FAQ

FAQ

Feb 11, 2022 rap



Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is NAS?
    1. NAS is Network Attached Storage. ANRL uses a Synology Disk Station DS220+ NAS with two 6 TB discs in a RAPD–1configuration.
    2. What is NAS1?
      1. This was ANRL’s original Synology DS218 which was ligntning zapped and disabled around Fall of 2021.
    3. What is NAS2?
      1. This is a Synology DS220+ with two 6 TB discs which replaced NAS1
    4. What is NAS3?
      1. This is the original NAS1 but with a new mother board and the two origial 12 TB discs in a RAID–1 configuration.
  2. What is the Patron Kiosk?
    1. The kiosk Liosk is a technically a computer that is rather old and slow but it works. It is available for walk-in patrons of ANRL. There is no password. Patrons can view reports from the Database which show items in our archives and PDF files of magazines, club files and newsletters, and Who’s Who files. Also available on the kiosk is DocFetcher Pro, a search app that’s fast and useful for doing research.
  3. What is the difference between the Patron Kiosk and the Patron Computer?
    1. In the past the Patron Kiosk was referred to as the Patron Computer, but the Patron Kiosk not like a normal computer. It is intended to be used to view and search ANRL’s Digital Archives. It is not used for word processing, making spreadsheets, accessing ANRL’s Database, processing email, or working on normal computer tasks. Connection to the Internet is allowed to library staff only to make software updates and sync the archives.
  4. How does one access the digital library if they are a member of ANRL?
    1. You can visit ANRL and browse the PDF files in the Digital Archives on the Patron Kiosk.
    2. You can try to contact the owner of copyrighted material and ask for permission to obtain the digital data from ANRL.
  5. Can a non-member access digital data with the Patron Kiosk?
    1. Walk-In patrons can access the Patron Kiosk any time the library is open and the kiosk is not being used by somebody else. If someone is waiting, please share the kiosk.
  6. What is the Consortium of Nudist Research Libraries (CNRL)?
    1. Participating libraries include: American Nudist Research Library®, Inc. (ANRL), Western Nudist research Library (WNRL), American Association of Nudist Recreation - Northwest (AANR-NW), and Naturist Education Foundation Research Library (NEFRL).
  7. When will on-line access to Archives become available?
    1. A proposal for Premium Membership is being considered. Benefits will include on-line access to part of our Digital Archives. Exactly which part of the Archives has yet to be determined. The cost will be $50/yr. The proposal will be voted on at the Membership Meeting in April, 2022. If passed, the Premium Membership with access to part of the Digital Archive will be available when technical details are worked out for the delivery mechanism to remote members.
  8. Can I do an on-line search of theArchives?
    1. ANRL doesn’t have on-line search today but we’re working on it. We have our archives on a Synology Disk Station DS220+ NAS and that is synced to Google Workspace. We plan to allow online access to part of the Digital Archive for premium members starting next year. Our network segmentation project is moving ahead and that may help to enable on-line access and search. We still have to figure all that out. We sure could use some bright IT or CS people to help.
    2. Until we get things setup, please send your search requests to admin@anrl.org and ANRL librarians will search the archives and return results. Check out the Search link on the bottom of any page on the Website
  9. What is ANRL’s association with Cypress Cove?
    1. ANRL is on the grounds of Cypress Cove and rents the library building from the Cove. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and not not affiliated with theCove.
  10. Is ANRL located on the grounds of Cypress Cove?
    1. Yes.
  11. Is nudity allowed in the library, by patrons, by staff, by volunteers?
    1. Yes. The temperature is set to ~75º so you may feel more comfortable with a shirt on.
  12. If you have a membership to Cypress Cove is there a discount for membership to ANRL or vice versa?
    1. No.
  13. Digitizing your entire collection sounds like a monumental task. How many people do you have working on the digitization project?
    1. The answer is written up and answered on the ANRL’s Website in several places. Someone would have to search and you could do that too. To confine the search, you should use the tag site:anrl.org on your search query.
    2. The digitization project took a good number of years and many thousand hours of time. Consider that 1 book could take several hours and 1 magazine could take between a half hour and an hour. We have scanned ~12,000 magazines and ~200 of ~1,000 books.
  14. What percentage of the collection is currently available digitally?
    1. Magazines: ~99%
    2. Books: ~ 20%
  15. How is it being distributed digitally?
    1. Please stay tuned. We are working on the technology needed to distribute part of the Digital Archives safely and securely.
  16. What is the scope of your collection?
    1. We collect anything and everything we can. The scope is focused on Nudist-related magazines, books, newsletters, photos, videos, postcards, etc.
  17. How does your collection compare to that of the Western Nudist Research Library?
    1. Both ANRL and WNRL have huge collections. ANRL has converted more to Digital than WNRL.
  18. How many people do you have on your web design team?
    1. One primary and two for technical support. Bob Proctor is the Web Designer. ANRL has received technical help from Andrew Blair and Andrés Duputel and a few others. The content mostly came from Bob Proctor but a few articles were contributed by other volunteers.
  19. Can I have access to ANRL’s Archives on-line to search?
    1. ANRL’s Digital Archives are not available on line today. It will take quite a bit of work to do that which includes reconfiguration of our network and installation of a smart switch and firewall. After we do that there may be more steps that we are not aware of now. If you came to the library you could sit at the Patron Kiosk and search the part of our archives visible to DocFetcher Pro, which is ANRL’s search tool. There was some talk about starting a program in the Nudist Research Library Consortium for premium members (for $100 per year, I think) to allow some kind of access to its archives but I don’t think that has been setup for on line search. Paul LeValley knows today’s status, so please contact him. I don’t know exactly what you need or where in our archives it could be found: Who’s Who, Club Newsletters, Club Folders, Magazines, Books, Photos, or other? If you send search queries to ANRL, then we could try to find documents that show up in searches with the queries. You could get some help in crafting queries by reading my search page or by looking at the DocFetcher Pro search page. Once we know the specific documents, then we could fetch them and make them available. We can work together on this.
  20. For visual reference for members, could the ANRL Website include cover-images in the magazine /book lists ?
    1. Yes, anything can be done if somebody has the skill and energy to make it happen. I assume that this would be a clickable link to bring up each image. This would involve loading images into someplace, changes to the Database and updates either to the reports for books or magazines or changes to the Website. Can you suggest anyone who could do this? I could probably do everything and I’m sure ANRL would double my salary, however I’d still be making $000.00 for my efforts.