Minutes of Smathers
Middle Managers Meeting
November 21, 1996

Present: Stacey Carr, Bill Covey, Michele Crump, Carol Drum, David Fuller, Dot Hope, John Ingram, Mari Marsh, Richard Phillips, Colleen Seale, Murdoch Shaw, Mary Wisnieski

  1. EMAIL from U Penn - they have turned Web pages into a CD - with Preservations CD burner this is possible here
  2. WEBWACKING - undefined term
  3. Paul Fortier is moving to New Orleans, his last day will be Wednesday, 27 November. There are 2 or 3 strong candidates for this job in the queue.


  1. Special Collections was included in the estimates for Acquisitions - wiring has been started in the South Tower of East from the 2nd floor up. Project will require some additional parts be purchased
  2. 1 1/2 estimates have been received for the MSL & West projects - 2nd estimate is $5,000 less than the first, results are not guaranteed - only that the wires will be installed and checked, other outfit guarantees for minimum of 15 years
  3. AFA, Music - Campus wiring scheme - 1 10M segment for 5 buildings, bandwidth may be limited - to add to the Library loop would require box to hook in, cost $8,000 to $15,000 - all comes from the FCLA money, reduces the number of workstations which could be purchased. Cheaper wiring now will constrain the future, probably better to spend more on wiring now which will reduce spending later. Question of how many workstations could be put out, public is at saturation level, staff is still lacking - probably more funds in August, $1700-$1800 per workstation plus add-ons.
  4. CISCO routers - $10,000 per year maintenance, trying to work a deal to get trade-in allowance and transfer maintenance. Changing to switching hubs, could keep spare hub on the shelf and cancel maintenance - this is what is done with most equipment

  1. Preservation and Smathers are housed in Systems. Special Collections would like their own server due to what they are trying to load - expertise is required to manage the servers - Microsoft and Novell will certify, cost $2,000 to $5,000 for training and $200 to $1,000 for manuals. NT provides for local group administration, remains under Systems. 4 NT servers have been bought and paid for, one in Business is going through upgrade process from 3.5.1 to 4.0 - other 3 are waiting on parts. NT servers are 4 Gig, actually 8 Gig, use mirroring to give better performance - can act as WEB servers, mail servers, SNA terminal emulator. May allocate a chunk for staff, maybe 10M, to be used for backups - staff would have their own folder, looks the same for Mac and DOS, then backed up to 1.2 Gig Jazz drives, may front end current servers with NT. If space is needed now, some is available - 3.11 doesn't run well with the Macs, DOS stuff does OK.

Mail Systems
  1. PH system on the mainframe has too many problems for us to utilize for mail. We are setting up our own parallel, will publish alternative address soon - needs to be short, this will stay, underlying technology can be shifted.

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