Monthly Archive Index for KSL News Blog
Take a break at KSL with therapy dogs and a "Stress Free Zone"
De-stress during Reading Days and finals with the following activities at KSL:
Therapy Dogs (and a cat!)
Back by popular demand! The PetPals Therapy Dogs are returning to KSL during Reading Days, for both daytime and evening hours. The visiting schedule is listed below (subject to change).
Tuesday, April 28
- around 12 p.m. - Elly with (Golden Retriever) Aimee
- afternoon - John & Katie with (Pomeranians) Tess & Murphy
Wednesday, April 29
- between 12-3 p.m. - Roseann with (Cavachon) Bogie
- between 1-3 p.m. - Elizabeth with (Beagle) Maggie, Gail with (Mixed-breed) Ali
- after 5 p.m. - Char with (Golden Retriever) Cash
- between 6-8 p.m. - Mike & Geralyn with (Chesapeake Bay Retriever) Ryder and therapy cat Pearl!
Stress Free Zone
If you need a break from studying, check out the Stress Free Zone on KSL's 1st floor, near Cramelot Cafe. Play board games, start a puzzle, color or read one of the many magazines and leisure books from the Cleveland Public Library collection. This space will be available for students 24/7 from now until the end of finals (May 7).
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Extra study space available in KSL starting April 24
The end of the semester is fast approaching and KSL knows you need more places for quiet study! Starting this Friday, April 24, the following lower level rooms will be available to students during 24/7 hours.
Rooms LL06 A & B
Good luck with finals!
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Celebrate Preservation Week at Kelvin Smith Library, April 26-May 2
Preservation Week is an annual national event sponsored by the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association). It was created to increase public awareness of preservation needs and inspire action to preserve personal, family and community collections of all kinds, as well as library, museum and archive collections. Memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations – Preservation Week is designed to highlight the efforts necessary to do so.
Attend the following free events at Kelvin Smith Library. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, April 28, 2-3 p.m.
Room LL06 C (lower level)
Webinar: Moving Image Preservation 101
Siobhan C. Hagan, Audiovisual archivist, University of Baltimore, Special Collections Department
- Learn tips and tricks to preserve your personal and family film and video moving image collections so that future generations can continue to enjoy them.
- Better understand moving image technology to recognize the most popular formats that are typically found in personal collections.
Thursday, April 30, 2-3 p.m.
Room LL06 C (lower level)
Webinar: Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups
Mike Ashenfelder, Digital Preservation Project Coordinator, Library of Congress, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program
- For anyone with an interest in preserving their own digital photos, documents, recordings, videos, and other digital files.
- Understand the nature of the digital-preservation challenge
- Learn simple, practical tips to describe and save your digital files
- Discover tools that can be used
Friday, May 1, 12-1 p.m.
Dampeer Room (second floor)
Presentation by Dr. Gabrielle Parkin: “Feeling Faith: Interpreting Private Lives from Medieval Books of Hours”
Dr. Gabrielle Parkin, Case Western Reserve SAGES Lecturer, specializes in late medieval English literature and is particularly interested in the ways that we can use goods like clothing and books to interpret the lives of merchants and artisans in 14th and 15th century England.
Dr. Parkin’s presentation will cover the following:
- How do you read a book of hours? Usually seen through glass at museums or in libraries, books of hours are often admired for their beautiful illuminated images. But what were they for? Preserving evidence of use, including inscriptions, finger prints, and even smudges from tears, books of hours can help us to better understand the spiritual and personal lives of the men and women who handled them. This talk will contextualize the production and use of books of hours in Europe during the 14th-16th centuries to consider what these “primers” can teach us about the past.
- See a “real” Book of Hours and other KSL Special Collections material from medieval times in the Hatch Reading Room following the presentation.
For more information about these events, contact Sharlane Gubkin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Congratulations to Dr. Gillian Weiss, Dr. William Rogers, selected as 2015 Freedman Fellows!
Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Freedman Fellows awards:
Dr. Weiss’ project aims to uncover the historical role of Jewish students, faculty and administrators in the social movements, physical infrastructure and intellectual life of Case Western Reserve University from its founding to the present. A website featuring archival documents, images, video, audio and interactive finding aids with accompanying explanatory essays will be developed during the course of the Fellowship.
Dr. Rogers’ project is focused on the authors and scribes whose lives intersected with St. Bartholomew’s, a former church complex and current hospital located in London, England. St. Bartholomew’s was present in the lives of several late-medieval and early modern English literary figures and was important in the dissemination of manuscripts and incunabula that today serve partly as foundation for the early English literary canon. The goal of this project is to track not only the authors and scribes involved with or living at St. Bartholomew’s, but also the manuscripts and imprints produced there. An interactive map and accompanying digital archive will be produced from the results.
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.
More information about the program can be found at http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/digitalscholarship/fellows/
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Join us April 8-10 for "Reading Interfaces: Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology"
Stop by Kelvin Smith Library for an exhibition and colloquium exploring contemporary works of electronic literature and poetic production and reception across media:
Reading Interfaces is an open space for reading, interacting with and perusing born-digital literature by writers like J.R. Carpenter, Kate Pullinger, Serge Bouchardon and many others. Case Western Reserve University students and classes will also exhibit selected digital projects and a companion exhibit of experimental literature in print will be presented by KSL special collections.
All events will be held on the first floor of KSL (Clapp Reading Room) unless otherwise noted.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015
- Opening Reception: 4:00 p.m.
- “Relocating the Literary: In Networks, Knowledge Bases, Global Systems, Material and Mental Environments”: 4:30 p.m. Joseph Tabbi (University of Illinois, Chicago)
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015
- “What we learnt about the past tense by reading almost everything”: 12:00 p.m. Harsh Mathur (Case Western Reserve University)
- “Gallery Tour Exploring Analog Experiments in Narration”: 4:00 p.m. at KSL Special Collections Melissa Hubbard (Case Western Reserve University)
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015
- “A Maze of Twisty Little Passages: Non-Linear Authorship in a Linear World”: 11:30 a.m. Jared Bendis (Case Western Reserve University)
- “Interactive Analog: The Influence of Materiality on the Reading Experience": 12:45 p.m. Leigh Bonds (Case Western Reserve University)
Curated by Allison Schifani and Kristine Kelly
Supported by the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, the Matthew and Ellen Feldman Digital Technology Grant, the Department of English, SAGES, Kelvin Smith Library and ITS.
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Attend April webinars on the Scalar publishing platform
This month, Kelvin Smith Library will host two webinars for the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture (University of Southern California) on the born-digital, open source, media-rich scholarly publishing platform Scalar.
“Introduction to Scalar" will cover basic features of the platform: a review of existing Scalar books and a hands-on introduction to paths, tags, annotations and importing media.
“Intermediate Scalar” will delve into more advanced topics including the effective use of visualizations, annotating with media and a primer on customizing appearances in Scalar.
If you're interested in attending or have additional questions, please contact Leigh Bonds at email@example.com.
Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that is designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required. To learn more about Scaler, click here.
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