Easter Weekend Schedule Changes (March 25-27)

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Good Friday and Easter are this weekend, and the library’s schedule will be affected, so please take note of the changes listed below:

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Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate, and if you don’t, remember that candy is deliciously non-denominational.

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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.

Library Schedule for Winter Session (Jan. 4-24)

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Welcome back!  We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays.  Winter Session runs January 4-24, and here’s when we’ll be open to help you out:

Mondays-Fridays: 8am to 6pm

Saturdays: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Sundays: 10am to 6pm

EXCEPTIONS:

Monday, January 18th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day): 10am to 2pm

Saturday, January 23rd:  10am to 2pm

Sunday, January 24th: CLOSED