1. UNICORN MOVES TO NEW SERVER AND INDEXES REBUILT
A new IBM server that offers significant increases in search and processing speed has been purchased for the Unicorn database. We are taking advantage of the overlap period, when two machines are available, to rebuild the Unicorn indexes.
The principal objectives of this rebuilding are to create headings files (browses) that better match our combined indexes, and to improve the functioning of cross references. We will also add a Periodical Title index and a Publication Year index.
Reindexing of the Unicorn database began on August 1, and it is scheduled for completion on August 24. The production database was copied to the new server, where the indexes and headings files are being rebuilt. When the rebuild is complete, the production database will again be copied to capture activity between August 1 and August 21. The new server will be switched to production on approximately August 24. Desktop configurations of your Unicorn clients will not need to be changed.
What this means to you:
3. GET HUMAN RESOURCES FORMS AND INFORMATION ON THE WEB
SUL/AIR Human Resources has been updating and expanding its Web site at:
Now you can get most of the HR forms you need directly from the Web. This includes student application and resignation forms in PDF format (so you can print them from the Web and complete them appropriately) and other forms in Word 6 format (so you can transfer them to your computer and fill them in there). The forms in Word 6 format include offer and acceptance letters, trial period review forms, and a request to hire form. (Printed copies of all HR forms are also available from the HR office on the fourth floor of Sweet Hall.)
You might also want to review other useful information on HR's Web pages. Items of interest include all current open positions and details on HR policies and procedures covering such topics as disability and workers' compensation, SUL/AIR's tuition program, and hiring.