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HWS Wireless Access Areas Expanding

Warren Hunting Smith Library and Melly Academic Center go wireless

When the Warren Hunting Smith Library and Melly Academic Center were teeming with students studying for final exams, they found the task less daunting because they were be able to access campus resources wirelessly.

Thanks to collaborative efforts between the Library and Information Technology Services, wireless Internet access is available throughout almost the entire library and academic center.

Sara Greenleaf, associate librarian for technical services who has worked in recent months with Derek Lustig, IT network and systems infrastructure team leader, planning and pinpointing strategic wireless access point locations throughout the library, couldn’t be happier.

“The library staff is very excited. Now we know that, especially at our busiest times each semester when students are studying for finals, they will be able to sit where they are most comfortable instead of being constrained by cords to access the campus network.” Greenleaf said.

Fred Damiano, chief information officer, said full-building enablement of wireless technology in the Library “signals an important milestone in the ongoing deployment of wireless networking across the institution.”

He said its implementation is part of an overall information technology strategic plan and is due to the vision and support of the Colleges Board of Trustees and President Mark Gearan.

“This institution is making increased investments in technology that has enabled our group to begin working with faculty and staff to develop a plan to deploy wireless technology institution-wide,” he said.

HWS Wireless Areas exist, in addition to the Library, its atrium and the Melly Academic Center, including the Sanford and Geneva rooms:

• Lounges and public areas in North and South Halls.

• The first and second floors of the Scandling Center
including the Café and Saga dining halls.

• Cellar Pub in Coxe Hall.

• Halls, classrooms and public areas in Stern and Gulick Halls.

• The first floors of Eaton and Williams Halls.

• The third floors of Lansing and Demarest Halls, with the exception of the Blackwell Room in Demarest.

• The southwest section of the Quad near Coxe, Gulick, Eaton and Lansing Halls.