MMM Minutes 2/19/98

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
February 19, 1998

Present: Rich Bennett, Tom Caswell, Tom Cetwinski, Robena Cornwell, Trudi Di Trolio, Carol Drum, Carolyn Hendersen, Martha Hruska, Erich Kesse, Richard Phillip, Jan Swanbeck, Carol Turner, Elaine Yontz

Walk-up Computer Outlets
  1. The plan for the walk-up computer outlets has not made it to Capaldi yet.
  2. Room 100 East is now high priority for converting to a walk-up computer situation. The electric, wiring, conduit and painting will all need to be redone.
  3. This is trying to be scheduled for completion after Spring Break.
  4. This will now take more money than previously anticipated. The money is hopefully coming from Capaldi, not the Libraries. Whether or not the money is from Tigert, it may or may not change the priority of this project.
  5. Other places for walk-ups - faculty carrels, locked areas in West & MSL and AFA. AFA has a good set up for this project.
  6. NERDC is still not finished connecting the interface box yet, so the walk-up capabilities are still in limbo. It is hoped that it will be ready to go by the start of the Fall term, although that may be unlikely.
  7. Specifications of the portables will be a 10M twisted pair and CAT 5. It will be bring your own jumper.
  8. The computer bought now may not last all four years. Students may have to upgrade due to changing majors and technological improvements.
  1. We are currently in the planning stages for the wiring in Preservation & Systems.
  2. PPD has a new interest in following our wiring with their phone wiring & jacks. It makes sense, as we have never had permanent phone wiring before.
  3. HVAC plans (includes the electric & conduit) for the Info Swamp II in MSL - Bill has seen the plans, the consultants reports are finished - we are just waiting on the bids.
  1. Regulations for computers still not set. There is question as to whether the accepted students for Fall have received anything in the mail yet which informs of the computer requirement. Bill will inquire at the next NTAC meeting.
  2. There have been some presentations training the faculty.
  3. GatorLink has been reasonably stable with not a lot of activity.
  1. No outstanding orders for computers.
  2. Rebuilds are just about ready.
  1. People in MSL are expressing concern about expiring passwords. Once they change one password, they end up having to log in with a password to two other sessions.
  2. They need to synchronize their passwords. Ultimately, people not needing to sign onto the Smathers server should remove themselves from the sign-on to it.
  3. The question arises as to whether the liaisons are actively trying to move people off Smathers. Bill will designate this as a task for them to achieve at today’s Liaison Meeting.
  4. This will now become a library-wide priority. This will allow for better access to the CD ROM towers & jukebox. All unnecessary users should be off the Smather/Novell server.
Computer Prices
  1. Gateway computer prices continue to drop. Work station are currently just under $1000. Prices are still dropping, may hit $500 by the end of the year.
  2. Memory chips & processor prices are down as well.
  3. Gateway is not leading the price drop, other companies have even lower prices.
Gartner Group
  1. Those attending the Gartner Group introductory seminar relayed that it was informative & worthwhile. We will try to integrate it into our own staff training, although it is primarily for use by patrons. It will be kept at the Heath Center, Law & MSL Libraries.
  2. Staff would need GatorLink accounts to access.
  3. Some of the titles are in video, CD or floppy format and there are 400 different topics.
  4. The titles will be available on reserve, but with a different time limit.

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