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Like Drop Box, and Google Drive, OneDrive is the Office 365 version of online, cloud based file storage, and sharing. Some OneDrive features include….

  • One Terabyte of file storage space per Office 365 user, accessible from anywhere.
  • Online backup, and file versioning.
  • Share files and/or folders with other users within the MVLS/SALS Office 365 system.

Why put your documents on OneDrive

With your document saved in the cloud you can get to it with any device that's connected to the internet from anywhere in the world. Going to the International Conference on Library and Information Science in Sapporo--it will work there.

Share with others. Are you still sending documents as email attachments? Each person you send the document to has a different instance of that document. Share it on OneDrive and everyone has a link to the same document.

Work on documents collaboratively. Share a document and need to edit it? Change it on OneDrive and everyone who views it will see the update.

Everyone you share the document with can open it online through the Office web apps.

Also, you get a terabyte of storage space!


OneDrive is intended to help you with your work but by no means do you have to use OneDrive. It is an added feature.

Email Encryption

Behind the scenes at JA I found their email encryption machine

There has been a change to email encryption. Previously, one could simply put [Encrypt] in the subject heading and your email and its contents would be protected. This feature is now dusted!

Instead when you are finished writing your email just click Protect

From Web based email click Protect

After selecting Protect your message is now secure. Additionally you can change the permission level but the default permission level is Do Not Forward.

Do Not Forward (This is the default protection level and best option over all)--Recipients can read this message, but they cannot forward, print, or copy content. This works BEST for internal (sals.edu and mvls.info), as well as when sending mail to recipients outside the system recipients.

What should be encrypted?

Excellent Question:

As defined by the JA security policy, this includes but is not limited to….

(For the complete list please see the JA security policy)

Confidential Library Patron data:

  • Addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, driver’s license numbers, reading history for staff and/or ILS patrons.

Confidential Personnel or Financial data:

  • Payroll, banking, social security numbers, or other personal information.
  • Credit Card data - any data pertaining to credit cards or cardholders.
  • Medical and healthcare information
  • Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI)
  • ORGANIZATION financial data which has not been released publicly
  • Network diagrams and security configurations
  • Communications about corporate legal matters
  • Passwords
  • Any confidential personnel and financial data held for a third party

Https and what it means for your website

JA has been implementing SSL on all of the SALS wordpress sites so your web address will now be https://yourLibrary.sals.edu

Notice the secure pad lock.

Web browsers have already begun treating sites that are http as insecure. And eventually there will be a popup stating,"This Site is Insecure."

ALA doesn't have https--no padlock

You may notice that even though your site is using https it still is listed as insecure. This is because some of the content on your wordpress site is insecure. I will be going through your sites and fixing this.

Tisk tisk tisk The American Library of Shady Content

The Bad News

Many of the sites use the Polaris Book Carousel tool to display your new content--books, dvds, audios, and picture books. This has now disappeared from your site.

I can add it back in but it will have lost all styles and it will mark your site as insecure. So as of now the Polaris Carousel is broken.

The good news... I think I've found a fix. But I'm still working on it at the moment.

In the News

2.4 Million Children Participated in State Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program

More than 2.4 million students and children statewide participated in the 2018 summer reading program, an increase of approximately 230,000 participants over last year’s program, the New York State Education Department and State Library announced today.

The 2018 Teens' Top Ten list has finally been announced!

  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Dutton/Penguin. 9780525555360.
  2. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Delacorte/Random House. 9781524714680.
  3. Warcross by Marie Lu. G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin. 9780399547966.
  4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Random House. 9780399549731.
  5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Flatiron. 9781250095251.
  6. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster. 9781481438254.
  7. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez. Knopf/Random House. 9781524700485.
  8. Paper Hearts by Ali Novak. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492653363.
  9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown and Company. 9780316341684.
  10. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. Viking/Penguin. 9780425290330.

PBS The Great American Read

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s renowned coming-of-age story about racism and injustice in the American south, was voted the US’s best-loved novel by millions of readers as part of a national poll.

Mama Bear knows best: The enduring problem with children’s picture books

At age 4, my son became entranced with a Berenstain Bears classic: “No Girls Allowed.”

When my son first trooped over to me with this book in hand, I cringed. But I read it to him anyway, ever on the lookout for harmful, sexist messaging I could skip. The book ends with Sister Bear starting a No Boys Allowed club in retaliation against Brother’s No Girls Allowed club, only to be convinced by Mama that exclusion isn’t fun for anyone. The denouement teaches us that girls and boys are equal, and all is well.

Surprisingly, one of the more problematic parts of the book is actually earlier in the story, when Mama watches Sister outperform Brother at baseball, running and tree climbing. She asks Papa, “How would you have liked it when you were a cub if some little girl could outrun, outclimb, and outhit you?” Papa replies immediately: “I wouldn’t have liked it.” What could have been a lesson for Brother in humility becomes a lesson for Sister to essentially hide her accomplishments so they won’t make boys feel inferior.

Upcoming Webinars

Small But Mighty Library Management and Innovation

In this webinar, learn how the Millvale Community Library addresses their community’s food desert, uses clean energy, offers a tool-lending library, and more.

Innovating. Meeting community needs. Managing the daily business of running a library. It can feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. But there are powerful models like the Millvale Community Library which is acting as an agent of change in the community without sacrificing their core role as an information resource. This small but mighty library addresses their community’s food desert, uses clean energy, offers a tool-lending library, and more—while operating in a financially sustainable way. Learn how they do it, and how you can, too!

November 5th, 3-4pm

Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change

In this Transformative Leaders webinar, learn about an award-winning library's approach to change management, as an organization that not only responds to change, but one that embraces it.

Charles Darwin said, "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." It has never been a better time to be a librarian—especially when we recognize and act on our power to help people in our communities build better lives through learning and literacy. To do that, our identity, our education, our organizations, and our work is changing. Learn how library staff are becoming change agents to help Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, become an essential asset in its community.

November 29th, 3-4pm

3-d Print your own Banksy Shredder


Or better yet make your own magic money machine

Created By
Jack Scott


Child reading Lord of the Rings, Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash, Created with images by ٭٭ NơƐണí ٭٭ - "Camomille"

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