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Your MAC ID: Keeping Your 'Digital Key' Safe and Secure

Submitted by libkemperd on
Filed under Library News:  Alerts e-Resources Innis Mills Thode Web Resources

With the start of a new term upon us, the McMaster University Library is encouraging new and returning students to adopt stronger digital security practices.

Your MAC ID is your personal digital key to unlocking access to expensive databases and journals and other licensed content offered through the University Library.

Treat your MAC ID as you would treat your online banking:


Off-Campus Access and Medportal

Submitted by libkemperd on
Filed under Library News:  e-Resources Web Resources

In our ongoing efforts to strengthen security and improve access to our extensive library of licensed content, the University Library, in collaboration with the Health Sciences Library, is disabling the single barcode access, commonly used by Medportal users to access library e-resources, and replacing it with a MAC ID login.


Adobe Digital Editions and Privacy Concerns

Submitted by libwyckoff on
Filed under Library News:  e-Resources Web Resources

We learned earlier this week that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the software used to download many of the Library’s e-books, has been reported to be logging data on books used with this application. Reports indicate that this information is being uploaded in plain-text to Adobe servers without encryption, meaning that the data is potentially open to interception. Note that this privacy breach seems to be limited to Digital Editions 4, the most recent version of the software.


See What's New at the Library

Submitted by libwyckoff on
Filed under Library News:  Archives & Research Collections Innis Maps, Data, GIS Mills New Books Research @ McMaster Thode Web Resources

With a new term come new assignments and new research projects. And to the Library come new books, e-books, videos, journals, and many other resources. Want to keep up-to-date on all of these new Library materials? We can help! We’ve added a function to the Library Catalogue to show you the most recently added items across all of our collections.


Library Systems Maintenance

Submitted by libwyckoff on
Filed under Library News:  Mills Innis Thode Alerts Web Resources

Update #3, August 8: The necessary reindexing of the Classic Catalogue has been completed successfully and all catalogue and user account functions are working as usual. Thanks for your patience while we resolved this problem!

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Library website maintenance & downtime

Submitted by libkemperd on
Filed under Library News:  Web Resources

The library website (library.mcmaster.ca) will undergo a scheduled maintenance on Thursday, April 25, starting at 6:00 am and lasting until—at the latest—8:00 am.

Expect downtime (no access) to the library website during this period.

The library catalogue, however, will be accessible at http://mcmaster.sirsidynix.net


Hidden documents connect us to a concentration camp survivor

Submitted by libwyckoff on
Filed under Library News:  Mills Archives & Research Collections Research @ McMaster Web Resources

At first glance, the tiny brown-paper books look completely ordinary. Opening them, you find their small pages filled with penciled text, smudged from handling and the passage of time. A reader with a knowledgeable eye might discern that they are written in Polish. Told that they date from the Second World War, the picture may start to become clearer.


Ongoing remote access issues

Submitted by libaskeyd on
Filed under Library News:  e-Resources Web Resources

Over the past ten days, we have had many reports of sporadic issues impacting users who are connecting to our resources from off campus.

This impacts any Web interface running from the Library's data centre, including our main Website as well as the LibAccess bridge to licensed databases and e-resources. What happens is that pages simply will not load. The browser spins and spins, but nothing loads and there are no error messages.


More Than 5,500 McMaster Theses Now Online

Submitted by libwyckoff on
Filed under Library News:  Mills Innis Thode e-Resources Web Resources

McMaster graduate theses are more available for research and study than ever before! A new submission process from the School of Graduate Studies and work being carried out in the Library has pushed the number of McMaster theses accessible online in the Digital Commons repository to over 5,500.


Oral History Archive of Holocaust Survivors

Submitted by libwyckoff on
Filed under Library News:  Archives & Research Collections e-Resources Web Resources

McMaster University has become the first Canadian institution to offer full access to videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, nearly 52,000 in all, contained in one of the largest archives of its kind.

Recorded in 56 countries and in 32 languages--mostly between 1994 and 1999--the interviews are contained in the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive, which can be accessed either remotely or on campus through secure access to McMaster University Library.


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