Monthly Archive Index for KSL News Blog
Let There Be Rock: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives on the Case Catalog
Rolling Stones, Santana, Bob Seger, Boz Scaggs and more are now on the Case Catalog, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum's Library & Archives becomes an affiliated library of CWRU.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Library and Archives is the world's most comprehensive repository of written and audiovisual materials relating to the history of rock and roll. It is another element of building greater Cleveland as a center for the study of rock and roll music.
The Rock Hall's Library and Archives has partnered with Case Western Reserve University to become one of CWRU's Affiliated Libraries. This arrangement allows the Rock Hall's Library and Archives to share CWRU's online catalog for the cataloging and searchability of its materials. Additionally, this allows the Rock Hall's Library and Archives to be a member of the library consortium OhioLINK, making the Rock Hall's holdings visible to a wider audience and providing its on-site researchers access to numerous OhioLINK electronic resources. The Rock Hall joins an esteemed group of cultural institutions that are already among CWRU's Affiliated Libraries, including the libraries of The Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Siegal College of Judaic Studies.
Visit A New Library
Case faculty, staff & students are welcome to visit and use the main reading room and are encouraged to have the Rock and Roll Hall library staff scan their Case photo ID cards into the system. Since Researcher Cards are required when archival or audio-visual materials are requested, this will expedite access so you can experience a wealth of primary research materials: the industry, people, posters, promotional materials, interviews, personal papers of founders of record companies, handwritten lyrics & sheet music, and much more.
You could travel back in time with archival collections like the photos of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, or the 1991 Blossom Lollapalooza Festival. Director of Library and Archives Andy Leach says one of his favorite things are the Scotty Moore Papers, personal files from Elvis' first lead guitar man in the early '50s and a critical person in the beginnings of rockabilly. Click that link for Moore and you'll find The Sun Sessions CD, A Tribute to the King by Scotty Moore & Friends: live at Abbey Road Studios (video recording), and other items on the Rock Hall Catalog. Left-side facets (Events, Genre) help you discover music in a new way.
Learn more before you go—the main site has Quick Links for Catalog, Location & Parking, Staff. Tabs along the top of the page have important details about visiting and accessing this significant collection, and finding out more about this latest addition to Case and to Cleveland.
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2012 Freedman Fellows Announced
Congratulations to the 2012 Freedman Fellows Program Award Recipients whose proposals aim to integrate new technologies & information sources. The program requirements for innovative scholarly or creative projects are reflected in their winning proposals, and the Fellows will also serve as a model for the program's efforts to build a learning community around digital scholarship.
All award winners plan to use digital platforms to further understand & expand their work, and as one fellow says, to "forge collaboration across disciplines." A program that has awarded over $100,000 to further digital scholarship, the Freedman Fellows Award Program welcomes the 8th group of fellows:
• John Grabowski, Associate Professor, History
• Brian Gran, Associate Professor, Sociology
• Susanne Vees-Gulani, Associate Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures
• Stephen Hefling, Professor, Music
• Paul Iversen, Associate Professor, Classics
2012 Fellows will meet this spring and also throughout the year, sharing experiences with the other fellows...and beyond. They'll also present their progress in a series of events that will be open to anyone with an interest in their projects. Interested audiences will see GIS mapping applied to child trafficking in NE Ohio, or learn more about the classics & the Antikythera Mechanism. A wealth of information about Mahler's works will reach global scholars, Cleveland's history will find a new future in its past & become even more interactive, and German culture will be expanded from a published print work. Congratulate the new Fellows & watch for news updates!
The Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services Center is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kelvin Smith Library.
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New Mahler Research Tool by a 2011 Freedman Fellow
The powerful symphonies and songs of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) have enjoyed enormous growth in popularity since the mid-1960s. Along with increased recordings and scholarly interest in his works, however, there’s also been a growing critical need for a detailed catalog of musical manuscripts and editions. It's a need that will be met by a 2011 Freedman Fellow.
For Dr. Stephen E. Hefling (Music) the 2011 Freedman Fellow Program Award offered new opportunities and support for him to transform Edward Reilly’s lifetime work into a searchable database. Inheriting the work, Hefling was determined to “explore emerging digital tools for annotation and linking of images, sound files, and text in ways that will facilitate the use of the Catalogue by scholars, students, and musicians…expanding the positive impact of this project.”
The result, the Reilly Digital Catalogue of Mahler’s Musical Manuscripts, will be an essential tool that has been lacking for Mahler’s works. Editing and revising the original file ensures uniformity for indexing and transfer to other digital formats, with standardized terms that will allow transformational data manipulation and reorganization by users. Kulas music librarian Stephen Toombs has contributed expertise to the project and says that the incorporation of digital technologies will generate “new understanding of the source material relating to the genesis of Mahler’s work.” and notes that the final result will be a “state of the art musicological research tool.” Hefling says there is global interest as well as U.S. excitement about the project, with potential for additional support from other Mather enthusiasts.
“For Anyone, An Immersion into Mahler with New Levels of Scholarly Content”
Like other Freedman Fellows Program award recipients, Hefling notes and appreciates the “highly collaborative” environment on his project, citing scholars, technical staff expertise, Baker Nord staff and the Kelvin Smith Library. “Others can get started when they wouldn’t have been able to do so otherwise….I can’t imagine getting anywhere close to this point without the Freedman Fellow Award.”
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KSL Experiments with Patron Driven Acquisitions
Kelvin Smith Library has initiated a Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) pilot program. An allocation from the monograph funds has been ear-marked to experiment with a model of delivery that allows patrons to tell the library what they need and will actually use. CWRU patrons will have the opportunity to select items listed in the catalog that will initiate a purchase of that item (whether print and/or e-book). The Research Services Librarians have defined the books included in this pilot based on current collections profiles to represent areas across all disciplines. This initial pilot program will include 2012 print and online books from the following disciplines: economics, engineering, history, marketing, political science, and religious studies. Data will be collected on format of materials requested, subject areas selected, and user feedback. The pilot program will help to define the process and allocation for further implementation in the 2012-13 fiscal year, which will include more subject disciplines.
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Celebrate Preservation Week 2012 @KSL
Libraries and organizations all over the country celebrate Preservation Week: Pass It On, April 22-28, 2012 with resources that help to preserve personal and shared institutional collections. Preservation Week can help you safely preserve your collections, too, whether it's paper, textiles, photographs (digital and print) or family memorabilia.
KSL Expertise & Opportunities
Kelvin Smith Library is fortunate to have a Preservation Officer and department that supports Preservation Week with informational materials, a series of webinars for the public, and personal conservation appraisals. Expertise that preserves items for generations of researchers is available to everyone during Presentation Week:
• Free resources: information table with sources for preserving personal collections. Main floor, KSL.
• Webinars: presented by nationwide experts & shown on the big screen in LL01. Free, open to the public. Or, register online & watch from your computer.
• Individual conservation appraisals: bring your items to the webinars at KSL, get expert advice on preservation options.
Tuesday, April 24, 2pm-4pm. "Taking Care—Family Textiles." Webinar presenter: Bronwyn Eves, project manager of Illinois Collections Preservation Network. Lower Level 01 room, post-webinar Q&A and consulting opportunities. (Or, register for viewing on your own computer.)
Wednesday, April 25, 3pm-4pm. "Saving Cherished Memorabilia: Preservation Tips for Family Historians." Webinar: staff members, Library of Congress. Lower Level 01 room, post-webinar Q&A and consulting opportunities. (Or, register by April 22 for limited access on your own computer.)
Thursday, April 26, 2pm-3pm. "Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs." Webinar presenter: Bill LeFurgy, Digital Initiatives Manager, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress. Lower Level 01 room, post-webinar Q&A and consulting opportunities. (Or, register for viewing on your own computer.)
Prior appraisals included paper lampshades, Japanese print repair, paintings, measured drawings & more. Preservation Week is an initiative of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association.
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