Wireless Academic Library

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Nov 21, 2013 (3 years and 10 months ago)

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Wireless Academic Library
Nancy R. John
University of Illinois at Chicago
nrj@uic.edu


Wireless Technology is all
around us

In our homes

TV, VCR, camera, entry systems, credit cards,
toys

In our cars

Keyless entry, gasoline purchases, phones

In the work place

Pc, LANs, wireless mice


Kinds of wireless technology

Radio

Light/laser/infrared

Cellular

Analog/Digital


Standards

Licenses

Frequencies

802.11


So what does this mean for the
library?

Untethered devices

New opportunities

Lower costs


Some applications:

Networking the unwireable

Portable classroom

Un-wired patrons

Personalized services


Classroom
on
a
cart


Computers in resting mode


Computers wired


Computers untethered




Laptop service

25 laptops

Loaned in the building

2 hour loan period

Full Internet Services


Storage








Issues

Support

Control

Procedures

Features


Wireless Access Protocol

What is it? The protocol for wireless
communication

How does it work?

What is it used for?

Issues

Multiple platforms

Speed


Handheld Device Markup
Language

What is it?

How does it work

What is it used for?

Issues

Complex

Accessible to a WAP device only


Wireless Markup Language

What is it?

How does it work

What is it used for?

Issues

Strict language

Can be embedded in HTML pages


Web clippings or shrunken webs

PDAs vs phones vs handhelds
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Issues with the technology

Standards

Support

Interoperability

Physical issues

New way of thinking