Minutes of Smathers
Middle Managers Meeting
September 5, 1996

Present: Rich Bennett, Stacey Carr, Tom Cetwinski, Gary Cornwell, Robena Cornwell, Bill Covey, Michelle Crump, Carol Drum, David Fuller, Stephanie Haas, Barry Hartigan, Yael Herbsman, Martha Hruska, John Ingram, Erich Kesse, Peter Malanchuk, Richard Phillips, Colleen Seale, Robert Singerman, Nancy Williams

Announcements
  1. MM-L @ NERVM.NERDC.UFL.EDU - open list for this group
Wiring Status
  1. InfoSwamp - done as far as power permits. Liaisons - Yeomen duty, did well, cards & simms
  2. Acquisitions - done, mixture of Ethernet and LocalTalk
  3. Access Services/Facilities - wired and installed
  4. AFA/Music - should start work 23 September or the last week in September, may do both at once, on the same Network trunk, have had parts for sometime, HUBs are in. Rats in Music maintenance closets may be cause of delay.
  5. Marston, 3rd Floor - not yet scheduled, should go relatively fast
NERDC announcement - IPX
  1. IPX dial-up access, no documentation available, announced at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, 4 Sept 1996, delayed until 11 Sept 1996. Novell is IPX, which means the CD ROMS will be accessible by dial-up. NT servers speak both TCP/IP and IPX. Preservation projects will be accessible by IPX dial-up. Pertains to DOS, AppleTalk will be next.
Ramifications:
  1. Have to have NERDC access
  2. CD licenses - some vendors do not allow dial-up access - Martha and Barbara are checking the file, can't filter individual CD access, would require another server. Authentication levels cause complications, some licenses restrict the number of users accessing, Silver Platter is 4. To provide access ourselves is too cost prohibitive.
  3. Charges - using an 800 number, .20 per minute using a local number, .01 per minute
  4. IFAS wants Agricola access under VAX, will not have under IPX dial-up. Access will be complicated if IPX was not there, we can't support configuration help
  5. Timeout function on modem is 2 to 4 hours, Novell products offer idle-time-out settings - 15 minutes would be reasonable, no easy answer. One user could lock everyone out by using multiple windows.
Userid
  1. Other SUS Public Workstation problems - access of things not deemed acceptable for Public - virus introduction - pirated software distribution. Discussion of can/can we not deny access to people off the street. Would require a way to identify the user which incurs varying degrees of cost
  2. Manual sign-in logs
  3. All-In-One Card - set to video, problem - public access - temp card pre-authorized combined with manual log. Mechanical - have them deposit the ID card - someone would have to maintain them, bad public relations if the card was lost
  4. Log-ins - need to issue userid/password, could be 50,000 to 60,000 - administration - enter userid from card, use bluff checking since no access to the UF file - requires another layer of software, fair-sized development project
  5. Check-out workstation to individual, gives impression of control
  6. State law prohibits divulging information on the use of books beyond a judicial authority, may apply. UF ids incorporate SSN, could run into problems concerning privacy laws.
  7. Difference between public usage of Library equipment and private equipment. Discussion of what is really necessary. Library staff, security in the new library environment - need to consider the options - Library will be the easiest place to access, to mimic CIRCA's method of handling this would require access to restricted files.
  8. IRC, Tallahassee - suggest autocriticism - trend towards more instead of less
  9. Library represents free flow of information, feelings should be conveyed to Dale.
  10. Charges - so far discussion is limited to possible lab fee, but not a deduct on cards
  11. UNF has had outside, nonUNF users using terminals for EMAIL access
USENET
  1. Newsgroups - 22,000 to 24,000 - system of newsgroups rather than mailing list - electronic version of newsletter - central repository - do not have to be identified - indexing is being done on many of these - some lists are serious. ALT. is the lowest level, easiest formed, come and go, can find clip art, program macros, literature, etc. Changes to the way this is provided on Campus - need to poll and see who is using this service in the Library. Personal accounts may be used to access this.

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