Monthly Archive Index for KSL News Blog
You're Invited to A KSL Reception
Join the campus community for a reception at Kelvin Smith Library to welcome Associate Provost and University Librarian Arnold Hirshon.
Greet Arnold in the soon-to-open KSL Cafe on the main floor, and see the other plans he has brought to the campus and library. Take a moment to see some of the changes he has made throughout the building in his first semester at Case, including opening up the sight lines and public spaces and installing an art gallery adjacent to the cafe area. You'll also get a preview of the cafe and New Books display.
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African American History Month, Research Spotlight@KSL
KSL's February Research Spotlight helps you explore African American History Month with primary & secondary resources:
• Find out what Juneteenth is & what it commemorates.
• Hear digital narratives, see movie memorabilia, historic maps, read antebellum student works in DocSouth
• Discover images & texts in Faces of Science, from Biochemists to Zoologists.
• Explore Digital Exhibits from the Smithsonian, Digital Case, Library of Congress, and more.
Use the Quiz to test your current or historical knowledge (#9,the first permanent resident of Chicago...)
Explore, and enjoy the KSL Research Spotlight for February 2011!
Kelvin Smith Library's Research Spotlight also suggests databases so you can find out more about African American history. Academic databases require authentication; wireless or remote access requires an activated VPN connection.
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KSL Welcomes You To An Art Gallery
From arches to architects, famous people & historic places, KSL's new Art Gallery takes you on a brief walk through campus history...including stunning beauty & surprising events like the Navy in the dining hall.
• Emeritus Richard Baznik's photos from his Campus Markings Contests entice you to look up at Tomlinson Hall for the "Searcher."
• Find buildings from noted architects Walker and Weeks & artistic dormers from 1892.
• From the Archives' collection, find out why Navy V-12 trainees dined on campus, and what Camp Case was in the 1940s.
How many libraries?
• Discover what else Adelbert was used for in 1896.
• The landmark Caxton Building in 1901 & the Case Library share a connection; downtown, Caxton still thrives today.
• It housed the first university-wide library in the 1930s & today it's still on campus.
The KSL Art Gallery awaits you on the main floor—stop in and take a few moments to browse several dozen photographs & the cards that tell you more about the rich visual details of Case!
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Library Ranked 1st in Senior Survey 2010
Each year, graduating seniors participate in an exit survey that asks them to reflect on and rank their experiences at Case. The 2010 survey results are in, and libraries received the highest satisfaction rating.
Library staff members in public service & behind the scenes are committed to making your library experiences memorable, and they all offer thanks for the #1 ranking!
"Survey Says" that in general, a majority of students were highly satisfied with:
• Library facilities and resources (95%)
• Classroom facilities (93%)
• Center for Women (92%)
• Computer facilities and resources (90%)
• Educational Services for students (90%)
Read the full ranked list on page 3 of the Senior Survey Summary, available online from the Case Institutional Research Office. Congratulations to the graduating seniors of 2010 & their upcoming ventures; read about their plans in the report.
Remember that life after Case includes libraries! Wherever you are after graduation, explore your options for information experts and resources.
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New: Reserve A Group Study Room @KSL
Students want to be assured that a Group Study Room is available for an important study session or group project. In response to frequent requests for students to be able to reserve one of the nine Group Study Rooms, KSL now offers a pilot program beginning Feb.1, 2011:
A New 3-Hour Room Reservation Guarantees Your Group Study Room!
• Come to the KSL Main Service Desk during Regular Business Hours to check out a key-tag for an available Group Study Room.
• At least 2 group members must be present to check out a room key-tag.
• Group Study Room reservation: 3 hours from checkout time, or up to the last 30 minutes of the day's Regular Business Hours.
• Return the key by the time it is due & vacate the room.
• Late return of a room key-tag incurs a $5 fine on your library account & delays the next group's room reservation.
• During 24x7 after main service desk is closed, rooms will be open on a walk-in basis.
Phase One of this pilot begins immediately. Early February: a real-time icon that shows room availability will be on the KSL homepage.
Phase Two: a convenient online reservation form will allow students to reserve a Group Study Room one week in advance.
We hope the policies for this pilot program will also address a common concern that Group Study Rooms are often occupied by only one person for extended periods of time, leaving groups with no group work space. Reserving a room with library staff allows the rooms to be equitably shared with others during the nearly 100 hours a week of staffed library hours.
We welcome your comments and feedback during this pilot project semester, and hope that it helps more students will be able to take advantage of KSL's Group Study Rooms!
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