those circles relate?

Size might signal a mental model that captures the level of investment. Recent budget work suggests that overall LIS represents about 3.6% of the college’s overall budget. The LIS circle might be very small compared to the Luther circle.

If we think about LIS’s key role in infrastructure that supports the college operations we might think about networks and document centers and mail centers and workstations and servers and applications and help support and technologies available in libraries. his thinking might lead to expressing LIS in a position at the bottom of the diagram with the Luther mission riding on top, above it; signaling a relationship of support or foundation to the Luther mission.

If the oval just touched the Luther circle we might be thinking of Luther as a “customer” of LIS (which positions LIS as another vendor). If we put the oval inside the Luther circle we might be signaling infrastructure’s role in a more intimate and contributory relationship to broader and more significant mission.

If your vision of information technology is one that provides automation for the processes that make up the systems of Luther college you might imagine process diagrams for the key processes that manifest the Luther mission with the information technology portions providing the enablement and support for those processes. In this model we signal a key role to deliver information to the right people at the right time as steps are taken in the processes (by people as well as computational elements.) You might see all the linkages that connect the people across the organizational boundaries as well as the linkages that connect to people and process and other IT systems within and beyond Luther.

As we think about our mission with respect to Luther’s overall mission, and the operational models and the management systems we enact to work towards delivering on the mission it is important that we work very hard to communicate our performance in terms that connect to Luther’s performance towards its mission. How can we connect what we do and the investment decisions that we make and the systems we delivery to success in enrollment, teaching and learning, our graduates success in jobs and graduate school and roles in service, the affection and support that alumni and friends have for Luther and its next students and their parents over time? Can the systems we enact lead to differentiation for Luther College?

Understanding the business processes that cross the organizational boundaries and the people in those organizations, the applications that provide the enablement, support and automation and the information that flows through them is key to being able to think about the value of information technology to the mission of the college. We contribute more when we bring the tools of our trade in service of the broader mission helping improve the performance of the institution.

We move in this direction when we express our performance, our needs and our recommendations in terms of value to Luther’s mission. We create value when we enable systems that enable business change that contributes to Luther’s mission. When we fail or meet disappointment in expectation we learn in terms of impact on Luther’s mission.

Suggested reading: “The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value” by Richard Hunter and George Westerman.

Paul
paul.mattson@luther.edu


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
    • Google Drive
      • Google has enabled Google Drive which will become the interface to what we now know as Google Docs (aka Norse Docs). More information at Google Drive Now Available.
    • Door Access
      • LIS has received word that the residence hall door access project is a go and is prepared to support the initiative.

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 links below are currently open for registration by Luther participants. LIS Staff who are interested in participating in an event should speak with Paul Mattson. Faculty who are interested in participating should speak with Lori Stanley. Participation is contingent upon available funding and program acceptance.

Conferences & Events: http://www.nitle.org/events/events_list.php
Digital Humanities Events: http://www.nitle.org/help/digital_humanities_events.php
Teachers Without Borders Series: https://lis.luther.edu/files/NITLEandTWB.pdf


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
What's Up with +You? (A Google Plus Demo) Product Demonstration May 7 2012 – 11:00am 12:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Advising and Vocation at Luther College (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development May 23 2012 – 9:00am 4:00pm Baker Commons Open
Advising and Vocation at Luther College (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development May 24 2012 – 9:00am 4:00pm Baker Commons Open
Sustaining an Honors Curriculum at Luther (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development May 29 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Borlaug Open
Off-Campus Studies 101 Faculty Development May 30 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Sustaining an Honors Curriculum at Luther (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development May 30 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Borlaug Open
Ethical Issues and the Nature of Moral Decision-Making: Why You Don't Need a Moral Philosopher to Teach Paideia 450 (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 5 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Ethical Issues and the Nature of Moral Decision-Making: Why You Don't Need a Moral Philosopher to Teach Paideia 450 (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 6 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
What is the Place of Online Instruction at Luther College? (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 18 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Main 217 Open
What is the Place of Online Instruction at Luther College? (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 19 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Main 217 Open
Creating a Faculty Website Using Reason Workshop Jun 19 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
The Bible: Not for Dummies! (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 20 2012 – 9:00am 4:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
The Bible: Not for Dummies! (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 21 2012 – 9:00am 4:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Creating, Developing, and Evaluating Oral Presentation Assignments (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 25 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm TBA Open
Creating, Developing, and Evaluating Oral Presentation Assignments (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 26 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm TBA Open
Paideia 111 & 112: Reading the Works (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 27 2012 – 9:00am 4:00pm Main 114 Open
Paideia 111 & 112: Reading the Works (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jun 28 2012 – 9:00am 4:00pm Main 114 Open
Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology – Summer 2012 Faculty Workshop Faculty Development Jul 9 2012 – 9:00am Jul 13 2012 – 12:00pm Preus Library – ICN Room Closed
Shakespeare's "King Lear": Page, Stage, and Workshop (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 10 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Open
Shakespeare's "King Lear": Page, Stage, and Workshop (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Jul 11 2012 – 8:00am 8:00pm Off-campus Open
Creating a Faculty Website Using Reason Workshop Aug 9 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
Senior Projects: Creating Meaningful Culminating Experiences in the Major Faculty Development Aug 16 2012 – 9:00am 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nansen Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 20 2012 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Paideia 111/112 New Instructor Workshop (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 20 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Main 114 Open
Updates for Academic Advisors Faculty Development Aug 20 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm TBA Open
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 21 2012 – 9:00am 3:30pm Loyalty Board Room Open
Paideia 111/112 New Instructor Workshop (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 21 2012 – 9:00am 12:00pm Main 114 Open
Writing in the Disciplines Faculty Development Aug 22 2012 – 1:00pm 4:00pm Main 112 Open

Food for Thought: Newest Books in Leisure Reading

“Home” by Toni Morrison – an angry, broken vet of the Korean war finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars

“Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale” by Lynda Rutledge – the richest lady in Bass, Texas, decides to have a garage sale of priceless heirlooms

Thanks to Martha Davis for this week’s submission.


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