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The New Federal Data Breach Reporting Regulations: Do They Matter for BC Libraries?

April 9, 2018

If you pay attention to privacy law in Canada, you may have seen recent news that after a 2-year wait, the federal government has finally announced that, as of November 1, 2018, it will be mandatory for any organizations covered by federal PIPEDA legislation to report data breaches to customers, affected third parties, and the… Read more »

Advisory Regarding Wifi Vulnerability (aka WPA2 KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack)

October 20, 2017

By now you may have seen online or on other media that security researchers announced on Monday that a serious vulnerability has been found in the WPA2 encryption protocol that secures the vast majority of modern wifi communications. While this is a critical flaw, it is important to note that it needs to be actively… Read more »

Of Wikis and Service Catalogues

May 31, 2017

This article is Part 3 of an ongoing series by Scott Leslie (BCLC Systems Manager) exploring IT at the BC Libraries Cooperative. When I joined the Co-op as part of their Systems team in 2013, one of the things that jumped out at me was that there was a working, active staff wiki in place…. Read more »

Disaster Recovery – Offsite But Not Out of Mind

May 18, 2017

(This is part 2 of an ongoing series exploring IT at the BC Libraries Cooperative.) Ah, Vancouver. To be surrounded by ocean, mountains, mild climate, expensive lattés (and high rent!). It’s home to many of the Co-op’s staff as well as our main server hosting facility located at Peer1. It’s also home to potential for… Read more »

Building a Private Cloud – Ganeti & CEPH

(This is part 1 of an ongoing series exploring IT at the BC Libraries Cooperative.) The Co-op is largely a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) operation. Sitka, LibPress, NNELS – all of these are online offerings that libraries and their patrons make use of over the network without having to maintain their own versions. And like other SaaS… Read more »

The Co-op “Under the Cover” – a look at IT around the Co-op

The Co-op had the great pleasure of helping to organize a full-day pre-conference workshop at this year’s BC Library Conference, dedicated to the topic of “IT & Libraries.” It was a great day with lots of connections and learning. One emerging theme was that those of us in IT could help our cause (and the… Read more »

Data BC Guest Blog Recaps Successful datacamp

March 27, 2013

The Co-op was invited to guest-blog by Data BC, following from the successful datacamp event. Read the blog here: