Open Access Week is a global event providing an opportunity for the academic and research community 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. The theme for this year is Generation Open. Find out more about the five open access events taking place on campus.
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.
Marcus Milwright, Art History and Visual Studies, and Lara Wilson, Library Special Collections, were interviewed at length about the history mystery invovling a First World War Diary housed in UVic Special Collections and University Archives for more than three decades. Milwright is co-curating a four-month exhibit on Arts of the First World War, opening November 7 at Legacy Maltwood. He's hoping someone will know something about the name or history of the diarist - more than the few clues already on hand. The story appears on the front page of today's Times Colonist and Globe and Mail BC edition with additional placement on pages A3 and A4.
UVic Libraries' Personal Librarian Program has launched!
Between September 16th and 18th, first year students at UVic received their first email from their Personal Librarian at UVic Libraries. During the semester, these students will continue to receive emails from their personal librarians about the library as well as reminders about extended library hours during reading break and final exams. Personal Librarians can answer students' questions and refer students to other services in the library.
For more information or to find your Personal Librarian, please see the Personal Librarian Program webpage.
Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)
August 22, 2014 to November 3, 2014
This exhibit explores the issue of Ukrainian sovereignty and the efforts at symbolic representation on paper notes produced by the various governments of Ukraine during the revolutionary period, 1917-1920.
Curated by Professor Bohdan Kordan (Director, Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan) and with the support of the Department of Slavic Studies.
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