Privacy Workshops and Resources

Have you heard of the term “privacy paradox”? Simply put, it is a term that can be used to describe the inconsistency of privacy attitudes and privacy behaviour. In other words, knowing what we do about data collection/use and online behavioural tracking, why is it so difficult to make meaningful changes to our online behaviour with regards to protecting our personal data? Research suggests that no comprehensive explanation for the privacy paradox has been found so far. However, a systematic review from 2018 summarizes some of the most popular explanations for the privacy paradox that have been proposed so far. Some more obvious ones include social influence and lack of experience/knowledge, but some are less obvious, including a category the authors call quantum theory. The library is offereing two workshops this semester: Introduction to Digital Privacy and Tools & Taking Control of your Online Privacy. In the second workshop we highlight the privacy paradox because we recognize that taking control is not easy to do (feels impossible at times), regardless of how concerned you are about privacy. To consult a list of books, videos, websites, and tools to learn more about online privacy and how to take steps to safeguard your personal data, check out McGill’s Privacy Resources LibGuide.

Collection Management Facility – Lists for review

As part of the Fiat Lux project, the McGill Library will be transferring a significant portion of the print collection in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library to a new storage facility. Space for 500,000 items will be available when the new library is completed, with the rest held remotely and available by request within a delay of 24 hours.

In order to ensure that both recent and highly used materials remain physically on campus, the library has produced a list of items that meet either of the following criteria:

  • Books published within the last 10 years
  • Books borrowed within the last 5 years

This list will serve as a first draft as we work towards the final list of material to remain on campus. Circulation history is the most reliable indicator that an item will be used again, therefore users would benefit overall from previously borrowed material staying on campus.

We understand that recency and loan history alone may not identify material that some of our users rely on in ways that placement in storage would negatively affect. Therefore, we are seeking input from faculty and students in order to identify any material that does not meet the above criteria, but which nevertheless would be beneficial to remain on campus for practical research or teaching needs.

To view the lists, and to make any requests for individual items to stay on campus, please visit the web page dedicated to the project.

This exercise will continue through the Winter 2021 semester, with the final lists compiled at the end of May.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Career Research and Resources at McGill

McGill University has many great services that can help you in your career planning as you move toward graduation. The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) and the Desautels Faculty of Management Career Services are two great ways to seek out help.

In collaboration with the Desautels Faculty of Management, the library has created a Career Research and Resources guide that can help you identify potentials companies you may want to work for after graduation. You can follow the 2-Hour Job Search and use the LAMP method to find your dream companies or you can explore our other resources available to see what is out there.

On this guide you will also finds tools you can use for career and professional development, helpful books to keep you up to date, and more!

Business Librarians Amanda Wheatley and Dawn McKinnon are available for any questions you may have about how to use these resources.