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2009 Freedman Fellows Program to give 5, $3,000 grants
The Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services Center is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kelvin Smith Library.
For the College of Arts and Sciences the Freedman Center is evidence of the College's commitment to the evolution of education and the integration of multimedia technologies and digital tools in its curriculum. For KSL the Freedman Center is the culmination of a ten-year vision for a center that provides faculty, students, and staff with the ability to utilize 'born digital' materials as well as analog and hard copy information sources in digital works and presentations.
This year, the Freedman Fellows Program will award up to five (5) $3,000 awards to successful regular, permanent fulltime faculty who discuss and demonstrate in their applications how information technology or digital tools will be used to enhance their teaching or research. In keeping with a 2008 Freedman Family gift, the Freedman Fellows Program has been expanded to include both Digital Humanities research and Digital Case activities. The Freedman Center Fellows Program:
- Supports new approaches to scholarly endeavors using information technology such as the use of text-analytic techniques, GIS, and multimedia in research and teaching;
- Supports Digital Case in experimenting with digital tools for storing, preserving, analyzing and making accessible digital resources;
- Facilitates the use of emerging technologies for dissemination and publication of scholarship;
- Provides research design and visualization strategies in data archiving and retrieval;
- Supports research in the area of Digital Humanities by encouraging the use of new technologies in faculty research—specifically, providing immersive instruction to faculty in the rapidly emerging tools that will benefit their scholarly pursuits.
Application information will be provided at an information session on Thursday, March 19th, 2009, from 12:00-1:30, in the Kelvin Smith Library's Dampeer Room.
The Freedman Fellows Program in 2009 will require attendance at a week-long seminar, May 11th-May 15th, covering information technology, theory of digital tools and concepts, discussions of the use of technology in curricular re-design, and hands-on access to and use of various technologies in the Freedman Center—all centered on getting fulltime faculty the tools necessary to move forward with course or research enhancements.
The Freedman Fellows Program is intended to showcase the Freedman Center’s potential. The awards encourage the use of information technologies and the building of teaching and research tools that support the development of information and research skills objectives for students, faculty, and staff. As well, a new addition to this year's Freedman Fellows Program is the accent on Digital Case and the expectation that the outcomes of research or digitization efforts will include deposits of said materials in Digital Case: Case Western Reserve University's digital library, institutional repository and digital archive.
Additionally, a general overview of the program will be given at this information session along with answers to any questions. Please RSVP to Thomas.Hayes@case.edu, as lunch will be provided (please include any dietary restrictions if applicable).
For more information please contact Tom Hayes, Freedman Center Managing Librarian and Head of Digital Library Programs, or go to the Freedman Center website: http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/index.html and look under "Special Programs."
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