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Tired of Studying? Checkout our Top Five Study Break Ideas for Finals 2017


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Finals Exams start tomorrow and in this post we offer some of our favorite suggestions for relaxing between writing papers, studying, test-taking and sleeping.

  1. Exercise Classes. Campus Recreation is offering free GroupEx classes throughout finals.
  2. Study Break on Copley’s Front Lawn: Enjoy free coffee donuts and fruit on Copley’s front lawn May 15th-19th courtesy of Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and Copley Library.
  3. Feeding Frenzy: Have dinner courtesy of Associated Students, Student Alumni Association and SMILE Club from 5:30pm-7:30pm May 17 at the Degheri Alumni Center Courtyard.
  4. Pool Party: USD Recreation invites you to enjoy snacks, music and pool games from 12pm-2pm May 16th.
  5. Outdoors at USD. There are dozens of beautiful places to walk, run, talk or sit quietly (and not so quietly) at USD and we suggest taking a study break right here on campus. Copley Lawn is often unreserved and open for some quiet exercise, play and maybe even a nap. Other places like the Garden of the Sea at the IPJ, The Maher Rose Garden, and the lawns in front of Colachias Plaza and Plaza de San Diego offer great outdoor space to relax or exercise between exams.

For more information on managing your time, planning your studies, eating healthy and other helpful tips for surviving finals week 2017 checkout this great guide to finals week resources by Student Wellness!


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2017 Digital Initiatives Symposium

The Digital Initiatives Symposium began in 2014 as an avenue for library professionals to come together for discussion about the ever changing digital landscape of libraries and institutional repositories. The Fourth Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium involved two days full of workshops, presentations, and posters that ignited discussion about enhanced user experience and access through a variety of digital platforms. With nearly 200 people in attendance, this was our biggest year yet. On Monday, May 1st, workshop attendees delved into topics such as how to approach copyright with digital collections, new ways to think about project management, and real-world ways to handle metadata. Many attendees joined together after the workshops for Birds of a Feather dinners. These allowed small groups to experience local San Diego restaurants while discussing Digital Humanities, IR Platforms, and Data Management.

Opening Keynote speaker Joan Lippincott.

Tuesday brought another day of presentations, conversations, and inspiration. Joan Lippincott from the Coalition for Networked Information gave the opening keynote address. She discussed how digital initiatives can enhance student learning and apply to learning outcomes for today’s higher education students. 34 presenters from throughout the US then shared their ideas, successes, and challenges with implementing digital initiative projects. Participants were encouraged to use #dis2017 as a way to continue the discussion online. You can check out the great photos and tweets from #dis2017 participants here:


This was the first year of poster presentations and it proved to be a great success. Sixteen presenters created fabulous posters that highlighted digital projects from such institutions as Duke, Regis, and South Dakota State Universities. These posters regaled the symposium lobby for much of the day, and were a feature of the Wine and Cheese Reception in USDs Garden of the Sea.

Attendees praised the speakers, the location, and how welcoming the event felt. Much appreciation goes out to all of those who attended and presented at this year’s Digital Initiative Symposium, and to all of those who helped make this a great success.

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