Question: Systems Mission
The mission of the Office of Systems and Digital Technology incorporates all computing related functions to support library staff and library-based distance learning. This includes hardware, software, client-server operations and infrastructure support for staff and student use. USFSP Library Systems is involved in planning, implementation and support of all information technologies used by Library staff, students and guests, and has developed systems that adhere to university standards but function independently of the campus network. Other Campus-wide academic computing related efforts include data archiving and management through the USFSP digital archive based on the open access product DSpace.
Nearly two dozen windows and Linux based servers provide the backbone of services to Dell Optiplex desktops located throughout the library in the lab, stacks, reference and staff areas. Library Internet Information services include the Poynter Library web site, File and print services for both PC and Apple platforms allow flexible file sharing, collaboration and a flexible work environment for all users.
A switched-to-the desktop ethernet solution supports all network access points and provides Gigabit and Fast Ethernet access to library catalogs and the online resources while maintaining a high level of port-based security in public areas. Downtimes are kept to a minimum through the use complete system imaging methods, temporary replacements, and SAN storage. Combined with our file sharing methods, this strategy effectively reduces desktop downtimes to less than two hours.
Email services for the Library Management System, ALEPH, allows all users to receive alerts for various circulation services and Interlibrary Loan notices. The library systems office engages in planning efforts for the campus, continually involved in committee work for the USF St. Petersburg and Libraries of the USF System web sites.