This Week in LIS - 15 June 2012

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Headline of the Week: Amping Up our Culture of Innovation

What a great day yesterday (June 14) over at Baker Commons! Thanks to all the members of LIS for your investment of time and your personal energy yesterday. The level of stewardship you demonstrated is laudable. Our LIS organization is better for it! Thanks to Matt Baumann for the AV setup. Finally, a very special thank you to Jennifer Rian, our Innovative Services Librarian, for designing the day and leading us through the workshops.

Recap of the day:

  • Opening Discussion – The connection between a changing environment and the dual needs for innovation and learning to seize the opportunities that come with change was discussed.
  • Who’s Who in LIS? – Strong relationships, anchored in trust, are essential to manage the tensions that are naturally a part of change. Leverage some of the interesting information we shared about ourselves as a launching point for a conversation and some additional relationship building.
  • True Colors – We can collaborate better with one another when we appreciate, are sensitized to, and seek to accommodate the different natural personalities in a diverse group. This diversity is important to dealing with complex problems, associated projects and systems. We can complement our skills and abilities with the skills of those whose nature is different from us.
  • World Cafe – Intentional conversations across many discussion teams wrestling with the topics of growing as a learning organization and the processing of ideas. Ideas and discussion will be captured for further leverage.

In addition to enjoying the day being together I was encouraged by the conversations. We are a creative group. We are also a very busy group and a first order challenge is making time to innovate. This is especially challenging with high value ideas that impact processes beyond the LIS organization. Capturing the value of these will require leadership skills, project management skills and change management skills.

I look forward to 6/28/12 when we will meet again to have conversation about strategies and objectives for the next year.

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
    • LIS Operational Agenda
      • Council members will be reporting on LIS operational views (metrics for processes and status of projects) regularly at LIS Council meetings. Archives, User Services, and Network & Systems will be reporting at the next LIS Council meeting June 27. Library and Software Development will be reporting at the following meeting.
    • Katie Version Announcement
      • We reviewed the proposed communication regarding the Katie upgrade slated for 2012-13. Communication with the campus will begin in August.
    • Campus Conversations
      • Paul has been having conversations recently with folks from Alumni & Development, the Writing Center, and the Diversity Center. The focus has been on the question, “How can LIS help support their mission?”
    • LIS Annual Report
      • The target date for the 2011-12 LIS Annual Report is the end of July. Details on collaboratively creating the report will be shared with the team once the report framework is in place.
    • Future Agenda Items
      • We reviewed topics for discussion at upcoming LIS Council meetings.
    • NITLE Membership
      • We decided not to renew our NITLE membership for the 2012-13 year.

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


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 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 – Hovde Lounge 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: Another Step Between Me and Toast

“You know that Pepperidge Farm bread, that stuff is fancy. That stuff is wrapped twice. You open it, and then it still ain’t open. That’s why I don’t buy it; I don’t need another step between me and toast.”
― Mitch Hedberg

I often think of this quote from the late, great comedian Mitch Hedberg when we discuss implementing, upgrading, or redesigning services that LIS offers. While our intentions are usually good and the changes may improve efficiency, security, etc., the best “improvements” to a service are the ones that are as transparent as possible, because most of our users don’t need another step between them and toast.

Thanks to Matt Hammen for this week’s submission.


This Week in LIS is published most Fridays by Paul Mattson, Executive Director of LIS at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

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