Information Systems and Computer Services, files, 1989-1996

Collection Overview

Title: Information Systems and Computer Services, files, 1989-1996

Record Series: 05/03/10

Creator: Information Systems and Computer Services

Date: 1989-1996

Extent: 13.75 linear feet, 11 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material. Note to researchers: Dates on folder tabs are not always precise and inclusive:  that is, a folder labeled 1994 sometimes includes material from both before and after that date.  This is due to the ra

Related Archival Materials:

The processor of this collection decided to keep the files intact as received instead of creating an artificially precise order.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

This is due to the rapidly changing computer product field and to the practice of incorporating older and newer files into existing files.  There is also some imprecision regarding the calendar year and the fiscal year.  The processor of this collection d...

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the  Information Systems and Computer Services, files, 1989-1996, Archives Record Series 05/03/10, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Historical Note

Information Systems and Computer Services staff brought the contents of Boxes 1-8 to the University Archives in April 2014.  The contents of Boxes 9-10 arrived in March 2015. The contents of Box 11 arrived in January 2016.

Scope and Content

This collection of files documents the history of the Information Services and Computer Services unit at the University of Northern Iowa from about 1989 through about 1996, with a limited number of files from before and after that period. The collection documents the rapid, sometimes difficult growth of academic computing on campus under the leadership of Director J. Michael Yohe.

The collection includes a wealth of correspondence between Director Yohe and his staff, faculty, administrators, and people outside of the university on matters relating to the acquisition, maintenance, and use of computing technology.  There is also documentation on the relationship of the university's systems to network systems off campus.  Material relating to the vendors of computing technology provides a nice look at the products, services, and legal arrangements available to the university in the 1990s

Inventory

Box 1

  • Filing system code for Information Systems and Computer Services, 1991.
    • Note to researchers:  This filing system code accompanied the collection when it arrived in the University Archives.  The individual elements of the code consist of two letters and a number, such as A4A, B6L, or L7B.  The code is a hierarchical system that mirrors the administrative organization chart of the university.  Many of the folder tabs in this collection included this code.  When that code appeared on the original folder, the records processor included the code on the new folder.  However, the collection itself was not in anything approaching coded arrangement when it arrived in the Archives.  Nor did every folder include a coded notation; many folders were labeled "Miscellaneous".  In addition, much of the collection had been developed long after the last revision to the filing system codes.  Consequently, the records processor imposed his own order on the collection, though with some reference to the apparent original order.  Researchers may wish to consult the 1991 filing guide to get a clearer sense of the contents of some of the folders.
  • Academic Computing Services, long range planning survey, 1976
  • Development of computing at UNI, 1989-1993, by J. Michael Yohe, 1993
  • ISCS administrative organization, 1996
  • Strategic Plan for Computing and Communications Fiscal Years 1992-1996
  • Budget, FY 1990-FY 1996
  • Reports, 1990-1993
  • Board of Regents, Information Systems Technology Steering Committee, 1993
  • Board of Regents, Efficiency and effectiveness report, 1995
  • Board of Regents, networking and electronic mail, 1996
  • Peat Marwick, final report, selected internal policies and procedures, 1989
  • Pappas Group, report, 1996
  • North Central Association report, 1990
  • Audit, 1994
  • Reports and statistics, 1989-1993
  • ISCS annual reports, 1988, 1990, 1994-1996
  • ISCS quarterly reports, 1990, 1992-1993
  • ISCS document formatting, 1992
  • Information technology reorganization, 1995
  • Policies and procedures, 1992-1994
  • Computer use policy, 1991-1992
  • Compliments and complaints
  • ISCS move to Business Building, 1990
  • UNI network schematic diagram, 1990
  • Strategic plan for computing and communications, 1996-2000 (draft)

Box 2

  • ISCS Executive Committee, 1989-1993
  • Information Technology Executive Committee
  • Academic Computing Advisory Committee, 1991-1994
  • Administrative Systems Advisory Committee
  • Student Information Systems, 1994-1996
  • Student Computing Advisory Committee
  • Administration and Finance Division, Computer Advisory Committee
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Computer Advisory Committee
  • College of Natural Sciences, Computer Advisory Committee
  • College of Education, Technology Committee, 1994
  • Deere and Company/College of Natural Sciences Advisory Committee, 1989-1993
  • ISCS Department Computing Liaisons, 1993-1995
  • Planning and Policy Committee for Information Technology, 1999-2006
  • Supercomputer Study Committee, 1991
  • Iowa Business Council, survey of Iowa's Information Systems, 1989

Box 3

Correspondence

  • Correspondence, President Curris
  • Correspondence, President Koob, computer equipment, 1995
  • Vice presidents/ISCS meeting, April 1999
  • Correspondence, Vice President for Educational and Student Services, 1994-1995
  • Correspondence, Vice President for Administration and Finance, 1988-1996
  • Correspondence, Vice President for Development, 1989-1995
  • Correspondence, Governmental Relations, 1996
  • Correspondence, college technology committees
  • Correspondence, College of Business Administration, 1988-1995
  • Correspondence, College of Education, 1993-1995
  • Correspondence, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 1994-1995
  • Correspondence, College of Natural Sciences, 1993-1995
  • Correspondence, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1993-1994
  • Correspondence, Continuing Education, 19994
  • Correspondence, Department of Geography
  • Correspondence, Department of Industrial Technology
  • Correspondence, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Correspondence, School of Music
  • Correspondence, Rod Library
  • Correspondence, Center for Educational Technology
  • Correspondence, Center for Energy and Environmental Education
  • Correspondence, Center for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Correspondence, Computer Consulting Center
  • Correspondence, Controller
  • Correspondence, Curriculum Laboratory
  • Correspondence, Development
  • Correspondence, Admissions
  • Correspondence, Personnel
  • Correspondence, Physical Plant
  • Correspondence, Public Safety
  • Correspondence, Maucker Union
  • Correspondence, Registrar
  • Correspondence, ISCS user services
  • Correspondence, student laboratories, general

Networks

  • Academic networking, by Steve Moon, 1994
  • Tele/Network data communications, 1992, 1994-1996

 Box 4

Networks, continued

  • Community-wide information system, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1993-1994
  • CedarNet, 1994
  • Iowa Reserach and Education Network (IREN), 1994
  • Iowa Research and Education Network, rural data server, 1994
  • Iowa Research and Education Network,/UNI K-12 networking, College of Education conference, 1994-1995
  • Iowa Research and Education Network-CIC Net, network service for UNI, 1994
  • Iowa Research and Education Network, services ballots, 1993
  • Iowa Research and Education Network, your Internet connection, by Steve Moon and Mike Yohe
  • UseNet news, 1991-1992
  • Iowa Communications Network, legislation
  • Iowa Communications Network, 1993-1995
  • Iowa Communications Network, classrooms 

Campus services

  • Admissions tracking system, 1993
  • Affiliate access, 1994-1995
  • ISCS affirmative action policy, 1995
  • Annenberg Corporation for Public Broadcasting project, 1990
  • TCI cable television contract, 1994
  • Campus cabling and building wiring

Box 5

Campus services, continued

  • Center for Teaching Technology, 1993
  • Campus construction
  • College of Education, PowerMacs, memory cards
  • Computer laboratory problems
  • Database project, 1995
  • Debit/Identification card project, 1996
  • Desktop software project, 1995-1996
  • Distance Learning Partnerships and Opportunities Committee, 1996
  • Educational Media Center, 1993
  • Electronic bulk mailings
  • End users, 1996
  • Evening Degree Program, 1995
  • Facilities correspondence
  • Facilities--Industrial Technology Center
  • Facilities--Rod Library
  • Facilities--Redeker Center
  • Facilities--Residence on the Hill
  • Facilities--Towers
  • Faculty microcomputer equipment grant
  • Graphic workstations
  • Hours of operation
  • Information management systems, 1989-1993
  • Infosys and the Web
  • IBM compatible microcomputers recommendation, 1992
  • Iowa Talent On-line grant, 1996
  • Legal matters
  • Mainframe, FY1993
  • Management and financial information system selection, 1993
  • Managing a college World Wide Web space, by Michael Yohe and Thomas Peterson, 1995
  • Midwest Higher Education Commission, correspondence, 1992
  • Modems
  • Multimedia plan, 1993
  • Multimedia systems, comparative study on support of
  • New faculty orientation, 1993

Box 6

Campus services, continued

  • Department of Physics, ADA compliance
  • Malcolm  Price Laboratory School, Internet use, 1995
  • Student computer center, use statistics, 1992
  • Student computer fee, 1991-1994, 1996
  • Student self-registration
  • Seminar series via satellite, 1993
  • Student assessment instrument, 1992
  • Star schools grant, 1993
  • Symposium on K-12 science and the Internet, 1995
  • Technology initiatives, 1996-1997
  • Telephone service
  • Telecommunications, reports and plans, 1993-1996
  • Telecommunications and Information Management Council, 1991-1993
  • Director of Telecommunications, 1995
  • Teleproductions center proposal, 1990
  • Instructions, DEC Alpha
  • Instructions, Infosys
  • Instructions, SUN
  • Instructions, mailx
  • Instructions, Kermit
  • Instructions, Moderating DEC Notes conferences
  • Instructions, Cobra
  • Instructions, VMS
  • Computer use policy
  • ISCS administrative schedule, 1989-1990
  • ISCS seminars
  • User services management presentation, 1991
  • Training, Lotus 1-2-3
  • Workshops, training classes
  • Transcript transfer
  • 21st Century Learning Infrastructure Initiative, pilot, 2000
  • Utilities
  • Usage reports and goals
  • Family of workstations, selection, 1992
  • World Wide Web, 1995-1996

Box 7

Supplies and equipment

  • Donated equipment and supplies
  • Inventory, College of Business Administration
  • Equipment, correspondence, 1992-1993
  • End of year capital equipment requests, 1994-1996
  • Capital equipment, 1992
  • Equipment, correspondence
  • ISCS, suggestions for improvement, 1993
  • Priority project updates, FY 1996
  • Correspondence, general, FY 1993
  • Reallocations and adjustments, FY 1993
  • Computing equipment upgrades, 1995
  • Correspondence, 1993-1994
  • Correspondence, IBM
  • Computer purchase programs, Apple, 1994
  • Vendor contracts

Box 8

Supplies and equipment, continued

  • Apple, correspondence and contracts
  • Apple Collegiate Partnership Program
  • Apple Higher Education Purchase Program
  • Borland International contracts
  • AT&T/Lucent contracts
  • cc:mail contracts
  • Cabletron contracts
  • Cincom Systems contracts
  • Dell Computer contracts
  • Digital Equipment Corporation contracts
  • Gandalf Systems contracts
  • Hewlitt Packard Printers contracts
  • IBM contracts
  • UNI/IBM Roundtable, 1995
  • UNI/IBM monthly status meetings, 1989-1990
  • IBM, correspondence, 1991-1993
  • TGV contracts
  • UNISYS contracts
  • Versa CAD contracts
  • Software licenses

Box 9

  • Computer sales Inventory
  • Corridor
  • Curriculum Change Notifications
  • Data Access System Study
  • Deans' Retreat
  • Dell
  • Digital Signage
  • Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Discipline Specific and Specialized Computer Labs
  • Distance Learning Steering Committee
  • Distributed Computing Discussion
  • Drupal
  • E-Commerce
  • Educom
  • Electronic Transcript Processing
  • Email
  • Entre Support Agreement
  • ePortfolio
  • ESS Org Structure Task Force 2006
  • Executive Summaries
  • Federal Proposal
  • Fire Safety Reports
  • Formscape- Kwasniki Consulting
  • Gateway Computer Co. 
  • Goals- ITS
  • Governor's ACCESS Education Commission
  • Icard
  • InCommon Federation
  • ISCS Directory of Programs and Services 1990
  • ITS Employment History- ITS-IS
  • Information and Technology Service- Network Services
  • ITS Brochures
  • Integrated Student Service Center
  • Intellectual Property Rights 
  • IBM Main Frame- Lease Papers
  • Identity Finder
  • ITS-ET Miscellaneous
  • Information Technology Support Guidelines
  • Internal Audit- FY05
  • Internet2
  • Inventory- Computer Supplies and Sales 0230
  • Iowa Communications Network

Box 10

  • Iowa Communications Network- Internet Service
  • Iowa Folklife
  • Iowa Research Council
  • Student Computer Fee Survey 1994
  • Microcomputer Equipment Grant
  • Retreat Speaker Info January 1998
  • Software
  • Software- Adobe
  • Software- Microsoft
  • Software- SAS
  • Space Needs
  • Specialty Underwriters Teleserve
  • Staff- ITS IS Policies and Guidelines
  • Staff Support Staff Needs
  • Staffing- Background Checks
  • Strategic Plan
  •  Strategic Plan for Computing
  • Strategies for Using Technology to Advance the University Strategic Plan
  • Student Computing Advising Committee
  • Student Information System
  • Student Services Centers Statistics
  • Student Services Center Renovation
  • Symantec- Antivirus

Box 11

  • Student computer fee, general, 1991-1992
  • Student computer fee, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 1992
  • Student computer fee, Information Systems and Computer Services, 1992
  • Student computer fee, College of Natural Sciences, 1992
  • Student computer fee, College of Education, 1992
  • Student computer fee, general, 1993
  • Student computer fee, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1993
  • Student computer fee, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 1993
  • Student computer fee, College of Natural Sciences, 1993
  • Student computer fee, College of Business Administration, 1993
  • Student computer fee, Information Systems and Computer Services, 1993
  • Student computer fee, Information Systems and Computer Services, 1994
  • Student computer fee proposals, 1994
  • Student computer fee, College of Business Administration, 1994
  • Student computer fee, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 1994
  • Student computer fee study, 1995
  • Student computer fee allocation, 1995
  • Student computer fee, College of Natural Sciences, 1995-1996
  • Academic Computing Advisory Committee, 1995-1997
  • Student Computing Advisory Committee, 1992-1993
  • Financial and resources systems, request for proposals, 1998
  • Computer laboratory studies, 1994-1995
  • "Oracle on Sun helps University of Northern Iowa make timely decisions to preserve quality of education"  (Sun microsystems paper)
  • "Creating synergy in a distributed environment; IT staff at the University of Northern Iowa focus on collaboration and service", Educause Quarterly, volume 23, number 3, fall 2000.

Processing Information

Boxes 1-8 processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, April 2014; boxes 9-10 processed, March 2015; Box 11 processed January 2016; updated, January 20, 2016 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, November 2017 and April 2018. Linear Feet updated August 17, 2017.

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