Information Services Quarterly – Fall 2012

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 2:40 pm.

Information Services is experimenting with a new format for sharing news about some of the great things we’re up to.  Watch this space for our new quarterly newsletter, in which we highlight infrastructure and service improvements, exciting events, and new initiatives affecting the College community.  Something you’d like to know more about?  Stories to contribute?  Get in touch by the first of November, February, May and August in time for the next issue!

In this issue:

  • Gil the Phish raises awareness about email scams
  • Hurricane Sandy and our Internet connection
  • Find IS on Social Media
  • Women’s Education Bookshelf
  • New Research Guides
  • Upcoming Events
  • SEADS Update

“Superstorm” Sandy  You may have seen the big tree down at the intersection of Morris Ave and New Gulph Road….but did you know that the College’s main Internet connection was under it? One of the wires you see stretched precariously under the tree trunk is a fiberoptic cable connecting Bryn Mawr to the outside world. However, during the entire storm we never lost our connection to the outside — even though the lights were out, people off campus could still get to Bryn Mawr websites and services.

How? The pictured connection did stop working for a while, but we were able to route through Swarthmore — this was made possible by the ongoing infrastructure project (referenced in the last quarterly) to bring a second Internet feed to campus, and provide a secondary Tri-College connection for more redundancy. Later, in defiance of logic, the wires under the tree started working again (without repair) — and as luck would have it, the connection we had with Swarthmore went down due to a major fire and was not restored for several hours. There you have it — luck and good planning kept us up and running.

Email Phishing Scams Early in the semester, Gil the Phish (shown with President McAuliffe) traveled all the way from Yale to visit several campus events, raising awareness about email Phishing scams and password safety.

Information Services is on Facebook and Twitter (@BMCLibraries)!  Connect with us for all the news, tips and resources from Canaday, Carpenter and Collier libraries.

She’s the First*{Bryn Mawr} / Greenfield Center for the History of Women’s Education Bookshelf  Information Services is teaming up with She’s the First*{Bryn Mawr} and The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education to spotlight the issue of girls education. Check out the new bookshelf near the New Books section on the first floor of Canaday. Plus, see the virtual bookshelf via Pinterest.

SEADS The Bryn Mawr-Haverford joint project for Seamless Administrative Services (SEADS) is well under way and moving forward.  The initial report was published to Inside Bryn Mawr in October, and updates can be found on the SEADS blog.

New Research Guides! This semester, we moved to the new Research Guides, powered by SpringShare’s CampusGuides system. Students, take advantage of the Research Guides for targeted help with particular courses and academic disciplines.  Faculty, to request a Research Guide be created for your class, email

Friends of the Library-sponsored events:

  • Robert Darnton: Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books. Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 pm in Thomas Great Hall.
  • Lisa Kereszi: Lecture and Booksigning. Monday, November 19, at 5:00 pm
  • A new exhibition, Taking Her Place, opening Monday, January 28, 2013 in the Rare Book Room
  • Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic…and Power: Education as Entry to the World. Monday, January 28, 2013 at 5:30 in Carpenter B21

More information is available at

Watch the IS Blog for upcoming issues of the Information Services Quarterly!

Filed under: Announcements,LITS News by Amy Pearlman

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