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Protecting Your Digital Privacy: A Series of Three Workshops

Privacy – the right to research, communicate, and experiment with ideas in an environment free of surveillance — is an important building block of intellectual freedom. As more and more of our communication, document storage, and everyday activities happen in the digital world, ensuring privacy has become more complicated.

In this series of three increasingly sophisticated workshops, learn hands-on, practical steps you can take to protect your privacy, and about library and other campus resources that can help. Please bring your smartphone, laptop(s), and other devices. Different material will be covered in each of the three workshops, but none is a prerequisite for the others.  

If you would like to arrange a privacy workshop for your campus group or academic department, please contact Digital Humanities Librarian Eliza Bettinger, ecb4.

If you are interested the workshops below, please click on the titles to register in advance.  Space is limited.

Digital Privacy I: Get Started with the Basics

The first workshop in the series is an introduction to digital privacy. Learn about your information vulnerabilities, and how to discern riskier digital circumstances from safer ones. During the workshop, take the opportunity to change browser settings, device settings, and preferred applications that will make real differences to your privacy. In addition, learn how to take advantage of library and campus resources that can help.

Bring your own smartphone, laptop, and other devices.

Protect Your Digital Life II: Encryption for Both Storage and Communication

Encryption is an important and robust privacy defense strategy. Learn the differences between encrypted and unencrypted online traffic, and learn your encryption options in settings like texting, email, cloud storage, hard disk storage, and Internet browsing.

Bring your own smartphone, laptop, and other devices.  

Protect Your Digital Life III: Advanced Strategies for Greater Protection

Depending on your tolerance for risk and the nature of your work, you may wish to invest time and energy in more advanced strategies for protecting your privacy. This workshop will introduce the Tor Browser and the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for protecting your online activity. We’ll also look at defensive strategies against potential doxing (the exposure and exploitation of personal identity and/or family information by parties who wish to silence an online writer or social media user.).

Bring your own smartphone, laptop, and other devices.

Library, CIT launch new Net-Print system for campus printers

A new-and-improved Net-Print system will launch in January for campus printers that will reduce paper waste, save users’ time and allow greater flexibility for future improvements.

The changes will affect everyone who uses Net-Print printers at all CIT Academic Technology labs and in libraries, and will require those who print from laptops or personal workstations to download new software. The free software will be available Jan. 10, 2017, from After that date Net-Print users won’t be able to print unless they have installed the new software and printer queues.

More information can be found here.

Olin, Kroch & Uris Hours for Winter Break and Intersession

Olin & Kroch Library schedule (from December 15th through January 24th)

Olin Library will be closed from December 24th through January 2nd and reopen on January 3rd. (also see exceptions below)

Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Monday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Monday, December 19th: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, December 20th: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, December 21st: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 22nd: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Monday, January 16th CLOSED

Uris Library schedule (from December 15th through January 24th)

Uris Library will be closed from December 24th through January 2nd and reopen on January 3rd.  (also see exception below)

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 5:00 PM

Monday, January 16th, CLOSED

For more information on Winter hours for other Cornell Libraries please check the individual library’s hours information.

Extra Study Hours at Olin & Uris Libraries

Olin Library will be open until midnight this Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th . Uris Library will be open 24 hours a day from Sunday, December 4th through Thursday, December 15th, when the building will close at 5 pm.

Good luck with your exams and final papers. If you need help with anything, be sure to Ask a Librarian.

Study Break Opportunities at Olin and Uris Libraries

Starting on December 5th, there will be a number of study break opportunities at Olin and Uris Libraries.

Late Night Study Break: Free Pizza in Olin Cafe

Join us at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 12/6 for a study break with free pizza (while it lasts) in Olin’s Libe Café. (Pizza courtesy of Olin & Uris Libraries)

Stress-busting with Cornell Companions & Cornell Minds Matter in Olin Lobby, December 7th at 1 pm

Stop in to see the therapy dogs and write a letter of gratitude to your parents or friends.

From December 2nd through the 15th, there will be De-Stress Spaces available throughout the day.

De-stress in Olin Lobby, outside Amit Bhatia Libe Cafe with our large format coloring project.

De-stress  in Uris Library Dean Room with a large scale crossword puzzle and jigsaw puzzles.



Need Help Finding a Citation? Wondering Which Database to Use? Ask a Librarian!


If you have a research problem – If no one else can help – You can find them –

Ask a Librarian!

The library offers help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through a variety of services: email, chat, phone, or stop by a reference desk.

We’re here for you, whenever you need help.

New Scanners Now Available in Olin Library

Three new scanners have been placed on the east wall of the main computer area in Olin Library.


Instructions for the scanners are available on plastic placards near each scanner. Among the new scanners is an overhead model, the Fujitsu ScanSnap sv600.  More detailed information on the ScanSnap can be found here.

If you have any questions about using the scanners, please stop by the Olin Reference Desk.

In-Depth Research Rescue: Research Consultations Are Now Available

Is that final paper deadline suddenly too close for comfort?   Do you have specific questions on how to tailor Zotero to your research needs?  Would you like to meet with your subject librarian to help find resources in your area of interest?

Fill out a research consultation form: .

Whenever possible, requests will be responded to within two business days by librarians who will schedule an appointment with you. If you need assistance more quickly, Ask a Librarian.

Olin & Uris Libraries And You: Thanksgiving Break 2016

Olin and Uris Libraries will close for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, November 23rd at 5 pm.

Olin Library will reopen on Saturday, November 26th from 10 am to 6 pm.

Both libraries will be open regular semester hours on Sunday, November 27th: Olin from 10 am to 2 am, and Uris from 10 am on the 27th until Friday, December 3rd at 9 pm.

If you wish to access Cornell online materials over the break, use the library home page as your starting point. You will need to use your Net ID and password to authenticate your Cornell credentials.

You can also download Passkey, a bookmarklet that allows you to access materials off-campus without going through the Cornell library website.

The Olin Library Reference Desk will be open on Saturday, the 26th from 1 pm to 6 pm. You can contact the desk by phone at 607-254-2907 or by email at

If you have any questions over the break you can also use our 24/7 chat service. Cornell Librarians will not be online during the holiday, but the academic chat cooperative librarians may be able to help.

Staff will be limited, so you may need to wait a bit for a response. A link to the chat service is available on the Ask a Librarian page.


Olin Book Talk, Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint


How does poetic reference in largely abstract works affect their interpretation?

Join us on November 8th at 4:30 pm in Olin 107 for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Mary Jacobus, professor emerita of English at the University of Cambridge, Anderson Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Cornell from 1980-2000, and Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford. In 2011-12, she returned to Cornell as M. H. Abrams Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Her new book Reading Cy Twombly (Princeton University Press; August 30, 2016), is an illuminating study that focuses on the artist’s use of poetry in his paintings and drawings, many of which include handwritten words and phrases—naming or quoting poets ranging from Sappho, Homer, and Virgil to Mallarmé, Rilke, and Cavafy. The careful examination of Twombly’s scrawled quotations and verbal scribbles allows us to have a captivating conversation with the artist’s imagination. In the artist’s own words, he “never really separated painting and literature.”

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