I.T. Times
Volume 2. No 3 Information Technology News of the University of California, Davis Spring 1994

Preparing for Network 21 through Electronic Communications Training

by Ivars Balkits, Planning, Strategy & Administration

Training programs to prepare the campus community for full implementation of Network 21 are flourishing. Currently, networking workshops are taught by staff of Information Resources, the General Library, and Staff Development & Professional Services.

Information Resources Classes

IT Information Resources (IR) continues to offer to faculty and students the popular workshop "Electronic Communications for the Novice." Demand for this course in winter 1994 required IR to open a new section practically every week during that quarter.

This free workshop, which introduces the novice to the Internet, Telnet, MELVYL, Electronic Mail, Pine, Usenet, Tin, FTP, Archie, Gopher, Veronica, and the Campuswide Information System, is offered again during spring quarter 1994.

Here is the spring schedule:

All sections of "Electronic Communications for the Novice" are held in 14 Hutchison Hall (in the basement). To sign up for a workshop, call Information Resources at 752-2131 or 752-2906 or send electronic mail to learnit@ucdavis.edu. Be prepared to provide your name, daytime phone number, and the name and date of the workshop you wish to attend.

[Editor's Note: For information on advanced training in electronic communications, see Advanced E-Communication Course Debuts in Spring 1994.]

Staff Development Classes

UC Davis staff are eligible for a similar set of free "Electronic Communications for the Novice," provided by Information Resources through Staff Development & Professional Services. For information about this program, call 752-1766.

The General Library

General Library classes include "Basic Internet Tools," "Internet Information Resources," and "Remote Access to the MELVYL Library System." These and other Library classes are taught in the Microcomputer Room on the first floor of Shields Library. For more information, contact Ken Firestein at 752-1678 or klfirestein@ucdavis.edu.

Center for Advanced Information Technology

Another resource that helps departments and individuals plan for effective use of Network 21 is the Center for Advanced Information Technology (CAIT). Included among the monthly product demonstrations and events scheduled at the CAIT are regular presentations of "Tools for the Digital Highway."

The CAIT is the place to look for software solutions that best take advantage of changing technologies. CAIT staff not only have a keen understanding of where software is going in the industry, but they also have current information about site licenses, volume discounts, etc.

For more information, contact the CAIT at 752- 5711. Or, visit the CAIT in person at its location on the first floor of Shields Library. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monthly Calendar of Classes and Info Tech Events

You might want to take a look at the IT Calendar distributed each month one per campus department. (A limited number are also distributed through the IT Campus Access Point, 1400 Surge II.) This news sheet features up-to-date information on the classes offered by Information Resources, the General Library, and Staff Development & Professional Services, as well as the events hosted by the Center of Advanced Information Technology.

[Editor's Note: The Information Technology Administrative Advisory Committee (ITAAC) also is looking at the issue of electronic communications training, in terms of faculty training faculty. Results of an electronic-mail interview with ITAAC chair Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith on this topic.]