Internet Blackout Tomorrow

Several highly used websites are going dark tomorrow (Wednesday) for 12-24 hours to protest and raise awareness about the Stop Online Policy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  Sites that will be going dark include WikipediaInternet ArchiveReddit, Boing Boing, and others – see SOPAStrike for a continually updated list.

SOPA and PIPA are two pieces of legislature currently in play in Congress that could have significant effects on libraries and our users.  SOPA is on hold for the moment, but PIPA is still scheduled for a cloture vote on January 24th.

So we’ve been reading up on SOPA and PIPA lately. Here are some resources we’ve found useful:

Resources will be unavailable 7/9-7/10

Due to the construction of a new Data Center in Alumni Memorial Hall, substantial modifications to electrical services will require downtime affecting nearly all Information Resources services. The power shutdown will begin at 11 p.m. on Friday, July 9, and end at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 10.

Internet service, e-mail, ResNet and all enterprise services such as Banner will not be available during the power shutdown. Users outside of our campus will not be able to reach online services with the exception of our emergency website. Cisco Voice over IP telephones will be functional during the maintenance window. Please plan accordingly.  Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you out in any way!

Internet Outage on Campus Early Next Week

Just a quick heads up to our students taking summer classes. Next Monday, June 14th at 11 pm there will be a planned Internet outage on campus while network maintenance occurs. It will last until the following morning, June 15th, at 6 am. From the campus IT Department:

During the service outage, on-campus users will not have access to Internet sites and services and users outside of the campus will be unable to reach University of Scranton sites and services. The University of Scranton maintains an alternate Web site to ensure that external users can continue to get some essential content.

This could affect access to the Library’s databases during that window of time, so please plan accordingly!

Summer Workshops for University Employees

The Library would like to invite all University of Scranton employees to two workshops that will be held in July.

Researching the Moving ImageInternet Movie Database logo
This workshop, presented by Kevin Norris, will look at some of the new developments that Web technology and social networking have brought to researching the moving image and motion pictures on the Internet. Attendees will explore some of the more useful and interesting Web sites and networks.

Light refreshments will be served.

When: July 8 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Room 306 in the Weinberg Library

Do you speak Web 2.0

Do you speak Web 2.0?
Presenters Kristen Yarmey-Tylutki and George Aulisio will introduce attendees to the language of Web 2.0. A few of the topics that will be included are photo sharing, Facebook and Twitter.
Light refreshments will be served.

When: July 14 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Where: Room 306 in the Weinberg Library

Spring Break Hours, and Internet Outage

Midterms are almost over (cue victory music), and that means Spring Break is upon us. Here are the Library Hours over the next week for Spring Break:

Friday, March 13:     8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15:     Closed

Monday-Thursday, March 16-19:     8:00 AM-10:00 PM

Friday, March 20:     8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Saturday, March 21:     Closed

And on Sunday, March 22nd, we return to our normal schedule.

One other important update regarding access to the Internet on-campus over Spring Break:

Please note, there will be an extended Internet and Wireless Network outage on Monday, March 16th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and again on Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in order to accommodate necessary network security maintenance and upgrade procedures. During these periods, all internal resources (e.g., my.scranton, Banner, Angel, Self-Service) will still be available from on-campus locations, however there will be no Internet or Wireless network connectivity.

So, there ya have it. Have a great break everyone! Be safe!