April 03, 2008

Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Closing panel discussion

Joe Koonce moderated a closing panel discussion with several of the earlier speakers: Andrew Curtis, Nina Lam, Daniel Janies, Uriel Kitron, Dave Wagner

Preservation of data sets
Open access issues
Tools are required to reconstruct the data
There are no standards, some emerging standards/best practices
Archiving becomes more complicated

Curtis: After Katrina, people were keeping control of data sets by means of manila folders "up" or "down" in a file drawer. His group created the "Katrina [data] warehouse" using a revision of LSU climate gathering software. As soon as FEMA stopped paying for it, it became a dead entity. The data sets were a complete mess. You need money to support preserved data: answering queries, organizing, etc. Much of the data has now been lost, because there was no system/structure in place to protect and preserve it.

Lam: One of her funders now requires the deposit of data and metadata about the data. Even data that cannot be deposited (e.g. because of privacy issues), must have metadata deposited.

Janies: A lot of projects turn into software development projects. He uses journals/supplemental data.

Kitron: With human data, for all practical purposes the data is not available for privacy issues. Librarians are now actively recruiting data sets.

Audience member 1: Even if you have large data sets and they are created by proprietary software, do you really have access to your data if you stop paying the license fee, or if the software vendor stops supporting features. He encourages the use of open source GIS software.

Curtis: It is an issue of both data collection and dissemination: how do we redistribute the data, especially to developing countries who may not be able to afford the licensing fees?

Audience member 2: Question about availability of air quality data.

Kitron: Gave several possibilities

Wagner: Difficulty of getting data in a standard format

Koonce: Are there emerging standards for data?

Lam: Yes, there are standards for some types of data; but there is a difference between the standard and the quality of the data. Also some cross-mapping is going on.

Audience member 3: We do not have the "ecosystem" for data that we do for physical artifacts (e.g. a truck, with a garage, with a mechanism for fueling it, and a mechanism to prove ownership)

Koonce: When will this problem change?

Panel members: When it is funded top down.

[This concludes the live blogging from the Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library 2008 GIS Symposium.]

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Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Breakout Session: Andrew Curtis on Yellow Fever

Andrew Curtis, GIS Research Laboratory, Dept. of Geography, University of Southern California

"Using GIS to Reveal Spatial Patterns in the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic of New Orleans."

Challenges for health analyses:
Lack of data
Lack of dynamic data (most events vary in both space and time)

He described the GPS/video techniques used for capturing data post-Katrina in the Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans.

Showed examples of medical cartography.

Showed contemporary maps from 1897 yellow fever epidemic to show mosquito distribution and cases of yellow fever in New Orleans.

Why study epidemics from the past using GIS?
1. Devlop our understanding of the event itself
2. Use the data to improve our methods of analysis/visualization
3. Look for insights into the spread of the disease.

The disease entered New Orleans almost annually. N.O. was a major trading hub. Survival of infection gave immunity. The 1878 was the most georgraphical devastating. Led to a better quarantine system.

discussion of development of GIS maps useful for the study of the epidemic.

[There was a simultaneous breakout session by Daniel Janies, PhD, Dept. of Biomedical Informatics, Ohio State Univeresity, "Genomic and Georgraphic Analysis of the Evolution and Spread of Infectious Disease"]

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Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Breakout session: Dave Wagner on Anthrax, Plague and Tularemia

Dave Wagner, Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University

"Using GIS to Understand the Ecology,Dispersal and Evolutionary History of Diseases: Examples using Anthrax, Plague and Tularemia"

Resource focus: potential bioterrorism agents (Anthrax, Plague, Tularemia. i.e., Category A Select Agents)

Dogma is that anthrax was introduced to North America and South America by colonists from Europe. Mr. Wagner's group mapped the genomics, indicating that the anthrax more likely came with humans coming across the land bridge from Asia to Alaska.

Further discussions of spread of plague through prairie-dog colonies in the American West.

[There was a simultaneous breakout session by Nina Lam, Department of Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University, "Reducing Uncertainties in Health Risk Assessment through GIS and Spatial Analysis."]

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Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Breakout session--Peter Tuckel on the Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Peter Tuckel, from the Dept. of Sociology at Hunter College, CUNY.

"The Diffusion of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in Hartford, Connecticut"

Why Hartford?
Hartford was hard hit by the pandemic and had a varied population. (And it was Prof. Tuckel's birthplace.)

Prof. Tuckel explained the methodology and outcomes of the study.
Analysis of death certificates (place of death--home or hospital; age, sex, race, marital status; national origin; undertaker, embalmed or not) of everyone who perished from he disease between 9/1/1918 through 12/31/1918.

A digital street level map of Hartford during the period of the pandemic. He used a 1990 digital street map that was altered to reflect the situation of 1918, not only putting in streets but putting in address ranges. (The address ranges came from a 1918 city directory.) The addresses were significant in order to geocode the places where people died. There was an analysis of the housing stock (single-family dwellings as opposed to multi-unit buildings) He created "sub-ward" profiles by ethnic group. Southern/Eastern European ethnic groups had higher death rates; native-born had a higher death rate if they lived in an immigrant neighborhood.

For each victim they assigned a numeric code relative to the date of their death. (Sept 1 = 1; Dec. 31 = 122). By means of assigning these values he was able to map the progress of the pandemic. Death rate was highest where it struck earliest, but also had the shortest duration of time, and manifested itself in immigrant neighborhoods. "It decimated everyone in a short amount of time in those neighborhoods."

Instead of viewing the epidemic as a solitary event, one can better understand it as a set of somewhat discrete events or "mini-epidemics." Native-born or "older immigrants" were less susceptible. It ran its course much more rapidly in congested poor areas than in more sparsely populated, affluent areas.

[There was a simultaneous session presented by Shubhayu Saha, Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University: "Minerals, Forest and Health: Does Resource Extraction undermine Human Development?"]

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Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Lunch break and poster sessions

We're now on lunch break until 1:15, with poster sessions spread around the 2nd floor of KSL. Although lunch is limited to symposium registrants, the posters are available for all to view.

Back for the afternoon, which consists of several break-out sessions.

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Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Plenary Session #2 Uriel Kitron

Uriel Kitron, Dept. of Environmental Studies, Emory University

"West Nile Virus in Chicago: Considering the past, Understanding the present, Predicting the Future"

Prof. Kitron pointed out the importance of libraries as centers for providing geospatial data.

He spoke of the role of GIS, remote sensing and spatial analysis in VBD research. Scale of considerable importance. Spatial (village/town, continental) and temporal scales (seasons, years, decades) and the resolution of the scales. Can be considered simultaneously as well as consecutively.

West Nile Virus appeared in NYC during 1999 (from the Old World)
in 2002 it appeared in Chicago and surroundings. The virus has moved very quickly across the United States.

Prof. Kitron explained in detail factors related to the spread of West Nile Virus in the Chicago area and relationships to earlier infections of other diseases in some of the same geographical areas. One factor seems to relate to many undocumented storm drains filled with water, organic waste, making an excellent breeding place for the mosquito larvae that spread WNV. If the drains are flushed regularly with frequent rains the larvae are likely to be washed away and there is less problem.

Prof. Kitron's future research is to investigate the fundamental ecological proeceses that drive the fine-scale variations in WNV transmission; focus on fine-scale spatial relationships for transmissions.

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Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Plenary Session #1 Charles H. King

Joseph Koonce, CWRU biology professor, introduced Charles H. King, MD, from the Center for Global Health and Diseases and Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, at Case Western Reserve University.

"Microsope to Macroscope - Using GIS to Understand Environmental Complexity in Dease Causation."

* Background on the philosophy of medical science
* Resistance to GIS
* Complexity and theory of environmental analysis
* GIS and the new practice of "eco-social epidemiology."

Since the 1700s the microscope has been the rationalist/positivist tool of choice; reductionistic; germ theory was a major breakthrough; now molecular medicine.

What is wrong with environmental studies in medicine: It's messy; It's too complicated; it's difficulty to isolate cause and effect; it tells us things we don't want to hear. Complexity reigns in our political world. Genetics, exposure and environment all relate to infection of disease.

Radomized control trials do not reflect the real world: "Why don't patients get getter on 'proven' regimens?'" There is "hidden stratification" in samples that will end up with unpredictable results.

Complex systems organize themselves into predictable but chaotic-appearing patterns.

What are our health research goals? Explanatory; Predictive (past performance does not necessarily predict future performance)

He discussed his own research about transmission of a parasite spread through water and snails in Africa. He described his use of GIS for analysis/data mining. Use of remote sensing and satellite imaging for mapping, creation of spatial data. Data must be confirmed on the ground with GPS data. Data is correlative, not causative.

Other dimensions such as poverty and socioeconomic factors play a role. We cannot ignore the context.

Why do we do this research? We want to be able to use all of these factors to analyze how they combine to foster disease.

Opportunities for GIS:
* New impetus for ecological research
* Comprehensive multi-scale picture of local/regional/global epidemiology
* Consideration of temporal changes
* Integration of molecular data with environmental.

Spatial data, concerns and limitations:
* massive amounts of data,
* but paucity of of accurate epidemiological data
* lack of data is readily masked in maps
* meaning of area boundaries is importans--show what you don't know.
* There are limites to the use of spatial auto correlation and interpolation


Q. How do you obtain data, and how much data is available?
A. "It's all over the place" Rainfall data for the city is discarded every day; some weather data is retained, but it may not be what is needed. It may be necessary to set up your own sensors, such as what Prof. King did in Africa.

Q. Comment: a focus on complex ecology is important. Multidisciplinary research (ecology + disease) is a problem for NSF and NIH--there is one joint panel to handle such applications.

Q. Can mapping move to prediction?
A. Some generalities can be made for some cases, but in most instances there is not enough data to make predictions (e.g. West Nile virus).

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Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Clifford Lynch keynote address

Cliff Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, spoke about the notion of cyberinfrastructure as related to scientific inquiry:
high performance computing; sensors connected to the Network; very large data sets; virtual organizations. These concepts are known collectively as e-science, especially in Europe. In the U.S. the same concepts are known (in Lynch's view, somewhat perversely) as cyberinfrastructure. The NSF is the guiding body for these concepts in its Office of Cyberinfrastructure, headed by Dan Adkins.

He discussed simulation as a fundamental tool for science, which some argue is a topic that should be taught broadly to undergraduate students. Examples: disaster planning based on certain characteristics (time of day, spring break, on a bridge); simulating early agrarian societies;

Sensors: use of very tiny sensors--"smart dust"--that can be "spread around" to gather data. Ecologists and environmentalists using "dumb sensors" that can sense only a few kinds of phenomena, but then overlaid with a system of "mobile sensors" that can move to a place that indicates the need for a more sophisticated gathering of data. Social elements: closed circuit TVs; monitoring highways; cell phones that know where you are and are now starting to have other kinds of sensors--with certain kinds of sensors built in, it would be easy to build a ubiquitous national sensing network. Much social, commercial and societal activity has been moved to the Internet that can now be monitored and tracked. It creates an enormous social sensor network that we have not had before. He described his impression that the major software firms (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft) are very protective of the privacy of their users for good business reasons; if they let the data be "non-anonymized" they would not be able to gather it.

Data: It is a fundamental cornerstone of e-science. Not just preservation, but data curation. Notion that you are not just keeping data for altruistic purposes, but to be able to do new scholarship and repurpose. Not just for the sake of creating archives, but for the possibility of creating downstream new knowledge. Examples: meta-analysis across separate data sources, especially using diverse data sources removed from their original purposes. Preservation of data costs money, and we don't necessarily want to preserve everything. There is still a strong bias in sciences to preserve as little data as possible, creating a "nightmare scenario" which requires future funding to preserve old data. We are just beginning to have a language to discuss preservation of data: "data curation." "Data scientists" is a new breed of person starting coming out of schools of information science. Most projects will not be able to support large-scale data curation staff. There are some scientific areas in which it seems an unsolvable long-term problem (e.g. high energy physics). Data also needs to be collected in some sort of context. Once it is packaged, some entity needs to take responsibility for managing the data in the long term. It is part of fundamental scientific results:

*disciplinary repository (e.g. molecular biology) with norms for collection and sharing; some agencies are now demanding pre-publication data sharing; who pays for the repository
*journal publishers: "give us the whole package": article, data, computer programs. Sometimes this is in reaction to academic fraud cases. The journals are quite vague about who has the long term responsibility for these "supplemental materials." How much supplemental data can you give them?
*universities themselves who host the research, especially through the university library. Serious financial issues for the university/library who undertakes these efforts. It is a big expansion of role for the library. Also need to deal with area of duplication of effort by spreading areas of expertise for academic disciplines among fewer institutions.

Lynch pointed out that his use of "e-science" can more correctly be termed as "e-research" since the same techniques of for research can be used in the humanities and social sciences. Humanities are beginning to generate large data sets that will also need to be preserved and curated.

Q. Product liability for information? e.g. faulty sensors and data that causes catastrophe. Pharmaceutical trials in which data may have been suppressed.

A. Lynch sees that this is a serious problem that will get worse, especially from corporate lawyers who want to have data destroyed as soon as possible, because old data is "pure liability". What constitutes the material that is used for peer review? (Article? Data? Computer programs?)

Q. Comment on data storage.

A. For most data, raw costs of storing are not very significant. Human-produced data (writing, speaking, video) is now "not that big a deal." Getting rid of data will be done for other social purposes, not for costs. Historians now do not have enough hours to review the entire human record, so data mining becomes essential.

Q. Will there be improvement of metadata?

A. Deposited data should be streamlined as much as possible, and manage the metadata in other ways.

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Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium

I am reporting live today from the Kelvin Smith Library biennial symposium GIS Technology: Sustaining the Future, Understanding the Past. The symposium, funded by an anonymous donor is taking place today on the second floor of KSL. The topic this year relates to the use of GIS with the spread of disease, pandemic, and the effects of environmental change on the disease.

Lynn Singer, Deputy Provost of Case Western Reserve University, welcomed the 100 attendees, pointing out the ongoing nature of the university's pandemic planning efforts.

Joanne Eustis, University Librarian, thanked the planning committee for the symposium and introduced the keynote speaker, Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information. Summary of his talk to come.

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May 23, 2007

Ann Vander Schrier participates in "Taking Science to the Streets"

KSL's GIS Manager Ann Vander Schrier will participate in "Taking Science to the Streets" on Monday, June 11, from 6-8 PM at the Great Lakes Brewery. She will be presenting with Prof. Mark Salling from Cleveland State University on the topic of "Google Earth and the Traveling Salesman: The Science of Global Information Systems (GIS)". There are more details here.

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May 07, 2007

Thanks, Nick!

Nick Fischio
It is with mixed emotions that we give friendly farewell wishes to Nick Fischio, who for the past four years has been Development Manager on the Technology Team at Kelvin Smith Library. During the time that Nick worked in the library, then team developed the KSL web site content manager, and, most importantly, the team developed Digital Case for its first public release in September 2006.

Nick is leaving KSL to begin an internship in investment banking at KeyBank in their Industrials group. The industrials group assists companies in mergers, acquisitions and in raising equity. This will be a four-month internship, and then Nick may have the possibility of continuing permanently.

Thanks, Nick!

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April 09, 2007

Adobe Day at KSL on Wednesday, April 11, co-sponsored by KSL and ITS

Please join the Adobe Education Team on Wednesday 4/11 in the Kelvin Smith Library Dampeer Room for the following sessions:

Adobe Acrobat Professional
8.30-10am and 3.30-5pm
Adobe Acrobat Professional-Communicate and collaborate with the essential PDF solution-

The Adobe Education team will be providing an overview on Acrobat Professional software enables education professionals to reliably create, combine, and control Adobe PDF documents for easy, more secure distribution, collaboration, and data collection.

Why Acrobat Professional?

Easily create Adobe PDF documents from Microsoft Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Project, Visio, Access, Publisher, AutoCAD®, Lotus Notes, or any application that prints.

Combine documents, drawings, and rich media content into a single, polished Adobe PDF document. Optimize file size, and arrange files in any order regardless of file type, dimensions, or orientation.

Enable users of Adobe Reader® software (version 7.0 or 8) to participate in shared reviews. Use the Start Meeting button to collaborate in real-time with the new Adobe Acrobat Connect line of products.

Easily collect and distribute forms, combine collected forms into a searchable, sortable PDF package, and export collected data into a spreadsheet. (Windows® only)

Control access to and use of Adobe PDF documents, assign digital rights, and maintain document integrity.


10.30AM -12PM AND 1.30-3PM

The Adobe Education Team will be providing an introduction on the Adobe Creative Suite 3 solution. Adobe® Creative Suite® 3 software combines shared productivity features such as visual asset management and access to useful online services with essential creative tools that let you design content for print, the web, film and video, and mobile devices.

The Adobe® Creative® Suite 3 family offers you choice — in the combination of creative tools you master, the design disciplines you explore, and the richness and scope of content you create. This revolutionary new release includes six editions, each combining tightly integrated, industry-leading components that enable you to handle virtually any creative task.

Together these six editions of Creative Suite 3 address virtually every creative discipline and empower you to work more efficiently with your creative team; collaborate more closely with developers to produce engaging experiences; and serve your clients, your business, and your creative vision more easily and effectively than ever before.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium delivers a dream toolkit for print, web, interactive, and mobile design.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard focuses on professional print design.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium combines the best-of-the-best web design and development tools.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard serves the professional web developer.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium is a complete post-production solution for video professionals.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection enables you to design across media — print, web, interactive, mobile, video, and film — in the most comprehensive creative environment ever produced.

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March 01, 2006

Lecture at KSL tomorrow--David Saltz, and it's a FUN topic besides

Tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, March 2, 2006, 1:30-3:30 PM, Kelvin Smith Library is sponsoring another of our Digital Library Lecture Series talks by David Z. Saltz, who is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Theatre at the University of Georgia. He'll be talking about the Virtual Vaudeville project, a web site that attempts to archive aspects of live theatrical performance. The site uses 3D computer animation and motion capture technologies to recreate a rigorously researched and documented nineteenth-century vaudeville performance. Hypermedia is exploited in the extreme to deliver a richness of primary source material not usually found in web sites. The technology behind Virtual Vaudeville relies on heavily on the innovations made in computer gaming. Virtual Vaudeville was funded by NSF.

I heard David Saltz speak several years ago about Virtual Vaudeville as it was being developed, and I can recommend him as an engaging speaker, and his presentation is just plain fun (Dear God--not fun at something so severely titled as a Digital Library Lecture!) Prof. Saltz is adept at weaving the idea of using technology in the service of scholarly endeavor. This talk will provide some provocative ideas, especially to students beginning their research careers, that it is not necessary to be bound by the printed page to deliver effective scholarly content.

You don't have to RSVP--just show up in the Dampeer Room in KSL at 1:30 tomorrow. Seating is limited, however, so it's on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you can't come, the talk will eventually be available as a Freedman Center podcast.

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November 14, 2005

Don't leave your stuff lying around.

This is the time of year that thieves have discovered a high rate of return in Kelvin Smith Library. The thefts are almost all crimes of opportunity--that is, people leave their belongings on chairs, tables, and other places, and then walk away and leave their things unattended. People go to the printer to pick something up; they go to chat with a friend on the other side of the library; they go to the restroom.

Although we want to make KSL a comfortable and safe environment, KSL staff know through sad previous experiences that it only takes a few seconds for thief to make off with a laptop or book bag.

So a word to the wise: keep your stuff with you at all times, even if you think "I'll only be gone for a minute." That's all it takes to lose your laptop.

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November 02, 2005

Kate Wittenberg Gives Next KSL Digital Library Lecture on Thursday, November 3

On Thursday, November 3, 2005, from 1:30-3:30 PM, Kate Wittenberg, Director of the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia University (EPIC), will lecture on Collaborations in Scholarly Communication: The Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia as part of KSL's 2005/06 Digital Library Lecture Series. The lecture is in the KSL Dampeer Room and is free and open to all. Preregistration is not necessary--just show up!

In developing a partnership that involves the university press, the libraries, and the academic computing system, EPIC has tried to think creatively about how to maintain what is most valuable about what they do, while remaining open to the new realities in their environment. They have asked scholars, students, and librarians what they need, what they want, and what they will pay for, and have tried to use this information to rethink EPIC’s models and plans for building resources for scholarly research and education. The overall goal of this university-based center is to envision and then implement effective ways for acquiring, developing, and disseminating scholarly content in the digital environment. Over the last two years, however, as EPIC has pursued this mission, they have found that their role has grown, and that they have become part of a much larger shift in the role of the university in the area of scholarly communication. In this presentation Kate Wittenberg will describe some of these transformations and what they mean for the future.

The next lecture in the KSL Digital Library Lecture Series will be on Thursday, March 2, 2006, when David Saltz, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia, will discuss Scholarly research and digital publication in the arts and humanities.

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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.

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October 13, 2005

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.

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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

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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August 24, 2005

EuclidPLUS vs. Library Catalog

The university's integrated library system that manages circulation/OhioLINK functions, as well as cataloging, collection budget control, acquisitions and other core library technology functions, has for the past ten years been known as "EuclidPLUS."

Over the next few months we will transition from the name "EuclidPLUS" to the more generic "Library Catalog." Publications and web references will be changed gradually to phase out the older name which no longer has meaning in a much broader technology environment. It is anticipated that the web public library catalog user interface will have a major facelift and overhaul over the course of the next year.

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KSL Technology Team Reorganization

The KSL Technology Team has recently had a reorganization that will more closely align staffing patterns with library technology priorities, which include the upcoming phase one implementation of Digital Case and tighter integration of Library Catalog functions with other library operations.

As part of this reorganization, Barbara Anderson, INNOPAC system librarian, has left the university. Michael Yeager is now responsible for day-to-day management of the Library Catalog and is the lead contact to OhioLINK.

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July 20, 2005

Orientation Reception at KSL

On Monday, July 18, Kelvin Smith Library was the site of the incoming student reception as part of the orientation program. Several hundred new students, their parents and families descended on KSL to escape the oppressive heat, cool off and partake of refreshments (mountains of Greek food) and to have a chance to explore the library facilities and the new Freedman Center on the first floor. (Although the Freedman Center doesn't "officially" open until September 8th, they are now open for business--check it out.)

Here's a picture of yours truly, flanked on the left by Mayo Bulloch, Director of Educational Support Services, and Jameson Root, Resident Advisor and Orientation staff member. Deputy Provost Lynn Singer is at the left of the photo.

Bulloch, Robson, Root

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May 26, 2005

KSL Hosts Reception for Abigail Lambert

Nathan, Jenny and Abigail Lambert
On May 26, 2005, Kelvin Smith Library hosted a party to welcome Abigail Lambert, daughter of KSL IT Manager Nathan Lambert and his wife Jenny Lambert, to the KSL family. I've loaded the photos to my Flckr page.

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May 25, 2005

KSL says Good-Bye to Keith Higgs

Keith Higgs and Nathan Lambert
On Friday, May 20, the Kelvin Smith Library bid farewell to Keith Higgs, who, over the past almost-eight years, has worked in KSL's circulation department and most recently as the KSL webmaster on the KSL Technology Team. (Keith is shown here with Tech Team/KSL IT Manager Nathan Lambert.) Keith has taken a new position with an IT consulting firm in Brecksville. We wish Keith well in his future endeavors.

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April 13, 2005

Congratulations to Nathan, Jenny and Abigail

The Kelvin Smith Library congratulates the library's Technology Officer, Nathan Lambert, and his wife, Jenny Lambert, on the birth of their daughter, Abigail Grace Lambert, on Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at 6:23 AM. Abigail was was 17 inches and weighed 5 lbs 14 ounces.

All family members are doing well. Nathan is taking some time off work to be with his family. We expect him back in a week or so.

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March 29, 2005

KSL acquires new scanner

Kelvin Smith Library is pleased to announce the installation of a AIAXact High Resolution Digital Reprographic Workstation to scan books, maps, posters, and other materials for preservation, archiving and electronic dissemination. Currently located in the Preservation Department, the workstation will be a part of the library’s Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning and Multimedia Services Center, scheduled to open Fall, 2005.

Because the camera scans from above, the system is less damaging to library materials than a flatbed scanner as the materials can be kept �face-up� during capture. Once the images are captured, they are passed on to a second workstation for processing. Case Western Reserve is one of the first major universities to install the OPUS Production Digitization Workflow System for Preservation and Access developed by Image Access of Boca Raton, Florida. The software facilitates workflow management, remote image processing, and metadata creation using a suite of customizable templates.

For more information, contact Sharlane Gubkin, Head of Preservation, Linda Cantara, Head of Digital Library Initiatives, or Thomas Hayes, Technology Librarian and Acting Head of the Freedman Center.

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March 17, 2005

RSS Feeds Coming from KSL

The Technology Team of Kelvin Smith Library is in the midst of preparing several RSS feeds from content on the KSL web site. The first feeds will likely be the news and highlights that appear on the library's home page. Other feeds in the future will include current acquisitions lists (books and video lists are contemplated at the moment; others may come in the future.)

There is no firm release date for this new feature, but soon you'll be able to get the news from KSL without having to go to our web site. We have more features to come. Watch this space.

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March 08, 2005

Welcome to Ann Vander Schrier, New KSL GIS Manager

Please welcome Ann L. Vander Schreier, who starts work this week as the Manager of GIS Systems and Numeric Data Services at Kelvin Smith Library. Ann holds a Master of Science in GIS/Remote Sensing from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a BS in Geological Sciences from Cleveland State University. Ann comes to Case from GAI Consultants in Pennsylvania, where she was Senior GIS Specialist.

Ann will be working with faculty, staff and students in the KSL Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data (CSGD). She can be reached via email at ann.vanderschrier@case.edu or by phone at 216-368-8689. Her office is located at Kelvin Smith Library, Room 201-P.

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