In these changing times of tighter budgets and increased security threats NCPTT’s Information Technology staff is continually researching and updating the in-office systems to make them as efficient as possible for the staff.
The National Center’s IT department faces many of the same challenges that larger IT departments face. Of particular emphasis has been security, data storage and disaster recovery. This spring a new firewall was installed to enhance the protection of NCPTT workstations and data servers. Additionally, four new servers were added to the server room giving NCPTT its largest amount of data storage space in its history.
This spring the IT staff entered into a partnership with the Louisiana School for Math, Science & Arts to surplus old computers to the school for educational purposes. This will save NCPTT money by not having to pay for the pickup of outdated equipment and serves the LSMSA well by providing their technology students with equipment for training.
NCPTT’s website provides a central location to search for preservation products. Over the past year, 273 products were mailed to the public by NCPTT. These products were requested through the online product catalog, faxed order forms, and call-in requests. The National Center’s mailing list was updated and used to send out reminders about PTT Grant deadlines and events such as Preservation in Your Community.
The Top 5 Ordered Products
- Basics for Iron Fence Care 2007-03
- How to Build Drystone Walls and Rock Fences 1996-01
- Why Preserve? Public Lecture 1995-07
- Historic Resource Surveys and the Internet 1999-10
- Manual on Conservation Methodology for Historic Buildings and Structures 1997-07
The National Center’s library is a resourceful place for locating preservation information. The library database currently contains 1,148 books. This year 48 new books have been added to the library. Archived magazines where organized and placed in their new storage cabinets in the upstairs area. A database was created for the library binders. The library binders were reorganized so that they may be easier to locate in the library.
- Rivington’s Building Construction Volume I (2004) by Major Percy Smith
- Rivington’s Building Construction Volume II (2004) by Major Percy Smith
- Rivington’s Building Construction Volume III (2004) by Major Percy Smith
- Gauged Brickwork: A Technical Handbook (2006) by Gerard Lynch
- Modern Practical Masonry (2006) by Edmund George Warland
- Magnetometry for Archaeologists (2008) by Arnold Aspinall, C. G. A. A. S.
- Time Honored: A Global View of Architectural Conservation (2009) by John H. Stubbs
- Structural Repair of Traditional Buildings (2005) by Patrick Robson
- Roof Slating and Tiling (2006) by Frank Bennett
- Preservation of What, for Whom? (1998) by Michael A. Tomlan
- Negro Ironworkers of Louisiana 1718-1900 (2002) by Macrus Christian
- Structural Investigation of Historic Buildings (2009) by David C. Fischetti, P.
- Contractor’s Guide to Green Building Construction (2008) by Thomas E. Glavinivh
- Heating, Cooling, Lighting (2009) by Norbert Lechner
- Textiles in America 1650-1870 (2007) by Florence M. Montgomery
- The Study of Architectural Design (2008) by John f. Harbeson
- Sears Modern Homes, 1913 (2006) by Sears, R.a.Co.
- A Field Guide To Sprawl (2006) by Dolores Hayden
- Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders (2006) by James Ambrose & Patric Tripeny
- Native Trees for North American Landscapes (2004) by Guy Sternberg
- Cultural Landscapes: Balancing Nature and Heritage in Preservation Practice (2008) by Richard Longstreth
- Up by Roots (2008) by James Urban
- Tree Pruning (2008) by Edward F. Gilman & Sharon J. Lilly
- Grounds Maintenance by Jen Kiernan
- Perennial Garden Color (1989) by William C. Welch
- Our Unprotected Heritage (2009) by Thomas F. King
- Evaluating Tree Defects (2007) by Ed Hayes
- Studies in Venetian Art Conservation (2008)
- Design & Historic Preservation: The Challenge of Compatibility (2009) by David Ames & Richard Wagner
- Bulbs for Warm Climates (2001) by Thad M. Howard
- Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (2008) by Philip J. Potts & Margaret West
- The Pruning of Trees Shrubs and Conifers (2004) by Geirge E. Brown
- Garden Bulbs for the South (2007) by Scott Ogden
- X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Second Edition (1999) by Ron Jenkins
- Practical Masonry (2009) by William R. Purchase
- The Green Museum (2008) Sarah S. Brophy and Elizabeth Wylie
- Your Guide to Cementery Research (2002) Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
- American Country Houses of the Thirties (2007) by Lewis A. Coffin
- Coming of Age in Second Life (2008) Tom Boellstorff
- Public Relations and the Social Web (2009) by Rob Brown
- Content Nation (2009) by John Blossom
- Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law (2009)
- 43. Yes We Did (2009) by Rahaf Harfoush
- Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice (2009) by Norman Tyler, Ted J. Ligibel, and Ilene R. Tyler
- Handbook of Practical X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis (2006) by B. Beckhoff
- Visual Basic 2008 (2008) by Rod Stephens
- MLS Handbook for Writers of Research Papers Seventh Edition (2009)
- Twitter Revolution (2008) by Deborah Micek and Warren Whitlock
The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Network allows thousands of National Park Service employees to receive competency-based training at or near their work site at little or no cost to them. The Network has over 230 receiving stations across the Service spanning five time zones. The highly interactive training allows students immediate access to their instructor. This interactivity is the key component to the success of broad and varied training opportunities.
Between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30, nine classes were presented at NCPTT with 50 participants. Some of those participating were staff from the Cane River Creole National Historical Park and the Cane River National Heritage Area Commission and CRNHA staff. The Center’s TELNPS system received an equipment upgrade in FY2009 with the addition of a large flat screen monitor.
The installation of the TELNPS station at NCPTT has provided Center employees and NPS employees from the surrounding area with the opportunity to gain high quality training specific to their jobs at a convenient location. The Center is excited to be a part of the NPS’s continued growth of interactive distance learning activities.