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Study Room Policy Reminders

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Hello students, and congratulations on surviving mid-terms!

Below are a few quick reminders for all you study room bookers…

  • You can book rooms up to a week in advance, and book up to four hours a day.
  • You must confirm your study room reservation by clicking “confirm” in the email that is sent to your student email address when you make the reservation. Failure to do with will result in a cancellation of the study room reservation.
  • If a study room is not occupied within 15 minutes of the start of the reservation the entire reservation is forfeited.
  • Reservations must be made in in consecutive blocks. Attempting to extend your reservation by booking non-consecutive 30 minute blocks will result in the reservation being canceled and can result in being banned from the study room system.

That’s about all you need to know about study rooms…

May you know the answers to all future exam questions and may your Examsoft never crash – Happy Studying!!!

~Aaron Greene~

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CSL Library Academic Success Collection Guide

The CSL Library’s Academic Success Collection is located behind the circulation desk on the 5th floor.

This collection includes resources like hornbooks, practice exams, flashcards, audio CDs, and law school success books. Students may browse available titles by subject using the online library catalog, or they can discuss with an Academic Success Counselor which resources might be best suited to their purpose.

The Academic Success Collection contains high-use materials of interest to a large number of students, covering a wide variety of subjects, which is why the materials are on reserve and have limited loan periods. The Academic Success resources are available for a 3 day checkout. Some of the Academic Success resources listed below are also available as a reserve item. Reserve items are limited to a 3 hour checkout.

The following is a general description of the types of Academic Success resources available for each of the 1L classes and for many of the upper level courses:

  • Black Letter Outlines – These outlines summarize the basic black letter rules of each topic in a way that allows students to appreciate how different parts of their course material fit together.
  • Concise Hornbook Series – Discusses specific problems and illustrations, focusing on topics covered in a typical course on civil procedure, tied to no particular casebook.
  • Crunch Time Series – Crunch Times include a summary of about 100 pages, summarizing all the key concepts in easy-to-read outline form, Exam Tips, drawn from analysis of exactly what has been asked on hundreds of past essay and short-answer law exams, Flow Charts short-answer and multiple-choice questions , and complex issue-spotting essay questions. 
  • Emanuel Law Outlines – Emanuel Law Outlines support your class preparation, provide reference for your outline creation, and supply a comprehensive breakdown of topic matter for your entire study process. Also included are exam questions with model answers, an alpha-list of cases, and a cross reference table of cases for all of the leading casebooks.
  • Examples & Explanations – Examples and Explanations are written in clear text and contain many concrete examples as well as questions and answers with detailed explanations for help in reviewing concepts.  Certain legal concepts are explained with the aid of charts and graphics, and sample examination questions are provided with their model answers.
  • Hornbooks – Hornbooks cover a single legal subject and are written expressly for law students by law professors.  These condensed one-volume overviews are written in clear, accessible language.  They contain discussion of courts’ interpretation of the law, explanations of the application of the law today, and may contain hypothetical questions and model answers.  
  • Nutshells – Nutshells are small, paperback texts that present concise overviews of areas of law. Nutshells are considered the most basic secondary source on a legal topic.
  • Q&A Series – These LexisNexis study guide series feature hundreds of multiple-choice and short-answer questions arranged topically, plus an additional sets of questions comprising a final “practice exam.”  For each multiple-choice question, authors provide a detailed answer that indicates which of four options is the best answer and explains thoroughly why that option is better than the other three options. 
  • Siegel’s Series – The Siegel’s Series works through key topics in Q&A format, providing an additional source for self-quizzing. Titles in this exam-prep series contain essay questions with model answers, as well as multiple-choice questions and answers. 
  • Understanding Series – The Understanding the Law series of hornbooks covers the central concepts and issues students encounter in the basic 1L law course, as well as the leading cases.  Topics that typically cause the most confusion are covered in-depth.

Additional Material Types Available from the Library

  • Bar Prep Materials – In the final Stretch? Check out the Bar Prep Materials your library has to offer.
  • Audio CDs – Designed for Audio Learners, or students with long commutes, these convenient audio CD’s present legal topics in a clear, succinct, timesaving format.
  • Flash Cards – For reviewing legal topics point-by-point, Law in a Flash Card Sets contain hundreds of short questions and provide precise answers on the flip side.

~Aaron Greene~

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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

Dry Erase Marker Kits Now Available for Checkout

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Signs have recently gone up in study rooms around the buildings informing you all about this wonderful new item available for students to checkout. Each Kit contains four Expo markers, an eraser, and a bottle of white board cleaner. The kits check out for 24 hours at a time and are ideal for all your “study room writing on the white board” needs.

Check one out today from the Library Circulation Department.

To celebrate this new arrival, I present to you a collection of dry erase board art…

Calvin and Hobbes

Dry Erase Comic Book Cover — Iron Man

The Dry Erase Scream

Wonderful Dry Erase Waves

Dry Erase Scar Face (the rhyme… oh save me from the rhyme)

And here are some links to additional dry erase board art:

~Aaron Greene~

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Black and White: Copyright and Japanese Manga

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There is a niche black market for sharing images that are not copyrighted in the United States. These are materials that are originally in a different language. The traditional, legitimate practice for translating these materials is for an American company to buy the rights from the overseas company. The American company then owns the American copyright and English translation.

However, many overseas materials never make it to the States through these companies. Either the companies are not interested in the materials, or they do not believe it will have an audience. As a result, fans of this media take it upon themselves to translate the images and content into English so that others may have a chance to enjoy them.

These Eiyū-tachi (heroes) are devoted to translating and uploading the series that they love so much. Like a ninja, the translated images  appear online the day after their publication in Japan. Once a company in the US purchases the rights, they begin a search and destroy campaign for online versions of these black and white comics. However, the uploaders always stay a step ahead by jumping to a new site and continuing business.

If you have not figured it out yet, I am talking about Japanese Manga…

If you are willing to skirt this grey area of the Internet, you can find some copyright free materials at mangahere.com or mangadoom.com. I have been reading these manga sites for more than 10 years, and I owe a lot to these hard working digitizers. We all live in fear of our favorite page getting a cease and desist order.

However, if you want to be a part of these guerrilla digitizers, you can find a guide at http://www.questie.com/manga/ScanEditGuide/scan.htm.

~Aaron Greene~

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Trick or Treat: 2013 PALS Halloween Celebration

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Last Friday, children streamed through the halls of Charlotte Plaza, enjoying the annual Halloween festivities organized by PALS (Parents Attending Law School).  While the library’s temporary location did prevent us from being able to turn our floor into a Halloween wonderland, we were able to represent in style by commandeering a table and carving out our own spooky niche to distribute candy to our tiniest members of the Charlotte Law community.  We’re already looking forward to next year, when we will have the opportunity to transform our new space into another Halloween wonderland…

Check out some pictures from earlier celebrations here and here.  And until next year, stay safe and enjoy your candy!

Straws for display purposes only.  Do not eat.

Straws for display purposes only. Do not eat.

~Aaron Greene & Ashley Moye~

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The Life Cycle of an Average Library Book

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Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba Sithi uhm ingonyama

Circle of life is moves us all

through despair and hope

through faith and love

Here is a quick run through of the life of the average library book.

Disclaimer: This is the basic cycle of the books at the specific library I work at, not all libraries are the same.

A general warning – As I was writing this, my writing shifted from “informational” to “personification”. It’s a terrible habit but I got so attached to the books I had just personified that I couldn’t go back to informational.

  • Stage one “Marriage”: The books arrive at the library! Whether if they were donated, purchased by the Library Volunteer program, or purchased by the library, they arrive. They all get entered into the system, get some lovely labels, and are released into the library
  • Stage two “The Honeymoon Phase”: The new book is placed in a “new arrivals” section. The book is on display and shown off to everyone that enters the library. They get picked up, their backs are quickly scanned, and most get checked out at least once.
  • Stage three “Settled In”: The honeymoon phase is over; the book has now been in the library for a while and is ready to be settled in. After a certain amount of time (different for each library) the book is moved into the general population of the shelves. Thanks to the good old Dewey, the book feels right at home and is exactly where it belongs.
  • At this point, the cycle of the book differs depending on the exact circumstances of the book.
    • Stage four (a) “Social Butterfly”: Not being on display all the time hasn’t stopped this book from being a hit. Being kept on hold for months at a time, being checked out like no other, this book is always out of the library. It interacts with new people, tells them a story, and lets them jump into a new world, without leaving the comfort of their recliner.
    • Stage five (a) “Tired out”: After being out for so long, being around so many people, and being taken everywhere, the book is tired and in need of some rest and relaxation. The binding is a little worn, the edges of the cover hurt, and it looks like a little kid may have even taken a crayon to one of the pages. Luckily, there are people who know how to fix this and the book is taken out of circulation and mended.
        • Stage four (a) and five (a) repeat until stage six (a) has been reached
    • Stage six (a) “He’s Dead, Jim”: The book has been through a lot. It has been beaten, abused, and mended. Each time it has been marked for mending has always been nice, but this time felt different. The book felt more tired than usual. And then the person who has always mended him said a word that all books in the library feared “Withdrawn”. The book’s time in the library was done. They withdraw the book from the shelf, and placed it in a box with others like it.
    • Stage four (b) “The Lonely Recluse”: While in new arrivals, this book wasn’t as popular as the others. Occasionally, someone would pick it up, on the rare occasion the book was even checked out. But it was usually a secondary thought on people’s mind. The book was a little nervous at first, but was fairly excited when he saw how great of condition it stayed in despite the state of the other books around it. After some time in the “new arrivals” section, the book was placed in its proper place on the general shelves and has found his new home quiet and peaceful. No one has checked it out, but he got so close the other day when he thought he saw a spark in a patron’s eyes as he read his back. But, alas, something shinier caught his attention. But no matter, the book was happy with its quiet life.
    • Stage five (b) “Locked away”: After months and months of not being checked out, the book has appeared on the computer screen…unfortunately, it is now a part of zero circulation list (a list of books who haven’t been checked out in a certain amount of time). As the book says goodbye to the others around him, he is grabbed from the shelves, and taken by cart to storage. This is where books that are the least popular go. But the book is still hopeful, he hears rumors that even these books are checked out every so often.
    • Stage six (b) “He’s Dead, Jim”: After spending months in storage, the book has been checkout out a few times. It’s a nice, quiet existence but suddenly the book hears a rumor that a book just like him has just come in to the library. Excited to see a book of the same kind, the book doesn’t realize what this means. It means it’s not needed anymore. The librarian comes to storage, grabs him off the shelf, and places him in a box with others waiting to be withdrawn.
  • Stage seven “withdrawal”: The books are all scared in the box. They have heard that those that go to the box never come back, but they never though it would happen to them. The more popular books are yearning for the touch of eager readers, while the less popular books just want to go back to their spot on the shelf. No matter what their circumstance, they get withdrawn.
  • Stage eight “A New Home”: The books have been withdrawn from the library; they have been taken to the Library Volunteers. Each gets sorted into a different pile and they sit there for months, waiting, not knowing what is coming up. Then they see a light, and a big sign appears “Used Book Sale: Support Your Public Library”. People come flooding in, the books are looked through, and most find new homes
  • Stage nine “The Circle of Life”: The money raised from the used book sale is collected, and new books are purchased for the library. With that, the cycle begins anew.

~Aaron Greene~

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