Heartbleed: Why It’s Time to Change your Online Passwords

The internet is dealing with the fallout of a major security flaw, known as Heartbleed, affecting almost everyone with an online account of some type. If you have a Yahoo, Google, Tumblr, Facebook, or any number of other accounts you are advised to change your password. Many companies have already added security patches to their systems, but your login information is still vulnerable.  For more information, including a list of websites that have been affected, Mashable has a quick guide, and LastPass has a more in-depth source to check if a website you use has been affected.  Check the LastPass site before you change your password, as if it has not  updated their security it is not safe to change your password yet.

Embargoing theses and dissertations from open access for up to 6 years = “muddle-headed” idea

From Kevin Smith’s latest post over at his blog, “Scholarly Communications @ Duke”:

I wanted to be done with the American Historical Association and their muddle-headed statement about embargoing theses and dissertations for up to six years from open access in order to protect publishing opportunities.  I had hoped that the statement would receive the scorn that it deserves and we could all move on to discussing more serious matters.  And it has received a good deal of that well-deserved incredulity and disparagement, but there is still a bit of a debate going on — evidenced by this story in the New York Times — so I want to make a couple of additional points.

Read the entire post here: http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2013/07/29/more-on-the-aha-etds-and-libraries/

Detroit’s August 6 primary election: non-partisan voter guides now available

To help Detroiters make informed decisions when they vote in the August 6th primary election, a free, non-partisan, online voter guide is available at:


At this website you can read responses to questions posed to all of the candidates for mayor, city council, city clerk and the board of police commissioners. You can find your city council district and your polling place, check voting hours and read tips about voting in Michigan. You can access printer-friendly guides here: http://www.lwvmi.org/

This website is made possible by the League of Women Voters (LWV), a non-partisan political organization. Here’s more about the LWV:

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that has worked since the early years of the last century to encourage informed and active participation in government.  The organization works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.  The League never supports or opposes candidates or political parties.

Kevin Smith on “the radical disaggregation of scholarship”

In a blog post published on April 29, 2013, Kevin Smith writes,

…The changing system of scholarly communications compels all librarians, and especially those who teach information literacy, to remain aware of what we might call the “socioeconomic” structure of information.  That is, the conditions — social, economic, legal and technological — under which different forms and types of information are created and disseminated.  We are witnessing, I believe, a radical disaggregation of scholarship, as new formats, new business models and diverse levels of accessibility become the norm for some disciplines and for many scholars.  Even in a humanities field like Early Christian Literature, which still preserves many of its traditional modes of communication, this splintering of once solid lines has its effect.  And for our students, whose entire information-seeking lives will be lived in an environment where technology, copyright and licenses control what they can find and what they can do with what they find, education on these matters is no longer optional.

Read the entire blog post here: http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2013/04/29/meet-me-at-the-intersection/

Now you can have access to American libraries, archives, and museums with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)


The Digital Public Library of America launched today at dp.la.  Planning for the DPLA began in 2010 to bring to life the vision of a comprehensive public American online library. The project houses millions of items including: images, text, moving images, and sound files.  The content of the portal is provided through cultural institutions across the country.

From their blog:

“Many decades in the visioning, two and a half years in the planning, with a small steering committee and an incubation hub at the helm, and featuring dozens of great libraries, universities and archives involved in hundreds of meetings, workshops, plenary meetings, and hackathons, attracting thousands of volunteers backed by millions of foundation and government dollars, today the Digital Public Library of America goes live! It’s a great day for education and progress, as if the Ancient Library of Alexandria had met the Modern World Wide Web and digitized America for the benefit of all,” said Doron Weber, Vice Chair of the DPLA Steering Committee and Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a major, active funder of the project.

This project is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Arcadia Fund, Institute of Museum and Library Services, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Start searching this groundbreaking new resource at http://dp.la/search !

“Journal’s Editorial Board Resigns in Protest of Publisher’s Policy Toward Authors”

From a March 26, 2013, article in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

The editor and the entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration have resigned in response to a conflict with the journal’s publisher over an author agreement that they say is “too restrictive and out of step with the expectations of authors.”

The licensing terms set by the publisher, Taylor & Francis Group, were scaring away potential authors, the editor who resigned, Damon Jaggars, told The Chronicle.

You can read the entire article here: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/journals-editorial-board-resigns-in-protest-of-publishers-policy-toward-authors/43149. Read more about open access and what you can do as an author and teacher: http://research.marygrove.edu/for-faculty/open-access.

White House increases public access to the results of scientific research

In May 2012, the Marygrove Library encouraged its blog readers to sign a White House petition requiring free access over the Internet to scientific articles arising from taxpayer-funded research. Yesterday that petition received a response from Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In his official response he writes:

I have issued a memorandum today (.pdf) to Federal agencies that directs those with more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop plans to make the results of federally-funded research publically available free of charge within 12 months after original publication. As you pointed out, the public access policy adopted by the National Institutes of Health has been a great success. And while this new policy call does not insist that every agency copy the NIH approach exactly, it does ensure that similar policies will appear across government.

You can read Dr. Holdren’s complete response here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/increasing-public-access-results-scientific-research.