Tuesday, July 23, 2019

IST making changes to its Media Resources library service

DVDs in rows
A message from Information Systems & Technology. 
Due to declining use of the Information Systems & Technology (IST) Media Resources service (a collection of resources that is intended to supplement the University’s academic curriculum and research needs), the Media Resource office and viewing room (located in MC 1007/1009) will be closed.
Over the past 24 months, IST reviewed the services offered through our Media Resources office and found usage of the physical media resources, and preview room, has declined. Of the 9,500 titles in the physical media collection:
  • Seven of the 1,800 16mm films have been used in the past 24 months.
  • 12 of the 3,900 VHS tapes have been used in the past 24 months.
  • 370 of the DVD’s have been used by Waterloo faculty in the past 24 months, with 195 of those used a single time in the past 24 months.
  • On average, physical media is used 36 times per month.
Effective August 1, 2019, services will be offered as follows:

Media resources

  • Physical resources:
    • Approximately 500 media resources used in the past 24 months will continue to be readily available, through sign-out from the IST Service Desk located in the Davis Centre (DC) Library.
    • A DVD player and viewing area will be available at the service desk if required by the student.
    • Resources will now be available over the lunch hour, during the evenings and on the weekend (availability will align with DC Service Desk hours).
    • The remaining 9,000+ physical resources, which includes DVD’s not used in the past 24 months, and other media formats (e.g. 16mm and VHS), will be kept in storage, and may be signed out from the IST Service Desk located in the Davis Centre (DC) Library, with 24 hours’ notice. Popularity and/or use of these remaining titles may be reviewed in future.
    • Inter-university loan of physical resources will continue to be available, with two weeks’ notice required to obtain materials from other universities.
  • Online resources: Over 20,000 titles will continue to be available for streaming.
  • Copyright licenses: All of the titles owned by the University have a campus-wide license and can continue to be used in a course for instructional purposes. Related questions can be submitted to copyright@uwaterloo.ca.
  • Student Operators: Requests for a student operator can be sent to Marcel David, mdavid@uwaterloo.ca.  

Podium fobs

Administration of podium fobs will transition to Instructional Technologies and Media Services (ITMS). The new process will simplify and automate podium fob assignment and access.
  • Obtaining a new fob: Instructors and teaching assistants (TA) can now obtain a podium fob from the IST Service Desk in either the Dana Porter or Davis Centre Libraries.
  • Assigning or changing access: Podium access can be assigned or updated by the instructor/TA via a new website. Link will be shared closer to the launch date (August 1).
  • Lost or stolen fobs: Please report to itms.rf@uwaterloo.ca. A new fob can be obtained from any IST Service Desk. Access can be assigned to the new fob via the online form. 
These changes will take effect on August 1, 2019. 
Questions about media services should be sent to ITMS at eclass@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 33233. Questions about signing out media resources should be sent to the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357.
Questions about the decision to close the Media Resources office may be directed to the Chief Information Officer Bruce Campbell at bruce.campbell@uwaterloo.ca.

Police Services provides pointers on preventing bike theft

University of Waterloo Police Services is helping campus cyclists keep their bicycles safe and secure this summer with a collection of tips and a safety video.

"Cycling is one of the best ways to commute to and from the University of Waterloo," says the article from Police Services. "The university currently provides dozens of open air bicycle racks, conveniently located close to all academic and residence buildings."

"During the warm weather months many faculty, staff and students rely on bicycle travel as a preferred method of transportation. Unfortunately due to the increased number of bicycles on campus, the problem of bicycle thefts becomes a more prevalent concern. While it is not possible to make your bicycle 100% theft-proof, there are some simple steps that you can take to increase the security of your bicycle and its parts. In the time it takes you to read this headline someone can steal your bike."

Police Services offers the following tips:

  • Always lock your bicycle using a heavy duty "U" lock;
  • Never leave your bicycle unsecured even “just for a minute”;
  • For added protection, pair the U-lock with a good quality cable lock;
  • Always lock your bicycle to a proper bicycle rack;
  • Lock your bicycle in well-lit and high pedestrian traffic areas;
  • When at the bicycle rack keep watch for, and report all suspicious activities to Campus Police immediately by calling 519-888-4911

For more details on how to best lock up your bicycle and other tips on how to prevent theft, check out the Police Services website.

Link of the day

24 years ago: comet Hale-Bopp discovered

When and Where

W Store Fill-A-Bag event, Monday, July 22 to Wednesday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., SCH concourse.

Lunch and Learn: The future of waste management at UW, Tuesday, July 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EV3 3412.

Social Impact ShowcaseTuesday, July 23, 4:00 p.m., STP 164.

QPR Mental Health Training for Students, Wednesday, July 24, 1:30 p.m., NH 2447.

New faculty welcome social, Wednesday, July 24, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub.

Eating Disorder Support Group, Wednesday, July 24, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Coping Skills Seminar - Thriving With Emotions, Wednesday, July 24, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Critical Media Lab showcase: MAKING. MEDIA. THEORY., Wednesday, July 24, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Communitech Hub.

Chemistry Seminar featuring Zhen Liu, Professor, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, “Advanced Molecularly Imprinted Materials for Affinity Separation, Disease Diagnosis, Single-Cell Analysis, Bioimaging and Cancer Therapy, Thursday, July 25, 10:00 a.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

FAUW Indigenization Reading Circle, Thursday, July 25, 10:30 a.m., HH235.

WISE Public Lecture featuring Mohamed Elkadragy, Battery Technical Center, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, “Li-ion and Hybrid Battery Storage Systems Technical Highlights and Off-Grid Utilization Aspects: Using Case Studies Within Africa and North America,” Thursday, July 25, 11:45 a.m., Evolv 1 building, R+T Park.

NEW - Pension Lunch and Learn session, Thursday, July 25, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., DC 1351.

Shad Waterloo 2019 Open Day Exhibits, Thursday, July 25, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall.

Fairy Tales and Legends: orchestra@uwaterloo, Thursday, July 25, 7:30 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street W, Waterloo.

Instrumental Chamber Ensembles Concert, Sunday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Tsinghua-Waterloo Joint Forum on Advances in Energy and Environmental Technologies, Monday, July 29 to Thursday, August 1, Engineering 7.

Webinar: Copyright for Teaching, Wednesday, July 31, 12:00 p.m.

KidsAbility Discovery Lab, Wednesday, July 31, 4:00 p.m., 500 Hallmark Drive, Waterloo.

Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Wednesday, July 31, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, August 1, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

New Faculty Teaching Days, Wednesday, August 7 to Friday, August 9.

Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Wednesday, August 7, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302. 

NEW - Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, August 8, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Friday, August 9 to Friday, August 16.

PhD oral defences

Biology. Owen Woody, "A Data Mining Approach for Detecting Evolutionary Divergence in Transcriptomic Data." Supervisor, Brendan McConkey. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Tuesday, July 30, 1:30 p.m., B1 266.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Nitin Padmanabhan, "Demand Response and Battery Energy Storage Systems in Electricity Markets: Frameworks & Models." Supervisors, Kankar Bhattacharya, Mohamed Ahmed. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Tuesday, July 30, 1:30 p.m., EIT 3142.

Applied Mathematics. Yangang Chen, "Numerical Methods for Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equations with Applications." Supervisor, Justin W.L. Wan. Thesis available from MGO - mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Tuesday, July 30, 2:00 p.m., MC 6460.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Ming Xiao, "One-Dimensional Titantium Dioxide Nanomaterial based Memristive Device and its Neuromorphic Computing Applications." Supervisors, Norman Zhou, Walter Duley. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Wednesday, July 31, 9:00 a.m., E5 3052.