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Knovel University Challenge is Back - Win a Kindle, Wii, iPod, or iTunes gift card

Last year, Case was one of only 8 universities world-wide that had at least 100 student entries. Lets keep our streak alive.

KSL subscribes to 1800+ fulltext books in science & engineering just for you.

Knovel University Challenge

Knovel is running a contest for students and Case has entered.

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If you want to try, go to the contest page and answer 3 simple questions.


This contest is open to current students in all schools with active trials and subscriptions to Knovel. The contest starts 9/29/08. You have until (midnight) November 7th to submit your answers and contact information (full name, school name, email address) via the contest widget available at www.info.knovel.com/challenge. All entries with a total of at least 3 correct answers will be placed into a random drawing for one of (2) Nintendo Wiis, (3) iPod Nanos and (6) iTunes Gift Cards. The drawing will take place on December 1st, 2008. The Prizes will be awarded to entrants in the US, Canada, Asia,Eastern Europe, Western Europe and all other regions. All winners must present correct answers to 3 quiz questions. All universities, domestic and international, are eligible to participate and win. For entries to be valid, and to qualify for prizes, students must use Knovel to answer the questions.

To reward schools with outstanding participation, all universities with 100 entries or more are guaranteed entry into a contest-within-the-contest ensuring that 1 student participant with 3 correct answers will be the winner of an iPod Nano.

The winners will be contacted by Knovel Corporation via email.

The correct answers and winners of the contest will also be announced and featured in K-News and on www.knovel.com. All entries and photos become Knovel Corporation’s property and will not be returned. Each participant consents to the use of his or her name and picture on the Knovel Web site for informational and/or promotional purposes, without compensation.

The Quiz Prizes are sponsored by Knovel Corporation (www.knovel.com).

IEEE Xplore Down Time

On Wednesday, 28 May, IEEE will perform planned maintenance to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

During this maintenance, the system will be unavailable for up to one (1) hour beginning at approximately 2:00 pm EDT. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A message will be also posted on the IEEE Xplore home page to alert users.

We appreciate your patience and thank you for being a user of IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

IEEE Xplore Downtime

An IEEE Xplore upgrade is scheduled for Saturday, 15 March, 2008. During this upgrade, the system will be unavailable for up to four (4) hours beginning at approximately 10:00 am EDT (UTC/GMT - 4 hours).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

C&EN Online

The Case community now has online access to Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) from 1998 to present. Access was arranged by OhioLINK.

[About C&EN]

Chemical & Engineering News is a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. C&EN editors and reporters based in Europe, the U.S., and Asia cover science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field.

C&EN Online offers Latest News, supplementary material to C&EN print articles, back issues of the magazine since 1998, and special features such as Reel Science, NanoFocus, RSS feeds, and blogs.

Case Mathematician Inspired By Science

Peter Kotelenez, professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, recently published Stochastic Ordinary and Stochastic Partial Differential Equations: Transition from Microscopic to Macroscopic Equations.

See the Case announcement for more information.

Two copies have been ordered for the Kelvin Smith Library for use by the Case community.

Knovel Unit Converter

Knovel has added a unit converter to its collection of resources. It can be freely accessed by anyone, even nonsubscribers.

Unit Converter: www.knovel.com/unitconverter

Other free content is available for those that sign up.

Reminder:

For the Case community, the Kelvin Smith Library subscribes to Knovel content for your convenience.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of November 5th
  • November 5 (Monday): 8:00am-12pm
  • November 6 (Tuesday)): 8:00am-12pm
  • November 7 (Wednesday): Not Available
  • November 8 (Thursday): By Appointment
  • November 9 (Friday): OFF

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)

  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

Patent Searching Basics Class

For the Case community...
Looking for patent information and do not know where to start? Consider participating in the CaseLearns class called "Patent Research: Basic Search Techniques" at 2 p.m.,Tuesday, October 30 in the Kelvin Smith Library. This course will introduce simple patent terminology and basic search techniques. Register on the CaseLearns web site to participate.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of October 29th
  • October 29 (Monday): 8:00am-12pm
  • October 30 (Tuesday)): Not Available
  • October 31 (Wednesday): 8:00am-11:30am
  • November 1 (Thursday): By Appointment
  • November 2 (Friday): OFF

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)

  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

For the Case Community - Understanding RSS Feeds

Do you know what a RSS feed is or how to use them to make information consumption easier? Consider participating in the CaseLearns class called Understanding RSS Feeds on Monday, October 8th, at 3pm in the Kelvin Smith Library. You must register at http://library.case.edu/caselearns/.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of September 24th
  • September 24 (Monday): By Appointment
  • September 25 (Tuesday)): 7:30am-9:30am
  • September 26 (Wednesday): OFF
  • September 27 (Thursday): OFF
  • September 28 (Friday): 8am-11:30am

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)

  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

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Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of September 10th
  • September 10 (Monday): 8am-11am
  • September 11 (Tuesday)): By Appointment
  • September 12 (Wednesday): By Appointment
  • September 13 (Thursday): 8am-11am
  • September 14 (Friday): By Appointment

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)

  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

What is Web 2.0? - A Potpourri of Examples

The Case Libraries is kicking of its 2007 Brown Bag Lunch Series on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at 11:30am-1:00pm in the Kelvin Smith Library's Dampeer Room. Brian C. Gray (Engineering, Statistics and Mathematics Library at KSL) will present "What is Web 2.0? - A Potpourri of Examples". Bring your lunch as beverages and dessert will be available. RSVP to Gail Reese (egr@case.edu) or KSL Administration at 368-2992.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series are lunchtime presentations with featured speakers and informal discussion about a particular topic. These presentations are one hour long. All library staff, as well as the Case and UCI community are invited.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of August 27th
  • August 27 (Monday): OFF
  • August 28 (Tuesday)): 12pm-4pm
  • August 29 (Wednesday): By Appointment
  • August 30 (Thursday): 8am-12pm
  • August 31 (Friday): By Appointment

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)

  • Open 24x7

  • Includes computer for searching library resources

  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure

  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

Resources, Data, or Tools

Are libraries offering resources, data, or tools to support instruction? Is the difference in the actual terms used just word play? Do libraries not market tools for instruction and only focus on research? Are library tools not good enough?

The Wired Campus (Chronicle of Higher Education, August 8, 2007) highlights a project asking educators their top ten lists of learning TOOLS. It has caused a ripple in the library profession communication channels as NOT one library tool once mentioned by the first 88 learning professional to respond.

Some have proposed that there is a difference between information resources and learning tools. Libraries do advertise and promote many of the learning tools mentioned but none of the subscription-based or library-design resources made the list.

I think all might be true.

First, surveys should define the meanings of words. But another view is that libraries have a reputation of developing our own terminology. Does that terminology make sense to users? Maybe library patrons do not fully grasp the words "database" or "resource". Maybe the simpler word "tool" is easier to grasp.

Second, libraries have always been good at marketing to people in the physical buildings, but marketing to more and more online patrons can be tough. Online competition is severe.

Finally, maybe we are not focused enough on instruction as a reason to use the library resources. I openly promote a database called Knovel as an instruction tool. I would not take credit for that stance though. One of my professors shared with me how he uses it for in the classroom activities. He feels it is a strong method to demonstrate chemical engineering calculations and develop real understanding. It is closer to how graduates would conduct such calculations in the real world.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of July 2nd
  • July 2 (Monday): By Appointment
  • July 3 (Tuesday)): By Appointment
  • July 4 (Wednesday): Holiday
  • July 5 (Thursday): 8am-11am
  • July 6 (Friday): By Appointment

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed.
* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.



Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)
  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

Online Encyclopedia of Medical Images

Effective January 1st, the entire OhioLINK community has access to Images.MD.

Images.MD, the online encyclopedia of medical images, compiles more than 55,000 images from more than 90 collections ranging from allergy to urology, each accompanied by detailed and informative text contributed by more than 2,000 medical experts.

Members of OhioLink have free access to full-sized, high quality images in step with the latest developments in medicine. By filling out a simple registration form, you can also start your own image library, create PowerPoint® presentations of images in your library, and order customized CD-ROMs of your favorite slides.

Database Changes Initiated by OhioLINK

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OhioLINK is constantly striving to provide the strongest portfolio of research resources possible, within our budgetary limitations, to support Ohio higher education

Future of Libraries & Web 2.0

My library started a Reading Club for the employees as a way to supplement professional development and leisure activities. We will meet once a month for boxed lunches and sweets. We plan on alternating between novels and professional articles.

For our first meeting, we discussed The Future of Libraries, Beginning the Great Transformation by Thomas Frey (The DaVinci Institute) and What is Web 2.0 by Tim O'Reilly. We only minimally touched on the Web 2.0 article as we ran out of time.

If you are not familiar with the Future of Libraries article, it proposes 10 trends that will drastically change libraries in the next 50 years. It does make some futurist predictions, such that books and literacy will be dead in 50 years. As a group, we thought the timelines were very debatable, and wondering why the author made some of his statements. Frey provided little justification in his predictions, so our discussions went all over the place. Frey's recommendations may be considered reminders for future thinking libraries, as some libraries do many of these things already.

OhioLINK Joins Google's Summer of Code

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From the OhioLINK announcement:

Are you a coder? Then check out Google's Summer of Code, a program designed to inspire young developers and provide students in computer science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer, and to support existing open source projects and organizations. OhioLINK is pleased to participate in the Summer of Code program again this year as a mentoring organization.

If your application for the Summer of Code is accepted, you will receive a $4500 award ($500 to get started and $4000 once the project is completed). In addition, the mentoring organization will receive $500 for each student developer that completes a project.

OhioLINK has a page on the Digital Resource Commons development site which describes our participation and projects; take a look, augment or add your own (feel free to read the project documentation through the Wiki link above and suggest other ideas), and apply to participate beginning May 1st. Questions about the program? Take a look at Google's participant FAQ.

Dissertations Available Through Amazon.com

According to the ProQuest press release, certain dissertations from the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database have been made available through Amazon.com.

Remember, CASE students, staff, and Faculty have access to both ProQuest Digital Dissertations and OhioLINK's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center from the Research Database list.

Trends from the Entertainment Industry -Translate to Libraries?

Aaron Shaffer brought my attention to a very interesting article, called The Long Tail (Wired Magazine, Issue 12.10, October 2004). Most of us believe that the entertainment industry is driven only by the hits, probably due to all the award shows, rankings, etc. The "long tail" is all of the other albums, songs, movies, and books that account for a super large volume of sales if provided to the public. Examples like Amazon, Rhapsody, NetFlix, and eBay show that people are interested in and will buy the non-#1 materials if the resources are available to see reviews, get recommendations, and have easy access.

I think this article has long reaching consequences on libraries. First, what role does copyright have in the development of future library resources and services? I believe the intentions of copyright, that "Congress shall have the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries" (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8), is very important. As copyright protection limits are continually increased in length, are will still protecting "progress" or just monetary interests? Someone would argue that economic numbers demonstrate progress, but are we using this measure at the death of future educational, cultural, and scientific discoveries? Just look at the article I shared on the KSL Reference Weblog for an example.

It appears that the "long tail" examples also counteracts the statements by book and journal publishers that open access materials would mean death to their sales. The article showed that increased access, free or very cheap, only boosted sales drastically. As people gained access, they always wanted more and more.

I think in libraries we are seeing a similar fate with Google and other Internet resources. While people are going to Google first for their questions, it results in only more questions and curiosity. The type of questions I see in the library are becoming more complicated in nature and more inquisitive on the user's part.

I think the academic libraries in Ohio have been very lucky with OhioLINK. It has allowed individual libraries more freedom (i.e. money) to maybe focus on what could be considered items that fall into the "long tail." In addition to consortia, libraries need to find the other processes that allow users access to everything and anything. It appears CASE is headed in the right direction with the increasing amount of electronic resources and collections, such as Digital Case.