News, Services, Events & Features @KSL
We want your thoughts on the changing meanings of freedom and equality, as prompted by the four-documentary PBS series, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Join us on Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 as we show the four films, two simultaneously at 12:30 p.m. on both days. All take a different angle on the struggle and efforts of the civil rights movement.
The Abolitionists [being shown in LL-06 A]: The struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery.
Slavery by Another Name [being shown in the Dampeer Room, 2nd Floor]: Stories of men, some charged with crimes like vagrancy and others guilty of nothing, who were bought, sold, abused and subjected to sometimes-deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor.
The Loving Story [being shown in LL-06 A]: The story of an interracial married couple from Virginia in 1958 who ensured a legal battle for breaking the Virigina Racial INTEGRITY Act of 1924, which forbade interracial marriage.
Freedom Riders [being shown in LL-06 B&C]: In 1961, a diverse group of volunteers rode buses throughout states in the deep south telling their stories of being jailed and beaten as local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.
Please join us us as we nosh and talk about this important and relevant issue.
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You’re invited to 356 Nord Hall for Library Resource Lab on September 29, 2016 from 12:30 to 4:00. This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff but geared toward science and engineering students. You will experience all of the research resources, study tools and learning opportunities available at Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU’s main library. Resource Lab will feature free food, prize giveaways and demos. For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you!
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Welcome back to CWRU and Kelvin Smith Library! We are excited for you to visit, study, collaborate, produce and learn.
Graduate students, time to submit your application for the study carrels available at KSL. Our carrels, located on the main floor near the journal shelving and on the third floor in the Quiet Reading Room and along the perimeter of the bookshelves, are a great place to work quietly and keep personal study items. Each carrel features two locking bins to store your materials, a mounted task light and electrical outlets.
Applications for carrel assignments will be reviewed, beginning Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Winners choose and check out their carrels for this academic year. Keys will be due back on Friday, August 11, 2017.
For all information on carrels, please visit the policy/application page. To download an application, please visit here and then return it to the KSL administrative suite on the library’s second floor during these hours.
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The Kelvin Smith Library’s Special Collections has so much news in the way of exhibits!
To begin, the first floor Art Gallery is getting a makeover! Coming this fall, the Art Gallery will feature new wall panels, like those in professional art galleries and museums. Such panels adapt to the needs of each exhibit (panels are paintable and movable), permitting a more natural flow through an exhibit.
Currently running in the Hatch Reading Room on the second floor of KSL is the Epicurean Adventures exhibit, which explores the evolution of cookbooks and gastronomic-related texts as documents of history, culture, gender roles and the growing interest in sustainable food practices. In the end, you’ll walk away from this experience feeling encouraged to reconsider the cookbook as an historical primary document. On display throughout the summer, Epicurean Adventures is a beautiful, interesting and informative exhibit you need to see!
On July 14 beginning at 5:30 in the evening, to complement the Epicurean exhibit, KSL will be hosting a panel discussion featuring local food journalists David Farkas, Mary Sweeney and Elaine Cicora. Discussions will be centered around how food journalism has changed in light of technology, how gender plays into food documentation, changes in food and hospitality industry and a few lighter questions about the speakers' experiences related to food memories. If you’re interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, this year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. As a nod to Bill and his affect on pop culture, KSL will be hosting Shakespeare Goes Pop! We are currently seeking submissions from all CWRU and CIA community members. Anything goes regarding your view of how this iconic writer has affected what we see and hear daily — commercials, movies, posters, etc. Submissions are due September 9 to email@example.com.
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Please pardon our mess for the next few weeks, as we are working efficiently to improve the Kelvin Smith Library. Though flexible and may be adjusted, the schedule of changes and floors affected is as follows:
Beginning June 15: Tear-out and installation of 3rd Floor Atrium and Quiet Study Area
Beginning June 27: Tear-out and installation of 2nd Floor Atrium, O’Neill Reading Room, Research Commons, Dampeer Room and Hatch Reading Room
Beginning July 5: Tear-out and installation of Cramelot, Reference Collection, Lower Level Atrium and Collaboration Rooms
Please note the following regarding changes and construction at KSL:
The Service Desk is available for any help at all, including finding alternative workspaces
All collections will remain available throughout the entire installation process
Updates will be provided regularly to keep the transition as easy as possible on all KSL visitors
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
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On Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13, Kelvin Smith Library will be hosting the Second National Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference. This conference focuses on all aspects of the first-year experience and the personalization of outreach and services to incoming students. The first iteration of this conference garnered 150 attendees from more than 71 institutions; a larger crowd is expected this year.
The keynote at this year’s conference is Molly Schiller, associate professor and program coordinator for the Master’s programs in College Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration and a Fellow in the Learning Teaching Center at the University of Dayton. Her research focuses on college student development, with special emphasis on sophomore students. She has consulted with a number of institutions as they have worked to develop their sophomore year experience programs. She has also published a number of articles and book chapters on the topic.
The full itinerary is packed with valuable sessions and plenaries. Information is available on the Conference portion of the website (http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/personallibrarian/conference/program/) and is continually developing. Registration for the Conference has been extended until this Friday, April 29. Click here to register: http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/personallibrarian/conference/payment/register.php
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Preservation Week, a yearly national event sponsored by the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, 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. KSL is celebrating with a cooperative bookbinding event on Wednesday, April 27 in the KSL lobby. Stop by any time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to help sew a book using a sewing frame. Each participant will be given a ticket for a chance to win the handmade book when it is complete, using the cover material of the winner’s choice. Free educational material and in-person advice on preserving your own collections of books, photos and digital material will be available.
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With April being the month we dedicate to respect, care and cleanliness of our earth and environment, we here at KSL have decided to take that initiative indoors, too!
As finals approach and studying becomes more intense, it is harder to focus on what’s around you than what’s in front of you. However, so that all can have access to clean, comfortable and well-cared-for accommodations, we kindly request that KSL visitors and researchers make an extra effort to throw away your trash, recycle what can be and clean up the area you’ve used. As you set a good example of respect, cleanliness and care, you can rest assured that when you return to KSL to study, the people who have come before you have provided the same level of respect.
To assist all our environmental efforts, KSL admin has a Clorox wipe kiosk slated for arrival early next week. It will be placed centrally on the first floor, between the Freedman Center and computer area.
Thank you in advance for all of your environmentally heroic efforts!
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On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at noon, the Kelvin Smith Library will host 2015 Freedman Fellow Gillian Weiss, PhD, as she talks about her project The Jewish View on CWRU: Campus Activism, 1967-1973.
This project aims to uncover the historical role of Jewish students, faculty and administrators in the physical infrastructure, social movements and intellectual life of CWRU from the founding of its constituent parts to the present. Launched in spring 2014 by Professor Weiss, this self-study plans to produce and disseminate knowledge through an interactive website, publications, exhibitions and talks. Professor Weiss will discuss her findings and the process of developing this digital scholarship project.
The Freedman Fellows Program is an annual award allowed for full-time CWRU faculty whose current scholarly research project involves some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), involves the use of digital tools and processes, and has clearly articulated project outcomes.
The Freedman Fellows Program began in 2005 with funding from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment established by Marian K. and Samuel B. Freedman. The aim of the program is to support the integration of new research methodologies and digital tools in faculty scholarship to enhance understanding, examine questions in new ways, broaden perspectives, and fundamentally redefine how research is conducted and disseminated. The 2016 call is currently in place, closing on April 8, 2016.
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As you well know, next week is Spring Break, which means the hours for Kelvin Smith Library and Cramelot will adjust accordingly. Please see below for the week’s schedule:
Sunday, March 6: Closed
Monday March 7-Thursday, March 10: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 11: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13: Noon-Midnight, at which point 24/7 access resumes.
Cramelot’s hours are significantly different, as it will be closed this weekend and next, but open next week Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. only. Regular hours will resume on Monday, March 14.
Enjoy your break and we look forward to seeing you in a week!
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KSL’s first floor needs some color, and we want your help adding it! This is the call for submissions! The CREATE a COLUMN competition, designed to build a more welcoming, dynamic environment, is open to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff, and students from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
The first floor is divided into zones that encourage specific activities, such as collaboration, technology and leisure. Each area has columns in a variety of sizes, too. The submitted art should use the column shapes and sizes guidelines, and may work upon the specific themes, or take a different direction, like the Cleveland community or University Circle.
Submissions are juried and cash prizes will be awarded to winners. You may submit as many pieces as you’d like; however, each artist will be eligible to receive only one reward. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2016.
For all information, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/facilities/gallery/columnart/.
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This week, Kelvin Smith Library co-sponsored two incredible Engineers Week events: the Paper Airplane Competition and Lightbulb Drop. Both events were a huge success and tons of fun!
The airplane competition was held in the Tinkham Veale Ballroom on Monday afternoon. After pizza, soda and about an hour of work building the most efficient airplane possible, the designers took flight, aiming to win a variety of categories: distance, airtime and airport, which involved the most accurate landing to a specific point. First and second place engineer winners of each category are as follows:
The second activity, hosted at KSL, was the Lightbulb Competition, which surely did not disappoint in terms of entertainment value! The level of support, enthusiasm and thought involved with this competition drew such a good energy to the library on Thursday afternoon. Given the option of a few supplies, including marshmallows and paper bags, students dropped a packaged up light bulb from halfway to the second floor to the first. Those who dropped without breaking, made it to the second floor, and from there the third floor. Every crash drew a huge “Ohhhh!” and the great landings earned sighs of relief!
Thanks so much to the organizers, participants and crowd; we look forward to next year’s games!
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Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are women. The reasons for the disparity are hotly debated; however, the effect is not. Content is skewed and articles on many notable women in history and art are absent from Wikipedia. Grab your laptop, and join us on March 5, from 11-5, in the Freedman Center in Kelvin Smith Library, as we begin to edit and contribute to Wikipedia! To register, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Cleveland/ArtAndSTEMAndFeminism_2016#Event_information.
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Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, an effort between Case Western Reserve University and Tri-C, invites you to attend a celebration for the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest. The reception will take place Friday, February 26, 2016, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and will feature the contest winners reading excerpts from their work and refreshments.
The celebration is sponsored by Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Cleveland PlayHouse, Dominion, Voices From the Village and the following CWRU organizations: Baker-Nord Center for Humanities, Kelvin Smith Library, MLK Celebration Planning Committee, Office for Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
For all information and to rsvp to the event, please visit: https://goo.gl/kH6kBo
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Our Brody Chairs seem to get a lot of love and use from Kelvin Smith Library visitors. However we'd love to know your specific thoughts about the newly renovated area. Comment cards are available in each chair, as well as at the service desk to the back left of the chairs. Please take the time to fill one out and drop it in the comment box.
We genuinely appreciate your thoughts and look forward to being able to put into action any of your suggestions!
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On Monday, February 15, 2016, a sample of CWRU students, faculty and staff will receive an email from Associate Provost and University Librarian, Arnold Hirshon, with an invitation to participate in the Kelvin Smith Library User Satisfaction Survey.
Designed to learn more about the experiences of library users and measure satisfaction with Kelvin Smith Library, the survey will provide valuable information to enhance resources, services and spaces. Responses will remain confidential and have no impact on the participant’s standing with CWRU.
Each person who completes the survey will receive a coupon for a free beverage from Cramelot Café. In addition, every fiftieth person will be awarded a $50 gift card. All participants will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a chance to win an iPad mini!
Check your CWRU email to see if you are a selected participant. The KSL survey will be open until March 11, 2016.
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Art of STEM is back! The 2nd Annual Art of STEM Competition and Exhibit, organized by Kelvin Smith Library, is an opportunity to showcase your artistic inspiration, creativity, imagination and skill, as related to STEM visuals and imagery.
KSL’s Art of STEM Competition, presented in conjunction with the national “STEM to STEAM” movement, encourages the integration of art and design with science, technology, engineering and mathematics to spur creativity and innovation.
The competition is open to Case Western Reserve University faculty, students and staff, Cleveland Institute of Art students who collaborate with a member of the CWRU community and any Northeast Ohio high school student.
Contestants are encouraged to submit the following types of images for entry into the competition:
Images created by machines in a lab
Science-related hand-drawn images
Photographs from nature, scientific phenomena or people at work on a science-related project
Computer-generated or digitally enhanced scientific images
Any other type of STEM-related image presented as art
A jury of Case Western Reserve University faculty and Cleveland-area art professionals will select the winning entries based on artistic merit, aesthetics, title creativity and description clarity. Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:
First Place: $350
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100
Two high schoolers' submissions will be chosen and awarded $50
Select images will be printed and displayed in a KSL exhibit during April. All entries will be featured online in the library’s virtual art gallery.
Submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 15, 2016. Visit library.case.edu/ksl/artofstem for complete contest rules and guidelines. For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.368.8790.
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Thursday, Jan. 21st at 12:00 pm, KSL is holding a talk titled 'The Collector: Icabod Flewellen, Father of the First African American History Museum and the oldest alumnus of CWRU. He was a curator, activist and community servant. Rita Knight-Gray, Archivist of the Icabod Flewellen Collection at the East Cleveland Public Library, will discuss his life, work and the collection, some of which will be on display. A light lunch will be provided.
This event is FREE and open to the public and there is still room to attend. Please RSVP for the January 21 presentation. The exhibit will be on display through February 29. For more information, please contact Library Administration at 368-2992 or email@example.com
Sponsored by the Kelvin Smith Library and the East Cleveland Public Library
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