MMM Minutes 8/20/98

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
August 20, 1998

Present: Rich Bennett, Robena Cornwell, Trudi Di Trolio, David Fuller, Martha Hruska, John Ingram, Barry Hartigan, Tom Minton, Richard Phillips, Jan Swanbeck

Walk-up Access
  1. People are anxious for the plug-in service to happen, but no progress has been made in that direction. We are as ready as we can be here in the Libraries. Tigert is completely in favor of 'no authentication' walk-up sites, could be a lack of funding that is holding back their implementation.
Mail Disruption
  1. We attempted to upgrade the Exchange server to 5.5 over the weekend. Not only would it not upgrade, it would not restore the 5.0 version.
  2. It took 36 hours to finally fix it - from 8:30 AM Sunday till 6:00 - 7:00 PM on Monday we were without mail service.
  3. We had to reinstall the mail server and coax the back up tapes to restore.
  4. Six or seven hours were spent on the phone to Microsoft (on their dime).
  5. We will try the upgrade once again when we receive a replacement server that will allow us to restore back up files from the tapes alone.
  6. We need a better back up machine - one with a better response time. That should help the upgrade installation.
  7. We won't try the upgrade again for at least another month - not until we have the back up server in place.
Filtering for Outside Mail Sites
  1. The software for filtering is not in place yet. Have had trouble with the VLAN that is already in place.
  2. VLAN is designed to support Novell printing & CD access.
  3. Last week we lost access due to a change in configuration on the Health Net Server and at the CORE. The Health Center servers were appearing in our Network Neighborhood.
  4. We lost CD access & printing capability.
  5. Filters to keep email off Library work stations will be added to subnet 10 sometime this week.
Wireless Technology
  1. The University is sending people to Melbourne to visit the Harris Corporation & attend a seminar on their wireless access technology.
  2. Wireless will be the dominant interest in the industry for awhile.
  3. The possible use for the Libraries would be in the stacks. It isn't feasible to use laptops with cords or to put in network drops in the stacks.
  4. Wireless LAN is more desirable. The cost is relatively low per location.
  5. The use of wireless for walk-ups would be expensive due to the cost of wireless modems. May have to have wireless equipment available for check-out.
  6. This would run in the $5-6000 dollar range. It would not be very cost effective, however, wireless does support ten times the bandwidth.
  7. What would we do with the wireless technology? It would be an excellent solution for Special Collections and the rest of Smathers to be able to use it in the stacks.
  8. The Harris Corporation demoed this technology in the MSL conference room. It worked well, with only an occasional dead space occurring around the metal shelving. It does not require electrical power but does draw a lot from the laptop battery.
  1. Apple's newest computer, iMac, is available at the Technological Hub if anyone wants to go by and check it out.
Keyless Doors
  1. There have been consultants wandering the building, surveying the possibility of keyless, non-traditional doors.
  2. Intellikey, card swiping and the like are functional in recording who has access in & out of an area.

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