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Expanding the Reach of Public Libraries

  1. 1. Expanding the Reach of Public Libraries Spring 2007
  2. 2. New since last year: “ OPLIN Mission, Goals, and Objectives ” http://oplin.org/oplin/policies/missionGoals.xhtml Passed at December 2006 Board meeting
  3. 3. <ul><li>Summary of what's new: </li></ul><ul><li>New look for OPLIN </li></ul><ul><li>Changes to databases </li></ul><ul><li>Changes to the network </li></ul><ul><li>PLUS -- new services </li></ul>
  4. 5. Name that logo! Boomers: “ Wow, it's a five-and-a-quarter floppy! How retro!” Gen X,Y,Z: “ uh...”
  5. 8. <ul><li>Two new logos replace old OPLIN logo: </li></ul><ul><li>One “big” logo for letterhead, business cards, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>One small logo for favicon and “branding” pages (like this one) </li></ul><ul><li>Retained the state outline, blue color, font. </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced symbols of old technology with more generic tech symbol. </li></ul>
  6. 9. <ul><li>New website work will begin soon </li></ul><ul><li>New logos (of course) </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaner, less “busy” look </li></ul><ul><li>Clearer navigation for librarians and public </li></ul><ul><li>“ Inner” pages will probably change first. </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe even two separate web sites? </li></ul><ul><li>Home page oplin.org may be the last to change. </li></ul>
  7. 10. Database page may be first to change
  8. 11. Perhaps behind an even simpler portal?
  9. 12. Another database change: Optional group database contracts will be handled by - <ul><li>Support will still be handled by OPLIN. </li></ul><ul><li>So: </li></ul><ul><li>All public libraries get core databases free from OPLIN </li></ul><ul><li>All public libraries can buy additional databases through OHIONET group (or individual) contracts </li></ul><ul><li>If libraries have problems with any of these databases, contact OPLIN Support. </li></ul>
  10. 13. Spring Trial will be April 1 – May 15:
  11. 14. Don't forget the MARC records for databases!
  12. 15. <ul><li>Possible future database changes: </li></ul><ul><li>Core collection is currently under review and may change slightly, based on input from librarians representing all Libraries Connect Ohio partners. </li></ul><ul><li>Funding will almost certainly change as LSTA seed money runs out (June 2008). Library Directors attending the May 21 Library Partnership Summit will help determine what happens to future funding. </li></ul>
  13. 16. The NETWORK is changing:
  14. 17. Fiber-optic is “In”: Old: “T1 in every library” New: “Broadband telecommunications connection in every library” The Internet is moving from pulse-code modulated, multiplexed telecommunications carrier systems (like copper T1 circuits) to f iber-optic communication, which transmits information by sending light through an optical fiber. Fiber-optic communication allows a wide-area network to act like a local-area network. (and is therefore often called “ethernet”)
  15. 18. <ul><li>Fiber-optic is “In”: </li></ul><ul><li>New contract (Feb. '07) between Ohio Office of Information Technology and AT&T Global sets pricing and terms for “ethernet” services statewide. </li></ul><ul><li>Old SOMACS contract has been extended to June 2009 (for T1 circuits) </li></ul><ul><li>New ethernet contract pricing is complex – contact OPLIN with questions </li></ul><ul><li>OPLIN will in most cases choose the “OPT-E-MAN Bronze” Ethernet service. </li></ul>
  16. 19. Fiber-optic is “In”:
  17. 20. <ul><li>Diagnostic lines are “out”: </li></ul><ul><li>The old diagnostic phone lines to OPLIN site routers are being removed. </li></ul><ul><li>Too expensive – roughly $120,000 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Seldom used – in practice, most problems can't be solved using a phone line </li></ul><ul><li>Pain in the @$$ -- think about the problems you have with your phone bill, then multiply by 251! </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><li>We dispatch someone to the site to do the fix </li></ul>
  18. 21. <ul><li>Diagnostic lines are “out”: </li></ul><ul><li>What does this mean to libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>Phone company may notify you that they have disconnected the line </li></ul><ul><li>In some cases, phone company may need access to your telephone closet </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off the modem and set it aside until instructions are received from the State. (State will probably just write off the old modems, may send shipping labels to recover some of the newer ones.) </li></ul>
  19. 22. <ul><li>The new State administration is... </li></ul><ul><li>somewhere between “In” and “Out”: </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of talk about the “Next Generation Network” but nobody seems to know exactly what that is. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk of “new efficiency” has some State tech agencies wondering where they fit in. </li></ul><ul><li>General uncertainty prevails. </li></ul><ul><li>(Note: new Governor is interested in “community computing.”) </li></ul>
  20. 23. <ul><li>NEW SERVICES! Coming SOON! </li></ul><ul><li>New goal: “Assist public libraries with the implementation of World Wide Web technologies” </li></ul><ul><li>OPLIN will: </li></ul><ul><li>keep you informed of new web developments </li></ul><ul><li>do research and testing </li></ul><ul><li>provide some web hosting services </li></ul>
  21. 24. Keeping you informed ... by distributing information ... by sponsoring and supporting conferences (OLC, TechConnections, etc.) ... by hosting electronic discussions (e-mail lists, wikis, chats. etc.)
  22. 25. <ul><li>Testing and research </li></ul><ul><li>Test servers for testing new applications (primarily open-source) </li></ul><ul><li>Test networks for testing new networking equipment and software </li></ul><ul><li>We use many new technologies – RSS, IM, podcasting, virtual machines, VPN, etc. – on a regular basis. </li></ul><ul><li>Just call and ask us for advice or an opinion! </li></ul>
  23. 26. <ul><li>Web hosting services – soon! </li></ul><ul><li>Hosting library web sites on OPLIN servers </li></ul><ul><li>(some limits will apply) </li></ul><ul><li>Developing generic library home page templates </li></ul><ul><li>using open source software </li></ul><ul><li>easy for staff to add/change library information </li></ul>
  24. 27. Questions?

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