Monthly Archive Index for KSL News Blog
Art Past & Present @KSL
Launched for Orientation 2011 Information Fair at the Kelvin Smith Library, exhibits in the KSL Art Gallery changed to reflect the history & traditions of the university. Enjoy the posters & banners throughout the library this summer, including a few from the past like the dorm life from the 50s:
• Printed guides accompany the images of people & places throughout the years.
• Find out more about the images in the exhibit, by scanning the QR codes in the exhibit.
• Stop in soon & visit the gallery!
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New Faces@KSL Information Fair, Orientation II, Monday 19
Kelvin Smith Library welcomed the second round of new students at the Orientation II Information Fair today. Nearly 600 people & 40 campus organizations enjoyed a few hours getting to know about opportuniites at Case, as well as learning more about each other.
• Fun, food, QuickTours, popcorn, and prizes kept things lively.
• Enjoy a few of the new faces—welcome, new students!
• Find more news & photos from Information Fair, Orientation 1, 2011, and albums on KSL's Facebook page.
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SciFInder Moves to Web, Local Software Installation Ends
Powerful SciFinder® has phased out the software-installed version and is now browser-based. Researchers in many scientific disciplines (biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science & more) now conveniently access the most current version online, with new features:
• Keep Me Posted (KMP) sends literature alerts to your free personal account
• SciFinder® Mobile (no app required) for access to premier science materials
• SciPlanner™ lets you organize, view, & manage reference answer sets
Online Learning Solutions training is available & includes recorded sessions. You'll find links to the new features & how to use them, along with tutorials, & podcasts. Explore the website—join the new contests & win a prize.
• After getting registered, go directly to SciFinder®
• Prior registered users: Uninstall your local software.
SciFinder® is also available on the Research Database list (Science & Technology folder) with instructions for Registration, training, & support. Case faculty, student, staff remote access: activated VPN session required.
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KSL Welcomes Orientation I, Friday, July 15
New students visit Case this month to get acquainted and get a head start on information. Kelvin Smith Library collaborates with Orientation to host the Information Fair. Over 321 new students visit with banks, phone companies, campus services and organizations, and get some important details...before they start the semester. It's a sea of people in KSL as 600+ visitors enjoy table displays & KSL highlights:
• Main floor Art Gallery displays significant historical events with images through the decades
• Posters printed from KSL's GIS center are hung throughout the library & reflect on student life & events
• Above the elevator on the main floor, our Public WOW display is interspersed with historic images of Case life
• QuickTours show students & families how to connect with KSL's 30 miles of compact movable shelving & millions of items, get online with staff & rich content.
• New students get a free stainless mug in Cramelot. Later, use the coupon inside for a $1 refill!
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The Power of Scenery, U.S. National Parks--KSL July Research Spotlight
Discover Ohio's many historical landmarks and riches, including national park sites. One of them has 22 miles of a famous river, hosts 900+ plant species and is highlighted in the KSL July Research Spotlight, The National Parks.
• Find A Park link on the National Park Service: Choose a state, or a zip code +radius for your next summer road trip.
• Hot Topics Cuyahoga Valley National Park, has bike trails, bald eagles & peregrine falcons, Great Lakes Restoration & the Kendall Lake Dam.
• Did You Know? The 20th U.S. President spent a summer on the Ohio & Erie Canal, walking the mules on the towpaths.
• Emerald Necklace, a NE Ohio wonder of Firefly Floats, drive-in movies, Nature at Night, elephants, concerts, and more.
• The Olmsted National Historic Site and the growth of historic landscape preservation
• Wilderness by design: landscape architecture and the National Park Service
• Creating the National Park Service : the missing years
Enjoy KSL's book Worthwhile Places: Correspondence of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Horace M. Albright, the result of a young boy's captivation with Yellowstone and a lifetime of letters with the man who was its superintendent & later the Director of the National Park Service. Enjoy the Google Preview offered by the Case Catalog entry, and find copies on OhioLINK.
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Save time. Find your journals fast, with the E-Journal Portal. When you hear that Biochemistry Research International has a great new issue, you can find out if we have it...and where.
Electronic journals are convenient and also help you maximize your time & efficiency—with 56,000+ unique titles of journals, and nearly 70,000 ejournals within our databases, getting to the right content fast makes your research time effective.
• Enter title (or change search box to word or ISBN)
• E-Journal Portal displays the electronic version, years of coverage, and which database(s) have it.
• Click through to the newest issue & enjoy the articles, or follow a citation to the year/vol/issue.
Bonus: results show you which databases cover the journal. Clear the title & start a new search in them for 'more like it,' the topic, or an author in that field. In this case, we can search further in Academic Search Complete and/or PubMed, or simply read the issues in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
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iPads--Check Out One Today!
Try out a new technology this summer. Come to KSL and borrow an iPad® from the Freedman Center for 3 hours. Get experience with pre-loaded applications, games (including Angry Birds), art, productivity tools, and the web...or you can just enjoy sitting in a comfortable chair in the library while you try out some of the tools on it:
• Create: HexDoodle or QvickSketch apps unleash your creativity
• Make music: play with Apple's GarageBand®
• Free sample: make a KeyNote presentation or use AppleWorks®
• Fly across the US: look up & "see" an address with Google Earth
• NASA: watch "This Week in NASA" movies & more
• More apps coming...
Borrow an iPad® for 3 hours—it's a great way to explore a new device. Experience the touchscreen, text, color, sound, and portability of working on it. It might help you make a choice for your own device, or simply get you out of your office for a while!
Enjoy YouTube movies (you can find the KSL Gnome as he moves around 30 miles of movable shelving)
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KSL Hosts OhioLINK Business Librarians
OhioLINK member institutions share resources as well as expertise. Subject Interest Groups take the consortium collaboration to yet another level, meeting throughout the state and discussing collections in a wide variety of 28 disciplines from anthropology through law to special collections.
Case Libraries' subject specialist librarians belong to many of these groups, learning how today's academic users approach topics and then investigating & evaluating resources.
Groups like the OhioLINK Business librarians work together to gain economic leverage when considering and licensing new products for Case researchers.
Case Western Reserve is one of the original 6 founders of OhioLINK. The 90th member joins this fall.
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