The audit has been completed and reviewed by myself and Elisa. I expect to have it for you at the January meeting.
I have, for your approval, a three year agreement to purchase our long distance services from Primus Inc. Primus is our current provider and the only one to respond to our request for quotes. Please see the rate comparison below (cpm is cents per minute).
Outbound Interstate (state-to-state): 5.0 cpm
Outbound Intrastate (within NJ): 5.6 cpm
No international calling
Toll-free Inbound Interstate (state-to-state): 5.0 cpm
Toll-free Inbound Intrastate (within NJ): 8.9 cpm
Proposed with a 3 yr contract with a monthly commitment of $15:
Outbound Interstate (state-to-state): 2.9 cpm
Outbound Intrastate (within NJ): 3.9 cpm
Toll-free Inbound Interstate (state-to-state): 2.9 cpm
Toll-free Inbound Intrastate (within NJ): 3.9 cpm
I hope also to have a Verizon contract for your approval. I would like to develop a three year, co-terminus, contract that covers all of our circuits. Thus far, while assuring me this can be done, Verizon has not yet provided a draft contract.
GL 3.1 Upgrade
The Sirsi upgrade was successfully completed last month. LMxAC staff did a terrific job in completing the upgrade in a timely manner. Ann Macdonald and Mei He worked especially long hours the weekend of December 16th and are to be commended for their excellent work.
Thanks to the ListenNJ
selection committee members for their assistance in selecting our titles for
2007. Special thanks go to Elisabeth Oliu from MCC, Betty Lau from Monroe and Godha Raghavan from
I have met with all staff that report directly to me and finalized job descriptions and 6 month goals/objectives. I expect the process will be completed for all staff by the end of the month. I will be providing the Board with copies of all new job descriptions. This is an important part of the process of assuring that LMxAC is adequately staffed to meet the needs of our members.
Software Upgrades and Enhancements
We are now working on implementing the Comprise SAM 8.5 upgrade. Mike Bagileo will take the lead on this project.
I have been informed by Rob Zangara that Verizon has, at long last, agreed to provide us with a higher level router than the 2600 series router they wanted to give us for the T3 circuit to the state. Once that router is received we will use it to replace the aging 7507 router. I am grateful to Rob for interceding so effectively on our behalf.
In December we made 32 troubleshooting visits to 17 different libraries. Elisa Bash and Steve Rossa completed an update of our equipment inventory, which now includes all the SirsiDynix hardware. Ruth Ronen worked with LTI to provide a copy of our database to assist the Dunellen Library in loading their records into our database. Other measures of activity include:
New Items Added 18,696
Bib Records Added by LMxAC 2,790
New Bib Records Added (Total) 4,418
New User Records Added 2,747
During the Unicorn upgrade the system was down from 5:00 PM on December 16th until 10:00 AM on December 17, 2006. Post upgrade reports ran until 9:00 PM on December 18, 2006. During that time libraries had access to circulation functions, did not have access to cataloging and item maintenance, but were able to search the database with the understanding that some search results would be incomplete or inaccurate.
Piscataway-Kennedy library was down due to a circuit failure from 10:15 AM Saturday January 6th until noon on Monday, January 8, 2007. This incident has prompted a review of our procedures for troubleshooting problems, especially on the weekends.
In the last month I have participated in the following meetings:
Verizon Conference Call Dec. 7
Meet with Anne Roman Dec. 8
Visit to NJ State Library Dec. 11
Visit to Dunellen Dec. 12
Meet with Fraser Bros. rep. Dec. 12
Visit to Spotswood Dec. 13
Visit to Middlesex Public Dec. 13
Membership Meeting Dec. 15
Meet with Consortia Directors Dec. 20
Meet with representative of ATX Jan. 4
Verizon Conference Call Jan. 4
Eileen M. Palmer