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.

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.

“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.

Do you like money? Do you like art?

Then you should consider proposing an artistic project that will help brighten our community. You may have heard of Detroit SOUP, a monthly dinner that funds microgrants for creative projects in Detroit. Well, now Marygrove has its own SOUP!

PACO Soup is a student-led, microfunding initiative at Marygrove College, funded by the BOLD grant. The inaugural meeting will take place on Monday, February 11, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm on the 4th floor of the Liberal Arts building. $5 will buy you dinner (soup, salad, and bread – bring your own beverage) and grants you the privilege of casting a vote. You’ll listen to the proposals for artistic projects and then vote for your favorite. Whoever wins the most votes earns the money collected that evening.

The deadline for submitting a proposal to Robert Tompkins (pacosoup@gmail.com) is February 5. Read this 2-page PDF file for more information. The proposal form is on page 2.

Everyone is welcome, whether you’re proposing an idea or just voting. See you there!

Deadline for participating in World Book Night is Weds, Jan 23

Hi res WBN logo 2013The Marygrove College Library will be participating in World Book Night on April 23rd, 2013. “On World Book Night, 25,000 book-givers each give away 20 FREE copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale World Book Night U.S. edition of a book they have read and loved, chosen from a list of 30 titles selected by a panel of librarians and booksellers.  The volunteer book-givers personally hand out their FREE copies to complete strangers, people who may never have owned a book of their own.”

If you are anyone you know are interested in being a Giver on April 23rd please apply by January 23rd, 2013, at: http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/ and choose the Marygrove College Library as your pick-up location. For additional information see the World Book Night website (http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/) or feel free to contact the library.

Thanks for reading and to all those that have already signed up. The library is looking forward to celebrating World Book Night with you!

Thank you for your generosity!

We are so impressed with how many people have been willing to donate!  We want to thank everyone for their generosity during our holiday decorating event!  There is still time for giving for anyone that didn’t get a chance today.  We will continue to accept donations for the Angel Tree Foundation in exchange for candy canes at the circulation desk until Friday morning.  All proceeds will go to the foundation, which helps provide a Christmas celebration and gifts to children with incarcerated parents.