Technology Committee Minutes
6, 2018, 2018
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.
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.
- Introduction of
to the Agenda: Add Windows 10 start menu under discussion
- Requests to
Address the Committee: None
of previous meeting minutes: S. Kucher moved
approval of the April 4, 2018 minutes. M. Gartler seconded. Motion
a. Approve final 2019 technology
budget proposal: T. Frankland moved approval of the 2019 technology budget
proposal. S. Kucher seconded. Motion carried.
for New Service:
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.)
- 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.
- 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.
Report: You may review the report online
Items from Clusters: None
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.
for next Meeting: August 1st.
May not have a meeting, since no grants funds are available.
Meeting evaluation and
SCLS staff is available to
attend cluster meetings to share information and answer questions pertaining to
this committee meeting and other departmental projects.