Submitted by Law Library on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:20pm
This is the time year when most children cannot wait for presents. All children regardless of age wish and desire those special things, a doll, a truck, a book, or a warm home. It is the time of year when everyone wants something and everyone is asking you for something. Your mail is filled with catalogs, cards, and requests for money to help people, animals, and the environment.
In St. Louis there many organizations to which you can donate, cash, time, or items. The Law Library has put together a very short list of giving possibilities.
The 100 Neediest Cases, every day the St. Louis Post Dispatch is runs an article covering a family/person in need. You can “adopt a case” or give to the fund.
Children - Reading – Books
In St. Louis city more than 34% of the children live in poverty and more than 16% drop out of high school. Giving a new book is one way to help.
Left Bank Books’ Angel Tree donation drive raises money to buy books as Christmas gifts for children in the St. Louis Public Schools. If you want to buy the book instead, visit either location, buy a book, and give it to the clerk specifying it is for the Angel Tree. If you shop online, in comment field type “Angel Tree” during the checkout process.
Barnes and Noble is also having a book drive for Children’s Hospital. Purchase a book and donate it at the store in the St. Louis Area.
The St. Louis area has many groups that help animals, Stray Rescue (dogs), Tenth Life (cats), Animal Protective Association (cats & dogs), and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic (small wild mammals). All of these groups can be helped by giving your time, to walk a dog, brush a cat, or feed an injured rabbit. You can donate items they can use, cat food, paper towels, a thundershirt. Look at their wish lists to see what is needed.
Giving closer to home.
If you make giving more personal, help a neighbor—shovel their walk, take them a box of cookies, or give them a smile. Sometimes the smallest and simplest gifts are the best, kindness – it does not take or cost much, and it is twice as nice.
You can find many places to donate your time or money, open your email, read the paper – there is group that needs your help and is meaningful to you.
Submitted by Law Library on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:59am
SLU Law Library has several great series of study aids that cover most of the major subject areas of law. The current editions are on Reserve and can be checked out at the Circulation Desk on the 6th floor for two hours at a time.
Examples & Explanations are comprehensive study aids that provide explanations of legal concepts and examples that require application of the concepts. This series covers over 20 subject areas.
Hornbooks provide basic rules and principles in a particular area of law. There are Hornbooks in many of the subject areas covered by first-year courses.
Nutshells are succinct expositions of the law; they are published in many of the subject areas covered in both first-year and upper-level courses.
Understanding . . . is clearly written and designed to complement any textbook. This series is well-respected and used by students to supplement their knowledge and clarify the law.
Submitted by Law Library on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 2:52pm
Exams are here, and we can feel a hush fall over the library. Students are frantically reading, outlining, and writing. And they all want a quiet place in the library. Joanne Vogel, Head of Access Services, addressed some of the questions about quiet hours and how they will work in the new building.
5&6: When do quiet hours start?
Joanne Vogel: They start Monday, December 2, and will be in effect until Monday, December 16 when exams end.
5&6: Where are the quiet zones?
JV: The 5th floor is a “Quiet Zone.”
5&6: Is the 6th floor a quiet area?
JV: Yes and no. The 6th floor is our patron services floor which automatically means there will be noise. The Circulation and Reference Desks, computer and print stations, staff offices, elevators, and the area by the staircase are active locations. Loud talking is discouraged, however, and group discussions should be limited. During exams, the 6th floor is usually fairly quiet after 6 p.m.
5&6: What should I do if someone else is talking in the quiet area?
JV: The best way to handle talking in the quiet areas is to politely remind the person or group that this is a quiet area. The new law school has plenty of soft seating areas, study rooms, classrooms, lounges, and tables for group study and conversations. If the problem continues, contact a full-time staff member at either the Circulation or Reference desk.
5&6: What can I do to make sure it stays quiet?
JV: Here are some ways to lower your own noise:
1. Turn off cell phones or turn off all ringers and notification alerts. Take a walk to one of the other floors to take or make a call. Cell phone use is one of our top complaints during exams!
2. Eat meals somewhere else in the building. Beverages in covered containers and quiet, non-crunchy snacks are ok, but eating can be a very noisy business.
3. Wear headphones if you are using audio or video. The law library also provides disposable ear plugs, so pick up a set at the Circulation Desk.
4. Silence your computer. Noisy pop-up messages or unexpected videos frequently occur when using the Internet – no need to let everyone know you are shopping, taking a break, and checking your email or Facebook.
5. Most importantly, be considerate of your colleagues and classmates!
Submitted by Law Library on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:30am
Why blog? I don’t think I have the answer, but I’ll take a few guesses. It can be used as a literary or artistic outlet. Imagine Jack Kerouac or Allen Ginsberg coming of age in the time of blogging. They would be speaking directly to their audiences in a much more effective medium than through esoteric magazines. Perhaps they would have had an even larger audience?
One of the reasons people blog is to express what they are passionate about. Because they really care and there is no real worry (for most) about editors and potential readership. Why else would a person spend time to write and maintain a blog unless there was some significant passion involved and people wanted to be heard?
It can also be kind of exciting. You have no real idea on who is reading. Bloggers who write book reviews will occasionally receive free books. Sometimes bloggers’ posts will be picked up by some noted national magazine or newspaper? National Geographic or the Huffington Post are known to do this. There are others. So you may never know the accolades, publication opportunities, readers, or even jobs (yes) available to bloggers out there.
I’m told blogging can also be comforting. Perhaps like the old neighborhood bar? Many times you’ll pass by the old place on your way home but every once in a while you’ll pop in just to hear some stories or tell a few yourself. It made you feel connected to something. No pressure, no pain, no hassles, just a little fun with some like-minded folks.
So that is what we will have going here from the SLU Law Library Blog, From 5 & 6. It will be a little of this, a little of that. Nothing too serious. Hopefully a little entertaining, informative, dare I say it…educational? Okay, not too educational. One thing we in the law library are passionate about is services for our students and faculty. There will be helpful tidbits for you telling of our services, new materials, new databases, and book burning parties in the back alley (just kidding).
Some of you may know the tune, “Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away…to 5& 6?” Do we have to pay royalties now? If we do I want to take out the last bit because it doesn’t add much. I think it’s an ongoing use we need to be worried about however and this won’t be used again, so I think we are safe.
No, From 5 & 6 isn’t a neighborhood bar, but rather the two floors on which the law library lives and from where this blog will be written, maintained and hopefully not maligned or misunderstood to any great extent. We do encourage your feedback and will gladly post them next to the empties.