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Systems Staff Meeting Notes
February 21, 2005

Present: Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Suzy Covey, Debra Fetzer, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Tom Minton, Chris Nicolich, Geoffrey Stewart, Ying Tang
Announcements
  1. Cynthia notes the wrong spelling of the word, 'February', on the Systems Minutes Agenda.
  2. Hunter S. Thompson has died.
  3. Librarians are scheduled to meet today in the Graham Hall conference room to discuss the Faculty Survey results. In that survey, Library leadership was ranked very low.
Review Minutes of 2/7/05 & 2/14/05
  1. Liaison (2/7/05) - Central virus catcher was not operational for a period of time. It is working now.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. Greenstone Linux server - the developmental server has been ordered. Bill received an email from the installation crew asking when they should come and do the install. We have not received it yet, but suspect it will show up this week. It will be mounted on a rack in the server room.
  2. Greenstone Production server - for the same project - has not been ordered yet. It is proving hard to configure/order.
Networking
  1. NT8 periodic slowdowns may be attributed to the increase use of Contribute software. More and more people are using it to transfer files. A hideous number of small file transfers is known to bring a server to its knees. A faster processor will help, but 2003 server may improve performance.
  2. Switch checks - Web server now connected directly to POP. Hassle with DCOM process was fixed.
  3. Public computers in West - now dual purpose: for library-related and for student-related access. Two VPs are meeting with Bill this week to discuss the situation. This may require us to join the AD tree. Current UF policy is that students are required to bring their own computers.
  4. Multiple lockouts this AM - domain and user name, 'DNS Web'. Need to check the logs to see where the IP resolves. They were hitting all of the domain controllers this morning. CNS checking for VM ware vulnerabilities. Probably only 5% of lockouts are reported.
  5. Will received a call from Denise Bennett this morning stating that the password for the Xerox print release stations had been changed or reset over the weekend and they were locked out. Denise needs to talk to Xerox. Systems does not control that password.
Software Projects Status
  1. New position has been posted - IT Expert for DLC. Software programmer - will be housed in Systems.
  2. User service: http://libbs.uflib.ufl.edu/forum/ - bulletin board server. Got it started at 7:30PM Friday. If it takes off, we'll put it on a better box. Must register to post, but can read anonymously. Keeps the topic listed - can post an avatar (90x90 pixels, 6K). There is a forum for Systems Liaisons. Requires a valid email address. It will act primarily as a tech service. PHP BBS software - may be a hack magnet, will have to see. This is our first open-source project. If people like it, it could be open to non-library people. Suzy will be the administrator. Moderators will be dispatched.
  3. East Florida - Transferred two big files for Jim Cusick to edit. He is a bit confused with the information. Winston will meet with him tomorrow.
  4. DLC Tracker - Ying is doing some last-minute work with Mark Sullivan. There are three remaining issues before they ca release Phase One. Mark's last day will be Thursday.
  5. Permissions database - Bill needs to review.
  6. Verify Patron - Cynthia is getting it to work under the security console: Netscape, Firefox and IE.
  7. RLG yearly survey - LIBQUAL - problem is bigger this year. Chris is working on it. Do not send out prior to checking with Bill. Last year it was too small. It takes a big sample. The first one is slated to go out on March 8th.
  8. Jack Waters/Accounts Payable is now working. The combination of Jack, Winston, FCLA and Bridges finally did something right and got it to work.
Web Projects
  1. Security Console and Library West - Tom asks if we will be increasing the resolution on machines. No, was not planning on it. Tom is working on apps and needed to know. If it is not an operational issue, then we must leave it alone. Flat screens don't do 800x600 well. 1024x768 is the default for new Dell flat panels. We're assuming all the new computers for West will be flat panels. Quality is better on a CRT. Apparently, we will be sticking to generic, white bread computers for West, instead of opting for the higher-end models.
Student and Department Happenings
  1. Spring Break is next week. Students will probably be out, although their schedules have yet to be verified.

 

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