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Privacy Concerns with Adobe Digital Editions

Memorial University Library News - Tue, 2014-10-21 16:10

Memorial Libraries recently became aware of a software vulnerability that exists within Adobe Digital Editions 4.0-- the software that is used to access full text ebooks by most libraries around the world. Adobe Digital Editions has been logging data on the books used in this application, and other ebooks that have been downloaded on the devices of library users, as well as some personal user information such as IP addresses and user IDs. This information is uploaded to Adobe servers in plain text with no additional security measures taken such as encryption. Note, this vulnerability seems to be limited to Adobe Digital Editions 4.0.

While Adobe works to rectify this issue, we recommend that you uninstall Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 from all of your devices immediately if you have concerns about your privacy, and revert to Adobe Digital Editions 3.0.

Our ebooks can be accessed online. However, once you download a book to read offline, Adobe Digital Edition is required as it is a condition of purchase with much of the ebook content Memorial Libraries offers.

Memorial Libraries is coordinating with the Information Access and Privacy Protection Office to ensure our users’ privacy is protected with adherence to the University’s outlined policies and procedures. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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Dalhousie Researchers and Open Access Publishing

Dalhousie Libraries News - Tue, 2014-10-21 08:41
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academics and researchers to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research. (from… Read More »
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Memorial celebrates the 8th Annual Open Access Week (Oct 20-26)

Memorial University Library News - Mon, 2014-10-20 15:35

Open Access (OA) is a global movement that aims to make scholarly content and research output more accessible by removing subscription and login barriers. Stay tuned for activities relating to Open Access throughout the week. Also, be sure you don’t miss “How to find free copyright material on the Internet,” Oct.22, 10-11 a.m., ED-1001, sponsored by DELTS.

For more OA initiatives happening at Memorial, please visit:

* Our Open Access Guide
* Open at Memorial University website

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Dal, NSCC reach agreement with Esri Canada to promote GIS work

Dalhousie Libraries News - Mon, 2014-10-20 13:10
Recently, Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) entered into an agreement with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) Canada Limited. This agreement, as part of Esri Canada’s new Centres of Higher Education Excellence (ECCE) program, will encourage more sharing of resources in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS helps address many… Read More »
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ScienceDirect Service Outage

Dalhousie Libraries News - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:05
Please note that ScienceDirect is currently experiencing a service outage due to unforeseen technical issues. They are working to resolve them as soon as possible. We don’t know when it will be available. We apologize for the inconvenience.  
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Why is Open Access important on university campuses?

Dalhousie Libraries News - Mon, 2014-10-20 07:13
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academics and researchers to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research. (from… Read More »
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Happy Canadian Library Support Staff Day!

Dalhousie Libraries News - Fri, 2014-10-17 13:42
Today is Canadian Library Support Staff Day and we just want to say thank you to all of the support staff at the five Dalhousie Libraries. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to excellent library service! Proclamation about Canadian Library Support Staff Day by Canadian Library Association President, Marie DeYoung.
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Flu Clinic @ HIL

UNB Library News - Fri, 2014-10-17 04:04

Flu Season is here!

Get your flu vaccine at the HIL Flu Clinic:

When:  Thursday, October 23rd

10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Where:  Reading Room (Rm. 109), Harriet Irving Library, UNBF

Cost:  $15 for students, $25 for faculty and staff

Please note that you will be required to wait for 15 minutes following your injection for your own safety!

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In addition to the HIL Flu Clinic, flu shots are now available at the Student Health Centre and at one of the following clinics on campus:

• Friday, Oct 24th: 8:30am – 12:30pm Head Hall – Gillin Hall (Rm D108); 1:00pm – 3:30 pm at CC Jones Rm 024

• Wednesday, Oct 29th: 8:30am – 1:30pm at STU – J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre

• Thursday, Oct 30th: 10:30am – 1:30pm at Student Union Building – basement near food vendors

•Wednesday, Nov 5th: 8:30am – 1:30pm at STU –  J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre

• Thursday, Nov 6th: 10:30am – 1:30pm at University Bookstore

• Wednesday, Nov 12th: 9:00am – 1:00pm at Ludlow Hall, Room 26

• Thursday, Nov 13th: 8:30am – 1:30pm at Human Resources Dept., Rm 106 (near HR in Physics & Admin Building)

• Friday, Nov 14th: 9:00am – 1:00pm at Currie Centre Long Hall

Cost: $15 for students, $25 for staff and faculty.

Some people may qualify for free flu immunization.

We can only accept cash or cheque at the time of the injection!

Be prepared to wait 15 minutes AFTER your injection.

 

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Online Library Workshops

MSVU Library News - Thu, 2014-10-16 17:41
Attend one or more of the online workshops offered by the Mount Library.

Sessions include:
  •  Effective journal article searching,
  •  Using RefWorks for bibliographies
  •  Finding and using images and media for your presentations
  •  Using Google Scholar and finding quality resources from the Internet
  •  Beginner's guide to business sources
  •  Finding and using eBooks at the Mount Library
These instructional sessions are designed for distance and off-campus students but all are welcome! Sessions will be held via BlackBoard Collaborate web conferencing, and are in an online format only. Please contact  Denyse Rodrigues (denyse.rodrigues@msvu.ca) if you have any questions about attending these sessions.

For Business and Tourism students, these count toward your Learning Passport Program!


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Important Security Notice: Adobe Digital Editions 4

MSVU Library News - Thu, 2014-10-16 17:39
We have recently been notifiedthat Adobe Digital Editions 4 Reader, software used to read e-Books downloaded from the Mount Library’s collections, has been logging data on the books used with this application (and possibly other e-books already downloaded on the devices of users) and sending the information in an unencrypted form to Adobe servers. This poses a security risk since unencrypted data may be open to interception.

Adobe Digital Editions is the most commonly used desktop application for accessing e-books that contain Adobe’s digital rights management (DRM) software. The Adobe DRM is used by many booksellers and online library lending services such as EBL, ebrary, and EBSCO.

You do not need to download e-Books using Adobe Digital Editions to use them effectively; you can continue to read them online. You may receive a message that the time period for viewing an e-Book has elapsed, prompting you to create a loan. You can do so, as this does not invoke Adobe Digital Editions. One advantage to reading e-Books online is that any notes you make while reading will persist, and will be available to you at any time. Ask us how. 

If you have an iOS or Android device, use a tablet-based reader app such as BluefireReader. These apps can unlock e-books protected with the Adobe DRM but do not communicate reading data to Adobe.

If you have concerns about the operation of the new Adobe Digital Editions, you may wish to:
  • Uninstall the Adobe Digital Editions 4 Reader if you have downloaded this version of the software on your computer or device.
  • Use older versions of Adobe Digital Editions, which do not communicate with Adobe except to validate the license to unlock the DRM protected book. Previous versions are available at:  http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html
Our E-book resources page will be updated to make users aware their reading options. Members of our consortium, Novanet, are also expressing concern to vendors about the behaviour of the Adobe Digital Editions 4 Reader.
If you have concerns please contact Tanja Harrison, University Librarian, at 902-457-6108 or tanja.harrison@msvu.ca
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Sandy Dwyer, new Interim University Librarian at King’s

Dalhousie Libraries News - Thu, 2014-10-16 15:04
Please join us in congratulating Sandy Dwyer. Sandy has accepted a secondment as Interim University Librarian at the University of King’s College. Sandy will be fulfilling this role on a half-time basis from October 27, 2014 to October 30, 2015 while the current university librarian is on maternity leave. She will spend the other half… Read More »
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New eBooks

Dalhousie Libraries News - Thu, 2014-10-16 14:53
The Dalhousie Libraries recently added a number of new eBooks to our collection, in a wide variety of subject areas, from the scientific, technical, and medical publisher, Springer. New titles include: Dao Companion to Japanese Confucian Philosophy Blue Urbanism : Exploring Connections between Cities and Oceans Ester Boserup’s Legacy on Sustainability Trends in Nanoscale Mechanics… Read More »
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In Memoriam – Ann D. (Manning) Nevill

Dalhousie Libraries News - Thu, 2014-10-16 08:06
It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Ann D. (Manning) Nevill, former director of the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library from 1979–89. Ann was an effective and innovative leader in the Canadian library community. At the Kellogg Library she directed the library through its merger with Dalhousie University Libraries.… Read More »
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Important Security Notice: Adobe Digital Editions 4

Dalhousie Libraries News - Thu, 2014-10-16 07:49
We have recently been notified that Adobe Digital Editions 4 Reader, software used to read eBooks downloaded from the Dal Libraries’ collections, has been logging data on the books used with this application (and possibly other eBooks already downloaded on the devices of users) and sending the information in an unencrypted form to Adobe servers.… Read More »
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IDS Prof to Discuss Coffee

SMU Patrick Power Library News - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:51
Dr. Gavin Fridell of the International Development Studies Program has just published a new book about the global coffee trade.  Titled simply, Coffee, it explores the myriad relationships, and billions of dollars, which comprise an industry built around the provision of one of the world's most popular drinks.

To find out more about the industry, and the book, join us tomorrow (Thursday, October 16) at 3 o'clock as Dr. Fridell will talk about his motivation for writing the book, his research and what he has learned as a result.

The talk will be held in Room LI135 on the Library's main floor.  Everyone is welcome (and coffee and tea will be provided).

This is the first in the Library's new Faculty Author Series which is intended to help bring Saint Mary's faculty research to a wider audience.  More of them, on a wide range of topics, will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Time to Return Your Seeds

Dalhousie Libraries News - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:16
Did you borrow seeds from the seed library on the Agricultural Campus this spring? If so, return the seeds you’ve collected to the Truro Farmers Market on Saturday, October 25. Representatives from the seed library will be at the market all day to collect the seeds you’ve reaped from your fall harvest. Seeding Ideas, the… Read More »
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Canadian Library Month

Dalhousie Libraries News - Tue, 2014-10-14 12:56
What is Canadian Library Month? Canadian Library Month is the time to celebrate the inspiration created in and by libraries. Canada’s libraries help to inspire us to celebrate our culture while playing a role in preserving our heritage. Libraries give Canadians equitable access to information and they support lifelong learning.  Did you know over 21 million Canadians hold… Read More »
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On Trial: LGBT Life

Memorial University Library News - Fri, 2014-10-10 15:35

This comprehensive database is the definitive index to the world’s literature regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. LGBT Life contains indexing and abstracts for hundreds of LGBT-specific core periodicals, books and reference works, and data mined from priority periodicals and thousands of select titles.



This trial expires - December 9, 2014


Access
  1. Link to -
    http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=qth

Please Note: This trial is limited to current Memorial faculty, staff, and students.  If you are accessing this product from off-campus, you will be prompted for your User ID and PIN. For more information, go to our Off-campus guide.

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On Trial: LBGT Life

Memorial University Library News - Fri, 2014-10-10 15:35

This comprehensive database is the definitive index to the world’s literature regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. LGBT Life contains indexing and abstracts for hundreds of LGBT-specific core periodicals, books and reference works, and data mined from priority periodicals and thousands of select titles.



This trial expires - December 9, 2014


Access
  1. Link to -
    http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=qth

Please Note: This trial is limited to current Memorial faculty, staff, and students.  If you are accessing this product from off-campus, you will be prompted for your User ID and PIN. For more information, go to our Off-campus guide.

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Alcuin Society Book Design Awards on display

Memorial University Library News - Thu, 2014-10-09 10:41

The Alcuin Society Book Design Awards Exhibit is now on display on the third floor of the Queen Elizabeth II Library. The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada is the only national competition for book design in the country, administered by an organization whose purpose is to “promote the appreciation of beautifully produced books.”

The books will be on display until early December. Read more information about the award winners.

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