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Celebrate the creative nature of science! Kelvin Smith Library is now accepting submissions for "Art of STEM,"an art competition and exhibit presented in conjunction with the national "STEM to STEAM" movement that encourages the integration of art and design with science, technology, engineering and mathematics to fuel global innovation for a prosperous future.
“Art of STEM” challenges Case Western Reserve University faculty, students and staff to capture or visually communicate the beauty inherent to scientific enterprise and research investigation in the form of a digital image. The competition is also open to Cleveland Institute of Art students who collaborate with a member of the Case Western Reserve community, as well as any student in grades 9-12 who currently attends public, private or home school in Cuyahoga County.
Contestants are encouraged to submit the following types of images for entry in this competition:
- Images created by machines in a lab;
- Photographic images of nature, scientific phenomena, or people at work on a science-related project;
- Science-related hand drawn images;
- Computer-generated or digitally enhanced scientific images;
- Any other type of STEM-related image presented as art.
A jury of Case Western Reserve faculty and Cleveland-area art professionals will select the winning entries based on an evaluation of artistic merit, aesthetics, title creativity and description clarity.
Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:
- 1st Place: $350
- 2nd Place: $200
- 3rd Place: $100
- Two awards of $50 will be awarded to high school student winners.
In addition to the competition, select images will be printed and displayed in an exhibit in the Kelvin Smith Library Art Gallery and other showcase areas throughout the library during March 2015. These entries will also be featured online in the library’s virtual art gallery.
Submissions are due by January 31, 2015. Visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/artofstem for complete contest rules and submission guidelines.
For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at email@example.com or 216-368-8790.
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Please note that Kelvin Smith Library will have the following revised hours for Thanksgiving Break.
- Wednesday, Nov. 26: Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (KSL closes early, no 24x7 services)
- Thursday, Nov. 27: KSL Closed
- Friday, Nov. 28: KSL Closed
- Saturday, Nov. 29: KSL Closed
- Sunday, Nov. 30: Return to regular business hours and 24x7 services resume
Cramelot Cafe will also have revised hours during this time:
- Wednesday, Nov. 26: Open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Closed Nov. 27 through Nov. 30
- Resumes regular hours on Monday, Dec. 1
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday from Kelvin Smith Library!
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On October 17, Kelvin Smith Library hosted an Arts and Humanities Information Fair in conjunction with the library's homecoming weekend open house. Vendors from JSTOR, Data-Planet, Proquest and RefWorks were present to speak with students, faculty and alumni about their research products. Representatives from the Cleveland Public Library were also on hand to talk about their services available at KSL. In addition, informational materials were available from several other research resources: Alexander Street Press, Artstor, EBSCO, EndNote, Gale, and Oxford UP.
Case Western Reserve University senior, Andrew Breland, walked away as the raffle winner of a Kindle Paperwhite, courtesy of JSTOR. Breland stated that for his research needs, "JSTOR is the best database available," even before winning the prize.
Thank you to all who contributed to and participated in this event!
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Please note that Cramelot Cafe in Kelvin Smith Library will have revised hours beginning Sunday, October 26, during Case Western Reserve University's fall break. Cramelot will return to regular hours on Wednesday, October 29. See all revised hours below.
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Are you interested in learning how to better use EndNote? Sign up for an introductory or advanced hands-on workshop at Kelvin Smith Library to learn how to import and manage references, manage PDFs, format your paper in a style of your choice and collaborate online. Bringing your laptop with EndNote already installed to the class is recommended.
These classes are open to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff, but seating is limited (register below). Both sessions will be held at Kelvin Smith Library, room LL06 B&C.
Session 1: Introductory EndNote
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1-2 p.m.
- Get started with EndNote
- Find references
- Add images and tables to EndNote
Session 2: Advanced EndNote
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1-2 p.m.
- Manage references
- Collaborate online
- Use manuscript templates
- Create/use term lists
- Create/modify EndNote styles
For more information, contact Daniela Solomon: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A citation management tool can help you gather references from webpages, catalogs and databases, store and organize your references, format your papers with in-text citations and bibliographies, and share your references. But which citation management tool is right for you?
Kelvin Smith Library will host a session to introduce and compare three citation management tools: EndNote, Refworks and Zotero. Library staff will walk you through the differences between these tools to help you decide which is best for your class or research.
Thursday Oct. 30, 2014
Kelvin Smith Library, Room LL-06
Please RSVP here
This event is open to all Case Western Reserve students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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Kelvin Smith Library will welcome alumni, students and their families for Homecoming 2014! Join us for the following events:
Kelvin Smith Library Open House
Friday, October 17, 2014
12 – 3 p.m.
Come and see why Kelvin Smith Library is the “Knowledge and Creativity Commons” of Case Western Reserve University! Stop by the open house to hear about new services and programs, and view the library’s latest technology and spaces.
Arts & Humanities Information Fair
Friday, October 17, 2014
12 – 3 p.m.
The Arts & Humanities Information Fair will highlight many invaluable digital resources available at Kelvin Smith Library. Faculty, students and alumni can speak directly with vendors about their products, watch demonstrations, pick-up informational brochures and promotional swag, and register to win a Kindle PaperWhite. Join us and see how these resources can support your research!
Kelvin Smith Library Welcomes Back Library School Alumni!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10 – 11 a.m.
Please RSVP by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 216-368-2992
To honor the alumni of Case Western Reserve University’s Library School, Kelvin Smith Library is welcoming all Library School Alumni back for a special Homecoming Weekend event! Alumni are encouraged to stop by to learn about the library’s new programs, services, state-of-the-art classrooms and study spaces, as we look back fondly on the program that closed its doors nearly 30 years ago.
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The Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University is now a member of HathiTrust, a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from major research institutions and libraries. With more than 90 partners, HathiTrust aims to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.
As a member of HathiTrust, authorized Case Western Reserve users will now have access to download full digital versions of public domain materials that reside in the HathiTrust collection.
All authorized users (faculty, staff, and students) with a Case Western Reserve network ID can gain access via HathiTrust.org by selecting Case Western Reserve University from the login menu.
“Our membership in HathiTrust is not only a great way to expand access to a wealth of e-books at a very affordable price, but is also a pledge of our support to the continuation of a vital resource that is a collaborative effort of the academic library community,” said Timothy Robson, associate director for Academic Engagement Services at Kelvin Smith Library.
HathiTrust serves a dual role:
- First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries.
- Second, as a service for partners, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections, including viewing, downloading and searching access to public domain volumes, as well as searching access to in copyright volumes. Specialized features are also available which facilitate access by those with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into “collections” that can be searched and browsed.
“The news about our membership in HathiTrust is wonderful,” said Miriam Levin, professor of history, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art and Art History at Case Western Reserve. “I am constantly finding references for digitized materials on the HathiTrust site when doing research — I'm looking forward to having access to them at last.”
Over the last five years, HathiTrust partners have contributed more than 11 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives.
As one of these partners, Case Western Reserve users will have the ability to access the more than 3.7 million contributed volumes that are in the public domain.
“Having unrestricted access to HathiTrust will make my work and that of my students range further with less ‘friction’ in the treatment of digitized texts augmenting Kelvin Smith Library’s print holdings,” said Kurt Koenigsberger, associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve. “The full access that a HathiTrust membership provides will ensure my students work with the widest array of texts possible, and encounter the fewest barriers of access. I'm grateful to Kelvin Smith Library for providing the university community this access.”
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Kelvin Smith Library will participate in the worldwide celebration of Open Access Week, which runs October 20-26, 2014. The theme of this year's celebration, Generation Open, aims to engage the student population to learn more about open access issues. Throughout the week, KSL will feature displays and handouts in the library related to open access issues and will also host the following events:
- Live Webcast of Global Kick-off
- Log in to view the global kick-off online by following the link at http://researchguides.case.edu/openaccess
- Hosted by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the World Bank.
- Monday, October 20 at 3 p.m.
- Webinar with Jordan Schilling of Springer Publishing
- Jordan Schilling, a representative from Springer Publishing responsible for developing open access journals published by SpringerOpen, will cover the basics of open access as well as address current trends in funder policies, author services, and open access in the STM Publishing Industry.
- Thursday, October 23 at 1 p.m.
- Kelvin Smith Library, Room LL-06
For more information about the week’s events, please contact Daniela Solomon at email@example.com.
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Current graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management, and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply for study spaces at Kelvin Smith Library. These quiet spaces provide the opportunity to store and use personal research items in tandem with library materials.
Graduate student study carrels are assigned for the duration of the academic year, including the summer. Keys are assigned in Library Administration. For more information and to apply for a carrel, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/facilities/carrels/studentcarrels.html.
Faculty study rooms are assigned by Library Administration for the duration of one academic year. Five individual rooms and a shared room that accommodates five faculty members are available, located on the library’s third floor. Keys are assigned in Library Administration. Interested faculty should apply by Friday, October 31, 2014. For more information, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/facilities/facultystudyspace/.
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In response to popular demand, Kelvin Smith Library now has phone chargers available for loan at the Service Center. The following chargers can be checked out for up to three hours of use within KSL:
- iPhone lightning cable (iPhone 5 & 6 compatible)
- Android compatible charger cable
- Mini-USB charger cable
- Chargers for Mac laptops are also available
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Kelvin Smith Library organized a Science & Engineering Info Fiesta on September 24 to showcase many valuable resources. Publishers and vendors were available to answer questions, provide helpful tips, discuss new features and demonstrate their products.
The event was well attended with over 160 students taking part in the festivities. Beyond local library resources and services, twenty different products were on display, including ebook collections, article databases and citation management tools.
Thanks to support from our sponsors (ACM, ACS Publications, IEEE, JSTOR, Knovel, ProQuest, Wiley), prize giveaways included a Kindle Paperwhite, a mophie battery case for iPhone 5&5s and various gift cards.
Thank you to all who participated and to our sponsors!
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Registration is now open for Kelvin Smith Library's fall 2014 CaseLearns workshops. All Case Western Reserve University students, faculty, staff and alumni can take these courses free of charge.
Some of this semester's courses include:
- Digital Images
- Digital Video
- Web Design
- Making Your First GIS Map
- Creating a Custom Google Map
- Basics of Making a Research Poster
- How to Digitize Text
- How to Build Digital Exhibits and Archives
- Intro to Data Management
- Relational Databases and SQL
- Learning about Book Structure through Hand-Binding
- …and more!
To view all course listings and descriptions, course schedule and to register, visit http://library.case.edu/caselearns/.
All courses are taught at Kelvin Smith Library. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In conjunction with the 2014 CWRU Inamori Center Ethics Prize events on October 1, 2014, Kelvin Smith Library is now featuring a display of books from our circulating collection that address many aspects of sexual violence against women in and out of war zones. These books, as well as information about the upcoming Inamori Prize Award to Dr. Denis Mukwege, are now available for viewing in the KSL Art Gallery.
Sexual violence against women is a global pandemic. One of it’s most horrific and vicious manifestations is the systematic rape, abuse and enslavement of women and girls by military combatants as a means to destroy communities and cultures. This weapon of war has a long and terrible history, spanning every region of the globe and every period of human history. It was a central component of the Rwandan and Bosnian genocide campaigns during the 1990s, and it continues to this day as a standard tactic among military and paramilitary organizations in Central Africa.
Dr. Mukwege is an international advocate for gender equality and women’s rights, frequently recognized for his commitment to ending sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship will host a colloquium entitled, "Pedagogy and Practices" on November 6-7, 2014 at Kelvin Smith Library. Presented in collaboration with the University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis, the event will bring together both faculty and librarians across disciplines to discuss instructional methodologies and strategies for using digital tools in humanities, science, and social science classrooms. A diverse group of presenters from institutions across the United States and Canada will be presenting on a wide range of topics, including:
- collaborating with students on digital projects (e.g., digital archives, text mining, game design, GIS)
- enhancing field research by using mobile applications for data collection supporting faculty and student digital scholarship through libraries’ and specialized centers’ efforts
- collaborations between faculty and librarians to support digital scholarship efforts in the classroom
The Colloquium will feature presentations, panels, and unconference sessions. All activities will take place at the Kelvin Smith Library on Case Western Reserve's campus.
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To celebrate national Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15- Oct. 15), a special art show featuring local Latin American artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guatemala and Mexico will be on display at Kelvin Smith Library. The show will open Sept. 12, from 5-8 p.m., with an artists’ reception at the library gallery. Light refreshments will be served.
The art show will feature paintings, photographs and a display of handmade puppets. Artists include: Linda Ayala, representing Puerto Rico; Augusto Bordelois, Cuba; Bruno Casiano, Puerto Rico; Hector Castellano, Guatemala; Teresa Martinez, Mexico; Alex Rivera, Mexico; Dante Rodriguez, Puerto Rico and Mexico; and Rafael Valdivieso, Ecuardo.
The reception and art show are free and open to the public with valid photo ID. The exhibit will continue to be on display during regular library hours until Oct. 22.
“The Hispanic Art Show at CWRU is a first exhibit in recent times on campus by local Hispanics artists,” said Edna Fuentes-Casiano, research assistant and a member of the campus’ Alianza Latina/Latin Alliance group.
Fuentes-Casiano and Damaris Punales-Alpizar, CWRU assistant professor in Modern Languages and Literature, organized the art show.
“It is an excellent way to start the Hispanic Heritage Celebration by displaying the richness of our many Hispanic cultures for all to enjoy,” Fuentes-Casiano said. “It also serves as a way to reach out to the Hispanic community in Cleveland and to our CWRU community.”
The art show is sponsored by CWRU’s community resource group, Alianza Latina/Latin Alliance; the campus student organization, La Alianza; and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.
Hispanic Heritage Month, which began in 1968, begins Sept. 15, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also in September, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence. The heritage month ends Oct. 15, three days after Columbus Day, or Dia de la Raza. The 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month theme is “Hispanics: A Legacy of History, A Present of Action and a Future of Success.”
For information, contact Fuentes-Casiano at email@example.com or 216.844.2104. Visit the CWRU Alianza Latina/Latin Alliance website for more local Hispanic Heritage Month events, www.case.edu/diversity/resources/alianza.html.
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Stop by Nord Hall, room 356 on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 12:30-4 p.m. to join us for a Science & Engineering Info Fiesta!
All CWRU students, faculty and staff are welcome to come enjoy:
Presented by Kelvin Smith Library. Please contact Daniela Solomon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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In the early twentieth century, the American college experience began to encompass the fun, frivolity and new friendships that coexist with the learning environment on campus. However, when the United States entered World War I in 1917, the college experience changed dramatically on many campuses, including those of Western Reserve University (WRU) and the Case School of Applied Science (CSAS).
From the beginning of the war, young Americans were bombarded with messages about what their relationship to the war could and should be. The student response at WRU and CSAS to these changes reflected a desire to maintain the traditions of the college experience, while also embracing the emphasis on sacrifice and heroism expressed in war propaganda.
Presented by Kelvin Smith Library, “Universities at War” is an exhibit that investigates the messages students received about the war through various print culture media. Posters, postcards, literature, advertisements, flyers and pamphlets will be on display, as well as university curriculum and student responses through yearbooks and other student publications. The exhibit also features a collection of WWI propaganda posters generously loaned by Stan Berger.
Join us for the following special events! Click here to RSVP.
“Universities at War” Exhibit Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 18 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Kelvin Smith Library, Hatch Reading Room
“Western Reserve and Case and World War I” Presentation by Richard Baznik: (Director, Institute for the Study of the University in Society) Friday, Sept. 26 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room
“World War I in Pictures” Presentation by Henry Adams: (The Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, CWRU) Friday, Oct. 31 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room
“Cleveland during World War I” Presentation by John Grabowski: (Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor in Applied History, CWRU and Historian & Senior Vice President for Research and Publications, Western Reserve Historical Society) Friday, Nov. 14 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room
These events are free and open to the public with valid photo ID. The “Universities at War” exhibit will be open during regular business hours beginning Friday, Sept. 19. For more information, please contact KSLspecialcollections@case.edu.
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Join us for a Lunch and Learn Session featuring Reaxys, an online workflow solution for research chemists from Elsevier. Reaxys is based on the trusted content from Beilstein (organic), Gmelin (inorganic and organometallic), the Patent Chemistry database and the most important current journals and patents within chemistry.
Designed by chemists, Reaxys supports literature, substance, property value and chemical structure searches and has recently been enhanced with additional tools such as Ask Reaxys, the Reaxys Tree and an AutoPlan option within the Synthesis Planner.
When: Friday, September 12, 12-1 PM
Where: Clapp Hall, Room 405
Speaker: Elsevier Representative, Theresa Buiel
This event is free to attend and open to CWRU students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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Due to electrical work taking place in Haydn Hall, Kulas music library will not have evening hours on Monday, August 25. Kulas will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular fall semester hours will resume on Tuesday, August 26.
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