Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 3, March

ACCESS without AUTHENTICATION: HOW AND WHY WE LET ANYONE SURF OUR WIRELESS
We welcome all nearby Californians to come surf on our hassle-free wireless Internet service.Wireless hotspots are popping up in local coffee shops everywhere. Anyone with a wireless-ready laptop or PDA can surf the Internet at one of these hotspots....
Access without Authentication: How and Why We Let Anyone Surf Our Wireless; We Welcome All Nearby Californians to Come Surf on Our Hassle-Free Wireless Internet Service
Wireless hotspots are popping up in local coffee shops everywhere. Anyone with a wireless-ready laptop or PDA can surf the Internet at one of these hotspots. The same is now true for all 32 branches of the Orange County Public Library (OCPL) in California....
Four Commandments for Writing Policies for Public-Access Wireless Networks
HERE ARE ONE MAN'S COMMANDMENTS FOR WRITING COMPREHENSIVE POLICIES FOR PUBLIC WIRELESS USAGE. IF YOU HEED WHAT'S ON THIS TECHNOLOGICAL TABLET, YOU SHOULD BE SAFE.In my position as the Internet trainer for the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR)...
Free Finds for Frugal Libraries
This issue highlights some wonderful ways librarians can implement and work with wireless--but we still need to serve the patrons who rely on us for basic computer access. Keeping software on public-access machines current (given hefty licensing fees,...
Musings on the State of the ILS in 2006
I find it hard to imagine operating a library today without the assistance of an integrated library system (ILS). Without help from it, library work would be tedious, labor would be intensive, and patrons would be under-served in almost all respects....
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsNew York State Library announced that Loretta Caren Ebert has been appointed Research Library director.Most recently, Ebert was director of Rensselaer Research Libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her...
Right on the Money
Just the other day I was reading Library Journal's "Budget Report 2006," which it publishes annually in its January 15 issues. It's a look at projected financial expectations that's compiled from surveys of various libraries. One point was especially...
The Future of Portable Devices Is the 'PITs'
Recently the online auction house eBay has been running an advertising campaign called "What is it?" in which all of the electronic gadgets and other accoutrements of our current way of life are simply portrayed as "it." The punch line to this entertaining...
The Future of Portable Devices Is the 'PITs'
Recently the online auction house eBay has been running an advertising campaign called "What is it?" in which all of the electronic gadgets and other accoutrements of our current way of life are simply portrayed as "it." The punch line to this entertaining...
The 'Magic' of Wireless Access in the Library
In my years working in public libraries, I have discovered certain truisms that I am sure will sound familiar to many of you: No matter what time the library closes, there will always be that last-minute patron who comes dashing in with an urgent need...
Two Ways to Set Up Wireless Hotspots: Comparing Apples and Oranges
ONE NETWORK IS WIDE OPEN; THE OTHER IS RESTRICTED. ONE RUNS ON OPEN SOURCE; THE OTHER USES VENDOR SOFTWARE. IS IT POSSIBLE TO COMPARE THESE TWO VASTLY DIFFERENT APPROACHES? WE DO IT HERE. Every place has it--coffee shops, bookstores, universities...
Wi-Fi versus Cell Phone Service
Traveling from my parents' place in South Carolina to my family's home in western New York is quite the end-of-vacation ordeal, particularly while trying to do it in one 14-hour shot with two rambunctious little boys in the back seat. In fact, when...
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