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With this survey, we invite you to share your insights about the professional development needs of staff charged with delivering campus information services. Along with the input of other survey respondents, your responses will help us identify workshop topics for NITLE's Information Services Camp, a set of events that will offer information services staff the opportunity to learn new skills, develop peer contacts, and energize themselves to meet campus technology challenges (June 1 - 4, 2009, at Smith College; see http://campnis.blog.nitle.org/)

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This survey will take 5 - 10 minutes to complete, and we invite you to complete it by Friday, November 7, 2008.

What are the top 2-3 priorities for staff skill development for your information services staff in the next 2 years? How do you see those skills contributing to your organization’s mission?

Below is a list of technology and organizational/support skills. This list has been assembled from conversations with participants at past NITLE events and their evaluations of those events, as well as from a broad range of sources about technology trends in higher education. Please check off the level of importance of each topic to your staff development on a scale of 1 - low to 5 - high.

Administrative Systems

Kuali and open-source ERP

If you answered 4 or 5, could you briefly describe the projects your unit is planning or supporting in this area, and the skills needed by your staff?

Data warehousing and supporting business analytics

 

UPortal implementation/development

 

Emergency notification technologies and practices

 

Online course evaluation processes and software

 

Library, Institutional Repositories, and Publication Services

Open-source OPAC and ILS systems

If you answered 4 or 5, could you briefly describe the projects your unit is planning or supporting in this area, and the skills needed by your staff?

Open source or commercial citation and research organizers (i.e. Zotero, RefWorks)

 

Implementing streaming servers for content delivery

 

Metadata - standards, best practices, and creating metadata for digital objects


 

Intellectual property and rights management as it pertains to the use in an institutional repository/digital collection management system

 

Federated searching options and how-to (with multiple institutional repositories/digital collection management systems)

 

Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and XML technologies for archival and teaching projects

 

Personal and Organizational Development

Change management and project management for IT projects

If you answered 4 or 5, could you briefly describe the projects your unit is planning or supporting in this area, and the skills needed by your staff?

Supporting Teaching and Curricular Projects

New directions for smart classrooms

If you answered 4 or 5, could you briefly describe the projects your unit is planning or supporting in this area, and the skills needed by your staff?

Video production and media creation services on campus

 

Overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for information services staff

 

Managing GIS datasets

 

Using media hosting sites in campus academics and operations (e.g., iTunesU and YouTube)

 

Lecture capture and publication

 

Developing or supporting data/Web 2.0 mashups

 

Understanding and supporting 3-D modeling on campus (e.g., tools such as Google's SketchUp and open-source Blender; file formats such as .obj; and publication environments and processes for 3-D objects)

 

Technology Infrastructure

New developments in network architectures (e.g., MPLS and VRFs, etc.)

If you answered 4 or 5, could you briefly describe the projects your unit is planning or supporting in this area, and the skills needed by your staff?

Identity management and directory services (OpenLDAP, etc.)

 

Implementing Help Desk systems and/or help desk best practices.

 

Cloud/utility computing technologies

 

Web-based videoconferencing technologies and solutions

 

Cloud/utility computing technologies

 

Supporting users of mobile devices and delivering information services to mobile devices

 

Other areas?

What additional organizational or support areas would you add for your campus?

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Thanks you for your input! If you have other ideas or information, we would love to hear from you directly as well. Please contact Eric Jansson eric.jansson@nitle.org.

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