Wireless Is More
Info Literacy Curriculum Initiative Begins
New Packard Lab Infrastructure
50 Years: Brown v. Board of Ed
Books Added through Zinck Bequest
Upgrades Target Maginnes Classrooms
Philosopher & Physicist Teach Copernicus
New LTS Staff
Wireless network computing coverage and "library loaner laptops" have been substantially upgraded in preparation for the Spring 2004 semester. Coverage in Fairchild Martindale Library has been expanded to the point that connectivity is possible in almost any location.
Twenty new notebook computers for loan from the libraries are now ready for use at the Circulation Desks: ten in Fairchild Martindale and ten in Linderman. These notebooks are new IBM ThinkPads offering longer battery life that should last through the four hour loan period. The notebooks have a CDRW and DVD combo drive so users can save work to a CD as well as on individual campus LAN space. Pre-loaded software consists of Microsoft Office Professional but other software can be installed from the network. To ensure security, the machines will be refreshed at the circulation desks after each use. Ethernet network cards are included so users also have the option of accessing the network through a wired network jack.
At the same time wireless coverage has been added or enhanced in other areas on campus, including the new Maginnes classrooms and Packard Laboratory. See other stories in this issue of LTS Connections for details. Extensive wireless coverage is already available in Coppee Hall, Mohler Lab, Wilbur Powerhouse, and Coxe Hall. A project to significantly increase wireless coverage at the Rauch Business Center during summer 2004 is in the planning stages.
Info Literacy Curriculum Initiative Begins
by Jean Johnson
A campus discussion about Lehigh University students' "information age preparedness" has begun. These conversations are prompted by the immediacy of all kinds of information in the "click now" world, faculty concerns about the changing nature of student research, and librarians' focus on integrating information competencies into the curriculum.
In the higher education community, there is a developing consensus that "information literacy" ought to be a general education goal for undergraduates. Information literacy is broadly defined as the ability to find, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information to answer an articulated research question. It is complementary to other general education expectations, such as the ability to write clearly and to think conceptually.
Many faculty members have voiced concerns about student research strengths and weaknesses as shown in these observations gleaned from surveys and discussions:
Middle States, Lehigh's accreditation agency, has also placed new emphasis on producing graduates who can do research independently. Thus informal discussions have taken place between librarians and faculty who currently make creative use of information resources in their courses, the Library Materials Liaisons, the Library Users Committee, as well as librarians at other institutions. The information literacy committee, consisting of Roseann Bowerman, Kathe Morrow and Jean Johnson, will seek out faculty development, writing across the curriculum, First Year Student and Learning Center involvement. In all aspects of the effort to integrate information literacy and course work, faculty insight and guidance is essential.
While many large public universities have required credit courses in information
literacy, integration of basic research skills and experiences in first
year courses and mastery of discipline-specific research competencies in
upper level courses is more suitable at Lehigh. Such an approach will lead
to more engaged learning with lasting outcomes. Initially the information
literacy effort will focus on first year students with the goal of producing
an online tutorial to teach basic research strategies. Please contact Roseann
Bowerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-758-3053 with comments, questions, or
New Packard Lab Infrastructure
by Roy Gruver
Some quiet, but remarkable changes have taken place above the ceiling and behind the walls in Packard Lab, positioning Lehigh University for the present and the future. The entire building communication infrastructure has been replaced—all cable, all cable pathways, all network electronics. Today, all data connections are gigabit (gb) connections, permitting the easy flow of large datasets across the building network. And the changes don't stop at the wired world: the entire building is wireless to permit mobile users to connect.
In August 1986, the University cutover to its then new campus-wide communications system. At that time Packard Lab, in fact the entire campus, was rewired for a state of the art voice and data communication system with high-speed data services in each office, lab and classroom. Back then, high-speed data was 9600 baud. Over time the building-wide network has transitioned from 9600 baud to shared 10 megabit (mb) Ethernet; however, much of the original cable plant, cable pathways and network closets remained in service. While there were pockets of 100 Mb service, most of the service was still based on that 1986 installation.
Recognizing that today's research, education and business agenda requires higher bandwidth network services, Library and Technology Services and Facilities Services, working with Dean Mohammed El-Aasser and Department Chairs Hank Korth, Don Bolle, and Herman Nied, established the network needs for future research and education in Packard. The vision articulated called for ubiquitous gigabit connections to the desktop, three times as many active connections, employing more flexible cabling technologies to make future upgrades easier, adding wireless, and carving out precious building space for appropriately sized and placed network rooms. At right LTS Technician Dave Cooper shows off new network closet in Packard.
The project was intertwined with the significant renovations already planned for the 4th floor of Packard to provide more office and research lab space for the expanding CSE & ECE programs. The network renovations were accomplished in two stages-first addressing the new network needs of the renovated 4th floor (completed fall 2003); second, completing the rest of the building (mid-January 2004). Gone is the almost 25-year old cable that was only capable of carrying 10Mbps service to the desktop and the electronics that could only support shared bandwidth connections. Gone are the conduits completely full of cable. Gone are the jam-packed network closets. Gone is the network bottlenecks with the jury-rigged solutions that kept the network afloat.
Given that the network is part of the lifeblood of the building and all
that takes place inside, this was an investment largely invisible but essential
for moving forward. Planning is underway now to renovate other research-intensive
buildings on campus.
50 Years: Brown v. Board of Education
by Kathe Morrow
On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision
that it was unconstitutional, and in violation of the 14th amendment, to
separate children in public school for no other reason than their race.
The decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, helped change
America forever, ending the myth of a "separate but equal" educational system.
To commemorate this important event, and to mark Black History Month in
February, a library display has been created in the Linderman Library Lobby.
It highlights material from the Lehigh collection that spans the history
of school desegregation from the nineteenth century through the "separate
but equal" Supreme Court decision of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, to Brown
v. Board, and to the issues of school desegregation that continue to this
Books Added through Zinck Bequest, Gifts
More than 100 books were added to the Lehigh Libraries during the fall semester through the generosity of Lehigh University alumnus Arthur C. Zinck, '59. The bequest enabled the library to acquire titles across the disciplines, including new works on topics like Thomas Jefferson, Tibet, titanium, transposable elements, and the Triangle fire! On a regular basis books are also purchased as a result of memorial gifts, gifts from parents of graduating seniors, and other gifts. For more information about books honoring individuals, see the Bookmark program under Giving on the Friends of the Libraries web page, www.lehigh.edu/lts/friends.
2020 Upgrades Target Maginnes Classrooms
by Elia Schoomer
As the spring semester begins, LTS is approaching the end of the fourth year of the five year 2020 classroom technology project. This year's projects emphasized technology support for the new classrooms being constructed on the ground floor of Maginnes Hall where eight classrooms were equipped with ceiling-mounted projectors and sound systems. Five of the new rooms have instructor stations with built-in computers, DVD/VCRs and touch screen control systems. One smaller room has a rolling instructor station with a DVD/VCR and provision for a user-supplied laptop.
The two largest rooms have two projectors, a document camera, DVD/VCR and a Smart Technologies Sympodium interactive tablet which also acts as a display monitor for the main output of the built-in computer. The Sympodium functions as a fully interactive Smart Board, enabling users to use a stylus to interact with computer programs, annotate display screens and use the writing surface as a white board. All of the classrooms have provisions for user supplied laptops and access to the Maginnes Hall satellite dish and cable TV system. For more information please visit www.lehigh.edu/classrooms.
Other recent classroom projects completed this year include the installation of new technology in classrooms in Rauch (4), Coxe, Iacocca, Fritz (2), Chandler, Christmas-Saucon, Mohler, Mudd (2), and Neville. Life-cycle replacement of projectors or other technology updates were also completed in Christmas-Saucon, Neville (2), Rauch (2), Packard (3), and Drown. In addition, the PC life-cycle program upgraded 156 computers in public sites in the EWFM Computing Center, Fritz Lab, Grace Hall, and Mudd, Packard and Whitaker labs. Planning will begin soon for the next technology classrooms anticipated for the final year of 2020 upgrades.
For more information about features or to arrange an orientation tour
contact Elia Schoomer at 83058.
New LTS Staff
Library and Technology Services welcomes the following new staff members, all of whom will be on board by early February. In May Dr. Gregory Reihman will join LTS as the new Director for Faculty Development.
Julia Maserjian, Digital Library Project Coordinator. Julia previously worked at Florida Atlantic University and at the Bethlehem Public Library on digital library projects. She joins the Library Collections and Systems Team.
Steve Lewis, Computing Consultant. Steve joins the Academic and Administrative Department Team after having worked in numerous LTS units as a Lehigh University undergraduate. Steve served as a WIRED consultant, Help Desk assistant and trainer, and CAD Lab assistant.
Jason Slipp, Instructional Technology Consultant. Jason joins the LTS Team for the College of Business and Economics. He previously worked for TetraTech in Langhorne as an instructional designer.
Rhonda Miller, Cataloger. Rhonda joins the Library Technical Services
Team as a cataloger. She worked at the Drexel University Library while in
library school and in a previous career worked as a journalist and editor.
Philosopher & Physicist Teach 1543 Copernicus
by Philip Metzger
Philosophy Professor Alex Levine and Physics Professor Gary DeLeo are jointly conducting an undergraduate seminar this semester entitled "The Problem of the Planets." Students in the course will have the opportunity to work with newly digitized versions of unique materials in the Lehigh Library's Special Collections. The course is based on the 1543 first edition of Nicolaus Copernicus' On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, a work thought to mark the beginning of a revolution not only in astronomy, but in Western thought more broadly construed.
The course will explore the scientific, historical, and philosophical implications of Copernicus's proposal, with special emphasis on his solution to the age-old problem of planetary motion. In addition students will use Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe's Instruments for the Restoration of Astronomy (1602) to help them understand astronomical apparatus before the invention of the telescope. A new exhibit, "On the Heavenly Spheres", in the Bayer Galleria in Linderman Library will open February 9th. It features the original Copernicus and Brahe volumes as well as Special Collections holdings by Kepler, Galileo, and other early Renaissance astronomers. Hours are 1pm to 5 pm weekdays or by appointment.
This digitized portrait of Copernicus, the digitized books, and supporting materials are at http://digital.lib.lehigh.edu/planets or under Library Digital Projects on www.lehigh.edu/library/.