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Welcome from Arnold Hirshon, University Librarian
Every new academic year brings a level of excitement as students and faculty return to campus. Everyone anticipates the accomplishment of the new year and our community rededicates itself to continuing intellectual growth through research, teaching and learning.
This is a particularly special year for me because I just arrived in mid-August. I return to academe after an eleven year hiatus. For the first twenty-five years of my professional life I worked in five different academic institutions (two in the Midwest, two in the Southeast, and one in the Mid-Atlantic). Most recently, over the past decade I worked in and with academic libraries in my work as the chief executive officer of a non-profit organization in New England and as a national and international consultant.
I return to university life with a new sense of vigor and enthusiasm. During this academic year the Kelvin Smith Library will develop a new strategic plan and consider important changes to our services both in our buildings and on the network. For our strategic planning process to be successful, I seek very wide active and personal engagement of all of our stakeholders. Please communicate with me in whatever way you are most comfortable: in person on the street or in the office, or electronically via email, online chat, Twitter, or Facebook. (All of my contact information is below.) I know that everyone on the staff of the Kelvin Smith Library would also welcome your involvement and communications as we build upon the strong foundation of the past to build an even greater Library for the future.
I wish you a highly successful academic year, and I look forward to seeing and speaking with many of you personally soon.
Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian
Office: Kelvin Smith Library 212G
Phone: (216) 368-0688
Facebook: Arnold Hirshon
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When you'd like to watch something that's not on your syllabus, KSL comes to the rescue with nearly 4000 DVD & 10,000 VHS media items. Entice your mind with foreign films, documentaries, television adaptations, and entertainment!
Supplement what you're watching in the theater or from rental stores by searching your favorite artists and/or directors. Faculty will enjoy teaching with media that are classics, or that explore new information:
• Search any artist or title on the Case Catalog, or, use the KSL QuickList for Videos & DVDs.
• Write down the DVD or VHS number
• Take the DVD/VHS number to the Main Service Desk—library staff will retrieve it for you.
• Enjoy your film...free, for 7 days!
KSL's DVDs & VHS tapes are free for 7-day loans...avoid daily fines by returning on time. See you at the movies!
Baghban DVD 939
Good Night and Good Luck DVD 1839
A Question of Fairness: affirmative action debate DVD 3124
Balanchine: the Father of American Ballet DVD 3221
The Fog of War: 11 lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara DVD 3014
Bottle Rocket DVD 3214
Le Plaisir DVD 3162
The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter DVD 3108
The Power of Good (Czech television documentary) DVD 3237
Diary of Anne Frank DVD 3101
The Brothers Karamazov DVD 3023
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire DVD 1837
Avatar DVD 3257
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Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It is this year's selection for the Common Reading Program. Elizabeth Royte, an environmental journalist, explores the staggering popularity of bottled water, the multi-billion-dollar industry that supports it and the building backlash against it.
Royte will deliver this year's convocation address. Fall convocation 2010 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 at Severance Hall. This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. Free tickets will be available by contacting the Severance Hall box office.
Bottlemania is this year's common reading for the CWRU campus. Freshmen will meet to discuss this book on August 20th as part of the Welcome Days and Share the Vision programming. Four of these discussion groups will meet in Kelvin Smith Library from 2 to 2:50. Locations are Dampeer Room, O"Neill Reading Room, Flora Stone Mather Room all on the 2nd floor and the LL01 classroom on the lower level.
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Orientation III @KSL
KSL welcomed the last group of new students this week, with QuickTours (find out the secret behind the 30 miles of compact movable shelves!), Q&A, and some free items.
Students exchanged Info Fair tickets for backpack or recycle bags, or stainless steel water bottles, and talked with staff on one of the last no-stress days!
Stop in and see us this week during Welcome Days!
(And see other summer & orientation photos on our Facebook page...)
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Future Connections Class of 2010
A video has been produced that highlights the process that all the students undergo which includes interviewing, meeting their organizations, participating in workshops, mentoring experiences, and finally culminating activities.
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Newspapers@KSL--August Research Spotlight
Looking for news? Did you miss a few issues of a paper when you were away? Researching another era? Take advantage of a wealth of newspapers in print & online with the Research Spotlight August 2010 to learn more about newspapers in KSL:
From PressDisplay's 1400+ titles & 39 languages available from around the world, to databases specializing in newspapers (like LexisNexis, click News on the left), or the online Cleveland News Index, you can search, locate, and often read papers beyond the library building.
Featured is Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers, a project from the Library of Congress:
• "Find" Newspapers for bibliographic & holdings details about papers from 1690 to today.
• "View" & read papers 1860-1922 e.g.,1912 Mt. Vernon OH Democratic Banner, 1900 New York Tribune:
The News folder (in Research Database list) has sub-folders for International, National, Regional news, & requires your activated VPN on wireless or remote computers. KSL Research Spotlight August 2010 brings you a wealth of news!
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KSL @Nord--Ph.D. Students Workshop 8/5/10
Graduate students working towards Ph.D. degrees prepare for their academic journey, getting special sessions on dissertation writing, bibliographic management software, scholarly inquiry experiences, time management, copyright & author's rights, and more at the 2nd Is There A Ph.D. in Your Future? workshop.
Sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies, the Kelvin Smith Library, the Graduate Student Senate Professional Development Committee, "Is There a Ph.D. In Your Future? Beginning the Dissertation : A practical workshop for doctoral students" is the second workshop of 2010, first presented Jan. 4, 2010.
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