We have successfully completed the move to the state’s Internet service. Many members have reported improved response time and we are working with a couple that still report slowness.
The state library staff have offered to assist us in capturing data from our routers that will help us in further understanding our network bandwidth needs. We have provided them with the technical information they need to access our routers and expect to get useful usage data soon.
We are still working on moving our email system to the state’s although I do not have a date for this as yet.
Negotiations with Verizon have still not successfully resolved the router issue.
Please see the attached reports from Ann and her staff. We are working to develop a specific timeline towards upgrading the Unicorn software to GL3.1. We expect to upgrade the test server in October and the production server in December but details have not yet been finalized.
I have now completed 12 visits to LMxAC member libraries. While not quite at the halfway mark, I have identified a couple of broad issues.
In August we made 29 troubleshooting visits to 14 different libraries. We continue to refine the delivered reports we provide to the membership. Other measures of activity include:
New Items Added 24,139
Bib Records Added by LMxAC 2,724
New Bib Records Added (Total) 5,567
New User Records Added 9,425
The system downtime in September 2006 was approximately 2 1/2 hours on September 29th during the cutover to the NJLS Hub and an additional hour on Saturday, September 30th as LMxAC staff and consultants worked through problems reported by member libraries. The downtime on Saturday was not one continuous period, but several brief periods when changes were being made on the router.
In the last month I have participated in the following meetings:
Transnet September 14
LMx Directors Meeting September 15
Meeting with PALS Plus and BCCLS September 15
Edison Library Tour and Visit September 18
Sayreville Library Tour and Visit September 19
LMxAC Board Meeting September 21
Comprise Conference Call September 21
PALINET Conference Call September 22
Plainsboro Tour and Visit September 22
Staff Meeting September 25
Lunch Meeting with Connie Paul and
Cheryl O’Connor, plus tour of INFOLINK September 25
North Brunswick Library Tour and Visit September 26
Meeting with Board and B. Miller September 27
Consortia Meeting September 27 – 29
Presentation on Bandwidth at Consortia Mtg. September 28
Long Branch Library Tour and Visit October 3
Planning Meeting with A. Macdonald October 4
Roselle Library Tour and Visit October 10
Roselle Park Library Tour and Visit October 10
Kenilworth Library Tour and Visit October 11
South Brunswick Library Tour and Visit October 13
Eileen M. Palmer