Board Members Present: Arnold Barr (Chair), Ed Hayes (Treasurer), Keith Stanger
(Secretary), Steve Weiss
Community Member Present: Brian Spolarich (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The meeting was held at the Washtenaw County Library and was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by Mr. Barr. The Board waived notice of time, place and subject of the meeting.
The Board approved the minutes of the meeting of June 1, 1997. The financial report for the period ending June 30, 1997 was posted on the HVCN web site and was approved by the Board. Mr. Barr introduced a motion that authorized the Treasurer (Mr. Hayes), the Chair (Mr. Barr), the Secretary (Mr. Stanger), and the Technical Chair (Mr. Weiss) to sign HVCN checks. The motion also withdrew signature authorization from three former HVCN Board members--Michael Glazier, Jennie Howard (now Jennie McCafferty) , and Jeff Ogden. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Barr reported that he helped draft an advertisement for an Ypsilanti District Library part-time employee to scan text, photographs, and drawings at the Ypsilanti Historical Museum using a workstation purchased with funds obtained from the Library of Michigan grant to the Ypsilanti District Library/Ypsilanti Historical Museum. What is yet to be decided is how to serve up the digitized data on the Internet. Mr. Spolarich suggested talking to historical libraries in the area about how to organize the digital collection. Mr. Stanger suggested talking to someone from the University of Michigan's School of Information, e.g., Joan Durrance, about student involvement in what is a community digital library project. There was discussion of acquiring two servers--a Unix-based server for the Museum's database and a Unix-based server for HVCN. The workstation for the Ypsilanti Historical Museum will be running Windows95. There was discussion of how to configure the workstation.
Mr. Weiss noted that one of HVCN's current goals was to provide text-based access to HVCN's server. He observed that a year from now the provision of this access might no longer be necessary. HVCN is also striving to stimulate the creation and display of local information content. HVCN's conferencing system, BackTalk, currently supports community discussion, but it has not yet caught on with the public. Volunteers are very much needed by HVCN to stimulate the creation of local content and discussion. Mr. Barr reported that he had a meeting scheduled with Mike Amman and Senator Alma Wheeler Smith to discuss the possibility of setting up a conference on HVCN for Senator Smith for the discussion of public issues.
Mr. Weiss reported that the HVCN server was stable and during June served up about 6.5 megabytes a day. Some new sites were being added, e.g., the Michigan Democratic Party. New ftp accounts were created for people who maintain web sites on the server. Mr. Weiss asked everyone to keep on the lookout for web sites that HVCN could point to. Mr. Weiss also reported that he updated a number of HVCN directories.
Mr. Weiss observed that not enough people were looking at HVCN's web pages. He noted that HVCN does not publicize itself enough, does not itself provide Internet access, and that the web site does not yet point to enough services that people are interested in.
Mr. Barr asked if there was a web site that provided employment opportunities in the community. Mr. Weiss agreed that a community-wide employment resource service would be very valuable. Employers would be able to fill out web forms to submit their job openings, and this information would be stored in a web-accessible, searchable, database. Mr. Hayes said he would talk to the person at the Ypsilanti District Library who manages the Employment Center. Mr. Weiss noted that the Ann Arbor Computing Society maintains a jobs database related to the computer industry. He thought we might talk to them about collaborating on providing a more general community employment database. Mr. Weiss suggested that someone(s) from the Internet Council might also be interested in collaborating on the project. Mr. Barr noted that job information was the most sought out resource on other community networks. At a minimum, HVCN should link to web-based job/employment sites. More ambitious would be the creation of a community employment database.
The next meeting was scheduled for Sunday, August 10, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. at the Washtenaw County Library.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.
Keith Stanger, Secretary