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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Expanded Freedman Center hours begin December 1
The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library is expanding its hours to offer increased support for all users. Beginning December 1, 2014, the Freedman Center's new hours will be as follows:
- Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
- Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Saturday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information about the Freedman Center's services and resources, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/.
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Register Now for Fall CaseLearns Courses!
Registration is now open for Kelvin Smith Library's fall 2014 CaseLearns workshops. All Case Western Reserve University students, faculty, staff and alumni can take these courses free of charge.
Some of this semester's courses include:
- Digital Images
- Digital Video
- Web Design
- Making Your First GIS Map
- Creating a Custom Google Map
- Basics of Making a Research Poster
- How to Digitize Text
- How to Build Digital Exhibits and Archives
- Intro to Data Management
- Relational Databases and SQL
- Learning about Book Structure through Hand-Binding
- …and more!
To view all course listings and descriptions, course schedule and to register, visit http://library.case.edu/caselearns/.
All courses are taught at Kelvin Smith Library. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Register now for the Freedman Center's 2014 Digital Scholarship Colloquium!
The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship will host a colloquium entitled, "Pedagogy and Practices" on November 6-7, 2014 at Kelvin Smith Library. Presented in collaboration with the University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis, the event will bring together both faculty and librarians across disciplines to discuss instructional methodologies and strategies for using digital tools in humanities, science, and social science classrooms. A diverse group of presenters from institutions across the United States and Canada will be presenting on a wide range of topics, including:
- collaborating with students on digital projects (e.g., digital archives, text mining, game design, GIS)
- enhancing field research by using mobile applications for data collection supporting faculty and student digital scholarship through libraries’ and specialized centers’ efforts
- collaborations between faculty and librarians to support digital scholarship efforts in the classroom
The Colloquium will feature presentations, panels, and unconference sessions. All activities will take place at the Kelvin Smith Library on Case Western Reserve's campus.
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Submit your proposal for the upcoming Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy & Practices
The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library will host its annual Digital Scholarship Colloquium on November 6-7, 2014. This year's colloquium will focus on digital research pedagogy and practices in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Proposals for panels, papers and presentations that address these themes are currently being accepted.
Submission topics may include (but are not limited to) instructional methodologies and strategies for:
- introducing undergraduate and graduate students to digital tools and methodologies for research (visualization, data mining, scholarly editing, TEI encoding, mapping, analyzing text, managing data, curating data, building digital exhibits/collections)
- incorporating digital projects into existing course syllabi
- advising digital dissertations, theses, or capstone projects
- training students to work on extracurricular projects
- collaborating with libraries and/or digital scholarship centers
- training faculty in digital research, project management, and data curation
Please submit 250-word abstracts and technology requirements to Amanda Koziura (email@example.com) by July 31, 2014. Accepted panels, papers and presentations will be notified by August 15, 2014. Please note that all presenters will be responsible for their own registration and travel costs. For more information visit http://library.case.edu/fccoll.
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Recipients of the 2014 Freedman Fellows Awards Selected
Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Freedman Fellows awards:
- Dr. Melvyn Goldstein, John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and Co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet
- Dr. Justin Gallagher, Assistant Professor, Economics
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.
In order to prepare these interviews for publication in an online archive hosted by the Library of Congress, Dr. Goldstein will be working over the next 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 expands the availability of this valuable primary resource, and amplifies how it can be used by other scholars for years to come.
Dr. Gallagher’s project focuses on how the receipt of federal public assistance following a devastating natural disaster affects individual finances and migration decisions. Data on tornado paths will be correlated with financial and migration information using GIS, resulting in a visual display of the results of the research. 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.
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.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients!
More information about the program can be found at: http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/specialprograms/fellows/
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Freedman Fellow Dr. Mark Pedretti to Discuss "Cartography as Memory in Hiroshima Literature"
On Wednesday, April 16, Kelvin Smith Library will host a presentation by 2013 Freedman Fellow, Dr. Mark Pedretti. Dr. Pedretti will discuss the challenges and solutions related to his research, and how they were addressed by the Freedman Fellows Program and its corresponding support.
Since the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945, the name “Hiroshima” has come to signify less the name of a city than an unthinkable event or an incalculable fear of nuclear war. While an official culture of commemoration has grown up around the site of the actual bombing, Dr. Pedretti examines literary artifacts that paint a very different image of the city, and suggests a different form of historical memory. Drawing primarily upon Ibuse Masuji’s 1965 novel Black Rain (Kuroe Ame), along with photographic archives of Hiroshima both before and after the bombing, Pedretti uses the novel’s obsessive attention to place names as a way of virtually reconstructing the city, and of suggesting the relative importance of surrounding towns and villages in witnessing the effects of the bombing. The goal of this project has been to use geospatial information coordinating technology to precisely describe the locations of Ibuse’s novel, and to visualize a place that, for many Americans, remains a distant abstraction.
Ann Holstein (GIS Specialist, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship) will present with Dr. Pedretti to discuss how geospatial technologies were used in his research to show frequencies of place names as a hotspot density map. Holstein will explain the basics of GIS so that other scholars may consider its many uses for projects that may include a spatial data component.
- When: Wednesday, April 16, 3:00 p.m.
- Where: Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room (2nd floor)
This presentation is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served.
For more information, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/specialprograms/fellows/.
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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