Systems Staff Meeting Notes 10/14/02

Systems Staff Meeting Notes
October 14, 2002

Present: Rich Bennett, Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Debra Harris, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Suzy Shaw, Hilton Soto, Geoffrey Stewart, Ying Tang
  1. Window replacement starts today in Special Collections.
  2. TEAMS – Letter sent out late Friday afternoon by President Young regarding the reorganization of the SUS. A new personnel category called TEAMS has been created and USPS are encouraged to switch over to it. Benefits include annual leave accumulating at a faster rate, 4 personal holidays and more. This system does not apply to Faculty. If you switch to TEAMS, you are hired on a year-to-year contract. If you are not going to be rehired, you get a 6-month notice – no appeal process. State retirement stays the same. For most USPS employees that are doing their job, this is probably a good deal. Workshops and seminars with further details will be forthcoming. A&P have no choice – they have to join. All union contracts have to be renegotiated from the Board of Regents to the Board of Trustees. Job security is less, TEAMS gives management more flexibility in firing. Plan on seeing title changes and reclassification - especially in the computer field. All promotions will be to TEAMS positions. This is slated to take effect by January 7, 2003.
Review Minutes of 10/7/02
  1. Active Directory is scheduled to be in place on Nov 1.
  2. Xerox vandal has not been caught.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. Laptop batteries to be ordered for the Biography Reclass Project in Resource Services. We will set aside four of our checkout laptops for this project as of October 15th (2 Dell Latitudes, 2 Sony VAIOs).
  2. 23 MSL classroom computers are on order.
  3. ArchInfo server is on order – will be for Docs, but housed here in Systems.
  1. MSL classroom wiring – in process; Bobbie did the walk-through.
  2. Xerox is currently using dial-up. We’ll also re-wire their area and move the print server over there.
Software Projects Status
  1. PAULA has been revived on Bill’s machine. ‘Bill’s version’ will be available for everyone soon and it will also incorporate ALERT.
  2. Public logoff button disappearance – changed the profile on West machines – no further problems reported. Music is still reporting problems.
  3. SysRequest – Some final changes today. Will use internally first (to debug) – then we’ll let it go Library-wide.
  4. SSN purge – Hilton is creating a batch converter by position. It evaluates our software containing SSN and switches it with University IDs. This overhaul used to be known as the UF Directory Project, but it now it is separated in two: Directory Middleware Project (software creation) and the UF ID Project (policy creation). There are still a lot of people who are not aware of this policy.
  5. DLC presentation – Erich is annoyed with OPS timecards – one of his students devised a program that facilitates timecards – you can clock in and clock out using your UF ID. Erich reports that he contacted Melody in Personnel about using it and she said it was okay. Need to get further permission then we’ll look and see what we can do with it. It could integrate with PeopleSoft. The demo was sharp. Erich is also interested in a productivity tracker – Systems will probably have to do it.
  6. DLC Tracking database – Ying – ongoing.
Web Projects
  1. Stats server – still not settled yet.

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by Debra Harris