This Week in LIS - 29 June 2012

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Headline of the Week: LIS Strategy Workshop

What another great day yesterday (June 28) over at Baker Commons! Thanks to all the members of LIS for your efforts yesterday! Thinking simultaneously about trends and directions, guiding principles, the work we have been focused on, and new objectives you might imagine and competition is demanding intellectual work. I am very grateful for the open conversations you had in your cross functional teams. You achieved the goal of producing a fine set of objectives that will be input to further planning that considers people and financial resources and ongoing operational necessities.

Thanks again to Matt Baumann for the AV setup and to Jennifer Rian, our Innovative Services Librarian, for helping design the day and assisting us through the workshops.

Recap of the day:

  • Preparation Work/Shared Vision – To prime our thinking pumps, prior to our workshop, we looked at two provocative videos. One from Lankes on New Librarianship and another by Christensen on Disruptive Innovations in Higher Ed. Additionally we looked at some IT trends and directions and a short video on Porter’s Five Forces to help us think about the complex nature of competition. We formed cross-functional teams and discussed the pre-reading/viewing materials and shared our personal visions for how LIS can contribute to Luther’s success.
  • Complete List of Inputs – Here we processed and discussed a number of inputs for our consideration including objectives from last year, new ideas from our June 14th session, ideas prompted from the preparation materials, and ideas from our personal visions.
  • Synthesis and Prioritization of Candidate Objectives – Here was the heavy intellectual lifting. You generated a list of candidate objectives within your teams and prioritized them. These objectives represented the best work of your team from the day’s discussions.
  • Merging and Prioritization of Objectives – Here we got to leverage the voice/insights of the whole team to come up with top vote getters that will get further consideration as we work to compete plans for the next year.

In addition to producing a set of prioritized LIS objectives, I felt very good about the improved awareness we have across the organization for the important work that goes on within the functional areas. I am further encouraged by your engagement in thinking about how LIS can contribute to Luther’s ongoing success.


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:

  • LIS Operational Agenda
    • Council members will be reporting on LIS operational views (metrics for processes and status of projects) regularly at LIS Council meetings. This week’s reports included the following:
      • Archives: Rachel shared her plan for reporting metrics going forward, focusing on the following areas: Collection, Outreach, Efficacy of Policies, and Special Projects (Postville Project, Journeys to America, Archives Leadership Institute).
      • User Services: Diane shared summary statistics from the LIS Feedback Survey since 6/1/11, managed operating systems summary, patch management summary, and Help Desk reports. Also shared were the plans for and current status of the following projects: Identity Finder, Encryption, and Multimedia.
      • Network and Systems: Adam showed realtime data illustrating power usage, firewall latency, total wireless connections, Internet speed, and network registrations.
    • Those reporting next week include: Library and Software Development.

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:
Digital Humanities Events:

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
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: Apple’s Back to School Promo Now Available

This year’s Back to School promotion by Apple is now available. From their website:

Buy a Mac for college between June 11 and September 21 and receive a $100 Back to School Gift Card to use on apps, books, music, and movies. Or buy the new iPad and get a $50 Back to School Gift Card.* And if you choose a Mac, save even more with Apple Education Pricing.

For details, visit Apple Back to School.

Thanks to Apple 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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