Present: Rich Bennett, Brian Burton, Bill Covey, Destry Fudge, Debra Harris, Winston Harris, Martha Hruska, Sharon Henry, Bobbie Parker, Suzy Shaw, Leota WhitfieldAnnouncements
Ongoing Systems Updates
- Rich Bennett recognized for 20 years of service to the Libraries.
- Bill notes that minutes of the staff meetings are being read by the outside world now that they are on the web.
- Major campus network upgrade - BellSouth-UUNet hookup. Procedure failed Saturday at the BellSouth end, but worked on Sunday. Our 45M pipe out may soon start to fill. Response time is now much faster - not as many hops.
- Disposable PC’s may cause major changes in Library purchasing - Byte Magazine recently ran an article which projected the price of PC’s to drop down to $300 by the end of this year. Manufacturers are integrating functions on chips - making only 2 chips crucial to production. It used to be that the high-end device was the buy to go with - now it will be the low-end. PC’s will have a ‘born-on’ date. These are stand-alone machines. RAM density is getting so high that the HD may become obsolete.
- CISCO switches have finally been received. We are in the process of changing out the interfaces for 2 of them. Still waiting on the switch for West. We have a tentative agreement with NERDC to put it all on a VLAN - including the branches.
- 6MP printer for Personnel was received today.
- John Ashcraft has asked for nine sets of 8M for public work station upgrades. Will give some thought to upgrading the public ones to 32M. Will probably do some side-by-testing of 16M vs. 32M to see if the results will offset the costs of memory upgrade.
Software Projects Status
- Cable modem testing has begun - there are about 2 dozen out. Bill will get one at home on Thursday. Reminder: 3 prong outlet needed to insure grounding - had an incident of near electrocution.
- BellSouth has increased pipe - cable modem provides megs of bandwidth.
- ADSL - doesn’t require Cox cable or dedicated phone line.
- Wiring: mostly finished - Physical Plant will get Systems started soon and Preservation is in the pipe. There is a possibility that Pat Simms from Physical Plant may be leaving, which could complicate things if that is so.
- MSL - Martha heard that they will be starting over there this week and be finished within a few more weeks. Will need 40 work stations for this area.
- Library West wants to add 12 more work stations.
- Education - People are all moved and the 100M fiber path has been activated. Improved bandwidth should aid congestion.
- Circ desk - operational, there is still one SNA terminal located in the back of Reserves.
- ILL - Winston has received feedback from David Fuller & Grace Strawn on the migration spec.
- Accounting - they are now set up to print invoices themselves, but Systems will still have to download the ILL records off the mainframe. He has a list of upgrades to make, but it currently achieves basic functionality.
- Sharon has the OPS side of Personnel almost done - she has trained the ‘new Melita’, Evelyn Anderson, and they are currently using the system. They are working off the SQL server in West.
- Sharon will begin working on the USPS/Faculty side next.
- TMSG - Winston attended. Wishlist updated. Martha will send the final list by the end of the week.
- Mellon - David Allerton has stated that Winston can take the database away tomorrow.
- Special Collections - Winston, Carla & John have scheduled a meeting on manuscript tracking - they want to know how to make changes. They may need to upgrade to Delphi.
- Martha has scheduled a meeting with Personnel about the sharing of databases with multiple units.
- Bill has read about a project involving a disk drive, logic board & CPU - cable to outside with key. It allows you to transparently put out a workstation so that no one can wipe it out. The software driver works only with Win’95. Bill will check with vendors - could make public work stations more secure. We’ll want to do a test & check with Microsoft.
- App sharing - it’s on the budget list.
- Microsoft will soon have 8 different versions of Windows out.
- Shared mode - wizards are a problem, otherwise it works.
- Debra has copied the floppy disks & 9 track tapes for Peter Marin from Stanford University in California. Will need to locate the algorithm chart to decide what the charges will be.
- St. Patty’s Day March 17.
- Destry out March 18 & 23.
- Shower for Marilyn & Destry - March 19, 11:30 AM - West Lounge. Marilyn is registered at Target & Toys ‘R’ Us.
- Bobbie Parker out March 23 - 25.
- Winston Harris out March 31 - April 1.
- Sharon Henry out April 3 - 6.
- Winston out April 13 - 15.
- Brian out April 16-17.
- Sharon out April 17.
- Rich Bennett out April 13 - 17.
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Last updated March 7, 2000
by Debra Harris