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Magazines > Computers in Libraries > March 2003
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Computers in Libraries
VOLUME 23, NUMBER 3 March 2003
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: Welcoming Wireless to Your World


Taming the Wireless Frontier: PDAs, Tablets, and Laptops at Home on the Range [Full Text]
This Texas-based education services librarian likens designing wireless programs to settling a new frontier.
Once his associates got the lay of the land and made some important decisions about responsibility and security, they started to make downright good use of all the new-fangled technology. Now they're loaning laptops and PDAs, and they have reference librarians roving the range, wire-free.

by Joe Williams

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Could the Flexibility of Wireless Solve a Problem for You?
Does being tethered to a traditional, wired network have you all bent out of shape? Wireless can come in handy for specific situations—such as connecting mobile computers or those in temporary locations to existing networks, as these authors did. They describe three projects where wires would have been too restrictive for their needs, and explain how the flexibility of wireless came to the rescue.
by Carol McGeehon and Derek Merrifield

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Our Plan for a Wireless Loan Service
If you've been wondering how forward-looking colleagues have been taking their wireless services from initial idea to actual access, this feature will help. See how this government library, whose building had been fraught with wiring challenges, devised a plan to go wireless in order to better serve its savvy scientists.
by Nancy Allmang

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10 Myths About PDAs—Debunked!
Sure there's a buzz around PDAs, and all the techies are talking about them. But that doesn't have anything to do with libraries, right? Wrong! Find out how assumptions such as "It's too expensive to support them" and "They're just a fad" are not only untrue, but might even cause your library to fall behind users' expectations—and sooner than you think!
by Nancy R. John and Dennis C. Tucker

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The View from the Top Left Corner
PDA Avoidance: They'll Get You Eventually!
by Michael Schuyler

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Building Digital Libraries
Casting a Wider Net with Roving Reference
by Terence K. Huwe

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Techman's TechPage
Whether to Wireless
by D. Scott Brandt

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Online Treasures
Does Wireless Really Mean No More Wires? [Full Text]
by Janet L. Balas

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The Systems Librarian
Benchmarking Technology: A Theory of Penultimacy
by Marshall Breeding

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Editor's Notes
Your Source for Technology Talk [Full Text]
by Kathy Dempsey

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Newsline [Full Text]

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People & Places

Page 50
The In Box Page 61

How to Contribute to CIL

Page 31
CIL 2003 Exhibit Directory Advertising Page 47
Index to Advertisers Page 63

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