Monthly Archive Index for KSL News Blog
After a long study session at KSL, SafeWalk helps you get home at night. Take advantage of a double-escort this week, until the last day of finals.
Look for the yellow SafeWalk sign on the main floor of the Kelvin Smith Library.
Two teams operate the service each night so someone is always there to sign you up for a safe walk home.
SafeWalk operates during fall & spring semesters only.
SafeWalk: 6 pm-Midnight, last night is Wednesday May 4th.
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How Long Will Your Digital Prints Really Last? Preservation Exhibits
KSL's Preservation Department features 2 exhibits for "Pass It On: Saving Heritage and Memories..." the theme of national Preservation Week 2011. In the new art gallery area on the main floor, the exhibits help you understand how to save & manage your personal treasures.
• Do you have audio, video, email, or websites that you'd like to save?
• Do you have DVDs of images that need to be copied, or files of documents?
There are free bookmarks (quick tips for preserving books, paper, electronic media, photos) and also folders of free handouts with preservation basics & special tips. Look for them on top of the exhibit cases, and learn more about saving your personal items for the future!
The exhibits are part of the campus 2011 Preservation Week events. Read more about the programs, like the 3 free afternoon webinars, and bring in a personal item for a preservation evaluation by conservators from Kelvin Smith Library & the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library.
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Fun @Cramelot, Before Finals Begin!
Unleash your creativity this Tuesday @KSL's Cramelot cafe...you've worked hard & you have 2 days before Finals begin. KSL hosts the first Open Mic for you on Tuesday—try it in the cafe at lunchtime, and sing a song, read a poem, play an instrument, juggle...you get the idea.
Download the flyer and share it with your friends!
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Pass It On: Preservation Week April 24-30, 2011
Celebrate Preservation Week@KSL via "Pass It On: Saving Heritage and Memories," a national focus that helps & inspires institutions as well as individuals. Learn more about preserving collections or collectibles, photos, organizational or family records, and other valuable materials. Also, KSL's Preservation Department staff will offer expertise and a preservation evaluation when you bring in an item you'd like to preserve for the next generation.
In 1-hour webinars at the Kelvin Smith Library, see how you can preserve your personal treasures & how libraries, cultural centers, and museums are enhancing future access for varied formats. The webinars are free and all are held at 2:00 -3:00 pm in classroom Lower Level 06:
• Tues. 4/26/11 Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures, Nancy E. Kraft, Univ. Iowa Preservation Dept
• Wed. 4/27/11 Protecting Future Access Now: Models for Preserving Digitized Books..., Amy Kirchoff, Portico
• Thur. 4/28/11 Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories, Bill LeFurgy, Library of Congress Digital Preservation Initiatives
• 30-minute Q&A sessions with staff follow each webinar
• Bring in a personal item for a complimentary preservation consultation & evaluation by KSL and Law library conservators.
The webinars are produced as part of Preservation Week by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a Division of the American Library Association, and its partners the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Kelvin Smith Library's Preservation Department provides comprehensive preservation services for library collections, through traditional as well as cutting-edge practices. Preservation staff does expert restoration & repair in a recently renovated 4-room, 1600 sq ft facility, often using new digital technologies to preserve fragile print materials.
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Faculty Graduate Research Commons Room
One of KSL's 2011 Initiatives was to pilot a library space designed for faculty and graduate student conversation & collaboration. Installing card-access on the 2nd floor Mather Room results in a targeted area for such research to fluorish.
The Pilot Research Commons is designed as a natural collegial space where small group discussions amongst post-docs, faculty, and graduate students can occur without the usual interruptions of office traffic.
The Research Commons room is available during KSL Regular Business Hours and 24x7 during Fall & Spring Semesters. Whether it's scholarly reading, discussion, or pre-arranged selected events, faculty & grad students can now take advantage of a great space in the Kelvin Smith Library to exchange ideas and foster new ones.
The Faculty-Graduate Research Commons Pilot began in Spring 2011 and will continue through December 2011. A current official Case ID (faculty, graduate student, post-doc) is required for access to the space.
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A Billion Acts of Green--Earth Day 2011, KSL Research Spotlight
Get inspired, learn more about Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green®, KSL's April Research Spotlight. The first Earth Day in 1970 was an outcry against the "pollution of the environment." Today the annual Earth Day is global & over 175 countries celebrate individual actions and educate for the future.
• What's Your Footprint? A quick animation tells you how many planets are needed to support you. Be surprised.
• First Earth Day TV news clip (1970): New York city bans autos from Fifth Avenue. Miami has a Dead Orange Parade
• Read about the Canopy Project for reforestation
• Pledge an individual Act of Green, learn more about energy, transportation, water, recycling & more
Earth Day 2011, April 22
Celebrate your planet, learn more, including more about the Case Libraries' amazing online resources for sustainability and related topics, on the KSL April Research Spotlight.
Access to Case-licensed resources requires Case network ID authentication or an activated VPN application for wireless and/or remote connections.
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And The Winners Are......
It began in November 2010 with a call to creative thinking, with a Student Competition to Redesign the First Floor of the Kelvin Smith Library. Cash prizes for First, Second, and Third Place for student team research & presentations heralded a new student-engagement level for KSL's future.
Second Place Awards (2)
• Chen-Dah Chiang, Maeve Goede, Jennifer Huang, Richard Pham (CWRU)
• Shuang Chen (CWRU) and Justin Pintabona (CIA)
The official Student Competition Press Release has more details on the students' schools and majors, and about the review panel that evaluated the team proposals. Included is a link to the original RFP for the KSL First Floor Redesign Competition.
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NEW: Quiet Reading Room
It's busy. You're busy. There are lots of people everywhere...you need a place to escape. Now you have one—KSL has opened a new Quiet Reading Room for you.
It's an "old" space turned "new," where antiquity & history are carefully kept for researchers. Usually, Special Collections rooms require authorized entry, but Kelvin Smith Library has opened the door to this beautiful room. Come in and get some quiet reading done!
The environment is controlled to protect the materials, so food & beverages need to be used in other parts of the library. It's an easy trade because you'll be peacefully surrounded by art on the paneled walls, sculpture, nearby treasures, or WPA prints on the walls while you read...in peace & quiet.
When you need a quiet space to work, KSL's Special Collections Reading Room on the 2nd floor now gives you a new option.
Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 pm | No food or beverages
When a class is scheduled or the room is unavailable, a sign outside the door lets you know ahead of time. If the door is open, it's your room to use!
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NEWS! Cramelot Cafe Extends Hours
Now when you study late or stop by KSL later in the evening, it'll be easier to buy drinks, food, snacks at Cramelot.
You Asked - Cramelot Answered
Instead of 9 pm, Cramelot @KSL stays open until Midnight, Sundays through Thursdays, during the rest of Spring Semester.
Just in time to help through the studying for final exams, Cramelot's menu items & later hours make studying a little easier!
Soup, bagels, coffee/tea/juices, fruit & more, check out the menu & see what's new today!
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Invitation to Digital Humanities Connections
Digital Humanities Connections: a conversation about the future of digital humanities, invites you to engage in building a community of practice in NE Ohio and beyond on Friday, May 6, 2011.
Digital Humanities Connections is hosted by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the Kelvin Smith Library, and the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.
A combination of keynotes and collaboration, the event features Tom Scheinfeldt, Managing Director of the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University, and Sharon Leon, the Director of Public Projects at the CHNM.
Friday, May 6th, 2011
Noon - 4:30 pm
Kelvin Smith Library, Clapp Room (main floor), 11055 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44106
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Team up with Team KSL
In the March Mania Online Challenge, Relay for Life campaign, Case earned kudos for "taking the competition by storm!" in the East Central Division. In 4 weeks of challenges, Case was a winner along with others in Rounds 1, 2,3 (topping OhioLINK's huge University of Cincinnati), won Round 4, and was named champion of the March Mania Online Challenge!
Be A Winner with Team KSL
Donate, join, or be a virtual member to help fight cancer. KSL sent the first campus organizational team in 2009 & has entered the Relay twice—this year, Team KSL has already raised more money than in the past two years. Put us, and cancer research, over the top!
Join Team KSL (donations can be anonymous) or check the Case Relay for Life page to learn more, and join from there. Join & walk the track with us, be there for Survivors' Lap, music, snacks, the Luminaria ceremony, & a great spirit of good fellowship.
Relay for Life: begins 6 pm on Friday, April 15 -ends Saturday am on April 16
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Announcing the 2011 Freedman Fellows Program
The Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services Center announces the 2011 Freedman Fellows Program that encourages & assists faculty with the development of new avenues in curricula & teaching. The program now seeks project proposals for experimenting with new digital technologies, innovation, information competencies and varied resources. Such projects can engage the scholarly objectives of both faculty and students, and has helped shape research, instruction, and learning.
The 2011 program has evolved into a new focus of helping faculty who are already working on a project and are at a critical point where expert assistance throughout the year from the staff of the Freedman Center & KSL will help to complete the project. Up to six $3,000 awards may be given in 2011.
This year's program will identify & support scholarly projects that meet all of the following conditions, where the project is:
• currently underway
• involves some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest
• involves the use of digital tools and processes
• has clearly articulated project outcomes.
More program details are available in the Overview of the program; there is also a helpful Freedman Fellows FAQ for content, budget, and copyright issues.
Online project proposals are due by midnight Monday, April 18, 2011. Awards will be announced by Friday, April 22nd, and the first 2011 Freedman Fellows meeting is Friday, May 6, 2011.
The Freedman Center is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL). Since its inception in 2005, the Freedman Fellows Program has given awards to 30 faculty members.
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Off the Shelf @KSL
Hear Case authors talk about music, literature, religion, American culture and more, on KSL's Off the Shelf podcasts. KSL librarian William Claspy interviews Case Western Reserve University faculty authors about favorite subjects and their book publications.
From the first podcast in fall 2008 with Kurt Koenigsburger's The Novel and the Menagerie: totality, Englishness, and empire, or Thrity Umrigar & the Cleveland Arts Prize 2009, to the most recent in 2011 with Tim Beal's The Rise and Fall of the Bible: the unexpected history of an accidental book, you'll enjoy new insights on colleagues at Case and how & why they choose to write their books.
A convenient link on each podcast lets you play it on your computer, or use the links to download the iTunes or mp3 podcasts so you can hear them at your leisure.
Listen in (from anyhwere), today...and enjoy one of Kelvin Smith Library's cultural offerings!
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New York Times @KSL
KSL has the New York Times newspaper inside the Cramelot cafe, perfect for reading with your favorite snack & beverage, especially now that there's a new pay-per-view plan for online New York Times.
• Looking for something from last week or 3 weeks ago? Newspaper racks in Cramelot have current & recent issues. As the issues are microfilmed, view full-screen, full-size versions on our new ScanPro machines.
• Looking for Historical New York Times has never been easier, too—read it from 1861 forward (currently to 2006), with powerful search features for a birth notice, advertisement, obituary, editorial cartoon, and much more when you select "More search options."
• Find New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post historical papers in News folder on the Case Libraries' Research Database List, and (1980-present) in the LexisNexis database.
Activate your VPN to read newspapers on Case databases. Launch & sign on before you open your browser for seamless authenticated access.
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Poetry Slam @KSL
Cramelot cafe has only been open a few weeks and is hosting its second performance event! This Friday during the Community Hour, a Poetry Slam is presented by the Women in Liberal Arts student group, and co-President Lindsey Beasely liked "the fresh atmosphere that Cramelot provides...large enough for an event like ours, but still with the intimate quality that appeals to the nature of performances."
Come and enjoy drinks & food and the sounds of:
• Women's Glee Club
• and readings from the Spanish Club.
WILA hosts their first KSL performance @Cramelot cafe at Kelvin Smith Library:
Friday, April 8th
12:30 - 2 pm
Co-president Kaylie Wheeler also adds that at the Poetry Slam, WILA will be accepting donations to the Japanese Red Cross Relief effort.
Print & share a copy of the event flyer, then come & listen...and join the audience!
Women in the Liberal Arts is a Case student organization that promotes the liberal arts & experiences where students interact with professionals who have liberal arts degrees.
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