2011 LITA National Forum: Preconferences

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday, September 30, 8:00 a.m. - noon

Learning to leverage Cloud-based IT resources and server configuration software to better manage IT
Erik Mitchell, Wake Forest University

This pre-conference will be a hands-on workshop that guides attendees through the implementation of digital library services (e.g. Dspace, Vufind, or other relevant systems) using Amazon AWS cloud resources and extending this implementation using the Puppet server configuration management platform. Participants will learn the basics of using Amazon IT resources to support common library services and will explore how to approach management of these services using monitoring (nagios), server configuration (puppet), and development/production environment support.  The workshop will include technical exercises focused on teaching specific skills and planning exercises focused on helping participants understand the issues that need to be considered when planning a deployment of cloud-based services. 

The outcomes of the workshop include:

  • Participants feel comfortable working in the Amazon AWS environment to create and manage services using AWS IT resources,
  • Participants understand the issues that need to be considered when evaluating a service for deployment in a cloud environment,
  • Participants will have an understanding of service life-cycle management including exploration, implementation, management/monitoring, disaster recovery, migration, and service end-of-life implementation.

Erik Mitchell ( http://erikmitchell.info) is the Assistant Director for Technology Services at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. He holds a MLIS from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focus includes metadata and cloud computing and the role that these technologies play in the our information experiences.  His most recent work has focused on exploring the role of cloud computing in library IT and on the role of PhD holding librarians in professional practice.   He currently writes a recurring column for the Journal of Web Librarianship.

Technology Impact by Design: Using Goal-Based Assessments to Achieve and Document Success
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Based on the Understanding by Design model (developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe), this workshop will introduce a systematic approach to assessing technology projects through a focus on outcomes. This model is also known as a backwards design model. Activities, strategies, and embedded assessment methods are all derived from the outcomes in order to create a cohesive and effective design.  The workshop will be an active exploration of a project and initiative design approach based on the Understanding by Design instructional model including opportunities to apply the principles to participants own scenarios.

Participants in the workshop will be able to:

  • understand the backwards design model that focuses on outcomes
  • use the Understanding by Design model to develop projects and initiatives
  • demonstrate success through embedded assessment

Lisa Hinchliffe is the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as faculty in the Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Immersion Program. She has fostered innovation, design thinking, and assessment activities in these roles as well as in her role as ACRL President, 2010-2011.