Look here for the status regarding the current projects and the outcomes related to recently completed projects involving Library and Information Technology.
- Moodle Transition Status
- Faculty Technology Grants
- Library Lab Redesign
- Library Renovation and Expansion Feasibility Study
- Banner Business Process Reviews
- Network Infrastructure and Internet Firewall Upgrades
- Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Tool Implementation
- Telephone System Replacement Planning
Moodle Transition Status
This is the beginning of our second and final year of transition, a time when both Blackboard and Moodle are available. Library & Information Technology are assisting faculty in making the transition to Moodle. At present, we are well past the 80% mark for conversion and work continues.
Faculty Technology Grants
Provost’s Council selected Ned Ladd and Roger Rothman as faculty recipients of 2012 Faculty Technology grants. Their work will be showcased and celebrated in spring 2013 as part of a reception. Further information can be found here.
Library Lab Redesign
Library and Information Technology’s primary instruction space (Bertrand Library Lower Level 1: Rms 024/025) has been completely re-designed to create an environment that fosters active and collaborative learning, through peer-to-peer and student-instructor instruction. The new space is outfitted with media:scape interactive technology and furniture by Steelcase. With seating for 36, at six media:scape tables with flat-screen monitors, students connect their laptops to the tables to display and share screens without need for additional software. By simply connecting their devices to one of the six “pucks” built into each table, students take turns sharing their screens to collaborate on in class assignments and projects, without having to crane their necks around a single computer. In addition to interactive technologies that foster group work, the Lab provides flexibility with mobile chairs and whiteboards next to each table enable students.
Student reaction to the new space has been extremely positive, particularly when they realize it is available for them to use when information literacy instruction sessions are not happening. It is already becoming many students’ new favorite place in the library.
Bucknell continues to be on the forefront of using GIS in an academic setting. Our next frontier is the development and deployment of one or more web map applications to support interesting research and teaching projects that use GIS. Bucknell University hosted a very successful GIS Academic conference in November.
Library Renovation and Expansion Feasibility Study
In partnership with Facilities, Library & Information Technology is working with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) to conduct the Bertrand Library renovation and expansion feasibility study. BCJ team members have been on campus several times during their assessment to engage with the Library & Information Technology staff, faculty, and students in this process. A final report will be delivered in early 2013.
Banner Business Process Reviews
The Registrar, Admissions, and the Student Affairs areas of Banner were reviewed by a third party consultant to suggest potential opportunities functional area use of Banner. The outcome was a thorough report on how we use Banner today along with a significant number of suggestions to better leverage our existing investment to make us more efficient while better serving our constituents. Participants reviewed and discussed over 40 suggestions for business process change, new ways to look at data, or ways to better prepare for how we record and manage our student data. Moving forward, sub-projects will be established to implement some of these suggestions over the next 12 months.
Network Infrastructure and Internet Firewall Upgrades
Library and Information Technology is staying ahead of the campus appetite for network bandwidth, particularly with regards to Wi-Fi, heavy-use services like online media, GIS, networked files, and backups by increasing core/core connections to 10Gbps. The installation of Palo Alto next generation firewalls supports the faster Internet connections Bucknell will have going forward, provides application-level firewall controls, and dynamically stops malware from being delivered to computers on campus. By the end of 2012, the 2Gbps Internet connection from PennREN/KINBER will ensure adequate responsiveness for delivery of cloud-based and other off-campus services, both for day-to-day campus pedagogical and administrative needs as well as for the increasing use by students of bandwidth-heavy services along with their expectation that those services will function well.
Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Tool
The project is being managed in two phases. Phase 1 includes Library & Information Technology projects and internal operational tickets. Phase 2 will conclude with the transition of support tickets from HEAT to the TeamDynamix ticketing module. The installation of the tool is complete and Phase 1 completed by years end with all in-flight projects and new project requests in TeamDynamix. Phase 2 is planned for early 2013 with a complete cut over scheduled by the end of the semester.
Telephone System Replacement Planning
The requirements analysis for a replacement telephone system has concluded. The telephony consultants conducted on-site interviews as part of a needs assessment. The consultants also evaluated our network infrastructure and facilities. They will provide a final report by early spring 2013. The target date to have the new system installed is by summer 2014.