October 27, 2005
Multi-talented KSL Staff: Stephen Toombs and Mary Burns
Kelvin Smith Library is blessed with staff who have talents beyond their regular library positions. Yesterday evening, Mary Burns, KSL Special Collections Cataloger, and Stephen Toombs, Head of Kulas Music Library, presented a recital of music for soprano and theorbo (a large cousin of the lute) and baroque guitar (a smaller and more delicate sounding version of what we know today as the classical acoustic guitar). The program, "Le Nuove Musiche: Music in Italy and England in the 17th Century," presented at Grace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights, included lute songs in English and Italian by Thomas Campion, Giulio Caccini, and Claudio Monteverdi, among others, and some very intriguing solo works for baroque guitar by Francesco Corbetta.
Both performers are well-versed in historically informed performance and made convincing cases for this virtuosic music. The acoustics church, with its high ceiling and stone floor, was an excellent venue for the performance.
October 26, 2005
KSL's GIS conference written up in The Observer
The 2nd KSL GIS Conference on October 13-14, 2005, is written up in this week's Observer.
October 13, 2005
The new video iPod offers possibilities besides Desperate Housewives
Apple Computer yesterday announced a new iPod with video capabilities, along with a new version of its iTunes software and music videos and TV shows (notably ABC's Desperate Housewives and Lost) downloadable from the iTunes store. Presumably other shows (maybe full-length movies?) will also become available in the future.
Although Apple is undoubtedly in it to sell not only new iPods, but also the media, the new machine raises other intriguing possibilities. There are already other portable media devices in the marketplace; however, Apple's entry into this market, with the seemingly unstoppable iPod franchise, will carry much more clout and has the potential to make a serious impact into making video a reasonable portable possibility. (Since the video functionality in the new iPod comes with the device, but is "just there" without the user having to do anything, when the user is ready to do video, s/he can do it without a hassle, using the same iTunes syncing that is used for music and podcasts. This seamless integration should not be underestimated.)
One of the new capabilities is that by using Quicktime Pro, it is possible to download your own movies, to iTunes and to iPod. This means, for instance, that a professor (or Cases's ITAC) could make the mediavision courses available for download. Other media clips could me made available as well. We are barely scratching the surface of what could be done in the educational arena with the use of multimedia. It will be very interesting to watch this new little device and see how it plays out. (No pun intended.)
GIS Conference at KSL Today and Tomorrow
Beginning at 1:00 PM today, Thursday, October 13th, and running through early afternoon on Friday, Kelvin Smith Library will host its GIS Conference 2005: Sustaining the Future and Understanding the Past. The conference is free and open to the entire Case community. See the web site for the schedule and more details.
The speakers will include distinguished scholars such as Gregory Crane, Professor of Classics at Tufts University and Editor-in-Chief of the Perseus Project, and Jeanette Zerneke, from the Department of International and Area Studies at the UC Berkeley. Ms. Zerneke will speak about "Dynamic Maps and Cultural Atlases, from the Silk Road to North American Missions."
Other sessions will focus on immigration and neighborhoods, remote sensing data collection, Open Source GIS software vs. commercial software, and many others.