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Posted on December 2, 2013.
Posted on November 29, 2013.
Volume 8, Issue 11
|Cyber Monday and Online Shopping Season: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself|
|Online holiday shopping continues to grow in popularity. According to American Express, for the first time, more people are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday than visit brick and mortar stores on Black Friday. Shoppers are expected to spend nearly $62 billion online throughout the holiday season this year, up more than 15% from 2012. The use of mobile devices for online shopping (mcommerce) is projected to reach almost $10 billion for the 2013 holiday season, as more consumers are using these devices to compare prices, research products, locate stores, and make purchases to a larger degree than ever before.Whether you’ll be conducting transactions from your desktop, laptop or mobile device, keep these tips in mind to help protect yourself from identity theft and other malicious activity on Cyber Monday, and throughout the year: |
Contact the seller or the site operator directly to resolve any issues. You may also contact the following:
For More Information:
For additional information about safe online shopping, please visit the following sites:
The information provided in the Monthly Security Tips Newsletters is intended to increase the security awareness of an organization’s end users and to help them behave in a more secure manner within their work environment. While some of the tips may relate to maintaining a home computer, the increased awareness is intended to help improve the organization’s overall cyber security posture. This is especially critical if employees access their work network from their home computer. Organizations have permission and are encouraged to brand and redistribute this newsletter in whole for educational, non-commercial purposes.
Posted on November 18, 2013.
|As Americans observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made the official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy’s assassination. The 900-page report is available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. The report contains numerous photos, maps and diagrams from the scene in Dallas, TX. Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library, a Federal depository library, provided a copy of the report for digitization.|
GPO produced the Warren Commission Report in 1964. The report is backed up by 26 volumes of hearings conducted by the Commission, which GPO also printed. Altogether, GPO’s work for the Commission resulted in nearly 235,000 copies of the report and nearly 5,600 sets of the hearings. All of these materials were made available to the public through distribution to Federal depository libraries nationwide and sales via GPO’s bookstores.
“The publication and dissemination of the Warren Commission Report is an example of how GPO has adapted to technological changes during the last half century,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “GPO’s presses first printed the report in 1964. Through partnerships with the Library of Congress and the Lauinger Library, GPO is now able to make the report available digitally on the anniversary of this tragic event.”
The post President Kennedy assassination audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC and Air Force One pilots and officials on board during the flight from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base are also available on FDsys.
Link to Warren Commission Report: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT/pdf/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT.pdf
GPO’s Federal Digital System: www.fdsys.gov
Link to post assassination audio tape recordings: http://www.gpo.gov/featured/Kennedy.htm
Posted on October 28, 2013.
Oyster is a new IOS app being hailed as the Netflix for books. It involves paying a monthly subscription fee of $9.95 per month to gain unlimited access to over 100,000 eBook titles. The service is only available on an Apple iPhone or iPad. An Android app may be released in the future, but no release date has been announced.
The service launched on September 5, 2013 to a start-up company based in New York. Currently there are 8 employees, none of which are librarians.
This new service has over 100,000 books from a small handful of publishers, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Workman and Smashwords. They are adding new titles frequently.
Posted on October 25, 2013.
|Did you catch the Library 2.013 conference last week?|
“The Global Transformation of Libraries, LIS Education, and LIS Professionals,” the opening keynote by San José State’s Dr. Sandra Hirsh, outlined some important topics for information professionals.
Dr. Hirsh highlighted trends, skills, and career paths we should be paying attention to. I encourage you to review the recording and slides of this session (and others), but here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about how to reinvent your info services and boost your career:
What skills are critical for career advancement? How do you provide effective high-level service to your clients and patrons? What external forces will affect your information service operation? Learn the answers to these questions and stay on top of the game.
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Posted on October 20, 2013.
Hello SLA Military Libraries Division members,
In light of the current fiscal realities, the MLD Board has approved a stipend for attendance at the Military Libraries Workshop (MLW) for this year for current SLA Military Libraries Division members.
The stipend will cover:
1.) travel expenses up to $500,
2.) full waiver of the MLW registration fee, and
3.) up to 3 nights of your hotel room at the conference rate, taxes included (restricted to the conference hotel -
Embassy Suites, 800 Monroe St. SW, Huntsville, AL 35801;
( http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/alabama/embassy-suites-huntsville-hotel-and-spa-HSVESES/index.html ). The stipend will not cover any extras you order in your hotel room (i.e., room service, etc.).
Please check with your supervisor and/or ethics department about the possibility of applying for the stipend. Each branch or organization will have different rules/regulations on the subject.
Applications are due to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 26 November and will be taken in the order they are received. If we receive more than 40 applications the additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
Please see attached for the application document ( MLW 2013 – Stipend Application ) . You will need to sign the document in person at MLW, so you may leave that area of the form blank.
- Phillip Elam, MLD Treasurer
Posted on October 10, 2013.
The 56th MLW registration page is now up & running. Please plan on coming to Huntsville December 9-11.
More information: http://military.sla.org/mlw2013/
Remember, all MLD members can apply for a stipend to attend MLW this year. It covers Registration, 3 nights at the hotel, and up to $500 travel expenses. See http://military.sla.org/stipend-for-2013-military-libraries-workshop-mlw-members-only/ for more details & application.
Don’t forget to book your hotel room, too: http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/alabama/embassy-suites-huntsville-hotel-and-spa-HSVESES/index.html. Use “MLW” to get the conference rate of $88 plus tax.
Gloria Miller, MLS
Chair, 2013 Military Libraries Workshop
Special Libraries Association-Military Libraries Division
Posted on September 30, 2013.
This was posted on “T is for Training” email list. I know both Jill and Maurice. This will be a great webinar!!
Are you a new professional, who needs to give presentations in order to advance in your career? Will you need to give a presentation as part of a job interview? Have you given professional presentations and wonder how you can improve? If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, then this is for you!
Join Jill Hurst-Wahl and Maurice Coleman on Tuesday, October 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, for a free webinar on how to give an outstanding presentation. During “Giving Your First Conference Presentation: What No One Tells You (or When PowerPoint and Good Intentions Meet Reality)“, Jill and Maurice will share what they have learned from the presentations that they have given, and from the presentations that they have seen and sometime suffered through. After this webinar, you will be more confident during your presentation because you will know what to do and what to avoid.
To register for this free webinar, go http://ischool.syr.edu/
Who are Jill and Maurice?
Jill Hurst-Wahl is an associate professor of practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the director of both its library and information science & LIS with school media specialization programs. She is a member of SLA’s Board of Directors and the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council. As her schedule allows, she participates in the bimonthly library training podcast T is for Training (@tisfortraining).
Jill has been giving presentations for several decades, and in 2013 spoke at several state library association conferences, the Computers in Libraries Conference, and the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. She is often asked for her advice on how to improve a formal or informal presentation.
You can find Jill on Twitter at @jill_hw and through her blog, Digitization 101.
Maurice Coleman is the author of Crash Course in Presentations, which will be released by ABC-Clio Publishing in 2014. He is the technical trainer at Harford County (MD) Public Library, host of the long running library training podcast T is for Training (@tisfortraining), and a member of the board of the American Library Association’s Learning RoundTable.
Maurice has over 20 years of experience training all ages how to sensibly use technology and computer hardware and software. He has presented at numerous conferences on topics such as digital personal branding, technology implementation, presentation and training skills, community development and effectively using social media.
For his work, Maurice was named a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and received the Citizens for Maryland Libraries Davis McCarn Technology Award. You can find him on Twitter at @baldgeekinmd.
About the Syracuse University iSchool: The School of Information Studies (iSchool) offers several degree programs and certificates of advanced studies including an M.S. in Library and Information Science and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Data Science. The iSchool attracts undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from across the United States and from more than 30 countries from all corners of the world. In 2013, the iSchool is celebrating its 20th anniversary in providing online education. As part of the year long celebration, the school is offering free webinars and MOOCs, http://ischool.syr.edu/ilife/
Posted on September 24, 2013.
Posted: 23 Sep 2013 01:30 PM PDT
Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Russia made uneven progress in democratization during the 1990s, but this limited progress was reversed after Vladimir Putin rose to power in 1999-2000, according to many observers. During this period, the State Duma (lower legislative chamber) […]
Posted: 23 Sep 2013 01:00 PM PDT
Guam: U.S. Defense Deployments (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Since 2000, the U.S. military has been building up forward-deployed forces on the westernmost U.S. territory of Guam to increase U.S. operational presence, deterrence, and power projection for potential responses to crises and disasters, counterterrorism, and contingencies in support of South […]
Posted: 23 Sep 2013 11:00 AM PDT
North Korea: U.S. Relations, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Internal Situation (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) North Korea has been among the most vexing and persistent problems in U.S. foreign policy in the post-Cold War period. The United States has never had formal diplomatic relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea […]
Posted: 23 Sep 2013 10:30 AM PDT
Chemical Weapons: A Summary Report of Characteristics and Effects (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) The potential for terrorist use of chemical agents is a noted concern highlighted by the Tokyo sarin gas attacks of 1995. The events of September 11, 2001, increased congressional attention towards reducing the vulnerability of the […]
Posted: 23 Sep 2013 10:00 AM PDT
Rare Earth Elements in National Defense: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Some Members of Congress have expressed concern over U.S. acquisition of rare earth materials composed of rare earth elements used in various components of defense weapon systems. Rare earth elements consist of […]
Posted: 23 Sep 2013 08:03 AM PDT
Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Syria has produced, stored, and weaponized chemical agents, but it remains dependent on foreign suppliers for chemical precursors. The regime of President Bashar al Asad possesses stocks of nerve (sarin, VX) and blister (mustard gas) agents, possibly weaponized into […]
Posted: 23 Sep 2013 08:00 AM PDT
Possible U.S. Intervention in Syria: Issues for Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Reports of a mass casualty chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus are reshaping the long-running and contentious debate over poss ible U.S. intervention in Syria’s bloody civil war. Obama Administration officials and some foreign governments […]
Posted on September 21, 2013.
Volunteering for an SLA committee or council is a great way to build valuable skills while shaping and strengthening SLA.
This year, we have 47 vacancies to fill at both the chair and membership level, in a wide variety of subject areas such as online content, social media, public relations, diversity, bylaws, and more.
We already have many takers. Be sure to add yourself to our list and you will soon be able to add a great line to your resume and many new contacts to your address book.
How to apply:Tell us what contributions you’d like to make at both the association and unit (chapters, divisions and caucuses) levels by completing the volunteer form and indicating the roles in which you’re interested.
The form contains separate sections for committees/councils and units. There is also a comments box, and it would be helpful if you could specify your skills and/or experience (or those you wish to acquire) that are relevant to your choice(s).
Remember, volunteering helps both SLA and you, so sign up today!
All volunteers must be current SLA members. Need to renew or interested in joining? The time is now!
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