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Static2Sta.tic (adjective) / ˈsta-tik : (1) showing little or no change, action, or progress; (2) of, relating to, or producing static electricity. {source: Merriam-Webster}

In the case of this blog post, I am writing about the first definition of ‘static’ – showing little or no change. Innovative Millennium, our interlibrary loan client, requires a static IP address which needs to be registered via MCLS and the Library of Michigan. On the library end, the process of registering an IP address can take up to two weeks. Needless to say, it’s bad news if your IP address changes because you’re unable to access the client which serves as a circulation program.

You probably see where this is going…

Our IP address has changed not once, but twice since I’ve taken the director gig…with the most recent time being yesterday right after MCLS/MeL closed our support ticket and things were supposed to be back up and running. WTH?!

So much for being static…

Why did the address change AGAIN when it’s supposed to be a static address? A call to the tech support hotline of our internet service provider uncovered that our static IP address recently expired  — hence the two very unexpected changes. In just a short time, we were setup with a new static IP address and I began the (re)registration process all over again. I must say that the techs were not only uber helpful, but also friendly and humorous.

In the meantime, I’ll be making contact with the lending institutions and reassuring them that we (the library) have their items and that they aren’t lost…just stuck in a little rural library in Michigan’s Thumb.

If this takes much longer, I am wondering a nearby library could help – use their connection — with our account — in order to process the returns…then haul the items back to our library for RIDES pick up.

My concern: patron privacy. No dice. I’ll just be patient and try to enjoy scenery.

I sincerely hope that this debacle is coming to an end.