This Week in LIS - 14 August 2009

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Headline of the Week: LIS Your Way: 2008-09 Academic Year in Review

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Today, LIS has published our 2008-09 Annual Report and our accompanying LIS 2008-09 Snapshot for the Luther community. The report was collaboratively written from across LIS and clearly shows the width and depth of services provided to the LIS community. The year was extremely productive and successful for LIS, and I want to pass along my congratulations and gratitude to everyone who has worked hard to move us forward to where we are today.

The organization of the larger electronic document is structured on our goals and objectives for the 2008-09 academic year, which are individually presented and discussed. This structure intentionally cuts across library and information technology structures to demonstrate the integrated nature of our information support. Our shorter Snapshot is available as a PDF download and will be made available in print. It principally includes very brief notes on work of the year.

The report also includes the initial look at our 2009-10 objectives that we have already begun to pursue. These form a roadmap for upcoming services that will be provided by LIS to the Luther community. This list will change and evolve as the year develops (as if it wasn’t long enough already).

We welcome comment and feedback on all our services and look forward to another productive academic year.


LIS Blog Highlights from the Week

The following articles are sampled from those available on the LIS Blog:


Notes from LIS Council

LIS Council did not meet this week.


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 Christopher Barth. 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/www/events.


Next Week in LIS and Faculty 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 Start Time End Time Location
Designing and Teaching Paideia II Courses (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 13 8:30 am 4:00 pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel
Designing and Teaching Paideia II Courses (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 14 8:30 am 4:00 pm Dahl Centennial Union – Nobel
Teaching Writing in Paideia I and II (Day 1 of 4) Faculty Development Aug 18 9:00 am 4:30 pm Main 116A
Teaching Writing in Paideia I and II (Day 2 of 4) Faculty Development Aug 19 9:00 am 4:30 pm Main 116A
Teaching Writing in Paideia I and II (Day 3 of 4) Faculty Development Aug 20 9:00 am 4:30 pm Main 116A
Teaching Writing in Paideia I and II (Day 4 of 4) Faculty Development Aug 21 9:00 am 4:30 pm Main 116A
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 1 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 24 9:00 am 3:30 pm Loyalty Board Room
Luther College as a Community of Faith and Learning (Day 2 of 2) Faculty Development Aug 25 9:00 am 3:30 pm Loyalty Board Room
Introduction to KATIE Faculty Development Aug 25 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room
Creating and Presenting Posters Across the Disciplines Faculty Development Aug 26 1:00 pm 4:30 pm Valders 377
Getting the Most Out of KATIE Faculty Development Aug 26 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Olin 301 – Round Table Room
Preus Library 40th Anniversary Celebration Library Instruction Oct 1 11:00 am 3:00 pm Preus Library – Hovde Lounge

Notable Internet Resource of the Week: Multicolr Search Lab Flickr Set

In a demonstration of visual search technologies, Idée Labs has taken more than 10,000,000 photos from Flickr licensed via Creative Commons and also labeled ‘interesting,’ and provides a color-sensitive search interface. You can select up to 10 different colors, and the site will display images matching your color palette. Selecting a single color multiple times will prioritize that color in the palette. I’ll warn you this is rather addicting, not only for the fascinating color matching and visual display of your search results, but there are a lot of cool photos to view as well.

On the web at http://labs.ideeinc.com/multicolr/


Around the Web

Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week:

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This Week in LIS is published most Fridays by Christopher Barth, Executive Director of Library and Information Services at Luther College for the Luther College community as well as those interested in information services and higher education.

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