"Well you will be networking CD-ROMs on the People's Network computers won’t you?"Any clues as to why the Audit Commission say we score poorly on IT and marketing?
"Well I could, except there aren’t any CD-ROMs to network because no one’s bought any."
"Can’t you put BBC Webwise on it?"
"Yes, but it won’t be available on all the People’s Network workstations. There aren’t 122 licences for the networking software."
"Can’t you buy some?"
"I don't have any money. Besides which, I’m not prepared to make a case for funding an additional 110 licences on the basis that you’d quite like to use them to network CD-ROMs you haven’t identified and haven’t bought in over six years' non-use of a CD-ROM network."
"Well, couldn’t you start small by just using the licences you’ve got to set up the CD-ROM network just in Helminthdale, say, and make Webwise available that way?"
"No. Don’t imagine that on top of all the other work I’m going to be expected to do over the next month I’m going to do a crash install of a system no one’s bothered with for the past six years just to make one free CD-ROM available at libraries that already have it on stand alone PCs."
Friday, April 07, 2006
I keep asking why the phrase "networked CD-ROMs" keeps cropping up in proposed notices and publicity materials for the library. Our resident Harry Potter look-alike (and resident Bungle Bear think-alike) explains: