The LIS Arts & Humanities Divisional Group met on Thursday, September 29, 2011, in Special Collections in the Davis Family Library.
Attending: Faculty: Holly Allen (AMST, Co-Chair), Claudio Medeiros (THEATRE), Elizabeth Morrison (for Ellie Bagley, RELI), Louisa Burnham (HIST), Mary Ellen Bertolini (Writing Program/CTLR), Jeff Buettner (MUSIC), Eddie Vazquez (HARC), Ian Sutherland (for Marc Witkin, CLASSICS), Brett Millier (ENAM), Stefano Mula (COMPLIT), Jenn Ponder (DANCE), Matty Woodruff (PHIL) ; LIS: Andy Wentink (Co-Chair), Carrie Macfarlane, Steve Bertolino, Jess Isler, Joy Pile; Absent: Louise Stein (FMMC); Representative from Studio Art (to be appointed)
Meeting was called to order at 12:15 by LIS Co-Chair Andy Wentink, who welcomed the group, reviewed meeting protocols, and requested members to introduce themselves. He announced that there was a change in the agenda. Video Recording/Storage Issues would be discussed first, since Claudio Medeiros, who proposed the agenda item, needed to leave early.
What is the policy on PC to Mac switch (for faculty)?
If the faculty member’s primary computer is due for upgrade, s/he can choose from either of our standard models, Windows or Mac, for her/his new primary computer. If the end of the four-year replacement cycle has not yet been reached, and there is a desire to switch platforms, LIS will do what we can within budget limits to meet the request, but we cannot always guarantee that we can supply a brand new model. LIS is committed to providing all faculty with the equipment they need for their teaching and research, within the limitations of the budgets we have available.
What’s the upgrade schedule for XP to Vista?
There is no upgrade schedule to Vista. LIS has decided leap-frog over Vista and go directly to Windows 7 when the time is appropriate. We have ordered all new equipment to date with a downgrade to Windows XP Pro with service pack 3. Our reasoning: Vista introduced too many challenges to our support structure and to our end users.
What’s faculty equipment replacement schedule going forward in the new fiscal climate?
There is no change to the LIS replacement schedule. The replacement cycle is based on a four-year deployment. The only caveat is that LIS will more closely scrutinize requests for any additional machines (i.e., beyond the standard “one primary computer per faculty/staff member.)