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Freedman Center Friday: An Interactive Opportunity to Learn What’s at Your Fingertips
On Friday, November 4 and Friday, December 2, CaseLearns is hosting Freedman Center Friday. What’s this you ask? Well, this is your chance to take a tour through Case Western Reserve University’s hub of digital scholarship, your one stop for all digital research needs. The staff will offer a tour of the resources, demonstrations and mini consultations. The course is held during the University's Community Hour, so feel free to stop in any time during. Snacks and refreshments will be served.
CaseLearns is a free instructional program held at Kelvin Smith Library for anyone in the CWRU community. The staff who teaches CaseLearns courses are highly trained professionals who can help you activate KSL and the Freedman Center.
To view the full list of courses and register for this or any of the others, please visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/caselearns.
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SciFinder Lunch and Learn Session
Join us on Friday, October 28 from noon to 1:00 for a Lunch and Learn session of SciFinder! Our representative from Chemical Abstracts Service [CAS] will show you what SciFinder can do for your research. The event is open to the whole campus.
The event will be held in Clapp Hall, Room 405. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP by 10 a.m. on Thursday morning to https://goo.gl/forms/llM06Ko84twHLEq43.
Every attendee will receive an engineering/lab comp book with the newest periodic table.
SciFinder provides researchers with access to the world’s largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science (physics, medicine, polymer, geology, chemical and material engineering) information. You can search for substances, reactions, patents and journal references.
The SciFinder Workshop will provide researchers with search methodologies and strategies to help them efficiently and effectively scour the literature landscape and keep updated on the most relevant research findings in their respective fields. The workshop is applicable to both advanced and entry level SciFinder users, but is tailored specifically to the users’ research interests to provide relevant examples.
Be prepared to learn about the following:
• SciPlanner - interactive workspace for reactions and schemes
• Analyze and refinements using CA Control Terms
• PatentPak PDF Viewer and other IP searching features
• Analytical Method and Synthetic Protocol Search tools
• Data detail enrichments (i.e. Experimental Data, Physical Prop., Regulatory info)
• Commercial supplier listings
• User-specified alerts and notifications
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Cramelot Hours for Fall Break
With fall break here, October 21 through October 25, Case Western Reserve University students have the opportunity to relax for the next few days. That in mind, Cramelot at Kelvin Smith Library will adjust its hours accordingly. Please note the changes as follows:
Friday, 10/21: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, 10/22: CLOSED
Sunday, 10/23: CLOSED
Monday, 10/24: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/25: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Regular hours [11 a.m. - 9 p.m.] will resume on Wednesday, October 26.
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CaseLearns 2.0: New and Revamped Offerings Improve KSL’s Free Instructional Courses
CaseLearns is back, bigger and better than ever. This free instructional program at Kelvin Smith Library has made improvements to have a longer view approach. Our students and faculty can establish research and scholarship skills through this program, which will advance their education and Case Western Reserve University through applied use of technologies.
The goals in mind with an improved CaseLearns are to slow attendees down, allowing ample time to ask fundamental and theoretical questions, and, in some cases, to foster group collaboration. “We want you to see us as an ongoing research partner,” says Jared Bendis, Creative New Media Officer - Digital Learning and Scholarship. The staff that teaches the CaseLearns courses are highly “trained professionals who want to activate KSL and the Freedman Center, becoming a feeder to our resources.”
The revamped program features 33 different workshops, including eight new ones:
• Library Is Fun
• Protective Enclosures for Library Materials
• Research Data Management
• Open Access and the Right to Research
• Basic Library Research Skills
• Creating GIFs/Memes From Family Videos
• Video Tutorial Creation Using Camtasia
• Introduction to Data Visualization
CaseLearns start times coordinate with the University’s block scheduling system to make attending even easier. The next course up, Introduction to Desktop Publishing, will be held on Monday, October 17, from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the newly renovated Freedman Center Collaboration Commons. Participants will learn the fundamental concepts of desktop publishing in a variety of software.
To learn more about this course or any others and to sign up, please visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/caselearns/.
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Congratulations to the Library Resource Lab Winners!
On September 29, Kelvin Smith Library hosted the Library Resource Lab to showcase many of the science and engineering specialized resources available in the library. In its fourth year, this event has set records with more than175 participants, 11 vendors demonstrating their products and the overall satisfaction of those involved.
Many participants expressed satisfaction with the event, as it allowed them to discover new resources and learn ew tricks about familiar ones. Vendors from Elsevier, IEE
E, Springer, Wiley, ACS, SPIE, ProQuest, Gale, JSTOR, ASM International, and American Ceramic Society were also pleased with the experience, already having committed to returning next year. endors were also impressed with how engaging the students were and the complexity of their questions. Event planners (KSL staff) were happy with the event's educational vibe, the opportunity to interact with so many participants, and the chance to highlight additional library resources and services available on campus.
Courtesy of our generous sponsors, we had two grand prize raffle winners, both BME students: Yuanqi Xie won a mini wireless printer/scanner offered by ProQuest and Lydia Warren won a $50 gift card offered by Springer. Multiple gift cards were also offered as door prizes.
Finally, we’d like to offer a big "thank you" to our sponsors, Elsevier, Wiley, IEEE, ACS and SPIE, and a shout-out to all event participants!
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