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Trivial Pursuit Fundraiser!

The Answer is H.O.P.E.

Monday, April 26, 7:00 pm

Two Brothers Lounge & Stage

$40 per team (4 people per team max.)

10% of all food and beverage sales go to HOPE!

1 Prize for the winner of each of two rounds, and a grand prize!

Door prizes include items from: Vermont Soap Organics, HOPE RetroWorks, Beau Ties and more!

Sign-up in advance by calling Bob Buckeye, HOPE board chair at 388-4227, or at the door

This Pursuit is NOT Trivial!  Thank you for your support!

EDUCAUSE Live! Web Seminar

Spotlight on Cloud Computing Series—Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing

Speakers: John L. King, Professor of Information, School of Information and Vice Provost for Academic Information, University of Michigan
Date: March 18, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Axinn 229

More information on this free, hour-long EDUCAUSE Live! Web Seminar can be found on the event web site, Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing.

Announcement of change in LIS Screening Policy

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to let you know of a change in LIS support for film and video screenings that will go into effect for the Spring 2010 semester. Due to staffing and budget reductions in LIS, we are no longer able to provide projectionist assistance for screening videos in DVD, VHS and Laserdisc formats.

Nothing will change for regularly scheduled screenings in Dana, Twilight Aud., and AXN 232. LIS will continue to hire student projectionists to support screenings in these rooms, and you should continue to send your screening schedules to LibReserves, and the Helpdesk as early as possible before the start of the semester to schedule screenings and place DVDs on reserve. This also means that any 16mm and 35mm screenings will run through LIS. The new LIS website, when it launches, will provide an on line request form which will streamline your process for making these requests.

LIS will not support “impromptu screenings” with less than 1 week’s notice. We will need at least a week’s lead time to support any screenings that have not been scheduled at the beginning of the semester.

For all screenings in rooms besides Dana, Twilight, and AXN 232, it will now be faculty’s responsibility to run the screening or arrange for a student screener. You should still place your DVD titles on reserve via the LibRes email box – include the date/time of each DVD title to be screened so that LIS can “book” the title for your screening, effectively blocking others from checking them out prior to your screening. You should contact Stewart Lane (wlane@middlebury.edu) if you need to be trained on the projection equipment in a given room.

Faculty who cannot attend their screening should plan to hire a student in the class to serve as projectionist.  This will be run through the department, as with other student workers. LIS Staff members will not be available to run screenings, except for exceptional circumstances. If you will have a designated student screener, you can email Stewart Lane (wlane@middlebury.edu) if you would like them to be trained. You should also email the name(s) of your designated student screeners to Circulation Services library_circulation@middlebury.edu, so that the student screeners can be granted the appropriate loaning privileges.

While we understand that this is an inconvenience for faculty, the reality is that at our present staffing levels Media Services simply cannot dedicate the time to scheduling and training students at the level they have been. LIS is committed to hiring and training student assistants to staff the Helpdesk during the day and in the evenings so that in the case of difficulties with equipment, there is always someone available to come to the screening location to assist.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this issue, and if you have any suggestions for how we can improve this process.

Sincerely,

– mike

Michael Roy

Dean of Library and Information Services

User Services Goal – Establish SLAs with User Services/LIS

Goal:  Establish and publish Service Level Agreements (SLA) with every service point within User Services. The scope of this effort may extend beyond User Services in specific cases.

Service Level Agreements (SLAs) do not currently exist in an official capacity within User Services between our service points.  In addition this particular goal spans beyond User Services and spills over into an overall LIS scope.  Establishing SLAs between Workgroups will promote understanding, create efficiencies, and improve cross-teaming with Workgroups and within LIS.

Deliverable:  

  • Establish agreements between identified Workgroups.
  • Two party negotiations toward agreement(s)
  • Rules established
  •  Each party will self-regulate their commitments
  •  Map-out key deliverables:

 Service provided:

  1. Establish conditions and rules
  2. Establish escalation paths
  3. Establish responsibilities of both parties
  4. Cost versus service trade-offs
  5. How will service effectiveness be tracked/measured?
  6. How will problems be resolved?
  7. How will parties review and adjust SLAs

Implementation

  • Open-up communication channels
  • Conflict prevention between groups and service points
  • Living document(s) to be reviewed periodically and adjusted as needed
  • Objective tool to determine service effectiveness
  • Establish the framework to be used: May 15, 2010
  • Identify parties to participate in this effort: June 15, 2010.
  •  Outreach to our partners to be completed by: August 15, 2010
  •  SLA drafts reviewed and accepted by participating groups: September 15, 2010
  •  SLAs published and communicated to organization:  October 15, 2010

 Outcome:  

  • Open-up communication channels
  • Conflict prevention between groups and service points
  • Living document(s) to be reviewed periodically and adjusted as needed
  • Objective tool to determine service effectiveness

Delivery:   

  • Establish the framework to be used: May 15, 2010
  • Identify parties to participate in this effort: June 15, 2010.
  • Outreach to our partners to be completed by: August 15, 2010
  • SLA drafts reviewed and accepted by participating groups: September 15, 2010
  • SLAs published and communicated to organization: October 15, 2010

Resources:  

  • Each group must be identified and engaged  to participate in this effort
  • Sponsorship from Area Directors and Dean should be present before effort begins
  • Assigned representation from each group identified
  • SLA process owner established (PM)

Viability:   

  • Goal is achievable
  • Organization must establish proper agreements between groups to create needed efficiencies and promote better cooperation.
  • Goal consists of working across groups and departments; within sub groups in User Services first.
  • Establishing SLA between two parties is time consuming; effort will take time.
  • Barriers are centered around buy-in and clear direction/sponsorship from leadership.

COOKIE NIGHT – DECEMBER 8TH

 

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COOKIE NIGHT

DECEMBER 8TH

 

Once again, the library will be open 24 hours a day during Final Exams. It has become a long standing LIS tradition to provide yummy home-baked cookies for our hard working students during exams.   We are happy to say “Cookie Night” will be held again this year on December 8th.  

 

The students are always so grateful for this cookie break each year, relieving stress and reminding them of the home-baked goodies they grew up with.    Our staff has decreased,  but our spirit has not!    Some of our busiest bakers will not be contributing to the event this year,  so in order to  continue in the LIS tradition, we really need new contributors to help fill the gap (or table).  To everyone who contributes, old and new,  we  extend a hearty thank you in advance. Your kindness and generosity are very much appreciated. 

 

Cookies can be left outside of Library 250E during the day on Tuesday.    

 - Mary Backus

Educause LIVE Web Seminar: The Tower and the Cloud—Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing

LIS has registered for the Educause Live, “The Tower and the Cloud—Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing”, web seminar scheduled for November 13 at 1:00 pm.  This event will be held in Library 145.  For those of you who are interested in this topic, you are welcome to attend. 

Description:

Education in the Age of Cloud Computing:  Universities have served important functions in society for more than a thousand years. They have done so in part by creating places that promote reflection, discussion, discovery, and learning. For many people, the university-as-place is central to the purposes of the university. The university is also an idea and, increasingly, ideas—in the Internet—have enormous power to stimulate learning and discovery. Indeed, what many now describe as “Web 2.0” is a view that the web is evolving into a social environment that has the potential to extend the influence and reach of institutions and individuals. This talk will address the co-evolution of higher education and the Internet and will explore the roles of place, expertise, and even truth—in a world of abundant information and changing academic expectations.

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