Impact of the Wireless World

wireless-diagram-2.jpg Two recent reports have reinforced the notion that wireless technology has indeed impacted peoples’ lives and habits. The IMLS National Study on the Use of Libraries, Museums and the Internet reveals, among other tidbits of information, that “The public benefits significantly from the presence of museums and libraries on the Internet.” It goes on to state that “Internet use is positively related to in-person visits to museums and libraries.”(Both quotes are found in the Conclusions Summary.) Another study, this one from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, shows,  perhaps surprisingly or not depending on your generational outlook, that people would rather give up television and the internet than their cell phone. Cell phones and/or PDAs are no longer regarded as just  voice communications tools but are now utilized for texting, emailing, photography, video recording, looking for directions, and accessing data. The mobility of this form of device has ingrained itself into many peoples’ lives; its ubiquity and portability are other attractive aspects of this technology.

 Depending on the surveys employed, you can find lists of most wired cities, countries, and campuses. Of course, all surveys are creatures of their times, so the results will change year to year. NJCU is also wired for wireless; check here for locations both indoors and out where you may partake of this ethereal resource. Guarini Library has wireless access on the first and fourth floors.

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