Systems Staff Meeting Notes
October 18, 2004

Present: Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Suzy Covey, Debra Fetzer, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Tom Minton, Chris Nicolich, Geoffrey Stewart, Ying Tang
  1. Bill has just returned from LITA and is trying to get through his emails. He did read one alluding to the fact that the agreement for MS software in imminent. Will be used only for Productivity and Client Access - does not apply on original purchase of servers nor is it extended to home use.
  2. Bill has a meeting this afternoon at 4PM - the topic is the new Info Commons proposal for Library West. May have up to 150 workstations and various pieces of equipment. According to the proposal, OAT (Office of Academic Technology) will be responsible. Funding is unknown, but 150 classroom ports to wall plate runs about $550, if regular, would be $650.
  3. An announcement from DDD (Mark Trammel) seems to indicate the wall plate service was optional. Up to now, it has been deemed mandatory.
  4. Per Bill, LITA in St. Louis was good - some parts were very good - and the food was great. Details of the adventure riding the famous arch ensued.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. Contribute software has arrived. The box was mistakenly delivered to Resource Services 2nd floor. The order was placed two weeks ago - full package for each user.
  2. One scanner (for Charlotte Barnes) is still outstanding.
  3. PeopleSoft is no longer double billing P-Cards.
  4. Rob Roberts emailed Bobbie that the Journalism cir desk maybe VOIP.
  1. Russ Poole emailed that he wanted to talk about the wall plate in West.
  2. Patch-pushing ongoing - 150 machines, 6 patches per machine.
  3. TILT server - not running yet - caput. No back-ups. Needs to be rebuilt. We do have a working Apache box, but the FTP is not working.
  4. Open source - Bill learned at the conference that it is recommended that all IT people should be certified. We will do it here - New Horizons is doing a lot of training. Linux is not offered.
  5. MS update site slightly altered -Everyone is choosing automatic updates which are downloading unnecessary driver replacements.
  6. ALEPH printing - per Carol Turner email, Will was requested to update the Circ manual. He was unsure exactly what is tell - Bill says full disclosure. Task manager will email, in some cases it will print. Today, Will is scheduled to load the print IDs and they will try to use. Unsure it will work if Task Manager is set up to print a specified email. There's a 99% chance it will not. Bill would like a email synopsis of this info.
Software Projects Status
  1. PeopleSoft - has been working, no new reports. Payroll has accurate leave. Winston has access to the permissions now.
  2. St. Nick - new requirements from Rita.
  3. Verify Patron - disable command dialogue won't delete because it wants to send confirmation. Batch file could not access command processor - could not find exception. Low-level tool kits (Turbo group) may help.
Web Projects
  1. Contribute software has been received. Tom has scheduled training sessions for Web Coordinators and Web and regular users.
  2. Tom has been requested to add a calendar page to the Library Web site. To be used by staff and the public.
Student and Department Happenings
  1. Students - shaping up.
  2. Tapes - all of the 6250 tapes have been copied to cartridge. Debra is updating the database accordingly, and then another round (cartridge-to-cartridge) of copying will ensue.
  3. Halloween - Friday, Oct 29 in Systems: "Looking into the Future" - don't forget to dress up. Bring candy if you can. Visitation in the morning hours.
  4. Homecoming weekend - four days off - Nov. 11-14.

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by Debra Fetzer