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Week of September 24, 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.


LLM Lexis & Westlaw Passwords

LLM students enrolled in the IP, Family, Financial Services, & Tax certificate programs who still need a Lexis or Westlaw password should contact Holly Lakatos at: hlakatos@kentlaw.edu; 312-906-5690.


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: International Financial Statistics: IFS & UNSTATS

Finding foreign & international statistics for financial information may be difficult, depending on which country you’re researching. Problems may include minor differences in ways in which the information was collected or computed by an agency over time, or that one agency or country may collect data in a different way than everyone else. Before you accept any statistic as “accurate” or “authoritative” you first need to find out how the information was collected, computed, reported, and how the reporting agency has reported this information over time.

One “standard” source of international statistics is the database International Financial Statistics (IFS). Published & updated monthly by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), IFS is a source of international statistics on all aspects of finance, both domestic and international. The IFS database contains approximately 32,000 time series covering more than 200 countries, exchange rate series for all IMF member countries, major IMF accounts series, and most other world, area, and country series from the IFS World Tables. By default, IFS retrieves statistics from 1997-2007, but users can access all available statistics from 1945-present.

Another database that collects and reports international statistics is UNSTATS, maintained by the United Nations Statistics Division. Within UNSTATS, the National Accounts Main Aggregates database contains a complete and consistent set of time series from 1970. In addition, the database contains analytical indicators and ratios related to economic structure and development. Another part of UNSTATS is the Common Database (UNCDB) that provides selected demographic, social, environmental and economic statistics from various international data sources.

To locate additional national statistical information, the United Nations maintains a central repository of country profiles of statistical systems online at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/inter-natlinks/sd_natstat.asp. Users can search for specific information from each country’s official statistical collection agency.

Both IMF & UNSTATS are available at the Downtown Campus and to DTC students, faculty and staff remotely through the Library’s proxy server. UNCDB is also available freely on the web from the UN Statistical Division’s website: http://unstats.un.org/.


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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