Progress Report on
Implementation of the
Information Resources Task Force
Master Plan

The following represents our summary estimate of the status for each goal expressed in the second IRT report. Since publication of the IRT reports, we have clustered the recommendations into 8 major goal groups as a means to express the interrelatedness among the goals.

Group A: Provide universal access to information resources.

1. By September 1, 1994, provide a microcomputer, connected to the campus Ethernet for every full-time faculty member. (rank 1)

Progress: Project spread out over 3 years, through Dean's Office as part of normal dept. budget review. Planning done informally as part of budget review process. Progress toward achieving this goal is unknown. The inventory (to be announced shortly) will improve progress tracking.

2. By July 1, 1995, provide a networked microcomputer for every administrator and for every support staff member that clearly require these machines for their work. (rank 1)

Progress: Project phased over 5 years through normal budget review process. Progress toward achieving this goal is unknown. The inventory (to be announced shortly) will improve progress tracking.

3. By July 1, 1995, install campus network connections in all offices. (rank 1)

Progress: This work is largely completed.

18. During 1994-1996, increase the number of public stations (from 104 to 150 units) that provide communications with the electronic information resources of Scribner and the computing network at Skidmore. (rank 2)

Progress: With Library opening, public stations increase to 120 units. A site is still needed for the remaining 30 stations.

23. By the end of 1994, provide a system for centralized backup of all desktop microcomputers on campus. (rank 2)

Progress: Pilot service provided for Mac users via CAP since 1993. First phase of formal service (including DOS) is on temporary hold pending IRC review.

30. Extend campus network services to off-campus sites. (rank 4)

Progress: Pilot service to Mac users via ARA launched 4/94. DOS networking is now being field tested. Formal service will begin in January, 1996.

Group B: Improve training support and user assistance.

8. By the summer of 1994, establish for faculty, students, and staff, a carefully designed and sustained training program in the use of information resources. (rank 1)

Progress: A faculty institute was conducted in summer, 1994 & 1995 and a parallel institute for admin/prof staff begins in January. A proposal for faculty development grants is pending in IRC. CITS training and documentation position filled.

9. Operate a 'Help Desk' to aid people reporting routine problems in their use of information resources. (rank 1)

Progress: Launched in 1994, the desk has become a major center for user support.

Group C: Implement residence hall network.

4. Increase the speed at which the campus can communicate with the Internet. (rank 1)

Progress: Completed 1/95.

5. By September 1, 1994, install all hardware and software resources needed to network all dorm rooms (160 beds) in Moore Hall. This pilot project will build experience that guides the networking of all dormitory rooms, on a phased basis, to begin in the fall of 1994 and to be completed by June, 1996. (rank 1)

Progress: Launched 1/95, it currently has 578 participating students. This will grow in the coming years, thereby forcing additional purchases of networking equipment.

6. Establish a policy which restricts the brands and configurations of microcomputers that the College will support in its dormitory networking operations. This policy must assure support for both selected PC and Macintosh systems. (rank 1)

Progress: On-going interaction with all units to promote consistency is underway, but no formal policies have been adopted.

Group D: Replace aging equipment.

15. Establish policy that plans the replacement of desktop computers, network servers, communications hardware, core network resources on an average ongoing schedule of five years. (rank 1)

Progress: CITS and Media Services portions have been implemented. College-wide portions are still under development.

29. Replace the Dynix on-line catalog system by 1997. (rank 3)

Progress: Preliminary planning to begin soon.

Group E: Support the curricular use of information resources

10. Equip LC 201 so it may be used as a model classroom for the application of instructional technology. Use the experience from this installation to guide the installation of multimedia technology in other classrooms and laboratories over the years, 1994-1996. (rank 1)

Progress: Completed 1/94

11. Install multimedia technology in Davis, Emerson, and Gannett. (rank 1)

Progress: Gannett completed 8/94. Emerson proposed for this year. Davis may be delayed indefinitely

12. Acquire sufficient computer displays to meet the needs of the curriculum. (rank 1)

Progress: 2 units purchased last year. 2 more units this year.

13. Equip 14 classrooms in Learning Center and Ladd with video display technology. (rank 1)

Progress: Completed 9/94

14. Establish on-line communications for booking of information resources. (rank 1)

Progress: no progress.

16. Equip 28 additional classrooms with video display technology. (rank 2)

Progress: Completed.

17. Install phones in the halls of classroom buildings. (rank 2)

Progress: Work to begin in January, 1996 on a very limited basis.

19. By the end of 1994, equip a laboratory with computing and projection resources that serves the needs of academic departments who apply computing intensely in their curriculums. (rank 2)

Progress: Proposed for next year.

25. Route video cables to all classrooms and install 12-channel video origination equipment. (rank 3)

Progress: Bolton cabling done last summer. Satellite broadcasts are now distributed to the Bolton classrooms, but the 12- channel video origination is unimplemented. Cabling to other classrooms on indefinite hold.

26. During the interval 1994 - 2000, install multimedia technology in fourteen classrooms. (rank 3)

Progress: 2 classrooms approved for current year.

27. Install projection units in all existing computer laboratories. (rank 3)

Progress: Harder 101 & 103 approved for current year.

28. During the interval, 1994-1999, equip two laboratories or classrooms for computer-intensive operations. (rank 3)

Progress: One classroom to be proposed for next fiscal year. This may be funded from an external grant.

Group F: Enrich the diversity of available resources

7. Beginning in 1993, install on-line bibliographies, full-text retrieval, on-line data bases. (rank 1)

Progress: Numerous new on-line services introduced by library. Networked CD-ROM access launched 9/95.

20. Modernize slide and video production facilities. (rank 2)

Progress: A space has been created within Media Services and is in limited operation.

21. Begin building a collection of digitized images to supplement the current slide collection maintained by Scribner Library. (rank 2)

Progress: Pilot projects launched by Danison, Linrothe, Aronson, ... Annual funding is needed for the next several years year to complete the work.

Group G: Replace administrative database

24. During the interval, 1994-1997, replace the administrative computing system (AIMS) with a new system that operates a client-server design. (rank 2)

Progress: Planning underway. Request for proposals sent to vendors 11/95.

Group H: Integrate information resources into all new construction

22. Install appropriate information resources in all presently anticipated construction. (rank 2)

Progress: CITS staff participate on planning groups for all major construction projects.

Prepared December, 1995 by Leo D. Geoffrion