In this fast-paced age of quick, point-of-need access to multiple information formats, the Kelvin Smith Library remains at the leading edge of trends in information access, communication and collaboration, evolving constantly to support faculty across academic units at Case Western Reserve University. Library professionals at KSL network regularly with faculty to further individual and departmental research programs and campus-wide, interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives.
KSL librarians and faculty work together to acquire new print and electronic research resources, media equipment, software technology, and a variety of digital tools now indispensable for scholarly research in the humanities and sciences. For instance, political Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science, recently helped bring CQ Weekly, an online resource providing daily news coverage of the U. S. Congress, to KSL’s electronic information collections.
KSL professionals also regularly marshal the fiscal resources and reference expertise necessary to meet the time-sensitive and specialized research and instruction needs of faculty members. Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law, for example, is working with KSL librarians to procure research materials for his current book project, an environmental history of New York City.
Reference consultation and library sponsored educational opportunities also remain vital aspects of library services for faculty and students. Many faculty members like Janet McGrath of the Department of Anthropology, regularly enlist KSL librarians to conduct library orientation sessions for graduate and undergraduate students, introducing them to information resources and bibliographic tools in the social sciences. Another example is SAGES instructor Karen Grochau, who regularly calls upon librarians to introduce new undergrads to the world of academic libraries as part of their first seminar experience.
KSL also offers specialized consultation for faculty working with new online research resources available through Case libraries.These and other services are in keeping with KSL’s goal of assisting \faculty in navigating and capitalizing on the ever expanding and complex web of information platforms in the academic library research environment.
Source: Kelvin Smith Library staff
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