MMM Minutes 1/15/98

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
January 15, 1998

Present: Rich Bennett, Tom Cetwinski, Gary Cornwell, Robena Cornwell, Trudi Di Trolio, Carol Drum, David Fuller, Martha Hruska, Erich Kesse, Tom Minton, Richard Phillips, Jan Swanbeck

Hardware
  1. 20 more Cows were received in December. Seven have been placed in LAC, the rest are awaiting allocation. The Cows do not come with software - only a 10 M package - the rest will need to be accessed off the server.
Wiring
  1. Library East - should be finished by the end of next week. Crews will probably be working through this weekend. Access lines to the 2nd & 3rd floors of Special Collections will come first - then LAC - processing & conference room areas.
  2. Education - Gresh & company are working to complete - parts order was held up over the holidays.
Software
  1. Trudi Di Trolio will be using the server-based software in the electronic classroom soon - will see how that goes over.
  2. Concurrent software licenses are no longer being sold by Microsoft - may have to buy individual licenses. The problem with the individual software is that we can’t afford to upgrade - there will be different versions in use on different machines. The advantage of using the server software is that everyone can have an updated version. Most our concurrent licenses will expire this summer.
Campus
  1. Net switches - not in yet. Will change the hook up, not what we see. Should get a better performance in Music & ALA, and, once the fiber is installed - in Education.
  2. User authentication - everyone signing on to a campus computer would need to have a user id and password. At the moment, this is not necessary. Could broaden the definition of a GatorLink account to include drop-ins. The Library is considering issues of privacy & ethics (anonymous access to data).
  3. Mobile computing - the Library is considered a good place to put jacks where there are seats - room 100 East & the Grand Reading Room. Money is available from the University for the necessary wiring. Records would be maintained as to who, when and at what jack a patron was working.
  4. The computer regulation for campus is not yet finalized. The regulation will require a 56K modem. Housing has already decided on a ‘one jack per pillow’ policy.
  5. A vendor for campus computing needs has not been settled on yet. Bill foresees an increase in laptop computers, though colleges have not set their computer specifications yet.
Networking
  1. Internet 2 - is slowly lurching forward. Gene Hemp is going to set up the Florida Net interface with Internet 2. Florida Net may come first.
  2. Campus was set back by the delay in our CORE decision - may see some change by April or May.
Email
  1. Liaisons are being urged to finish converting the staff over to MS Exchange. Seems to be working, H disk consumption is increasing.

UF & the Gartner Group

  1. Computer literacy CD’s & videos - looking at how to make them accessible. Can use the server to access titles - the Library has been requested to provide circulation access. The information it provides would also be beneficial for the Library staff.
  2. This is a service that has been paid for - it should be worthwhile to use - gives basic instructions on computing & networking.
  3. There will be a workshop on the Gartner Group held at the Reitz Union on February 5 from 9:15 AM-12:35 PM and again at 1:30-4:55 PM.
Photocopy Contract
  1. The RFD for the photocopy contract has been approved.
  2. Vendors to bid on the contract on Jan.22 - bids will be reviewed on February 16.
  3. Danke & Capitol will both be bidding.
Abusive Patron at MSL
  1. MSL had a patron who was abusing his email privileges on a non-email machine. Would probably not have noticed him, but he became abusive -and even threatened a student assistant. Turns out, he already had a trespass warrant against him. The campus police later arrested him, but Carol Drum warns that he may resurface at other libraries. One distinguishing characteristic is a tattoo on the back of his hand.


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