News, Services, Events & Features @KSL
Want to know the latest news about Kelvin Smith Library services, spaces and resources? The new issue of KSL Connects magazine shares the library's strategic vision for advancing research, teaching and learning at Case Western Reserve University.
In this issue, readers will discover what "a day in the life" of a research services librarian entails, explore exhibits and events, envision redesigned library spaces, celebrate faculty authors and much more.
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Take a moment to review revised summer hours for Kelvin Smith Library, the Freedman Center and Cramelot Cafe. Please note that there are no 24/7 hours during the summer schedule.
KSL Summer Business Hours*:
- Sunday: closed
- Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Service desk transactions with library staff end 30 minutes prior to the closing hour.
- Sunday: closed
- Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cramelot will be closed May 9 - May 31, and will reopen June 1 - July 24 with the following hours:
- Sunday: closed
- Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday: closed
For more information, please call 216-368-6500.
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De-stress during Reading Days and finals with the following activities at KSL:
Therapy Dogs (and a cat!)
Back by popular demand! The PetPals Therapy Dogs are returning to KSL during Reading Days, for both daytime and evening hours. The visiting schedule is listed below (subject to change).
Tuesday, April 28
- around 12 p.m. - Elly with (Golden Retriever) Aimee
- afternoon - John & Katie with (Pomeranians) Tess & Murphy
Wednesday, April 29
- between 12-3 p.m. - Roseann with (Cavachon) Bogie
- between 1-3 p.m. - Elizabeth with (Beagle) Maggie, Gail with (Mixed-breed) Ali
- after 5 p.m. - Char with (Golden Retriever) Cash
- between 6-8 p.m. - Mike & Geralyn with (Chesapeake Bay Retriever) Ryder and therapy cat Pearl!
Stress Free Zone
If you need a break from studying, check out the Stress Free Zone on KSL's 1st floor, near Cramelot Cafe. Play board games, start a puzzle, color or read one of the many magazines and leisure books from the Cleveland Public Library collection. This space will be available for students 24/7 from now until the end of finals (May 7).
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The end of the semester is fast approaching and KSL knows you need more places for quiet study! Starting this Friday, April 24, the following lower level rooms will be available to students during 24/7 hours.
Rooms LL06 A & B
Good luck with finals!
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Preservation Week is an annual national event sponsored by the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association). It was created to increase public awareness of preservation needs and inspire action to preserve personal, family and community collections of all kinds, as well as library, museum and archive collections. Memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations – Preservation Week is designed to highlight the efforts necessary to do so.
Attend the following free events at Kelvin Smith Library. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, April 28, 2-3 p.m.
Room LL06 C (lower level)
Webinar: Moving Image Preservation 101
Siobhan C. Hagan, Audiovisual archivist, University of Baltimore, Special Collections Department
- Learn tips and tricks to preserve your personal and family film and video moving image collections so that future generations can continue to enjoy them.
- Better understand moving image technology to recognize the most popular formats that are typically found in personal collections.
Thursday, April 30, 2-3 p.m.
Room LL06 C (lower level)
Webinar: Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups
Mike Ashenfelder, Digital Preservation Project Coordinator, Library of Congress, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program
- For anyone with an interest in preserving their own digital photos, documents, recordings, videos, and other digital files.
- Understand the nature of the digital-preservation challenge
- Learn simple, practical tips to describe and save your digital files
- Discover tools that can be used
Friday, May 1, 12-1 p.m.
Dampeer Room (second floor)
Presentation by Dr. Gabrielle Parkin: “Feeling Faith: Interpreting Private Lives from Medieval Books of Hours”
Dr. Gabrielle Parkin, Case Western Reserve SAGES Lecturer, specializes in late medieval English literature and is particularly interested in the ways that we can use goods like clothing and books to interpret the lives of merchants and artisans in 14th and 15th century England.
Dr. Parkin’s presentation will cover the following:
- How do you read a book of hours? Usually seen through glass at museums or in libraries, books of hours are often admired for their beautiful illuminated images. But what were they for? Preserving evidence of use, including inscriptions, finger prints, and even smudges from tears, books of hours can help us to better understand the spiritual and personal lives of the men and women who handled them. This talk will contextualize the production and use of books of hours in Europe during the 14th-16th centuries to consider what these “primers” can teach us about the past.
- See a “real” Book of Hours and other KSL Special Collections material from medieval times in the Hatch Reading Room following the presentation.
For more information about these events, contact Sharlane Gubkin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Freedman Fellows awards:
Dr. Weiss’ project aims to uncover the historical role of Jewish students, faculty and administrators in the social movements, physical infrastructure and intellectual life of Case Western Reserve University from its founding to the present. A website featuring archival documents, images, video, audio and interactive finding aids with accompanying explanatory essays will be developed during the course of the Fellowship.
Dr. Rogers’ project is focused on the authors and scribes whose lives intersected with St. Bartholomew’s, a former church complex and current hospital located in London, England. St. Bartholomew’s was present in the lives of several late-medieval and early modern English literary figures and was important in the dissemination of manuscripts and incunabula that today serve partly as foundation for the early English literary canon. The goal of this project is to track not only the authors and scribes involved with or living at St. Bartholomew’s, but also the manuscripts and imprints produced there. An interactive map and accompanying digital archive will be produced from the results.
The Freedman Fellows Program is funded and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. This annual award is given to full-time faculty whose current scholarly research projects involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), involve the use of digital tools and processes and have clearly articulated project outcomes.
More information about the program can be found at http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/digitalscholarship/fellows/
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Join us April 8-10 for "Reading Interfaces: Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology"
Stop by Kelvin Smith Library for an exhibition and colloquium exploring contemporary works of electronic literature and poetic production and reception across media:
Reading Interfaces is an open space for reading, interacting with and perusing born-digital literature by writers like J.R. Carpenter, Kate Pullinger, Serge Bouchardon and many others. Case Western Reserve University students and classes will also exhibit selected digital projects and a companion exhibit of experimental literature in print will be presented by KSL special collections.
All events will be held on the first floor of KSL (Clapp Reading Room) unless otherwise noted.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015
- Opening Reception: 4:00 p.m.
- “Relocating the Literary: In Networks, Knowledge Bases, Global Systems, Material and Mental Environments”: 4:30 p.m. Joseph Tabbi (University of Illinois, Chicago)
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015
- “What we learnt about the past tense by reading almost everything”: 12:00 p.m. Harsh Mathur (Case Western Reserve University)
- “Gallery Tour Exploring Analog Experiments in Narration”: 4:00 p.m. at KSL Special Collections Melissa Hubbard (Case Western Reserve University)
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015
- “A Maze of Twisty Little Passages: Non-Linear Authorship in a Linear World”: 11:30 a.m. Jared Bendis (Case Western Reserve University)
- “Interactive Analog: The Influence of Materiality on the Reading Experience": 12:45 p.m. Leigh Bonds (Case Western Reserve University)
Curated by Allison Schifani and Kristine Kelly
Supported by the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, the Matthew and Ellen Feldman Digital Technology Grant, the Department of English, SAGES, Kelvin Smith Library and ITS.
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This month, Kelvin Smith Library will host two webinars for the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture (University of Southern California) on the born-digital, open source, media-rich scholarly publishing platform Scalar.
“Introduction to Scalar" will cover basic features of the platform: a review of existing Scalar books and a hands-on introduction to paths, tags, annotations and importing media.
“Intermediate Scalar” will delve into more advanced topics including the effective use of visualizations, annotating with media and a primer on customizing appearances in Scalar.
If you're interested in attending or have additional questions, please contact Leigh Bonds at email@example.com.
Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that is designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required. To learn more about Scaler, click here.
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Celebrate the creativity of science! You are cordially invited to join us for the opening reception of the "Art of STEM" exhibit featuring the STEM-related digital images that were entered in our juried competition earlier this year.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Kelvin Smith Library Art Gallery (1st floor)
Congratulations to our winners!
Case Western Reserve University Category
- 1st Place: Miarasa Steele, "Fibrosis in Blue"
- 2nd Place: Kristina Collins, "Color Code Authority"
- 3rd Place: Ailin Yu, "Formal Definition of the Laplace Transformation"
High School Student Category
- 1st Place: Stephanie Stephens, "A Self-Portrait Like No Other"
- 2nd Place: Chesaria Reffner, "Early Morning Dew Drops"
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IEEE has recently released a brand new option for IEEE Xplore digital library subscribers to access their subscription remotely.
IEEE Remote Access is now an option for IP authenticated customers to offer roaming access to users who need to access the institutional IEEE Xplore subscription off-site. This feature is now enabled for Case Western Reserve University. To take advantage of this feature, you must be able to access an IP authenticated WiFi.
Users can take advantage of roaming access by following these steps:
- 1. Bring the devices on-site in which they would like to access IEEE Xplore remotely
- 2. Access the institution’s WiFi (WiFi IP address must be listed on your IEEE Xplore account as an authorized, authenticated IP)
- 3. Visit the IEEE Xplore website
- 4. Go to My Settings, then Remote Access
- 5. Follow the instructions to pair your device. Users will be asked to sign in with an IEEE personal account before pairing.
- 6. This device can now be used off-site for 90 days to access IEEE Xplore. User must go to IEEE Xplore on the paired device and log in with their personal account to access the roaming subscription.
- 7. After 90 days, users will be prompted to again pair their device and can follow the same steps as the initial pairing.
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In the spirit and fun of college basketball's March Madness, the Ohio History Connection and Kelvin Smith Library invite you to participate in Ohio Memory Madness - a bracket of sixty-four historical events from across the state all competing for the unique distinction of being named the 2015 Ohio Memory Madness Champion. Since the historical events featured in the bracket are unable to play tournament style basketball, the winner of Ohio Memory Madness will be determined by public online voting at: http://www.ohiohistoryhost.org/madness
Kelvin Smith Library is proud to represent Cleveland in this statewide competition. Our entry is an image from the Charles F. Brush papers. Brush was an early innovator in electric lighting, and he created the arc lamp, one of the most widely used electric lamps of the 19th century. KSL holds his papers in our special collections.
The public can vote throughout the tournament to be sure their favorite event image makes it to the championship – they can also enter to win a prize pack from the Ohio History Connection including tickets to the Ohio History Center in Columbus, a Retro Ohio t-shirt, and an assortment of Ohio munchies to enjoy while watching that other sport.
Don’t miss your chance to vote for the Ohio Memory Madness Champion! Your vote can make one of Ohio’s historical events go all the way this March.
- First round: March 17–20
- Round of 32: March 21-25
- Sweet 16: March 26-27
- Elite 8: March 28-30
- Final 4: April 2-4
- Championship: April 5-6
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On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10 PM Eastern Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours.
Resources included will be ProQuest databases, Chadwyck-Healey databases, RefWorks, and other resources.
For more information, visit: http://www.proquest.com/blog/pqblog/2015/MAINT2015-Feb-maintenance-window-.html?WT.mc_id=SMBlog
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Copyright issues in the last several years have raised awareness about how our courts, Congress, and international bodies are taking a closer look at limitations on exclusive rights - known to us as the fair use doctrine. Where is it written? What exactly is fair use? What does it do for us at Case Western Reserve University? Why do we need it? Why is it in the news? Fair Use Week 2015 (Feb. 23-27) brings us an initiative coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to inform us and also to celebrate the options that fair use gives us in our research activities.
Fair use affects individuals at CWRU because we use and produce copyrighted information in our research, teaching and learning. Using copyrighted works is a foundation for how we build new works based upon knowledge gained from using those prior works. In doing so, we are doing what the Constitution states about copyrights "...to Promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts..." When we apply fair use, we can continue to honor that constitutional premise by generating new works in a respectful manner instead of infringing on others' rights. So that we can continue to advance knowledge by creating new works, we take advantage of Section 107 (commonly referred to as the fair use doctrine) which offers us limitations on those exclusive rights.
Fair use is not a blanket right to use others' works. Often in academe, people mistakenly think that fair use means they can use/reuse copyrighted works as a rightful convenience. Instead, think of fair use as a balance scale that protects both the original copyrights as well as your use of those works to create new research and works... thus fulfilling the Constitution's statement of "promoting the progress of science and the useful arts..."
Fair use is not a barrier to your creative work, but is an exemption you can use to make an educated decision, on a case-by-case basis. The Fair Use doctrine has four questions about you and what you're doing with other's copyrighted works. It can be found on the Copyright@Case site, in the Fair Use Doctrine link. Briefly, for each copyrighted work where you wish to use an exclusive copyright (to copy, distribute, adapt, publicly display, publicly perform) you use a four-factor test, ultimately ranking your answers for an overall result of fair, unfair, or middle-ground. Slightly revising your use(s) can move your final answer from unfair towards a more middle-ground, and acceptable use.
Is the work you wish to use still under copyright? You might be surprised. We list several charts that help you determine whether or not a work you wish to use is still protected by copyright: from a quick chart that is widely used, or another widely respected extensive chart with excellent informative footnotes. There is also one for books published in the U.S. between 1923-1963, a copyright renewal database that identifies those books that were never renewed and are now freely in the public domain.
Fair use is increasingly in the news. Search Factiva, a premier news database on our Research Database list, for the exact phrase fair use doctrine in the last two years. Results reveal nearly 300 items in Dow Jones Newswires, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Congressional Documents, law journals, and others. The articles cover copyright and intellectual property issues, and issues in corporate/industrial news, movies, books, agencies, and universities.
News about fair use is more common that it was a decade ago, and the legal issues and decisions are often due to new technological uses. In most recent news, this has become a positive factor, especially for libraries using technology for new purposes. Where courts primarily used to rule favorably on "transformative" reuses, we now see evidence and recognition that new research tools have gained favorable court decisions. Libraries have long had some exemptions to preserve collections, but now online resources like HathiTrust, of which CWRU is now a member, have won judicial favor because new digital search functions can serve a population for which the market had failed to provide. It not only serves print-disabled individuals, but its content in partnership with academic and research institutions creates a favorable use that is different from that of the original content.
As Brandon Butler says in his article that discusses a few very recent cases, "It has been a very good year and a half for fair use. In case after case...courts drew a clear line allowing broad and free re-use of copyrighted works for a variety of socially beneficial purposes." We hope the good news will continue, and that you will use your fair use rights in your research at CWRU. [Brandon Butler. "Fair Use Rising: Full-Text Access and Repurposing in Recent Case Law." Research Library Issues: A Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 285 (2015): 3-6]
Visit the Fair Use Week blog for news, calendar of Fair Use Week events, resources for artists, infographics, best practices, and more.
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A 2011 Wikimedia survey found that less than 13% of Wikipedia contributors are female. The reasons for this gender gap are up for debate, but the effect of this disparity results in skewed content and the absence of Wikipedia articles on many notable women in history and art.
In coordination with "Art+Feminism," an international campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, Kelvin Smith Library will host an "edit-a-thon" to help revise articles that could benefit from edits and expansion. Your input can make a positive change to an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
The edit-a-thon is free to attend and refreshments will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if possible.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
Sponsored by Kelvin Smith Library, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and the Wikimedia District of Columbia.
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Kelvin Smith Library's Research Guides (http://researchguides.case.edu/) will be down for planned upgrades for about 90 minutes on Friday, February 13, beginning at 10:00 p.m. U.S. EST / 7:00 p.m. PST.
During the outage, you can submit questions through various options at Ask A Librarian (http://library.case.edu/ask) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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The 2015 Knovel Academic Challenge is in full effect! For 8 weeks, starting February 8th, students from 340+ universities from around the world will compete head-to-head for points and prizes, while solving real-life engineering problem sets. The Challenge immerses students in a professional problem-solving environment using Knovel's optimized search, trusted content and interactive tools, while competing for points and prizes. CWRU has been lucky to have students win multiple prizes in past years, and this year's participants can win Amazon gift cards, iPads, or a Google Chromecast. After week #1, CWRU is in 58th place.
So, how does it work?
Each Monday at 12:00:00 AM PDT, a new problem set will be posted, and students will have until the following Sunday at 11:59:59 PM PDT to submit their answers. Stay tuned each week for the weekly winner along with the prior week's problem set solution. Grand prize winners will be announced at the end of the 8 weeks.
CWRU faculty, staff and students have access to Knovel (http://app.knovel.com/). In addition to over 4000+ e-books, it offers interactive tools, equation plotter, calculation tools, export of data to Excel, and a "data search" designed to find a chemical/material to meet your specific needs.
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The last year at KSL has been one of significant milestones. In our FY2014 annual report, take a look at how students, faculty, staff, donors and alumni are fueling KSL's progress as the knowledge and creativity commons of Case Western Reserve University.
The report is available now at: http://library.case.edu/ksl/annualreport/
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Kelvin Smith Library will host presentations by the 2014 Freedman Fellows, Dr. Melvyn Goldstein (John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology, co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet) and Dr. Justin Gallagher (Assistant Professor, Economics). The fellows will discuss their research and how the Freedman Fellows program provided solutions and support.
Both presentations are free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. For more information, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/digitalscholarship/fellows/.
- Dr. Melvyn Goldstein presents, “Tibet Oral History & Archive Project”
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room
Dr. Goldstein and the Center for Research on Tibet have been collecting and translating oral history interviews and documents relating to modern Tibetan history and society for over three decades. These materials, all of which are part of the Tibet Oral History and Archive Project (TOHAP), are a unique and invaluable primary source on the social and political history of modern Tibet and Sino-Tibetan relations. The collection consists of approximately 1,600 hours of oral interviews with both the “common folk” who lived in villages and towns in traditional Tibet, as well as a large group of in-depth interviews with monks from Drepung, Tibet’s largest monastery.
To prepare these interviews for publication in an online archive hosted by the Library of Congress, Dr. Goldstein has been working over the past year to correct TEI-XML syntax errors from this large corpus of data, as well as transcribe Chinese government documents. Encoding the data in TEI increases the availability of this valuable primary resource and expands how it can be used by other scholars in future research.
Dr. Leigh Bonds (Digital Research Services Librarian for the Humanities, Kelvin Smith Library) will present with Dr. Goldstein to discuss what TEI is, the connection between encoding and scholarly editing, and its applications in digital humanities work.
- Dr. Justin Gallagher presents, “Tornado Destruction & Financial Damage to Homeowners”
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room
Dr. Gallagher’s project focuses on how the receipt of federal public assistance following a devastating natural disaster affects individuals’ finances and migration decisions. Data on the destruction paths of tornadoes are being correlated with financial and migration information using GIS software. The project’s overall goal is to better understand how individuals respond to uncertain environmental risks and how the Federal government can best protect citizens while not distorting individual incentives to live in environmentally safe and sustainable locations.
Evan Meszaros (Digital Research Services Librarian for the Sciences, Kelvin Smith Library) will present with Dr. Gallagher to discuss aspects of the data collection process as well as best practices related to research data management. Specific considerations such as file organization, protocol development, and data storage and backup will be discussed.
The Freedman Fellows Program is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and Kelvin Smith Library. This program aims to identify and support scholarly research of faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Awards are granted to faculty to sustain projects that are currently active, hold scholarly or instructional value, integrate the use of digital tools and have clear project outcomes in support of digital scholarship.
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Registration is now open for Kelvin Smith Library's spring CaseLearns courses. These free classes are available to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty, staff and alumni. With more new classes this semester than ever before, take advantage of the unique offerings available to you this spring.
Some of the new courses this semester include:
- Creating Clickable Collections: How to Build Digital Exhibits & Archives
- Encoding Text: The Basics of TEI
- Enhancing Research & Citation Management with Zotero
- Intro to Research Data Management
- Managing the Digital: How to Manage Humanities Research Data
- Turning Ideas into Projects: How to Develop a DH Project
- Using RefWorks to Manage Your References & Write Papers
- Intro to Version Control
- Text Analysis
Register for these classes and many more at http://library.case.edu/caselearns/.
More CaseLearns classes are still being added, so check the course calendar for the most up-to-date information.
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Kelvin Smith Library is pleased to announce the availability of a draft for comment of the new KSL Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. The draft includes a brief summary of KSL’s accomplishments under the previous KSL Strategic Plan (2011-2014) upon which the new plan builds, an overview of the knowledge ecosystem that influenced the development of the goals and objectives of this plan, and the outline of the plan itself. The library’s mission, vision and values from the previous plan remain unchanged. The new plan has ten objectives under three goals:
- Goal 1: Research. Ignite discovery, research, and scholarship by aligning our expertise with the needs of researchers as they address the world’s most pressing needs. Within this goal, the objectives concern increased funding to purchase commercial content, expanding digital scholarship, focusing special collections and their services, enriching research services (particularly related to information literacy instruction), and addressing pressing needs regarding scholarly communications, open access, and open content.
- Goal 2: Learning. Spark student creativity and inquiry, and prepare students for leadership as scholars engaged in lifelong knowledge discovery, by enhancing learning through innovations in teaching and research. Within this goal, the objectives concern enhancing library spaces, developing new virtual spaces, and providing new library services of increasing value to the community.
- Goal 3: Shared and Collaborative Services. Improve the student and faculty learning and research experience by engaging with other information organizations on campus and the region. Within this goal, the objectives concern creating harmonious library experiences across all campus libraries, and expanding partnerships with CWRU and non-CWRU organizations and institutions.
Please note: The current draft intentionally does not include success metrics at either the goal or objective level. Metrics will be developed and after a revised plan is created based upon the comments we receive.
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