Author Archives: Nathan Burt

Cybersecurity as a Shared Responsibility

Cybersecurity as a Shared Responsibility – an Educause webinar in Library 145 Tuesday, October 4th from 1-2pm.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  In this webinar, representatives from the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Higher Education Information Security Council will discuss international and national cybersecurity strategies, the importance of cybersecurity awareness for both citizens and organizations, and the role that higher education plays in addressing cybersecurity challenges in an increasingly interdependent networked society. We will highlight the “Stop, Think, Connect” campaign that is being spearheaded by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and will also feature the SANS “Securing the Human” awareness materials that are being used by several institutions this fall in an effort to raise awareness among students, staff, and faculty.

MiddFiles file storage server upgrade

January 31 – MiddFiles file storage server upgrade is complete.  Please see for frequently asked questions, which include minor changes to accessing files.

January 20, 2011 – MiddFiles file storage servers are being upgraded the weekend of January 28th, 2011. Files will be accessible in read-only mode from 8pm EST on Friday the 28th through sometime on Sunday, January 30th. Watch here (or for updates. For frequently asked questions, please see

User Services Goal: Centralized Student Employment

Goal Statement: Centralize student employment/ management/ training/ scheduling or some subset of that.  Shared training is for tasks already commonly shared across work areas – while cross-training might be an eventual outcome, this is not part of this goal.

Consolidation of repetitive tasks related to student employment.  This provides uniform policies and procedures, and reduces staff hours allocated to these tasks.


  • User services student supervisors work as team to find commonalities in the process
  • Document timelines (numbers needed, when, hiring process, training)
  • Agree upon common payroll policy, scheduling tools, advertising, hiring, & training
  • Identify areas of difference between work groups – and document these as well


  • Stress reduction by providing redundancy & supporting one another
  • Anticipate consolidation of service points
  • Standardize process
  • Resource sharing


Complete – Fall 2010


  • Ongoing: Continuing customer service training
  • February 2010:
    Spring hires – team consulting with one another during job posting, interview, hiring, paperwork process
  • Summer 2010:
    Create a secondary training for overlaps in job descriptions


  1. Who is involved:
    Student supervisors for Library Circulation, branches, reserves, helpdesk, media services.
    Currently – Elin, Todd, Dan, Kellam, Shawn, & Stewart.
  2. Time:
    mostly the same as in the past, but allow for initial organizational meetings, and a bit more time when advertising, interviewing & hiring.  Time required determined by team allocation of tasks to members.  Little if any additional money or materials – depending on team choices.
    Team approach will allow sharing of responsibilities with common resources – avoiding current challenges when staff are not available for these tasks.


  • We have already demonstrated part of this goal with the current shared customer service training.  The rest is an extension of the same concept.
  • Challenges: buy-in of supervisors, finding shared time to work together
  • Opportunity: use of common tools (e.g. scheduling)