We're going to be able to have a faculty intranet that is accessible by using our Blackboard user name and password?
Well, yes, you can build one that uses the blackboard usernames and passwords for authentication.
You would need to build something that used the ldap server to bind as the users to create a secure system like this.
If it is just documents, you might be able to simply use blackboard. I'm not familiar with how that works though.
If you want to authenticate against the ldap, you would need to fill out an application request and get approved. Then you could build your secure intranet on your own server behind a system that uses the ldap for authentication. (And add in your own checking to see if that user is authorized to view your content).
Paul Erickson might be able to offer you some direction as far as blackboard as well as the ldap details.
Ideally, anything we build could be general enough that any department could drop in that solution... so keep that in mind if you have some ideas.
Perhaps the coding group could tackle something like this?