[ibiblio-announce] Seasons changes at ibiblio
pjones at metalab.unc.edu
Tue Dec 15 13:33:05 EST 2009
Starting with the sad news:
After four years at ibiblio as our lead systems admin, Ken Chestnutt has
left to join http://paypros.com Ken brought not only his expertise in
managing systems, but his good humor, good talk and good baking to ibiblio.
He was also the major behind the scenes manager of our seamless and much
needed move to ibiblio-branded GMail and GApps just to name one of the very
good changes that he helped bring to us all. Many of you know Ken through
his through attention to RT tickets, but be assured he did much more
including being captain of our move to MCNC during his first months here.
We'll miss Ken greatly.
On to the other news:
ibiblio has added --in addition to our hosting services with our most recent
addition "Nepali Language Resource Center. Resources for Nepali language
computing" and our radio streaming services aided by new iPhone apps for NPR
and WUNC and WXYC-- support for a campus-wide Confluence-based wiki farm
(working with the UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation and ITS)
and a new suite of services called web.unc.edu which begins with an
installation of WordPressMU (working with UNC College of Arts and Science
We're also moving to host many of our services on IBM blades running under
NCSU's Virtual Computing Lab software as part of our work with the Shared
University Research Grants. This approach promises better security and
better performance in the future. We'll also be working with ITS's Research
Computing and the UNC DICE http://dice.unc.edu on a new set of storage
solutions for ibiblio.
The University is feeling budget pain along with the rest of the state. Some
of that pain is being passed on to ibiblio.
We're getting some help from IBM Shared University Research grants and just
this week from a gift from the Anonymous Fund of the Triangle Community
Foundation. Much thanks to both.
You can help too by going to https://secure.ibiblio.org/gift/ and returning
the love to ibiblio.
Best wishes to you in the coming year,
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