You’re in the middle of watching a really funny cat video when your phone informs you that its battery is at 3% and you’d better plug in soon if you want to see how it all ends. You reach into your backpack for your life-line — the charger! — only to remember all too clearly that you left it in the outlet in your bedroom.
Once this would have been a problem, but no more. MyLab now offers you the opportunity to recharge yourself and your device at the same time! Just plug in, relax for a bit, and you’ll soon be happily viewing again. The plugs provide full-speed charging for both Apple and Android phones and tablets.
We are very excited to be debuting the new Collaborative Classroom in room WB 278 in the library (the room with the big leather chairs). We’ve relocated the magazines and books from that room to our new reading room downstairs and converted WB 278 into an interactive classroom and workspace for students. The comfy chairs are still there, but you will also find new modular furniture and four big displays—all designed for skills-based classes and student collaboration.
We’ll be using the new room for all of our Advanced Legal Research classes. That class is very much a “learn by doing” course where the students are the focus of each class session. The modular furniture will allow us to easily reconfigure the room on the fly for small group work, large group work or full class discussion. All of the displays are set up so that any student can link their laptop to the display in order to easily share their work with the full class, allowing students to drive the class from their own laptops. We will work together on research exercises and easily switch from small group work to full class discussions using the displays, putting the students in charge of their skill development. We’re thrilled to be able to start using the new interactive space with our Fall Advanced Legal Research classes.
The collaborative classroom is open for student use whenever a class is not in session. Feel free to link your laptops to the displays, rearrange the furniture, and relax in the leather chairs as long as no one is teaching in the room at the time. Just let us know at the reference desk if you have any questions about using the room.
– Ben Doherty
Ben is a research librarian and Head of Instructional Services at the Law Library. He has worked at the Law Library since 2004.
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The first round of our “Talk to Us and Dress Like AJM” Quick Poll series is now history. Congratulations to 1L Hillary Taylor, who will be the first among you to dress like AJM!
We really like our t-shirts and we love to see them out and about. Aside from extending our students’ wardrobes, we thought up this quick poll series as a fun way to learn from our students. In this first round, we asked what you think of our two new standing desks, and we learned quite a lot. We discovered that many of you really like the standing desks and many more of you are game to give them a try, at least. Here’s how you answered:
The Law Library has recently added two STANDING DESKS and we’d like to know what you think about them. How likely are you to use a standing desk in the library?
For the majority of you who prefer to sit while you study (or walk or lie down, as some suggested), there’s no need to worry – the Law Library is not planning to require that all students study in Mountain Pose. We want to offer optimal study environments for as many of our students as we reasonably can. If you missed this poll but you’d still like to share your thoughts about our study spaces, there’s an ongoing, less formal poll available on our website. Stop by any time and let us know your preferences.
On to Round 2!
There are several more quick poll rounds in our series, so if you’re a UVA law student who isn’t yet dressing like Hillary Taylor and AJM, you can find the link to our Round 2 quick poll in yesterday’s SBA Events email and the SBA calendar on the web (UVA law students only, one submission per student). To join in on Round 2, submit your quick survey by midnight on Saturday, April 5.
What do Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway all have in common? Beyond creativity and writing skills, they all used standing desks.
Standing desks have recently become fashionable, used at corporations like Google and Facebook, and other hip places like the Law Library.
Wait, the Law Library? Yep, we now have two height adjustable standing desks in the Law Library, located outside of the Klaus Reading Room and on the north end of the reference study area by the windows. Studies show that standing desks help to improve focus and the ability to plow through tasks. Try the standing desks and let us know what you think.
Outside our newly-designed front entrance is our newly-arrived cherry-paneled book drop. Whenever you have items to return when the library is closed, you no longer need to go through a door and slide your items through a metal slot. When we’re open, please return your books to the slot at the circulation desk as before.
The first step to success with a research paper assignment is to develop a research strategy. What resources are available to help you choose a good topic? Once you’ve found a topic, how do you locate the best sources for research on that topic? How do you know when you’ve done enough research?
Our law librarians are specialists at helping students answer strategic questions like these. You may already know that you can get help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by stopping by the reference desk for quick help during reference hours. When you need to develop a research plan, you can now use our new online calendar system to schedule an in-office consultation with a librarian.
Just sign up for any available time that works with your schedule. Once you’ve submitted your request, a librarian will email you with details about the meeting.
We don’t know who he
is (or she – we haven’t checked for gender), where he came from, or how long he’ll
stay, but it seems that a stray dog has taken up residence in the Law Library. We
note that he appears to be studying legal materials and so is following our rules
for library use during exams. If he starts eating noisy, smelly food or barking
uncontrollably, we trust that our students on the 2nd floor will let us know.
The Law Library staff extends best wishes for success with exams
to all of our students!
New Scannx book scanners are now available in myLab and the
Reserve Room. These self-service scanners offer high speed scans as pdfs,
searchable pdfs, Word, tiff, and png files. The Scannx is designed to allow the
spine of an open book to be placed on the edge of the scanning glass. This lets
the page lie flat so that it can be captured without distortion. If you need only
part of the page, you can crop as you set up the scan. A touch screen guides you
through the process of choosing the file format, scan quality, and file name. Scans
are at 600 dpi for excellent clarity and will automatically crop, straighten,
and orient each page for uniformity. (For very thin pages, gray scale/standard may
work better than black and white/high quality.)
The scanner saves only to a USB Flash drive. If you don’t
have one on hand, you can buy one at Courts and Commerce Bookstore or check one
out at the circulation desk.
While its primary use is as a book scanner, you can also use
the Scannx to scan individual pages. However, if you have multiple pages to
scan, you might prefer the Ricoh copier for its automatic document feeder. Ask
a member of the library staff if you have questions or run into any problems.
The Lexis presence in the Library will be moving as part of continuing renovations. During spring break, the current Lexis Lab will be made into a study room and the Lexis student reps will be relocated to the Computer Lab office across from the Library Circulation area on the first floor. Their office hours will remain the same. The location of Lexis printers will also change. One Lexis printer will be located with the student reps in the Computer Lab office, and a second printer will move to the second floor MyLab area. This should make printing to Lexis more convenient for students studying on the second or third floor.
Eventually Westlaw will also move into the Computer Lab office and also relocate their printers to the office and MyLab areas. This summer the current Lexis and Westlaw labs will each be converted into two group study rooms, giving you more places next fall to meet and collaborate on projects.