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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Improved Performance on Windows Terminal Server (WTS)

Faculty, instructors, staff, and students in CLA should notice better performance during WTS sessions this fall. LATIS worked throughout the summer to add additional servers resulting in faster logins, app sessions, and increase user capacity.  WTS provides remote access to many specialized applications for research and instruction.

The speed improvement is the first in a two stage project designed to update software and improve performance so that CLA's capacity can support the growing number of users and apps active online at any given time.

The second phase of the project will happen in the spring. More details about how that will affect and improve service for CLA in early 2016. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Get to Know LATIS'S Ginny Larson

Name: Ginny Larson

Current Position: Assistant Curator, Digital Content Library, LATIS

What brought you to your current job? Prior to working for LATIS, I worked briefly at the University Gallery (now Weisman Art Museum) and then for many years at the Slide Library/Visual Resources Center in the Department of Art History. Initially, I worked with their analog slide collection, and then later with the conversion of the slide collection to digital format. In 2003, the Visual Resources Center became part of CLA-OIT (now LATIS), and the Digital Content Library was started at that time. In 2008, the services of the Digital Content Library were expanded and made available to all departments and units in CLA, thus making it an interdisciplinary resource.

What is your favorite aspect of your job? First of all, I love images, and most of my job involves working directly with images. My primary responsibility is cataloging images for inclusion in the
Digital Content Library for the purposes of teaching and learning.  Recently the DCL began concentrating more specifically on archiving original content. It’s exciting to work with faculty
collections and preserve years of research for posterity.

Tell us about one of the coolest projects you’ve worked on for your job at the U? For the last several years, I’ve been photographing the exhibitions at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, including MFA and BFA exhibitions and faculty retrospectives.  The images are then archived in the Digital Content Library and made accessible to the University community. This has been a challenging but rewarding experience. It’s important to have documentation of these exhibitions, as they are unique and change on a regular basis, and the Digital Content Library is glad to be a part of the process.

What is your favorite place on campus?  I like to wander through Ferguson Hall and listen to all the sounds emanating from the practice rooms.

I’m happiest when: I’m outdoors.

Favorite author: My current favorite author is Henning Mankell.

Favorite food and drink: Green tea and dark chocolate.

Favorite source of inspiration: The natural world.

If I could do it all over again, I would: Be an ornithologist.

People may be surprised to know: I attended a one-room country school in rural Minnesota for eight years.

Favorite memory: Sitting in the dark and looking at the blue lights on our Christmas tree when I was a child.

The top three highlights of my life: Snorkeling in Hawaii, hiking in Switzerland, walking through the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and experiencing the sense of time and history embodied in this space.

Before I die, I would like to: See more of the world.