Spring Quarter – Week 10 and Finals

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Stay cool during finals, DU! Spring quarter is coming to an end and we at the Anderson Academic Commons are here to help you be successful. Don’t stress about finals, we’ve got you covered.

Changing Library Hours

Starting on June 1, AAC will be open 24 hours to give you more time to study. The building will open on June 1 at 10 a.m., and remain open until the regular close of business on Thursday June 7 (technically, 2:00 a.m. on June 8).

Stress Relief (May 30)

On May 30, University Libraries and the Health and Counseling Center are hosting a Stress Relief Event in the Anderson Academic Commons room 290 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have therapy dogs, massage therapists, aromatherapy, crafts, and snacks.

Midnight Coffee (June 3-4)

Get your caffeine buzz on June 3 and 4 from 8 p.m. to midnight at AAC. The Front Porch Cafe will serve free drip coffee during those times to keep your study sessions going.

Zero Waste Finals (May 30-June 5)

Zero Waste Finals at the AAC will be May 30 through June 5, and we’re aiming to achieve a high diversion rate!  What does that mean?  It means that the library is hoping to divert as much as possible of the building’s compostable and recyclable waste from the landfill.  Will you help us achieve our goal? More details including specific hours will be updated here.

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Big data is watching you – “Choose Privacy Week” helps you understand what you can do about it

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By Meg Eastwood, Science and Engineering Reference Librarian

Big data wants your data – how do they get it? If you’re using a service that’s freely available on the web, YOU and your data are the product used to make money and stay in business[1]. Librarians chose the theme “Big Data is Watching You” for this year’s Choose Privacy Week (May 1st – 7th, 2018) over five months ago, but the recent Facebook Cambridge Analytica story makes this year’s theme even more timely. In a nutshell, the Cambridge Analytica story began with a personality quiz on Facebook – if you took the quiz, you gave an app called “This Is Your Digital Life” permission to access to your Facebook data. The app’s developer, Aleksandr Kogan, eventually provided that data to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm. Cambridge Analytica had access to this data when they helped Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign teams buy online ads targeted at specific voters.

While you could easily spend hours reading about the Facebook Cambridge Analytica story[2], Choose Privacy Week is all about letting you know that the modern world is full of privacy concerns. We’re not trying to scare you off the internet completely, we just want you to understand how your data gets collected and used behind the scenes.

Let’s start with Facebook – what data do they collect about you? One user downloaded their Facebook information and discovered records of calls and texts made with their Android phone. The personality quiz that led to the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal isn’t unique – the internet is full of tempting-looking quizzes that privacy experts warn could be created by identity thieves looking to steal your personal information, or it could be a big data company looking to mine your data.

Google may have access to even more information about you than Facebook does, thanks to their suite of products including Gmail, Google+, YouTube, Chrome, and more. In 2013, Google combined their privacy policies across these services, allowing Google to pool data on your activities across all these products. A judge ruled that Google was legally allowed to do this, because the judge believed that people understand that they’re the product when they sign up for free services. Google’s analytic bots essentially have access to every word you type in all of their services, as highlighted when a glitch caused some Google Doc users to be locked out of their documents when the scanning program mistakenly decided the documents violated Google’s terms of service. Additionally, Google has more trackers embedded in websites you visit than either Facebook or Twitter, according to a study by the Princeton Web Transparency & Authority Project.

Google and Facebook aren’t just harvesting your data – they’re putting you to work for them. Facebook users tagging themselves and friends in photos helped Facebook build a facial recognition software that is far more accurate than the software used by the FBI. Every Google search you type in helps Google refine their spell checker. While I’m not usually a fan of Mashable articles because of the overwhelming number of ads, this Mashable article gives a great overview of the work you do for social media companies.

The big data privacy problem extends beyond Google and Facebook – email in general is not secure. The story of Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails dominated the news during the 2016 Presidential election – my personal favorite stories on the topic revealed John Podesta’s tips on cooking risotto. The moral of the story is that personal information you send through work email could someday become public information (or, like those who worked for Enron, your emails could become part of one of the most studied text corpuses in computer science history). If you decide to take a break from email and do some shopping instead, companies are hungrily waiting to harvest data on your shopping habits to help sell you more stuff through predictive analytics. If you decide to become a luddite and get rid of your computer, don’t forget to wipe the hard drive multiple times to prevent your personal information from being retrieved after the computer leaves your possession. Computer forensics is actually an evolving field that can be used to solve crimes, detect forgeries, and more.

If you’re concerned about the fact that big data is watching you, I recommend you start with this eight-day data detox kit to understand your data footprint and what you can do to protect your personal information online. Find more resources like this kit on the Choose Privacy Week tools page. And follow the #ChoosePrivacy hashtag this week to learn more!

[1] The idea of “If You’re Not Paying for It, You’re the Product” isn’t new – see this Quote Investigator article about the origins of the saying https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/07/16/product/.

[2]For more details on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, The Atlantic provides a good three paragraph summary, and The New York Times provides a longer overview. Cambridge Analytica defends themselves in this press release, and Facebook wrote a blog post to explain what information they provide to advertisers. Wccf (Where Consumers Come First) tech provided an interesting breakdown of the Facebook blog post.

 

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April at AAC

Spring is finally here, DU! Check out some of our upcoming events to make your month memorable.

 

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Money Smart Week – April 23 – 26

Money Smart Week is a national initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association. DU’s University Libraries and other DU partners have joined together to bring free financial literacy events to campus the week of April 23. More information is at https://bit.ly/2GyPmyd.

 

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Human Flow Film Screening and Livestream Q&A with Ai Weiwei

Human Flow is a sprawling and heartbreaking exploration of the global refugee crisis. Captured over the course of a year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent stories that stretches through Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Turkey and beyond.

Join us on Sunday April 29, 2018 at 12:00pm for a screening of this moving film, followed by a Livestream Q&A with director Ai Weiwei, in AAC 290.

Due to limited seating, please register for the event at:
https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6XL4jeAv5kwlwzj

Lunch will be provided. Find out more at https://library.du.edu/humanflow.html

Sponsored by University Libraries, Emerging Digital Practices, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, International and Social Justice Living and Learning Community, and the Center for Middle East Studies.

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Library Workshops

Each quarter the reference librarians at the library offer a number of free workshops on a variety of topics and resources.

The workshops are open to current DU students, faculty, and staff.

Workshops take place in AAC 275 (The Herold Room) or online through Adobe Connect or Zoom.

Find out more and register for workshops here: http://libguides.du.edu/libraryinstruction/workshops

 

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Winter Quarter – Week 10!

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It’s hard to believe Winter Quarter is almost finished, so stay warm in AAC while you study, write, and learn! Week 10 and finals week are full of activities for DU students.

Changing Library Hours

Starting at 10am on Saturday, March 10, AAC will be open 24 hours a day. Regular hours will resume on Friday, March 16 when the library closes at 10 p.m.

Jazz in the Library (March 5)

Join us for a few minutes or for an hour to listen to the Jazz Choir Ensemble from the Lamont School of Music perform on March 5 starting at 2:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the AAC 290 Special Events Room.

Stress Relief (March 7)

On March 7, University Libraries and the Health and Counseling Center are hosting a Stress Relief Event in the Anderson Academic Commons room 290 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have therapy dogs, massage therapists, an acupuncturist, crafts, and snacks.

Midnight Coffee (March 13-14)

Get your caffeine buzz on March 13 and 14 from 8 p.m. to midnight at AAC. The Front Porch Cafe will serve free drip coffee during those times to keep your study sessions going.

Zero Waste Finals (March 12-16)

Zero Waste Finals at the AAC are March 12th through 16th and we’re aiming to achieve a high diversion rate!  What does that mean?  It means that the library is hoping to divert as much as possible of the building’s compostable and recyclable waste from the landfill.  Will you help us achieve our goal? Check it out on March 12, 14, and 16 from 11am to noon, and on March 13 and 15 from 2pm to 3pm.

 

 

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Welcome Back! January at AAC

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We at University Libraries hope that our entire campus community had a safe and restful winter break, and we are ready to jump into the winter quarter! Here are some upcoming events to get you back into the swing of things in January.

January 10 – The Three Headed Dog Book Reading

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Please join University Libraries and the Human Trafficking Center in welcoming author Laura Agustin to read a passage from her book, The Three Headed Dog on January 10 at 5pm in the AAC Event Space. This novel explores the world of undocumented migration and the mystery of a young man’s disappearance.

This event is a part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and more information can be found at the AAC Book Display.

Please register for this event: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6ScPQguIO4fPb8N

 

January 17 – AAC Open House

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The Anderson Academic Commons will host the Winter Open House on January 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. Play Olympics-themed games and win prizes as we showcase the resources that help can help you achieve academic victory. Visit each service partner around the main floor to compete for the gold. Get a head-start on the quarter with our help at AAC to set your own personal academic world record!

Library Workshops

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Each quarter the reference librarians at the library offer a number of free workshops on a variety of topics and resources. The workshops are open to current DU students, faculty, and staff.

Workshops take place in AAC 275 (The Herold Room) or online through Adobe Connect or Zoom. The location of each workshop is noted in the description. If you sign up for an online workshop, you will receive information via email on how to access the virtual classroom on the morning of the workshop.

libguides.du.edu/workshops

Find more great events at AAC by checking our calendar: https://library.du.edu/events/calendar.html

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Week 10 at AAC

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Finals is almost here! Don’t stress too much, and while you’re at the library studying, check out some updates, activities, events, and performances during week 10.

Changing Library Hours

Starting at 10am on Sunday, November 12, AAC will be open 24 hours a day. Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 20 when the library closes at 2 a.m. On Wednesday, November 22 the library will close at 6 p.m., and we’ll be closed for the Thanksgiving break until Monday, November 27.

Zero Waste Finals (November 13-17)

Zero Waste Finals at the AAC are November 13th through 17th and we’re aiming to achieve a high diversion rate!  What does that mean?  It means that the library is hoping to divert as much as possible of the building’s compostable and recyclable waste from the landfill.  Will you help us achieve our goal?

Find more information here: https://dulibraries.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/zero-waste-finals-fall-2017/

Midnight Coffee (November 15-16)

Get your caffeine buzz on November 15 and November 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight at AAC. The Front Porch Cafe will serve free drip coffee during those times to keep your study sessions going.

Jazz in the Library (November 14)

Join us for a few minutes or for an hour to listen to the Jazz Choir Ensemble from the Lamont School of Music perform on November 14 starting at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be held in the AAC 290 Special Events Room.

Stress Relief (November 15)

On November 15, University Libraries and the Health and Counseling Center are hosting a Stress Relief Event in the Anderson Academic Commons room 290 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have therapy dogs, massage therapists, an acupuncturist, crafts, and snacks.

Lamont Chorale Performance (November 16)

The University of Denver Lamont Chorale will perform a short concert on the balcony of the second floor on November 16 at 3:00 p.m. This short concert will feature three acapella songs to brighten your day. Stop by and enjoy. Please note, this is a public performance in the open space of the AAC.

Special Collections Closed

Special Collections and Archives is being renovated November 8 2017-December 22 2017. The University is closed from December 25-January 2 2018. We can accommodate limited in-person visits with advance notice during renovation. Questions? Call the main desk: 303-871-3428.

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Zero Waste Finals – Fall 2017

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Help the Library to Aim High

Zero Waste Finals at the AAC are November 13th through 17th and we’re aiming to achieve a high diversion rate!  What does that mean?  It means that the library is hoping to divert as much as possible of the building’s compostable and recyclable waste from the landfill.  Will you help us achieve our goal?

Questions about Zero Waste Finals?

If you are unsure about where to put your trash, or want to know more about composting and recycling, an information table will be staffed by volunteers to answer your questions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (11/13, 15, 17) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday (11/14,16) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Look for us at the table on the main level, next to the Front Porch Café and across from the Lending Desk.  We’ll also have a panel with examples of common compostable, recyclable, and landfill items located next to the information table.

 

What about that Coffee Cup?

Good news! If you bought your coffee at the Front Porch Café, Beans, or another Sodexo venue (or if the cup says compostable or has the BPI compost logo), then you can compost your coffee cup in the green compost bins. Unfortunately, if your coffee is from Starbucks, Kaladi, Einsteins, or does not say compostable, then the cup is landfill due to its liner. Not all is lost–you can still recycle the lid and deposit the cardboard sleeve in either a recycling or compost container.

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