Archive for May, 2007

OMR (May 31, 2007)

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Technology Forum

I’m pleased to announce the establishment of a University of Alabama Libraries Technology Forum.  The Forum will be an ongoing series covering technology topics of interest and relevance to the Libraries.  The format will vary depending on the topic, the type of presentation, and the activities involved.  It will provide an intellectual space for us to discuss technology issues in general, but will also incorporate some vendor presentations, invited speakers, demonstrations from the Libraries’ Testing New Technology program, and much more.  These sessions will be held irregularly, but approximately four times per year. 

The inaugural Technology Forum will take place the mornings of June 14 and 15.  As the Libraries prepare to evaluate e-resource management systems, it is fitting that we bring in vendor representatives to demonstrate their wares and to engage us in a discussion of the challenges at hand with managing our electronic resources.  Ex Libris will present on the morning of Thursday, June 14, and Innovative Interfaces on the morning of Friday, June 15.  We will also be scheduling a webinar with SerialsSolutions for a demo of their product. 

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Stay tuned for more details. 

Caffeine Fix

Ever notice how when something isn’t there, you want it more?  I, for one, am very glad that Java City Café is open again.  Not that I need coffee that much or that often, no really I don’t have a problem.  But I did miss it, particularly when the Starbucks in the Ferguson Center was also closed.  This morning I almost cried to see the staff cheerfully greet me.  By the way, the chocolate almond is especially good.  OK, so maybe I do have a wee bit of a problem!  

OMR (May 21, 2007)

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Wu-hoo, We-hoo

Ain’t upgrades grand!  Large system upgrades are always a challenge; they are complex environments with a multitude of interdependent relationships.  Well, I hope that the trauma is over by the time you are reading this.  All in all this upgrade went relatively smoothly, particularly considering that we also upgraded the operating system on the server just prior to the Voyager upgrade. 

For this success there is much thanks to go around.  Thanks to