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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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Please note that beginning around 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, our online catalog will be unavailable during business hours. Users who are not able to access the CWRU catalog are encouraged to search the OhioLINK central catalog at http://olc1.ohiolink.edu/search.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this process.
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In August and September the University Archives will have new compact shelving installed. Consequently, some services will be curtailed.
Please be aware of the following:
- No new accessions will be accepted 8/4 through 9/19. Transfers can resume 9/22.
- The Reading Room will be closed to researchers 8/13 through 9/12. It will reopen 9/15.
- Reference service will be restricted 8/11 through 9/12.
For more information, please contact University Archives.
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For the past three years, Kelvin Smith Library's strategic plan has been the road map guiding efforts related to all aspects of our mission. From leading a campus-wide effort to deliver improved digital scholarship services, making our special collections more accessible, creating state-of-the-art facilities and hosting educational events, the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of KSL Connects takes you through our journey to be the knowledge and creativity commons of Case Western Reserve University. Browse our online edition today to learn more about the programs, services and people that are building new directions for Kelvin Smith Library.
View the magazine online today: library.case.edu/ksl/connects
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The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library will host its annual Digital Scholarship Colloquium on November 6-7, 2014. This year's colloquium will focus on digital research pedagogy and practices in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Proposals for panels, papers and presentations that address these themes are currently being accepted.
Submission topics may include (but are not limited to) instructional methodologies and strategies for:
- introducing undergraduate and graduate students to digital tools and methodologies for research (visualization, data mining, scholarly editing, TEI encoding, mapping, analyzing text, managing data, curating data, building digital exhibits/collections)
- incorporating digital projects into existing course syllabi
- advising digital dissertations, theses, or capstone projects
- training students to work on extracurricular projects
- collaborating with libraries and/or digital scholarship centers
- training faculty in digital research, project management, and data curation
Please submit 250-word abstracts and technology requirements to Amanda Koziura (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 31, 2014. Accepted panels, papers and presentations will be notified by August 15, 2014. Please note that all presenters will be responsible for their own registration and travel costs. For more information visit http://library.case.edu/fccoll.
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Be sure to check out KSL's new special collections exhibits! "The Alice Project" and "Science Fiction & Fantasy" are on display now in the library's (first floor) art gallery, and "The Giving Tradition" is on display in the Hatch Reading Room (second floor). The exhibits are free and open to the public during regular business hours.
The Alice Project: Last year, students of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Illustration Department were inspired by a local book collector's exceptional collection of illustrated Lewis Carroll books. The resulting project was a book, Alice, which contains new illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s works by the students. The book and prints of the students’ work are displayed in the gallery, and additional student works can be found on display throughout the library.
Science Fiction & Fantasy: Kelvin Smith Library holds an incredibly rich collection that includes pulp serials and novels, fanzines, and first editions from the most respected authors in the genres. The collection has been built by several generous donors over the past forty years, including Francis Barry Keefe, Robert Plank, and Richard K. Wiersba. With a nod to the roots of fan culture on campus, the display also includes images of CWRU people and events that serve as inspiration to the creators of fictional realms.
The Giving Tradition: The rare book collection of a research university nearly two centuries old is the product of many minds. Scholars, librarians, collectors, and dedicated faculty have all played key parts in creating Case Western Reserve University’s special collections. The Giving Tradition highlights the contributions of a range of individuals and organizations whose books and documents have come together across time and location to form much of the Kelvin Smith Library rare book collection. Click here to explore the exhibit online!
For more information, contact KSLspecialcollections@case.edu.
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Take a moment to review Kelvin Smith Library's revised summer session hours. The library's 24x7 services take a break during summer session, and will resume with the Fall 2014 semester.
Regular Business Hours
- Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed
Cramelot Café (JUNE 2 – JULY 25)
- Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship
- Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hatch Reading Room
- Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Please note: Hatch Reading Room is not professionally staffed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Hatch Reading Room may be accessed at other times by appointment by contacting email@example.com.
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Looking for additional space to study during reading days and finals? KSL will open rooms LL06 A & B (on the library's lower level) for quiet study in the evenings. See schedule below for dates and times of availability.
- Tues. 4/29: 5 PM to 8 AM Weds. 4/30
- Weds. 4/30: 5 PM to 8 AM Thurs. 5/1
- Thurs. 5/1: 5 PM to 8 AM Fri. 5/2
- Fri. 5/2: 5 PM to 8 AM Mon. 5/5
- Mon. 5/5: 5 PM to 8 AM Tues. 5/6
- Tues. 5/6: 5 PM to 8 AM Weds. 5/7
- Weds. 5/7: 5 PM to 8 AM Thurs. 5/8
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Preservation week is an annual national event sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association) to increase public awareness of preservation needs. To celebrate, the following free events will be offered at Kelvin Smith Library. Attendees of one or more of three different webinars about preserving personal items will be entered into a drawing to win a basket of archival supplies from Dick Blick!
All webinars will be held in room LL06 B&C on the library's lower level. A live book repair demonstration will also take place at the library's entrance.
- Webinar 1: "Low-cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives" Learn how to keep your collections of family papers, photos, cookbooks and other personal collectables in good physical condition so they will last a long time.
Tuesday April 29 from 2-3PM
- Webinar 2: "Personal Digital Preservation: Bigger than a Shoebox" This is a 2 hour Lyrasis distance education class, free for Preservation week, exploring the challenges of personal digital preservation and techniques you can use to plan for long-term access of your digital collections of all types.
Thursday, May 1 from 10AM-12PM
- Webinar 3: "Preserving Scrapbooks and Making New Scrapbooks that Last" Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a variety of materials. In this webinar, participants will learn the common problems associated with long-term preservation of scrapbooks, how to identify problem materials in older scrapbooks and what to do about them, and how to identify the most stable materials and bindings for creating new scrapbooks.
Thursday, May 1 from 2-3PM
- Live Demo: "Book Repair and Protective Enclosure Demonstration" Preservation staff will be repairing damaged books from KSL’s collection at the entrance to the library. Everyone is welcome to observe and ask questions, or bring your own damaged book for a consultation with a conservator!
Friday, May 2 from 1-4PM
For more information, email 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 2014 Freedman Fellows awards:
- Dr. Melvyn Goldstein, John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and Co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet
- Dr. Justin Gallagher, Assistant Professor, Economics
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.
In order to prepare these interviews for publication in an online archive hosted by the Library of Congress, Dr. Goldstein will be working over the next 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 expands the availability of this valuable primary resource, and amplifies how it can be used by other scholars for years to come.
Dr. Gallagher’s project focuses on how the receipt of federal public assistance following a devastating natural disaster affects individual finances and migration decisions. Data on tornado paths will be correlated with financial and migration information using GIS, resulting in a visual display of the results of the research. 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.
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.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients!
More information about the program can be found at: http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/specialprograms/fellows/
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Where Does Sacredness Reside? Panel to Discuss Transformations of Religious Meaning in the Twenty-First Century
Usually we think of the sacred and the secular as inhabiting very different spaces. Today, however, they intermingle and merge in a variety of ways, from museums to social media to popular culture. We find the sacred in the very secular, and the secular breaking into the sacred. This breaking down of boundaries forces us to reconsider what secular and sacred mean in the contemporary world. It is increasingly difficult to discern where the secular ends and the religious begins, and vice versa.
We hope in this panel to begin an investigation of what it means when something moves from the secular realm to the religious realm or from the religious to the secular,and how these two realms intersect and influence each other.
Join us for a lively discussion with CWRU faculty & researchers who are exploring these questions, and what this may mean for the future of religion & religious culture.
When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 – 4:30pm
Where: Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library (2nd floor)
Refreshments, cookies and fruit will be served!
Contact Mark Eddy at 216.368.5457 or email@example.com for more information.
• A valid photo ID or Case ID is required for entry to KSL
• Parking Options: Underground lot beneath KSL/Severance Hall or metered parking on East Blvd. behind the library
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Kelvin Smith Library organized a Science and Engineering Info Fair on March 21 to showcase many of the resources available in the library. Publishers and vendors were available to answer questions, provide helpful tips, discuss new features and demonstrate their products. With the help of event sponsors, event attendees had a chance to win a Kindle Fire and gift cards.
- Thank you to all participants and our sponsors:
- Momentum Press
- Alexander Street Press
- Congratulations to our prize winners!
- Christina Franke
- Ann Cater
- Theodore Frohlich
- Daniel Brotman
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On Wednesday, April 16, Kelvin Smith Library will host a presentation by 2013 Freedman Fellow, Dr. Mark Pedretti. Dr. Pedretti will discuss the challenges and solutions related to his research, and how they were addressed by the Freedman Fellows Program and its corresponding support.
Since the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945, the name “Hiroshima” has come to signify less the name of a city than an unthinkable event or an incalculable fear of nuclear war. While an official culture of commemoration has grown up around the site of the actual bombing, Dr. Pedretti examines literary artifacts that paint a very different image of the city, and suggests a different form of historical memory. Drawing primarily upon Ibuse Masuji’s 1965 novel Black Rain (Kuroe Ame), along with photographic archives of Hiroshima both before and after the bombing, Pedretti uses the novel’s obsessive attention to place names as a way of virtually reconstructing the city, and of suggesting the relative importance of surrounding towns and villages in witnessing the effects of the bombing. The goal of this project has been to use geospatial information coordinating technology to precisely describe the locations of Ibuse’s novel, and to visualize a place that, for many Americans, remains a distant abstraction.
Ann Holstein (GIS Specialist, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship) will present with Dr. Pedretti to discuss how geospatial technologies were used in his research to show frequencies of place names as a hotspot density map. Holstein will explain the basics of GIS so that other scholars may consider its many uses for projects that may include a spatial data component.
- When: Wednesday, April 16, 3:00 p.m.
- Where: Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room (2nd floor)
This presentation is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served.
For more information, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/specialprograms/fellows/.
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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Throughout the academic year, Kelvin Smith Library has featured seldom-seen prints by Optical Art pioneer, Julian Stanczak. The last in the series of four exhibitions, "Pushing the Envelope: New Dimensions of Color," will open with a reception on Thursday, April 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kelvin Smith Library Art Gallery. The reception will feature remarks from the artist, as well as by American Art professor, Henry Adams. Please click here to RSVP.
The series at Kelvin Smith Library is a retrospective of Stanczak’s work, moving in chronological order of the art’s creation. By the 1980s, Stanczak had mastered a rich technical repertory of color sequences, color chords and surprising visual illusions. In the "Pushing the Envelope" exhibit, Stanczak's art has come to full maturity, both in ever more complex and artful individual prints, and in groupings of prints that develop color harmonies in contrapuntal variations, like those of a composer interweaving voices and changing keys.
Stanczak’s work has been exhibited around the world and is represented in more than 85 museums and 100 public collections. Also a distinguished educator, Stanczak began his 38-year teaching career in 1957 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati. In 1964, he became a professor of painting at Cleveland Institute of Art, a position he held until his retirement in 1995.
"Pushing the Envelope" will be on display at the library through June 6. The exhibit is free and open to the public with valid photo ID during the library’s regular business hours. Learn more at library.case.edu/ksl/aboutus/events/.
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Join us for lunch and presentations by speakers who will show you what SciFinder can do for your research! SciFinder provides researchers with access to the world's largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information, and is a one-stop shop experience with flexible search and discovery options based on user input and workflow. You can search for substances, reactions, patents and journal references.
Both sessions will be held in Clapp Hall, room 405 and are open to the entire campus. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
- SciFinder for Biological Sciences
Wednesday, April 2 from 12-1 p.m.
Click here to register
Speaker: Ms. Julia Moniaci from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
- SciFinder for Polymer Science, Chemistry and Pharmacology
Friday, April 11 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (Polymer Science)
AND 12:15-1 p.m. (Chemistry & Pharmacology)
Click here to register
Speaker: Mr. John Zabilski from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
For more information, contact Yuening Zhang: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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