This Week in LIS - 21 September 2012

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Headline of the Week: Innovation from All Quarters

Themes of innovation washed over me during this past week from a number of quarters. It was a busy week full of challenges to work through and yet the theme of innovation cut through the din.

At one of my monthly LIS roundtables, there was some great discussion and sharing of ideas on how our students’ ever growing inventory of mobile devices on campus presents possibilities for new innovative services and a complementary set of implications.

One of those implications is further utility of and higher expectation on our wireless network. From another CIO from the CLAC (Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges) group came a call for help looking for innovative ideas on how to deal with the disruption and interference to their wireless network. One set of culprits is new and more devices coming on campuses that are themselves capable of being wireless network hubs. These include wireless printers, smartphone “hotspots” and laptops. These devices not only can and expect to join our wireless network but can also (and sometimes inadvertently) create their own wireless network. It’s clear many colleges are experiencing this same issue and it was great to see the collaboration and innovation on approaches to mitigate the issues.

An article in the Chronicle this week suggested that the venture capital investment in educational startups has grown from $100M in 2007 to $400M last year. This is a big jump and signals the interest in capitalizing on a set of technologies, environmental changes and industry dynamics. That energy will lead to products and offerings that will both create new possibilities for us to consider as well as create new challenges to manage.

I was reading more about Carnegie Mellon’s OLI – Open Learning Initiative this week in the collection of articles entitled “Game Changers” edited by Diana G. Oblinger. This is a long running project (since 2002) to think about new approaches to pedagogy other than simply reproducing traditional approaches with electronic analogues. What is most interesting is OLI’s use of data, collected as the student engages with the learning approach, to tune the experience and adapt the teaching in real time; much like a human tutor would. This approach uses analytics, adaptive logic and “recommender” technology (like Amazon uses when it suggests other products for us or Netflix uses when it suggests other movies we might like).

To close this week and as a way to make some space for your own innovative thinking, I want to encourage you to look at the upcoming list of events on the LIS webpage (http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule). For those in the Luther College community there is a series of online sessions that are part of the 2012 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Fall Focus. They will be presented in the Dahl Centennial Union Mott Room on October 2-3 and they are all centered on the idea of innovation.

Suggested Reading:

The Evolution of Ed Tech in Silicon Valley, by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 18, 2012.

Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies, Diana G. Oblinger, Editor.

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:

  • 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:
    • Library
      • Space Use
        • Room 100 (12 hrs/week)
        • Curriculum classroom (6 hrs/wk)
        • Hovde classroom (9 hrs 1st 7; 6 hrs 2nd 7)
        • Total: Up to 27 hrs/wk classes
      • Gate Count
        • Graph shown; common shape across academic years
        • Fall Semester: comparison of counts from past four years; similar over time
      • Research Help Stats
        • Sept 1-18 for past two years; by question type; reference and technical assistance top the list; one up and one down
        • Sept 1-18: total questions were 168 in 2011 and 191 in 2012; reference questions 66 in 2011 and 73 in 2012
        • Sept 1-18: 71 class-related questions; breakdown shared
        • Sept 1-18: peak from 11-2 during the day; shared time spent; most are < 5 minutes in length
      • Research Instruction
        • 43 sessions already this year; about ⅓ of total session count from last year. We are off to a busy start.
        • Outreach: National History Day (6 middle and high schools are signed up already); art class from Decorah High School viewed the Fine Arts Collection in the Rare Book Room
      • eBook Use 2011-12
        • Ebrary and EBSCO titles viewed (3330, 382 respectively), user sessions (9234, 1005), and titles downloaded (72, 31); compares to approx 50,000 paper books/etc checked out over the past year
      • Trivia Point
        • Top 3 searched keywords in Magnus and Encore: hunger games, mockingjay and catching fire (spring 2012)
      • New Library Automation Roadmap/Process
        • Ready to formalize the process; including evaluation and selection decision leading to early spring test system up and running; OCLC scheduled to come to campus soon for further conversation.
        • Goals include improved discoverability; streamlined workflow; saving money over time.
    • Software Development
      • Slate
        • New customer relationship management (CRM) system is live for Admissions.
      • Christmas at Luther Tickets
        • Close collaboration ongoing with Campus Programming and the ticket processing software vendor to resolve problems associated with Christmas at Luther ticket sales.
  • New Items
    • IPAL Directors Meeting Oct 26
      • Conflicts with Board of Regents meeting at Luther. Ryan to select someone to attend for Paul.
    • LIS General agenda (for 10/3)
      • Submit ideas to Paul.

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
Six Essential Attributes to Create a Culture of Innovation in Organizations: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 2 2012 – 11:00am 12:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Learning Organizations and You: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 2 2012 – 12:00pm 1:00pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Creating a Culture of Innovation: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 2 2012 – 1:00pm 1:30pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Working with Emerging Technologies and Innovation Activity, Part 1: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 2 2012 – 1:30pm 2:05pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Hot Teams – Rapid Investigations of Emerging Technologies: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 2 2012 – 2:20pm 2:50pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
The Long Tail of Innovation: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 2 2012 – 2:50pm 3:20pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Edupreneurship – Engaging Students in Mobile Learning: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 2 2012 – 3:20pm 3:50pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Piloting Innovation Via Faculty Development Programs: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 3 2012 – 11:00am 11:40am Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Developing and Testing a Framework for Analyzing Innovation: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 3 2012 – 11:40am 12:25pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Engaging Stakeholders in Pilot Evaluations: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 3 2012 – 12:25pm 12:55pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
What's Next for Emerging Technologies that Support Teaching and Learning? – ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 3 2012 – 1:10pm 1:45pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Working with Emerging Technologies and Innovations Activity, Part 2: ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 3 2012 – 1:45pm 2:20pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
Simple Works: Why Technology Innovation Means More of Less – ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 3 2012 – 2:35pm 3:05pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
The Five Dimensions of Attaining Scale: Implications for Innovation in Higher Education – ELI Fall Focus Session Online Conference Oct 3 2012 – 3:05pm 3:50pm Dahl Centennial Union – Mott Open
ZOTERO Workshop Workshop Oct 3 2012 – 7:00pm 8:00pm Preus Library – Hovde Lounge Open
Norse Apps Tips & Tricks Workshop Oct 9 2012 – 9:45am 10:45am Olin 301 – Round Table Room Closed
Creating a Faculty Website Using Reason Workshop Oct 15 2012 – 2:00pm 4:00pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room Open
ZOTERO Workshop Workshop Nov 7 2012 – 7:00pm 8:00pm Preus Library – Hovde Lounge Open
ZOTERO Workshop Workshop Dec 5 2012 – 7:00pm 8:00pm Preus Library – Hovde Lounge Open

Training and instruction is provided to the Luther Community through Faculty Development Sessions, Library Instruction Sessions, Product Demonstrations, Skills Training, Workshops, 1-on-1 Sessions, and Online Materials. To schedule a session, contact the LIS Technology Help Desk at x1000 or enter your request online at http://help.luther.edu.


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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