network goes wireless
technical assistant Michael Munford (left) and Systems Librarian
Cindy Saylor show student James Duncan the new wireless laptops.
Duncan said he will use his personal wireless laptop in the library
now that the service is available.
UNC Pembroke's Sampson-Livermore
Library is checking out more than books these days.
The library upgraded
four laptop computers with wireless network cards that may access the
University's network anywhere inside the building. Students and faculty
may check out the computers that will enable them to access the Internet,
library resources and a variety of software from UNCP's network.
The wireless system
is functioning well in all corners of the library, said Systems Librarian
"This new service
is a result of the expanding need for access to information and software
without the constraints of being in a particular location in the library,"
Saylor said. "It's a test program that, if successful, would result
in the acquisition of 20 new wireless laptops next fall."
The library is the
first building on UNCP's campus to advertise wireless technology for
computing. Computer users may also access the campus network with their
own wireless PCs, and plans are in place to install wireless technology
in other areas of campus, said Maurice Mitchell, Associate Vice Chancellor,
and Chief Information Officer at UNCP.
"We have deployed
wireless technology at the University Center and in meeting rooms at
Lumbee Hall," Mitchell said. "Our plan is to install it in
classrooms and faculty office areas next."
In the future, computer
users will be able to access UNCP's network outdoors. To access the
system, a wireless network card and a University account are needed,
In the library,
laptops may be checked out at the Circulation Desk after signing an
agreement. The laptops are loaned in two-hour increments that are renewable,
if availability allows. The laptops must stay in the library, and there
is a fee for late returns.
For more information,
call the circulation desk at 910.521.6516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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