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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.)

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            • developing regional security teams

              Collaborate on regional security teams that could provide security analysis and penetration testing for a reasonable price.

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              • niche digital collections collaboratively curated

                With the help of libraries and IT, faculty across institutions with similar interests could develop shared digital collections of images, documents, videos, etc. in niche areas. Collection and curation might use unconventional Web 2.0 approaches that engage students.

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                • shared assessment & evaulation methods

                  Can we develop a toolkit for assessment & evaulation, including sharing data relating to our resources & programs (i.e. circulation data, journal usage statistics, etc.)

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                  • Help create shared resources in Project Bamboo

                    Bamboo is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, and inter-organizational effort that brings together researchers in arts and humanities, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians, and campus information technologists to tackle the question:

                    How can we advance arts and humanities research through the development of shared technology services?

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                    • Support "at risk" librarians from overseas as interns

                      International librarians would learn so much from our size of institution, and they always end up getting sent to the ARL's. I suggest we collaborate with our Study Abroad folks on one of the "scholars at risk" programs and bring a librarian over to work at 2 or 3 of our institutions, perhaps one month at each. I know there would be help out there from such organizations as the Mortenson Center at UIUC and foundations. We could also think of exchanges, but not in dangerous areas.

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                      • a knowledge base of answers to FAQ's of the help desk.

                        For common network and personal productivity applications

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                        • collective intelligence space with public domain license

                          The "Go To" space for questions and answers. Everything on the site is under a public domain "license."

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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?

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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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                                • 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?

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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?

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