Information Services Steering Group
April 10, 2003
Stephanie Bartz, Jeris Cassel, Ron Jantz (recorder), Marty Kesselman, Mei Ling
Pat Piermatti, Myoung Wilson
A. New Business
- Priorities for wireless in NB Libraries
In general, we concluded that we should try to provide wireless access in
the complete buildings for Alexander, LSM, Kilmer, and SERC (Douglass is already
covered by D21). Mei Ling explained that one wireless gateway would support
six access points (antennas) with a spherical radius of about 100 m. Subject
to engineering of the placement of these antennas, it may be possible to cover
much of our library buildings with one gateway. If we can't cover the entire
building, the following priorities were suggested: 1) Alex - first floor reference
reading room, undergraduate reading room and 3rd floor graduate reading room,
2) LSM - 3rd floor and 3) Kilmer main floor. In addition, if there are additional
resources, we should consider the Art Library and Chang as a second major
priority and the Branches (Physics/Chemistry, Alcohol Studies, SMLR) as a
3rd major priority. Myoung will draft a priority document for Ryoko's review.
- ACIC Grant
It was noted that the ACIC Grant is likely to only support replacement of
the computers in the SCC Data Center. Funding for replacement of the IHL workstations
will probably not be supported.
- Fall 2003 Orientation
Fall orientation will be scheduled in the first two weeks of the semester.
In terms of new approaches, we could use the wireless laptops to do marketing
and outreach in the four student centers. Myoung will work with Jeris to draw
up a plan that will include outreach. We'll discuss the plan and implementation
at the next ISSG meeting.
- Collection of reference desk and off-desk statistics
We'll use an approach similar to what has been implemented for BI statistics
(i.e. a web/database system with an online form for entering statistics).
Reference team leaders will fill out the online form based on statistics that
have been gathered from the respective desks. Stephanie Bartz has documented
the requirements for the online form and database. The SCC will develop the
online form in the early summer. It was noted that we should add a question
to the form to handle AAL questions from NB Librarians and we also need to
decide how to handle Real-time reference questions.
- NBISSG Elections for 2003 - 2005 Term
The elections for chair and vice-chair for NBISSG are coming soon. We will
need to look at the process for reference team leaders and branch libraries.
B. Old Business and Reports
- We were pressed for time because of the break to interview the music librarian
candidate so we postponed old business and did very quick reports.