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

Permalink 10/23/14 13:27 , Categories: Uncategorized

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:

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 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:
For more information about the other UVic United Way campaign events:

Open Access Week (October 20-26, 2014)

Permalink 10/17/14 14:07 , Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Advisory: Adobe Digital Editions Privacy Concerns

Permalink 10/10/14 10:16 , Categories: Uncategorized

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.

University of Victoria on mission to find First World War Diariest 'JM'

Permalink 10/01/14 14:15 , Categories: Uncategorized

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.

View the diaries
Read the newspaper coverage: Times Colonist Globe and Mail Metro News UVic News The Ring
Watch this story on CTV news

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