Curricular Technologies Team

Sponsor: Terry Simpkins

Leader: Joe Antonioli

Members: Kellam Ayres, Steve Bertolino, Bob Cole, Adam Franco, Matt La France, Petar Mitrevski, Stacy Reardon, Zach Schuetz, Billy Sneed, Heather Stafford and David Wright.


The Curricular Technology Team (CTT) is the LIS resource for innovation and implementation of technology for enhanced teaching & learning.  The Team is charged to...

  • Monitor, research and review technology trends that would enhance teaching and learning at Middlebury College.  

  • Consult with faculty and staff who are investigating new technology for their courses.

  • Represent LIS resources to faculty and staff that are actively experimenting with technologies for teaching.


Education and Training Team

Sponsor: Mary Backus

Leader: Cynthia Slater

Membership as of Jan 2013:  Jamie Carroll, Brenda Ellis, Jeff Lahaie, Ian McBride, Cindy Peet, and Cynthia Slater

(Past Members through Dec 2012: Kim Ehritt, Brenda Ellis, and Mack Roark)

Charge - Phase II: The Education and Training Team will take a holistic look at the ongoing training and education needs of Middlebury & Monterey faculty, staff, and students.  During Phase II, the team will focus on development of specific delivery and assessment methods.


Security Team

Sponsor: Chris Norris

Leader: Ian Burke

Members: Nate Burt, Charlotte Pratt, Billy Sneed, Travis Stafford, Kim Gurney, Trinidad Gomez (MIIS), Gustavo Carvalho (MIIS), Leanne Conway (Student)

Charge: Create and maintain a comprehensive, information security-focused environment across the institution, that enables collaborative work while fostering a culture of information security awareness and education, appropriate risk management practices, and accountability.


Space Team

Sponsor: Rebekah Irwin

Leader: Joseph Watson

Members: Peggy Fischel, Hans Raum, Lisa Terrier and Todd Sturtevant

Charge: Phase I - The space team will look primarily at library space in order to make recommendations for changes that optimize service & utilization. All recommendations should include usability studies and/or other forms of input from our users. This will include the following areas:

  • service points, including looking at options for consolidating helpdesk (incl. media services), reference, and circulation  in conjunction with space currently not utilized or underutilized - info desk, reference desk, etc (October 2010)
  • library collections space - long term planning, including: contingency planning for the possible move of the music library into the main library, shifting of govdoc materials, consolidation of newspapers area and periodicals spaces (December 2010)
  • location of technologies  - are they in the right places in our libraries?  (consider location of "obsolete" technologies (e.g. microformats) as well) (December 2010)
  • staff workspaces: our recent and hasty move of most of LIS into the main library building needs to be evaluated in the long run to ask if our present arrangement of staff offices is optimal.  Should include remaining Voter staff and possibly machine rooms. (October 2010)
  • new uses of library space - what services/offices should be in the library in future years? (February 2011)


Senior Leadership Team

Leader: Mike Roy

Members: Mary Backus, Rebekah Irwin, David Ludwig, Chris Norris, Carol Peddie, Terry Simpkins, Jim Stuart

We provide leadership, direction, and support for LIS as LIS in turn provides leadership, direction, and support in the College’s efforts to achieve its own vision. 

  1. Strategic planning and vision
  • alignment with College’s goals/plans
  • vision for how LIS can support College’s ambitions
  • strategic directions and choices
  • goals and objectives
  • Resource allocation
    • budgets
    • staffing
    • teams
    • project prioritization
    • space
    • provides staffing and charges and support to teams and cross-area projects
  • Organizational and staff professional development
    • leadership development
    • organizational structures
    • training and development for staff
    • staff talent assessment
    • recruitment and retention of staff
    • assessment
  • Align and coordinate work across organization and institution
    • make collective and collaborative decisions on issues that cross areas
    • provide clear, comprehensible direction and expectations to managers,workgroups, and teams
    • provide a forum for LIS leadership to work cooperatively and collectively towards our departmental and institutional goals and objectives.
    • create and foster effective partnerships with campus community
    • communicate within LIS and across the College
  • Model and support effective teamwork
      • internalize the culture, values, and abilities we need to insist on and exemplify for LIS to achieve those goals.
      • model best practices of how to work together in a cohesive manner


    Retired Teams

    Digital Archives Team 

    Sponsor: Terry Simpkins

    Leader: Rachel Manning

    Members: Steve Bertolino, Arabella Holzapfel, Danielle Rougeau, Michael Warner and Scott Witt

    ChargeThe charge for this team is develop and promulgate digitization standards; to create a process for prioritizing digitization efforts; to create workflows to allow for effective scanning, storage, cataloging, and archiving; to provide access to digital collections through various means.


    • Develop a policy for approving and prioritizing new projects - 12/2009
    • Review of existing projects (standards and relevance) - 5/2010
    • Work with Collection Management to integrate metadata creation for digital projects into CM workflow - 5/20 2010
    • Investigate best practices for digital preservation actions – 5/2010


    Web Team

    Sponsor: Terry Simpkins

    Leader: [Currently vacant]

    Members: Dan Frostman, Matt La France, [others currently vacant]

    Team Charge:

    • Maintenance: ensure that the content of the LIS Website is up-to-date and meeting our users' needs (Dec. 2010)
      • Identify and maintain a list of LIS staff members responsible for site content
      • Contact LIS staff members responsible for sections of the site to provide updates as needed, and communicate training needs to appropriate units within LIS as appropriate (Completed)
    • Follow-up on LIS Website team 1 tasks (Mar. 2011)
      • Review implementation and status of usability testing recommendations
      • Wiki and blog - implement white whale templates (Completed: July 2011)
    • Develop strategies to market the website (mid-July 2011)
      • Actual marketing to occur in September (Reported/complete: Nov. 2011)
    • Assessment: establish a schedule that ensures periodic assessment of the site (to occur Fall 2011-Winter 2012)
      • Ongoing, user-driven assessment of the site (perform user needs analysis: Completed Dec. 2011; and usability testing: Due: early part of Spring semester)
      • Define criteria/standards for proposing changes based on assessment findings and process for approval if necessary
    • Refresh & enhancements: Propose and guide implementation of enhancements (aka projects) to the website (especially self-service) based upon evolving technologies and upon user experiences (Spring 2012)
      • Implement proposed and approved changes to information architecture, navigation, design, platform, and content
      • Develop refresh strategies and identify material that will become dated
      • Consult with ADs in advance of making major revisions of the website
      • Future of Website Team