August

It’s the hottest month of the year, and sometimes it feels like the longest.  Football season doesn’t start until September, and neither do our favorite TV shows.  Flanked by July 4th and Labor Day weekends, there aren’t as many opportunities for beach getaways or cookouts.  And for those of you who just moved to Florida, it’s too hot and humid to stay outside for long.  (Seriously, you guys – stay hydrated.)

This summer, many Barry students chose to attend our Study Abroad program in El Escorial, Spain, where they took interesting classes and adventured all over Europe.  Others worked prestigious internships and lucrative summer associate positions, learning the law in ways they never imagined, networking all the while with future colleagues and bosses.  Some just enjoyed the much-deserved down time, spending their days and nights with family and friends who missed them. 

Our professors were toiling away on their scholarship, and some taught summer classes, both here and abroad.  And our recent graduates studied countless hours for the July Bar Exam, which I’m sure went better than they thought.  All summer, we saw them in the Law Library and tried to commiserate and cheer them on.  Hopefully they got to relax a little in August, at least.

Yes, here we are in August.  Whether you have kids or not, you may feel a little wistful and nostalgic when you see the “BACK TO SCHOOL!” signs and sales everywhere.  If not, you might feel a familiar pang of melancholy, knowing that summer funtimes are over and things are about to get REAL.

Well, your friendly neighborhood Law Library staff is here, and we’ve been here all summer.  We missed you, and we’ll be happy to see you again over the next few weeks.  And if you’re new, we’re especially happy to meet you.  Please come by and introduce yourselves.  Let us know where you’ve been and where you want to go.  Definitely let us know if you need anything! 

We have awesome new printers that can print, copy, and scan files directly to your e-mail, AND now you can pay with cash, credit, or debit cards.  You can even print off USB drives and send print jobs remotely, from home or elsewhere, to release when you get to campus.  Obviously, printing and copying will be a slightly different process for our returning students and professors based in the Library, but just ask any of us, and we’ll walk you through the process.     

For 1Ls, we have a huge selection of study aids for your classes in the Reserve collection behind the Circulation Desk, so ask anyone at Circ for what you need.  These are materials that can be checked out for four hours at a time, for on-campus use only.  We also have lots of books about the best study habits for achieving success in law school, so we can point you toward those.  As I’ve said before and almost certainly will again, your success is OUR success.

Basically, we’re ready for your return, ready for action and excitement and helping.  We’ve been working on projects and improving the Library all summer, but as they say in too many movies, it has been quiet.  TOO quiet.  

We’re thrilled that you’ll all be back soon, to liven up the doldrums of August.  Do stop by.  Hopefully you’ll spend a lot of time here, and you will love our comfortable new chairs.  Get to know our staff, and we’ll look forward to getting to know you.  If you’re new to Orlando (or even if you aren’t), I’ll recommend you the best restaurants in town.   And we’ll enjoy the air conditioning and look forward to September together.

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