Security Alert: Adobe Digital Editions 4 & E-Books

It has come to the library's attention that there is a potential security risk that may affect users that download and view e-books offline with Adobe Digital Editions 4 software.  The library subscribes to over 100,000 Ebrary e-books, many of which are able to be downloaded onto a desktop computer or laptop and/or transferred to a portable device, such as an e-reader.

In order to download an Ebrary e-book to your computer and view it offline, you must install free software called Adobe Digital Editions. This software controls the digital rights management and allows you to borrow the e-book for a 14 day loan.

It has been reported that the newest version of this software, Adobe Digital Editions 4, allegedly may violate user privacy by collecting and transmitting unencrypted data about the e-book and its user.  To learn more about this potential security problem, please read the following article from Publisher's Weekly:

According to the information in the above article, Adobe may be coming out with a fix or update in the near future.

Until this problem is resolved,  the library recommends the following:

  • *Install an earlier version of the software, such as Adobe Digital Editions 3 to view Ebrary e-books offline.

Adobe Digital Editions 3 can be downloaded by going to:

We will provide further updates to this blog post when we have more information.   Bishop Library values user privacy and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.

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Database Trial: IBISWorld

Bishop Library has set up a trial to the business database, IBISWorld

IBISWorld provides comprehensive access to industry-based research.  

The trial includes the following modules:

  • *US Industry Reports (NAICS)
  • *US Industry iExpert Summaries
  • *US Specialized Industry Reports
  • *UK Industry Reports (UK SIC)
  • *China Industry Reports
  • *Global Industry Reports
  • *Australia Industry Reports (ANZSIC)
  • *US Business Environment Profiles 

Try out IBISWorld today!   Trial access runs through November 28th.

IBISWorld as well as other business databases are accessible from the library's database list located at:


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RefWorks Workshop

Bishop Library is offering a workshop on RefWorks, October 30th, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, in the BI-LAB, which is on the ground floor of the library. 

RefWorks is a citation management tool that allows you to export citations from library databases, organize them in folders, and create bibliographies--in many different styles (APA,  MLA, etc.)

Using RefWorks can save quite a bit of time and effort in the  research process.

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Bishop Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Bishop Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 through October 15, with a new display devoted to the event. National Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1988 as an expansion of Hispanic Heritage Week, started in 1968. Since then, the month has been dedicated to the art, culture and life of the Hispanic people. The dates were chosen as a commemoration of the independence of a number of Latin American countries, whose celebrations of independence fall within the month.

The library’s display promotes the month with a diversity of material, covering subjects as vast as Latino folklore, art, sexuality and political activism. These films and books represent the Hispanic experience in all facets through scholarly works, creative projects and autobiographies. Visit the library’s display to browse the collection, check out items and learn more about this important subject.

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Banned Books Fight Back at Bishop Library


Join Bishop Library in celebrating Banned Books Week 2014, taking place from Sunday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Now in its 34th year, Banned Books Week is dedicated to the liberation of literature from censorship and challenge. The week takes its cues from the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment’s protection of the freedom of speech and press, and draws attention to the social problem of censorship in all of its forms. Thanks to the hard work of libraries and other institutions which take part in celebrating the freedom of literature, these books have remained available to the general public.

Bishop Library’s display will stay up until October 3 and includes a number of books which have been challenged or banned, and still are to this day. This includes classics like The Catcher in the Rye and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, children’s books like Captain Underpants and the graphic novel Bone, and recent works such as John Green’s Looking for Alaska. All of these books are available for checkout to library patrons.

For a list of challenged and banned books, or for more information on Banned Books Week, visit the library’s display or visit

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Bishop Library Celebrates the Work of Karl Popper


Bishop Library celebrates renowned philosopher Karl Popper with a display of his titles near the Circulation Desk. The display was done in conjunction with the international Symposium on Karl Popper and the Open Society, coordinated by Dr. Philip Benesch, associate professor of politics at LVC. The symposium commemorated the 20th anniversary of Popper’s death. A full schedule of events is available at
Popper’s oeuvre included tracts on historicism, politics, society and modern science. The display features a number of Popper’s groundbreaking works, including The Poverty of Historicism and The Open Society and Its Enemies, and critical commentary on his ideas. All of these books are available for check out by patrons.

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Dr. Allwein '56 Remembered for Philanthropy


The late Dr. John "Jack" Bowman Allwein '56, benefactor of LVC's new John Bowman Allwein Scholars Program is remembered with a display at Bishop Library.  The display case is located on the main floor, next to the current periodicals.


Allwein, who named the college as primary beneficiary of his estate, was a 20-year Army veteran, as well as a regarded oral surgeon. A Lebanon County native, Allwein was appointed as a White House aide by former President John F. Kennedy, and later served as the director and chief of oral surgery for the U.S. Army before retiring into private practice.

An Allwein Celebration was held at the Bishop Library on Aug. 21 for friends of Dr. Allwein to meet the new students and to welcome the Allwein Scholars to LVC. The library’s display includes Allwein’s LVC yearbook photos, memorabilia from Temple University dental school, historical photos of Allwein, military awards and letters sent to him by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The display makes available an overview of the life of a man who gave back selflessly to his alma mater.


For additional details about Dr. Allwein's gift to the college, the scholars program and his life visit  

To learn more about some of the inaugural Allwein scholars follow these links:

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Memories of Frank

With a heavy heart, Bishop Library remembers Frank Mols, former Library Director. Frank passed away suddenly in August at the age of 64. Frank, who came to LVC in 2007, had more than 40 years of experience working in college and university libraries.

During his seven years at Bishop Library, Frank was a motivational powerhouse. Those who worked with him at the library and throughout the campus community could attest to his love for new projects and new ideas, and his constant drive to move on to the next improvement. These projects included the digitization of archival material and college publications, a shift to digital periodicals and databases, expanding database access, and the redesign of multiple spaces to facilitate collaborative study. Above all, Frank was a considerate, inspiring man who showed a deep concern and respect for the library, its staff and its students.  He especially enjoyed interacting with and helping students, faculty, and staff.

We’ll all miss Frank’s energy, his smile, and his love and concern for the library and its staff. For more information on Frank's life please visit,%20Beloved%20Library%20Director,%20Dies  

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Meet the Librarians of Lebanon Valley College

Build good research skills with help from the college’s librarians. We invite you to make contact with a librarian whenever you have research questions.

To ask us questions visit

Maureen Bentz- Interim Co-Director and Access Services Librarian
Expertise: Helping you access the resources you need: at our library, from another library, or via the College Archives.
Favorite Books: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Favorite Food(s): Sushi, mashed potatoes, eggplant parmesan or rollatini, and frozen mocha lattes (but not together).
Best part about working at LVC:
#1) The people and #2) The beautiful campus (thank you facilities staff!)
Hobbies: Travel, watching old movies, and cooking.

Julia Harvey- Technical Services Librarian
Expertise: Technical Services Goddess (acquisitions, cataloging, periodicals, etc.)                                                      
Favorite Book:  Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Favorite Food: If it’s messy and gets stuck in your teeth, it’s my favorite!
Best part about working at LVC: Summer ice cream socials.
Hobbies: Quilting, gardening and baking.

Lori Nyce- Systems/Electronic Services Librarian
Expertise: Tracking down solutions to problems.
Favorite Books: Jane Eyre, Phantom of the Opera, Rebecca, and Mysteries
Favorite Food: Pizza or anything Italian.
Best part about working at LVC: Friendly community and a small town atmosphere.
Hobbies: Reading, crocheting, piano, baking and gardening.

Donna Miller- Interim Co-Director and Instruction/Reference Librarian
Expertise: Finding difficult to locate pieces of information.  
Favorite Books: Wild, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, and The Shadow of the Wind.
Favorite Food: Out on the trail: homemade dehydrated lasagna, a glass of wine, and dark chocolate for dessert.
Best part about working at LVC: The people, in particular the awesome students.
Hobbies: Racquetball, hiking, backpacking, climbing mountains and reading.

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