Moving Forward - The Grant And Networking
Another project is moving some of the network equipment from the library side into a locked cabinet in the Headquarters side of the same building.
When the building was wired for networking, for whatever reason, the contractor put the patch panel, switch, router and its diagnostic modem on a shelf, up high on a wall, inside the library. This makes for a down-right ugly, insecure and inaccessible setup. Inaccessible to us because we don't have 24hr access to the library; the City of East Tawas is in charge of the library. They own the building and are responsible for the library staff.
The same is true for the other branch libraries; the cities hire and pay the staff and take care care of the building while we provide the materials and support. The only real problem with the East Tawas Library and District Headquarters is that we reside in the same building, share the same utilities and computer network, yet we're physically separated from each other. So, if there was a problem with the router or switch, we couldn't just go and physically check tings over, we'd have to notify the library staff first.
The first step was looking for a contractor. We had a site visit today from one potential contractor who will give us a written estimate. It won't be a quick and easy job; it's an older building with no real crawlspaces, let alone access. The only concerns we have at this time are: 1) how much it'll cost and 2) how long a service interruption we'll have.