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Library Bootcamps

In News & Notes on February 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Schmid Law Library is offering Library “bootcamps” the next few weeks.  These sessions are scheduled for an hour and offer an in-depth review of a particular topic as requested by students.  The first week of Library Bootcamp classes are:

Tuesday, March 1st
– 10 to 11 a.m. in room 113:  “Efficient Westlaw/Lexis Searching”
– noon to 1 p.m. in room 113:  “Using Law Library Catalogs Effectively”
Wednesday, March 2
– noon to 1 p.m. in room 113:  “Using Law Library Catalogs Effectively”
– 1 to 2 p.m. in room 109:  “Efficient Westlaw/Lexis Searching”
Thursday, March 3rd
– 1 to 2 p.m. in room 109:  “Using Law Library Catalogs Effectively”

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, stop by the reference desk and speak to a Librarian about RSVPing.


New Nebraska Area Code

In News & Notes on February 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

A new area code for Nebraska goes in affect on Saturday, February 26th.

The eastern Nebraska area code of 402 will remain in use as the new 531 area code will become the norm since 402 phone numbers are almost at capacity.  At UNL, Information Services has provided a user-friendly site on the new area code requirements as well as helpful remembers on dialing 10 digits instead of just seven when calling even “local” numbers.  Dialing a “1” for long distance calls is still required.

Dialing the area code before a phone number can be a challenge to remember but as this article from the Lincoln Journal Star suggests, this is a new habit to learn and like anything in life it will take some practice.


Gadgets, everyone has a gadget!

In Check This Out on February 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

There are numerous studies and articles on the differences between generations in the United States.  How a particular age group uses technology is one more facet in these distinctions.  More people are using technology, especially as computers, gadgets and digital devices become ubiquitous within our lives.

new study by Pew Internet shows how member of each generation uses technology.  The data is interesting but check out the graphs for a great visual on how many people  use technology such as cell phones, laptops, desktops, ebooks, game console, tablets, and ipod/MP3 players.  Also reported is how people use gadgets to use the Internet, take photos or listen to music.

“Save the libraries”

In News & Notes on February 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Times are tough; throughout the country, local and state government budgets are tight and something has to give.  The rallying cry has been shouted for Libraries – save them, save what they mean to our communities and the creative place libraries occupy in our lives.

Phil Bradley has a great save the libraries post on his blog, read it and then check out the retro posters he posted to Flickr in this set.

ALA has a link to many of the “save the library” site and a cool widget is available for users to find their local legislators.

What is special about your library?  Would you care if it were closed?  Libraries mean different things to each person you talk to.  How would you “save the libraries”?