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During the last year the IT department has purchased and installed twelve new workstations and five new large screen monitors. Many of the replaced workstations will be used by NCPTT summer interns.

April Coutee and Media Packets

NCPTT’s April Coutee adds NCPTT’s product catalog and product samples to the media packets.

The office computers are currently in the process of being upgraded with new virus software that is provided by the National Park Service as a license at no cost to the NCPTT budget. The servers were the first machines in the office to receive the virus software upgrade.

Plans are being made to upgrade the office machines to Windows 7. Additionally, the latest Windows Office suite will also be installed on the workstations as that becomes available though the NPS site license agreement.

Future endeavors include virtual technology and custom application development projects. The virtual technology project will allow the IT staff to take greater advantage of the processing capabilities of the in-house servers to provide a broader range of services to the National Center. This should take flight sometime this summer. The custom application project has already started with some preliminary work done on the iPhone.

Product Distribution
NCPTT’s web site provides a central location to search for preservation products. In the last year, 439 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 Top 5 Ordered Products
1. Basic Iron Fence Care 2007-03 (video)
2. Cleaning a Stone Grave Marker 2007-01 (video)
3. Resetting a Stone Grave Marker 2007-02 (video)
4. How to Build Drystone Walls and Rock Fences 1996-01 (video)
5. Application and Preparation of Limewash 2008-07 (video)

NCPTT Library
The Center’s library is a significant resource for locating preservation information. Our library database currently contains 1,157 items. Over the last year, 26 new books have been added to the library.

Library Additions
1. Practical Masonry (2009) by William R. Purchase
2. The Green Museum (2008) Sarah S. Brophy and Elizabeth Wylie
3. Your Guide to Cemetery Research (2002) Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
4. American Country Houses of the Thirties (2007) by Lewis A. Coffin
5. Coming of Age in Second Life (2008) Tom Boellstorff
6. Public Relations and the Social Web (2009) by Rob Brown
7. Content Nation (2009) by John Blossom
8. Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law (2009)
9. Yes We Did: An Insiders Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand (2009) by Rahaf Harfoush
10. Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice (2009) by Norman Tyler, Ted J. Ligibel, and Ilene R. Tyler
11. Handbook of Practical X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis (2006) by B. Beckhoff
12. Visual Basic 2008 (2008) by Rod Stephens
13. MLS Handbook for Writers of Research Papers Seventh Edition (2009)
14. Twitter Revolution (2008) by Deborah Micek and Warren Whitlock
15. Green Existing Buildings by Jerry Yudelson 2010
16. Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett 2008
17. The Southern Heirloom Garden by William C. Welch and Greg Grant 1995
18. Zinc Sculpture in America 1850-1950 by Carol A. Grissom 2009
19. Shaping the American Landscape by Charles Birnbaum 2009
20. Understanding Green Building Guidelines by Traci Rose Rider 2009
21. The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation by Steven W. Semes 2002
22. Heritage Values in Contemporary Society by Smith, Messenger, and Soderland 2010
23. Shop Class as Soul Craft by Matthew Crawford 2009
24. Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies by Eric Corey Freed 2008
25. The Northwest Green Home Primer by Kathleen O’Brien and Kathleen Smith 2008
26. Green Your Home by Jeanne Roberts 2008

TELNPS/ Webex Training
The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Network is the mechanism whereby thousands of National Park Service employees 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.

Since the last board meeting six classes were taken at NCPTT with 20 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 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’ continued growth of interactive distance learning activities.

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119