In honor of National Library Week, the Charlotte Law Library is once again having our Annual Ice Cream Social.
Please come out and join us at Suttle or Gateway this week for some sweet treats!
The idea for incorporating a National Library Week into our calendar was first proposed by the American Library Association in 1957. The following year, the inaugural National Library Week was instated and it theme was “Wake Up and Read.” Now, over a half century later, our perceptions of society have changed but the importance of the library has remained.
The Library in today’s digital society continues to serve countless professionals as their initial resource for tackling society’s problems. They also provide our youth with an infinite number of stories that relay important life lessons. However, due to federal budgetary cuts, many libraries have been forced to retract some of their resources. In short, libraries have been at the core of our societal progress, even in the face of financial adversity. With this in mind, we should all support our local library by preparing to welcome this year’s National Library Week.
Set for April 8-14, 2012, this year’s theme is “You Belong @ Your Library.” While us law students typically use the library as a place to complete homework, we should embrace and utilize this year’s National Library Week as an opportunity to explore other uses for our library. Perhaps that means you will check out one of the new DVD’s or novels that have been added to our inventory. Or, perhaps you will set time out of your day to speak with library staff members. By delving into these invaluable resources, you will soon discover that there is something here for everyone. Regardless of what you choose to do, you will find that you belong.
~Matt Froelich, L’13~
This week, Delta Theta Phi and the library teamed up to host the second annual stuffed animal drive for Levine Children’s Hospital. According totheir website, “Levine Children’s Hospital is part of Carolinas HealthCare System, the largest healthcare system in North and South Carolina, and the third largest public healthcare system nationally and is located on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center, the flagship facility of Carolinas HealthCare System. Carolinas Medical Center is a designated Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospital, and we offer residency programs in Pediatrics. [Their] teaching faculty are a valuable part of your child’s care team. In addition, Levine Children’s Hospital is actively engaged in major laboratory and clinical research projects that may lead to life-changing breakthroughs for young patients. With the 2007 opening of Levine Children’s Hospital, CMC is now able to accomplish several essential goals - to care for an ever-increasing population of children; to drive the future of children’s healthcare through further teaching and research; and make a child’s stay in the hospital a better, more dynamic experience which will promote healing.”
This year to promote the stuffed animal drive, DTP and the library coordinated with CSL faculty members. Students were given the opportunity to bring a new stuffed animal to class and, in return, the participating professors will issue a pass for that day in class. Each student was limited to one pass per class and passes were only valid on the day of the even, according to the professor’s discretion. It was amazing, we collected over 200 stuffed animals in 3 days. It is amazing to see the overwhelming participation from students and faculty in this charitable event in celebration of National Library Week. Way to go CSL!
Sharing from NPR: “The Library Card As A Pop-Culture Fiend’s Ticket to Geek Paradise,” by Linda Holmes.
Excerpt: “The point I’m trying to make is that as a pop-culture-adjacent person, you may think that public libraries are not particularly relevant to you. But I felt like since we’ve talked about movie pricing, e-book pricing, and a lot of other business models, it was only fair to bring to your attention my experience with this bizarre business model that’s so crazy it just might work.”
Celebrate National Library Week with Your Library Today!
Next week is National Library Week and the Theme for the week’s events is CREATE YOUR OWN STORY@Your Library.
Learning to read. Searching for a new job. Starting a research project. Libraries have always been a place for new beginnings and this week honors you and all of the personal stories that you bring into our library doors each and every day!
April 11th 7:30 a.m. to 9a.m. (while supplies last)
Our week kicks off with our Donut and Coffee event. Enjoy a donut and some coffee while you “create your own story” on our themed Story Board. Don’t forget to bring your teddy bear donation (or cash donation) for Levine Children’s Hospital. Join us in the lobby of the Library!
April 11th -13th
The law library will be hosting a READ Poster Scavenger Hunt for three days during Library Week. Students will have the chance to win some exciting prizes and discover favorite “reads” of some of their favorite faculty and staff while answering some funny and intriguing questions. The scavenger hunt runs from 9 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The drawing for the grand prize will be held on Thursday April 14th. For more details on the prizes and the rules for the scavenger hunt, see the staff at the Reference Desk in the Library.
April 13th from 12:30-1:30p.m
Join us for a PEP approved event, co-sponsored with CPD. Ari Kaplan, an outstanding speaker who joined us last year, will return to talk about getting a job in this tough job market. Ari will speak about how to “Stand Out in a Stagnant Economy.” Join the growing list of students who have already signed up for this event. Room 402 &404.
The Library will hold its 4th Annual Ice Cream Social. This is the hit of the school year, providing an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to mingle and enjoy free ice cream! Create your own story with ice cream. Join the CLS Team on the 1st floor in the CLC.
April 11th -13th
The law library will partner with the Delta Theta Phi fraternity to collect stuffed animals and cash donations during each event for the Levine Children’s Hospital. See the posters in the elevators and lobby for more details.
The fun and festivities of National Library Week may be over, but students are still buzzing about the dynamic presentation of Ari L. Kaplan, author of The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development. Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Law Library and the CSL Center for Professional Development, the program by Kaplan about discovering ways to find opportunity in a faltering economy provided one of the highlights of National Library Week. A veteran practitioner and speaker, Mr. Kaplan has given presentations at dozens of law schools coast to coast, including Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School. Utilizing humor and audience interaction, Kaplan delivered a program that inspired and motivated the CSL students in attendance. He also challenged the audience to think in unconventional and creative ways to unlock the hidden potential each person has to offer.
Kaplan offered practical and enriching advice for networking and encouragement to all the students looking for career opportunities. He stressed the importance of both listening and being a good storyteller. Emphasizing the need to develop good relationships and good reputations, Kaplan provided sound strategies to accomplish both goals.
“I thought the presentation was dynamic and interesting. I really liked the unconventional approaches and thoughts presented concerning future employment. I found the presentation very effective in placing a human face and interest based approach to employment. My previous thoughts of employment searching have been enriched and deepened.” – Paul Jusseaume
“I thought Mr. Kaplan was enjoyable and informative. He had great ideas about networking that I don’t think I would have thought of on my own. His presentation was informative and captivating. He uses humor and interaction with the audience to keep the group involved. On a side note: Mr. Kaplan is a great example of a career opportunity for an individual with a J.D. that does not involve actually practicing law. I’m sure there are plenty of people that will use their degree for more than the courtroom and he seems to be a successful example of this.” – Josh Ortega
-Mary Susan Lucas-