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Wireless Update: A Public Services Perspective

NELA

October 27, 2003


Wireless Update: A Public Services Perspective

  • The Simmons Wireless Network

  • Wireless Devices Patrons are Using

  • Getting Patrons Online: Configuration

  • What are Library Patrons Using Wireless for?


  • Enterasys Networks

  • RoamAbout Wireless LAN

  • As part of the Simmons network upgrade, Enterasys included 10 access points

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b

  • Operates in the 2.4Ghz spectrum

  • Range is about 300 ft

  • Supports speeds up to 11Mbps


Laptops:

Library Loans IBM ThinkPads

The e-mail Web navigation key is programmed to open the Simmons Webmail page


What Devices are Patrons

Using to go Wireless?

Smart Phones

Laptops

PDAs

Tablets


Tablet PCs


PDAs: Not Automatically Wireless

1. Wireless modem/ISP

3. Built-in WiFi

2. Wireless Card


PDAs: Infrared to Network

www.clarinetsys.com

Using the infrared port, can share information with other users, called beaming – no wires, no direct connections

www.tribeam.com


Getting Patrons Online:

Configuration

  • Initially: Register MAC; get SSID. Lots of librarian time!

  • Now: NoCatAuth; anyone can get to the network, but must authenticate to get to the internet; links to campus central database using LDAP – same patron log in as their email. Virtually no librarian time!


Getting Patrons Online


Like DHCP on the laptops, the PDA is configured by default to obtain a Simmons IP dynamically, that is, at the time of connection, instead of being permanently assigned a specific IP


in

my

office…

: (


out

in

the

hallway…


right

above

the

access

point!


Wireless Limitations: Security

  • All network traffic on the Simmons College wireless network is not encrypted and is "in the clear" and is visible to others on the wireless network, authenticated or not.  

  • The wireless network attempts to limit traffic that would ordinarily expose passwords and other sensitive information, like using POP and IMAP for email, and using telnet and ftp.  

  • The following network services and ports are currently open, upon authentication, on the wireless network:

    • http (port 80, 8080)

    • https (port 443)

    • ssh (port 22)

    • imap-ssl (port 993)


Why Wireless?

What Functions Are Library Patrons Using on PDAs?

  • PDA-friendly Web Pages

  • PDA Library Content: Reference, Ebooks

  • PDA Library Content:Journals and Databases

  • Web Searching

  • Integrated Library Systems (OPACs and more)


Wireless PDA-Friendly Content


What “PDA-friendly” content looks

like on the regular desktop


What web content looks like on a typical Palm


Content adapted for a Wireless PDA:

changes often or referenced frequently

The Lincoln Trail Library System (Champaign, IL) provides library hours, contact information, upcoming events, and directions for over 140 of its member and affiliate branches

The Cunningham Library (Indiana State University, Terre Haute) provides a materials locator—a PDA guide to help patrons find items in the library stacks

The University of Georgia Libraries (Athens GA) has a PDA page that provides directions, operating hours, a browsable guide to Library of Congress (LC) call numbers with floor locations, an Ask a Question e-mail reference form.


PDA-friendly Pages


Wireless PDA Library Content:

Reference Materials

  • Licensed or free

  • Examples: health textbooks, reference books

    • Physician's Desk Reference

    • "5-Minute Clinical Consult" series


Wireless PDA Library Content:

Ebooks

  • PDA versions of popular titles, from the latest Michael Crichton novel to The Hours by Michael Cunningham, at Amazon.com, which includes "Handheld Compatible" in its product descriptions

  • Eighteen-hundred publicly available e-books can be downloaded from the University of Virginia Library's Etext Center.

  • Vendors are providing site or enterprise licenses, and jobbers such as YBP/Baker & Taylor are now stocking popular titles. This allows librarians to make institutional purchases through traditional purchase orders


Wireless PDA Library Content:

Journals & Databases

  • Many journals or current news web sites have implemented PDA versions: e.g Wiley Interscience MobileEdition uses the AvantGo site to provide access to tables of contents from 15 of its core journals.

  • Third-party vendors are aggregating information from many sources, such as JournalToGo, which brings together content from key health and medical sources and provides clinical abstracts and healthcare news customized according to a user's setup.

  • Commercial databases are becoming PDA-friendly


http://www.westlaw.com/wireless/


Ovid@Hand: Electronic Journals and

Tables of Content


PubMed on Tap

Initial Results

Search


Locating Web Content on a Wireless PDA

http://www.google.com/palm


Integrated Library Systems on Wireless PDAs

  • Interfaces for the online catalog for small screens – PDAs or cell phones

  • Beaming of circulation records

  • ILS:

    • Innovative Interfaces (III)

    • Dynix

    • Endeavor


http://www.wi-fi.com

http://www.wifinder.com/


Wireless Update: A Public Services Perspective

Presentation & Links: http://web.simmons.edu/~fox/pda

Megan Fox

Web & Electronic Resources Librarian

Simmons College

fox@simmons.edu


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