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  1. share materials for faculty development

    I would like to have sites, blogs, handouts, ideas, workshop scripts, whatever for helping our faculty discover and use technologies (and traditional library resources) in their teaching so they can connect students to the new information environment and involve students in their learning.

    95 votes
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    • shared data storage

      Are there consortial opportunities for moving storage to the cloud, or is this something each of us needs to explore and negotiate on our own?

      78 votes
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      • shared staff for software support

        Is there a way that we could share expertise in software to expand the depth of support available?

        68 votes
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        • cooperative collection development

          There are lots of interesting experiments taking place at various schools; what can we learn from them? And can these be turned into larger scale initiaitives?

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          • shared virtualized applications servers

            Are there opportunities for us to cooperatively mount virtualized computer labs that could be shared across campuses?

            57 votes
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            • Create a Software Contract Czar

              The software vendors have a choke hold on us and they divide and conquer - they like to negotiate prices that are all over the map either individually or through regional consortia. We need to come together nationally and force a model that is would benefit all of us.

              51 votes
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              • 48 votes
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                • warchest for funding open source development

                  What if we all regularly put 5 or 10K every year into a shared pot for funding development for things like moodle, drupal, wordpress, or other open-source applications?

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                  • 43 votes
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                    • Specific experiments with mobil devices, e-texts, etc?

                      Liberal arts colleges are supposed to be about teaching, close student/faculty relations, etc. Are there ways we can explore use of new techs on our campuses in order to test their utility of "our kind" of ed?

                      40 votes
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                      • 35 votes
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                        • shared digitization infrastructure

                          Can we develop digitization workflows that allow us to share equipment, cataloging expertise, etc?

                          31 votes
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                          • Cooperative ERP (e.g. Banner)

                            What if we pooled our resources and ran our ERPs together, rather than each school running its own servers, hiring their own DBAs, writing custom reports?

                            27 votes
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                            • Shared decentralized authentication

                              Services like Shibboleth propose a decentralized method of authenticating CLAC or the entire higher education community, and is, I suspect, necessary to many of the shared services proposed. But Shibboleth is yet another area of expertise that each institution would have to invest in--unless we can share that expertise as well.

                              26 votes
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                              • discipline-based explorations of elearning for faculty.

                                Could we be using our faculty development experts to broader effect by pulling inter-institutional groups of faculty into learning contexts?

                                21 votes
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                                • shared subject-experts for collection development

                                  Even if we keep our collection development in-house, can we share staff for developing collection development polcies?

                                  16 votes
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                                  • 14 votes
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                                    • shared subject-experts for reference

                                      Is there a way to coordinate our reference services across campuses?

                                      12 votes
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                                      • shared (media as) academic content

                                        Assuming that the long tail of films and TV shows used as academic content or supplementary materials isn't oppressively long, I would advocate collective provisioning of the content (pooling our resources to handle DRM) or collective action to have vendors supply that content to our students for a minimal fee (and they handle DRM, technology, etc.)

                                        11 votes
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                                        • 10 votes
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