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Join us for presentations by Freedman Fellows Dr. Melvyn Goldstein, Dr. Justin Gallagher
Kelvin Smith Library will host presentations by the 2014 Freedman Fellows, Dr. Melvyn Goldstein (John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology, co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet) and Dr. Justin Gallagher (Assistant Professor, Economics). The fellows will discuss their research and how the Freedman Fellows program provided solutions and support.
Both presentations are free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. For more information, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/digitalscholarship/fellows/.
- Dr. Melvyn Goldstein presents, “Tibet Oral History & Archive Project”
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room
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.
To prepare these interviews for publication in an online archive hosted by the Library of Congress, Dr. Goldstein has been working over the past 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 increases the availability of this valuable primary resource and expands how it can be used by other scholars in future research.
Dr. Leigh Bonds (Digital Research Services Librarian for the Humanities, Kelvin Smith Library) will present with Dr. Goldstein to discuss what TEI is, the connection between encoding and scholarly editing, and its applications in digital humanities work.
- Dr. Justin Gallagher presents, “Tornado Destruction & Financial Damage to Homeowners”
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room
Dr. Gallagher’s project focuses on how the receipt of federal public assistance following a devastating natural disaster affects individuals’ finances and migration decisions. Data on the destruction paths of tornadoes are being correlated with financial and migration information using GIS software. 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.
Evan Meszaros (Digital Research Services Librarian for the Sciences, Kelvin Smith Library) will present with Dr. Gallagher to discuss aspects of the data collection process as well as best practices related to research data management. Specific considerations such as file organization, protocol development, and data storage and backup will be discussed.
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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Register now for spring CaseLearns courses!
Registration is now open for Kelvin Smith Library's spring CaseLearns courses. These free classes are available to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty, staff and alumni. With more new classes this semester than ever before, take advantage of the unique offerings available to you this spring.
Some of the new courses this semester include:
- Creating Clickable Collections: How to Build Digital Exhibits & Archives
- Encoding Text: The Basics of TEI
- Enhancing Research & Citation Management with Zotero
- Intro to Research Data Management
- Managing the Digital: How to Manage Humanities Research Data
- Turning Ideas into Projects: How to Develop a DH Project
- Using RefWorks to Manage Your References & Write Papers
- Intro to Version Control
- Text Analysis
Register for these classes and many more at http://library.case.edu/caselearns/.
More CaseLearns classes are still being added, so check the course calendar for the most up-to-date information.
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View and Comment on KSL's Strategic Plan Draft for 2015-2018
Kelvin Smith Library is pleased to announce the availability of a draft for comment of the new KSL Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. The draft includes a brief summary of KSL’s accomplishments under the previous KSL Strategic Plan (2011-2014) upon which the new plan builds, an overview of the knowledge ecosystem that influenced the development of the goals and objectives of this plan, and the outline of the plan itself. The library’s mission, vision and values from the previous plan remain unchanged. The new plan has ten objectives under three goals:
- Goal 1: Research. Ignite discovery, research, and scholarship by aligning our expertise with the needs of researchers as they address the world’s most pressing needs. Within this goal, the objectives concern increased funding to purchase commercial content, expanding digital scholarship, focusing special collections and their services, enriching research services (particularly related to information literacy instruction), and addressing pressing needs regarding scholarly communications, open access, and open content.
- Goal 2: Learning. Spark student creativity and inquiry, and prepare students for leadership as scholars engaged in lifelong knowledge discovery, by enhancing learning through innovations in teaching and research. Within this goal, the objectives concern enhancing library spaces, developing new virtual spaces, and providing new library services of increasing value to the community.
- Goal 3: Shared and Collaborative Services. Improve the student and faculty learning and research experience by engaging with other information organizations on campus and the region. Within this goal, the objectives concern creating harmonious library experiences across all campus libraries, and expanding partnerships with CWRU and non-CWRU organizations and institutions.
Please note: The current draft intentionally does not include success metrics at either the goal or objective level. Metrics will be developed and after a revised plan is created based upon the comments we receive.
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5 Things You Should Know About KSL!
With a new semester underway, the experts at KSL have curated 5 things each for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members to keep in mind about the library in 2015. Visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/newsletter/spring2015/ to view the KSL services, spaces and resources that can make life a little easier this year!
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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. at KSL with Freedom Riders exhibit & presentation
Attend the formal opening of "Risking Everything," a Freedom Summer exhibit and presentation by James Kates, a former Freedom Rider and member of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Mr. Kates currently co-directs the non-profit literary publishing house, Zephyr Press, publishers of Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers & Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer.
Join us for the presentation at KSL on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is free to attend and light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Kelvin Smith Library and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
For more information or questions, please contact Gail Reese at email@example.com or 216.368.5291
To view all of this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events, visit http://case.edu/events/mlk/about/events.html.
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