End of the semester Interlibrary Loan… time may NOT be on your side.

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Photo by David Lofink, used under a Creative Commons license.

We’re always happy to help you find whatever it is you need, whether it comes from here in our own library or from somewhere out in the world via Interlibrary Loan.  But as we get closer to the end-of-the-semester crunch time, we do feel the need to remind everyone that Interlibrary Loan can take some time, particularly for physical items that may be sent through the mail.  As such, it might not be the best option for your last-minute, “Hail Mary” pass sorts of needs, even if we can find a library here in Rhode Island that a.) has the item you need; and b.) can actually supply it, because even in-state requests can take 3 to 5 business days.

Of course, if you still want to attempt the request, by all means go for it, we’re happy to help out in any way we can; that’s our whole deal here.  We just want to help manage your expectations a little and save you some frustration if the thing you’re hoping to find takes longer to arrive than you want or need.

Also, it’s a stone cold bummer to have to tell y’all that stuff won’t be here in time.

Library Schedule for Final Exams

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As usual, there are lots of schedule changes and expanded hours for final exams.  Here’s when we’ll be open:

Friday, May 6: 7:30am to Midnight

Saturday, May 7: 10am to Midnight

Sunday, May 8: 10am to 2am

Monday, May 9 to Thursday, May 12: 7am to 2am

Friday, May 13: 7am to Midnight

Saturday, May 14: 8am to Midnight

Sunday, May 15: 10am to 1am

Monday, May 16: 7am to 10pm

Tuesday, May 17: 7:30 am to 6pm

Best of luck on your exams!

Early Openings for Fall 2016 Class Pre-Registration

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Pre-Reg

Just a reminder that we’re open at 6:45am April 6th-8th and 11th-14th to help answer any questions, offer assistance, or just provide a quiet, peaceful environment for pre-registration for Fall 2016 semester classes.

And remember, if you have long overdue and billed library items, you probably have a block on your Banner account.  If you have a block on your Banner account, you won’t be able to register for classes or housing, receive grades or transcripts, or get your diploma.  If you can’t register for classes or housing, receive grades or transcripts, or get your diploma, you’ll have angry parents.

Basically, it’s like a really negative version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and you’ll want to avoid that.

Old games collecting dust? Donate them to the library!

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Game Donation

Do you have a chess set you never use?  Are you tired of your reign as Monopoly board slum lord?  Finding yourself Uno-ed out?  No longer winning at the game of Life?  No longer feeling Sorry?  Haven’t got a Clue?  Settled Catan to the point of overpopulation?  Lost your Ticket to Ride?  Looking for a less Trivial Pursuit?

(Okay, I’ll stop.)

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, and you have a bunch of complete, gently-used board and/or card games collecting dust in a closet or under the bed, consider donating them to the library!  We’re looking to build a collection of games for people to use as a way to pass the time and relieve a little stress while they’re here in the library (especially as we approach mid-terms and finals).  People have asked us in the past about adding some games to our collections, and you can help us do that.

Contact the Borrower Services desk for more information.

Fair Use Week! Yes, it’s a thing, and yes, it’s important.

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Happy Fair Use Week, Bryant!  I’m sure you all have this important occasion marked in your calendars and plan on celebrating the freedom (within reason) that fair use allows, but just in case there are people in the audience who are new to all this, I’ll explain briefly.

Fair Use Week is an annual event (this year spanning the week of Monday, February 22nd through Friday, February 26th) commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to promote the doctrine of fair use in America (or fair dealing if you’re Canadian).  Fair use and fair dealing are defined as “essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.” (source).

You run into examples of fair use doctrine nearly every single day of your life and you probably don’t even realize it most of the time.  In fact, most of that previous paragraph was an example of fair use because I was quoting a pre-existing work and incorporating it into a work of my own (you’ll notice that I also credited that source, am using that quote for an educational intent, am making no money off of this work I’m currently creating, and am not taking potential revenue away from the ARL / Fair Use Week folks in creating it… that’s important).

The rights and privileges allowed by copyright law to the owners and creators of a given work are obviously very important – any content creator should be allowed to gain the credit and any revenue rightly due to them – but the doctrine of fair use does allow for exceptions to copyright law in certain rarefied situations in ways that help innovate, create, and educate.

For more information on fair use in helpful and aesthetically pleasing infographic form, check out this description of the fundamentals of fair use doctrine, and this one that shows just how many times in a typical day that fair use doctrine assists and improves a typical college student’s life.  It’s eye-opening stuff.

For more information on Fair Use Week or just the doctrine itself, check out fairuseweek.org

Presidents’ Day Weekend (Feb. 12-15) Schedule

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Presidents’ Day weekend is upon us (as evidence by all the car sale commercials on TV at the moment), and even though a lot of you might be going away, the library will still be open.  Here is our schedule for the holiday weekend:

Friday, Feb. 12th: 7:30am – 9pm

Saturday, Feb. 13th: 10am – 6pm

Sunday, Feb. 14th: Noon – 10pm

Monday, Feb. 15th: 10am – 1:30am

Regular spring semester hours resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16th.