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International Borrowing Through Interlibrary Loan

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:26:25 -0500

If you've ever spent some time on the Main Floor of Kelvin Smith Library, you will have heard campus tour guides often say that "you can get anything from all over the world with ILLiad". Well, this is generally an accurate statement--as, you will see below, our record clearly demonstrates.

So, what kinds of things do we typically get from sources outside the U.S.? Well, by my first-hand estimation, these would include items of the following types:

* Foreign theses and dissertations
* Esoteric literary works in foreign languages
* Rare music scores
* Papers from conferences held outside the U.S.
* Articles from non-English scholarly journals

Granted, a lot of these kinds of materials are available from libraries located in the U.S. too, so this is not to be taken as a hard-and-fast rule. It's just that when we do have to go outside the country to obtain something, these are what they usually turn out to be. As it stands, they still comprise a significant portion of our total workload volume.

At the risk of looking a bit of a show-off, please allow me to provide some statistics on the international borrowing processed by the ILL staff of Kelvin Smith Library. Over the past 3 fiscal years, we have enlisted the services of 108 libraries and archives in 24 countries outside the United States. Consequently, we have filled a total of 453 requests for scholarly materials not available from domestic lenders--approximately 5.5% or our total fill rate. Of these countries, the top 5 suppliers (in descending order) were as follow: Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Czech Republic.

For those interested in raw data, below is a list of all the countries whose libraries we have borrowed from, from July 2014 through June 2017. Each country is listed alphabetically, followed by the corresponding numbers for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, then the total (in parentheses). At the bottom are the respective grand totals, as well.

Australia: 6, 5, 9 (20)
Austria: 1, 0, 0 (1)
Bulgaria: 0, 1, 0 (1)
Canada: 39, 33, 24 (96)
China: 0, 1, 1 (2)
Cyprus: 0, 0, 1 (1)
Czech Republic: 24, 0, 0 (24)
Denmark: 2, 4, 4 (10)
France: 0, 2, 1 (3)
Germany: 39, 36, 30 (105)
Hong Kong: 4, 1, 1 (6)
Hungary: 0, 0, 1 (1)
Ireland: 2, 5, 2 (9)
Israel: 0, 0, 3 (3)
Italy: 1, 0, 0 (1)
Japan: 8, 15, 10 (33)
Netherlands: 1, 3, 4 (8)
New Zealand: 4, 1, 4 (9)
Poland: 0, 1, 0 (1)
Slovenia: 0, 0, 2 (2)
South Africa: 5, 0, 1 (6)
Spain: 8, 4, 6 (18)
Taiwan: 1, 3, 2 (6)
United Kingdom: 26, 38, 23 (87)

All International: 171, 153, 129 (453)

Just a comment that the case of the Czech Republic in 2014-15 is a bit of an anomaly, while Australia and Spain have been more consistent and reliable suppliers over time. Either of these might have been more of a contender for fifth place.

Well, there you have it. Interlibrary Loan service does not have to end at the U.S. border. So if you need something not held in a domestic location, don't hesitate to request it. We will still try our best to get it for you.

Got questions for Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff? Contact us by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at

3rd National Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Conference Makes a Splash in the Library World

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:28:52 -0500


"Why can't librarians smile?" This was a response to a question that was asked two years ago when the library was looking to improve its engagement with students.

This year, the response was “Librarians are the best people I’ve ever met. I don't know how someone can be so nice to you”

Read more about this and how Kelvin Smith Library's Personal Librarian Conference is making a splash in the library world!

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Need help with your current research project? Or assistance locating the appropriate resources for a finals assignment?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:25:30 -0500

Need help with your current research project? Or assistance locating the appropriate resources for a finals assignment?

Kelvin Smith Library research services librarians are ready to help you during finals. Here are 3 easy ways to do it:

Chat with a librarian:

April 16 - May 9 | Mondays - Thursdays 10:00am - 9:00pm
Fridays 10:00am - 5:00pm

April 22 - May 9 | Sundays 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Stop by our Walk-in Research Desk anytime during finals (April 22 - May 10) at Kelvin Smith Library’s Collaboration Room M-01 located on the first floor.

April 22 - May 9 | Mondays - Thursdays 5:00pm - 9:00pm | Sundays 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Set up an appointment with a librarian for an in-depth consultation during regular business hours and find the right librarian for you:

Results of the 2018 Kelvin Smith Library #NationalLibraryWeek Haiku Contest

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:50:26 -0500

Drum roooooollll!!

We are proud to announce the winners of the Kelvin Smith Library's 2018 #NationalLibraryWeek Haiku Contest! The grand prize winner will receive gift cards to both Barnes & Noble and Target totaling $100 and our second and third prize winners will receive CWRU-branded apparel. Thank you to all those that participated!

Grand Prize Winner
: Katherine Elizabeth Lewis (Mandel School of Social Administration, Class of 2018)

New database search
Keyword: “Sisyphean Task”
Click. Not anymore.

Second Place: Steve Kerby (Class of 2019)

I look for one leaf
in endless columns of trees.
Thank god for Dewey.

Third Place: CWRU Student (Remaining Anonymous)

Shh! Listen closely
to hear silent symphonies
burst from the pages.

Read all contest entries

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Have you met Andrew? Our Preservation Officer?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:26:43 -0500

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Don't forget to join us this coming Monday on April 23 at 12:00pm for the kickoff event of Preservation Week: Preservation Parlor!

Learn the tips and tricks to preserve damaged artifacts such as photographs, books, letters, newspapers, and family artifacts. Following the presentation, you are invited to bring one item (book, letter, newspaper, or photograph) for a personal consultation on how to best preserve your item.

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Preservation Week at Kelvin Smith Library

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:54:10 -0500


Kick off Preservation Week at Kelvin Smith Library's Preservation Parlor on Monday, April 23 at 12:00 pm with tips and tricks to preserving photographs, books, letters, newspapers, and family artifacts. See a live demonstration of the various techniques used to treat and preserve damaged artifacts. Following the presentation, you are invited to bring one item (book, letter, newspaper, or photograph) for a personal consultation on how to best preserve your item.

Later in the week, come see our pop-up preservation workshop at Kelvin Smith Library by the main entrance on Wednesday, April 25 anytime between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm for a rare glimpse into the preservation officer's daily responsibilities at the library. Come with questions and learn more about what the library is doing to ensure that library materials will be used now and in the future.

Preservation Parlor
| Monday, April 23 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Dampeer Room, 2nd Floor

Pop-up Preservation Workshop | Wednesday, April 25 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Kelvin Smith Library, 1st Floor by the entrance


Preservation Week celebrates preservation in libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural institutions that hold historic collections or items of value. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the important role of preservation in extending the life of a library’s collections. These services can include paper repair, rebinding, rebacking, and other activities conserve library materials.

For more information, please contact Andrew Mancuso, Preservation Officer at 216-368-3465 or

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These events are free and open to the public.

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Proposals for Freedman Fellows Program Now Being Accepted

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:13:13 -0500


The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2018 Freedman Fellows Program for full-time CWRU faculty and staff. This annual award is given to full-time CWRU faculty and staff whose current scholarly research projects involve the use of digital tools and processes that are of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), and have clearly articulated project outcomes.

Proposed requests can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $15,000 to support the expenses related to innovative scholarly or creative projects that meet the criteria. Awarded amounts may vary depending on scope of project.

Proposals for the program are due by Friday, June 1, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Applicants are encouraged to schedule a consultation with members of the Digital Learning & Scholarship team before submitting an application. Team members can help clarify a project, identify scope creep and help pinpoint possible deliverables. To schedule a consultation, contact For additional questions contact Digital Learning and Scholarship Librarian, Charlie Harper, at

For more information about the Freedman Fellows program and how to apply, visit

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"Jane Eyre as Material Text: The Lives and Afterlives of a Classic" a talk by Dr. John A. Buchtel

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:30:19 -0500

Kelvin Smith Library is proud to present "Jane Eyre as Material Text: The Lives and Afterlives of a Classic" a talk by Dr. John A. Buchtel, Director of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at Georgetown University.

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, like many other classics, has gone through hundreds of iterations since its first edition was published 175 years ago: illustrated editions, cheap reprints, mass-market paperbacks, translations, abridgments, comic books, and adaptations for stage and screen. This talk will dive into the book’s various manifestations in its design, format, and general depiction, and how it reflects culture over time.

This event is made possible through the generous support of Case Western Reserve University alumna, Julia Gelfand (MSL ‘77). This presentation is part of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest which will take place again at Kelvin Smith Library in Spring 2019.

Questions? Contact Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections at (216) 368-0189 or

We recommend you reserve your spot today as seating may be limited:

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Kelvin Smith Library Celebrates National Library Week with Campus-wide Haiku Contest and ORCID Open House

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:08:20 -0500

As part of National Library Week, Kelvin Smith Library invites you to participate in the week’s planned activities: a haiku contest and an ORCID Open House.

Compose the winning haiku for Kelvin Smith Library’s 2018 National Library Week Haiku Contest and win gift cards to both Barnes & Noble and Target totaling $100! Second and third prizes will be awarded Case Western Reserve University-branded apparel.

The theme for this year’s haiku contest is “Where did the library lead you?” A haiku consists of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Submissions will be accepted through the online submission form: and the deadline for all entries is April 12th at 4:00 pm

The top three winning submissions will be determined by a committee of Kelvin Smith librarian poetry enthusiasts. Any faculty, student, or staff is welcome to participate. The winners will be notified on Friday, April 13th, 2018.


Researchers, faculty, graduate students, and students looking to publish are welcome to Kelvin Smith Library’s ORCID Open House on April 12th from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Freedman Center.

ORCID iDs are 16-digit unique identifiers that you can use to distinguish yourself from other research professionals and connect with your own affiliations and work. In the same way books have ISBN numbers or cars have VIN numbers, researchers now have their own unique IDs.

Four Reasons You Need an ORCID iD:
1. Systems you are currently using are already connected with ORCID. In fact, over 1,600 journals now require authors to use an ORCID iD.

2.Your ORCID iD will follow you across your entire professional career, even when you move into different positions and across multiple institutions.

3.ORCID iDs connects you with your publications, awards, and professional affiliations.

4.ORCID iDs ensure you are correctly identified. It is common, in the research community to find professionals with similar names. Thus, it is easy to confuse among researchers.

Take the next step in your career and dive into the world of of modern scholarship with a full day of on-site ORCID iD setup stations, one-on-one consultations, and personalized demonstrations. Come curious and come with questions.

For more information, contact Mark Clemente at or 215-368-3539

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On This Day in CWRU History: April

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:49:41 +0000

Below is month ten of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include. Case Tech, April Fool's edition, 1970 April 1 A timeless tradition found in most of the student newspapers - the April Fool’s edition. 1972 The newly merged CWRU outdoor track team participated in the Marietta College Relays. April 4 1892 Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity was established by twenty-six students and faculty members at the School of Medicine. 1941 Case School of Applied Science defeated John Carroll University at the Cleveland Arena, 2-1, to win the Big Four hockey title in the third game of a best of three series. It was the final varsity hockey game for Case. 1960 The Case Institute of Technology Men's Glee Club released their first album, Case Men Sing. Featuring Case songs such as "Carmen Case," "Alma Mater," and the "Fight Song," the first edition sold out within a week. April 5 1972 The newly merged CWRU baseball team played Youngstown State University. 1972 The newly merged CWRU tennis team faced off against Oberlin College. 1974 Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers of America, spoke at Amasa Stone Chapel. Sponsored by the CWRU Farmworkers' Support Committee, the event was free to the public. April 6 1959 Poet Robert Frost spoke to a capacity crowd at Case’s Emerson Gym. April 7 1950 As reported in the Case Institute of Technology newspaper, Case Tech, Tau Beta Pi announced the establishment of a faculty evaluation program for students. One-page questionnaires were distributed to students to grade instructors. April 8 1851 Western Reserve College faculty approved the student social organization, the Equitable Fraternity, later known as Oudon Adelon, and even later as Delta Upsilon. 1972 The newly merged CWRU golf team teed off against Malone College. April 9 1998 Derek Walcott, 1992 Nobel Laureate for poetry, read poems at Strosacker Auditorium. The event was free and open to the public. April 11 1930 William E. Wickenden was inaugurated as Case School of Applied Science's third president. 1968 CWRU held its first convocation to honor the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just a week after the civil rights leader’s assassination. William Wickenden inauguration ceremony April 12 1967 Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University Trustees approved the Agreement of Consolidation to combine Case and WRU into a new corporation, Case Western Reserve University. April 14 1968 WRU’s new Centrex telephone system went into operation. It replaced the PBX system that had been in use since 1928. 1981 CWRU Trustees approved a single diploma design to be used by all CWRU schools. April 15 1939 The New Chemistry Building of the Case School of Applied Science was dedicated. In 1956, it was named in honor of former Case faculty member Albert W. Smith. April 16 1969 CWRU Trustees approved the 4-1-4 calendar for the 1969/1970 academic year. Two 15-week semesters would be separated by the month of January devoted to Intersession. 1994 During a ceremony at the Western Reserve Rowing Association, the CWRU Crew Club christened their new racing boat "Agnar Pytte," in honor of CWRU president Agnar Pytte. April 17 1966 Gay Gallon completed an 80-hour 1-man marathon radio broadcast on WRAR, setting a new National Collegiate One Man Marathon Broadcasting Record. April 18 1827 Middle College, the first building on the Hudson campus of Western Reserve College, opened for use. 1870 Nathan Perkins Seymour, longtime Professor of Latin and Greek, was named emeritus upon retirement, the first faculty member at Western Reserve College so honored. 1923 The cornerstone of the School of Medicine's new University Circle home was laid. In 1992, it was named in honor of for[...]

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Annice Florence Jeffreys Myers, Medical School class of 1883

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:22:25 +0000

“A womanly woman with a well-balanced and a well-stored brain, a woman of broad sympathies, keenly alive to the betterment of her kind, whether individually or in the mass, was Mrs. Annice Jeffrys [sic] Myers, wife of Jefferson Myers.” So was the announcement of Annice Florence Jeffreys Myers’ death in an Oregon newspaper.

Annice Florence Jeffreys was born 5/21/1860 in Wayne County, Ohio. While the Medical School graduated 6 of the first 7 women doctors in the U.S., the School was closed to women 1856-1879. On 4/28/1879 the faculty voted to admit women students. Three women graduated, one each in 1880, 1883, and 1884, before medical education was closed again until 1919. Annice Jeffreys was the woman who graduated from the School of Medicine in 1883.

Annice Florence Jeffreys Myers

After graduation, Dr. Myers practiced medicine for about 16 years - about 7 years in Cleveland before moving to Salem, Oregon where she practiced medicine for around 9 years. While we do not have the exact date in the Archives, she married Jefferson Myers around 1900 or 1901.

In addition to her work as a physician, Dr. Myers was involved in other activities. She was a suffragette serving at the local and national level: vice president at large of the State Equal Suffrage Association and auditor of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association. She was Chairman of the Committee of Arrangements for the 37th Annual Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in Portland in 1905 at the time of the Lewis and Clark Exposition. (Dr. Myers and her husband, who was President of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition Commission, had traveled to the last convention in Washington, D.C. to invite the Association to bring its next meeting to Oregon.) Dr. Myers also served on the Association’s Committee on Congressional Legislation.

She was deeply involved in assisting working women improve their conditions. She helped them gain opportunities for better jobs to become independent. She helped many become nurses “and she opened the way for many to other useful fields.” As one obituary stated, “It was the work of helping girls that occupied most of her time during the last few years, however, and she was planning to organize this work and carry it out on a much larger scale when taken ill last September.”

Dr. Myers died 5/10/1911 in Portland, Oregon. She was survived by her husband, 4 sisters, and 1 brother.

See past Women’s History Month posts from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

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ORCID Open House at Kelvin Smith Library

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:34:37 -0500

Researchers, faculty, graduate students, and students looking to publish are welcome to Kelvin Smith Library’s ORCID Open House on April 12th from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Freedman Center.

ORCID iDs are 16-digit unique identifiers that you can use to distinguish yourself from other research professionals and connect with your own affiliations and work. In the same way books have ISBN numbers or cars have VIN numbers, researchers now have their own unique IDs.

Five Reasons You Need an ORCID iD:
1) Systems you are currently using are already connected with ORCID. In fact, over 1,600 journals now require authors to use an ORCID iD.

2) Your ORCID iD will follow you across your entire professional career, even when you move into different positions and across multiple institutions.

3)ORCID iDs connects you with your publications, awards, and professional affiliations.

4)ORCID iDs ensure you are correctly identified. It is common, in the research community to find professionals with similar names. Thus, it is easy to confuse among researchers.

5)You can control your record and manage what appears on your profile.

Take the next step in your career and dive into the world of of modern scholarship with a full day of on-site ORCID iD setup stations, one-on-one consultations, and personalized demonstrations. Come curious and come with questions.

For more information, contact Mark Clemente at or 215-368-3539

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Scopus Training Day: Sign Up Today!

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:14:28 -0500


Register today:

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Learn advanced tips on how to get the most out of Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature from more than 5,000 publishers. Stay abreast of scientific developments, track key research, identify key opinion leaders and stay ahead of your competition.

Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Choose from 5 training sessions on April 11th at Kelvin Smith Library in Classroom 215 (Second Floor)

9:00am - 10:00am (Option 1)
11:00am - 12:00pm (Option 2)
1:00pm - 2:00pm (Option 3)
3:00pm - 4:00pm (Option 4)
4:00pm - 5:00pm (Option 5)


How can you benefit from Scopus?

Make better research decisions
-Track and monitor global research output
-Pinpoint trending insights and solutions
-Identify and validate new ideas, technologies and applications

Find leading experts and potential partners
-Find the best minds and experts in all scientific fields
-Evaluate potential collaborators and initiate new projects
-Stay up to date on the latest research insights from key authors and opinion leaders

Maintain a competitive edge
-Track and evaluate competitors’ latest research outputs
-Monitor and anticipate industry partnerships
-Find competitor solutions to specific R&D problems


Questions? Please contact Kelvin Smith Library Administration at 216-368-2992 or

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Kelvin Smith Library Hosts 3rd National Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:07:35 -0500


What an incredible two days at Kelvin Smith Library. In an effort to learn more about how we can improve our Personal Librarian program, we have organized and hosted the Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference for its third year!

Over 175 participants from around the country and Canada came to Kelvin Smith Library for two days of learning and experience. We saw some of Case Western Reserve University's very best including Rick Bischoff, VP for Enrollment Management, and world-renowned figures including, Steven Volk, Professor of History Emeritus at Oberlin College who was recognized by the Chilean government for "his contributions in helping to restore democracy" in that country.

We gathered and we networked from peer institutions including University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Ohio State University, Penn State University, and University of Notre Dame. For all those that took time to join us, we hope the conference will continue to inspire and educate!


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ILLiad Notifications Gone Missing? -- Where You Might Find Them

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:10:39 -0500

Sometimes it happens that you may have submitted an ILLiad request a while ago, and not heard anything since. Rest assured that at some point within reason a notification regarding its status will be (or has possibly already been) sent out to you. If you still feel you've been left wondering, please consider the following list of possible outcomes, to which your request might have arrived... * Cancelled -- with a reason specified. * Book (or other returnable item) has been received & you have been notified to pick up -- additional courtesy pick-up messages may have also gone out. * Loan is due soon, overdue, very overdue, or long overdue & account has been blocked. * Electronic article has been delivered -- will have expired if not viewed within 30 days. * Request is still pending, and has not yet been fulfilled. With the exception of the last of these, an attempt to contact you by e-mail would have already been made. It is entirely possible, for one reason or another, that the message never reached you. In such cases, we suggest first that you login into your ILLiad account and check the status of your current and past transactions from the various options listed under the "View" section of the "Main Menu". As they relate to the above list of outcomes, you would click respectively on these options: Cancelled Requests, Outstanding Requests, Checked Out Items, Electronically Received Articles, Outstanding Requests. A quick overview of this menu may also be found in my entry from June 23, 2011. We recommend as well that you check the "Notifications" option in your ILLiad menu, where you may view the 20 most recent messages sent to the e-mail account specified in your profile. This topic was addressed in more detail here previously on June 3, 2009. It is also wise for you to check the "Change User Information" option (under the "Tools" section of the "Main Menu"), to be sure you have entered an e-mail account address which you check on a regular basis. I have addressed this issue in my prior entries from June 28, 2010 and November 18, 2015. Finally, we recommend that you also check the spam folder in your personal or institutional e-mail service, to see if it might have gotten filtered there. Believe me, this has happened and is not out of the realm of possibility. We would then suggest that you adjust your settings to accept messages originating from the KSL ILLiad system (i.e., from ""). If all else fails, we recommend that you contact ILL staff to the check status of any current transactions, or for older e-mail messages no longer available in the "Notifications" list. As always, you may reach us by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at[...]

2018 Freedman Fellows ShowCASE

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:20:08 -0500


Could what we learn from the Freedman Fellows’ Sexual Assault Kit Initiative reduce the number of rape cases in the future?

Could an application, created by a Freedman Fellow, uncover new biblical meanings in the Hebrew Book of Genesis?

Could a Freedman Fellows’ TEI encoded analysis of “The Image of Irelande” reveal things we didn’t know before in a rare historical and literary gem ?

Join us on March 29, 2018 at 12pm for the Freedman Fellows ShowCASE and learn how Case Western Reserve University faculty are using the latest digital scholarship tools at Kelvin Smith Library to address the questions and challenges facing the world.

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The Presentations

Rachel Lovell & Misty Luminais, Senior Research Associates at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Education & Research, have collected data from over 500 backlogged Sexual Assault Kits from Cuyahoga County dating from 1993 to 2009. Using The Freedman Center’s ArcGIS visual mapping software, Lovell and Luminais explored the spatial relationships between attackers, victims, and the surrounding environment. By exploring the geographical data and making it available to the public, they aim to be a resource to criminology circles where data at this level of detail has not been seen before.

Denna Iammarino, Lecturer in the English Department, is preserving and transcribing John Derricke’s “The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne,” a 16th-century literary gem. By creating the first-ever digital edition of the text, Ianmmarino built digital learning tools around the text. Her goal is to make the text accessible beyond academia, taking a rare, understudied text and reviving a significant piece of literary history.

Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, is interested in changing the way we consume biblical translations in a post-print media world. Traditional translations have no ways to explore the rich ambiguities and inconclusive nature of literary texts. Using Python, a programming language, Dr. Beal is developing a program that will take text from the Hebrew Book of Genesis and find new ways to explore various translations.

For more information, please reach out to Kelvin Smith Library staff at or 216-368-0932

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Spring Break Library Hours

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:12:49 -0500


Spring break is almost upon us!

In addition to reduced library hours over spring break, Cramelot Cafe will also have adjusted hours⏰:

Adjusted Library Hours over Spring Break:
Friday 3/9 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 3/10 | Sunday 3/11: LIBRARY CLOSED
Tuesday 3/12 | Friday 3/16: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 3/17 | LIBRARY CLOSED

Cramelot Hours over Spring Break:
Monday 3/12 | 9 am - 2 pm
Tuesday 3/13 | 9 am - 2 pm
Wednesday 3/14 | 10 am - 2 pm
Thursday 3/15 | 9 am - 2 pm
Friday 3/16 | 9 am - 2 pm

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Tomboys and the Blossoming of Juvenile Fiction

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:24:46 -0500

Kelvin Smith Library is pleased to host Dr. Renée M. Sentilles presentation of “Tomboys and the Blossoming of Juvenile Fiction” on Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 pm in the Dampeer Room (2nd floor).

Tomboy heroines played a central role in creating the juvenile fiction market. Adventure stories written for middle-class boys had proven to be profitable, so an editor persuaded a reluctant Louisa May Alcott to write one for girls. Little Women, and the books that followed, opened up a new market that would come to shape and be shaped by adolescent American culture.

Dr. Sentilles is an Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University. Her book American Tomboys 1850-1915 is about to be released by the University of Massachusetts Press. Copies will be available for purchase at event. This free and open to the public event is in conjunction with the Tomes for Tots: Youth Literature in Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections exhibition as well as for Women’s History month events.

No RSVP required.

For more information, contact Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections at or 216-368-2992.

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New Library Subscription to the New York Times

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:04:21 -0500


Kelvin Smith Library is thrilled to announce the latest news that can affect your research and learning experience at Case Western Reserve University. From a new subscription to The New York Times to a mapping tool that can help you find your books faster, we here at the library are dedicated to making sure we support you in the best way possible.

Full Access to
Faculty, staff, and students now have full access to New York Times at the official website or mobile app. Once activated from within the Case Western Reserve University's network, a pass can be used from any location until expiration in about one year. It includes daily New York Times content, archival content, videos, mobile app, podcasts, and more.
Details to sign up and use the resource can be found at:

Map It
The Kelvin Smith Library and the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library now provide an online map to find books and other items in their collections. Look up an item in the catalog (, and click on “map it” to see a floor map that points you to the correct location. Maps are mobile friendly as well.
See an example at:

More Books in KSL
More than 130,000 books are now available in the Kelvin Smith Library Lower Level. Topics include art, history, literature, social sciences, humanities, and many other disciplines. Faculty or library staff have access to this collection, which also includes nearby seating. Library staff can retrieve for university staff or students. Some items may be too brittle to leave the library, but most can be checked out.

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On This Day in CWRU History: March

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 20:01:55 +0000

Below is month nine of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include. March 1 1826 First meeting of the Trustees of Western Reserve College was held. 1967 University Print Club established. For an annual fee of $10 members could attend lectures on print techniques, visit artists’ studios,and purchase original prints. March 2 1826 William Hanford, Western Reserve College Board of Trustee secretary, was named the first college librarian at WRC. March 3 1852 Nancy Talbot Clark graduated from the Medical Department of Western Reserve College, the second woman in the United States to receive a regular medical degree. Nancy Talbot Clark, 1850s March 4 1957 The Penn-Ohio Collegiate Swimming Association Championships was the first competitive swimming event held at Donnell Pool in Emerson Gymnasium. March 6 1952 Western Reserve Trustees established the School of Business, later renamed Weatherhead School of Management. 1971 Case Institute of Technology beat Western Reserve University in basketball, 75-52, at Emerson Gym. It was the final time these schools would play each other in basketball. Since their first game in 1912, WRU won 58 times, while Case won 54. March 7 1888 Western Reserve University Trustees approved an affiliation with the Cleveland Conservatory of Music. 1965 Western Reserve University's north side dormitory complex, consisting of 12 dormitories and 3 dining halls, was dedicated. March 9 1988 The School of Applied Social Sciences was renamed the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. 1990 The Mailroom team defeated the Library team, 44-24, for the championship of the staff basketball league. March 14 1969 President Morse declared March 14-21 Biafran Relief Week. Several campus fundraising events were held and the CWRU community was urged to contribute to the relief fund to counter mass starvation. March 15 1915 The Case Club was dedicated as the first student center of the Case School of Applied Science. 1955 The Cedar-University Circle Rapid Station opened, offering rides on the new light rail transit line. Western Reserve University officials hoped the Rapid would alleviate parking congestion on campus. 1969 By a vote of 18-1 the Constitutional Convention adopted a constitution for the University Undergraduate Student Government. Undergraduate Student Government Constitutional Convention Members, Reserve Tribune, 3/18/1969, p. 1 March 16 1923 In its first varsity swim meet, Western Reserve University was defeated by Case School of Applied Science, 49-10. March 17 1881 Holden Farm was purchased, providing 46 acres of land on which Case School of Applied Science and Western Reserve University were built 1896 The first agreement was approved between Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland (Lakeside Hospital). 1967 The Temptations performed at Emerson Gym. Admission was $2.25 for students, $3 for all others. The concert was jointly sponsored by the University Congresses of Western Reserve University and Case. March 18 1967 Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Health Sciences Center, “the biggest structure ever attempted at Western Reserve in its 140 years” according to President John Schoff Millis. Drawing of Planned Health Sciences Center, 1960s March 19 1881 Former U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and newly inaugurated President James Garfield were elected trustees of Western Reserve College. March 25 1955 Zeta Beta Tau was the first Western Reserv[...]

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KSL Game Night: Trivia Night

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:22:11 -0500

It's the last KSL GAME NIGHT of the semester! This time we're finishing the semester with a bang! You'll find snacks, soda, and amazon gift card prizes for the winners of Trivia Night!

If you don’t have a team (up to 6) no worries ... we’ll match you up with other trivia pros when you arrive OR you can even play solo!

Put away your laptops and screens and bring your friends for a night of nerdy and super fun trivia night at the in Classroom 215 on the 2nd floor of Kelvin Smith Library!

For those who don't want to participate in Trivia Night, the typical board games will be put out in the Freedman Center.

Check out the Facebook Events Page for more information.

More questions? Please contact Kelvin Smith Library administration at or at 216-368-2992.

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Time Management

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:54:22 -0500

Planning and prioritizing essential tasks is critical to the success of every business especially the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)—yet many business leaders do not manage their time correctly to enhance the success of their firm. In fact, some leaders even think it is wast of time to plan and prioritize daily activities. What these leaders do not realize is that small businesses have fewer employees compare to larger organizations and often perform multitasks. In an attempt to execute various functions, the leaders and the employees alike often lose focus on what is really important if activities are not planned and prioritized.

In the author's qualitative study of semi-structured interviews with 32 SMEs' leaders, over 90% of the leaders asserted that effective time management is the key to their business success. However, many of them confessed they learned the essence of time management in a hard way after they failed to complete an important task that led to losing a valuable customer, business, and the like.

Girl Scout Troop 71341 Visits Kelvin Smith Library to Learn All About Book-Making

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:19:24 -0500





Did you know in addition to supporting the research and learning at Case Western Reserve University, Kelvin Smith Library is also committed to cultivating the connections between scholarship and the public interest? In one of many ways that we engage with the community, just this last Friday, four middle schoolers from Girl Scout Cadet Troop 741341, went to Kelvin Smith Library’s Preservation work space to earn their “Book Artist” Badge. In order to earn their badge, they are required to complete a number of tasks or projects related to book construction.

Andrew Mancuso, Kelvin Smith Library’s Preservation Officer, prepared different work stations for the troop to make paper, bind notebooks, decorate books with gold leaf, and learn foil stamping. It was an incredible afternoon with new faces and a newly earned badge.

Thank you Troop 741341 for the visit!

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African-American History Month Spotlight: First CWRU Black History Week

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:30:29 +0000

In February 1969 the Afro-American Society sponsored the first Black History Week at CWRU. It was entitled, “Black Renaissance Week” and was held 2/9-2/15/1969. Students Stephane Tubbs and Mike Sutton were co-chairs who planned the activities. As reported in the Reserve Tribune, Michael Fisher was the advisor for the project and defined it as “one week of black cultural and educational programs open to anyone who’s willing to take the time and opportunity to learn.” Stephanie Tubbs said, “It’s one of the ways we plan to bring the black community and the University closer together.” Black History Week at CWRU originated as one of the demands presented to President Morse in December of 1968 by the Afro-American Society. The week opened on Sunday afternoon, 2/9, with a showing of original African-inspired fashions designed by Black Sisters United in the Thwing ballroom. Roy Innis, national director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) spoke that night in Strosacker Auditorium. Events from the week included: Monday, 2/10: The Lee Park Players presented excerpts from An Evening with Norman Jorden, “exploring the black revolution and the black man in the past” in the Thwing ballroom. Monday, 2/10: United Black Artists followed the Lee Park Players with a live jazz offering. Tuesday, 2/11: A seminar on education was held in the Tomlinson Hall ballroom. Speakers and their topics were: Don Freeman, director of the Lee Park Settlement and a graduate of CWRU, “Educational Revolution: Theory and Practice;” Robert Hampton, assistant manager of Cedar apartments and formerly a professor at Central State University, “Education: What is it?”; and William Pickard, executive director of the Cleveland NAACP, “The Role of the Black Student.” Tuesday, 2/11: United Black Artists presented cosmic music and black poetry. The Black Unity Trio (also known as Bismilla Hir Rahman Nir Raheem) performed the music. They also provided background music as Amjeba Nbomba read his poetry. In addition, "Eight black dramatists read poetry selections from the writings of Margaret Walker, Norman Johnson, and Charles Langford, a student at John Hay High School.” Wednesday 2/12: a program of gospel music was presented by Marion Williams of Philadelphia in Strosacker Auditorium at 7 p.m. the audience gave her 5 standing ovations during the performance. The singer performed 3 encores and led the audience in a sing-along. Thursday, 2/13: a poetry presentation was made by the Watts Writers Poetry Group in Hatch Auditorium at 8 p.m. The Watts Writers Workshop was founded after the Watts riots of 1965 and was on a Midwestern tour. Members included Bill Jackson, James Jackson, Sonorra McKeller, Lillian Tarry, Quincy Troupe, and tour coordinator Charles Thomas. Friday, 2/14: a Soul Dinner was held in Leutner Commons at 5 p.m. After the dinner, Alton X (formerly known as Alton Patterson), head of Black Student Union of Central State University, spoke about the Black renaissance. Saturday, 2/15: a seminar entitled, Economics in the Black Community, was held in Hatch Auditorium at 3 p.m. The speakers were Deane Buchanan of the Black Economic Union, Frank Anderson of the Hough Development Corporation, and Cyril Winters of the CORE Target City Cleveland project. Saturday, 2/15: to close out the week, a concert, called the Soul Symposium, was held in Adelbert Gym. It featured the O’Jays with opening act New[...]

Kelvin Smith Library New Policy Allows CWRU Staff 1-year Loan Period

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:22:50 -0500


Kelvin Smith Library is proud to announce a new 1-year loan policy for Case Western Reserve University Staff, the same loan period currently enjoyed by CWRU faculty. This change will especially impact staff who are teaching and conducting research at the university.

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"Not Required" Fields in Request Forms -- They Still Add Value

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:21:18 -0500

If you are a regular user of KSL's ILLiad service, you are already well aware that certain fields in the request forms are marked with an asterisk, "*" (in red). These are designated as "required fields", and if you attempt to submit your transaction without entering some appropriate information, you will receive one or more error messages at the top of the page and your transaction will not be accepted. On the other hand, there are also various fields not so marked, but which we highly recommend that you complete whenever the additional information is available to you. Doing so frequently assists us in expediting the processing of your request. Below is a brief survey of some of those "not required" fields you may encounter in various request forms that still are typical elements of article and book citations, along with some commentary on their usefulness and (in some cases) how to best cite them... Article Author -- If you don't have an exact article title, or have indicated it as "unknown", the author's name is extremely helpful. Sometimes more than one article may have the same title or similar titles, and knowing the author (or authors) helps to distinguish them. Also, if you don't have the exact page numbers, the author's name helps narrow down what the article is. Chapter Author -- Similar to an article author, especially when chapters in a single book are contributed by multiple authors. Also very useful when you don't have an exact chapter title or exact pages. Issue Number -- Complementary to the volume number, making it easier to locate an article in a journal where a volume is comprised of numerous issues. Also very helpful when you don't have exact page numbers. You don't need to precede it with the word "Issue". By the way, when citing a volume number (which is required), you don't need to use "Volume", either. Volume or Part -- In the case of Book Chapters -- when an excerpt appears somewhere within a large multi-part book series, anthology or encyclopedia, this certainly makes tracking it down a lot quicker and easier. Note: "Volume" is always a required field for Journal Articles. Chapter Number -- If you know this, it considerably pinpoints the citation, especially when you don't know the chapter title, author or exact pages. Not necessary to precede the number with "Chapter". Month/Quarter/Date -- "January", "Spring", "July 4", for example -- not including the year, which should be indicated in its own field. This helps to concur with the issue number, or identifies the issue if you do not know its number. Publisher -- As many journals and books have identical or similar titles, but different publishers, this certainly helps to resolve any possible ambiguities. Place of Publication -- This complements the publisher information, and may help with identifying different regional editions of the same publication (i.e., newspapers and magazines). Date of Publication -- For books and monographs, this will concur with the specific edition you may require. Edition -- You may wish to be very specific about this when requesting a book. If you also have indicated that you will not accept an alternate edition, we must first know exactly which one you actually do want. ISSN -- This number helps us track down exact journals or serials, and should always be in one of these formats: '0317-8471' or '2434-561X'. Often it he[...]

Endangered Data Week

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:26:23 -0500


Endangered Data Week

February 26th - March 2nd

Monday, February 26, 2018 | 2:15 pm
Intro to Web Scraping
There is a lot of data on the web, some in old, out of date formats, difficult to gather and use. This will be hands-on workshop on getting data off the web and into a useful format for analysis.
Presenter: Marie Vibbert, UTech

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 11:00 am
Citizen Analysts: How Regular People Use Public Data to Save the World
Easy accessibility of data can empower people to do their own fact-checking and analysis, and report their findings to their community. This session will give examples on the important role of the Citizen Analyst, and some strategies on how to become one yourself.
Presenter: Blaine Martyn-Dow, UCITE

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 1:00 pm
Different Ways Data is Endangered
Join our faculty panel for a discussion of what biomedical data is collected, who controls it, and who has access to your data.
Presenters: Will Bush, Dana Crawford, and Jonathan Haines, Institute for Computational Biology

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 2:30 pm
Finding, Rescuing, and Fair Use of Government Data
A demonstration and discussion of how you can find, rescue, and fairly use government data in your research and teaching initiatives.
Presenters: Mark Clemente, Amanda Koziura, and Evan Meszaros, Kelvin Smith Library

Endangered Data Week is a new, collaborative effort, coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions, to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost.

This week, Kelvin Smith Library is working with departments across campus to raise awareness of threats to publicly available data, explore the power dynamics of data creating, sharing, and retention, and teach ways to make endangered data more accessible and secure.

Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Freedman Center, 1st Floor

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KSL Game Night: Blind Date with a Game

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:01:23 -0500


It's time for KSL's GAME NIGHT: BLIND DATE WITH A GAME! Games will be carefully curated from a wide range of levels and themes and personally hand wrapped. Pick one out with your friends and unwrap your next adventure!

Put away your laptops and screens and bring your friends for a night of nerdy and super fun board games at the Freedman Center on the 1st Floor of the Kelvin Smith Library! Bring your friends or meet new ones!

Bring the competition and we'll provide snacks and soda.

Over 30 board and card games will be set out and made available to you and your friends including:

- Power Grid
- One Deck Dungeon
- Elder Sign
- Hanabi
- Red Flags
- Gloom
- One Night Ultimate Werewolf
- Escape Room: The Game
- Mysterium
- Love Letter
- Fluxx
- Boss Monster
- Pandemic
- Munchkin Bites
- Zombie Dice

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Art+Feminism Wiki Edit-A-Thon 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:16:23 -0500


Date & Time: March 7, 2018 | 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Freedman Center

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. We are partnering with the Cleveland Museum of Art Ingalls Research Library! Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and light snacks/refreshments. Bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

Please bring your laptop and power chord and stop by today!

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The Mbom-Mvet: Epic Tales, Music, and Dance of Central Africa

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:50:06 -0500


Kelvin Smith Library is proud to host Essouma Long on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in two separate performances (12:30 pm and 4:00pm in Kelvin Smith Library, Lower Level 06). Born in Cameroon, Long is a modern-day oral historian. Similar to the griots of Western Africa, he is a Central African historian, storyteller, poet, singer, and musician who is part of an oral tradition that preserves collective and genealogical history of tribes and villages.

Come experience this once-in-a-lifetime event featuring artistic creativity steeped in Central African history with the spoken and sung narratives of legends of past, enduring tribal values, and ancestral history.

For more information:

This event is sponsored by Kelvin Smith Library and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

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Finding Love at Kelvin Smith Library

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:05:33 -0500

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'Tis the month of love! We have a special story for you that is a testament to the amazing staff and work environment here at Kelvin Smith Library. We are more than just a library that provides resources, and exceptional services and expertise. We create experiences. These experiences are about learning and discovery and sometimes we find love along the way.

"My name is George, and I had a student job in the mail room when I attended Case Western Reserve University. I worked for Agnes Hargrove in that capacity from Fall 2000 to Spring 2002. During that time I started dating one of the other student employees while we were working together, Laura. Well... Laura and I kept dating, got married in 2006, had 2 kids, and we are currently living happily together in California.

I thought you might be interested to hear about us, considering we wouldn't be together if we hadn't been able to meet and get to know each other while working in the mail room. Agnes fostered a friendly, welcoming environment there, which made us more comfortable. Laura and I still talk about working there together."

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Kelvin Smith Library Reduced Hours Over Spring Break

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:16:49 -0500


Kelvin Smith Library will have reduced hours over spring break:

Friday 3/9: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 3/10 - Sunday 3/11: LIBRARY CLOSED
Tuesday 3/12 - Friday 3/16: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 3/17: LIBRARY CLOSED

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CaseLearns Spring Schedule Released

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:17:17 -0500


Along with providing collaborative study space and essential resources for the teaching and research at Case Western Reserve University, did you know Kelvin Smith Library provides world-class hands-on experience and theoretical workshops in leading and emerging technologies? From Adobe Photoshop to Web Design, these instructional courses target specific needs that are not covered in traditional campus classrooms but have proven to be an essential need for academic professional development. Our free workshops are offered throughout the semester for any Case Western Reserve University student, faculty, or staff, and led by industry professionals with over 20 years of experience.

Register today at

Literature Review Resources for the Social Sciences | Thursday, 15 February 2018 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Bridging the New and Old: High Tech Scholarship for the Next Generation | Monday, 19 February 2018 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Also available on 3/30, 4/5, 4/6, 4/12, 4/13, 4/19, 4/20

Adobe Photoshop: Digital Images (Part 3) | Tuesday, 20 February 2018 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Incorporating Media Projects in Your Curriculum | Wednesday, 21 February 2018| 10:00am 11:30am

PowerPoint – From Intro to Advanced | Thursday, 22 February 2018 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Adobe Photoshop: Digital Images (Part 4) | Tuesday, 27 February 2018 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm

GIS Mapping | Monday, 5 March 2018 | 9:30am - 11:30am

Basics of Making A Research Poster | Monday, 5 March 2018 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Measuring Scholarly Research Impact: Your Story Through Metrics | Monday, 19 March 2018 | 10:30am - 12:00pm

Introduction to Web Design with Wordpress | Tuesday, 27 March 2018 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Telling your story: Using Acting Techniques to Engage Your Audience | Tuesday, 3 April 2018 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Alternatives to the Research Paper | Wednesday, 4 April 2018 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Introduction to Data Visualization | Thursday, 5 April 2018 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Can’t find the right class? In addition to our regularly scheduled courses, CaseLearns offers a catalog of on-demand workshops for groups of 5 or more. For more information, contact us at

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Faculty & Graduate Workshop Series: Spring Schedule Just Released

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:42:31 -0500


Due to popular demand, Kelvin Smith Library’s Faculty Workshop Series and Graduate Workshop Series is coming back this spring. Working in partnership with the Lillian & Milford Harris Library, the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, and the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, Kelvin Smith Library will be hosting a series of workshops to support faculty and graduates as they prepare for publication and promotion.

The workshop series will help both faculty & graduates navigate the evolving academic landscape, from copyright law, marketing research, online presence, to negotiating publishing contracts.

For more information, you can reach the Kelvin Smith Library team at or (216)368-2992.


Session 1 | Thursday, 15 February 2018 | 5 pm - 6 pm | Increasing Your Scholarly Impact as a Faculty Member

Session 2 | Friday, 23 February 2018 | 12 pm - 1 pm | Research Services, Tools, and Resources

Session 3 | Thursday, 8 March 2018 | 5 pm - 6 pm | Digital Scholarship, Services, Data Visualization, and Data Management and Preservation

Session 4 | Friday, 30 March 2018 | 12 pm - 1 pm | Leveraging Your Rights as an Author: Copyright, Publishing, and Author Rights

Session 5 | Thursday, 12 April 2018 | 5 pm - 6 pm | Where to Publish?: How to Select and Target Publishers

Session 6 | Friday, 27 April 2018 | 12 pm - 1 pm | Marketing Your Scholarship and Yourself

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Session 1 | Tuesday, 13 February 2018 | 3 pm - 4 pm | Increasing Your Scholarly Impact as a Graduate Student

Session 2 | Thursday, 22 February 2018 | 4 pm - 5 pm | Research Services, Tools, and Resources

Session 3 | Tuesday, 6 March 2018 | 3 pm - 4 pm | Digital Scholarship, Services, Data Visualization, and Data Management and Preservation

Session 4 | Thursday, 29 March 2018 | 4 pm - 5 pm | Leveraging Your Rights as an Author: Copyright, Publishing, and Author Rights

Session 5 | Tuesday, 10 April 2018 | 3 pm - 4 pm | Where to Publish?: How to Select and Target Publishers

Session 6 | Tuesday, 24 April 2018 | 4 pm - 5 pm | Marketing Your Scholarship and Yourself

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On This Day in CWRU History: February

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:28:32 +0000

Below is month eight of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include. February 2 1987 EUCLID, the combined catalogs for all campus libraries, went on-line. Terminals were available in all the libraries and it was hoped that dial-in access would be available soon. 1989 Blues artist, Robert Lockwood, Jr., performed at The Spot in Leutner Commons. February 3 1974 Blues musician Bonnie Raitt played a benefit concert at Strosacker Auditorium. The concert was a fundraiser for the Indochina Peace Campaign, which opposed the U. S. war in Vietnam. February 4 1891 Charles F. Thwing was inaugurated as Western Reserve University's sixth president. 1904 Western Reserve University's first weekly student newspaper, Reserve Weekly, was published. 1910 Case School of Applied Science defeated Western Reserve University in each school's first intercollegiate varsity hockey game, 2-0. 1987 Longtime Case Institute of Technology and CWRU basketball coach Bill Sudeck notched his 200th career win. CWRU defeated Oberlin College, 80-78, at Emerson Gym. 1999 Poland's former president and Solidarity leader, Lech Walesa, visited CWRU's College Scholars House. February 5 1990 Fred Gray, an attorney who defended Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, was the keynote speaker at CWRU's celebration of Black History Month. Gray was a 1954 graduate of the CWRU School of Law. Desktop computers, 1983 February 6 1985 An 8-member task force was appointed to study CWRU's voice communications and computing needs for the next decade. According to Donald Schuele, the chairman, "Eventually a computer will be as commonplace on each worker's desk as a telephone is today." 1998 CWRU held its first indoor track meet at the Veale Center. February 7 1826 The State of Ohio granted the charter to establish Western Reserve College. Happy Birthday, CWRU! February 8 1968 Future U.S. president Gerald Ford spoke at Strosacker Auditorium, giving a lecture entitled "The American Political Scene." 1980 CWRU Trustees named the School of Management in honor of the Weatherhead family. 1992 The topping-off ceremony was held for the Richard F. Celeste Biomedical Research Building. February 9 1831 Charles B. Storrs was inaugurated as Western Reserve College's first president. 1929 Case School of Applied Science lost to Western Reserve University in Case's first varsity wrestling tournament, 21-13. 1973 CWRU Trustees renamed the Consolidated Colleges of Adelbert, Flora Stone Mather, and Cleveland Colleges as Western Reserve College. February 10 1957 Thwing Hall was formally opened as the new Western Reserve University student union. It previously housed WRU's University Library. February 11 1981 CWRU Trustees renamed the School of Library Science in honor of Matthew A. Baxter. 1995 At Thwing Ballroom, CWRU's Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance held its first "Lavender Ball." February 14 1955 From the basement of the Mather Memorial Building, Western Reserve University's student radio station, WRAR-AM, went on the air for the first time. 1997 [...]

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Dental School hosts Congress of International Association of Dental Students

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:27:48 +0000

The International Association of Dental Student’s (IADS) 25th Congress took place 8/3-8/13/1978. Over 400 dental students, including 250 from 30 different countries attended. IADS is the student affiliate of the International Federation of Dentists. It promotes dental health around the world through education, training and volunteer programs within and among countries. The 25th Congress in 1978 was the first in the Western Hemisphere and the first hosted by a U.S. dental school.

IADS members carrying flags of their nations in opening ceremonies held in Amasa Stone Chapel

The 10 day event offered students first-hand knowledge of American dental techniques, equipment and research. While scientific programs, lectures, workshops and educational clinics were held on the CWRU campus, social activities off campus were offered as well. Students visited Cleveland City Hall and were greeted by the mayor; attended a Cleveland Indians baseball game; and visited Cedar Point amusement park and Niagara Falls.

George Vasilakis, class of 1968 and Assistant Professor of Oral Diagnosis at CWRU, chaired the committee of faculty and students which coordinated the event.

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De Historia Stirpium

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:49:20 -0500

Herbal Collection

De Historia Stirpium Comentarii Insignes
Basil: in officina Isingriniana, 1542

The CMLA has two copies of this work: the first, bound in vellum with 6 ribs and an orange leather tag on the spine, is a folio, 37.5 x 25.4cm; the second copy, also a folio, 37.3 x 25.5cm, is bound in red leather with gold tooling on the spine and gilt edges. Both bear inscriptions and ex libris.

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Both works have hand-colored plates throughout. According to Johnston, in the Cleveland Herbal, the works were published with the intention that they could be hand colored, much like a coloring book, and each has 511 woodcuts of plants, many of which are full page prints.

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WISER Lightbulb Drop

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:18:10 -0500


The WISER Lightbulb Drop will be taking place at Kelvin Smith Library again this year during Engineer's Week.

Win cash prizes of $75, $150, and $275!!

Sign up today:

For more information contact Lily Harwood at

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Welcome Back Students, Faculty, and Staff!

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:47:44 -0500


We are looking to help in any way possible as you finish out the school year. Whether stopping by between classes or meeting with a subject librarian to help you succeed in your research goals, all are welcome.

Learn more about the 5 Things You Should Know about KSL:

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First-Year Student Brief ILL Primer

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:56:34 -0500

The two most typical scenarios for First-Year students, as to when interlibrary loan services are indicated: For requesting BOOKS... * Is there a print copy (preferably circulating) at KSL? Check the Case Catalog. * If not, is there a print copy (preferably circulating) at any KSL branches (Music, Astronomy, Storage/Depository)? Check the Case Catalog. * If not, is there a print copy (preferably circulating) at any other CWRU library locations (Cleveland Health Sciences, Law, MSASS)? Check the Case Catalog. * If not, is there an electronic copy in our e-book collections? Check the Case Catalog or the E-Books page. * If not, is there a circulating copy available in OhioLINK? Link there from the Case Catalog, or search directly in the OhioLINK Catalog. * If not, request a copy through ILLiad. Use the "Book" request form, in most cases. * Complete the form by filling in the required fields & clicking on the "Submit Request" button. ☛ New ILLiad users -- see below for basic instructions on registering your ILL account. * Pick up item at KSL -- you will be sent an e-mail notification, when ready. For requesting ARTICLES... * Is the journal or book available in print at KSL? Check the Case Catalog. * If not, is it available in print at any KSL branches (Music, Astronomy, Storage/Depository)? Check the Case Catalog. * If not, is it available in print at any other CWRU library locations (Cleveland Health Sciences, Law, MSASS)? Check the Case Catalog. * If not, is it available in our electronic journal or e-book collections? Check the Case Catalog, the E-Journals page or the E-Books page. * If not, request a scan through ILLiad. Use the "Journal Article" form or the "Book Chapter" request form, in most cases. ☛ There is no need to verify availability in OhioLINK, as KSL ILL staff will include this step as part of the holdings location search process. * Complete the form by filling in the required fields & clicking on the "Submit Request" button. ☛ New ILLiad users -- see below for basic instructions on registering your ILL account. * Log into yout ILLiad account to download file -- you will be sent an e-mail notification, when ready. ILLiad sign-up for KSL users... * Go to the KSL ILLiad website, click on "First Time Users", and read the terms & conditions. * Proceed to the registration page by clicking on the button at the bottom, and then complete the form by filling in the required fields -- see the next 10 lines: ☛ First name, last name ☛ Your Case Account Number, which you can look up at this link with your Case Network ID and password ☛ Your e-mail address -- one you check on a regular basis ☛ Your phone or cell number ☛ Your local mailing address information (number & street, city, state, zip) ☛ Your status -- select "Undergraduate", of course. ☛ Your department or major -- select an academic department (e.g., Anthropology, Biology, Civil Engineering), or "UNDECLARED" (if applicable). ☛ Please do NOT select a[...]

KSL Depository Scan Requests in ILLiad

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:16:16 -0500

As you may have recently noticed that the CWRU Library Catalog now lists many serial and monograph holdings located off-campus, you might have asked yourself the question, "How do I request a scan of materials at the off-site storage facility with the location 'KSL Depository', since there is no form on the library's website specifically for this purpose?" The answer is, "You can now use your KSL ILLiad account." if you already have a valid KSL ILLiad account, you should fall into one of the categories listed here: * Faculty, Staff (including confirmed affiliate visiting scholars), Student (graduate or undergraduate) at the following: ☛ College of Arts and Sciences ☛ Case School of Engineering ☛ Weatherhead School of Management * Student only (graduate or undergraduate) at: ☛ Bolton School of Nursing * Staff at: ☛ University central administrative departments * Registered Alumni Library Users at KSL ☛ For more details, see: Alumni Services @ KSL If you belong to one these groups, but have never registered, please set up your account in the KSL ILLiad site. Click on "First Time Users", read the terms & conditions, and then click on the button at the bottom of the page to proceed with your registration. Please take note of all instructions provided regarding "required" fields, proper selection of Status and Department, and password recommendations. Once you are logged in at the KSL ILLiad site, select one of the following forms (which also serve as depository scan requests): * Journal Article * Book Chapter * Conference paper At this point, it is assumed that you have already checked our Online Catalog to verify that the location of the material is actually "KSL Depository". At the top of these three forms, you will be asked: Is this a "KSL Depository" scan request? If this is the case, select "Yes" before proceeding further. Otherwise, please select "No" or leave the option blank. You may continue filling out the form (including at least all the "required" fields) and then click on "Submit Request". Your transaction will be routed for depository scan processing, and will usually be followed up within 24 hours. You will receive a notification as to how to retrieve your electronic delivery, or if there were any problems with filling your request. On the other hand... * If you are currently a member of the CWRU community (in good standing), but are not included in the list above and have never signed up for an ILLiad account, or... * If you are currently already registered to use the ILLiad systems of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, the MSASS Harris Library or the Green Law Library, or... * If you are affiliated with CWRU through the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Art or the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, or are a resident at University Hospitals of Cleveland... You may sign up for a guest-level account in the Kelvin Smith Library ILLiad system, exclusively for t[...]

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:40:52 -0500

This is just a follow-up to my previous blog entry from November 13, 2017, to clarify when you should choose to submit an ILLiad transaction specifically as a "KSL Depository Scan Request". So here goes... When you need to have an electronic reproduction made of an excerpt from an item from our collection, where the Library Catalog indicates the location "KSL Depository" at the item-level line entry... * Log into your ILLiad Account and select from one of the following request forms: Journal Article, Book Chapter, Conference Paper. * At the top of the form, select "Yes" where it inquires: Is this a "KSL Depository" scan request? -- if you are registered with a "Depository Request" status (for guest-level KSL ILLiad users), this choice does not appear since it is already implied. * Continue entering at least all the required fields and submit your request. Below are some examples of titles in our collections that specifically have the item-level location "KSL Depository"-- * Unclassed journals: Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, Scripta mathematica -- use "Journal Article" request form. * A serial classed with a call number: Bonner Jahrbücher -- use "Journal Article" request form. * A multi-volume reference book: Encyclopedia of propaganda -- use "Book Chapter" request form. * Books: Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems, War and peace, The elements of fractional distillation -- use "Book Chapter" request form. * Conference proceedings: Colloid science, a symposium, Physique colloïdale et biologie, Chimie colloïdale et biologie -- use "Conference Paper" request form. The above list illustrates the sorts of items in our collection for which you should use the "KSL Depository" scan request option. The following locations do not apply to this service: KSL Periodicals 1st Floor, KSL Oversize 1st Floor, KSL Stacks 3rd Floor, KSL Closed Stacks Lower Level, KSL Freedman Center, KSL A/V Service Center 1st Floor, KSL Gov Docs 2nd Floor, KSL Special Collections or any other location appearing in our catalog not beginning with "KSL". In short, anything that is NOT in the KSL Depository. We are still providing courtesy document delivery scans for qualifying faculty and distance education graduate students, and for registered alumni online library users. You may submit these requests using the aforementioned ILLiad forms -- just select "No" or leave the KSL Depository option blank. As always, submit any regular interlibrary loan requests by also selecting "No" or leaving the option blank. Choosing "Yes" in these cases will mis-route your transaction in ILLiad and delay timely processing of your request. Again, thank you, and hope this advice is helpful. More questions or concerns about the KSL Depository Scan request process? Contact our ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at, for further assistance. [...]

Game Night at KSL: Valentine's Day Edition

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:20:03 -0500


It's time for KSL's GAME NIGHT: Valentine's Day Edition! Put away your laptops and screens and bring your friends for a night of nerdy and super fun board games at the Freedman Center on the 1st Floor of the Kelvin Smith Library! Bring your friends or meet new ones!

Bring the competition and we'll provide snacks and soda.

Over 30 board and card games will be set out and made available to you and your friends including:

- The Settlers of Catan
- Dungeons and Dragons Castle Ravenloft
- Betrayal at House on the Hill
- Tsuro of the Seas
- Coup
- Fantasy Realms
- Power Grid
- One Deck Dungeon
- Elder Sign
- Hanabi
- Red Flags
- Spaceteam
- Buy the Rights
- Dice Heist
- Gloom
- One Night Ultimate Werewolf
- Escape Room: The Game
- Mysterium
- Love Letter
- Fluxx
- Boss Monster
- Pandemic
- Munchkin Bites
- Zombie Dice

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ProQuest Databases Down for Maintenance

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

ProQuest will be taking several databases and tools offline for maintenance during the window of Saturday, 27 January, 10:00pm through Sunday, 28 January, 6:00am.

It may include ProQuest databases, Chadwyck-Healey databases, RefWorks, Pivot, and related services.

Sorry for any inconvenience. The library will update the blog with any changes to maintenance announced by ProQuest.

The Digital Library Federation Welcomes Stacie Williams, Kelvin Smith Library Team Leader, to their Advisory Committee

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:41:15 -0500


The Kelvin Smith Library is pleased to announce the appointment of our very own, Stacie Williams, Team Leader of Digital Learning & Scholarship, to the Digital Learning Federation (DLF) Advisory Committee.

The Digital Library Federation is a networked member institution that includes a community of practitioners who advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies.

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CWRU Alert: Kelvin Smith Library Will Close Today at 11am

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:56:32 -0500

CWRU Alert: Due to inclement weather, Kelvin Smith Library (along with the rest of campus) will close at 11:00 am today.

Historical Performance of Mary McLeod Bethune at Kelvin Smith Library

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:04:51 -0500


Kelvin Smith Library | O'Neill Reading Room | 2nd Floor | January 25th, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Come experience a portrayal of Mary McLeod Bethune (in authentic period costume), an African-American educator, founder of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. Education was the first step in her remarkable journey and she believed that education provided the key to racial advancement. She was the first African-American woman to be involved in the White House serving as a Presidential Advisor to four different presidents from1904 to 1942 and 1946 to 1947.

Free to the public and no RSVP is required.

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Urban Vehicle Design Competition

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:08:08 +0000

Car entered in the competition by joint CWRU/CIA team

In 1972 a combined team from CWRU and Cleveland Institute of Art won 1 of 3 awards for styling and design in the National Urban Vehicle Design Competition at the General Motors Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan. Teams from 67 other universities participated in the competition. It was sponsored by Student Competitions on Relevant Engineering, Inc. (SCORE).

According to President Toepfer's Annual Report for 1972-1973, the team “fields a small automobile, capable of seating four, featuring an impact-resistant bumper and an electronic system which prevents starting the car if the drive is intoxicated. The car is powered by an internal combustion engine converted to run on propane gas, but the team is continuing its efforts to design a steam engine for the vehicle.”

Several team members with car and holding award plaque

Participating students from CWRU included: Mark K. Altschuler, John S. Amneus, III, Steven R. Buerkel, Roger S. Duff, David D. Evans, Dave J. Fries, Marilyn C. Malone, Steve A. Willeke, John Stenbuck, Ralph Anthony. Students from the Cleveland Institute of Art were: John Breen, Brian Bundy, Julian Carter, Dave Ciganko, Dan Cornell, Ken Foran, Jim Girard, Larry Nagode, John Nottingham, Larry Pentz, Ron Reiman, Marty Smith, Martin Spicuzza, John Spirk, Al Turner. Primary faculty advisers to the program were: Isaac Greber, Professor of Engineering, CWRU; Roy P. Hess, Assistant Head of Industrial Design Department, CIA; and Alan B. Kuper, Associate Professor of Engineering, CWRU.

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"The Future of the Book in a Digital Age" - A Presentation by Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 15:39:05 -0500


Date: January 20th, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship (1st Floor)

Parking: The Kelvin Smith Library is located directly above Parking Garage 29 and has guest parking with prices ranging $10-$15 a day. Metered street parking is also available.

In “The Future of the Book in a Digital Age,” Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian, Case Western Reserve University, will give a condensed (and perhaps idiosyncratic) overview of the history and future of the formats that have been used to transmit thought via the written word. As background, he will discuss the emergence and significance of the bound book as a physical form. He will then discuss the nature and current state of the book publishing industry, discuss the role and importance of books to digital scholarship today, and posit some future directions regarding the future of the book as an object, as well as other formats and means for communicating ideas in written form in the next decade and beyond.

This presentation is available free-of-charge to the University and Cleveland communities.

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Hortus Sanitatis

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:46:46 -0500

Herbal Collection

I thought I’d use this blog as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. As I go through the Rare Books in the collection of the Cleveland Medical Library Association, the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, and the Dittrick Medical History Center, I’ll post about them.

Currently, I’m examining the Herbal Collection, which actually consists of several collections in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Notably, there is the George Gehring Marshall Collection of Herbals, the Jared Potter Kirtland Collection, and finally, there are some items that belong in the collection of Nicholas Pol, physician to two Holy Roman Emperors

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On This Day in CWRU History: January

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:11:12 +0000

Below is month seven of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include. Left: Spook Sonata at Eldred Theatre, 1939; Right: Case men mourn the loss of football, 1954 January 1 1941 Western Reserve University defeated the Arizona State Teachers College in football at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, 26-13. It was the only time that WRU or Case Institute of Technology appeared in a college football bowl game. January 3 1908 A reception was held in honor of the opening of Mather Gym. It was the first gym devoted solely to Flora Stone Mather College students. January 5 1970 The first day of Intersession began CWRU’s 7-year experiment with a month-long, voluntary, intensive study of a single topic. January 7 1950 John S. Millis was inaugurated as Western Reserve University's last president. January 9 1969 The Glennan Space Engineering Building was dedicated. January 11 1958 In the first dual swim meet held in Donnell Pool at Emerson Gymnasium, Case Institute of Technology lost to Grove City College. January 12 1954 Case Institute of Technology students held a "funeral" by burying a deflated football in front of Tomlinson Hall. Case dropped varsity football 62 years after fielding its first team in 1891. Football returned to the Case campus in 1955. January 13 1995 As reported by The Observer, seven Tippit House female suite mates won the National College Pigsty Search for the messiest dorm room. They were awarded $1000, a professional room cleaning, and a party for 100 friends. January 16 1985 Six coin-operated digital word processors were installed in Thwing Center. The cost for use was $2.00/hour. Three letter-quality printers were also available which produced paper copy "as good as anything an IBM Selectric can turn out." 1987 The Canadian rock band, The Guess Who, performed at Adelbert Gym as part of the University Program Board's Re-orientation Party. The event was free for undergraduates, $2 for alumni, and $5 for all others. January 17 1939 Eldred Hall's new theater addition opened with a production of Spook Sonata. 1991 First Master of Non-Profit Organizations degree conferred. January 18 1968 The Constitution of the CWRU chapter of the American Association of University Professors was approved, combining the Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology chapters. January 19 1995 Poet Nikki Giovanni was the keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. January 20 1912 Case School of Applied Science played its first varsity basketball game, losing to Oberlin College, 37-25. January 24 1888 Western Reserve University Trustees established [...]

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Namesakes - Frederick C. Robbins and Robbins Building

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 19:36:49 +0000

“In deep appreciation for the many contributions that Frederick C. Robbins, M.D. has made to this University and to society, the East Wing of the School of Medicine is hereby named: The Frederick C. Robbins Building” - text from the building plaque Frederick C. Robbins and Robbins Building Frederick Robbins (1916-2003) It was 63 years ago this month that Frederick C. Robbins received the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology with John F. Enders and Thomas H. Weller “for their discovery of the ability of poliomyelitis viruses to grow in cultures of various types of tissue.” This discovery led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines. Robbins was Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the time of his Nobel Prize honor. He was also Director of Pediatrics and Contagious Diseases at City Hospital (now known as MetroHealth Medical Center). He had begun his appointment at Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1952. Born 8/25/1916 in Auburn, Alabama, he was raised in Missouri. He received his A.B. from the University of Missouri in 1936 and the B.S. from the University of Missouri Medical School in 1938. He attended Harvard Medical School where he received the M.D. in 1940. He was a resident in Bacteriology at The Children’s Hospital in Boston in 1940-1941 as well as an intern in 1941-1942. He entered the U. S. Army in 1942, serving until 1946 in the U. S., Italy, and North Africa. He was assigned to the Fifteenth Medical General Laboratory as Chief of the Virus and Rickettsial Disease Section. This unit conducted research on infectious hepatitis, typhus fever and Q fever and supervised general virus diagnostic work. For a 6 month period he was Assistant Director of the Division of Virus and Rickettsial Diseases, Army Medical School under Dr. Joseph E. Smadel. Robbins received the Bronze Star. His rank upon discharge was Major. Fred Robbins in Italy during World War II After World War II, Robbins returned to Boston, serving as Assistant Resident and Chief Resident at The Children’s Hospital, 1946-1948, with a 3 month stint at Vanderbilt University Medical School as Exchange Assistant Resident in Pediatrics. In 1948 he began his work with Dr. John F. Enders and Thomas H. Weller in the Research Division of Infectious Diseases at The Children’s Hospital. As Senior Fellow in Virus Diseases he conducted investigations concerning the mumps virus and polio virus. He resigned his fellowship in 1950 to (in his own words) “continue with Dr. Enders on investigations concerning the cultivation of poliomyelitis virus and the application of these techniques.” At this time he was also a Research Fellow, Instructor, and Associate in Pediatr[...]

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KSL Holiday Closure & ILL Services

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:12:06 -0500

As you may have already heard, the university (and subsequently the Kelvin Smith Library) with be closed for business from Saturday, December 23, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. So, you may ask, how will this affect interlibrary loan services and your use of the KSL ILLiad system during this period? Well, until we resume regular library services on January 2, 2018, here's what you can expect under the circumstances-- There will be... * No processing of newly submitted loan or copy requests. * No processing of renewal requests. * No processing of electronic deliveries requiring staff mediation; those supplied by trusted senders will still be sent through automatically. * No staff re-submission of requests for electronic deliveries where incorrect or incomplete articles have been unintentionally supplied by trusted senders. * No manual courtesy e-mail notifications (e.g., pick-up reminders and blocked account notices); automated e-mails (overdues, electronic deliveries) will still be sent out. * No receipt processing of pending ILL book loans and no sending of loan pickup notifications. * No real-time check in of returned ILL books left in the outdoor book-drop, and no suspension of automated overdue e-mail notifications -- so you may still receive notices, even though you "physically" returned the items. * No unblocking of accounts having loans two weeks or more past due, until items are checked in after the closure. * No scanning and electronic delivery of articles from internal collections for special status users. * No replies from ILL staff to e-mail or phone inquiries. In summary, nothing can or will take place that requires ILL library staff to be present and on duty at KSL. We will resume processing accumulated new requests and other transactions in intermediate process statuses, as well as responding to e-mail or voicemail inquiries, beginning January 2, 2018, in the order they were received and as time and available staffing permit. To make the best of this situation, we recommend that by Friday, December 22, 2018 (well before 5:00 PM) you plan to... * Pick up any loans still being held at the KSL Service Center, especially if the due date falls withing the library closure period. * Return any loans with a due date falling within the closure period, especially if they cannot be renewed. ...And even further in advance, please plan to... * Submit new copy requests at least two days before the closure period, to increase the chances of receiving electronic deliveries in timely fashion; otherwise, new requests may not get processed or filled until after the closure. *[...]