Library & IT Information, Including Hours, During the Exam Period

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Classes end tomorrow.  Exams begin Tuesday.  The library will be very busy. Please remember that it is a space that everyone must share. It is primarily used for researching and studying, two activities that contemplate and require quiet. Take cell phones and other conversations to the Barrister.  Use your whisper voice while in the stacks!

There is a lot of information in this email to I am going to break it up into parts:

  • Library Hours
  • Circulation, Reference, and Help Desks
  • Copier/Printer Money
  • Crunch Time & Stress Relievers
  • ExamSoft
  • Study Aids
  • Study Rooms

Library Hours

The library will begin extended hours on Friday, April 21st.  Starting tomorrow, the library will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 2:00 a.m., daily, until Friday, May 5th.  On Saturday, May 6th, it will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m.  Regular operational hours will resume on Sunday, May 7th.  Many thanks to CSOL Security for making this possible!

Circulation, Reference and Help Desks

The Circulation Desk will run its usual operating hours during the exam period. However, since it is staffed primarily by students, there will be some empty time slots for the Desk during the exam period. Security has graciously agreed to provide coverage during those times.  Please continue to follow the library’s policies and procedures regardless of who is seated at the Circulation Desk.  Please be polite to the students and Security who are staffing the Circulation Desk.  Their job is to enforce the library’s policies rather than debating the wisdom of the policy.

The Reference and Help Desks will provide limited service. If you need reference assistance, stop by my office, Professor Katie Brown’s office, or Ms. Allison Jones’ office. We can help.

IT will provide support for exams so stop by the 3rd floor of the 385 Meeting Street building for IT assistance. Someone from IT will be stationed outside of Dean Lawton’s office.

IT Student Support, i.e. the Help Desk, is in the Barrister area to provide laptop support as exams near. They will be there until Friday, April 21st. Please stop by to make sure that your laptop is ready for exams.

Copier/Printer Money

If your copier/printing funds are running low, you can add funds to your Equitrac account either with cash or check.  Please see one of the librarians to add money to your copier/printer account.

Crunch Time, Stress Relievers & Circulation, Reference & Help Desks

As part of Student Services’ Crunch Time, the library will provide pizza at noon on April 25th (Tuesday), May 2nd (Tuesday), and May 5th (Friday) during the exam period.   We’ll also have pizza at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26th.

Stress balls, puzzles, and chocolate will be available at the Relaxation Station upstairs. Coloring books, coloring pencils, and play dough will also be available.  Relax and engage your inner child.

ExamSoft

Download, install, register and take a mock practice exam, using the ExamSoft software before exams begin. ExamSoft exam taker tips can be found here while demo videos for PCs and MACs are here. If you have a MAC, make sure that you have downloaded this week’s patch to avoid a computer freeze during exams. 

Do MAC updates and Windows updates for PCs before exams start.

Don’t reformat your laptop’s hard drive until after you receive your grades.

Study Aids

Study aids, such as hornbooks, nutshells, and other series, are available.

Browse the titles located on the shelves adjacent to the Circulation Desk or search the library’s catalog via Collection Type: Study Aids.

Lexis Nexis Courtroom Cast

This resource provides students with access to the audio versions of selected cases and casebooks. It also provides access to training videos and selected trials and other trial related videos.

Study Guides for 1Ls

Last year’s library research assistants were busy last fall preparing research guides to help the 1Ls study and prepare for exams. Check out:

  1. 1L Guide to Surviving the First Year
  2. Civil Procedure I
  3. Contracts Study Aids
  4. Property Law Study Aids
  5. Torts Study Guide Resources

Study Rooms

Study rooms are very popular and will be in continuous demand during this time. Reserve your study room via the online reservation system @ http://www.charlestonlaw.libcal.com/ .

To allow everyone an opportunity to use the study rooms, study room policies will be strictly enforced regarding groups (2 or more) and time limits (3 hours.) If no one is waiting for a study room, the study room will be renewable.

Each group of people can have one 3 hour consecutive time slot in a 24 hour period. Please do not double book rooms. Your second reservation will be deleted. If you attempt to double book three times, you will not be able to reserve study rooms for the rest of the exam period.

Please be courteous to other students, or the circulation student workers, when asked to vacate a room when your time is up.

Please remember to keep your volume down, both outside and inside study rooms. The walls are thin and sound travels.

Please remove all trash from study rooms when leaving so that the person behind you does not have to clean up.

Remember:  the library is a resource that we all share.  Please be courteous to everyone you encounter here.  Please be quiet too!  It is time for noses to the grindstone.

Good luck on exams!

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Lisa is the Associate Dean for Information Services at the Charleston School of Law, Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library. She teaches Advanced Legal Research & Children & the Law.
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