in the basement with the ghost
I would like to get some inventorying done tonight. Most of the computers are in the basement, where the ghost lives. He also lives in the closed stacks. I have yet to see this ghost, but there are people who swear he's there. I don't know who he was, supposedly. It's a great creepy old building for a ghost though. If I were a ghost, I'd want to haunt there.
The closed stacks are scary in and of themselves. They've got Alien flooring. It's sort of this translucent glass, so you can see the lights glowing up from the floor below. It's actually quite dizzying.
So whether there is a ghost or not, the old building is scary, or at least, intimidating, at night. Heck, sometimes it's scary during the day.
Still trying to work an angle to see if I can't get at least some sort of timed access software in before next fiscal year (although by the time I work out the costs, next fiscal year will be here. It is the middle of February already, after all.) I'd like to apply for some technology grants, and I'd like a number that's at least somewhat accurate of how many people use our internet daily. It's impossible on a sign up sheet. You should see our sign up sheet. Holy moses.
The City IT Guy wrote to me yesterday. I don't know what's lamer... that he was writing on a Sunday or I was checking email on a Sunday. He wants a wish list from me. I want all new computers. I so know that's not coming. I think he meant as far as keyboards and mice, and perhaps monitors go. I suppose it can't hurt to ask though, eh?
It's become clear that if we set up for wireless, it's going to be necessary to update our PCs building wide. Most employees can stay wired. But it would be nice to perhaps spread some PCs out (with timed access software to keep fights to a minimum of course) upstairs. It would cause less stagnation down in reference, where we're trying to get to the reference books.
I'm not even pondering wireless for use of laptops. It might bring more people to the library, but so would a coffee shop a la Barnes and Noble. But it sure would make configuring internet terminals in a building not really well designed for computers much, much easier.