Does Studying Keep You on Your Feet?

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.  

– Micheal Klepper  

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New for Fall: Return Your Books in a Whole New Way

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.

– Bryan Kasik 

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Succeed by Design! Schedule a Research Consultation

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 refdesk@law.virginia.edu 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. 

Schedule a consultation with a librarian.
Schedule a 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.

– Amy Wharton 

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Stray Dog Demonstrates Exam Period Policy

2012-exams-therapy-dog-bWe 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!

 
Law Library Staff 

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Where Book Meets Glass: Our Newest Scanners

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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.  

– Micheal Klepper  

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Library Renovations to Bring Printer, Study Room Changes

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.  

– Micheal Klepper 

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New Catalog Feature: Follow the Map!

The Law Library can be a very large place when you’re trying to find a book by its call number. To help simplify the hunt, we’ve just added maps of the stacks to the UVA Libraries catalog (a.k.a. VIRGO) to direct you to the section of the library where a specific book is located. To find a map, first run a search, then click “Availability” link:

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If there’s an active upside down teardrop on the “Availability” page,

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click it to retrieve the map:

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(The map will be larger than this screenshot.)

Of course, human help remains available, as always, at the Circulation and Reference Desks.

– Amy Wharton 

 

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New for Spring, The Sequel: The Law Library DVD Browser

The Law Library is excited to announce the launch of its new DVD Browser. This online tool makes browsing the library’s extensive DVD collection easy and accessible from anywhere. The DVD Browser puts our collection at your fingertips with film synopses, reviews and ratings, related films, and up-to-date availability information. Explore the DVD Browser and check out your next film in the Law Library’s Reserve Room next to the circulation desk. A link to the DVD Browser is available on the Library’s homepage or you can visit http://lib.law.virginia.edu/dvdbrowser/.

– Loren Moulds 

 

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New for Spring! Online System for Group Study Room Reservations

As announced in the Virginia Law Weekly last November, the Law Library has launched its new online system for group study room reservations. Just bookmark http://libcal.law.virginia.edu/booking/studyrooms and you’ll be able to reserve a room from wherever you have web access. 

QR codeThe new system is mobile-enabled, so smartphone users can use the system simply by scanning one of the QR codes posted by each study room. If you’ve never used a QR code, you’ll need to install a QR code reader app (I like a free reader called i-nigma). If you don’t have a laptop or smartphone with you, you can use one of several patron walk-up PCs to book your room. Be sure to register with your “virginia.edu” email address.

-          Amy Wharton

 

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Don’t Be Fooled by the Heat — Summer is Now a Sweet Memory!

Summer jobs and vacations must be over, because the Law Library is about to resume its "regular" hours. Beginning this Saturday, Aug. 20, we'll be open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight.  

– Cathy Palombi 

 

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