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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

dryerase

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

blackandwhiteninja

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

Book

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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Beef Up Your Summer Reading List with A Beginners’ Guide to Modern Science Fiction

Man Reading Book and Sitting on Bookshelf in Library

Alongside being a Circulation Assistant at this library, I am also a graduate student earning my Masters in Library and Information Science at UNCG. I have read and loved science fiction for most of my life.   I love the fresh new ideas and the inventiveness of science fiction. As part of my course of study I created a Reading Map for Modern Science Fiction.  This is sort of an interesting guide thingy to what are seen as the major works of modern science fiction.

A few notes about the site:

  • I have read every book on this site. Everything I write is my personal interpretation. 
  • The general idea is to tell you just enough about the authors and the books they have written to get you interested.  My goal is to entice without spoiling any of the wonderful twisting plots.  So, if you are looking for cliffs notes or a detailed review, look somewhere else.
  • Also, on each page I have included links to other websites pages you may find interesting as well as my favorite quotes from each of the novels.

~Aaron Greene~

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More Unique Libraries: Strange Library Construction

We will all be moving to a new library soon, so I thought I would show you all some of the stranger libraries around the world.

kansascitypubliclibrary

Kansas City Public Library.

philologicallibraryinberlin

shapedlikeahumanbrain

The Philological Library in Berlin.

If you haven’t guessed, the building is shaped like a human brain.  Check out our earlier posting on this building for more information!

geisellibrary

Geisel Library.

Want a really tall building but don’t want to fool with all those lower floors?  Just put the building on stilts!  It’s supposed to look like lantern…

peckhamlibrary

Peckham Library is a see-through colored glass exterior on a extreme “L” shaped building

meetingroom

Oh, and this wooden monstrosity that looks like it is about to crush 6 people?  That’s a meeting room.

I hope you enjoyed this tour through the strange.

~Aaron Greene~

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Survey of CSL Student Opinion on Initial iPad Setup

In early 2010 Apple Inc announced the iPad and the tablet computer has caused quite a stir in both the education and legal fields. iPad applications allow users to interact with information in new ways and the portability of the device allows people to keep information, literally, at their fingertips.  Some modern courts have discussed going paperless and because of the the versatility of the iPad, it has the potential to replace the legal pad in the courtroom. Due to these developments institutions of legal education have begun adopting tablet technology into their educational models.

In the summer of 2011 the Dean of the Charlotte School of Law Library, Roberta (Bobbie) Studwell, mandated that the Law Library purchase and begin circulating iPads by the end of fall 2012 semester. Dean Studwell had informed the library staff she would be taking a position at a law library in Florida and that the library staff would be responsible for establishing the policies and procedures associated with the new library iPad program. To prepare the library staff for this venture into new technology iPads were ordered for the library staff to use in their daily work.  Over the next couple of months the staff became familiar with the different applications and resources offered by this new technology.

An iPad task force was established to make decisions on tablet circulation policy, iPad security measures, and to make decisions on installed applications. The task force consisted of the library circulation manager, two reference librarians, and two members of the circulation staff (myself included in the last group.) Over the course of several semiweekly meetings, the task force discussed our opinions on the applications and circulation policy.  Each member of the task force did their own separate research on applications, looked into the way other schools (specifically law schools) circulated tablets and presented the information back to the group. We based many of our decisions on the policies used by our sister school, the Phoenix School of Law.  PSL’s iPad policies did not fit the scope the Charlotte iPad program so additional research was needed and other school policies were consulted.   In the end, policies were decided, iPad applications were earmarked and 20 iPads were purchased.

Over the course of the next year the implementation of the Charlotte School of Law Library iPad program was stagnated by a number of technological hurdles as well as some schedule conflicts. Until, October of 2012, I was asked to take on the responsibility of the initial iPad setup and making the final push in integrating the iPads into the library.

Concerns, Problems, Areas of Interest and Methodology

Even with over a year spent on preparation, a few questions needed to be addressed before the iPads could begin to circulate. After meeting with the library leadership team and explaining my idea it was decided that a short questionnaire would answer some needed questions and help to inform students about the upcoming iPad program. I wanted to keep the survey short and simple so I could hit a broader audience. Historically it has been hard to get busy law students to give more than a few seconds of their time, unless you bribe them with food which for the purpose of this survey I was not willing to provide.  I decided to conduct the survey at the circulation desk of the Charlotte School of Law Library.  It is one of the most visited desks in the building and it would insure we gain the opinions of the people that regularly used the library.  I setup three iPads with the decided upon applications and placed them at the circulation desk. I then asked the students to “play around” with the new technology and then take a short survey when they finished.

I created the CSL iPad survey by using the website www.surveymonkey.com. I chose to use this website because it is free to use, tracks the data, and allows the students to complete the survey on the actual iPad they were trying out. Using Safari, the default web browser on the iPad, I made a shortcut to the survey webpage that looks like an application icon and placed the short cut on the home screen of the device. This also made it much easier to have students participate in the survey when all they had to do was tap the icon labeled “iPad Survey.” Below is a screenshot of the survey taken from one of the demonstration iPads.

iPad_screenshot

These questions were chosen for a number of reasons. The first and most important reason was to allow students to begin thinking about how they would use this device.  Simply providing a piece of technology will not get people to use it. You have to let people make a personal connection to the technology. This is why it was essential to have the students explore the iPad and take the survey using the iPad.  By placing the device in their hands, the iPad stops being a concept and starts being a tool.  Secondly, most of the applications we installed on the iPads were law research related and I did not want this to stifle students’ ideas about the possible uses for these devices. It is my opinion that libraries provide resources and should not dictate how these resources are used. This is why I chose to ask several questions about the possible entertainment uses for these devices. Thirdly, I realize that even with all the research done by the library our student body may know of additional application that could be useful to our library patrons. Lastly, buying applications and study aids for 20 individual devices can be rather pricy and I wanted to use this survey to justify this expenditure. For this reason I wanted to get very specific information from individual students about what study aids they wanted to see on the circulating iPads.

Findings

Early in the CSL iPad project one of our reference librarians conducted a focus group on student opinion on the law library circulating iPads. The pool for the focus group consisted of students with experience using smartphones and tablets. The overall consensus of the study was negative toward the library integrating iPads.  I had hoped that opening the survey to a broader audience would lend more positive results. After two days of surveying the students coming to the circulation desk, 83% of the students said that they would checkout an iPad when they came available.

survey1

The majority of students stated that they would most likely use the iPads to do legal research. Many of the students were also interested in web browsing and other entertainment applications.

survey2

There was a stronger divide in student opinion over the installation of entertainment focused applications. Of the students that said they were interested in more entertainment applications, Facebook and Pandora were the most requested.

survey3

As far as additional legal applications suggested by the student body there was no great consensus. Black’s Law Dictionary, a bar preparation application, and a language translator were all requested. Students appeared to be the most interested in question 6 regarding the purchase of study aids. Q&A appears to be the front runner of the suggested study aids to be purchase with Examples and Explanations, Glannon Guides, and Fins following close behind.  By using the data collected in this survey we will determine the applications to be used in the final product.

~Aaron Greene~

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Banned Books in 2011

In April of 2012 the American Library Association released a list of the book most often challenged/banned in 2011.

1) ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2) The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3) The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4) My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6) Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8) What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9) Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Offensive language; racism

To start with, nudity in a book with no pictures is just silly. Anyway, as you can see most of these books are generally read by grade school kids so we can guess the challenges came from parents. Parents don’t want our kids to grow up and that fact by itself explains pretty much all the reasons given for challenging a book. The one that upset me is To Kill a Mockingbird. I will let a disclaimer put in before all Looney Tunes DVD releases explain my opinion in that:

“The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in the U.S society. These depictions were wrong then and they are wrong today. While the following does not represent the Warner Bros. view of today’s society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming that these prejudices never existed.”

~Aaron Greene~

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The Semester is Here: Time to Escape

School has started and Christmas is sooooo far away. Midterms are just around the corner and you only have a little time before law completely overruns your mind.

But maybe you are not ready to let go of your summer. Or maybe you need a reset button.  Maybe you need to loosen up the old noodle.  Maybe, like a python around a tree, you need to wrap your head around some fantastical ideas and break loose the thoughts that calcified over the summer.

My solution for you is……….classic Science Fiction.

Hold on! Don’t leave yet. Hear me out. Most classic science fiction books were written in the 50’s and 60’s. I lost you again, didn’t I? Trust me, this is a good thing. Science fiction was a new frontier (pardon the pun). These ideas were so ahead of their time that they still read true and do not feel dated. Future worlds and strange alien concepts will release your mind and will keep you from getting too bogged down in your course work. Also, if you are afraid your eyes will fall out if you read anything else, audio versions are readily available.

I hope that you have taken the time to grok my words.  Grab your towel and Jaunt/ride Shai-Hulud to your nearest book store. Psycho-historians predict that you must. Big Brother is watching…

~Aaron Greene~

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