IT Presentation to Internal Library Building Committee

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My short introduction to what we are likely to put into the new library as far as public IT goes...very simple, very short.

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  • Of course, the truth is that we can blend any/all of these. But every additional machine type we add complicates repairs, service, and replacement.



  • IT Presentation to Internal Library Building Committee

    1. 1. PUBLIC COMPUTERS How do we manage? Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    2. 2. Unavoidable Truths Tripling the number of public desktops Doubling or more the number of laptops Adding new support issue: Media Lab (10-15 additional systems) Plus staff and faculty systems New staff? Not bloody likely. Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    3. 3. Areas of Concern Public floors, including Information Commons Instruction Rooms Media Lab Faculty/Staff Laptops Study Rooms and more and more...digital signage? Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    4. 4. THREE OPTIONS Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    5. 5. OPTION 1 aka: Jason’s Dream Option Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    6. 6. Apple, Apple, everywhere... Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    7. 7. Cost/Benefit Easy to administer Flexible for students Will have Mac’s anyway; we’re definitely adding the platform Almost certainly more expensive Server Cost learning curve for staff/faculty Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    8. 8. OPTION 2 Dell Flexible Computing : AKA Thin Client Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    9. 9. Cost/Benefit Easy to Administer Inflexible if cut off from server Public only, couldn’t be used for staff Server cost, licensing Adds another machine type to the mix Not available for laptops Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    10. 10. OPTION 3 Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    11. 11. Cost/Benefit Flexible Known pitfalls Cost = Middle of the road Server and new procedures will be necessary Single platform for whole library Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    12. 12. AND NOW... ...for something completely different Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    13. 13. AND NOW... ...for something completely different Tuesday, March 10, 2009
    14. 14. And more... Media Lab? Digital Art? Study room access control? Specialized equipment for Faculty/Staff? What else? Outdoor projectors? Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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