KSL Services & Spaces
KSL Hours During Winter Break
Kelvin Smith Library has reduced hours during the winter break. The 24/7 services will also take a break until the spring semester begins on Tuesday, Jan. 17th.
For a complete list of the library’s hours over the coming weeks, please visit our website: http://library.case.edu/ksl/aboutus/hours/
Cramelot Cafe will be open today (Dec. 22nd) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed from Friday, Dec. 23rd, until Monday, Jan. 16th. Normal hours for the cafe resume on Tuesday, Jan. 17th.
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Kelvin Smith Library Faculty Study Space Lottery
Faculty can sign up for the Kelvin Smith Library Faculty Study Space Lottery through Monday, Jan. 16.
These spaces are quiet spaces in which faculty can conduct research and writing, rather than using as an office or meeting space. Faculty members are assigned the spaces for one year.
There are 10 openings for current faculty members on the library’s third floor: five individual rooms and a room shared by five people.
To learn more about the spaces, visit library.case.edu/ksl/facilities/facultystudyspace/.
The sign-up form is available online at: https://goo.gl/8gjncr.
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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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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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View. Eat. Talk.
We want your thoughts on the changing meanings of freedom and equality, as prompted by the four-documentary PBS series, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Join us on Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 as we show the four films, two simultaneously at 12:30 p.m. on both days. All take a different angle on the struggle and efforts of the civil rights movement.
The Abolitionists [being shown in LL-06 A]: The struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery.
Slavery by Another Name [being shown in the Dampeer Room, 2nd Floor]: Stories of men, some charged with crimes like vagrancy and others guilty of nothing, who were bought, sold, abused and subjected to sometimes-deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor.
The Loving Story [being shown in LL-06 A]: The story of an interracial married couple from Virginia in 1958 who ensured a legal battle for breaking the Virigina Racial INTEGRITY Act of 1924, which forbade interracial marriage.
Freedom Riders [being shown in LL-06 B&C]: In 1961, a diverse group of volunteers rode buses throughout states in the deep south telling their stories of being jailed and beaten as local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.
Please join us us as we nosh and talk about this important and relevant issue.
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Your Comments on the New Chairs Are Welcome!
Our Brody Chairs seem to get a lot of love and use from Kelvin Smith Library visitors. However we'd love to know your specific thoughts about the newly renovated area. Comment cards are available in each chair, as well as at the service desk to the back left of the chairs. Please take the time to fill one out and drop it in the comment box.
We genuinely appreciate your thoughts and look forward to being able to put into action any of your suggestions!
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Select Group of CWRU Students to Be Emailed KSL Satisfaction Survey
On Monday, February 15, 2016, a sample of CWRU students, faculty and staff will receive an email from Associate Provost and University Librarian, Arnold Hirshon, with an invitation to participate in the Kelvin Smith Library User Satisfaction Survey.
Designed to learn more about the experiences of library users and measure satisfaction with Kelvin Smith Library, the survey will provide valuable information to enhance resources, services and spaces. Responses will remain confidential and have no impact on the participant’s standing with CWRU.
Each person who completes the survey will receive a coupon for a free beverage from Cramelot Café. In addition, every fiftieth person will be awarded a $50 gift card. All participants will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a chance to win an iPad mini!
Check your CWRU email to see if you are a selected participant. The KSL survey will be open until March 11, 2016.
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