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Systems & Digital Technology
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Archival Edition: July 2004
Print Services Upgraded
After years of dependable service, our public area printer has been retired, replaced by a newer Hewlett Packard model with a faster page output. The newer black & white laserjet printer comes equipped with 2 paper trays that boast a combined two ream capacity. Managed by the Pharos print management system, the Poynter library maintains it's own independent printing capacity both to maintain a low cost to students as well as to facilitate a fast response to any problems as they arise.
Public area printing needs have increased in the past year, mainly due to the introduction of Microsoft Office XP software that allows students to work on their papers easily from within the library. The replacement printer has been followed by a minimal price increase for computer-based printing, rising from seven to nine cents per page. While the increase is not directly related to the replaced printer it does mitigate the costs for toner and paper supplies, as well as continued maintenance for the system. Microfiche and copy machine prices have risen as well due to a cooperative effort between Libraries of the USF System.
Public Use Computers are now Time Regulated
The library also offers machines for USF-affiliated groups as well, so that these users will have access to a machine designated for their research needs. There have been questions concerning the fact that we do not provide MS-Office applications on these machines. The reason for this is two-fold. The 30 minute regulation is not conducive to extensive word processing. Also, USF has a site license agreement to use MS-Office products that extends to Students, Staff and faculty only. Librarians are encouraged to recommend the public library as an access point for these services to those who do not fit into those catagories.
Web Site Survey
Special thanks go to Kaya Townsend for her work in tabulating and summarizing the results of the study.
Mail Relay Allows Screening of Email, Virus Protection
Currently the filter recognizes corrupted files, SPAM keywords and potential virus payloads, but that's not the only mechanism to fight SPAM in the library. A Linux-based email relay, also with free software and hardware paid by grant through FCLA is hard at work. This relay checks messages against freely available anti-SPAM filters. The anti-SPAM filters in current use are managed by spamhaus.org, and spamcom.com.
One crucial element to email filtering of any kind is provide recourse for those who have legitimate email but have been accidentally been indicated as a SPAMMER. Due to the use of outside filters (spamhaus & spamcop), there is always the chance that someone will be selected as a known source of SPAM when they aren't. An email support desk has been created to allow users to report that their email is not SPAM. The library has an extra account (firstname.lastname@example.org) located offsite to guarantee that those innocent individuals can reach the systems group.
ADA Access Station Available for Use
We are pleased to offer this sophisticated software running on the most current hardware available. To see it in action, drop by the library reference desk to access the room, POY 137. If you have any questions concerning the system, software, or other services available through the library, please visit our ADA Access web page at http://www.nelson.usf.edu/ADA.