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1 SCC October, A Modern Interface For Library Public PCs Richard Wayne UT Southwestern Library utsouthwestern.edu

2 SCC October, Presentation Outline Major issues and problems Areas for improvement Hardware & software options The end result

3 SCC October, UT Southwestern Library Large academic medical library Heavy investment in networked technologies Limited systems staff 50 – 80 PCs with this configuration

4 SCC October, The Major Issues Provide the necessary functionality to clients Ensure a predictable user experience Secure the PC and the network Minimize public services staff and systems staff maintenance time

5 SCC October, Problems With Existing Public PC Model Software applications aging Newer resources are missing Security holes allow some client manipulation Newer OS now available

6 SCC October, Areas For Improvement Newer versions of applications such as Word (SP), IE, Netscape, Acrobat Reader Additional applications such as Procite, Yahoo! Instant Messenger, Intellisync New technologies such as personal digital assistants (PDA)

7 SCC October, Options – Operating System Stay with Windows NT Workstation OR - Migrate to Windows 2000

8 SCC October, Options - Security Windows 2000 native security Fortres 4.1 Centurion Guard hardware and software Sophos anti-virus

9 SCC October, Options – Hardware – Genl. PCs from a major vendor with extended support Zip drives CD, DVD drives (RW next) Diskette drives Digital Sender Headphones

10 SCC October, Options – Hardware - PDA 4-Port USB hubs Cradles for Palm VIIx, m505; Handspring Visor; Compaq iPAQ

11 SCC October, The End Result A modern interface that responds to client needs A vandalism-resistant configuration A new PC model that has very low maintenance needs – from systems and public services staff

12 SCC October, Some Other Tools Fortres Central Control Microsoft SMS Symantec Ghost Automatic restart Pharos UnipriNT

13 SCC October, For Further Information rary/staff/sccpres.htm

14 SCC October, Questions?


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