Goals and Projects 2013-14

ILS goals are developed annually based on strategic directions and current needs of the college. Highlights of FY 2014 goals include:


Teaching, Learning and research

Support faculty experiments related to innovative pedagogy.

Ensure successful user migration to Moodle 2 by means of scheduled consultations, workshops and one-on-one training sessions.

Implement, with CBB Libraries, the merged CBB library catalog. Review all procedures and update all documentation in light of the merged catalog.

Implement Summon, a significant new “discovery” tool for student and faculty research.

Implement digital repository project(s)

  • Assess “selected works” module for Digital Commons (SCARAB) for access to faculty scholarship and other academic technology information
  • Conduct proof of concept for digital scholarship repository
  • Assess faculty projects already available for deposit
  • Provide faculty resume/vitae online in unified way

Continue to investigate, test and install new technologies for teaching. Specific installations will depend upon planned network upgrades to academic buildings over the next several years. These technologies include:

  • wireless display to projector
  • “huddle” spaces
  • expansion of class capture
  • touch interfaces for computing
  • video chat in classrooms

Evaluate a virtual desktop environment for students and/or lab implementation.

Promote and expand use of Etna (online storage of research and classroom data, with backup), and provide an option for sharing documents with researchers located off campus.

Develop strategies for supporting high volume video projects like the Dance Festival and provide for secure and sustainable data storage.

Develop a more vigorous and effective way to maintain Library/ILS weblog and other communication and outreach channels.

Use the newly remodeled Digital Media Studios (DMS) in Pettigrew Hall as a launch pad for re-publicizing the work of the DMC.

Technology for the entire campus

Support Campus Connect communications project, phase 3: public calendar (EMS Master Calendar), campus portal (Luminis), new campus directory.

Implement Bates data security curriculum.

Expand use of software to encrypt data-at-rest on college-owned laptops.

Implement new grants management software.

Implement changes in Axiom to integrate data in the Common App into Banner.

Develop and implement online admission decision letters and award letters for financial aid.

Implement online reader routing for Admission.

Extend online document management capability from Admission to Financial Aid, Registrar, and Dean of Students.

Replace SQL server datamart for Advancement.

Update Report of Giving for Advancement.

Implement new voice mail system including website.

Implement direct deposit for accounts payable checks.

Upgrade Maximo (Facility Services work order system).

Plan computer room infrastructure upgrade, including adding redundancy for air conditioning and upgraded fire suppression.

Develop full plans for rewiring Carnegie and Dana networks, a two fiscal-year project to be completed summer 2014. Start planning for Olin network upgrade to follow.

Hydra Replacement (terminal emulation for Macs, e.g. access to EMS from a Mac).

Build test offsite hosting environment – move website if possible.

Implement required upgrades to campus-wide systems (e.g. Red Hat 6, Rome, York, VM nodes).

Mobile connectivity on and off the campus

Continue with planned wireless expansion. Add access points (APs) to the areas of highest need identified in the FY2013 campus wide assessment, including outdoor APs.

Enable campus event scheduling from off-campus (completed September 2013).

Begin to implement mobile app suite for Banner functions.

Management and partnerships

Develop a framework for a self-study of ILS for external review within the next twelve to eighteen months. Discuss with President and Dean of Faculty for implementation.

Coordinate moves of ILS staff back to Pettigrew from their temporary locations when the renovation of Pettigrew is complete.

Work with writing, math and statistics, library and technology staff to coordinate Ladd Library as integrated learning support environment (hours, room use policies, hours of service, level of service, knowledge of each other’s services), not for uniformity but for deliberate coordination, in light of recent remodeling.

Work with campus planners and facility services on Campus Ave housing and student life project to accomplish both the building technology needs and the needed upgrades to the campus technology infrastructure.

Plan, with Facility Services and others, how Bates can complete the needed upgrades to the campus fiber plant within the campus facilities master plan. Many buildings that are not slated for renovation or major maintenance work need new fiber, including Pettigrew, Parker, Page, Olin, Village, 110 Russell, Alumni Gym, Chase Hall, Muskie, Merrill, Cutten, Underhill, Pettengill, Smith, Adams, JB, Hathorn, Lane, Libby, and wood frame houses.