NOTICE: Elsevier Data Leak. Action Required.

Brown University has learned of a data leak at Elsevier, the provider of platforms such as Science Direct and Mendeley, and a major publisher of scholarly journals. An Elsevier server was exposing user emails, usernames, and passwords in plain text for an unknown length of time. Password reset links might also have been leaked.

Elsevier has fixed the leak and is investigating the error. The company has further stated that it will provide notice to individuals affected by the breach, and that it is working to reset user accounts.

Please note that Brown University login credentials have not been compromised, and do not need to be changed. If you only use your Brown username and password to gain access to these resources, and have not set up an account with an Elsevier resource to save searches, create lists of publications, or use Mendeley, you are not affected by this issue.

If you have created such an account with an Elsevier resource, the University recommends that you change the password associated with that Elsevier account immediately. If you use the same password to access your Brown and/or Google accounts, you should change them as well.

Remember that, as a sound practice, you should not reuse passwords between online services. When choosing a password, please create a strong password that you do not use on any other service. CIS offers specific guidance on creating and using strong passwords.

If you have any questions about accessing library electronic resources, please get in touch with eresources@brown.edu. Security questions can be directed to isg@brown.edu.

Planned system outage

The Library will be updating one of its core servers on Thursday morning, March 21. You may see instability in some Library services for a brief period of time. All buildings will remain open and all in-person services will continue to operate normally during the system update.

Change in access to the clinical information resource “UpToDate”

Starting on August 1, 2018, UpToDate (UtD) will only be available through the intranets of Brown’s affiliated hospitals (Lifespan, CNE, VAMC) or by individual subscription, and not additionally through the University Library.

For the vast majority of the AMS community, this change will affect only the way that you access UtD.

  • Alpert Medical School students will still be able to use UtD via the Lifespan subscription, which is embedded in LifeChart, and is also available through the intranet.
  • Most of our physicians and residents have access to UtD through their hospital appointments. Lifespan, CNE, and the VA all have institutional subscriptions.

Students, faculty, and residents with an UpToDate Anywhere account will need to renew it through hospital access. If you need assistance, your hospital’s library or IS department should be able to assist you with this. You will not have access to UtD through Brown after 7/31/2018. For community-based faculty without hospital access privileges who were using our UtD subscription, we recommend DynaMed Plus.

The University Library will continue to provide all faculty, staff, students, and residents with complete access to DynaMed Plus, which features a robust app and remote access. More information on DynaMed Plus is available at libguides.brown.edu/health/featured.  Many other resources, such as ClinicalKey‘s “Clinical Overviews,” are available via the Library at http://libguides.brown.edu/health.

The decision to provide access to UtD only through our hospital partners was arrived at following consultation with Alpert Medical School leadership and AMS stakeholders after UtD representatives raised concerns about current access arrangements.  UtD charges Brown based on the number of 3rd and 4th year medical students, but faculty and residents could also access this resource through the University’s subscription (either by account or merely logging in through the Library). UtD requested that we limit access to students only with an extra layer of authentication, meaning that no clinical faculty would be able to use our subscription, even for strictly educational purposes.

Because AMS students can also access UtD via Lifespan, these requested restrictions put the Medical School and the Library in the position of paying for a duplicate subscription, with no additional benefit to University faculty or students.  To ensure that we are using our budget resources in the most effective and responsible manner, we prioritize providing our medical community access to materials that are not available through other affiliations.

If you have questions about this change, please feel free to contact Erika Sevetson, the Head of Health and Information Services at the Brown University Library, at Erika_Sevetson@Brown.edu.

Library Catalog: Planned Service Outage

The Classic Josiah catalog at josiah.brown.edu will be unavailable for 4-6 hours on Thursday, March 29, starting at 6:00 a.m. Catalog searches from the Library home page, or from search.library.brown.edu, will continue to work, but certain information (such as an item’s checkout status or due date) will not be available. You will still be able to check out materials from the circulation desks.

In addition, requesting materials from the Library Annex will not be available during this time. If you have any questions or run into unexpected problems, please send email to libweb@brown.edu.

Planned service maintenance outage

UPDATE: The maintenance has been completed, and services should be back to normal. If you have any questions or run into unexpected problems, please send email to libweb@brown.edu.

The Classic Josiah catalog at josiah.brown.edu will be unavailable on Thursday, 15 February, starting at 9 a.m. Catalog searches from the Library home page, or from search.library.brown.edu, will continue to work, but certain information (such as an item’s checkout status or due date) will not be available. You will still be able to check out materials from the circulation desks.

In addition, requesting materials from the Library Annex will not be available during this time.

We expect functionality to be restored by Thursday afternoon.