Last Friday, Marshall Breeding was here at SLS to give a workshop on wireless standards and implementations. I really wanted to sit in on it, but I'm treading water as it is, so I could only afford a couple of brief stops to listen in from time to time. Marshall has a way of making the alphabet soup and security issues surrounding wireless more coherent for the average person, so I think the workshop went extremely well (and the evaluations bear this out). You can view Marshall's presentation from his web site. The only thing I would have added would have been a discussion of why public libraries might want to offer access to their WLANs to the public.
The best part for me, though, was finding out that one of my own libraries has already implemented an 802.11a network! The Prairie Trails Public Library did it last month, although they are not offering public access as of yet. I'm hoping to talk them into it, though, as a model. I also plan to have them write an article for the SLS newsletter about their experiences, so I'll link to it once it's available online.
Way to go PTPLD! [The Shifted Librarian]