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Week of September 10, 2007

Be on the†alert!

Two wallets†have been reportedly taken†in the Library over the last week.†Most†thefts of this nature are usually the result of an opportunity the victim gives the†offender...like leaving your stuff unattended. Eliminate the opportunity, and you can eliminate the crime! Please protect your valuables.

If you see someone acting suspiciously in the Library, please alert the library staff.

Fall Semester Library Hours

Fall Library Hours

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.

IIT School Supply Drive

The IIT Quality of Worklife Committee is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to benefit the Chicago Public School's Homeless Education Program. Many stores have school supplies on sale now, so you can make a big difference for little money. All types of supplies are needed for all grade levels. We will collect the supplies in the bin near the Security Desk September 1-15.

For more information about the Homeless Education Program and the students they help, please visit their website: http://www.oism.cps.k12.il.us/hep.shtml

A complete list of needed school supplies is available online at: http://bts.cps.k12.il.us/supplies.html

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Holly Lakatos in the library (hlakatos@kentlaw.edu) or anyone on the QWL Committee: http://www.iit.edu/~qwl/


Featured Resource: Supreme Court Records & Briefs

Information from the U.S. Supreme Court is widely available in many different formats. The Courtís website (http://www.supremecourtus.gov/) contains dockets, slip opinions, transcripts of oral arguments, and historical facts about the justices and other information. Other free websites such as Oyez (http://www.oyez.org/) and FindLaw (http://www.findlaw.com/) contain additional information about the Court. Oyez has posted audio files of oral arguments as well as transcripts; FindLaw has some briefs. Most of the free online resources, though, arenít comprehensive, and donít contain much information about the Court before 2000.

The Library has additional resources to help you analyze Supreme Court opinions. One database, U. S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, is a fully searchable, comprehensive digital full-text collection of case documents filed with the Court from 1832-1978. The database contains official court filings related to over 150,000 cases, including those which were denied cert. Some cases consist of a few documents, while others may include dozens of documents. Documents for each case include all available applications, briefs, docket sheets, jurisdictional statements, memoranda, motions, petitions, statements, supplements, transcripts, and visual aids. However, this collection does not include the Courtís rulings, opinions or decisions.

Records from 1973-2004 are available on microform in the Library on the 6th floor at KF101.9.A3 (MICRO).

Another database, Heinís U.S. Supreme Court Library, contains PDF reproductions of U.S. Reports, Preliminary Reports & Slip Opinions as well as other secondary information on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Both U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs and Heinís U.S. Supreme Court Library are available on campus and remotely to DTC students, faculty & staff.


General Library Policies

Library Rules

While using the Downtown Campus Library, please observe the following rules and polices:

Guard Your Valuables

Please guard your valuables when using the library! Recently, two wallets were reportedly taken out of student backpacks which were left unattended.† Thefts of this nature are usually the result of an opportunity the victim gives the offender.† Eliminate the opportunity, and you can eliminate the crime!† Please protect your valuables.

Courteous Behavior

Please respect the rights of others who wish to study and work in the Library. Keep your study area neat and clean. Walk quietly through study areas. Donít block pathways with your laptop cord (plug it in under your table). Erase the whiteboard/chalkboard in your study room when you leave. Donít move the furniture around. Keep your feet on the floor, not on the chairs. Generally, treat others the way you wish to be treated.†

Food and Drink

You may bring any drink into the Library. We ask, however, that you pick up after yourself and use the appropriate recycling bin. Food is never allowed, so donít bring it into the Library.

Noise & Cell Phones

Please respect the other patrons in the Library and whisper quietly if you need to communicate with others in the library. Please do not use your cell phone in the Library, computer lab, or study rooms. If you need to make a call, take your cell phone outside the Library or into one of the stairwells. Keep noise levels down on personal music devices, and always wear your headphones. If noise in the Library is bothering you, inform the Circulation Desk.

Unattended Belongings

Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended. The Library is open to the public and thefts, while not frequent, have occurred. Belongings that are left unattended will be taken by security. If you are missing any personal items, please tell the Circulation Desk on the 9th floor as soon as possible so that security can be notified.

Use of Library Materials

Please handle all library materials with care. Refrain from writing in or marking-up library materials. If you cannot reach a book on a shelf, please ask a member of the library staff for assistance. Move unwanted library materials to a re-shelving area or return to the Circulation Desk. Do not ďhideĒ library materials in the stacks. If a book that you are using is damaged, please let a member of the staff know; most of the time, we can fix the problem. Please remember that library materials are for the use of everyone.

Other Reminders

  • No pets are allowed in the Library.

  • Persons under the age of 18 should be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

  • Please do not disturb the ďEmergency HeatĒ switches located throughout the Library.

  • Members of the public who do not follow these rules may be asked to leave and/or barred from the Library; students may be referred to their academic dean for appropriate disciplinary action.

  • If you observe suspicious behavior, please contact a member of the staff immediately.

 

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