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KSL Holiday Hours
The University & KSL take a holiday break for Christmas & New Year's weekends. A quick look at our homepage always tells you the day's desk hours where library staff is here to help you, but you can also find today's hours & more with the graphic icon for "Today's Desk Hours" (upper right corner of the page). Click on the graphic for details about upcoming weeks. It's a quick way to check on holiday hours over the next two weeks, before heading out into the cold weather!
12/24: 9 am - 3 pm
Christmas Day & weekend 25-28: closed
M-W, 29-31: 9 am - 5:30 pm
New Year's Day & weekend 1-4: closed
More details at our Hours page...
- while the building is closed for the holiday weekends, our book drop near the front door is open if you'd like to return items while we are closed.
- enjoy access to our electronic journals & databases—available from wherever you are, with your activated VPN client.
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Cover Art Debuts in the OhioLINK Central Catalog
Just in time for your holiday browsing, now you can enjoy the cover art on many titles in the OhioLINK Central Catalog. You'll find graphic art to tempt you, whether the title is a book, a DVD, a sound recording, a vocal score, & more.
The extra visuals add another texture to your search & discovery on OhioLINK's nearly 48 million-item shared catalog. Order something today, for delivery to the OhioLINK location nearest you—which includes other OhioLINK libraries, and in NE Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library branches!
Some samples for winter break might be Benjamin Bradlee's Conversations with Kennedy, a video of Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra and more..., Studs Terkel with Syndey Lewis' Touch and Go: A Memoir, a piano-vocal score of Frank Sinatra, Best of Capitol Years, or Edward Albee's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe:Carson McCuller's novella adapted to the stage.
Selected (not all) cover art is available per the rights & licenses granted to the company that provides this service to OhioLINK.
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KSL LibQual+ Survey Winner
Kelvin Smith Library announces the LibQual+ 2008 survey winner! Jennifer Hobohm, junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, stopped by KSL to pick up her new iPod® Touch, before leaving for winter break:
Jennifer completed the LibQual + 2008 survey, a standardized instrument and just one of the measures that Case Libraries use to assess campus library collections & services. Case Libraries participated in LibQual in 2002 and again as part of OhioLINK in 2003, with many new services were implemented as a result.
Kelvin Smith Library is pleased that Jennifer won and that so many participated—it's a way to make your opinion count as libraries measure user expectations and experiences! Watch for the survey results in 2009, and the next LibQual survey in 2010.
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Case Is a Winner in the Knovel University Challenge
12/2008: Knovel announces that Case Western Reserve University is one of 8 institutions with 100+ students who entered the 2008 University Challenge. Universities with over 100 student entries were eligible for a contest-within-a-contest—and a guaranteed iPod winner!
Faculty & KSL librarians on campus, at KSL and at the contest kiosk at the School of Engineering urged students to log on to Knovel® and use the widget to answer the contest questions.
Congratulations to our winner, Stephen Leahy, who stopped by Kelvin Smith Library to pick up his prize–a nice way to conclude the fall semester. Thanks for using Knovel, Stephen!
Explore Knovel for science, medicine, biology & applied science studies. Questions about Knovel®? Our Engineering librarian is happy to help you!
Knovel® database is licensed for the Case faculty, students, and staff on networked computers or remote access via an activated VPN connection. Find Knovel for your searching on our Research Database list, from the KSL homepage or from the Case Catalog page.
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Study Break @KSL--Tues/Wed, Hillel Brings Treats
Cleveland Hillel Foundation brings you coffee & doughnuts for a KSL study break this week, on Tuesday & Wednesday, December 9 & 10th. Stop in to see them in KSL's Lower Level International News Commons area and take a break from exam studies.
Hillel knows that hot coffee and doughnuts can help students get through the week, and also that while enjoying coffee people have an opportunity to celebrate & learn something about the upcoming Hanukkah holidays. Hillel has offered this treat in KSL for several years now, responding to their students' comments that "KSL is the go-to place on campus." Stop by Tuesday and Wednesday and visit—8 p.m. to 10 p.m., or until the coffee pot is empty...
Talk to Hillel about Hanukkah traditions. They bring doughnuts because they are a symbol of eating foods cooked in oil, in remembrance of the olive oil miracle of the Hanukkah menorah where one day's oil lasted eight days. KSL is pleased to have Hillel Foundation as one of our new traditions, as well.
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Call & Post Access--KSL Research Spotlight December 08
Historical files of the leading African American newspaper the Call and Post are available through one of KSL's partner libraries, Cleveland Public Library (CPL). The Call and Post brings you history from another perspective and is available from 1934-1991 in CPL news databases via a CPL library card. The December 08 KSL Research Spotlight brings you the news about the paper & how to get a CPL card, as well!
• Use the historical files of the CPL Call and Post database to look up headlines, obituaries, marriages, editorials & more, with flexible search & date options.
• Then continue reading & researching Call and Post newspaper articles (1992 to the present) through KSL's Ethnic Newswatch database subscription. Besides the Call and Post (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati versions) you can search 279 publications of ethnic, minority, and native press.
KSL & CPL first collaborated in 2006 for the CPL@Case-KSL partnership, bringing from CPL to Case a collection of popular literature, audio books, magazines and foreign language magazines. For Case faculty, students & staff, KSL is authorized to create CPL library accounts, which also includes access to databases like the historic files of the Call and Post newspaper.
More details are available at KSL about obtaining these partner library privileges for the historical Call and Post & more.
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Science Behind the Skeletons: Exhibit by Prof. Darin Croft
The KSL Special Collections Exhibit cases now feature the latest research by Darin Croft, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Case and a Research Assistant at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Darin's research supports his teaching of extinct mammals and the items in the exhibit cases give insight into some of the 30 species of mammals whose skeletons have been reconstructed from South American sites.
See a portion of armor & bone fragments, to intricate color drawings of extinct mammals...it's easy to stop in and browse the three cases to see the science behind the reconstruction of skeletons, and Darin's work from South American sites.
Darin Croft is a 2008-09 Glennan Fellow, now working on research as well as "Exploring the Mammalian Family Tree," a new course that explores the mammalian family tree and helps humans see their place in nature with a new perspective. Also on display in the exhibit cases is the journal cover from his latest article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 28, issue 1 (March 2008), p. 217-230. The journal is accessible to those with authorized Case network or OhioLINK member credentials.
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