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Week of September 17, 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: Finding U.S. Treaties

One of the major sources of international law (law dealing with the relations between states) is treaties.  Treaties are agreements between countries.  They may be either “bi-lateral,” involving two countries, or “multi-lateral,” involving three or more countries.  In the United States, the power to make treaties is set out in the Constitution: Art. II, sec. 2, cl.2.  The treaty making power is exclusively federal; states may not enter into treaties with foreign powers.  Treaties are the “supreme law of the land,” on a par with federal legislation, and may only be altered by subsequent act of Congress or subsequent treaties.

The official finding tool for U.S. treaties is U.S. Treaties in Force, published annually by the State Department.  It is available in print at JX231 (the 2006 edition is at the reference desk; earlier editions back to 1956 are on the 8th floor).  The 2007 online edition can be found at http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/treaties/2007/index.htmHeinOnline includes editions back to 1929.  Treaties in Force indexes by topic and by country, includes bi-lateral and multi-lateral treaties, and gives the status, dates, and citations of treaties. 

The official publication for U.S. treaties is United States Treaties and other International Agreements (“UST,” JX231.H4(Micro), JX231.A34, with advance publication in the United States Treaties and other International Acts Series (“TIAS,” JX236.1.A341).  Some treaties before 1950 can be found in the Statutes at Large.  HeinOnline offers collections of both series, UST from 1950-1984 and TIAS from 1982-1996.  Statutes at Large can also be found on Hein. 

In addition to official treaty collections, HeinOnline features unofficial collections of earlier treaties such as those published in Treaties, Conventions, International Acts, Protocols and Agreements (Malloy) (1776-1937).  Later treaties can be found in the KAV Agreements series (1987-2006), although these, too, are not official.

When looking for non-US treaties, be sure to check the United Nations Treaty Collection.

Both the HeinOnline databases and the UN Treaty database are available on campus and remotely to DTC students, facult, and 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. Don’t block pathways with your laptop cord (plug it in under your table). Erase the whiteboard/chalkboard in your study room when you leave. Don’t 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 don’t 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 “hide” 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 “Emergency Heat” 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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