The preceding Burlington Free Press article was published on 11/12/09. In addition to Middlebury, UVM and St. Michaels College recently removed their room phones. But I do find UVM’s claim that they saved a half million dollars supporting 2800 student phone lines rather amazing.
LIS announced to students earlier this week that telephone services will be removing dial tone and telephone equipment from residential hall rooms unless a student requests that we keep their service in place. The deadline for those requests is Sunday, November 15. From then through December we’ll be working to re-route remaining dorm telephone lines and remove port cards with a goal of reducing our active landlines by 2000. Ginnie Bukowski is shepherding this part of the project working with our contractor and facilities services. During the week of December 7, recycling services will place bins in dormitories where students can deposit their telephones. The phones will be moved to the Recycling Center where the equipment will be processed for either re-sale or recycling of parts.
The consequence of reducing our maintenance costs is that we no longer have full-time telecommunications maintenance services. Thus, there may be a delay for individual telephone and network repairs and installations as of January 1, though major repairs will continue to be a high priority.
We made the front page of The Campus . The article focuses largely on student concerns about ending the 24 hour library hours during exams, and on printing. You can read it at http://www.middleburycampus.com/story/lis-cuts-24-hour-exam-week-access
Joseph Watson– A few weeks ago I mentioned an ambitious art project that a few students were intending to present in the Main Library. Well, Sally Hatfield ’09 and Katy Laird ’09 have pulled it together! Check out http://www.yourmiddleburycanvas.com/ and stop by the Harman Periodicals Reading Area to see it in person.
submitted by Mike Roy
Peter Schilling, head of IT at Amherst, published an interesting index of IT factoids at Academic Commons (a site that I help to run) which the Chronicle picked up on. Look for a similar Midd-centric index coming soon to our magazine. Are the changes Amherst notices also happening here?
On Wed., September 3rd the Main Library will be transformed into an Orientation Information Center for incoming students and their families. Offices from across campus that provide student services will have information tables set up in the Atrium, along with some local organizations. Several local banks will have representatives in the Harman Periodicals Reading Room so students can set up bank accounts.
The Information Center is part of a new approach to orientation. Instead of a welcome center being set up at Kenyon, students will be welcomed at their individual commons offices. All the campus-wide offices that would have been in a central welcome center will be at the Information Center in the Main Lib. LIS is fortunate to be hosting this Info Center because it gives us a chance to also feature our services. For more information contact Joseph Watson.
For an article publicizing orientation see http://www.middlebury.edu/about/pubaff/news_releases/2008/pubaff_633543214388984769.htm
And for the current schedule see http://www.middlebury.edu/NR/rdonlyres/62A86658-2DDF-4421-896B-9F5DB9C4A927/0/orientation_schedule_fall_2008.pdf
When Tim Spears in his recent blog posting about what is a provost failed to mention LIS by name as part of his universe, I complained. And like any administrator worth his salt, he turned my complaint into an assignment for me to complete: write a guest blog entry that introduces his readership to LIS. I chose to write about an interesting conversation I had with a student at a lunch we had to meet some of the LIS students. (The post got picked up by MiddBlog, but attracted no comments, alas.) To continue that conversation in this space, I wonder what channels both formal and informal we have to make sure that our services stay aligned with evolving student needs and preferences.