MMM Minutes 9/20/01

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
September 20, 2001

Present: Denise Bennett, Rich Bennett, Gary Cornwell, Bill Covey, Michelle Crump, Carol Drum, Leilani Freund, Barry Hartigan, David Hickey, Martha Hruska, John Ingram, Erich Kesse, Tom Minton, Patrick Reakes, Rob Roberts, Betsy Simpson, Jan Swanbeck, Carol Turner
Instant Messaging/Internet Email
  1. Do we want to encourage the accessing of instant messaging and Hotmail by staff while at work?
  2. It is primarily a management decision. There is no need for instant messaging to be used, with the exception of Ref Express.
  3. To what lengths should we go to support this? There is no library-related reason to be using it. We could rip it out of all computers & tell people not to install it – games as well – but banning these applications would utilize a lot more resources. The Libraries are not condoning this action.
  4. Again, this is a management call – we are not going to ban this stuff 100%. People have seen staff playing solitaire at the desk terminals.
  5. So far we have plenty of bandwidth for both radio and video. Eventually those applications may choke the network. Again, another management issue.
  6. Netscape automatically installs instant messenger every time its version is updated. We would have to rip it out after every update. We need to empower the liaisons to inform staff that Netscape is not Library supported.
NIMDA virus
  1. Current on the loose, the NIMDA virus is five times worse than the last virus and five times less destructive than what’s to come.
  2. NIMDA is the Swiss army knife of viruses – it is a collection that tries up to 100 approaches. It comes in via the Web or network.
  3. McAfee updates need to be done once a day. Need to apply all patches as directed. New viruses break out at a rate of about 3 per day, so it is advisable to check for updates at least once a day.
  4. When there is an active virus outbreak, old hoaxes will reappear and many old viruses will resurface.
  5. The Web developer, DreamWeaver, is especially vulnerable to NIMBA attack. It is essential that anyone using that software keep the virus scan updated.
  6. Erich comments that FCLA mail seems to be problematic. They are having a lot of virus related server problems.
  1. Information Technology Security Day – Sept 26.
  2. The major draw may be the state government lawyer. He should have the latest on the computer crimes act, but most of the day will be predominantly techie stuff.
  1. Have not heard anymore.
  2. Current events may impede.

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