Oct. 2009 – vol. 5, no. 2
Good Luck on Midterms!
This issue is dedicated to helping you succeed on your midterms. We hope that you find this issue to be of use. Good luck!
Prepare for Midterms: Study Aids and Course Reserve Materials
The Study Aids section is located just past the reference librarian office on the first floor. This section is comprised of what your fellow students feel are the most useful study aid materials. Consult our study guide key to determine which series of materials includes multiple choice and essay questions, subject outlines and topical narration. As a means keeping these materials available to our whole student body, the check out period for all materials in this section is limited to 48 hours. So please be cognizant of the due date.
We purchase copies of your required and optional course books and place them behind the circulation desk in the course reserves section. This section exists to benefit every class member, so the check out time is limited to three hours. Just ask at the circulation desk for the book by title and by course name.
Virtual Reference Coming Next Week!
Starting next week, look for AskThom, our virtual chat service, which will allow you to ask live reference questions from wherever you are. Look for the link on the library homepage. Throughout this trial period, we’ll assess the efficacy of this service in order to determine if it’ll be permanent.
Study Rooms in Demand: Steps To Secure Your Reservation
The group study rooms on the second floor are in particular demand during midterms and finals. In order for your reservation to go smoothly, please be sure that you check in at the circulation desk and leave your TJSL ID. Also please be sure to check out at the desk so the study room key will be available for the next student.
These popular rooms are available for same day use. You may reserve a room for two hours either in person at the circulation desk, or by phone at 619-297-9700 x1100. Only same day reservations are available. Because these rooms are in high demand, we must adhere to the 10 minute rule. So please show up promptly or after 10 minutes we will release the reservation.
Sample Chairs for New Building Going Soon. Input Needed
The sample chairs under consideration for the new building will soon be returned. Come by and try them out at the round tables on the first floor of the library, just outside the copier room. TJSL values your opinion, so take this opportunity to help make your new school a more pleasant and engaging learning environment. Please be sure to review the chair selection and then provide your feedback.
Writing a Paper? Find Updates On Your Topic
You may find updates on the library blog, ThomChat, which focuses on technology and legal developments. Recent posts have focused on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the practice of law, freedom of information, and law firm legal research requirements.
You’ll also find current news on a compilation of sundry legal topics at the Current News/Recent Cases RSS page. Just click onto your topic from the left side table of contents and multiple subject-specific RSS feeds will populate the right side of the screen. It’s a great way to keep updated on your paper topic.
New Self Help Section
We’ve created a new section near the reference librarian offices for those who need to tackle real life legal situations. Perhaps you have an issue with your landlord, or you’re not quite sure how to answer that legal question from your relative. Or maybe you want to know how to set up your side business. This section, located along side the Study Aids section, is primarily comprised of the popular Nolo Press books.
October is LGBT History Month
This annual observance celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history as well as the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBT History Month is intended to encourage honesty and openness about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Check out our display of library materials celebrating this history over the last 40 years.