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It’s Banned Books Week: September 21 – 27

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Each year many organizations focus on Banned Books Week, and for good reason.  Banned and challenged books inhibit our freedom to read and promote censorship, both of which are intimately linked to our freedom of speech.  The American Library Association actively promotes recognition of Banned Books Week and encourages everyone to get involved.  Check out their site here.

Want to check out banned and challenged books from years past?  You can see those lists here.  Note that the Dave Pilkey series, Captain Underpants, has earned the top spot on the list for the past three years now.  Listen to Dave Pilkey’s public service message here and stick around to hear John Monforte read Maurice Sendak’s Into the Night Kitchen (another book on the banned/challenged list) while you are there.

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The focus of Banned Books Week this year is on graphic novels and comics.  NPR also featured Banned Books Week on it’s broadcast todayBone, by Jeff Smith, made the number ten spot on this year’s list.

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And your quiz of the day:  Which Banned Book are You?

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Stop by the Library to check out our displays of banned comics and graphic novels, as well as the DVDs we have of movies made from banned and challenged books.  Fight for your right to read – pick up a banned book today – it could set you free!

~ Julie Morris ~

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What’s in a Day as a Charlotte Law Librarian?

We are excited to announce that the Charlotte School of Law Library won First Place in the “Best Video” category of the 2014 American Association of Law Libraries 2014 Day in the Life contest!

librarians on patrol: no book left behind

In Spring of 2013, in preparation for our impending move to a high-rise in uptown Charlotte, we began a massive book giveaway initiative to rid the collection of redundant materials, free up space, and share these resources with our law students and local legal community. Through this project over thirteen thousand books found loving families, but in the midst of the madness, a few books ended up scampering away that needed to come back home. Enter the Librarians on Patrol – in October, six of our staff, both strong and brave, took a trip in a U-Haul across state lines to find our babies and bring them back so they could be stored, wrapped and transferred to our new library shelves come January 2014.

Featuring: Aaron Greene, Ashley Moye, Brian Trippodo, Cory Lenz, Kim Allman & Minerva Mims

Filmed October 11, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina

“Addy Will Know” courtesy of SNMNMNM – snmnmnm.bandcamp.com/

~Ashley Moye~

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I’d Rather Be in Detroit, Michigan

The 2014 Innovative Users Group annual meeting took place in Detroit, MI from May 6-9.  We traveled to Detroit with a modicum of skepticism, due to a lot of negative media attention focusing on the city.  We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were determined to keep an open mind.  And we’re so glad we did, as we were pleasantly surprised at every turn.

Take a look at the REAL Detroit we found on our trip.

All in all, Detroit is a modern city featuring a safe downtown area full of incredibly friendly locals, amazing food, and gorgeous architecture.   We were sad to go, and we’re hopeful that IUG will decide to return to the city for future conferences.

~Brian Trippodo & Ashley Moye~

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I am here to inform you of some of the resources held chaste and secure behind the CIRCULATION DESK.

  • Course Reserves

Voted  the #1 “Subclass of materials you are most likely to know about”, Course Reserves are materials recommended by professors at CSL that you might want to use if you hope to pass the class. They can be checked out for a 3 hour period and if not returned on time, you will be charged $3.00 per hour until the library’s property is returned.

  • Academic Success

Academic Success materials have a long and twisted history that I will not get into at this time; what you need to know is that most of your study guides come from this section.  E&E, Q&A, Emanuel, Horn, Seigel’s, Understanding, Nutshell,  and the almighty FINZ call this section home.  The materials are well loved by students, mostly because they can be checked out for a 3 day period, giving them a chance to actually look over the materials.  Also, late fees for AS materials are $1.00 per day.

  • iPads

That’s right folks – we have iPads! They check out for a 7 day period, and you can even renew them for an extra week. That’s right – an iPad can be yours for two whole weeks. But wait – there’s more!  You are also able to login with your personal apple ID and install any apps you like on your recently checked out iPad. Just make sure to remember that all information will be wiped from the device when the iPads is returned to the library

Be sure to return your iPad before the due date to save yourself from some hefty fees. No shipping and handling. For more information on iPads, or how to catch a monkey using salt, visit the circulation desk at your local law library. Roll credits. Infomercial over.

  • Professor Binder

This item isn’t really behind the circulation desk.  It is actually on the circulation desk.  On display next to the general office supplies you find at circulation, you will find The Professor Binder. The Professor Binder contains professor’s contact information, required textbooks for their course, and suggested study aids. This is a great new resource for students – on your next visit to circulation give it a glace.

  • Course Reserve Permanent

CRP are materials that were on reserve for a previous class but have been deemed worthy of permanent reserve status. Many of the study aides found in AS are also held for you in CRP.   CRP books check out for 3 hours and $3.00 late fees apply.   These materials are mostly treated as a last resort for students cramming for a midterm or final exam when all of the Academic Success materials have been checked out.

  • Flash Cards

Some of you may not know that deep in the bowels of the circulation desk, flash cards covering a variety of subjects await.  The flash cards are a part of the Academic Success materials and can be checked out for three days and also have the $1.00 a day late fees.  (And let it be known that this is the only kind of flashing allowed in the library)

  • Audio Study Aids

Audio Study Aids mostly consist of lectures on one given subject of law.  Academic Success audio study aids check out for 3 days, and late fees are $1 per day.  It is safe to say that you should never listen to these while driving and tired. (I almost injured myself this way because of a long winded and somewhat boring Stephen King novel.)

  • Study room Kit and Headphones

Does your study room need a little color? Do you like the idea of earmuffs that project sound? Is the square root of 49 equal to 7? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the circulation desk should be your next destination.  Each study room kit contains dry erase markers, a dry erase eraser and dry erase board spray.  Each headphone kit contains…uh… a set of headphones.  These items can be checked out any time the circulation desk is open and must be returned before the desk closes for the night.

  • Video Cables

We have a plethora (that’s right, I said it) of video out cables at the circulation desk. We have iMac, iPad, iPhone, Lightning, VGA, and HDMI video out cables.  When I read that list only one word comes to my mind. PLETHORA.  These cables also checkout for the day and must be returned before the circulation desk closes.

Thank you very much for reading!

~Aaron Greene~

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by | May 13, 2014 · 8:00 am

“Dear Karma, I have a list of people you’ve missed” (and other Tee-Shirt Tweets)

teeshirtI’ll be honest.  I don’t Tweet.  This has less to do with my reluctance to use social networking technology (although that may be part of it) and more to do with the fact that the text messages are limited to 140 characters.  Seriously?    Give me Fitzgerald over Hemingway any day.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the witty, often snarky turn-of-the-phrase as much as the next person. I realize, however, being someone who is challenged by having to answer a yes/no question without the embellishment of explanations or context, I won’t be uttering them.

Recently, I found myself flipping the pages of a SkyMall magazine and ran across two full pages of tee-shirts, each with its respective catchphrase.  It occurred to me that Twitter might be the next iteration of tee-shirt messaging.  (“Everything old is new again.”)  How different, really, is a tweet from tee-shirt “speak” or, for that matter, from a bumper sticker, cocktail napkin or coaster?  All require a fairly succinct message.  A tee-shirt encourages a following by immediately alerting others to our sports team preferences, fraternal association memberships, political affiliations and philosophical leanings.  Tee-shirt slogans also provide instantaneous entry into a private club with its own insider language and traditions. Two illustrations spring to mind.

I am, for example, a “Big Ten” girl living in North Carolina and whenever I catch sight of the golden Tiger Hawk logo emblazoned on someone’s shirt, I feel as if I’ve been reunited with family, or at least, with a fellow Hawkeye.  Secondly, not long ago I saw someone wearing an “Opera Carolina” tee-shirt which bore the phrase, “Is She Dead, Yet?” and recognized the joke shared by many opera fans.  (By the way, in case you didn’t know, most operas do not end well for the hero and heroine.)

So with no apologies, I’ve returned to the SkyMall pages and have included some of the slogans, including the one referenced in the title, which resonated with me.

                “If only closed minds came with closed mouths.”

                “It’s my cat’s world.  I’m just here to open cans”

                “Those who can teach; those who can’t pass laws about teaching.”

                “Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.”

                “Contrary to popular belief, no one owes you anything.”

                And, last, but not least, “I’m not a pessimist; I’m an optimist with experience.”

~Susan Catterall~

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The Art of Downtown Charlotte – Part II: A Regular Commentary of Art and the Art Scene in Charlotte

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The Firebird, or ’Oiseau de Feu Sur l’Arch  (literally, “Bird of Fire on an Arch”) by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) is the center piece to the entrance of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, located on 420 South Tryon Street. The Firebird is perhaps the most photographed piece of art in Charlotte. At one time the Firebird had a Twitter account. The sculpture was created in 1991 and was purchased by Andres Bechtler specifically to be placed in front of the Bechtler Museaum of Modern Art. Bechtler wanted the sculpture to serve as a counter piece to the geometric lines of the museum that was designed by the noted Swiss architect Mario Botta.

The Firebird is over 17 feet tall and is covered in small bits of mirror and colored glass. It is dazzling when sunlight strikes the surface and glows at night reflecting the sculpture’s spot lights while also reflecting ambient light from the nearby shops, offices, and street lights. It is not uncommon at almost any time of day to see people gathered around the Firebird to have pictures taken or just to admire the artwork. Niki de Saint Phalle was a dynamic figure of the modern art world and her works challenged conventional ideals about the role of women in society. Many of her works were controversial while also being whimsical. Her sculptures are wild biomorphic shapes painted with bold primary and secondary colors or painted all white. She was friends with of many other luminaries of the Modern, Dada, and Pop Art moments such as Jean Tinguely. Tinguely and de Saint Phalle would later marry in 1971.

~Kim Allman~

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The Art of Downtown Charlotte: A Regular Commentary of Art and the Art Scene in Charlotte

II Grande Disco by sculptor Arnaldo Parmadoro.  Photo copyright Sarah Womack, all rights reserved.

II Grande Disco by sculptor Arnaldo Parmadoro. Photo copyright Sarah Womack, all rights reserved.

One of the benefits of the Charlotte School of Law relocating to downtown is the plethora of artistic and cultural objects one can encounter just walking about the city. In this new column, I will discuss an art piece or upcoming event/ show that relates to the downtown or near downtown area.

For this first installment, I present to you the II Grande Disco (Second Large Disk) by internationally renowned artist Arnaldo Parmadoro.

Parmadoro started his artistic career as a theater set designer and gold smith in post WW II Italy. His large, abstract geometrical sculptures are what he is best known for, and his works are on display in major cities and cultural centers throughout the world. As you can tell from the title of the work, the disk that is on display at the Bank of America Plaza is the second example of this particular piece. The first version is on display in Milan, Italy.

The sculpture was commissioned in 1973 by North Carolina National Bank and Carter and Associates, who developed Independence Square plaza.  The sculpture was donated to the Charlotte Mint Museum of Art in 1978. In 1980, the sculpture had to be restored because it had been vandalized over the years with magic markers, paint, and had surface scarring.  The piece had to be sandblasted and a clear urethane coating applied to protect it. A new bearing was added to the base to allow the sculpture to turn again.

The Grande Disco is perhaps one of my favorite sculptural works that is on public display in Charlotte. Not only is it striking to look at, its position in the heart of the city provides a focal artistic experience. The way the sculpture is reflected in the more sterile glass and steel edifices around it transforms those structures into an extension of the artwork. I also find the contrast of the smooth, polished gold bronze against the geometric pewter color of block and rod-like shapes fascinating. In many ways, Parmadoro’s Grande Disco is a statement about the urban environment and how we interact with that environment. Of course,with art one can draw their own conclusions about its value and meaning.

The Grande Disco on display in Milan

The Grande Disco on display in Milan

~Kim Allman~

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