Monthly Archives: December 2015

Finals Week Survival Guide

_DSC1355Final exams start today, and in this post, we offer you three tips for surviving finals week at the University of San Diego.

Get a good study space

A recent article published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship demonstrates that students need a variety of study space options, including quiet and group study spaces. Copley Library’s group study rooms are always available for reservation. Additionally, other spaces at Copley Library have been designated “silent study zones” for the duration of finals (December 15th-22nd). Finally, check out these other great study spaces on campus.

Get some sleep

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, many college students do not get enough sleep during finals week and this often has a negative impact on their grades. Thankfully, Copley Library supports the sleep schedules of early birds and night owls! In fact, we are open 24 hours each day until December 22nd when we close at 8pm. For some great tips on getting the sleep you need to succeed, check out this awesome sleep information resource created by USD Student Wellness.

Get some exercise

A 2011 press release from the American College of Sports Medicine highlights a study presented at their annual conference demonstrating the positive relationship between regular exercise and good grades. Similarly, a 2013 study by the National Academies of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine found that exercise also improves academic success among elementary school students. If you are looking for that extra edge before your next exam, consider attending one of several exercise classes being offered by USD Recreation this week!

A few other helpful reminders about finals week:

USD tram services to and from Copley Library go until 2am.

The Torero Tu Go food truck will be outside of Copley from 9pm-2am.

Copley library closes at 5pm on December 23rd and re-opens for intersession on Monday, January 4th at 8am.

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Strategic Planning is all around us!

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Words like: assessment, future, community, building relationships, environment, 21st Century, service, tactics, goals, process, etc., surround the strategic planning process. After nearly two years, Copley Library has finished its strategic plan for 2016-2020 cycle. The final report is open to suggestions from the university’s own strategic report to be revealed during the summer of 2016. Can’t wait until then to see Copley’s Strategic Plan? No worries, here is a sneak peek at Copley Library’s strategic plan, it focuses on five pillars to build its future stage:

  1. Research and Scholarship: partnering with every USD scholar through the learning, research, and scholarship cycle as each individual engages with information and creates new knowledge
  2. Collections: embracing a hybrid environment of print, audiovisual, and online resources to serve as the university learning centre that attracts, educates, and empowers all USD scholars as leaders in the 21st century
  3. Community: offering USD faculty, students, staff and alumni as well as the wider community a welcoming and collaborative base for intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities and partnerships
  4. Environment: providing a dynamic and thriving physical and virtual environment that contributes to our scholars’ successes and supports the professional growth and development of the library’s faculty and staff
  5. Technology: delivering optimal online access and technology resources for the USD community

From what you have just read, you can tell that the Copley Library Strategic Planning Committee, chaired by Laura Turner, Head of Technical Services, has been busy imagining the library’s future.

Speaking of the university’s strategic plan, it was gratifying to see that as soon as President Harris arrived this fall, he put into motion a plan to evaluate where the university wishes to be in the near future. He quickly formed a campus wide Strategic Planning Committee, which even includes student representation. President Harris is working hard to learn the ins and outs of USD. We wish all of the university’s strategic planning committees’ great success!

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