Project Title: Library Computer Update
Award number: 0309
Project Leader: Mark England
Report Period: mid-year
The NDSU Library is asking for $38,560 to replace 30x older computers used by students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. The computers are used to do many tasks, including the following:
Find and read research articles
Find books and other library materials
Research topics using the Internet
Read electronic mail messages
Use the Blackboard system and use other instructional web pages for classes·
Display and print maps and other images
The Library has no funds to purchase new computers. Thin client computers (NICs) purchased with funds from the Technology Fee program are fine for limited use on the internet, checking email, and using the library catalog. However, the thin clients are not able do many of the tasks that are required of a library workstation including: printing large, or more complex PDF files; display documents made available on the internet using proprietary software; display web resources that use selected browser plugin software; or run proprietary telnet clients required to access selected databases currently licensed by the library.
New computer workstations in the Library will benefit the majority of NDSU students.
Progress toward Milestones:
July 2003: Project year began
August 2003: Computers ordered and received
October 2003: A problem with back-ordered locks and ITS software to secure the new computers delayed installation until October 2003
February 2004: ITS hasn't provided the Library with software that limits use by persons not affiliated with NDSU, even though ITS was requested to do so in April 2003.
June 2004: Project year ends
The computers are used heavily and are working very well for students.
NDSU fund number: 1511
YTD expenses: 36971.00
Anticipated remaining expenses: 1500.00
Unspent amount: 89.00