I’d Like to Check Out a ….Drone?

Phantom Drone in actionStarting in the fall the University of Southern Florida will have two drones available to check out from their campus library.

“The library’s hope is to integrate new technology to its services. In the past year, the library has worked to expand its ‘Digital Media Commons’ in an effort to promote digital learning. Now, USF’s library is taking it a step further by giving students the opportunity to operate the drones.

Dean of USF Libraries Bill Garrison says the drones could be a great resource for students working on multimedia projects, and sees the program working in conjunction with other departments at the university.

“There are a lot of opportunities for research and learning by using drones.”

The drones will be able capture photographic and video images. Students and faculty will have to take a training class before being allowed to check out the drones which cost $1500.00 each.

For more info, check out this CNN article.


Photocopy/Scanning/Fax Options

There is one self-service photocopy machine located in the Reserve area of the law library.  It takes cash (change, one-dollar, five-dollar bills) and SU ID cards with value added.  For other photocopy, scanning, and fax alternatives on campus, check out our Reprographic Options for Law Students guide.


Children and Libraries Exhibit (April 2013)

Children and Libraries Exhibit

For those who have early memories of visits to the library, it may come as a surprise to learn that allowing children in libraries is a relatively recent historical development. This exhibit celebrates the libraries and librarians who fought to open libraries to children. View the materials on display to explore the many ways librarians sought to create welcoming spaces containing age-appropriate materials available to children. This exhibit was created by Donna Turner, library Collection Maintenance/Preservation Specialist, for National Library Week and Children’s Book Week. (2nd floor)


September Library Tours!

What Reserve books can be checked out overnight?

Where do printouts actually print?

Where are study guides and course materials?

These questions and more will be answered during library tours, and the tour bus continues into the first week of September. The sign up page is a calendar- be sure to page forward to September. Tours are offered from 9/4 through 9/6.


The First Library in the United States

Though the Library of Congress was the first official post-revolutionary library, it was not the first governmental library in the United States. The history of the first governmental library stretches back to 1731, when Benjamin Franklin and several of his friends in the Junto society founded The Library Company as a non-profit. Yes, in addition to being an inventor, politician, philosopher, and scientist, it seems that Mr. Franklin found time to be a librarian as well!  During the time that the nation’s capital was located in Philadelphia, The Library Company served as the first official library of Congress, and is still open to the public today.


Conducting a Source and Cite Check for a Journal?

Check out the library’s FAQ for journal staff.  It answers general questions about recurring issues in writing and editing for any of the journals and provides tips on how to use library resources and services most effectively.


Printing in the Law Library

The DDC is experiencing an extremely high volume of print activity. Be patient with the student assistants working behind the counter. They must carefully sort through every print job to ensure accuracy. The process can be time consuming. Often a small, single page job will be interposed between large printouts.

Remember that the DDC is a public area with little expectation of privacy. Send confidential print jobs to the printers on the 3rd or 4th floor of the library and retrieve them immediately. Resume paper cannot be added to the printers in the DDC as printouts are randomly queued between two large printers with six paper trays between them. The 3rd and 4th floor printers have a single removable tray that can accommodate special bond paper.


Don’t let your laptop walk off

Study carrel

Theft can be a problem in any building on campus so we remind you to never leave personal belongings unattended in the library.  Remember to take valuable items with you when you leave or ask a colleague to watch books/backpacks if you will be gone for a very short period of time. Study rooms are no exception. Always use the laptop security devices installed on carrels and tables throughout the library to secure your computer. Security cables can be purchased in the bookstore.


Setting Off the Security Gates

Self Check out station
Books purchased at the university bookstore contain magnetic strips that activate the security gates in the library. If the alarm sounds each time you enter the library, chances are you have textbooks that need “de-magnetizing”. Stop at the circulation desk and ask a staff member to assist you.   Also, please make sure that all your library books have been checked out.


Proquest Statistical Insight: A nice source for numbers!

By Jason Giesler, Law Library Intern

Statistics play a major role in many types of legal and non-legal arguments. Whether you are drafting a brief, writing a paper, or trying to impress your friends with your knowledge ( a la Cliff Clavin), access to veracious statistical information can help!

In order to meet your needs, the library offers Proquest Statistical Insight, a comprehensive database with all sorts of statistical information.  Coverage available through Proquest is quite broad, with data from US Government reports published between 1973 and the present. The database is extremely easy to access through a search engine that pops up on the landing page.  Searching a broad term like “crime” yields over 9,600 results.  A toolbar on the left side of the screen allows the user to break down results by source, region, and subject.  Statistics are available from a wide range of locations.  My crime search yielded reports on a variety of topics and locations ranging from Cannabis statistics in Afghanistan to crime and development in Africa. Most of the results displayed include an abstract, so that the numbers can be accessed quickly, without having to read each full report. Overall, Proquest Statstical Insight is an excellent resource with easily accessible data!