Technology Team Mid-Year Report - February 14, 2000
- Organized a training session on XML, led by Delphine Kahana. The session
was videotaped and is available from Media Services.
- Tech team is coordinating purchases from emergency funds set-aside for the
NB Libraires -- purchased were a license for the InfoSeek search engine to
support Brian Hancock's work with Linux and the purchase of 2 laser
printers for LSM. The Tech Team is continuing to collect information on
equipment needs throughout NB.
- Held a discussion at the NB Librarians meeting in September on how best to
incorporate technology professional development, technology workshops in
NB, and the utilization of technology librarians and staff within
NB. Although there was interest in having technology continuing education
activities as part of the library's existing short research assignment
program, it was felt by the coordinating committee that this activity
should be examined by the training committee led by Lynn Mullins. For
workshops, there were questions on whether intense training is effective
and introductory sessions as part of the NBLF meetings was deemed a better
option. There was no consensus on the role of technology librarians and
staff within NB except that there is a major need for knowledge and skills
in these areas.
- Mary and Farideh agreed to be liaisons to the Technology Team from
Collection Services and Access Services. Ryan Womack is liaison from
Collection Management and Ron Jantz and Jeris are liaisons to the
Information Services Group.
- The NB libraries recieved notification that we were identified for
priority connection to Internet2, based on input from the technology team
and other sources.
- The Technology Team oversaw the purchase of 36 computers for the NB
Libraries through the Reinvest in Rutgers program. We also developed a
plan for pc distribution based on criteria the team developed which also
includes the swapping of other computers within the NB libraries to bring
up the level of computing throughout our library buildings.
The Learning Links grant program is well underway and is in it's second semester in proving support for
several Web-CT based classes taught by the Spanish department. With the resignation of Delphine Kahana,
Scott Hines and Mike Giarlo have joined Marty Kessleman and Lourdes Vazquez in providing support. This
support for the Spanish department has included on the hardware end, the purchase of a hi-end multimedia
workstation and various scanners/digitization equipment that can digitize, text, audio and video and serve
these as well. We have also purchased 5 other computers in the development of a collaboratory based at the
SCC. This collaboratory will be used by instructors and students for group work on Learning Links and
similar projects in the future and for small group instruction. We have also been involved in
training/assisting instructors with digitizing and WebCT and training the Spanish classes on networked
information resources, development of websites using Netscape Composer and with Power Point. An outgrowth
of this program is working with the Spanish department in the development of a prototype multimedia