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Standard VI: Physical Resources and Facilities

Appendix 6.1 Computing Facilities

SLIS Bloomington Computing Facilities
  • SLIS Information Commons Lab:
    17 Windows PCs (currently Dell Optiplex 755 3.0GHz Core2 Duo) and 6 Macintosh workstations (3 24” iMacs, 3 quad-core towers.) Network feed to the lab is gigabit Ethernet to a switch which in turn provides 1GB Ethernet to each workstation. Also available in this lab are a flatbed scanner, 2 HP laser printers, and 2 VCR/converter boxes for digitizing audio and video. The laser printers in this lab also serve the classroom lab.
  • Classroom Lab:
    Located in the SLIS Library – 29 Macintosh workstations (28 student plus one instructor station), all 27” iMacs with i7 processors and Solid State System Disks. In addition to the standard SLIS Macintosh software package, these machines also have Windows 7 running under VMWare virtualization and selected applications from the standard Windows PC build. This lab is fed by a gigabit Ethernet drop and each workstation has a gigabit Ethernet connection. There is an LCD projector mounted to the ceiling of this lab. A laser printer for this lab is located just outside in the main area of the SLIS Information Commons.
  • Ph.D. Lab:
    A smaller lab reserved for the exclusive use of SLIS Ph.D. students. It includes 9 Windows PC and 3 Macintosh workstations. A laser printer is located in this lab. This lab also has multiple gigabit Ethernet drop and switched gigabit Ethernet to each desktop.

All computers in the above labs have LCD displays of at 20 to 24 inches.

  • Digital Culture Lab:
    Flexible workspace that houses digital library work as well as space for other projects. Work in this lab is completed on either project-owned desktop or laptop computers. Each desk has a gigabit Ethernet connection as well as wireless access. Print services are located in the adjacent mail room.
  • SLIS server room:
    SLIS maintains a server room for a large and growing number of servers. Each student is automatically assigned an account on Ella (student web server) and iris2 (student login server). Both of these are virtualized servers and can be migrated from one piece of physical hardware to another in the event of hardware failure. Faculty have a separate pair of servers (info, cat) that serve the same purposes. Approximately 6 TB of dedicated space is available for home directories for these systems and student OS X homes. (All students also are assigned an OS X account, which includes a networked home directory). SLIS recently upgraded its database services with a dedicated PostgreSQL server that holds 48GB of RAM for processing large datasets. A variety of other servers area available to support specific classes and projects. Students have access to php, perl, java/tomcat, and python languages, databases, and streaming media. Files are backed up daily in a disk to disk-to-tape scheme.

    The file server dedicated to faculty/staff using Windows has more that 1TB of disk space for institutional data. Files on this server are backed up nightly. Faculty OS X home directories are hosted on an Apple xServe (Edison). (Other xServes are in place for research and to act as an emergency back-up to the first one.) A Podcast Producer server supports a research project conducted by the associate dean and the director of information technology. The main SLIS website is hosted on a dedicated server. SLIS also maintains a development server and an online backup web server to mitigate effects of any hardware failure. A Final Cut Server instance is being evaluated for storing, indexing, and retrieving SLIS media archives.

    Other projects (most notably the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center) maintain a number of servers – both physical and virtual – to support their efforts. One CNS server has over 100GB of memory. Several tens of terabytes of disk space are allocated to this effort.
  • Faculty Office Computers:
    Like the lab computers, the faculty office computers are on a three year life cycle replacement scheme. Most faculty machines are replaced in the same year. (Most recently in 2008) Faculty workstations have the same specs as those in the Shepherd Lab. Faculty have Ethernet connections in their offices and access to laser printers and a color solid ink printer.
SLIS Indianapolis Computing Facilities
  • Faculty, staff and students have access to the UITS STC labs on campus.Current detailed lists of hardware and software in these labs can be found at:
  • Faculty and staff have Dell Computers Optiplex 755 or 760 computers (similar configuration to those in use at SLIS Bloomington.) Faculty and staff also have access to laser and/or color-inkjet printers.
  • Two labs can be reserved from the University Library for use as classrooms. (One with 30 workstations, the other with 24.)
  • The school’s central offices are located near the campus Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), which offers a variety of programs and services designed to enhance academic work. CTL offers individual sessions with faculty members that help them better integrate technologies including Oncourse (Indiana University’s virtual learning system) and Powerpoint into teaching and learning activities. CTL staff is also available for professional development needs related to concerns such as managing effective discussions, writing successful grants, and creating inclusive classrooms.