Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cornelius Public Library Closed Sunday, November 2

Please note the Cornelius Public Library will be closed all day this Sunday, November 2, to accommodate a nearby exercise by the Cornelius Fire Department. The closure is to ensure public safety.

Cornelius Public Library will maintain regular hours Saturday, November 1 (10am-5pm) and Monday, November 3 (10am-7pm). Materials checked out from the Cornelius Library due November 2 can be returned November 3 without fines. If you have questions, please contact the library at 503-357-4093.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Free Discussion about Cross-cultural Ideas of Life and Death at Tualatin Library on October 28

Grave Matters: Reflections on Life and Death across Cultures and Traditions

Ages 16+
Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm
Location: Tualatin Library Community Room
Free

Traditional American culture is often portrayed as either death-denying (death is a taboo not to be discussed) or death-defying (life should be prolonged at any cost). Yet diverse religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions present our mortality not as something to be feared or defied, but as a means of learning how to live a full life. Can acknowledging our mortality bring greater meaning to life?

Courtney Campbell is the Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture and a professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. He has been on the faculty at OSU since 1990 and has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship. Campbell serves on the board of directors for Benton Hospice, the ethics committee for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and coordinates the program in medical humanities at OSU.

This event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project, which offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

Parking at the Tualatin Library is limited because of parking lot improvements; additional parking is available.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Adobe Digital Editions and Your Privacy

In recent days, there has been press coverage about the extent of user data that the desktop computer e-book application Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) version 4.0 collects and transmits back to Adobe unencrypted. How does this affect library patrons who borrow e-books from one of our two e-book services – 3M Cloud Library or OverDrive/Library2Go?

If you use 3M Cloud Library, there is no need to use the desktop application Adobe Digital Editions. 3M Cloud Library e-books are read via their mobile app or by a desktop application built by 3M. 3M released this statement:

Many of you have recently heard of the problems with Adobe Digital Editions and privacy, and many have asked us if we have similar problems with our system.  While we do use Adobe for DRM support, we never recommend that users download Adobe Digital Editions for reading 3M Cloud eBooks.  We have our own internally developed applications for PC and MAC which removes the need to have any 3rd party software installed to use our service.  Our technical team has confirmed that the kinds of data noted in the article below are not transmitted between the 3M software and Adobe. http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/adobe-confirms-its-gathering-ebook-readers-data/

If you use OverDrive (Library2Go) to download e-books, this issue does not affect you if you use the OverDrive app on a mobile device. However, if you use Adobe Digital Editions version 4.0 on your desktop computer, this may affect you, as Adobe Digital Editions software is required to download e-books from OverDrive to your desktop computer. You may choose to uninstall Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 and install an earlier version (3.0) instead, as earlier versions appear to be unaffected. OverDrive released a statement about the issue.

WCCLS is concerned about patron privacy and will continue to monitor this issue.  We will share any information we find in order to help our patrons make informed decisions about their e-book use.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Featured Resource: 3M eBooks are easy!

WCCLS is pleased to offer a new ebook lending option through 3M!  Here's how to get started:

1. Download the app.
Visit ebook.3m.com or your device’s app store to download the 3M Cloud Library app.  The app is available for:
* Apple (iOS)
* Android
* Kindle Fire
* Nook Tablet
* Windows
* Macintosh

2. Enter your library card info.
* You only need to do this once!
* Select your state.
* Choose your library (Washington County Cooperative Library Services).
* Enter your library card number and PIN.

3. Check out & download.
* It’s really easy! Browse or search for a book to download.
* Add your email address so you get an email message when your holds are available.
* You can also check out and keep track of your ebooks in our library catalog.