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LEGO My Library!



Well, I guess it’s technically not my library… It’s the Boston Public Library we’re talking about here.

Beginning March 28th, 2014, a replica of the historic Boston Public Library built exclusively out of  LEGOs was displayed in the  library’s Johnson Lobby.  On April 5th, the LEGO masterpiece moved to its permanent home and is now on display at the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Somerville, MA.

Several months ago, the Boston Public Library’s McKim Building was voted the “Boston landmark that Bostonians most wanted to see made out of LEGOS.”  So began the process of joining 6,350 individual LEGO bricks together to form a 75 pound miniature Boston Public Library.

This process took 47 hours, but I’m sure every LEGOS aficionado can agree that it was time well spent!

~ Brian Trippodo ~



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Got Books?

Did you know that your Law Library receives new books on a variety of law-related topics every month? Did you know that you can find out what they are by looking at the online catalog? Within a few clicks all of our new titles are within you reach!  Here’s how:

1. Go to the Encore Online Catalog and select “new purchases.”

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2. Select Featured List # 3 entitled “CSL – New Books – February 2014

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3. Now you can see all the new books we have on display.

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Also, please come see our new books on display in person in the Library. They are located on 5th floor between Circulation and the Library Administrative Suite.

~ Brian Trippodo ~

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Does The Library Have My Textbook?

Many students often ask Library staff if the Circulation Desk has a copy of their textbooks this time of year.  While we are happy to help you with this in person, here’s a quick way for you check yourself:

1) First, go to the Library’s online catalog. Links to the catalog can be found on the CSL website.


2) Next, type in the title of the book you are looking for.


3) You can narrow your results using the facets on the left hand side.


4) If the Library owns the book you are looking for, you can also tell where the book is located, if it is on course reserve, and whether it’s checked out or not.


If you’d like some more information on how to find books or study aids in our online catalog, please take a look at this Slideshare presentation.  As always, please let us know how the Library can help you!

~Brian Trippodo~

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Mo Elevators Mo Problems: Elevator Etiquette @ Charlotte Plaza

elevator bottons

Our new space in Charlotte Plaza is super nice and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, but one thing some of us are not used to is the all the elevators and congestion that sometimes results.  In order to alleviate some elevator PTSD I’m going to offer some tips on elevator etiquette:

  1. When you enter the elevator, move to the back especially if you will be traveling to the top or bottom most floor.
  2. Exit as quickly as possible when you reach your floor.
  3. Elevator mirrors should NOT be used for personal grooming (Well, unless you are the only one in the elevator!)
  4. Be friendly and say “hello” or “good morning” if the mood strikes you.
  5. Hold the doors open when someone is coming in.
  6. Don’t hold the door open for more than a few seconds because it slows down elevator service for everyone.
  7. Stand away from the doors when you are waiting to enter the elevator and always allow people to exit before you enter.
  8. Give people as much space as possible (Don’t be a close talker!)

People in Elevator


~ Brian Trippodo ~

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Need a Lift? Get a Lyft…

Now that the Charlotte School of Law is located in the heart of uptown some of you may not want to deal with driving, traffic, or parking.  Why not get a Lyft??  It’s an alternative to a taxi cab where you are greeted by a friendly fist bump and picked up by a car with a pink mustache.

Lyft car

According to their Facebook page, “Lyft is your friend with a car.” Lyft is an affordable ride service and social media community that is accessible by means of an app on your phone.  It started in San Francisco and is now available in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, St. Paul and Indianapolis.  This new service launches in Charlotte Thursday, September 12th, 2013.

The Lyfters are celebrating their new service in Charlotte with a free launch party at Heist Brewery located at 2909 North Davidson Street, from 6:30pm to 10pm.  There you’ll be able to enjoy local art, free food as well as an open bar. In addition anyone who attends will leave with $50 in Lyft credits for rides. All you have to do is to download the Lyft app onto your smartphone and show the app for admission to the launch party.

~ Brian Trippodo ~

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Comical and Criminal

The Illustrated Guide...

You know that when the dedication in a book reads, “To Crime!” that it isn’t your ordinary law treatise. The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law gives you all the information you could hope to know about criminal law, but in a different way.  The author uses humor and an illustrative comic style to inform his readers about every aspect of criminal law.  Some of the chapters included in this book are entitled, “Rehabilitation: For the Love of God, Why?” and “Responsibility and Depravity: The Axes of Evil.”

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The author, Nathaniel Burney, graduated from Georgetown University, where he was an editor of the American Criminal Law Review.  During his time in law school he also found the time to work at the Supreme Court as a personal assistant to retired Chief Justice Warren Burger, and additionally played music in a band called The Ambulance Chasers.  After law school Burney joined the Manhattan DA’s office as a prosecutor in NYC.  He also spent some time in Special Narcotics and the Rackets Bureau.  Burney eventually returned to the defense side of things, where he focused on cases involving wiretaps, securities fraud, antitrust, and loitering.  Mr. Burney also teaches the “Hope for Hopeless Cases” series for West LegalEdCenter.

If you are looking for a book that discusses the complex issues of criminal law in a slightly different format, why not give The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law a try?

~Brian Trippodo ~

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Morse Code and Sand


Although most of you have never heard of  N. Joseph Woodland, he has made a huge impact in the world in general and libraries in particular.  You see, Woodland was the inventor of the barcode.  Barcodes have changed the way we check out books, conduct inventory and buy groceries to name a few.  Many of us can’t even remember checking out a book without a barcode the old fashioned way or standing in lane 4 at Harris Teeter while the cashier types in each item’s number by hand into the computer.  Can you imagine how long you would have to wait in line at Walmart without any barcodes!?

Joseph Woodland, 91, passed away on December 14th, 2012.  His idea for the barcode was first patented nearly 60 years ago because of his involvement with the Boy Scouts.  See those guys are always prepared!  Woodland and a fellow graduate student were inspired when a supermarket executive to the campus of Drexel University.  The executive spoke about wanting to automate and streamline the checkout process in order to reduce the customer’s wait time.  Woodland and his friend began working on this problem and eventually in the winter of 1978-1949 Woodland found a solution while visiting his grandparents in Miami Beach.


He was sitting on a chair on the beach and as a former Boy Scout, he was familiar with Morse code. He told Smithsonian magazine in 1999:

“What I’m going to tell you sounds like a fairy tale.  I poked my four fingers into the sand and for whatever reason — I didn’t know — I pulled my hand toward me and drew four lines. I said: ‘Golly! Now I have four lines, and they could be wide lines and narrow lines instead of dots and dashes.’ ”

So that’s what happened and the rest, as they say, is history.  Barcodes have been used in many industries across the world and now we all know that we owe it all to  Mr. Woodland.

~ Brian Trippodo ~

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