News, Services, Events & Features @KSL
On Friday, November 4 and Friday, December 2, CaseLearns is hosting Freedman Center Friday. What’s this you ask? Well, this is your chance to take a tour through Case Western Reserve University’s hub of digital scholarship, your one stop for all digital research needs. The staff will offer a tour of the resources, demonstrations and mini consultations. The course is held during the University's Community Hour, so feel free to stop in any time during. Snacks and refreshments will be served.
CaseLearns is a free instructional program held at Kelvin Smith Library for anyone in the CWRU community. The staff who teaches CaseLearns courses are highly trained professionals who can help you activate KSL and the Freedman Center.
To view the full list of courses and register for this or any of the others, please visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/caselearns.
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Join us on Friday, October 28 from noon to 1:00 for a Lunch and Learn session of SciFinder! Our representative from Chemical Abstracts Service [CAS] will show you what SciFinder can do for your research. The event is open to the whole campus.
The event will be held in Clapp Hall, Room 405. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP by 10 a.m. on Thursday morning to https://goo.gl/forms/llM06Ko84twHLEq43.
Every attendee will receive an engineering/lab comp book with the newest periodic table.
SciFinder provides researchers with access to the world’s largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science (physics, medicine, polymer, geology, chemical and material engineering) information. You can search for substances, reactions, patents and journal references.
The SciFinder Workshop will provide researchers with search methodologies and strategies to help them efficiently and effectively scour the literature landscape and keep updated on the most relevant research findings in their respective fields. The workshop is applicable to both advanced and entry level SciFinder users, but is tailored specifically to the users’ research interests to provide relevant examples.
Be prepared to learn about the following:
• SciPlanner - interactive workspace for reactions and schemes
• Analyze and refinements using CA Control Terms
• PatentPak PDF Viewer and other IP searching features
• Analytical Method and Synthetic Protocol Search tools
• Data detail enrichments (i.e. Experimental Data, Physical Prop., Regulatory info)
• Commercial supplier listings
• User-specified alerts and notifications
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With fall break here, October 21 through October 25, Case Western Reserve University students have the opportunity to relax for the next few days. That in mind, Cramelot at Kelvin Smith Library will adjust its hours accordingly. Please note the changes as follows:
Friday, 10/21: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, 10/22: CLOSED
Sunday, 10/23: CLOSED
Monday, 10/24: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/25: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Regular hours [11 a.m. - 9 p.m.] will resume on Wednesday, October 26.
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CaseLearns is back, bigger and better than ever. This free instructional program at Kelvin Smith Library has made improvements to have a longer view approach. Our students and faculty can establish research and scholarship skills through this program, which will advance their education and Case Western Reserve University through applied use of technologies.
The goals in mind with an improved CaseLearns are to slow attendees down, allowing ample time to ask fundamental and theoretical questions, and, in some cases, to foster group collaboration. “We want you to see us as an ongoing research partner,” says Jared Bendis, Creative New Media Officer - Digital Learning and Scholarship. The staff that teaches the CaseLearns courses are highly “trained professionals who want to activate KSL and the Freedman Center, becoming a feeder to our resources.”
The revamped program features 33 different workshops, including eight new ones:
• Library Is Fun
• Protective Enclosures for Library Materials
• Research Data Management
• Open Access and the Right to Research
• Basic Library Research Skills
• Creating GIFs/Memes From Family Videos
• Video Tutorial Creation Using Camtasia
• Introduction to Data Visualization
CaseLearns start times coordinate with the University’s block scheduling system to make attending even easier. The next course up, Introduction to Desktop Publishing, will be held on Monday, October 17, from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the newly renovated Freedman Center Collaboration Commons. Participants will learn the fundamental concepts of desktop publishing in a variety of software.
To learn more about this course or any others and to sign up, please visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/caselearns/.
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On September 29, Kelvin Smith Library hosted the Library Resource Lab to showcase many of the science and engineering specialized resources available in the library. In its fourth year, this event has set records with more than175 participants, 11 vendors demonstrating their products and the overall satisfaction of those involved.
Many participants expressed satisfaction with the event, as it allowed them to discover new resources and learn ew tricks about familiar ones. Vendors from Elsevier, IEE
E, Springer, Wiley, ACS, SPIE, ProQuest, Gale, JSTOR, ASM International, and American Ceramic Society were also pleased with the experience, already having committed to returning next year. endors were also impressed with how engaging the students were and the complexity of their questions. Event planners (KSL staff) were happy with the event's educational vibe, the opportunity to interact with so many participants, and the chance to highlight additional library resources and services available on campus.
Courtesy of our generous sponsors, we had two grand prize raffle winners, both BME students: Yuanqi Xie won a mini wireless printer/scanner offered by ProQuest and Lydia Warren won a $50 gift card offered by Springer. Multiple gift cards were also offered as door prizes.
Finally, we’d like to offer a big "thank you" to our sponsors, Elsevier, Wiley, IEEE, ACS and SPIE, and a shout-out to all event participants!
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Twenty years ago, Case Western Reserve University unveiled its newest resource building, Kelvin Smith Library [KSL]. This informational hub was heralded as “the library of the future,” setting the national standard for services, innovations and education. KSL has exceeded every expectation, always staying at the forefront of resource accessibility, providing the highest quality services to enable research to thrive, fostering collaborative engagement and productive individual research, and understanding students’ and faculty’s changing needs and emerging opportunities.
To celebrate its 20 years of success, KSL has a lineup of exciting events that features guest speakers, food, games, prizes and an open house.
Monday, October 10, 4:00 p.m.: Western Reserve College class of 1980 alum and legendary caricaturist from The New Yorker Tom Bachtell will speak for about 40 minutes before College of Arts and Sciences dean Cyrus Taylor hosts a Q&A with our guest. The discussion will be accompanied by a gallery display of Mr. Bachtell’s work. Light refreshments will follow.
Friday, October 14, 12:00-4:00 p.m.: Celebrate KSL’s anniversary with our Homecoming Open House, centered around gaming in honor of our guest speaker Philip Orbanes [see below]. The event will feature a variety of games, refreshments, prizes and tours.
Friday, October 14, 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Case Institute of Technology ’70 grad, former VP of Parker Brothers and founder of Winning Moves games Philip Orbanes will deliver his presentation, “Innovating a Career in Games.” A light reception will follow.
For any questions or to RSVP to either guest speaker’s event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-368-2992
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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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