Events & News @KSL
Cramelot Cafe Closed
Cramelot Cafe is taking a break and is now closed from July 27th through August 21st. It will re-open for business when the fall semester begins: Monday, August 24th. We look forward to seeing you then! For more information about the cafe, please visit our website.
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New issue of KSL Connects now available online
Want to know the latest news about Kelvin Smith Library services, spaces and resources? The new issue of KSL Connects magazine shares the library's strategic vision for advancing research, teaching and learning at Case Western Reserve University.
In this issue, readers will discover what "a day in the life" of a research services librarian entails, explore exhibits and events, envision redesigned library spaces, celebrate faculty authors and much more.
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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, email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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View the "Art of STEM" contest entries and winners at reception April 1
Celebrate the creativity of science! You are cordially invited to join us for the opening reception of the "Art of STEM" exhibit featuring the STEM-related digital images that were entered in our juried competition earlier this year.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Kelvin Smith Library Art Gallery (1st floor)
Congratulations to our winners!
Case Western Reserve University Category
- 1st Place: Miarasa Steele, "Fibrosis in Blue"
- 2nd Place: Kristina Collins, "Color Code Authority"
- 3rd Place: Ailin Yu, "Formal Definition of the Laplace Transformation"
High School Student Category
- 1st Place: Stephanie Stephens, "A Self-Portrait Like No Other"
- 2nd Place: Chesaria Reffner, "Early Morning Dew Drops"
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at email@example.com.
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KSL represents Cleveland in "Ohio Memory Madness" - Vote today!
In the spirit and fun of college basketball's March Madness, the Ohio History Connection and Kelvin Smith Library invite you to participate in Ohio Memory Madness - a bracket of sixty-four historical events from across the state all competing for the unique distinction of being named the 2015 Ohio Memory Madness Champion. Since the historical events featured in the bracket are unable to play tournament style basketball, the winner of Ohio Memory Madness will be determined by public online voting at: http://www.ohiohistoryhost.org/madness
Kelvin Smith Library is proud to represent Cleveland in this statewide competition. Our entry is an image from the Charles F. Brush papers. Brush was an early innovator in electric lighting, and he created the arc lamp, one of the most widely used electric lamps of the 19th century. KSL holds his papers in our special collections.
The public can vote throughout the tournament to be sure their favorite event image makes it to the championship – they can also enter to win a prize pack from the Ohio History Connection including tickets to the Ohio History Center in Columbus, a Retro Ohio t-shirt, and an assortment of Ohio munchies to enjoy while watching that other sport.
Don’t miss your chance to vote for the Ohio Memory Madness Champion! Your vote can make one of Ohio’s historical events go all the way this March.
- First round: March 17–20
- Round of 32: March 21-25
- Sweet 16: March 26-27
- Elite 8: March 28-30
- Final 4: April 2-4
- Championship: April 5-6
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