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Vol. 23 No. 3 — March 2003
Your Source for Technology Talk
by Kathy Dempsey

Wireless services are becoming more prevalent in our society, as you know from seeing people walking around with cell phones and sitting around with laptops. Now wireless devices are proving their worth in our industry as well. Hooking up wireless hubs is helpful in several scenarios: to allow library users to sit where they like, to save you from buying more public-access terminals, and especially to allow for access in buildings where you can't run more wiring for one reason or another.

But you already knew that wireless is useful. You may even have heard it's easy to adopt. This issue of CIL, then, takes you to the next steps. Exactly how do you plan for an implementation like this? What concerns will you face? Where will wireless signals work and not work? How much will a system cost? Will users want it? What sorts of problems can it solve? Exactly what can you do with it to justify the cost and to make the best use of this technology? Is everything you've heard about it really true? Where can you turn to find out about other libraries that have already been through the process?

Welcome to this issue of Computers in Libraries! This month's articles and columns answer all those questions and others. Even if you're not ready for wireless yet, it's good to be in-the-know so you can discuss the subject confidently. Then save this issue; when you're ready to make the transition you'll still have all these practical ideas to refer back to.

In addition to this great information, we have extra news this month too. As I'm writing this, we editors just got back from the ALA Midwinter Meeting, where many vendors made interesting product announcements. We saved space in our Newsline department so we could add the ALA news at the last minute. You'll find this section starting on page 58.

And speaking of meetings, I hope that many of you will be at our Computers in Libraries conference this month, March 12–14, in Washington, D.C. (See our show info on page 47.) Feel free to stop by the Information Today, Inc. booth to say hello and to discuss any article ideas you might have. If you're not a regular CIL subscriber but you just picked up this issue at the conference, I hope you'll enjoy it. It's representative of the easy-to-read tech talk that we put into every issue. If you choose to subscribe, it will be like having your own CIL mini-conference delivered to your door nearly every month. Think about the value of that! (Sure, there are other magazines in this field, but this one delivers all tech, all the time. If you deal with library technology every week, then this is the specialized magazine for you.)

We hope you find this issue truly enlightening and enjoyable to read.

Kathy Dempsey, Editor

Kathleen L. Dempsey is the Editor of Computers in Libraries. Her email address is:

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