Effective Monday December 2, all study areas and computer labs in the Mendik Library will remain open late night and early morning hours. The late hours extend to 2 a.m. every day, and the Library space reopens at 7 a.m. every morning. This Study Hall schedule will remain in effect through the end of the exams period.
During the Study Hall period all areas behind the Circulation Desk, including the Reserve Collection and the Reserve Reading Room, will close at 11 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Library opens for business at 8 a.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. on weekends.
During late night and early morning Study Hall hours there are no librarians on duty; security guards patrol Library rooms and study areas. All Circulation transactions, including borrowing and return of books, as well as charge-out and charge-in of Reserve materials, must be completed by regular closing time. Policies regarding food, drink and quiet study remain in effect.
Late and early Study Hall is for NYLS students only; you’ll need your NYLS OneCard ID to stay to stay in the Library or to enter the Library after 11 p.m. Please have your ID ready to show the guard.
Even before the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth in 1621, Thanksgiving had been celebrated in the U.S. in various ways, on various dates. For example, Spanish explorers held a Thanksgiving feast in Texas in 1541. During the 1700s, many colonies observed the day with prayer and fasting. After the Revolutionary War, a number of Presidents issued proclamations declaring various Thanksgiving Days. A war-weary President Lincoln issued one such proclamation in 1863. After some decades of confusion over exactly when in November the nation would observe the holiday, in 1941 Congress finally set it as the fourth Thursday.
While closed Thanksgiving Day, the Mendik Library will be open the following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
In observance of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, the U.S. Government Printing Office has made the official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report available on FDsys, the Federal Digital System housing electronic government documents.
The Warren Commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the JFK assassination. With 26 volumes of supporting documents, the 900-page Report includes numerous photos, maps and diagrams from the scene in Dallas, Texas. FDsys has also made available post assassination audio tape recordings. Conspiracy theorists and aspiring presidential historians alike should be sure to check them out!
For the seventh consecutive year the Mendik Library surveyed 1Ls during First Week library tours about some of their digital inclinations. Below is a quick summary. You can see all the survey questions (and the responses) here.
In addition to telling us their favorite pizza topping (answer below), 318 members of the classes of 2016/17 responded to questions about:
- their preferences in electronic communication;
- their social networking activity;
- their usage of Twitter, E-Books, Blogs, and Podcasts; and
- the devices (Smartphones, Tablets, E-Book Readers, etc.) they owned.
Some earlier trends are continuing, including an increased use of social media, though this year witnessed an upsurge in the use of Instagram (with a concomitant decrease in Facebook usage). E-mail as a preference in electronic communication resumed what had been a steady decline while text messaging continued to grow. E-Book usage also continued its gains. The latter is consistent with a fifty-percent jump in students’ ownership of iPads or other Tablet devices.
- The percentage of students who preferred E-mail to other forms of electronic communication resumed its decline after a small upward blip last year. Only 32% prefer E-mail, the lowest number we’ve seen in seven years. By contrast . . .
- the preference for mobile-based text messaging continued its steady ascent, jumping almost 10 points to 58%. Draw your own conclusion but those reporting a preference for BlackBerry Messaging, was zero!
- continued a trend of increasing daily use, with 60% claiming use more than once per day, compared to 52% last year and the sixth straight year witnessing an increase.
- Among “Smartphones,” BlackBerry lost more than half its users, dropping from 15% to 7%. The iPhone surged once again, to 77% (up from 62%) but the Android seems to have stumbled, retreating from last year’s 21% to 16%.
- Ownership of an iPad or other Tablet grew by half, from 30% in 2012 to 46% this year.
- Ownership of E-Book Readers increased this year, from 16% to 23%, up from 4% when the question was first asked in 2010.
- Although Facebook remains the dominant social networking site for these students, at 54%, Instagram has marked an aggressive gain to 24%, picking up the twenty percentage points Facebook lost from last year. Almost 11% of the class, the same percentage as last year, does not use any social networking site . . . but those who are users . . .
- Questions about Twitter appeared for just the third time; although the number of students who have a Twitter account jumped to 53% (from 38% in 2011 and 46% in 2012), Tweeting “occasionally” is the only category that saw a noticeable increase, reaching 22% compared to last year’s 17% and 2011’s 14%. The number of Twitter feeds students follow has increased again only modestly – those following more than five feeds increased from 32% to 35% but the number following between one and five feeds remained flat.
- The number of blog/RSS subscribers and readers has continued to decline slowly, down to 28%.
- Podcasts finally experienced a slight uptick with the percentage of students who downloaded or listened to 1-5 Podcasts growing from 20% in 2012 to 30% in 2013, and those who downloaded or listened to more than five Podcasts increased marginally (from 15% to 16%). The number of students who did not know what a Podcast was matched last year’s highest level ever, 13%.
- Continuing what had become a steady trend, the popularity of Macs compared to PCs increased once again, reaching 64%, up from 57% last year.
- When it comes to web browsers, two majors (Firefox and Internet Explorer) each lost a little more ground to Google Chrome, which is now favored by 34% of incoming students. Firefox fell from 23% in 2012 to 18%; IE fell from 16% to 13%. The only thing stopping Chrome seemed to be Safari, which climbed from 27% to 34%.
- Google continues to reign as the undisputed search engine of choice (94%), with Yahoo advancing over last year to 3%, and Bing bringing up the rear with 2%. AOL scored a zero with these students.
- For only the fourth time, we asked students which electronic devices they owned.
- Along with the increasing ownership of Tablet devices, more students are taking advantage of E-Books – 68% (up from 59% in 2012) said they have used their computer or another electronic device (e.g., iPad or other Tablet, Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or Smartphone application) to view an E-Book.
- Finally, Pepperoni came out on top once again as students’ favorite pizza topping, pulling in a hearty 30% of the vote compared to Mushrooms, the nearest contender with 14%. At 13%, Extra Cheese fell back to third place.
For more information and the complete survey results, click here.
REMINDER: The Haunted Halloween Info Hunt drawing is almost here! Winners can earn 1,000 Westlaw points, in addition to many other prizes, including study aids, OneCard Guest Cards (good for food purchases as well as printing and copying) and Barnes and Noble gift cards.
The drawing will be outside the library entrance at 5:45 pm this Thursday, October 31. And what’s Halloween without candy? Stop by and fill up your bag with Halloween treats . . . and maybe a few (research) tricks.
Submit completed entries by 5 pm. For more information, click here.
SCOTUSblog, a popular blog providing comprehensive coverage of the United States Supreme Court, recently announced the availability of a FREE iOS app.
The new app provides mobile access to the content available on SCOTUSblog, access to its Twitter feed, and notifications alerting users to breaking Supreme Court news. It will also “be rolling out new features and improvements regularly.”
You can download the FREE SCOTUSblog iOS App at the App Store.
Happy Halloween from the Mendik Library! As a Halloween treat, here’s an easy opportunity to WIN research aids, study guides, texts, flash drives, cool study tools, and more.
Click here to access the Haunted Halloween Hunt. Each slide includes one question (there are only 6) and easy, step-by-step instructions. Press enter to move on to each new question. Click here to access an answer sheet or pick up a copy at the Reference Desk. Either submit your completed answer sheet at the Reference Desk or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 31st. The drawing will take place outside the library entrance on October 31st at 5:45 PM. You need not be present to win, but an additional entry form will be added for each student who does attend!
Among the prizes winners will choose from are:
|Acing Criminal Procedure
|Black Letter Outlines: Administrative Law
|Criminal Procedure: Quick Review
|Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook
|Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir
|Foundations of Labor and Employment Law
|Foundations of Tort Law
|Habeas Corpus in America: The Politics of Individual Rights
|Leading Constitutional Cases on Criminal Justic
|Mastering Statutory Interpretation
|Plain English for Drafting Statutes and Rules
|Principles of Business Organizations
|Property: Examples and Explanations
|Questions and Answers: Business Associations
|Questions and Answers: Civil Procedure
|Questions and Answers: Contracts
|Questions and Answers: Criminal Law
|Questions and Answers: Torts
|Regulation of the Legal Profession
|Understanding Constitutional Law
|Understanding Islamic Law
|Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics
The first Monday in October marks the opening day of the new Supreme Court term, and this year is no different. During its first week, the Court will hear arguments about federal age discrimination claims, class actions in securities litigation, and ineffective assistance of counsel. It will also hear a major campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, in which the Court will consider a First Amendment “challenge to aggregate limits on contributions to federal candidates and political committees.”
Other major cases coming up this term include Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation, in which the Court will consider whether the D.C. Circuit erred in invalidating an EPA rule that implemented limits on cross-state air pollution, and Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, in which the plaintiffs challenge a Michigan constitutional amendment that prohibits race or sex-based preferential treatment in public university admissions.
Besides SCOTUS Blog, other places to go for Supreme Court information include the Supreme Court’s website, where you can listen to oral arguments, the ABA’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, where you can find the parties’ briefs, and Supreme Podcast. This is shaping up to be another fascinating and controversial term. What will The Nine do? Listen to the arguments, read the briefs, and see if you can anticipate their decisions!
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