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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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With a new semester underway, the experts at KSL have curated 5 things each for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members to keep in mind about the library in 2015. Visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/newsletter/spring2015/ to view the KSL services, spaces and resources that can make life a little easier this year!
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Attend the formal opening of "Risking Everything," a Freedom Summer exhibit and presentation by James Kates, a former Freedom Rider and member of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Mr. Kates currently co-directs the non-profit literary publishing house, Zephyr Press, publishers of Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers & Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer.
Join us for the presentation at KSL on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is free to attend and light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Kelvin Smith Library and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
For more information or questions, please contact Gail Reese at email@example.com or 216.368.5291
To view all of this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events, visit http://case.edu/events/mlk/about/events.html.
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The deadline to submit images from your research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to KSL's "Art of STEM" contest has been extended to February 15, 2015.
"Art of STEM" challenges Case Western Reserve University faculty, students and staff to capture or visually communicate the beauty inherent to scientific enterprise and research investigation in the form of a digital image. The competition is also open to Cleveland Institute of Art students who collaborate with a member of the Case Western Reserve community, as well as any student in grades 9-12 who currently attends public, private or home school in Cuyahoga County.
Contestants are encouraged to submit the following types of images for entry in this competition:
- Images created by machines in a lab;
- Photographic images of nature, scientific phenomena, or people at work on a science-related project;
- Science-related hand drawn images;
- Computer-generated or digitally enhanced scientific images;
- Any other type of STEM-related image presented as art.
A jury of Case Western Reserve faculty and Cleveland-area art professionals will select the winning entries based on an evaluation of artistic merit, aesthetics, title creativity and description clarity.
Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:
- 1st Place: $350
- 2nd Place: $200
- 3rd Place: $100
- Two awards of $50 will be awarded to high school student winners.
In addition to the competition, select images will be printed and displayed in an exhibit in the Kelvin Smith Library Art Gallery and other showcase areas throughout the library during March 2015. These entries will also be featured online in the library’s virtual art gallery.
Visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/artofstem for complete contest rules and submission guidelines.
For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-368-8790.
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Videos are now available of the two colloquia that were recently hosted and organized by Kelvin Smith Library, and co-sponsored by the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries, Vanderbilt University Libraries, and Washington University in St. Louis Libraries. The videos of both events can be accessed via the URLs below.
A listing of the sessions is below.
Special Collections Colloquium
- Welcome - Arnold Hirshon, Robert H. Jackson; Opening Keynote: Sarah Thomas
- Keynote: The Past - Alice Schreyer
- Panel + Audience Discussion 01
- Keynote: The Present - Jay Satterfield
- Panel + Audience Discussion 02
- Keynote: The Future - Stephen Enniss
- CWRU President Barbara Snyder: Remarks
- Panel + Audience Discussion 03
- Closing Keynote - Mark Dimunation
Digital Scholarship Colloquium
- Opening Remarks
- Keynote: The Scale of Digital Pedagogy
- The Golden Age of Video Games
- Strategies for Effective Learning Outcomes
- The Digital Centers at Columbia University
- Intersections of the Digital
- Sound Students in the Archive
- Re-envisioning Japan
- Lunch Remarks (CWRU President Barbara Snyder)
- Diving In
- Visualizing and Making at NC State's Hunt Library
- Library-Faculty Collaboration for Digital Scholarship
- Library-Based Platforms & Tools for English Majors
- They Came and Built it Themselves!
- Tornado Destruction & Financial Damage to Homeowners
- Mobile Technology Support for Field Research
- Building to Scale
- Keynote: How Not to Teach Digital Humanities
- Collaborating with Students on Digital Projects
- The Promise of Digital (Undergrad) Research
- Libraries as Collaborators in Digital Scholarship
- Training and Outreach and Closing Remarks
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To provide additional space for quiet study, Kelvin Smith Library will make rooms LL06 A & B available to students during reading days and finals.
Located on the library's lower level, these classrooms will be open overnight from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. beginning Monday, December 8, through Tuesday, December 16 (ending Wednesday, December 17 at 8:00 a.m.)
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As the semester is winding down and the pressures of final exams are building, don't forget about the services and resources that Kelvin Smith Library has to offer! From our expert staff to comfortable study spaces, we have everything you need to get through this hectic time of year!
Visit bit.ly/survivefinalsKSL to view our guide to quiet and collaborative study areas, research assistance, tools & equipment, stress relief activities and more!
Follow along with additional tips and resources on Facebook and Twitter with #SurviveFinalsKSL.
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The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library is expanding its hours to offer increased support for all users. Beginning December 1, 2014, the Freedman Center's new hours will be as follows:
- Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
- Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.