Events & News @KSL
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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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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Fair Use Week: Feb. 23-27, 2015
Copyright issues in the last several years have raised awareness about how our courts, Congress, and international bodies are taking a closer look at limitations on exclusive rights - known to us as the fair use doctrine. Where is it written? What exactly is fair use? What does it do for us at Case Western Reserve University? Why do we need it? Why is it in the news? Fair Use Week 2015 (Feb. 23-27) brings us an initiative coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to inform us and also to celebrate the options that fair use gives us in our research activities.
Fair use affects individuals at CWRU because we use and produce copyrighted information in our research, teaching and learning. Using copyrighted works is a foundation for how we build new works based upon knowledge gained from using those prior works. In doing so, we are doing what the Constitution states about copyrights "...to Promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts..." When we apply fair use, we can continue to honor that constitutional premise by generating new works in a respectful manner instead of infringing on others' rights. So that we can continue to advance knowledge by creating new works, we take advantage of Section 107 (commonly referred to as the fair use doctrine) which offers us limitations on those exclusive rights.
Fair use is not a blanket right to use others' works. Often in academe, people mistakenly think that fair use means they can use/reuse copyrighted works as a rightful convenience. Instead, think of fair use as a balance scale that protects both the original copyrights as well as your use of those works to create new research and works... thus fulfilling the Constitution's statement of "promoting the progress of science and the useful arts..."
Fair use is not a barrier to your creative work, but is an exemption you can use to make an educated decision, on a case-by-case basis. The Fair Use doctrine has four questions about you and what you're doing with other's copyrighted works. It can be found on the Copyright@Case site, in the Fair Use Doctrine link. Briefly, for each copyrighted work where you wish to use an exclusive copyright (to copy, distribute, adapt, publicly display, publicly perform) you use a four-factor test, ultimately ranking your answers for an overall result of fair, unfair, or middle-ground. Slightly revising your use(s) can move your final answer from unfair towards a more middle-ground, and acceptable use.
Is the work you wish to use still under copyright? You might be surprised. We list several charts that help you determine whether or not a work you wish to use is still protected by copyright: from a quick chart that is widely used, or another widely respected extensive chart with excellent informative footnotes. There is also one for books published in the U.S. between 1923-1963, a copyright renewal database that identifies those books that were never renewed and are now freely in the public domain.
Fair use is increasingly in the news. Search Factiva, a premier news database on our Research Database list, for the exact phrase fair use doctrine in the last two years. Results reveal nearly 300 items in Dow Jones Newswires, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Congressional Documents, law journals, and others. The articles cover copyright and intellectual property issues, and issues in corporate/industrial news, movies, books, agencies, and universities.
News about fair use is more common that it was a decade ago, and the legal issues and decisions are often due to new technological uses. In most recent news, this has become a positive factor, especially for libraries using technology for new purposes. Where courts primarily used to rule favorably on "transformative" reuses, we now see evidence and recognition that new research tools have gained favorable court decisions. Libraries have long had some exemptions to preserve collections, but now online resources like HathiTrust, of which CWRU is now a member, have won judicial favor because new digital search functions can serve a population for which the market had failed to provide. It not only serves print-disabled individuals, but its content in partnership with academic and research institutions creates a favorable use that is different from that of the original content.
As Brandon Butler says in his article that discusses a few very recent cases, "It has been a very good year and a half for fair use. In case after case...courts drew a clear line allowing broad and free re-use of copyrighted works for a variety of socially beneficial purposes." We hope the good news will continue, and that you will use your fair use rights in your research at CWRU. [Brandon Butler. "Fair Use Rising: Full-Text Access and Repurposing in Recent Case Law." Research Library Issues: A Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 285 (2015): 3-6]
Visit the Fair Use Week blog for news, calendar of Fair Use Week events, resources for artists, infographics, best practices, and more.
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Take part in an "edit-a-thon" to improve Wikipedia coverage of women and the arts
A 2011 Wikimedia survey found that less than 13% of Wikipedia contributors are female. The reasons for this gender gap are up for debate, but the effect of this disparity results in skewed content and the absence of Wikipedia articles on many notable women in history and art.
In coordination with "Art+Feminism," an international campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, Kelvin Smith Library will host an "edit-a-thon" to help revise articles that could benefit from edits and expansion. Your input can make a positive change to an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
The edit-a-thon is free to attend and refreshments will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if possible.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
Sponsored by Kelvin Smith Library, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and the Wikimedia District of Columbia.
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