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About pisancantos

Anthony is the public services librarian for Charlotte School of Law. He oversees circulation, interlibrary loan, and stacks management, and he also teaches in the first-year legal research program. Anthony has a B.A. in English from Mars Hill College and an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina. He is also working on an M.F.A. in creative writing from Queens University.

Welcome, Fall 2009 students!

The Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges once said:  “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”  OK, maybe the CharlotteLaw Library is not paradise, but it will be a vital part of your law school career.

Where is the library?  When is it open?  What are its features?  Read on to find out . . .

Where is the library and when is it open?
The library is on the 2nd floor of the law school building.  Regular hours are as follows:

7:00am – 11:00pm          Mon – Fri
9:00am – 10:00pm          Sat
9:00am – 11:00pm          Sun

Library hours will change during mid-term exams, final exams, and holiday periods.  For complete library hours for the fall semester, click here.

How do I use the library collection?
You can locate books, journals, databases, DVDs, and other resources by searching the library catalog.  To borrow items from our collection, see our circulation policy.  To borrow items we do not own, see our interlibrary loan policy.

Does the library charge fines for overdue or lost items?
Yes.  See the circulation policy for details.

Does the library have all my textbooks?
Yes!  One copy of every course textbook is on reserve in the library.  Copies of certain study aids are also on reserve.  Course reserves are available at the circulation desk, and they may be checked out for a 3-hour period.

Where can I study in the library?
The library has 11 group study rooms that can accommodate 2-6 people.  The rooms may be reserved for 2-hour periods, up to 24 hours in advance.  Rooms must be reserved before they can be used.  To reserve a room, contact the library circulation desk.

In addition, there are numerous carrels, work tables, and plush chairs throughout the library.  In all, the library can seat roughly 300 people.

How do I photocopy or print from a computer?
The library has three photocopiers, each of which requires a user name and password to operate.  (These are the same as your e-mail user name and password.)  All copies count against your student quota.

In addition, there is a 23-terminal computer lab in the library (room 217).  To print in the lab, you’ll need the same user name and password needed for the copiers.  Lab print jobs count against your student quota.

For Westlaw or LexisNexis print jobs, there are dedicated Westlaw and Lexis printers in room 215, beside the computer lab.  Print jobs sent to these printers do not count against your student quota.

What is the policy regarding noise?  Food and drink?
The noise policy is here.  The food & drink policy is here.

How do I get library help?
Circulation desk:  704-971-8574
Borrowing or returning books, using course reserves, using study rooms

Reference desk: 704-971-8573
Research questions, Westlaw & Lexis assistance, LP I assistance

E-mail:  libreference@charlottelaw.edu

AOL Instant Messenger:  CSLReference (available 9am – 7pm, Mon – Fri)

-Anthony Aycock-

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Library Summer Hours

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From May 14 – August 11, the library hours will be

Mon – Fri          7am – 11pm

Sat – Sun           8am – 10pm

The library will be closed on the following dates:

Mon, May 25

Fri – Sat, July 3 – 4

Public hours will remain Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm.

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Murphy’s Law School

A new cartoon from the library staff.  Enjoy!exam-stress1

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Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day at the library with a fun crossword puzzle . . . and a chance to win a prize!

Puzzles are available at the circulation desk.  Simply fill one out and turn it in to any library staff member.

The first 10 students who submit correct puzzles will be entered to win a $25 Wal-Mart gift card.  Winners will be notified by e-mail.

Happy Earth Day!

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Summer Associate Boot Camp

So you’ve lined up a summer associate job . . . What should you expect?  What will the research assignments be like?  What resources should an upcoming summer associate master?

This PowerPoint show, part of the law school’s Summer Associate Boot Camp, will give you an excellent start.

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Library collections on display

If you’ve been to the library lately (and who hasn’t?), then you’ve seen several new book displays.  These displays are not only attractive–they showcase subjects that should interest all CharlotteLaw students.

What are these subjects?  I’m glad you asked . . .

Study aids

This display highlights the library’s collection of study aids available at the circulation desk.  It also has information on effective study habits and the law school’s Academic Success Program.

Citators & secondary sources

What is a citator?  How do I use one?  What secondary sources are in the library?  This display answers these questions and more.

Earth Day

Did you know that, by 2030, the number of automobiles in the world will increase by 50%?  Use this display to learn more interesting environmental facts (and see what the library has on environmental law).

Business of law

You may not think that a brand-new law school graduate can start his/her own firm.  Think again!!  The library has books on starting and running a solo practice, law firm marketing, client development, and other topics.

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Westlaw & Lexis resources

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Need a refresher on Lexis research?  How about a bookmark listing Westlaw connectors and what they mean?  Or a Westlaw water bottle (the library has a few left)? 

Stop by the library reference desk with any questions or concerns.  Also check out the Westlaw and Lexis guides and training tips on the research guides page of our web site.

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