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KSL Closing Due to Snow

KSL building and services will close at 3:00pm on Wednesday (1/28) and will re-open for business at 8:00am on Thursday (1/29). This includes no 24x7 service.

Posted by Brian Gray on January 28, 2009 02:40 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Knovel Launches a Contest for Engineering & Science Students

Case Western Reserve University subscribes to Knovel and this fall, we're participating in a contest for all science and engineering students.

Many of the world's most innovative corporations and research centers use Knovel and we want to give you a head start on the tools being used in the workplace! Knovel is an online resource that provides faster access to technical information you can trust, exactly when you need it.

How to play:

All entries with 3 correct answers will be entered into a drawing for Nintendo Wiis, iPod Nanos, and iTunes Gift Cards.

This contest will be of particular interest to students studying physics, chemical, civil, biomedical, electrical, environmental, mechanical, materials, quality, and safety engineering.

When you need to look up a formula, research background information, compare properties, and validate assumptions, Knovel can help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brian Gray, the Engineering Librarian (

Posted by Brian Gray on September 26, 2008 07:00 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

New Blog - Off the Shelf

Do you want to explore the thoughts of Case Western Reserve University's faculty authors? Make sure to check out Off the Shelf. It is a series of podcast interviews of CWRU faculty authors, hosted by KSL librarian William Claspy.

For the first installment, William talks with Associate Professor Kurt Koenigsberger from the English Department about many topics including his new book The Novel and the Menagerie: Totality, Englishness and Empire.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 23, 2008 07:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

OhioLINK Expands Storage - Requires Downtime

In order for OhioLINK to add more storage space, some services will be taken offline this weekend. Starting Saturday, August 16, at about 5 p.m. the following services will be offline for at least 2-hours:

  • Electronic Journal Center,
  • Digital Media Center,
  • Digital Resource Commons,
  • E-Book Center,
  • and the OSearch databases.

Posted by Brian Gray on August 15, 2008 08:16 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

KSL Closed

The Kelvin Smith Library has closed Saturday, March 8th, due to the weather. Please take advantage of our online databases, eJournals, and other online tools.

Posted by Brian Gray on March 8, 2008 08:26 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Library Instruction

You may have noticed the renaming of the blog to KSL Reference & Instruction. The staff of the library provides extensive instructional opportunities and resources.

Librarians at KSL are gearing up for a new semester of instruction sessions on research tools for students.

Last year, KSL librarians taught 83 course-integrated instruction sessions reaching 1672 students. These sessions cover everything from using EuclidPlus for finding books, to searching for thermodynamic properties of materials using an online database. This year, in addition to basic information seeking skills, KSL librarians will be promoting print and online collections that are new to the campus community.

More information about KSL Instruction services, sample assignments, and more available at

Posted by Brian Gray on August 25, 2007 04:55 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Cleveland Public Library @ CASE - KSL

The CPL@Case-KSL collection of popular magazines, books and audio books has two new features for Case faculty, students, and staff, just a few months after launching at KSL this fall. This ground-breaking partnership between one of the country's top public libraries and Case now includes circulating foreign language magazines (French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Russian, Chinese and more) plus a Web site devoted to the browsing collection and popular reading tools for awards, reviews, literary blogs, and a way to suggest titles for this satellite browsing collection. For more information about the collection and how to check out the materials, refer to

Posted by Brian Gray on February 19, 2007 08:00 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

New Librarian at KSL

Mark Eddy has joined the university community as a social services librarian at Kelvin Smith Library, specializing in history and political science. Eddy has a master's in library and information science from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma.

Posted by Brian Gray on November 5, 2006 07:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Check out a GPS unit from the Freedman Center, and start GEOCACHING! This geocaching contest includes locating 5 caches hidden on campus. You will be required to find each cache, and make note of its contents.

After finding all 5 caches (or as many as you can), email the contents of the caches to: The deadline for contest entries will be November 15th at 11am.

Persons who find the most caches will be entered into a drawing to win a Garmin eTrex GPS Unit!

The drawing will be held on November 15th (GIS DAY) at noon, in the Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data. (winner need not be present to claim prize).

All Case students, staff, & faculty are eligible to participate!

Please visit for further details on the contest and coordinates & clues to help you find the cache locations. They will remain posted through the duration of the contest. At the conclusion of the contest, pictures of the cache locations and the contest winner's name will be posted on this site.

Please contact Ann Vander Schrier with any questions about the contest, or to report a missing or damaged cache or cache contents.

Posted by Brian Gray on October 23, 2006 08:22 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Celebrate KSL's 10th Anniversary on Friday, October 13

Community Hour on Friday 10/13/06 brings food, gifts, prizes, demos, tours and more to KSL! Save the date & come to experience the "Library of the Future"...a decade later.

Come for fun, food, and gifts, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and enter raffles for prizes:

  • Use the 3M SelfCheckout machine (Mon. 9 through Fri. 13), and get a raffle ticket for a huge 3M products gift box. Check out daily, you can enter more than once!
  • Enter raffles for USB Memory Sticks or an iPod nano!
Quick Demos show you some new things you can use in your work at Case:
  • Center for Statistics & Geospatial Data — try the October Treasure Hunt and win a GPS unit
  • Freedman Center — check out a digital camera, laptop, voice recorders, or the new Sound Studio
  • Online newspapers & databases, from the 1800s — large screen displays (2nd floor) for amazing content & tips on using it
  • CPL@Case-KSL — the new public library popular collection of best sellers, audio books, magazines for fun reading. Get a CPL library card, while you're here!
  • Ten Years in Ten Minutes — Tours & talk about what's new in services, spaces, and more.
Our 10th anniversary is all week, with a Wednesday invitation luncheon for administration, trustees, donors, university friends and keynote speaker James G. Neal, Columbia University. Friday is your day, as KSL invites all students, staff, and faculty to join us for lunch, free travel bottles, bags, tips on the mighty KSL services & collections, early KSL photos and more. Make Friday 13 your lucky day at the heart of the campus, the Kelvin Smith Library!

Invite your friends and colleagues, with this reminder flyer. Come celebrate with us!

Posted by Brian Gray on October 9, 2006 07:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data Offers Training

The Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data (CSGD) coordinates training for various GIS and statistical software used on campus.

Free on-campus training classes available Fall 2006 through CaseLearns:

  • Introduction to SPSS - Thursday, October 26th 1:00-4:00PM
For full course descriptions or to register, go to the CaseLearns website.

The Kelvin Smith Library is now offering a certificate course in using ArcGIS 9 software. This ESRI certified training course covers fundamental GIS concepts including how to query a database, manipulate tabular data, edit spatial and attribute data, and present data clearly and effectively using maps and charts.

  • Introduction to ArcGIS I
  • Fridays, September 29th, October 6th, 13th, & 20th 1:00-5:00PM
  • Note - registration deadline is September 12th
More course information available at the CSGD On Campus Training website.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 6, 2006 07:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Alert - Changes to KSL Research Databases

Case and OhioLink are constantly striving to provide the strongest portfolio of research resources possible, within our budgetary limitations, to support teaching, learning, and research needs. In order to better achieve this goal, the OhioLINK community has agreed to cancel some database subscriptions and use those funds to upgrade current subscriptions and subscribe to new databases beginning July 1, 2006. As a result of these changes, OhioLINK and its member libraries will be able to cost-effectively provide the community with more full-text resources across a broader array of disciplines.

The following new databases will be available to all students, faculty and staff at OhioLINK member institutions: Agricola, Bibliography of Native North Americans, Computers & Applied Sciences Complete (coming July 7), Economia y Negocios, Education Research Complete (Coming July 1), Environment Index Complete (coming July 7), Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine (coming soon), Film & Television FTLI (coming late 2006), Fuente Academica, Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index, Gender Studies Database, GLBT Life, Gongwer News Service, Insurance Periodicals Index, International Political Science Abstracts, Legal Collection, Literary Reference Center, MedicLatina, SPORTDiscus, Vente et Gestion and Women’s Studies International.

OhioLINK users will be able to access more full text from their desktops, thanks to upgrades of several current database subscriptions to: Academic Search Complete (coming in 2007), Business Source Complete, CINAHL Plus, Humanities International Complete, International Bibliography of Theater and Dance (with full text), Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (with full text), MEDLINE (with full text) and SocINDEX (with full text).

We will cancel subscriptions to the following databases on July 1, 2006: Applied Science & Technology Abstracts, Biography Index, Biological & Agricultural Index, Book Review Digest, Business & Industry, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Women’s Issues, Education Abstracts, Essay & General Literature Index, Humanities Abstracts, Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, Library Literature, Ohio Capitol Connection and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. For more information see "Changes" at OhioLink"

Posted by Catherine Wells on June 30, 2006 11:08 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Reference Desk Hours at Kelvin Smith Library

The Reference Desk returns to its standard Fall Semester Hours today (August 28, 2005).

  • Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m.

Posted by Brian Gray on August 29, 2005 08:05 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Case Research Databases Get A New Look

Welcome back to the start of a new academic year. If you haven't already noticed you will soon see that we have created a new interface for our research databases. You can now select a subset of resources based on a wide array of subject categories. For example it is no longer necessary to look through the entire list of arts and humanities databases to find the one that best suits your needs. There are 18 smaller subject categories within A&H. Similar breakdowns have been created for all other major disciplines and new subjects have been added. Of course you can still look at the entire group if you want or if you know the name of the database you want use jump list to go directly to that part of the list.

We hope this new interface proves helpful. We welcome comments at Have a great semester!

Posted by Catherine Wells on August 22, 2005 01:56 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Kelvin Smith Library Blogs & Feeds

The Kelvin Smith Library's use of RSS feeds and blogs has been mentioned in the Library Stuff blog, by Steven M. Cohen, published by Information Today, Inc. The Library Stuff is a "library weblog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development."

Posted by Brian Gray on May 16, 2005 08:18 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)