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January 11, 1989

                                     MINUTES

                               Computer Committee

                      Fourth Floor Burruss Hall Board Room

                                January 11, 1989

                                      3 PM

 

 

        PRESENT:     Jim Thomas, Jeffrey Birch, John Burton,

                     Jeanette Cardamone, Randy Crockett,

                     David Goodyear, Bob Heterick, Harry Kriz,

                     Tom McAnge, Fred Medley, Harlan Miller,

                     Jim Montgomery, Richard Sorensen,

                     John Hoernemann (for Ernest Stout), Jeffrey Wilcke,

                     Michael Williams

 

        ABSENT:      Donald Allison, James Hicks, Katherine Johnston,

                     Dennis Jones, Jeff Nelson, Vernon Shanholtz,

                     Patrick Shelor

 

        VISITOR(S):  Dennis Catley (Institutional Research), Charles

                     Nunnally (Engineering), Bill Sanders, Rosie Higdon

                     (Computing Center)

 

 

        AGENDA ITEM 1: MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 7, 1988 MEETING

 

        Motion made, seconded, and passed to approve the minutes of the

        December 7, 1988 meeting.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 2:  COMPUTING CENTER REPORT (WILLIAMS)

 

        The paperwork for the upgrade to the IBM 3090 is in its final

        stages.  The upgrade includes a processor, a vector facility,

        memory, a disk subsystem, communication devices, and a line

        printer.

 

        A NeXT demonstration is scheduled for January 25, 1989 in Burruss

        400.  The new workstation from Steve Job's company has attracted

        national attention.  The workstation is designed for the educa-

        tional market and has many novel features.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 3:  SUBCOMMITTEE STRUCTURE AND CHARGE (THOMAS)

 

        The work of the subcommittees should address self-study issues as

        well as the list of topics posed by the chairman in the fall.

 

        The self-study assignments for the subcommittees are as follows:

 

        o   PC Subcommittee:  10-13, 10-14, 10-15

 

        o   Computer Capacity and Planning:  10-1, 10-16

 

        o   User Services:  10-9

 

            The subcommittees are to report on each of the self-study is-

            sues as their first priority.  Additional topics for consid-

            eration by the subcommittees were discussed, as follows:

 

        o   Personal Computers

 

            -   Size of investment - is the PC used enough by students to

                make its purchase worthwhile?

            -   Do specific machine requirements of colleges inhibit stu-

                dents taking courses in different colleges?

 

        o   User Services

 

            -   Examination of the consolidated services proposal offered

                at the last meeting.

 

        o   Library

 

            -   Guidelines and clarification on the use of Z39.50 stand-

                ard for bibliographical searches.  Should this be imple-

                mented at Virginia Tech?  Implementation of this standard

                in VTLS is problematic.

            -   What kinds of library services will emerge on internet?

                Who will offer the services?  Who are our potential part-

                ners in these activities - Cornell, Penn State, Stanford?

            -   Should the library be the repository for public domain

                software?

 

        The schedule for subcommittee reports is: March 1 - Self-study

        report due; May 3 - report on all activities (final report).

 

        AGENDA ITEM 4:  ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA

 

        Faculty Senate Feedback

 

 

        Dr. Jeff Birch reported that at a recent Faculty Senate meeting a

        number of senators raised an issue concerning the apparent higher

        costs of some phones under the new CBX system.  It was noted that

        some capabilities were lost, but that many new impressive fea-

        tures were gained.  Concerning the cost of the new services, Dr.

        Heterick pointed out that the faculty and departments selected,

        on average, higher levels of service and many more phones.  Also,

        while the University had a clear net reduction in costs, the in-

        equities did not find a political resolution.  It was observed

        that if redundant features were removed, many departments would

        experience a 10 to 15 percent reduction in costs.

 

 

        The next meeting will be held on February 1, 1989 at 3 p.m. in

        Burruss 400.

 

        The meeting adjourned at 3:58 p.m.

 

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