Monthly Archive Index for KSL News Blog
New for Finals: Extra Quiet Study Space in KSL!
Looking for additional space to study during reading days and finals? KSL will open rooms LL06 A & B (on the library's lower level) for quiet study in the evenings. See schedule below for dates and times of availability.
- Tues. 4/29: 5 PM to 8 AM Weds. 4/30
- Weds. 4/30: 5 PM to 8 AM Thurs. 5/1
- Thurs. 5/1: 5 PM to 8 AM Fri. 5/2
- Fri. 5/2: 5 PM to 8 AM Mon. 5/5
- Mon. 5/5: 5 PM to 8 AM Tues. 5/6
- Tues. 5/6: 5 PM to 8 AM Weds. 5/7
- Weds. 5/7: 5 PM to 8 AM Thurs. 5/8
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Celebrate Preservation Week at Kelvin Smith Library!
Preservation week is an annual national event sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association) to increase public awareness of preservation needs. To celebrate, the following free events will be offered at Kelvin Smith Library. Attendees of one or more of three different webinars about preserving personal items will be entered into a drawing to win a basket of archival supplies from Dick Blick!
All webinars will be held in room LL06 B&C on the library's lower level. A live book repair demonstration will also take place at the library's entrance.
- Webinar 1: "Low-cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives" Learn how to keep your collections of family papers, photos, cookbooks and other personal collectables in good physical condition so they will last a long time.
Tuesday April 29 from 2-3PM
- Webinar 2: "Personal Digital Preservation: Bigger than a Shoebox" This is a 2 hour Lyrasis distance education class, free for Preservation week, exploring the challenges of personal digital preservation and techniques you can use to plan for long-term access of your digital collections of all types.
Thursday, May 1 from 10AM-12PM
- Webinar 3: "Preserving Scrapbooks and Making New Scrapbooks that Last" Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a variety of materials. In this webinar, participants will learn the common problems associated with long-term preservation of scrapbooks, how to identify problem materials in older scrapbooks and what to do about them, and how to identify the most stable materials and bindings for creating new scrapbooks.
Thursday, May 1 from 2-3PM
- Live Demo: "Book Repair and Protective Enclosure Demonstration" Preservation staff will be repairing damaged books from KSL’s collection at the entrance to the library. Everyone is welcome to observe and ask questions, or bring your own damaged book for a consultation with a conservator!
Friday, May 2 from 1-4PM
For more information, email email@example.com.
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Recipients of the 2014 Freedman Fellows Awards Selected
Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Freedman Fellows awards:
- Dr. Melvyn Goldstein, John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and Co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet
- Dr. Justin Gallagher, Assistant Professor, Economics
Dr. Goldstein and the Center for Research on Tibet have been collecting and translating oral history interviews and documents relating to modern Tibetan history and society for over three decades. These materials, all of which are part of the Tibet Oral History and Archive Project (TOHAP), are a unique and invaluable primary source on the social and political history of modern Tibet and Sino-Tibetan relations. The collection consists of approximately 1,600 hours of oral interviews with both the “common folk” who lived in villages and towns in traditional Tibet, as well as a large group of in depth interviews with monks from Drepung, Tibet’s largest monastery.
In order to prepare these interviews for publication in an online archive hosted by the Library of Congress, Dr. Goldstein will be working over the next year to correct TEI-XML syntax errors from this large corpus of data, as well as transcribe Chinese government documents. Encoding the data in TEI expands the availability of this valuable primary resource, and amplifies how it can be used by other scholars for years to come.
Dr. Gallagher’s project focuses on how the receipt of federal public assistance following a devastating natural disaster affects individual finances and migration decisions. Data on tornado paths will be correlated with financial and migration information using GIS, resulting in a visual display of the results of the research. The project’s overall goal is to better understand how individuals respond to uncertain environmental risks and how the Federal government can best protect citizens while not distorting individual incentives to live in environmentally safe and sustainable locations.
The Freedman Fellows Program is funded and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library, and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. This annual award is given to full-time faculty whose current scholarly research projects involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), involve the use of digital tools and processes, and have clearly articulated project outcomes.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients!
More information about the program can be found at: http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/specialprograms/fellows/
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Where Does Sacredness Reside? Panel to Discuss Transformations of Religious Meaning in the Twenty-First Century
Usually we think of the sacred and the secular as inhabiting very different spaces. Today, however, they intermingle and merge in a variety of ways, from museums to social media to popular culture. We find the sacred in the very secular, and the secular breaking into the sacred. This breaking down of boundaries forces us to reconsider what secular and sacred mean in the contemporary world. It is increasingly difficult to discern where the secular ends and the religious begins, and vice versa.
We hope in this panel to begin an investigation of what it means when something moves from the secular realm to the religious realm or from the religious to the secular,and how these two realms intersect and influence each other.
Join us for a lively discussion with CWRU faculty & researchers who are exploring these questions, and what this may mean for the future of religion & religious culture.
When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 – 4:30pm
Where: Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library (2nd floor)
Refreshments, cookies and fruit will be served!
Contact Mark Eddy at 216.368.5457 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• A valid photo ID or Case ID is required for entry to KSL
• Parking Options: Underground lot beneath KSL/Severance Hall or metered parking on East Blvd. behind the library
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Congratulations to KSL Science & Engineering Info Fair Winners!
Kelvin Smith Library organized a Science and Engineering Info Fair on March 21 to showcase many of the resources available in the library. Publishers and vendors were available to answer questions, provide helpful tips, discuss new features and demonstrate their products. With the help of event sponsors, event attendees had a chance to win a Kindle Fire and gift cards.
- Thank you to all participants and our sponsors:
- Momentum Press
- Alexander Street Press
- Congratulations to our prize winners!
- Christina Franke
- Ann Cater
- Theodore Frohlich
- Daniel Brotman
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Freedman Fellow Dr. Mark Pedretti to Discuss "Cartography as Memory in Hiroshima Literature"
On Wednesday, April 16, Kelvin Smith Library will host a presentation by 2013 Freedman Fellow, Dr. Mark Pedretti. Dr. Pedretti will discuss the challenges and solutions related to his research, and how they were addressed by the Freedman Fellows Program and its corresponding support.
Since the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945, the name “Hiroshima” has come to signify less the name of a city than an unthinkable event or an incalculable fear of nuclear war. While an official culture of commemoration has grown up around the site of the actual bombing, Dr. Pedretti examines literary artifacts that paint a very different image of the city, and suggests a different form of historical memory. Drawing primarily upon Ibuse Masuji’s 1965 novel Black Rain (Kuroe Ame), along with photographic archives of Hiroshima both before and after the bombing, Pedretti uses the novel’s obsessive attention to place names as a way of virtually reconstructing the city, and of suggesting the relative importance of surrounding towns and villages in witnessing the effects of the bombing. The goal of this project has been to use geospatial information coordinating technology to precisely describe the locations of Ibuse’s novel, and to visualize a place that, for many Americans, remains a distant abstraction.
Ann Holstein (GIS Specialist, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship) will present with Dr. Pedretti to discuss how geospatial technologies were used in his research to show frequencies of place names as a hotspot density map. Holstein will explain the basics of GIS so that other scholars may consider its many uses for projects that may include a spatial data component.
- When: Wednesday, April 16, 3:00 p.m.
- Where: Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room (2nd floor)
This presentation is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served.
For more information, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/specialprograms/fellows/.
The Freedman Fellows Program is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and Kelvin Smith Library. This program aims to identify and support scholarly research of faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Awards are granted to faculty to sustain projects that are currently active, hold scholarly or instructional value, integrate the use of digital tools and have clear project outcomes in support of digital scholarship.
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