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Week of August 21, 2006

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a great summer. Here are some quick reminders from the Library: 

The IIT Downtown Campus Library contains approximately 500,000 volumes on our shelves and over 150 electronic databases and e-journals. The Library encompasses collections for both the Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Stuart Graduate School of Business. Students are welcome to use the Library in person or remotely, depending on their information needs and the availability of resources. If you need information and don’t know where to look, you may contact the Reference Desk in person, by phone (312-906-5670), or through email (library@kentlaw.edu). More details about the Library’s collections and services can be found on our website: http://library.kentlaw.edu/

Looking for some fun? Play with our puzzles and games! Feel free to stop by and help complete our communal puzzle or play a friendly game of chess. The Library has also started a “Law in Popular Culture Collection (LPOP)” that contains books and DVDs which you can check out. The purpose of the collection is to allow law students like you to explore popular perceptions and misconceptions about your future profession. Each title in the collection will feature lawyers, judges, and/or legal issues. Look for them near the puzzle station at the circulation desk. We also will have a few mystery novels and law-related poetry. If you want to suggest titles, please send them to Holly Lakatos, the Library’s Director of Public Services, at: hlakatos@kentlaw.edu. The Library will have a very small budget for this collection, but if you have any books or DVDs that fit the collection, we would be happy to accept them as gifts. Just drop them off at the circulation desk. Be sure to include your name and contact information so that we can put a bookplate in the book or DVD case and so we can write to thank you. 

Need a book, but don’t want to buy it? The Library is part of two consortia that allow access to other libraries: I-Share and CLAS. I-Share includes the collections of 64 other universities across Illinois. You may borrow circulating materials from any I-Share institution in person with your ID card or through the Request function in the I-Share catalog. CLAS allows you to use the other Chicago-area law school libraries, though most won’t allow you to borrow materials; they will require that the Library borrow the books for you through interlibrary loan. More information about these programs is available online at: http://library.kentlaw.edu/services/ishare.htm

Have you formed your study group? Each student may reserve one of the Library’s nine study rooms for up to one hour per day for group study. That means if you’re in a group of four, you can use the room for four hours! To reserve a room, bring your student ID to the Circulation Desk.

Good luck this semester!

Library Fall Hours

Library Hours for Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20, are as follows:

Saturday, August 19: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 20: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Beginning (August 21)

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Reference Librarian Hours

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

General Library Policies

Please be courteous and respect your fellow students by keeping your voices down and your study areas clean. Food should remain outside the library. If you must bring a cell phone, please turn it off or set the ringer to vibrate, and remember to take the phone outside the library before you start your conversation. Drinks may be brought into the library, provided that you dispose of the container in the appropriate recycling bin when you are finished. No food or drinks of any kind are allowed in the computer labs. You can find more library policies online: http://library.kentlaw.edu/services/students.htm

The Library staff wishes to remind all students that the Library is open to the public, and students should guard against petty thefts by keeping their laptops and other valuables close at all times.

Library Fun: New Law in Popular Culture Collection

The Law in Popular Culture Collection is a special collection that invites students to investigate the popular perception of law, lawyers, judges, and trials. The collection also includes selected works written by lawyers and judges and selected non-fiction works about the popular perception of lawyers and judges. While the main focus of the collection is on the law in American popular culture, other viewpoints are represented. The collection contains books, DVDs, and other media that may be checked-out by DTC students, faculty and staff.

If you want to suggest titles, please send them to Holly Lakatos, the Library’s Director of Public Services, at: hlakatos@kentlaw.edu. The Library will have a very small budget for this collection, but if you have any books or DVDs that fit the collection, we would be happy to accept them as gifts. Just drop them off at the circulation desk. Be sure to include your name and contact information so that we can put a bookplate in the book or DVD case and so we can write to thank you. 

Recent additions to the collection can be found online at: http://library.kentlaw.edu/collection/lpop.htm

New Copy/Print System

The Library has installed a new copy card system! DTC students can use their new student IDs as copy cards by adding money at the new vend station in the 9th floor copy room. New copy cards will also be available for purchase in the 9th floor copy room.

The 7th, 10th, and one of the 9th floor copiers now only accept the new card. If you have an old copy card, you can still use it at the one designated copier on the 9th floor until October 1, 2006.

If you have any questions about the new card system or the photocopiers, please ask the Circulation Desk.

Featured Resource: National Newspapers Abstracts (ProQuest)

National Newspapers Abstracts (ProQuest). ProQuest updates this database daily, which contains abstracts and some full text from The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.  ProQuest  is available by remote access and on the Downtown, Main, and Rice campuses.

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