10 things you can do to protect your privacy

1.   Know what incognito mode is, and what secure browser options are:

incognito mode: doesn’t save browsing history, cookies, site data, form entries from your browsing session — BUT websites can still track you, as well as your network provider and internet service provider (ISP)

review privacy options and features for browses, and consider VPNs or browsers that hide your activity from ISPs

2.   Review what facebook knows about you and choose whether to delete it

3.   Review what google knows about you and choose whether to delete it

4.   Review your app metadata settings and turn off unnecessary data collection (ex: Pinterest requiring access to your location)

5.   Use an encrypted messaging app

6.   Avoid logging into recreational surveys, games and activities with your facebook account, or else read the agreement closely before doing so. You’re often agreeing to allow them to scrape your facebook data in exchange for playing the “free” game.

7.   Protect yourself when using free WiFi networks, or bring a mobile hotspot

8.   Use the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension to connect to the secure https version of websites (information between you and the site will be encrypted)

9.   Create strong, unique passwords and use a password manager

10.   Try a search engine that doesn’t track your search history (more listed)

First year seminar students and the Library experience: a qualitative study


Amherst College Research & Instruction librarians conducted an exploratory research project around first-year students and library experiences and expectations, analyzing first-year seminar students’ reflective essays on a brief exercise exploring the library, the role of the library, and their expectations of how the library would support their academic careers.

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UX Repository presentation at Designing for Digital 2018

slide from presentation, showing title and presenters

Title of event:  Sharing the Experience: A Collegial UX Repository

Date: 3/7/2018

Location: AT&T Center, Austin, TX

Description: Two members of the Five College Libraries UX Committee, Sika Berger and Kelly Dagan, presented about this shared online repository as a resource for our community to build awareness and capacity for UX work across our campuses. We also solicited audience members to share their primary channels for learning about UX projects.

Question to audience: Is there an established channel you use to share and find out about your colleagues’ UX projects (listserv, slack channel, blog, committee, other)?

SUMMARY OF RESULTS # of respondents
Yes 5
No 9
Most commonly used (overall) Presentations/Meetings 5
Blog/Repository 5
Slack 4
Least commonly used (overall) Podcasts 1
Email 1
LinkedIn 1
Most commonly used (Yes) Slack 2
Presentations/Meetings 2
Blog/Repository 2
Twitter 2
Least commonly used (Yes) Podcasts 0
Email 0
Most commonly used (No) Blog/Repository 3
Presentations/Meetings 3
Slack 2
Least commonly used (No) LinkedIn 0
Other Institution Websites 0

Related resources: Presentation slides

Designing for digital hashtag: #d4d18