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September 29, 2005

More on Wikipedia

The New York Times web site today published a CNET news piece about the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. An Esquire magazine author was writing an article explaining Wikipedia, so in order to show how it worked, he published a rough draft, full of errors and typos, on Wikipedia, and let the wiki masses have at it. According the article on the Times site, the draft Esquire article was edited 224 times in the first 24 hours after it was posted and 149 times in the next 24 hours. The Esquire author's idea was to publish the "original version" and the edited version both in the magazine.

This particular episode was something of a parlor trick (by the author's own admission); however, it does demonstrate the effectiveness of the wiki/open source movement for certain kinds of things, with certain kinds of controls. Seems like a PhD thesis waiting to be written--the effectiveness of online editing in the wiki environment.

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September 20, 2005

MacArthur "Genius" Grants Includes Rare Book Preservationist at UVA

It's not every day that one reads "genius" and "librarian" in the same sentence. But among the twenty-five 2005 MacArthur Fellows announced today (the so called "genius" awards) there is Terry Belanger, the rare book conservation officer at the University of Virginia. Among Mr. Belanger's achievements was founding the Rare Book School (RBS) at Columbia University, later moved to the University of Virginia, that has become a sought-after limited-enrollment summer program relating to the history and preservation of books and manuscripts.

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The New Yorker on DVD

"The Complete New Yorker : Eighty Years of the Nation's Greatest Magazine" (Random House)

NPR's Morning Edition today had a feature about an interesting publishing venture: every issue of The New Yorker back to its beginning in 1925 on eight DVDs. The entire content of each issue will be presented in context, as it appeared on the page of the printed issue, complete with cartoons and advertising. Here's the link to The New Yorker's own online ad for the DVD publication. The $63 that amazon.com is charging for the DVD collection is close to what one would pay for a current yearly subscription.

Libraries, of course, have been subscribing to electronic versions of journals for use by their customers for years, first on CD-ROM, then online. But this is one of the first electronic journal publications directed primarily at the end-consumer. (National Geographic is the other notable example, but their publication is now several years old and technology has become exponentially more sophisticated.) From a technology standpoint it can and will become problematic for those of us who are inclined to purchase these DVDs. It is the eternal question: what will I do when DVD is no longer the technology of choice. I will have eight lovely New Yorker coasters, and I'll purchase the new format. (Perhaps by that time, however, I'll be so out of it that I won't care about The New Yorker anymore.)

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September 15, 2005

Another opportunity to meet John Unsworth

For those who missed Prof. John Unsworth's lecture today at KSL (the first in the 2005/06 Digital Library Lecture Series--see the previous entry in this blog), there will be another opportunity on Friday, September 16, from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Prof. Unsworth will be available to chat informally with faculty and students on issues of scholarly communication, open access, digitization and tools for pursuing research using digital techniques in the humanities. This open discussion follows up on topics he discussed in his lecture today.

The session will be in the Kelvin Smith Library Dampeer Room. It is too late to RSVP for the light lunch that will be available, so we cannot promise lunch; however, all are invited to stop by and join the discussion.

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September 14, 2005

REMINDER: Digital Library Lecture Series begins on Thursday, 9/15

On Thursday, September 15, 1:30-3:30 PM, we are launching the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Kelvin Smith Library with the first of a year-long series of digital library lectures. The first lecturer is John Unsworth, Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he holds appointments as professor in GSLIS, in the department of English, and on the library faculty. From 1993-2003, he served as the first Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and as a faculty member in the English Department, at the University of Virginia. In 1990 at North Carolina State University, he co-founded the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture. Prof. Unsworth's lecture title is "The value of digitization for libraries and humanities scholarship."

The lecture will take place in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library and is free and open to all.

For further information about the KSL Digital Library Lecture Series visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/admin/lecture2005.

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September 09, 2005

The Case Grand Opening Party for the Freedman Center

Signing up for doorprizes

After the stately formal opening of the Freedman Center on September 8th, today the library hosted a public grand opening for the Case community today during the Case Community Hour. There was outstanding attendance by students and faculty for the event, which included door prizes, giveaways, demonstrations of the equipment and services, and a light lunch for students and faculty.

I have posted the informal photos from the event here. The last two photos are of the team of KSL and ITAC employees who were responsible for putting together the program and demonstrations.

Special thanks go to Gina Midlik, Senior Project Manager in the KSL Library Administration Office, for her tireless and efficient management of the entire Freedman Center project, from the beginning stages of its planning through the grand opening events in September 2005.

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September 08, 2005

President Hundert Checks Out New KSL Service

Yesterday the Kelvin Smith Library unveiled its newest service, a self-check-out machine, made by the 3-M Company, which enables library users to check out regular circulating materials without waiting in line at the main service desk. It will also be available 24/7, so you'll be able to check out circulating materials (but not reserve or OhioLINK books) during the overnight hours when library staff are not present. The library has been wanting one of these machines for years, and it was this year funded by the Provost's office. We thank Dr. Anderson for his support in providing this new service.

President Hundert was in the library this afternoon and was one of the first to try out the new machine. Karen Oye, Head of Customer Service, helped him the first time. Vice Provost Kathryn Karipides was the interested onlooker.

Ask at the KSL main service desk for more information.

President Hundert Checks Out Self-Check-out

(Note: This blog entry was originally posted with the title "President Hundert Checks Out." It was pointed out to me that some might be confused by this humorous play on library jargon. I regret any confusion that might have been caused. The entries in this blog, while all related to KSL and Case, do not necessarily represent any official viewpoint of the Kelvin Smith Library or the university. They reflect a personal spin on factual information about the library and its services.)

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Freedman Center Opening, Part 2

Ribbon Cutting

Today's luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony was a great success. I made a collection of informal photos that I have posted. Not only were the donors happy with the Freedman Center, there was great enthusiasm for the kinds of learning experiences the Case community will be able to make of the new center.

The public opening/party is tomorrow, Friday, September 9, from 11:00-2:00.

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Freedman Center Opening Today 9/8/05

Today is the formal ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services Center in the Kelvin Smith Library.

The event includes a luncheon for Mr. and Mrs. Freedman and their friends and family, and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:30 for an invited guest list.

This morning library staff are making the final preparations for the event. I'll post more pictures later as the event progresses.

Tomorrow there will be a public grand opening for all Case students, faculty and staff. Be sure to join us then.

Setting Up Freedman Center Adjusting Equipment All Spiffed Up New Microform Readers

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