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Minutes of Smathers Middle Managers Meeting
July 5, 2007

Present: Shelley Arlen, Joe Aufmuth, Denise Bennett, Rich Bennett, Tara Cataldo, Michelle Crump, Trudi DiTrolio, Lori Driscoll, Brian Keith, Ann Lindell, Iona Malanchuk, Cathy Martyniak, Colleen Seale, Betsy Simpson, Carol Turner
Budget Cuts
  1. Everything already ordered is in the budget.
NT2R Replacement
  1. SAN - it contains a couple of servers and is about six times larger and is expandable. The parts are here, we have to assemble it and get it up and running. Will take most of the summer - and we have to attend training as well. There will also be a virtual set-up in MSL. This will eliminate the need for constant back-ups.
SMS
  1. System Management Service software - will allow us to push images to desktops. Of course, we would coordinate it ahead of time. We won't be putting it to use until the fall. IT should allow us to do fresh installs, upgrades and additions.
Anti-Virus Server
  1. The anti-virus server has not been doing its job very well. Need to have folks check to see what the date is on the version they have installed. If it's over a week old, they should run an update. This affects staff machines, not public.
Staff Machines - Relocate to Public
  1. Old staff machines need to be relocated to the public areas. They need memory upgrades beforehand. You should be receiving instruction on it this week and then we can physically start moving them next week. We have to order the cables to secure them first, once purchasing is re-opened.
ALEPH 18
  1. Print daemons will need to be updated. We will work with the liaisons to modify. Next Friday, July 13 at 5PM we are scheduled to upgrade to ALEPH 18. Not sure if it will be the ALEPH OPAC or ENDECA OPAC. Most likely, ALEPH 18 OPAC. Testing of ENDECA did not go so well. Leilani will be participating in a statewide conference call about it later today. Circulation will be down while it is upgraded.
  2. We will need publicity for the policy changes. Need to get with the Circ folks and have a checklist. Both Matthew and Lori are going to be out of town when it is implemented. Christine Cogar will handle things in their absence. We are not anticipating any problems. We may have to limit the number of items people checkout at first.
Xerox Printing
  1. Any complaints? It's been slow - not much printing going on.
Hiring Freeze
  1. Students and OPS are not affected by the freeze. Current active searches are still ongoing. We're optimistic that we can continue to offer employment to those to whom we have extended an offer. It is possible to ask for an exemption if you get all the proper approval.
  2. HR should have more information by the middle of next week. We remain optimistic.

 

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