Brace Yourself: Summer is Coming

 

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With the term ending, today is the last day we’re open until 8:30 for the next two weeks. From May 17th until May 26th, our hours will look like this: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We’ll be closed on Memorial Day (May 29th), and then summer sessions begin! If you’ve signed up for summer classes, don’t wait until 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30th to start thinking about school. Come in while we’re quiet and get prepped. Even if you only have time for a quick tour, here’s what you can get done now so you’ll know what you’re doing by the time you receive your first assignment:

1. Find out what resources are available for each of your courses.

Whether you’ve used our library before or have never set foot in a library in your life, there are always more items and materials to discover. We know, because we the staff come across pleasant surprises ourselves, such as a new way to use an electronic resource or a recent release by a renowned scholar. We might even have items your instructor has set aside specifically for your class to use.

Explore our catalog, check out our posts on resources for specific programs and departments, or stop by the circulation desk and ask about our collection.

2. Stake out some territory.

We often talk about practicing good study habits. In this case, “habit” is the operative word. That is, many of us enjoy finding quiet corners to study that we return to again and again. Some of us like to cozy up in an armchair while others prefer to use the distraction-reducing study corrals along the back wall. Maybe you’d like to park yourself in our quiet study room – which often doubles as an art gallery – or spread out at one of our many large, sturdy tables.

Come see the study spaces we have available and start planning your learning strategy.

3. Get the 411 on your instructor and his/her/their expectations.

Do kids still say that? “411”? Whatever – the point is, we, your library staff, spend a lot of time on campus. Do you know who else spends a lot of time on campus? Your instructors. We don’t necessarily know your professor’s favorite pizza topping, but it is likely that we can tell you something about what to expect from your upcoming class.

For example, some instructors are impressed when students take initiative by reading ahead or submitting extra work. On the other hand, some instructors absolutely hate it when students work ahead; they figure that if you learn something incorrectly, it’ll be twice as hard to teach you the correct method because you’ll have to “unlearn” the faulty technique.

Again, we also have many items put on reserve by instructors for their students to use. You may come in before your classes begin, take a look at these materials, and ask questions about them.

Once summer term begins, our hours will be back to 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

We’ll be taking a break from the blog between now and then to ready our summer projects. We’ll be back shortly with more on summer reading, resources by program, study tips, and more. See you soon!

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