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Computers in Libraries
VOLUME 26, NUMBER 3 — March 2006
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: How You Deliver Info Better than the Web


Two Ways to Set Up Wireless Hotspots: Comparing Apples and Oranges
There are so many ways to configure wireless hotspots; this article explains two very different ones. One is open source with unrestricted access; the other is done with vendor software and full authentication. You can get a taste of both strategies here and see which would satisfy your needs.
By Andrew Mutch and Karen Ventura

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Access Without Authentication: How and Why We Let Anyone Surf Our Wireless
Most libraries require authentication to ensure that only qualified, registered patrons use their services. This California public library system, however, decided to let anybody surf its new wireless service anonymously. Here the author explains why they chose this path, what the technical configuration is, and how it simplifies life for the surfers.
By Donna Watkins

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Four Commandments for Writing Policies for Public-Access Wireless Networks
Here are commandments for writing basic policies to cover wireless Internet services. Although they’re not written in stone, if you follow this savvy advice, your staff and users will be clear on topics such as technical requirements, responsibility, and liability.
By Michael Sauers
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The Future of Portable Devices Is the ‘PITs’
By Lori Bell and Tom Peters

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The Systems Librarian
Musings on the State of the ILS in 2006
By Marshall Breeding

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Computers in Small Libraries
Wi-Fi Versus Cell Phone Service
By Gary Roberts
Page 29

Online Treasures
The ‘Magic’ of Wireless Access in the Library
By Janet L. Balas

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Editor’s Notes
Right on the Money
By Kathy Dempsey
Page 4
Newsline Page 40
Tech Tips for Every Librarian
Free Finds for Frugal Libraries
By Rachel Singer Gordon and Michael Stephens
Page 44
Books to Check Out Page 46
Noted & Quoted Page 48

How to Write for CIL

Page 36
CIL 2006 Exhibit Directory Page 37
Library Tech Connection Page 55
Index to Advertisers Page 56

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