Technology Committee Minutes

June 6, 2018, 2018
1:00 p.m.


Action Items:
Approved the final 2019 technology budget proposal

Present:  J. Schmidt (11-13), T. Frankland (2), N. Myers (3), M. Heindel (7), S. Kucher (5), R. Daley, M. Gartler (11-13), M. Spellman (11-13)



(The number following each individual indicates the cluster they represent)

Also Present:
 M. Van Pelt, K. Hilbelink


Absent: T. Herold (9-10), R. Mader (6), L. Stippich (8), C. Danner (4), 

Chair: D. Jacobson; Notetaker: H. Moe; Facilitator:  V. Teal Lovely

Call to Order: 
D. Jacobson called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.

    1. Introduction of guests/visitors:  None
    2. Changes/Additions to the Agenda:  Add Windows 10 start menu under discussion
    3. Requests to Address the Committee:  None


Approval of previous meeting minutes: S. Kucher moved approval of the April 4, 2018 minutes. M. Gartler seconded.  Motion carried.


Action Items: 
a.         Approve final 2019 technology budget proposal:  T. Frankland moved approval of the 2019 technology budget proposal.  S. Kucher seconded.  Motion carried.


Requests for New Service:

When is Libby going to come to the Kindle Fire?  D. Jacobson will follow up with Jean Anderson for an answer. (This was completed on 6/7/2018 – There are no plans to add Libby on the Kindle Fire from the vendor.)



  1. Internet filter system process:  Update – currently we are using an iBoss appliance. Everyone who uses E-rate gets sent thru iBoss.  WiscNet was the original seller of iBoss but is no longer selling it and they switched to Securely, which won’t work for SCLS.  The iBoss vendor is moving away from support for libraries and the current iBoss has custom PERL scripts to allow patrons to automatically override the filtering and report overblocked content.  SCLS contacted and interviewed systems throughout the U.S. to find out what they use for filtering and the most promising solution is Cisco Umbrella.  The filtering project is currently parked as we complete other projects this summer.  The goal is to begin the project later in 2018.  We will try to mimic the current features like automatic overrides, etc. but it will be difficult.  Libraries use different authentication methods than schools.  This adds to the challenge of how to create a way for patrons to automatically override the block if they are the appropriate age.  There is no “turn-key” solution for this in the market.  A discussion ensued about working with vendors to bring this issue to light.  Maybe with the help of DPI we could find a vendor who is willing to build a product that can be used in libraries to authenticate based on ILS out of the box.  Staff at SCLS will look into this at ALA this summer.

  2. Windows 10 start menu:  As Microsoft releases the bi-annual updates, it getting harder and harder for vendors to keep up.  The next major update is the classic start program.  Classic start was created by one person to give Windows 8 users a start menu.  It is an extremely popular application and we used it on our patron computers to lock down the start menu for Windows 10.  The person who wrote it has “retired” so it is no longer in development and will stop working this fall.  As a preemptive step, SCLS will transition back to the original Windows 10 start menu on patron computers.  A technology news article with more information can be found here: Windows 10 Start Menu Changes. When a patron logs off, it will take a couple more clicks.  This change will be made on June 18th.



a. Technology Report: You may review the report online

Items from Clusters:
M. Gartler inquired about MPL libraries that are looking into purchasing prepaid hotspots.  Who should they talk to?  Laura Schmiedicke purchased them for Monroe via Verizon.  It depends on where the cellular phone vendors are.  Verizon has unlimited wireless.  The official answer is that our knowledge of hotspots is waning.  SCLS is out of the business.  There is an email list that you can inquire what other libraries are using for hotspots. 

Plan for next Meeting: August 1st.  May not have a meeting, since no grants funds are available.

Meeting evaluation and Summary:


Adjournment:   2:02p.m.


SCLS staff is available to attend cluster meetings to share information and answer questions pertaining to this committee meeting and other departmental projects.