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Recent articles about Library & Technology Services and presentations featuring LTS staff.


Identity Management Improvements

June 11, 2012
On this Friday, June 15, we will transition faculty and staff to use the new Identity Management (IdM) solution for account creation and maintenance. We have been transitioning to this new system over several years. Sponsored accounts have been maintained with it for almost two years, and student accounts for almost a year. Transitioning these last accounts to the new system will allow us to both turn the old system off and decommission the UNet Database. Full story.

Brandeis University Replaces Cisco and Juniper Access Switches with Aruba S3500s Mobility Switches to Unify Wired and Wireless Access Networks

April 10, 2012
Aruba Networks today announced that Brandeis University is in the process of a campus-wide replacement of Juniper and Cisco access switches with Aruba S3500 Mobility Switches. Brandeis made this decision after rigorous head-to-head testing and production network use of each. Full story.


Trustees approve budget of $306.7 million for fiscal 2013

April 2, 2012
One highlight of the budget is a re-investment in Library and Technology Services, which was deeply impacted during the economic crisis. Areas targeted for improvements include library collections and subject-area librarians, information security, overdue computer refresh and classroom equipment renewals across campus, upgrades to the campus learning management system, data warehousing and efforts to protect unique archival and special collections from environmental damage. Full story.

John Unsworth named new head of Library & Technology Services

December 21, 2011
Provost Steve A.N. Goldstein announced today that John Unsworth, dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be the new vice provost for Library and Technology Services and chief information officer at Brandeis. He will start his position in mid-February, and succeeds Perry Hanson, who in April announced his plan to retire. Full story.


Upcoming presentations featuring LTS staff.

The Future of the Academy

May 25, 2012
Featured: John Unsworth
In this talk, two luminaries of the national Digital Humanities landscape (John Unsworth and Paul Courant) will discuss the recent formation of large-scale, collaborative digital libraries and the challenges and opportunities they pose for researchers seeking to use and study their collections. Register now.

Learning Organization Academy

July 9-11, 2012
Featured: Dave Wedaman
Beginning with a summer immersion experience, LOA will provide a year-long support structure for participating teams as they conceive, design and implement practical, exploration-oriented projects that transform workplaces into learning organizations. Register now.

Past presentations featuring LTS staff.

Tweet this SIG!

May 9, 2012
Featured: Adam Lipkin
Can Twitter really be useful in academia? Tweet This SIG! will cover everything from Twitter basics to advanced uses in higher education. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of this powerful real-time communication tool along with a Twitter toolkit to help get them started on a new and exciting Twitter adventure. Details.

Brandeis Enables AirPlay & AirPrint Across a Unified Wired and Wireless Network

April 4, 2012
Featured: John Turner
Learn how Brandeis University is enabling services such as AirPlay and AirPrint using Aruba AirGroup, addressed BYOD challenges by taking control of the access network, and enabled mobility through a secure, Unified Wired and Wireless architecture. Details.

Immunity to Change

March 14, 2012
Featured: Dave Wedaman
Harvard psychologists Bob Keegan and Lisa Lahey have researched adult development for decades and have developed the very powerful and usable Immunity to Change method to help people improve in cases where they have a clear goal in mind but aren't making progress (the so-called New Year's Resolution problem). Details.

Going Google at Brandeis University

March 14, 2012
Featured: Dave Wedaman
Today's generation of students brings a different set of expectations to campus. Meeting these expectations while providing the tools necessary to enable next-generation teaching and learning is a difficult challenge on many campuses today. Hear directly from Brandeis how their decision to move to Google Apps for Education has helped them meet — and exceed — these demands. Details.

Top-Ten Lessons of Learning Organizations

March 13, 2012
Featured: Dave Wedaman
There's a wonderful and rich field of research on learning at work, filled with all sorts of inspiring examples, best practices, and good ideas for building a learning organization, but who has time to read it? Details.

Identifying Places for Pedagogical Intervention: A Use Case of the "Point of Originality" Tool

January 13, 2012
Featured: Johann Larusson
A new tool enables instructors to perform objective evaluation of student work through the identification of original content in writing. Evidence shows that the tool can be predictive of students' performance in the course, as well as of their engagement in a technology-mediated activity. Details.