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 Debra Hill for coordinating the endeavor and spending many additional hours at night shepherding the process along.  Thanks to Michael Patrick and Brenda Lewis, too, for their supporting roles in this project.  Actually, this upgrade was an all-OLT event; thanks to the Area Computing Services unit (John Hammock, Todd Hildebrand, Danny Miller, Daniel Phifer, Jeremy Tillis) for successfully distributing the client software and troubleshooting connection issues.  We’d also like to thank the module coordinators who invested extra effort in reviewing the anticipated changes ahead of the upgrade and followed through with testing once the system was back up (Martha Bace, Karen Chapman, Beth Holley, Janice Simpson). 

Some fall-out from this upgrade may not surface for a while, because some functions are not used on a daily basis.  So, if you encounter any difficulties or oddities, please report them to the Help Desk (8-4608) or send a message to libsys.

Missing OMR

You may have noticed that OMR has not appeared for nearly a month!  If you haven’t, then what the heck are you reading?!  It’s been a busy couple of weeks in OLT, but I promise to be more diligent in the future, maybe! 


May 10-11 I attended the SOLINET Annual Membership Meeting (SAMM).  My primary purpose was to meet people from the region since I am new to the Southeast (even though Virginia is a part of SOLINET and I used to live just across the border in Maryland).  On that level alone, the meeting was a huge success.  I met some deans and directors, touched base with one I haven’t seen in years, and got acquainted with people from Auburn, Mississippi State, and Georgia Tech.  It was a treat to hear Roy Tenant further confirm the need to explore new architectures for the catalog and other resources, Richard Madaus explore technologies coming down the near-term pike, and Lorcan Dempsey…well…err…be Lorcan Dempsey.  These are colleagues whose thinking I have followed for years.  By the way, perhaps this is old news for many, Roy has left the California Digital Library and begun working in the RLG unit of OCLC.  Definitely their gain!

I also had a chance to catch up with Millie Jackson, our new AD for Collections, and together we discussed e-resource management with folks from Georgia Tech and toured their learning commons. 

Campus Wireless Update

I have confirmed with OIT that they are planning on putting authentication in place for the wireless network this summer.