Monthly Archive Index for KSL News Blog
Group Study Rooms Help for Class Preparation
Do you have a small group that studies together? Try one of the KSL Group Study Rooms, with large tables, chairs for 6, and whiteboards (check out the erasers and markers at the Main Service Desk.)
All rooms have glass-paneled doors so you can find your friends and talk about your final project, etc., without disturbing others who are studying. Six rooms await you, along the perimeters of the 3rd floor Reading Room, and there are four new rooms on the Lower Level, near the new vending machines.
All rooms are for groups only, and are on a first-come basis. Many other quiet areas are available to singles who are studying...like the Lower Level journal area behind the double doors, or the large 3rd floor quiet study room with tables, carrels, and varied seating options.
Good luck on your papers, projects, and tests, as fall 2006 draws to a close!
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Checkout a Foreign Language Magazine!
The new CPL@Case-KSL collections and services now offers popular magazines in many foreign languages. Look to your right when you enter KSL, for the blue & white CPL@Case-KSL banners. The foreign language magazines are on KSL metal shelving that faces the CPL SelfCheckout machine & a new seating area. Nearby and under the banners, browse the other popular English-language magazines on the KSL wooden display shelving, as well as audio books on new low shelving. All of these CPL@Case-KSL popular items can be checked out.
Read National Geographic in Traditional Chinese, or Elle, in French. Try Kicker Sportsmag in German, or L'Express International in French. Der Speigel, Grazia (Italian), and a number of other magazines let you catch up on or practice your Greek, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, French, German, while you read weekly news magazines, travel and leisure, sports, health, food, entertainment, and men/women's style magazines.
Try something famililar...or something new, and use your CPL library card to check out a foreign language magazine on the nearby CPL SelfCheckout machine. KSL staff can also check them out for you at our Main Service Desk, or issue CPL library cards to Case staff, students, and faculty, if you need one. Stop by today and browse this interesting collection!
Note: CPL allows KSL to issue CPL cards only to currently enrolled & employed Case individuals with current forms of photo ID. (Family & friends can have a CPL card issued at any CPL branch.) All CPL cards that are current and in good standing can be used with the CPL@Case-KSL collections and SelfCheckout machine.
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Study Smart for Finals—24x7 Now thru December 20!
24x7 is in effect from now until the last final is held on December 20...giving you quiet spaces for late night studying or getting an early morning head start on your day before going to your office or class. Use the SelfCheckout 24x7,too, for the books you need to check out for this semester, or to preview next semester's materials.
You can always check the semester building and regular business hours with library staff from the "Today's KSL Hours" link on the KSL homepage (also available from all "Services" link pages.) Or, call the KSL Hours Hotline 368-6500 for current hours information, including the regular business hours when library staff is there to help you.
Take advantage of the 900 seats on 4 floors, with carrels, tables, great comfortable chairs, or group study rooms, and use KSL all day...all night!
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U.S. Copyright Office Announces New Rights—Rulemaking on Anticircumvention
Triennial rulemaking process allows for circumvention, without penalty, of certain technologies that otherwise prevent access to some copyright protected materials...DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) requires the Library of Congress Copyright Office to conduct examinations every 3 years to seek comments & examples that people have been adversely afftected by access controls like DRM and TPM technologies on copyright protected works. This third comment/reply process (Nov.-Dec. 2005 comments/Jan.-Feb. 2006 replies to comments) allows more exemptions than the 2000 or 2003 rulings. Exemptions are meant to remove unnecessary barriers in the use of digital works, remain in effect for 3 years, and can be renewed in the next triennial ruling process.
First reported by the Associated Press on Thanksgiving Day, the six new exemptions are important for archivists, computer security, cell phone recyclers, sight-impaired individuals reading e-books, and film professors who need to extract DVD excerpts for educational compilations. Brief summaries of the six new exemptions can be read on the 2006 Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works. Also included as sidebars on the site are the Comments, Replies, Hearings, and fuller comments by the Librarian of Congress and tahe Register of Copyrights. Briefly:
1) Copying excerpts by breaking DVD CSS copy-protection technologies has been illegal under the DMCA (17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)), although some excerpts and [potential] new compilations could always apply a fair use test under Section 107. While still a narrow ruling, the new 2006 exemption allows film professors to copy "snippets" in order to make compilations for educational use, in the classroom, by media or film professors. [Read, as above, #1 on Rulemaking on Exemptions....] for specific text on this new exemption that is critical to education.
2,3) Two exemptions deal with computer obsolescence for software or computer games, where circumvention is allowed to archive the content. If dongles are damaged/irreplaceable, now circmvention is also allowed.
4) E-book locks now can be broken to allow sight-impaired individuals to use reading aides & software.
5) Controls placed on cell phones by wireless providers can now be broken to enable the telephones to be connected to other networks.
6) Circumvention is now allowed when testing, researching, or correcting security flaws from "rootkits" or other access control measures on music or audiovisual CDs. Spawned by lawsuits in 2005 against Sony BMG, the ruling is a result of software that was included on over 24 million music CDs, intended to be hidden from purchasers and which would launch connections to Sony BMG servers. The software degraded computer performance, caused security vulnerabilities, was difficult to remove, and included terms in its End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) that could not be avoided, even when clicking "no" to the terms. Consumers and rights organizations also objected to the inherent tracking nature of the hidden software, and the unknown restrictions, prior-to-purchase, of how often and where other personal copies could be installed and used under the license.
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And the GPS Winner Is Announced...
The month-long KSL Geocaching Contest is over, and we have a winner! (We also have photos of the 5 cache sites and the answers, so read on...) Within hours of the announcement on Case Daily, people were checking out the GPS units to try their skills at the contest. At noon on Thursday, November 16, Shyue-An Chan's name was chosen from those who found all 5 caches, and he became the owner of a free Garmin eTrex GPS unit! A research associate in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Shyue-An plans to keep his new GPS unit in his lab. He hopes that it will make it easy for others to geocache around town.
Answers: Find the photos and descriptions of all five caches and their hidden messages on the KSL Geocaching Contest site. On the site, read more on how to get started in the sport of geocaching, check out a unit from the KSL Freedman Center, find resources to help you get started using data in the KSL Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data, ICPSR, and more. Try out geocaching...and we'll see you at the next KSL Geocaching Contest!
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10 Millionth Unique Title Added to OhioLINK Central Catalog
Three weeks ago, the OhioLINK Central Catalog grew to over 45.5 million items with the addition of the 10,000,000th unique title. Unique titles are those owned only by one institution, amongst the 86 participating consortium members. Member libraries include Ohio academic partners, the State Library of Ohio, and two public libraries (Cuyahoga County Public Library & Westerville Public Library.) The ten millionth unique title, added by The Ohio State University, is Mexican Modern: Masters of the Twentieth Century, by David Craven and Luis-Martin Lozano (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2006).
Faculty, students, and staff can search and locate materials on the consortium catalog and also order them to be delivered to any OhioLINK member library for convenient pickup in 3-4 days. Over 769,000 items were ordered from the consortium catalog from October 2005 to September 2006, and the monthly statistics keep increasing. Ohio researchers borrow daily from a catalog that would now fit on a bookshelf 898 miles long!
An OhioLINK press release tells more about this latest OhioLINK milestone.
Case is one of the original six founders of the award-winning OhioLINK consortium. Enjoy the vast riches of OhioLINK — the Central Catalog with its order/delivery functions, nearly 20,000 e-books, 2,000 digital videos, nearly 8 million scholarly articles, iamge databases, and more. When visiting other OhioLINK schools, checkout library materials with your Case ID card and a library account in good standing. Then put a PIN in your library account so you can renew online, track materials you've ordered from OhioLINK schools, and enjoy PIN-authentication for OhioLINK remote access. KSL staff are always ready to help you with PINs and more information about OhioLINK!
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Vending Machines @KSL
Need a quick study break & a snack? We know you like to stay in the library and study for long periods at a time, and it's not always convenient to leave to get a snack or quick drink.
Now you can find sweet and salty snacks and bottled drinks in the new vending machines in the Lower Level of KSL. Take the elevator or stairs down to the newly carpeted Lower Level, and check out the two vending machines underneath the staircase. Pepsi products (diet & regular) and tea and water are available. You don't even need to carry cash or coin — just use your Case OneCard in the Harco readers, for convenience.
When leaving your studies to get drinks & snacks from the vending machines, take your valuables with you! It only takes a moment for someone to take your laptop, purse, bookbag, or other personal item. Be safe, not sorry.
Use all drinks and snacks wisely, to protect your belongings, and the collections and furnishings of KSL. Keep bottles tightly capped and upright — spilled liquids cause damage and can affect network ports & electrical outlets. Keep KSL clean for you, and for future generations.
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New TVs & DVD/VHS Players @KSL — Watch Assignments Together!
New TV/ media units at the library make your video or DVD viewing easy! Our 4 new Toshiba TVs have sleek new units so you can preview media for teaching, or watch assigned items for class. The newest TVs are on the on the quiet Lower Level, in the journal area. Three TVs have combination VHS/DVD players, and one has a DVD player.
Watch in a group, too: up to four people can watch the movie around one TV, since jacks allow up to 4 headphone sets to be plugged in simultaneously. Three other TVs are on the main floor near the Freedman Center, and also have jacks for multiple headphone use.
Headphone use is required when watching movies on KSL Tvs, so you can fully enjoy the movie and so others can continue studying in a quiet environment. Check out your headphone at the Main Service Desk when you pick up your tape or DVD,and enjoy a movie break today!
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World Data Analyst--In Depth Information at a Glance, the November Research Spotlight
Looking for detailed statistics on places like Iraq, France, or smaller ones like Trinidad? Use the World Data Analyst database for a great variety of data-topics you can select and compare: demographics, vital statistics, national econonmy, foreign trade, transportation & communications, and military--then choose from many elements in each topic area.
Compare data, too--choose several countries, select the statistical groups you want (cell phone use, number of dentists, life expectancy), and the software produces graphs for you. Use current or historical statistics, rank them, and get useful summaries that can launch your research, travel, or employment planning.
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