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Week of May 5, 2008

Take the Library Website Survey!

Can you find the electronic resources you need?  Do you like the "Ask a Librarian" chat box?   Please take our survey to tell us how you use the Library's website and what changes you'd like to see.  The survey should take about 10 minutes.  The survey ends on May 9.

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This survey is completely optional.  No one is required to take it.  Any contact information provided will be kept confidential.


Restricted Access for Finals Period

RESTRICTED ACCESS at the Downtown Campus Library
Begins: Friday, May 2
Ends: Friday, May 16

During this period, use of the Library will be restricted to students, faculty, & staff of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Everyone will be required to show an ID at the entrance. IIT students may obtain a special wristband that may be used instead of an ID...show your ID & ask for a wristband! Circulation staff will place one on the wrist of your choice. After that, you need only to show your wrist to gain admittance...no digging through bags, pleading with staff, or waiting in line!


Extended Library Hours for Finals

Reading Period and Finals Hours (May 3 through May 16)

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

* The Library will be open until 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16.

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.

A Reminder About Security in the Library!

Just a reminder from the Library staff to please protect your valuables while studying. Most thefts of personal property in public places 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!

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


Featured Resource: Historical Statistics of the United States


How many people born in China immigrated to the US in the 1950s?
Did the number of institutions offering law degrees increase between 1970 and 1990?
When did the median price of single-family homes in the Western United States first exceed the median price in the Northeast?

The Historical Statistics of the United States quickly answers all of these questions and more. Historical Statistics compiles extensive statistical data from over 1000 sources. These statistics cover five major topics: Population, Work and Welfare, Economic Structure and Performance, Economic Sectors, and Governance and International Relations. Subtopics include the environment, international trade, labor, and education. Some data is available as far back at the 1600s and generally goes up to the mid-1990s or later. The statistics are fully searchable, allowing researchers to find data across tables and topics.

Statistical tables are available in Web versions and in PDF's. Each table features footnotes to original sources. Data can be saved in Excel or viewed as a graph. Historical Statistics can even create custom tables.

Historical Statistics of the United States is available by remote access through the proxy server and on the Downtown, Main, and Rice campuses.

For more current statistics, try:
US Census Bureau - extensive demographic and economic data about the United States
University of Michigan Statistical Resources
on the Web - a portal of the best US and international Internet resources
UNSTATS - demographic and other statistics from the United Nations (a Library resource)


Westlaw Summer Password Extension Policy-Summer 2008

Students who are taking Summer classes, working on law review projects, working for a professor, studying for the bar, or working in a non-profit, public interest internship or other pro bono work that is required for graduation may register for Summer access.  If your Summer activities include any of the above, then you can register online for Summer access to Westlaw and TWEN. Just sign on to Westlaw as usual, then look for the big link in the middle of the page that says, "Extend your Westlaw password this Summer."  

If your plans don't fit neatly into one of those categories and you need Westlaw access, please contact our Westlaw representative, Stacey Acquavella at: stacey.acquavella@thomson.com


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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