December 14, 1994
Lamont Forum Room, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
1. Announcements: Jon Rothman
For quite some time now, OIS has been aware of a limitation in the Cornell package which prevents its use on any workstation running ODI packet driver software (this software is widely used in Novell LAN environments). This limitation has meant that libraries have had to chose between use of ODI and use of PCIP (most libraries using PCIP are running the Clarkson packet driver software in place of ODI.) Other PCIP limitations include an incompatibility with BOOTP -- a commonly used network management protocol which allows for the sharing of network resources -- and the fact that any attempt to do screen prints from within PCIP of records containing diacritics will have unpredictable results. At best, the diacritics will print as garbage. At worst, the diacritic characters will be interpreted by the printer as control codes and will result in changes in font size, multiple form feeds, etc.
Recently, OIS ran into another PCIP incompatibility. During installation of PCIP on some new PCs acquired by the Countway Library it became clear that PCIP was incompatible with the brand of ethernet card installed in the machine (i.e. HP). Hewlett Packard is a reputable manufacturer of ethernet cards and this particular card presented no problems when other TCP/IP software was utilized on the machine. It seems safe to conclude that the problem lies with PCIP.
These various limitations are no doubt in part explained by the fact that Cornell University is no longer updating PCIP. Hence, its compatibility with newer software and hardware is not guaranteed. We cannot rule out, and indeed should expect, that the number of such incompatibilities will rise as the software becomes more and more out of date. Libraries who are just now planning to move to networked PCs for HULPR access should think carefully about building up a dependency on PCIP. Libraries already using PCIP should take into consideration the problems outlined above and be aware that at some point these or other limitations may force them to migrate to another package.
If you, or your computer support personnel would like to discuss any of these issues further, please feel free to contact Heather Reid (email@example.com or 495-3724).
Notes and Reminders
Any in-library devices may be registered, as long as they are either in a public place or being used by library staff.
To register a terminal or workstation, you will need to fill out a registration form. Please note that the form has A printed copy of the form is attached to this newsletter. You can also get this form by ftp as follows: ftp to elmer.harvard.edu. Use "hpguest" as the login name. When asked for a password, press (ENTER). You will want to get the file named "form".
Complete the form and send it either in paper to Patti Fucci at 1280 Mass. Ave. Suite 404, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a note or a call when your device is registered. It should take no longer than 5 days.
New services available on VINE. The Harvard Crimson, the University daily newspaper, is now offering its lead story, page three feature, top sports story and lead staff editorials on-line as an experiment. This limited Crimson is accessible through VINE, by choosing the "Harvard Newspapers and Newsletters" directory from the main VINE directory.
Also now available under the "Harvard Newspapers and Newsletters" directory are the monthly OIT Technology Window, and a limited version of the weekly Harvard Independent.
VINE has added a directory containing six different weather reporting sources under "Weather Forecasts and Information."
Harvard University now has a World-Wide Web Home Page. If you have a World-Wide Web browser (Mosaic, NetScape, Cello, or the like), open up the URL http://www.harvard.edu. After an initial trial period, this Home Page is now available to the whole Internet. The Harvard Home Page is designed to be a set of pointers to departmental or organizational Home Pages at Harvard, rather than a true Campus-Wide Information System. The VINE, which is a gopher, plays the role of CWIS at Harvard. The Harvard Home Page allows you to connect to the VINE.
If you have comments or suggestions for improvement, please use the comment facility provided on the Home Page, or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Changes to HOLLIS Plus. This message is of interest to those libraries that have HOLLIS Plus terminals or workstations that use the common UNIX gopher client. That is, the terminals reach HOLLIS Plus by telnetting to hplus. Starting on Nov. 29, a timeout feature was added to the HOLLIS Plus common client that returns the screen to the main HOLLIS Plus menu after 7 minutes of idleness. This means that if a user walks away from HOLLIS Plus, it will return to the main menu, and the next user will be less likely to be confused by coming up to one of the lower-level menus. Because of this change, you may notice that the terminal beeps when it's timing out.
Only workstations using the HOLLIS Plus common client are affected in this way. Contact Kathy Klemperer in OIS if you have questions.
PsycINFO status report. The PsycINFO database officially became available in the HOLLIS Public Catalog and HULPR Catalog Mode on Monday, 21 November. A printed information sheet describing this new database will be distributed in December. A brief overview of PsycINFO features is scheduled for the December HOLLIS Liaisons Meeting (Wednesday, 14 December, 9:30-11:00 am in the Lamont Forum Room). If you have questions, contact Robin Wendler or Julie Wetherill in OIS.
Payment statements flagged. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, 30,722 Payment Statements approved before 12/31/93 were flagged as "weedable" and may be weeded. Fiche reflecting these statements have been distributed to those with subscriptions. If you have any questions about payment statement weeding, please contact Linda Marean in OIS or via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLLIS Enhancements Update
Network support. Until a new staff member is hired, network support will be provided by Lesly Corrielus, Lauren Caulton and Heather Reid (NDS Manager). Since Lesly and Lauren will be particularly busy during this period when we are down one person, when you call OIS with a network-related problem make sure to identify the reason for your call, rather than asking for a specific person. For example -- "I'm calling with a terminal problem" or"I'm having trouble getting to HULPR from my PC." This will enable us to better share the work and to avoid the situation in which a problem sits waiting for a particular staff person who may be out of the office for an extended period of time on other calls.
We appreciate your patience during this transition time. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Heather Reid in OIS or via email, email@example.com.