[Web4lib] Outside disk usage

Thomas Edelblute TEdelblute at anaheim.net
Tue Aug 16 14:23:36 EDT 2005

That is why I change the boot order in the CMOS so that the C: drive it
the first boot device.  Then password protect the CMOS so people cannot
change it on their own. 

Thomas Edelblute
Anaheim Public Library

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[mailto:web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org] On Behalf Of Mitchell, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 11:05 AM
To: Web4Lib
Subject: RE: [Web4lib] Outside disk usage

I'd be most concerned about someone bringing in a device with Linux set
up on it and bypassing Windows entirely in order to attack the library
network or other outside network. It is easy enough to prevent this but
without adequate safety measures this could be entirely possible I
think. I'd be especially concerned about someone using the library PC as
a platform to attack another large important network. Maybe I'm just
overly paranoid.

Michael Mitchell
Technical Services Librarian
Brazosport College
Lake Jackson, TX
michael.mitchell at brazosport.edu 

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Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 11:31 AM
To: Richard Wiggins; Web4Lib
Subject: RE: [Web4lib] Outside disk usage

I would like to read your policies and procedures and know how you
manage the purchase and use of all the media you allow your patrons
access to in your library (floppy disk, CDs, zip disk, and blank CDs). 
I am interested in how you secure your computers to prevent viruses,
M Jean Williams Adams
Systems Librarian
Coleman Memorial Library
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307-4700
Phone: (850) 561-2131
Fax:     (850) 561-2599


From: web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org on behalf of Richard Wiggins
Sent: Tue 8/16/2005 9:18 AM
To: Web4Lib
Subject: Re: [Web4lib] Outside disk usage

Wild, outrageous, risky prediction: This will change. :-) /rich

On 8/16/05, Michele Haytko <michele.haytko at gmail.com> wrote:
> We dont allow plugins like thumb drives, either. We've had maybe a 
> dozen in the last year try to use them? Maybe?
> Thanks,
> michele
> On 16/08/05, Richard Wiggins <richard.wiggins at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Somewhat related question: how often do people show up with pocket
> flash
> > drives and expect to plug them in?
> > Many geeks such as myself always carry one -- I have for years now
> but I
> > see these as offering so much value that I expect everyone who is
> computer
> > literate to carry one. Yet the penetration rate seems lower than I
> would've
> > expected.
> > Do your patrons have any problems accessing the USB port? Many
> > now offer front USB ports, but they don't always work. At our
> university, we
> > have some models of Dell computers in our computer labs that have
> curved
> > panel you have to raise in order to get to the USB port. The USB
port on
> the
> > computer is at an awkward angle, not 90 degrees as it ought to be.
> the
> > space is constraned so that if you have a bulky USB device, you
> plug
> > it in.
> > Over time I would expect folks to use USB devices as a large data
> to
> > carry home oodles of useful content they find at the library. In
fact as
> > prices for USB flash devices continue to fall, patrons may walk up
> the
> > desk hoping to buy a flash drive. (Some universities are already
> at
> > distributing antivirus tookkits to students on flash drives instead
> CD.
> > The student loads the software and then has a usable flash drive
> the IT
> > department's logo and contact number imprinted on it.) /rich PS -- I

> > predict that mass-market USB flash drives will often double
> MP3
> > players -- THEN they will be in everyone's pocket.
> > On 8/16/05, Phillip Whitford <PWhitford at braswell-library.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > Like some of the others who have responded I think your policy
> > > outside storage media may be to restrictive. But to answer your
> question
> > > we treat left behind storage media just like any other personal
> property
> > > left in the library. We hold on to it for at least 30 days in case
> they
> > > return for it. After 30 days it is disposed of.
> > >
> > > For the record we allow patrons to bring in their own floppy
> > > flash drives, zip disks, and blank CDs. They can buy disks and CDs
> from
> > > us if they don't have their own. It hasn't caused any security or
> virus
> > > problems.
> > >
> > > Phillip B. Whitford
> > > Manager Information Technology
> > > Braswell Memorial Library
> > > Rocky Mount, NC 27804
> > > Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of my organization.
> > >
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