The HKUST Library takes computer security quite seriously. As soon as information about Heartbleed came to light, Library Systems staff examined all our servers for vulnerability. Fortunately, most Library systems never used the versions of OpenSSL which have this bug. This includes the Library catalog, where your sensitive personal data remains secure. Two servers were found to be vulnerable, and patches and upgrades were immediately applied to close this vulnerability.
As of Thursday afternoon, none of the Library servers were affected by Heartbleed.
With a donation of $3 million from Dr Ko Pui-shuen, Chairman of Kingrich Asia Holdings Limited, the Library has initiated two projects to enhance access to and use of the University Archives & Special Collections.
Building a Special Collections Gallery
In addition to providing reading and research space for users, the Gallery will be dedicated to exhibitions of our Special Collections and University archival materials; such as antique maps of China, classical science and technology-related rare books, and HKUST historical documents. During the past few months, we have worked with the designer to come up with a design layout and are in the process of selecting a construction vendor. The target completion date is August 2013.
Through the efforts of PTC, recent issues of the Library Newsletter are now also available on the campus e-publishing platform! One of the benefits of using that platform is greater space for pictures, so you may want to go take a look.
We note that some students are planning another so-called “Silent Dance Party”.
Last year, the Library received complaints about this activity from students studying in the Library at the time. We also saw that some of the participants danced on tables, which presented a danger to the dancers, people near-by, and the facilities.
Library staff members work to help make the Library and Learning Commons a place conducive to learning & research. We ask all students to help maintain a quiet study atmosphere. This activity would disrupt this atmosphere.