Friday, December 16, 2011

Time for a Break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You made it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Especially to you first years, take a well earned break.  I certainly need one - I have some serious napping to catch up on.  (I am a cat, I ALWAYS have serious napping to catch up on).

For those of you still awake, the Library will be open on a more limited schedule.  Please remember, starting on Saturday 12/17,  outside of these times, you will not be able to visit the Library since we will be closed with no swipe card access.

INTERSESSION SCHEDULE - Saturday, December 17BThursday, December 22**

**CLOSED - NO SWIPE CARD ACCESS outside of these times
Saturday                             10:00 A.M. ‑ 6:00 P.M.
Sunday                                        Noon - 8:00 P.M.
Monday - Thursday               8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M.

WINTER BREAK  - Friday, December 23–Monday, January 2, 2012** 


Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Political Calculations

Political Calculations is a different sort of blog. Rather than delivering comments on current events, Political Calculations offers tools that perform computations related to topics that are frequently in the news. Some examples include reckoning the odds of recession and average lifetime earnings trajectories by education.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nationwide Cell Phone Driving Ban Recommended

Exams are almost over, and it will be time to drive away for holidays and a well-deserved break. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted unanimously this week to recommend a nationwide ban on driving while using cell phones and other personal electronic devices. Their recommendation is for all 50 states and the District Of Columbia to pass laws prohibiting use of both hand-held and hands-free personal electronic devices for non-emergency use. While the NTSB has no power to implement such a ban, federal and state regulators and legislatures can act to carry out the recommendation. Many states have texting and cell phone use restrictions in place, and a recent rule bans the use of hand-held cell phones by interstate bus and truck drivers. A current table and maps of cell phone and texting laws across the country are provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC)

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) is an agency of the United Nations established to assist Member States with issues concerning illicit drugs and international crime. UNODC’s online legislation legal library provides full text of drug control laws and regulations adopted by countries in support of international drug control treaties. It includes legislation adopted since 1948.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, December 12, 2011

Google undocumented search operators

Well, it appears that some of the undocumented Google search operators are dated and may no longer work as they did in 2010. For updated information check out, Reference: Advanced operators for Web Search. Changes keep us on our toes.
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

HeinOnline Session Laws Quick Locator Enhancement

The HeinOnline Session Laws Library is a great source for PDF's of the official bound session laws of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and more. In order to make this vast amount of materials more accessible, HeinOnline has recently added the sessions law enhancement. This enhancement allows the user to now select a state, chapter number, enter a year or page number and quickly jump to the page they are looking for. This enhancement is also integrated at the individual state browsing level. Click here to learn more about this new enhancement.
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