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September 6, 1989

                                    MINUTES

                              Computer Committee

                     Fourth Floor Burruss Hall Board Room

                               September 6, 1989

                                     3 PM

 

 

       PRESENT:     Jim Baranowski, John Cosgriff, Randy Crockett,

                    David Goodyear, Wayne Donald (for Bob Heterick),

                    Tim Robinson (for Dennis Jones), Fred Medley,

                    Harlan Miller, Jim Montgomery, Ernie Stout,

                    Jim Thomas, Jeff Wilcke, Mike Williams

 

       ABSENT:      Don Allison, Darrell Bosch, Jim Hicks, Katherine

                    Johnston, Harry Kriz, Tom McAnge, Joan McLain-Kark,

                    Richard Sorensen, Barbara Young

 

       VISITOR(S):  Rosie Higdon, Computing Center

 

 

       AGENDA ITEM 1: MINUTES OF THE APRIL 5, 1989 MEETING

 

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

       April meeting.

 

       AGENDA ITEM 2:  ANNUAL REPORT

 

       Motion made, seconded and passed to approve the annual report for

       last year.

 

       AGENDA ITEM 3:  ROLL AND INTRODUCTIONS

 

       New members were introduced.

 

       AGENDA ITEM 4:  COMPUTING CENTER REPORT (WILLIAMS)

 

       The Computing Center's move occurred as planned and went very

       well.  After a night of taking backups, the systems were turned

       over to the technicians Friday morning (7/21).  By Saturday even-

       ing, all the Center's systems were up and running and on-line,

       with no losses whatever.

 

       While everything else has returned to normal, printer output dis-

       tribution is still attempting to reach an equilibrium.  Because

       of the newness of the service and the influx of new staff to han-

       dle output, some problems with missorts and mishandling have oc-

       curred.  These problems are being addressed and there has been a

       steady improvement.  Additionally, there have been some com-

       plaints about the increased turnaround time by individuals with

       boxes in Burruss.  The one-hour cycle time for output delivery is

       not likely to be improved because of the substantial costs in-

       volved.  Most other areas of campus are experiencing much better

       service levels as a result of the move.

 

       The last edition of "On The Move" will be distributed next week.

 

       In response to a query about the queues for ports at the begin-

       ning of the semester, it was explained that there was a temporary

       shortage of equipment for data connections, but this has now been

       corrected.  Users were urged to report problems in gaining access

       to the systems.

 

       The Chair commended the Computing Center for its successful man-

       agement of the move to its new location.

 

 

       Beginning the week of September 11, the Computing Center will be-

       come responsible for all purchasing functions relating to com-

       puter hardware and software.

 

       The Center has installed a UNIX test system.  Shortly, when the

       instabilities of the new system have been worked out, the system

       will be made available in test mode.  The system should be in

       production by spring semester.

 

       Planning for a move of the consulting function of User Service

       that is currently housed in 128 Burruss, to the Newman Library

       reference area on second floor is underway.  Comments were solic-

       ited.

 

       A priority for the Computing Center this year is to obtain a UPS

       (Uninterruptable Power Supply) for the production systems.  Sig-

       nificant losses, including major data losses, were experienced

       this summer as a result of power surges caused by storms.

 

       AGENDA ITEM 5:  COMMITTEE CHARGE AND PLANS FOR THE YEAR (THOMAS)

 

       Jim Thomas reviewed the charge for the committee.  A list of top-

       ics that the subcommittees should address was distributed.  Each

       subcommittee should review the topics list before the next meet-

       ing.

 

       AGENDA ITEM 6:  ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA

 

       None.

 

 

 

       Please send agenda items to either Jim Thomas or Mike Williams

       one week before the scheduled meeting.

 

       The next committee meeting will be October 4, 1989 at 3:00 pm in

       Burruss 400D.

 

       Meeting adjourned at 16:37.

 

 

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