Bar News - September 22, 2006
Wireless @ the NH Law Library
By: Mary Searles, State Law Librarian
The NH Supreme Court Law Library, Charles Doe Drive, has gone wireless. You do not need a plug or phone jack; just turn on your notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device (equipped with 802.11b or 802.11g wireless) and start surfing.
The library’s network is open to all patrons and visitors free of charge and without filters. All you need to do is accept the library’s Wireless Use Policy and you’re all set. No special encryption settings, user names or passwords are required.
Free, high-speed wireless Internet is now available on all three floors of the library: in the Grimes Room, in the former Rare Book Room on the 3rd floor, and in parts of the Closed Stacks area. Patrons who have a mobile device, such as a laptop or PDA, may now find an Internet connection from anywhere in the library.
Wireless adds more access points to the Internet without adding more wired computers and frees up the Computer Lab for patrons using the library’s LexisNexis database. Those using the Grimes Room will also have access to the connection.
The wireless connection is a great tool that will accommodate Internet presentations for meetings or trainings. Wireless will also improve the overall accessibility and usage of the Library’s connection to information.
Professionals can bring in their personal devices and stay connected; law students can bring in their laptops and work on projects while sitting in a quiet corner; and the general public has an available library terminal to sit at while all these other efforts are going on.