Notes from LIS Council - 5/28/14

  • New Items
    • Reason Web Changes
      • We discussed the potential impacts to the LIS related web pages of the upcoming move to a device size adaptable version of Reason. That roll-out is planned for later in June. Changes are being suggested for the categories on the left side of the pages with a general idea of making those lists shorter. We discussed impacts and work efforts.  Additionally we talked about navigation plans. Today LIS is featured in a blue box - the third one from the left - at the bottom of Luther’s home page in the current design. These boxes will be repurposed for more temporal content. The new “responsive design” version of Reason will have a multi-column set of links for quick navigating at the bottom of the page and LIS link(s) will be among them. You can see an example of the new version and some of the in-process design elements at:: http://dirks.luther.edu.
    • Data Center Security Camera
      • A new security camera has been installed in the server room in Main.  It is connected to the campus security camera system. This investment is part of on-going security and security compliance efforts.
  • Returning Items
    • Library Basement Storm Drain Pipes
      • Work is continuing to re-seal and re-insulate the pipes in the basement of the library.  A meeting with Jay is planned to discuss seal testing and pressure monitoring so we can be aware if the storm sewers are frozen leading to backup. Additional discussion will focus on the FOTS room.
    • Search for Instructional Design Librarian
      • We received the go ahead to post the position to replace Rebecca Sullivan during the time she takes over leadership of the Paideia program. This will happen this summer with the intent to hire in time for this person to teach Paideia in the fall among their duties. The search committee is Ryan, Diane, Andi, and Jackie Wilkie and another outside LIST faculty member to be named.
    • Tape backup verification update
      • Marcia is leading a cross team effort to update and improve the process by which we verify our backup tapes. Adam purchased Networker licenses, a virtual Ubuntu-restore environment has been created and Lane is working on the OS installation. Dave added email notifications to Software Development team members responsible for solutions for which data is being backed up. Dave is now attending Software Development weekly meetings to improve communication. Adam will get a full list of servers to both cross check that all data is being backed up and that all servers are configured within the monitoring management software.
  • LIS Operational Agenda
    • Network & Systems
      • Adam shared wireless network usage at both Baccalaureate and Commencement across several venues of interest across campus. We do not have wireless in the stadium but there is some signal “bleed” from the Union. We do have wireless in the CFL for casual/low volume use. There has not yet been an investment to create wireless capability in the CFL for use by patrons in every seat.
      • Mediacom provided, Friday, an “in case of emergency” bandwidth turn up of our Mediacom internet connection to handle the traffic from guests and as an alternative path for the weekend video streams should our current primary internet connection fail. This was in lieu of the second 1 Gbps connection to the Metronet that Mediacom has not yet installed that we’d anticipated would be in mid April. We look forward to getting some operational statistics on how our shared connections on the Metronet are being utilized.
    • User Services
      • Diane shared several pictures of the various venues where the Commencement video stream was being showed. The weather was so good and the campus looked great; the pictures are wonderful. Matt Baumann and team did a great job setting up two possibilities (Stadium and Regents). We discussed notes for consideration next year.
      • Diane went over her workstation purchase plans for the 14/15 fiscal year for staff, faculty and labs.