Treasures and Tea: November 6, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

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Treasures and Tea will meet in Special Collections & University Archives (room A003) every first and third Thursday at 12:30pm for an informal show-and-tell presentation followed by discussion and refreshments.

November 6, 2014: Hours to Keep: Restoring a 15th Century Book of Hours (Codex Pollick)
Master bookbinder Paul Tronson will discuss his recent restoration work on Codex Pollick, a book of hours from Special Collections and University Archives. Dating from circa 1480-90, the Codex Pollick contains three miniature illuminations attributed to Florentine artist Mariano del Buono de Jacopo. The book also features historiated initials, calligraphy, and gold leaf decoration. The volume was recently donated to UVic Libraries by Brian Pollick.

For more upcoming UVic Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives event and exhibit information: http://www.uvic.ca/library/locations/home/spcoll/events/index.php.

Special Collections and the University Archives works with the Pre-Digital Books Research Collective to bring together researchers, instructors, students, and members of the community to explore and share materials from the collections.

Appointment of Lisa Goddard, Associate University Librarian, Digital Scholarship & Strategy

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UVic Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Goddard as Associate University Librarian, Digital Scholarship & Strategy, effective February 1, 2015. She comes to UVic from Memorial University where she has been Scholarly Communication Librarian since 2012, and has held various prior positions at Memorial including acting AUL for IT in 2010 and Head of Library Systems from 2003-2009. She holds a BA from Queen’s University, an MLS from McGill University, a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from Memorial University, and is currently completing an MA in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta.

The UVic Diversity Writing Contest (2014-2015 edition) has launched

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Who: All UVic students are invited to enter this contest (a joint initiative between UVic Libraries and the Office of the Vice President Academic and Provost and other sponsors).
What: Write on any theme related to diversity, equity and/or inclusion.
When: Students can submit their work anytime between now and January 8th, 2015.
Why: Why not?! Prizes include cash, a writing workshop with poet Jordan Abel, public recognition at the Diversity Research Forum, publication by UVic Libraries and by the Office of the Vice President Academic and Provost, a public reading to be held at the Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, and more!

Contest website: http://www.uvic.ca/library/featured/events/writingcontest/index.php

United Way book sale - call for donations

Permalink 10/23/14 13:15 , Categories: Uncategorized

UVic Libraries’ book sale for the United Way of Greater Victoria is looking for donations of good quality used books. Books can be dropped off until November 7th during library hours at the Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library main loan desk, the research help desk or at the library’s mail room during these reduced hours (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

The community donation drive day is Saturday, November 8th from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at Parking Lot B (between the Bob Wright Centre and the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library). For more information contact Christine Walde cwalde@uvic.ca or call 250-853-3613.

Sale dates: Tuesday, November 18 – Thursday, November 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sale location: Michele Pujol Room, in the Student Union Building.

For campus maps, buildings and locations information: http://www.uvic.ca/search/browse/maps.php
For more information about the other UVic United Way campaign events: http://www.uvic.ca/unitedway/events/index.php

Advisory: Adobe Digital Editions Privacy Concerns

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A number of serious privacy concerns have surfaced this week regarding Adobe Digital Editions , an e-book and PDF reader used by many libraries to provide off-line access to digital books. Specifically, the most recent release of Digital Reader (version 4) logs every item users add to their local ebook collection as well as what readers do with the files. The information is transmitted back to Adobe over the network in plain text, meaning that it is accessible to anyone capable of monitoring network traffic.

Although none of the UVic Libraries' databases require Adobe Digital Editions for online access to content, a number of e-book databases make it available for offline reading, using its built-in digital rights management features to deter further transmission of the publishers' content. These databases include ebrary, Ebook Library (EBL), and EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

Users concerned about protecting their privacy should uninstall Adobe Digital Editions v.4 (if it is installed) and either:

  • Install earlier versions of Digital Editions, which are still available from Adobe's website and do not have the same privacy issues, or
     
  • Not use Digital Editions at all, and access e-book content online, directly from the database websites

The Library values our users’ rights to privacy, and we are working through a variety of channels to advocate Adobe remove these monitoring features from their software. We are in communication with the University’s privacy officer and UVic Network Security regarding this issue.

More detailed information is available at ars technica.

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