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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

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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

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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 library.case.edu/caselearns.

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 caselearns@case.edu.



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Faculty & Graduate Workshop Series: Spring Schedule Just Released

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

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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 caselearns@case.edu or (216)368-2992.






FACULTY SCHEDULE:

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

For more information, visit up at: researchguides.case.edu/FacultyWorkshopSeries.






GRADUATE SCHEDULE:

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

Register today at: researchguides.case.edu/GraduateStudentWorkshopSeries.


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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 As reported by The Observer, a new cable movie channel was created for CWRUVideo by the Residence Hall Association and the Office of Residence and Housing Life. February 15 1915 As reported by the Case School of Applied Science student newspaper, Case Tech, the Master Masons Clubs of Case and Western Reserve University merged. Having 33 members, the merged club was called the "Reserve - Case Masonic Club." 1968 Community organizer Saul Alinsky spoke to an overflow crowd at Harkness Chapel on “The Mechanics of Mass Organization.” 1969 Afro-American Society sponsored week-long Black Renaissance Week, CWRU’s first Black History Week celebration. 1974 Southern rockers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, performed at a sold out Adelbert Gym concert. Country singer Charlie Daniels opened. Tickets were $5. February 16 1866 Al[...]


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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.

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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


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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: https://goo.gl/forms/1mYZSWbri9hOlLg33

For more information contact Lily Harwood at lkh38@case.edu


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Welcome Back Students, Faculty, and Staff!

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

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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: http://library.case.edu/ksl/newsletter/5ThingsYouNeedtoKnow/


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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 an administrative department (e.g., Accounts Payable, Benefits Administration) or a general college (e.g., Arts & Sciences, Engineering, WSOM). ☛ Your username -- anything you like, but preferably your CASE Network ID (abc123) ☛ Your password (twice) -- make sure it is a secure one. For help with this, see the [U]Tech page for recommendations. * Click the "Submit Information" button. * You're good to go! Questions about interlibrary loan? Call Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or e-mail us at smithill@case.edu.[...]



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 the purpose or requesting scans of materials appearing in our Online Catalog with the location "KSL Depository". Proceed as follows... * Go to the KSL ILLiad website, click on "First Time Users", and read the terms & conditions. * Then proceed to the registration page by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page, and 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 -- if you have any problem with this, please contact KSL staff at 216-368-3506 or at smithcirc@case.edu. ☛ 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) [...]



More Comments on KSL Depository Scan Requests

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 smithill@case.edu, for further assistance. [...]



Game Night at KSL: Valentine's Day Edition

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

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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

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/780655478808894/


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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

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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.

More Information: https://www.diglib.org/welcoming-new-dlf-advisory-committee-members/


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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

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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

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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.”

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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

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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 the College for Women, which was later renamed in honor of Flora Stone Mather. 1888 Hiram C. Haydn was inaugurated as Western Reserve University's fifth president. 1998 CWRU fraternity Zeta Beta Tau held its first annual fundraising "Casino Night" at Thwing Ballroom. January 26 1972 In its first varsity game, CWRU’s women’s basketball team was defeated by Oberlin 34-30 January 27 1912 In their first meeting, Western Reserve University beat Case School of Applied Science in varsity basketball, 29-19. January 29 1993 As reported by The Observer, Undergraduate Admissions implemented a new electronic application process on an MS-DOS computer disk. Included on the disk was information about financial aid, dorm life, and maps of University Circle. January 30 1976 Held at Strosacker Auditorium, the first 2[...]


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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 Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In 1952 Robbins came to WRU. “I came here really because this school was so alive at that time. It was such a dynamic place. The faculty were an interesting group of people, some of whom I already knew quite well.” (Oral history interview with Frederick C. Robbins, 11/29/1993) These people included Charles Rammelkamp and John Dingle, who he knew through his work in the war at Fort Bragg. A friend and former roommate, Bill Wallace, became head of Pediatrics at Babies and Childrens Hospital of University Hospitals of Cleveland while Robbins became head of Pediatrics at City Hospital - both affiliated hospitals of the School of Medicine. 1952 was the year WRU School of Medicine radically changed its curriculum. Robbins served as chairman of the Committee on Medical Education [...]


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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. * Request renewals (where eligible) for any current loans at least two days before the library closure; if this is still more than five days prior to the original due date, you may need to contact ILL staff by phone or e-mail (before December 22) to have this done manually. * Submit new loan requests, especially if you have just returned a copy previously borrowed which cannot be renewed but will be needed again in the immediate future. Also, remember that most of our supplier libraries are also on break, and may not be processing ILL requests or shipping out items during this heavy volume period for the postal system and commercial couriers. This is especially relevant with regard to borrowing theses and dissertations from other academic libraries. They, likewise, are often non-suppliers while the aff[...]



Watercolor En Plein Air Paintings Exhibit & Reception

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:58:44 -0500

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Thinking of sunnier days?

Step into the lush watercolors of En Plein Air Paintings from CWRU Squire Valleevue And Valley Farm on view in the Gallery@KSL space on the 1st floor of Kelvin Smith Library from December 11, 2017 through March 6, 2018. This exhibit features over 30 works from the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University’s Painting in the Outdoors class from summer/fall 2017.

A Meet-the-Artist reception is scheduled for Thursday January 25, 2018 from 5-7 pm; the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


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On This Day in CWRU History: December

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:49:16 +0000

Below is month six of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include. December 1 1971 Under head coach Bill Sudeck, the newly merged CWRU basketball team lost to Oberlin College, 96-84. 1986 A new microcomputer laboratory, featuring Apple computers, opened in Freiberger Library. Almost 2400 people used the lab during its first 20 weeks. December 2 1968 The newly formed Afro-American Society at CWRU presented several demands to President Morse. Among them that courses leading to a degree in Afro-American studies be offered. December 3 1828 As reported in Western Reserve College's Board of Trustee minutes, the first bequest given to the College was from Reverend Nathan B. Derrow. Upon his death, one half of Derrow's library came to the College. 1971 CWRU Trustees combined Adelbert, Flora Stone Mather, and Cleveland Colleges to create the Consolidated Colleges. Heraldic banner of the School of Applied Social Sciences December 4 1915 Western Reserve University Trustees established the School of Applied Social Sciences. 1963 William Sudeck, longtime coach at Case Institute of Technology and CWRU, coached his first basketball game at Case, defeating Walsh College, 88-56. Sudeck coached basketball at the University for 36 years. December 5 1970 The newly merged CWRU swim team faced off against the University of Akron in its first meet. 1970 The newly merged CWRU men's wrestling team participated in the University of Rochester Invitational tournament. December 6 1930 Case School of Applied Science had its first varsity fencing match, defeating Youngstown College 9-7. December 7 1994 The Holiday CircleFest debuted. University Circle institutions opened in the evening for holiday shopping, exhibits, music, and activities. December 8 2003 Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Village at 115 dormitory complex. Dr. Frederick Robbins, 1956 December 10 1954 Dr. Frederick Robbins, Western Reserve University professor of pediatrics, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. Robbins was later dean of the School of Medicine and University Professor. December 11 1953 Ground breaking ceremonies were held for the William E. Wickenden Electrical Engineering Building at Case Institute of Technology. Wickenden was president of Case from 1929 to 1947. 1969 The Constitution of the University Faculty was approved by the CWRU Trustees. 1986 The A. R. Jennings Computing Center opened the Microcomputer Information Center in Room 319 Wickenden. Heraldic banner of the School of Graduate Studies December 12 1828 Western Reserve College faculty member Rufus Nutting and ten WRC students established the Handel Society. Meeting weekly, members practiced singing and read essays about musical subjects and musicians. 1892 Western Reserve University Trustees established the Department of Graduate Instruction, later the School of Graduate Studies. 1973 CWRU Trustees authorized planning for a major fundraising campaign. The Resources Campaign, 1976-1981, raised over $215 million. 1988 Finals week Late Night Breakfast began. Free breakfast was served to students at 11 pm at Leutner and Fribley Commons. December 13 1969 The newly merged CWRU men's fencing team met Oberlin College in its first match. December 15 1998 The 0.9m telescope at CWRU's Nassau Astronomical Station in Geauga County was the countr[...]


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On This Day in CWRU History: November

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:23:24 +0000

Left: Sigma Chi members, 1910; Right: CWRU’s undefeated football team carries coach Jim Chapman off the field, 1984 Below is month five of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include. November 1 1843 First classes were held by the School of Medicine. November 2 1957 Cornerstone was laid for the Newton D. Baker Memorial Building on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road. November 3 1909 Beta Eta of Sigma Chi became the first joint Case Institute of Technology - Western Reserve University fraternity chapter. 1958 Dedication ceremonies were held at Case Institute of Technology for Strosacker Auditorium. It was named for Charles J. Strosacker, Case 1906. 1969 Constitution of the University Faculty was approved by the CWRU General Faculty. 1984 By defeating Carnegie Mellon University at home, 25-17, CWRU's varsity football team finished 9-0, its first undefeated season. November 4 1846 School of Medicine opened its first building, located in downtown Cleveland. 1890 Western Reserve University played its first varsity football game, losing to the Clevelands, 6-0. 1988 The Microcomputer Information Center closed as the result of the reorganization of computing and information services. A. R. Jennings Computing Center took over some of the support services at its location in Crawford Hall. November 6 1920 Case School of Applied Science ran its first varsity cross country race, placing 6th out of 7 teams in the Big Six Meet held at Ohio Wesleyan University. November 7 1891 Case School of Applied Science played its first varsity football game, losing to Buchtel College, 42-0. November 8 1985 Frederick Gregory spoke on campus at the Minority Engineering Career Conference. Gregory was the first African-American to pilot a spacecraft when he flew Challenger in 1985. His father, Francis, was a 1928 graduate of the Case School of Applied Science. November 9 1934 Thwing Hall was dedicated as Western Reserve University's new University Library. It was named for former WRU president Charles F. Thwing. 1961 Former U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower was the guest of honor at “Night with Ike,” held at Horsburgh Gym. The program was televised to Strosacker Auditorium and Tomlinson Hall. 1996 Phi Delta Theta fraternity celebrated its 100th anniversary. It was founded at Case School of Applied Science in 1896. November 10 1971 Louis A. Toepfer was inaugurated as CWRU's second president. 1979 CWRU sorority Sigma Psi held the first “Mr. CWRU” contest before a capacity crowd at Fribley Commons. Scott Elliot, a Cleveland Institute of Music student, was the first Mr. CWRU. 1994 Campus News reported that the Cleveland Institute of Music was online with CWRUnet. It was the first external organization connected to CWRUnet. Dwight Eisenhower, T. Keith Glennan, and Henry Heald honor Eisenhower, 11/9/1961 November 11 1902 Dedication ceremonies were held for Haydn Hall. Named for former WRU president Hiram Haydn, Haydn Hall opened as a women's dormitory. 1921 Memorial tablet honoring the Western Reserve University men who died in World War I was unveiled in Amasa Stone Chapel. 1955 Case Institute of Technology held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Sam W. Emerson Physical Education Center. Sam Emerson graduated from Case in 1902. 1988 As reported by The Observer, a Mac[...]


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Wellness Break for Students

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:49:38 -0500

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Therapy Dogs will be at Kelvin Smith Library! Need I say more?

This coming Monday, December 11, from 11:30am - 1:00pm you'll find chair massages, therapy dogs, smoothies, food and chair yoga in the Dampeer room on the 2nd floor of the library

All graduate and undergraduate students are welcome!


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Sign up Deadline for Kelvin Smith Library Faculty Study Space Lottery is Jan. 16th

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:52:16 -0500

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Faculty can now sign up for the Kelvin Smith Library Faculty Study Space Lottery. The deadline to put your name in the lottery will be January 16th 2018.


These spaces are quiet spaces in which faculty can conduct research and writing, rather than using as an office or meeting space. Faculty members are assigned the spaces for one year.


There are 10 openings for current faculty members on the library’s third floor: five individual rooms and a room that will be shared by five faculty members.


To learn more about the spaces, visit library.case.edu/ksl/facilities/facultystudyspace/


The sign-up form is available online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhALEWDaYQcynSMGT1XlTNijb78NSYx6wYW-6B2oIO0y3Fqg/viewform


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Case vs. WRU 1947 Thanksgiving Day Game and Activities

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:57:55 +0000

Cartoon from the 11/21/1947 Case Tech Seventy years ago Thanksgiving Day once again witnessed the Case vs. Reserve annual football game. In anticipation of the contest, the Reserve Tribune reported, “Turkey Day this year will witness the 55th clash between the ancient fence rivals, Case and Reserve. Few rivalries can boast as illustrious a history as this one. Having compiled a record of 34 wins and five ties in the 52 games played thus far, the Red Cats will strive this year to make it 16 straight over the Rough Riders.” Cartoon and schedule of events from the 11/21/1947 Reserve Tribune Both schools held rallies at 11 a.m. the Wednesday before the game. Reserve students gathered in Amasa Stone Chapel while Case students gathered at Van Horn Field. The rallies, as you would imagine, did not end calmly. After singing the Alma Mater to close the official rally, some Reserve students had a dummy and suggested stringing it from the top of Case’s tallest tree. According to the account in the Reserve Tribune the several students “went over to Case to do their duty. But, they made one mistake. They didn’t wait for the whole crowd. While they were still outnumbered the Case boys took the dummy and proceeded to tear it apart. By the time reinforcements had arrived all that was left of the dummy was the football pants that it was wearing. These were promptly rescued....The pants were strung up in the tree and secured there. Several of the plumbers attempted to climb the tree but were promptly hauled back down. They were only de-shoed, however, in consideration for the Mather girls who were milling around inciting the boys to riot. Then some of the Case boys went out and proceeded to tie up traffic on Euclid, de-trolleying several streetcars...” The football game was held at 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (11/27) in front of 8,500 fans at League Park. It was an exciting game as the Red Cats beat the Rough Riders 13-12. As reported in both the Tribune and the Case Tech, the field was frozen and neither team could move the ball in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Reserve scored a touchdown after a 67 yard drive. Nate Corbin took the hand-off from the quarterback at the Case 45, swept wide around the left end and ran for score. The pass for the extra point was incomplete and the Red Cats led 6-0. Near the beginning of the second half Case came back and scored when the quarterback took it in from the 2 yard line. Case also missed the extra point and the score was tied 6-6. Later in the 3rd quarter Reserve end Mike Nesteruk recovered a Case fumble on their 34 yard line. After a few plays quarterback Lahr passed to Johnny Franko in the end zone for the score. George Roman kicked the extra point and Reserve took the lead 13-6. “Case, undaunted by their opponents’ lead, came roaring back in the last period. After a punt had rolled out on the Reserve 2, Lahr was forced to kick out of danger. The kick was blocked by Case’s Bob Gorman, and the Rough Riders recovered on the 3 yard line. On the second play, Halfback Wayne Zahn carried the pigskin over on a deceptive handoff. A poor pass from center ruined the Riders’ chances of knotting the ball game.” In the evening the Reserve ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa - national honorary campus leadership society) and Case[...]


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Thanksgiving Day Vesper Service, 11/25/1947

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:36:22 +0000

On Tuesday, 11/25/1947, Western Reserve University (WRU) held its regular Thanksgiving Vesper Service in Amasa Stone Chapel. President Winfred Leutner, Reverend George Nostrand, University Chaplain, and Rabbi Stephen Sherman, Director of the local chapter of the Hillel Foundation, presided. Leutner read the Thanksgiving proclamation from President Truman. Rev. Nostrand read an Invocation and The Lord’s Prayer. Rabbi Sherman read the scripture lesson and a prayer. The University Choir, under the direction of Director Russell L. Gee, also performed several songs and hymns.

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(l-r) Rabbi Stephen Sherman, President Winfred Leutner, and Rev. George Nostrand look over President Truman's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Rev. Nostrand gave the address, “Glad You’re Alive.” While the Archives does not have the text of this address, the Reserve Tribune (11/21/1947) reported that the address stressed the meaning of the first Thanksgiving as a basis for the observance of the holiday.

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Program for the 1947 Thanksgiving Vesper Service

Members of the Adelbert Student Council and Mather Student Government served as ushers. All University personnel (faculty, students, and staff) and residents of the neighborhood were welcome to attend the service.

Read descriptions of Thanksgiving and the traditional Case vs. Reserve game in blog entries from 2010, 2nd 2010 entry, 2011, 2012, and 2013.


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Kelvin Smith Library Announces Inaugural 2017-2018 Freedman Student Fellows

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:46:38 -0500

The Kelvin Smith Library is proud to announce the selection of the inaugural 2017-2018 Freedman Student Fellows: Vishnu Akella, a third-year undergraduate student, and Wen Min, a third-year medical student.

This year’s theme, “Urban planning in Modern America,” focuses on KSL’s Ernst J. Bohn collection. Using these resources, the following Freedman Student Fellow projects look at policy and how they impact equity and sustainability in Cleveland communities:

Vishnu Akella’s project, “Dream Neighborhoods: Examining Cleveland’s Refugee Housing Communities,” looks at alternative modern solutions to refugee housing, such as Cleveland’s International Village.

• Wen Min project, “Public Housing and Cleveland’s Health: Impacts Over Half a Decade Later,” explores the correlation between health trends and public housing. For example, despite the moratorium on the use of lead paint for almost 40 years, Min has found that 14.2% of children in Cleveland still test positive for lead poisoning.

The Freedman Student Fellowship in Digital Scholarship provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to receive paid internships at the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship to work on faculty or library-initiated projects. This new endowment is one of the first in the nation funded by private donations which provides direct grants and employment to students in the digital scholarship field.

Walter Freedman and Karen Harrison have committed $250,000 to initiate a major new endowment for this fellowship with a challenge to secure the matching funds in the next 3-5 years. If you are interested in contributing to the matching funds, please contact Christine Klecic, Director of Library Development, by phone at (216) 368-3510 or by email at Christine.Klecic@case.edu or donate today at: library.case.edu/ksl/aboutus/give/




KSL Pop-up Exhibit: Think Tank 2017

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:07:21 -0500

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Your voice matters! In support of Think Tank 2017 | Educating for Struggle: State Violence, Then and Now, Kelvin Smith Library created a pop up interactive exhibit on the 1st floor gallery. Post-its are provided so you can start a conversation and spark ideas surrounding state violence. Stop by and tell us what you think!

Think Tank 2017 will take place on November 16th -18th in Tinkham-Veale University Center; featuring keynote addresses by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Ibram Kendi.


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Personal Librarian Program Events - Fall 2017

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 19:35:47 -0500

First-year students are assigned a personal librarian. Learn more at http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/personallibrarian/

Students, please join us for these events:

2-4pm Tue 10/31 KSL Intro to Borrowing Books and AV Equipment
Drop in for 5 minutes at the KSL Service Desk and learn how we can support you and what you do. There is so much to borrow and we don’t just mean books! We can lend you DVDs, laptops, still cameras, video cameras, tripods, projectors ... and that is just the beginning! Come find out more. There will be plenty of Halloween candy too!

Wed 11/1 2p-3pm One Touch Video Studio Live Demo and Training
15 minute demo of the One Touch Video Studio! Come to the Freedman Center Desk for a quick demo and you will be ready to roll with using the One Touch Video Studio to easily film green screen video, create video of speakers, or practice a presentation. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2geqxf6 start times 2:00, 2:20 and 2:40 (10 spaces each)

Wed 11/1 2p-4p AND Tue 11/7 2p-4p KSL Guided Tours
Drop in one of these time for 15 minute KSL tours! Learn about different study spaces, collaborative spaces, group study rooms, UTech CARE Center, where to ask questions and of course, where to find books! Meet at the posted "Tours" sign just inside the entrance of the library!

3-4pm Wed 11/13 Dittrick Museum of Medical History Tour
Meet at KSL at 3:00 to walk over for a docent-led tour of the Dittrick Museum of Medical History! RSVP here http://bit.ly/2geqxf6 (only 15 spaces available)




Cramelot Cafe 2017 Fall Break Hours

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:25:31 -0500

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Fri, 10/20: 11am-4pm
Sat, 10/21: Closed
Sun, 10/22: Closed
Mon, 10/23: 11am-4pm
Tue, 10/24: 11am-4pm


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GIRIH TILES: Decagonal Geometry in Medieval Islamic Architectural Tilings & Beyond

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:01:50 -0500

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The Photography of Peter Lu will be on view on the 1st Floor Kelvin Smith Library Art Gallery with an opening reception with refreshments on October 25th, 2017 at 3:00pm. Immediately following will be Peter Lu’s Baker Nord talk in the Recital Hall at the Cleveland Museum of Art at 5pm.

Peter Lu’s stunning images of medieval Islamic architectural monuments visually focuses on the mathematical properties of structures and geometric tiling. This correlates to Lu’s work as physicist that focuses on optics, imaging, and visualization.


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On This Day in CWRU History: October

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:21:56 +0000

left-right: Case Main after 1886 fire; Philozetian Society membership certificate, 1868 Below is month four of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. We make no claims that the list is comprehensive and invite suggestions of other dates to include. October 1 1917 The Dental School moved to University Circle, from downtown, holding the first classes in its newly purchased building on Adelbert Road. 1918 In response to the United States' entry into World War I, the Student Army Training Corps at Case School of Applied Science began induction of students. 1948 As reported by Western Reserve University's newspaper, Reserve Tribune, the 30 year old fence separating WRU and Case Institute of Technology was removed. Timber from the fence was burned at the Case-WRU bonfire before their annual football game. October 2 1961 Cornerstone ceremonies were held for the John Schoff Millis Science Center. October 3 1827 Western Reserve College held its first classes in Hudson. 1881 First regular classes at Case School of Applied Science opened in downtown Cleveland with 16 students in attendance. Classrooms were in the former residence of the Case family and a laboratory was set up in the barn. 1903 As reported by Case School of Applied Science student newspaper, Case Tech, a five year combined degree program at Case and Western Reserve University was established in the fall of 1903. 1972 As reported in The Observer, Vis-a-Vis was chosen as the name through a "Name the Yearbook" contest for the first all-CWRU yearbook. October 4 1826 Classes for the newly founded Western Reserve College began in nearby Tallmadge Academy with a freshmen class of three men. 1987 Agnar Pytte was inaugurated as CWRU's fourth president. October 5 1908 Western Reserve University Trustees approved an affiliation with the Cleveland School of Pharmacy. 1967 CWRU trustees approved the university's first affirmative action/equal employment opportunity for minorities program. 1968 First football game played at the newly opened Edward L. Finnigan Playing Fields. Western Reserve University lost to Grove City College, 14-11. 2001 The Agnar Pytte Center for Science Education and Research was dedicated. 2004 CWRU hosted a nationally televised vice presidential debate between John Edwards and Dick Cheney. October 6 1951 Justice John H. Clarke Field re-opened on the Western Reserve University campus after major renovations. The field had been used by WRU for athletics since 1891. 1951 Case Institute of Technology held its first "Band Day." Alumni bandsmen joined the band for its pre-game and half-time shows. The Case band's six foot drum made its first appearance on the gridiron since the 1930s. October 7 1929 Dedication ceremonies for the Institute of Pathology were held. 1973 Kent Smith Quadrangle, the former Case Institute of Technology quad, was dedicated. 1986 Art in the Circle, a campus art consignment shop, opened in the basement of Tomlinson Hall. 1989 Tyler House sponsored its first annual "Jello Jam." 1000 pounds of cherry Jello was used for Jello "wrestling, twister, sliding, snarfing, sliming and stu[...]


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Congratulations to the 2017 Library Resources Lab Winners

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Over the last five years, Library Resources Lab has become a traditional campus event. This year, the 150+ participants had the opportunity to demo seventeen science and engineering specialized resources available from the Kelvin Smith Library and learn many research tips from vendors and library staff.

With many comments along “I wished I knew about this before my homework’s deadline,” “this is very helpful for my project,” or “I did not know we have access to this” we consider that we reached our goal of increasing awareness on library resources and services. Vendors were impressed by the number of participants and their level of interest and already announced that they will continue to come back to CWRU for this event.

We are grateful for the generous sponsorship provided by Wiley, ACS, IEEE, Clarivate, Springer, and JSTOR that allowed for multiple raffle prizes and door prizes: Hrishikesh Mandal won an Amazon TV Firestick, Raquelle Rothschild won a $50 gift card, Jasmine Jalali won an IEEE backpack, and Debnath Maji won a beautiful notebook.

Thank you all for making this event so successful!

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Introducing New Graduate Workshop Series: Increasing Your Scholarly Impact - Getting Publications Recognized

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:05:54 -0500

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Coming this Fall, Kelvin Smith Library is working in partnership with the Lillian & Milford Harris Library, the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, and the Cleveland Health Sciences Library on a series of workshops to support faculty as they prepare for the promotion and tenure process.

The workshop series,”Increasing your Scholarly Impact: Getting Publications Recognized - A University Libraries Workshop Series” will help students navigate the publishing industry by exploring research skills, digital scholarship tools, publication strategies, marketing, and copyright law.


Workshop Series Schedule | Fall 2017

Session 1 | 12 October 2017 | Increasing Your Scholarly Impact as a Faculty Member

Session 2 | 17 October 2017 | Research Services, Tools, and Resources

Session 3 | 2 November 2017 | Digital Scholarship, Services, Data Visualization, and Data Management and Preservation

Session 4 | 7 November 2017 | Leveraging Your Rights as an Author: Copyright, Publishing, and Author Rights

Session 5 | 16 November 2017 | Where to Publish?: How to Select and Target Publishers

Session 6 | 28 November 2017 | Marketing Your Scholarship and Yourself

For more information, visit us as http://researchguides.case.edu/GraduateStudentWorkshopSeries. Also, you can reach the Kelvin Smith Library team at ksl-mail@case.edu or (216)368-2992.


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Game Night at KSL: Halloween Edition

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:20:30 -0500

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It's time for KSL's GAME NIGHT! Put away your laptops and screens and bring your friends for a night of nerdy...*ahem* super fun board games! Bring your friends or meet new ones!

To keep your competitive mind properly fueled, we'll provide candy, food, snacks, and soda.

The following board games will be set out and made available to you and your friends:
- Gloom
- One Night Ultimate Werewolf
- Escape Room: The Game
- Mysterium
- Love Letter
- Fluxx
- Boss Monster
- Pandemic
- Munchkin Bites
- Zombie Dice

For more information visit our Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/157382461525837/?active_tab=about


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Case Account Number Lookup Link Interruption & ILLiad Registration

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:55:57 -0500

Those of you who have needed to register in Kelvin Smith Library's ILLiad system may have encountered a serious problem recently, as you would normally require your Case Library Account Number in order to sign up. If you do not already know this number, you have to look it up using your CWRU network ID and password, at the following link: Case Account Number. Try it for yourself! (You may want to return to this page after you do.) If you have received a disturbing error message, it is because this page has been "out of commission" for some time and may continue as such without a definite point of resolution. ILL staff have taken it upon ourselves to offer a possible workaround to this (hopefully temporary) inconvenience, as it primarily affects access to the ILLiad site and interlibrary loan services. It also impinges upon general library services for users from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Art, as well as Alumni and Guests--about that, see this link: My Library Account. Near the top of the "New User Registration" form (which you may reach from the "First Time Users" link on the KSL ILLiad Logon page), there is the same link to the Case Account Number lookup request page. Immediately thereafter you will see the KSL Service Center phone number and e-mail contact information, which we present again here. During our regular library service hours you may call the desk at 216-368-3506. A member of the KSL Access & Delivery team should be able to look up your library record and provide you with your account number over the phone. Please be aware that if no patron record currently exists in our database under your name (as an eligible member of the CWRU community), we will need to take additional steps to have your account established. Outside of our normal business hours, you may contact us by e-mail at smithcirc@case.edu. When you click on this "mailto" link, you should receive the following result, or something comparable, based on your local workstation e-mail management settings. If this does not work for you, simply compose a new message in your e-mail application, then copy and paste the above address into the "To:" line and proceed with a similar text as described below. (Of course, external clients such as Outlook or Thunderbird will skip this step altogether and open directly to a message template.) If you are using Yahoo or Gmail, you might want to read to the end of this entry before sending a message. Depending on your browser, you may or may not be able to back out and return to this page after the e-mail is sent. Once you click the "Open link" button, the following e-mail message template (or the like) should then appear. Complete the first two empty lines in the manner indicated below, with your name and CWRU network ID. Please do not alter the subject line or any other text in the body of the message--the third empty line is for staff reply. Once you have entered these changes, click on the "Send" button. A[...]


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Call for Proposals for Inaugural Freedman Student Fellowship

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:25:55 -0500

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We are now accepting proposals for the inaugural 2017 Freedman Student Fellowship, a scholarship designed to advance research and education in the digital scholarship field for undergraduate and graduate students at Case Western Reserve University. We are proud to announce this year’s theme, Urban Planning in Modern America, using the KSL Ernest J. Bohn collection.

Bohn was a leading figure in public housing and was instrumental to its development in Cleveland. Because of his work, the first public housing authority, Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority, created standards that have been replicated across the country. Kelvin Smith Library’s Ernest J. Bohn Collection features original 20th century urban planning documents, maps, photos, and film.

All Fellows will design a project around the collection and will present their research at the conclusion of the academic year at the 2018 Freedman Fellows Research ShowCASE.

To apply to the Freedman Student Fellows program for the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 academic year, please fill out the Google Form (http://bit.ly/2wvhMQ8) with your proposal details. Your proposal should be clear and succinct and should be submitted by October 13, 2017.


For more information visit us at http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/digitalscholarship/studentfellows/FreedmanStudentFellowApplication/ or contact freedmancenter@case.edu.


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Open Access Article Availability -- An Alternative to ILL?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:30:40 -0500

It is no secret that open access has become an important resource for scholarly research in recent years, as an alternative to costly print and electronic journal subscriptions, and service and processing fees incurred (by you or by your agent library staff) through copyright and resource sharing operations. It is a controversial subject in the world of academic research, and a concern for the librarians who work to support the needs of researchers. Insofar as it is related to interlibrary loan services (the need for or lack thereof), I would like to offer some experiential advice from the perspective of library resource sharing. First of all, you want to be sure your access is completely free of charge and legal, so I will not be guiding you to sites or services that cross this line (or even mention them by name). And secondly, your search efforts may result in uncovering different versions of the same cited article, primarily... * Preprint -- the original draft submitted by the author(s) to the intended journal publisher before peer-review * Postprint -- the accepted draft after peer-review * Publisher Version -- the final version as published in either print or electronically The last of these is probably the one you will find most valid and useful for your research, but I would leave that up to you to decide. You will want to begin your pursuit with the aid of Google Scholar. You can use this search engine in any browser, but it works best with Google Chrome. Optionally, you may wish to install the Google Scholar Button extension if you are using Google Chrome, for easier access. The "head with mortar board" icon appears in the upper right corner, if you have done so successfully. Simply click on the icon, then copy and paste your citation into the search window and then click on the search ("magnifying glass") icon. The results list will appear in the upper right corner window, and you may click on the principle link (or additional citation links, as well as any possible "all version" links), which will transfer to your main browser page. You can frequently locate access to articles free of charge just by searching Google Scholar, with no further assistance. However, you should be careful to observe whether or not the articles appearing in your search results are actually the ones you want, and not any with similar titles (e.g., beginning with the same string of words but not an exact match) or by different authors. The first entry appearing in your list of results is usually for the article you want, and any further below that are progressively less likely to be so. Also, if the institution from which you are working has already purchased access to the electronic subscription for the journal in your citation, Google Scholar usually will indicate that you can download the PDF without cost from your campus IP address (or VPN connected) workstation. Of course this is not exactly "open access", but it is[...]



Kelvin Smith Library's Science & Engineering Resources Lab

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:50:11 -0500

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Experience Kelvin Smith Library’s Top Research Resources at the "Kelvin Smith Library's Science & Engineering Resource Lab" at Nord Hall, Room 356 from 1:00pm-4:00pm on September 28th, 2017

The event will be an opportunity to explore science and engineering resources available through the library, and is open to all CWRU students, faculty and staff. Publishers will be on-hand to answer questions, provide helpful tips, discuss new features and demonstrate their products. Contact Daniela Solomon for more information at dxs594@case.edu


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Namesakes - Harland G. Wood and Wood Building

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:06:49 +0000

Variously called the West Wing, the School of Medicine, and the Mather Building, the Harland Goff Wood Building is the School of Medicine Building opened in 1924. Harland G. Wood Harland Goff Wood was born 9/2/1907 in Delavan, Minnesota, one of six children. He graduated from Macalester College in 1931 with a B.A. in Chemistry and received the Ph.D. in Bacteriological Chemistry from Iowa State College (later Iowa State University) in 1935. He married Mildred L. Davis in 1929 and they had 3 children. Before beginning his tenure at Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1946, he was a Fellow for the National Research Council at the University of Wisconsin, Instructor and Assistant Professor of Bacteriology at Iowa State, and Associate Professor of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. In 1946 Dean Joseph Wearn recruited Wood to the School of Medicine. Wood came to the University as the head of the Biochemistry Department. He served as Dean of Science 1967-1969. In 1970 he was named University Professor and he retired with the title University Professor Emeritus effective 7/1/1978. At the time of mandatory retirement ages for faculty, the Board of Trustees voted to allow Wood to continue his work. He worked until his death, having an article accepted for publication on the day before his death on 9/12/1991. As a graduate student he discovered that carbon dioxide was used by bacteria and animals, including humans. “This discovery helped to change the current scientific thinking and led to the eventual understanding of the essential unity of metabolic processes in almost all living tissues.” Wood continued his research on how carbon dioxide was incorporated into the body, “tracing pathways of metabolism and discovering whole new enzymes in the process. His findings had far-reaching implications for understanding cell biology and for the treatment and cure of metabolic diseases.” He was one of the first to use radioisotopes to view the workings of a cell. In addition to his research work, and leadership as chair of the Biochemistry Department, he was an important figure in the Medical School’s new curriculum introduced in 1952. He was chair of the Phase 1 Committee. As Greer Williams wrote in his book, Western Reserve’s Experiment in Medical Education and Its Outcome, “In retrospect, it is a open question whether curriculum revision would ever have gone beyond the talking stage if he had not called his fifteen committeemen...together in May 1951 and told them they were going to have a long, hard summer. The CME [Committee on Medical Education] could not have found a better man to lead the charge. Wood was not a CME member and did not speak for the Dean; he was pure faculty.” Wood was involved in many professional activities, serving as president of the American Society of Biological Chemistry and secretary general of the Internatio[...]


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Graduate Student Library Open House

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:02:01 -0500

Kelvin Smith Library, Research Commons, Second Floor
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 4:00pm-6:00pm

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Graduate students are welcome to attend a reception in the Research Commons. Enjoy food and drink while learning about the library's services and resources for grads.


The Research Commons is a study area reserved only for graduate students and faculty. Whether you need a place to collaborate with a small group or just a quiet space to think, a quick scan of your CWRU ID will grant you access to enjoy the room's comfortable furniture, natural light and whiteboards.


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Introducing New Faculty Workshop Series: Navigating Promotion & Tenure

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:16:36 -0500

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Coming this Fall, Kelvin Smith Library is working in partnership with the Lillian & Milford Harris Library, the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, and the Cleveland Health Sciences Library on a series of workshops to support faculty as they prepare for the promotion and tenure process.

The workshop series,”Increasing your Scholarly Impact: Navigating Promotion and Tenure - A University Libraries Workshop Series” will help faculty navigate the evolving tenure landscape, from copyright law, marketing research, online presence, to negotiating publishing contracts.


Workshop Series Schedule | Fall 2017

Session 1 | 29 September 2017 | Increasing Your Scholarly Impact as a Faculty Member

Session 2 | 12 October 2017 | Research Services, Tools, and Resources

Session 3 | 27 October 2017 | Digital Scholarship, Services, Data Visualization, and Data Management and Preservation

Session 4 | 9 November 2017 | Leveraging Your Rights as an Author: Copyright, Publishing, and Author Rights

Session 5 | 1 December 2017 | Where to Publish?: How to Select and Target Publishers

Session 6 | 7 December 2017 | Marketing Your Scholarship and Yourself

For more information, visit us as http://bit.ly/2wQwjag. Also, you can reach the Kelvin Smith Library team at ksl-mail@case.edu or (216)368-2992.


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On This Day in CWRU History: September

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:17:35 +0000

Below is month three of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. We make no claims that the list is comprehensive and invite suggestions of other dates to include. Claud Foster Hall moved to its new location, 1968 (left); Mary Chisholm Painter Arch (right) September 2 1970 CWRU held its last September commencement ceremony. 1971 The newly merged CWRU men’s cross-country team defeated Hiram College, 19-42. September 4 1973 A wide area telephone service (WATS) line was installed for the first time at CWRU. 1985 New 10-megabit Ethernet network connected the computing systems of 4 CWRU facilities and helped link CWRU users to computing systems around the world. The network allowed remote log-in, file transfers, and electronic mail. September 5 1969 The first issue of the CWRU student newspaper, The Observer, made its debut. Intended as an all-CWRU newspaper, its name was chosen by a contest in the spring of 1969. George O. Siekkinen won the contest and received a Polaroid camera from Wade Drug. September 6 1888 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's Cleveland College for Women, renamed Flora Stone Mather College in 1931. 1973 CWRU Trustees approved Cleveland Landmarks status for Mary Chisholm Painter Memorial Gateway. 1988 A convocation was held to formally acknowledge the naming of the School of Applied Social Sciences in honor of the Mandel family. September 7 1882 Western Reserve University welcomed undergraduates to the "First Academical Term" in its new University Circle home. 1957 Dedication ceremonies were held for the Nassau Astronomical Station in Montville, Ohio. The station was named for long-time Case Institute of Technology faculty member Jason J. Nassau. September 8 1967 First commencement convocation of the newly federated CWRU was held. 1996 The Kelvin Smith Library was dedicated. September 9 1969 CWRU opened its first co-ed dormitories at Andrews House, East House and Mather House. September 12 1949 Case Institute of Technology held its first week long freshmen orientation. September 13 1892 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's School of Dentistry. 1913 Flora Stone Mather Memorial Building was dedicated. It became the main administration building for Western Reserve University's Flora Stone Mather College, the undergraduate college for women. 1953 Western Reserve University's student dormitory Claud Foster Hall was dedicated. September 14 1885 Case School of Applied Science classes met for the first time in University Circle in the old Case Main Building. 1994 Peter R. Musselman Quadrangle, bounded by Amasa Stone Chapel, Adelbert Hall, Eldred Hall, and the eastern edge of the Kent Smith Quadrangle, was dedicated. Musselman was University Vice President and Treasurer, 1969-1986. September 15 1881 Case School of Appl[...]


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On This Day in CWRU History: August

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:10:00 +0000

Below is month two of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. We make no claims that the list is comprehensive and invite suggestions of other dates to include. Flooded Sears Library, 1975 (left); Installing the second Hudson Relay rock, 1980 (right) August 2 (1832) Elizur J. Wright, Jr., a faculty member at Western Reserve College, wrote the first in a series of letters to a Hudson, Ohio newspaper advocating the immediate emancipation of American slaves. August 4 (1992) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved naming the new biomedical research building for former Ohio governor, Richard F. Celeste. (1992) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved purchase of Aquatech, now known as the Cedar Avenue Service Building. August 5 (1974) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved establishment of the Department of Famliy Medicine. August 8 (1978) Alumna and future Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones was elected to the CWRU Board of Overseers August 9 (1983) It was reported to the Trustees Executive Committee that CWRU's endowment portfolio passed the $200 million mark. August 10 (1967) A $500 gift from the Adelbert Student Council established the William Powell Jones endowment fund to purchase books for the University Library. (1988) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee voted to restore the practice of regularly awarding honorary degrees. August 11 (1970) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved an affiliation agreement between the Medical School and St. Luke's and Mt. Sinai hospitals. August 13 (1973) When the books closed on FY1973 it became the first year since Federation in 1967 without a deficit. A surplus of $32,000 was reported. August 14 (1922) Groundbreaking ceremories were held for the new School of Medicine building in University Circle, later named the Harland Goff Wood Building. August 16 (1985) Bank-In-a-Box, containing two automated teller machines, opened for business outside Thwing Center. (1987) Phase 2 of CWRU's smoking ban stopped smoking inside all campus buildings - except residence halls. Details August 17 (1994) The electrochemical sciences program was named the Ernest B. Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences. August 18 (1986) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved establishment of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics degree programs. August 19 (1975) Among completed summer campus facilities projects reported to Trustees: 1,900 peepholes installed in dormitory doors. August 20 (1996) It was reported to the Trustees that the total CWRU endowment passed the $1 billion mark. August 21 (1980) The second Hudson Relay Rock, a gift of Dr. Leonard Skeggs, was installed. Winning teams were honored by recording their class years on the rocks. (1985) Jennings Computing Cen[...]


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Namesakes - Nassau Astronomical Station and Jason J. Nassau

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:01:03 +0000

Sixty years ago next month (9/7/1957), Case Institute of Technology (CIT) dedicated the Nassau Astronomical Station in Montville Township, Geauga County, Ohio. After 50 years of use, the university sold the Nassau Station to the Geauga Park District in 2008. The Park District renovated and refurbished the Nassau Station (retaining the original name) and it will be reopened 8/19/2017. It is a key part of Observatory Park. Nassau Astronomical Station in 1957 and 2017 Jason J. Nassau Jason J. Nassau.was born 3/29/1892 in Smyrna, Asia Minor, now part of Turkey. His parents were Greek. He came to the United States to attend college. Nassau began his academic career at Columbia before transferring to Syracuse University. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Syracuse, earning the Ph.D. in 1920. He also studied at Edinburg and Cambridge. He married Laura Alice Johnson in 1920 and they had 2 sons, James and Sherwood. Nassau served in the U. S. Army during World War I and in the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II. He began his career at Case School of Applied Science in 1921 as Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Mathematics. He was appointed Director of the Warner and Swasey Observatory in 1924, serving in that position until 1959. He became Professor of Astronomy and Head of the Department in 1930. He retired in 1962 becoming Professor Emeritus of Astronomy. According to one of his obituaries, “One of Nassau’s major contributions to the fund of knowledge in the field of astronomy was the devising of a method for determining the intrinsic brightness of stars and the discovery of some 900 stars in our stellar system which are at least 6,000 times brighter than our sun.” Jason J. Nassau He was a member of many scientific societies such as the American Astronomical Society, American Association of Astronomers, Royal Astronomical Society, and American Mathematical Society. He was the founder and first president of the Cleveland Astronomical Society and held offices in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Research Council, American Association of University Professors and others. He authored over 150 articles and a widely-used textbook, Practical Astronomy. Case and Prof. Nassau served as hosts for the 67th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in 1941. Professor Nassau was internationally known. He served on the U. S. National Committee of the International Astronomical Union. He was Secretary of the U. S. State Department Delegation to the 1952 Rome meeting of the International Astronomical Union; member of the State Department delegation to the 1955 Oslo Meeting of the International Council of Scientific Unions, also serving as member of the Executive Committee; Cha[...]


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Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised VI)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:04:35 -0500

Well, it’s time for another one of these, a little later than usual -- Textbooks on Interlibrary Loan -- August 26, 2008 Archives of American Art Holdings -- September 9, 2008 Requesting Renewals in ILLiad -- September 25, 2008 Proper Entry of Data into Article Request Forms -- October 14, 2008 One Item per ILLiad Transaction, Please -- October 29, 2008 Checking Local & OhioLINK Holdings First -- November 19, 2008 Blocked ILLiad Accounts -- December 3, 2008 ILLiad Loans vs. OhioLINK Loans & Local Checkouts -- December 18, 2008 Abbreviated Titles -- January 23, 2009 'Notes' and 'Source of Citation' Fields in ILLiad Request Forms -- February 13, 2009 Authorized Users -- March 4, 2009 'Library-Use-Only' Materials Borrowed through ILLiad -- March 25, 2009 Other' Request Form (Miscellaneous Loans) -- April 16, 2009 Retrieving Electronic Delivery Articles -- May 5, 2009 Viewing E-Mail Notifications from ILLiad -- June 3, 2009 Tracking in Your ILLiad Requests & Explanation of Statuses -- July 7, 2009 Which ILLiad Site or ILL Service Point to Use? -- August 7, 2009 Variation in Electronic Delivery Quality -- September 8, 2009 Theses & Dissertations -- Availability through Interlibrary Loan -- October 6, 2009 Cancelling ILLiad Requests Already Submitted -- November 4, 2009 Alternative Request Forms & Resources -- December 8, 2009 Foreign Language Titles in Interlibrary Loan Requests -- January 22, 2010 Copyright Issues & ILL -- February 24, 2010 Converted ILL Requests -- March 24, 2010 ILLiad System Alerts -- April 27, 2010 Requesting Specific Editions & New Books on ILL -- May 19, 2010 Keeping Your ILLiad User Information Up-to-Date -- June 28, 2010 Requesting Books vs. Book Chapters -- July 28, 2010 ☛ Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date) -- August 27, 2010 Requesting '[Epub ahead of print]' Articles on ILL -- September 24, 2010 Multiple-Part Loans Borrowed through ILL -- October 27, 2010 Blocked from Using ILLiad - Revisited -- November 17, 2010 OCLC WorldCat and ILLiad Requests -- December 15, 2010 E-Books through Interlibrary Loan? -- January 26, 2011 Your ILLiad Password -- February 22, 2011 Requesting Entire Series through ILL -- March 25, 2011 Duplicate Requests in ILLiad -- April 21, 2011 Paperwork with Loaned ILL Books -- May 25, 2011 ILLiad Menu in Your Login Session -- June 23, 2011 Case Account Number and ILLiad New User Registration -- July 25, 2011 Courtesy Electronic Delivery Materials for Faculty ILLiad Users at KSL -- August 24, 2011 ☛ Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised) -- September 20, 2011 One Item per ILLiad Transaction, Please - Revisited -- October 25, 2011 ILL Do's and Don't's - 1st Installment -- November 23, 2011 OCLC Non-Supplier Location[...]



Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised V)

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:51:09 -0500

I realize it doesn't take much imagination to create another one of these, so I'm putting a little more effort into this one than I have in the past... So, in order to allow interested parties to better navigate this site, I have now provided this present index (and very likely all forthcoming ones) with direct links to each entry, including previous Cumulative Indexes -- Why? Well, why not? And yes, I know there technically is a difference between an "index" and a "table of contents", but for my purposes, these terms are synonymous. Well, then, here it is -- Textbooks on Interlibrary Loan -- August 26, 2008 Archives of American Art Holdings -- September 9, 2008 Requesting Renewals in ILLiad -- September 25, 2008 Proper Entry of Data into Article Request Forms -- October 14, 2008 One Item per ILLiad Transaction, Please -- October 29, 2008 Checking Local & OhioLINK Holdings First -- November 19, 2008 Blocked ILLiad Accounts -- December 3, 2008 ILLiad Loans vs. OhioLINK Loans & Local Checkouts -- December 18, 2008 Abbreviated Titles -- January 23, 2009 'Notes' and 'Source of Citation' Fields in ILLiad Request Forms -- February 13, 2009 Authorized Users -- March 4, 2009 'Library-Use-Only' Materials Borrowed through ILLiad -- March 25, 2009 Other' Request Form (Miscellaneous Loans) -- April 16, 2009 Retrieving Electronic Delivery Articles -- May 5, 2009 Viewing E-Mail Notifications from ILLiad -- June 3, 2009 Tracking in Your ILLiad Requests & Explanation of Statuses -- July 7, 2009 Which ILLiad Site or ILL Service Point to Use? -- August 7, 2009 Variation in Electronic Delivery Quality -- September 8, 2009 Theses & Dissertations -- Availability through Interlibrary Loan -- October 6, 2009 Cancelling ILLiad Requests Already Submitted -- November 4, 2009 Alternative Request Forms & Resources -- December 8, 2009 Foreign Language Titles in Interlibrary Loan Requests -- January 22, 2010 Copyright Issues & ILL -- February 24, 2010 Converted ILL Requests -- March 24, 2010 ILLiad System Alerts -- April 27, 2010 Requesting Specific Editions & New Books on ILL -- May 19, 2010 Keeping Your ILLiad User Information Up-to-Date -- June 28, 2010 Requesting Books vs. Book Chapters -- July 28, 2010 ☛ Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date) -- August 27, 2010 Requesting '[Epub ahead of print]' Articles on ILL -- September 24, 2010 Multiple-Part Loans Borrowed through ILL -- October 27, 2010 Blocked from Using ILLiad - Revisited -- November 17, 2010 OCLC WorldCat and ILLiad Requests -- December 15, 2010 E-Books through Interlibrary Loan? -- January 26, 2011 Your ILLiad Password -- February 22, 2011 Requesting Entire Series through ILL -- March 25, 2011 Duplicate Requests in ILLiad [...]



On This Day in CWRU History: July

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:03:27 +0000

1887 Medical School building (left); Ribbon cutting to launch Cleveland Free-Net (right) From time to time the CWRU Archives is asked for a list of significant dates in the university's history. We've used various platforms, including a Twitter experiment, described here, to highlight some of the people and events that have made our institutional history so rich. To make this information a little more accessible, we're going to compile the dates we've identified in monthly blog postings. We make no claims that these lists are comprehensive. In fact, we invite members of our community to let us know of other dates that warrant inclusion. Below are July's dates. July 1 1947: The Case School of Applied Science was renamed Case Institute of Technology. 1967: Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University federated, creating Case Western Reserve University. 1986: The Matthew A. Baxter School of Information and Library Science closed. 1987: The Colleges, which combined the CWRU undergraduate schools of Western Reserve College and Case Institute of Technology, was established. 1992: The College of Arts and Sciences was established. It was formed from the humanities and arts departments; social and behavioral sciences departments; and mathematics and natural science departments of The Colleges. The Case School of Engineering was established. It was formed from the engineering departments of The Colleges. July 3 1886: Cady Staley was elected the first President of Case School of Applied Science at a salary of $3,500 per year. July 5 1967: The General Faculty of Case Western Reserve University was established by the Trustees. It comprised all enfranchised members of the Case Institute of Technology faculty and the eight Western Reserve University faculties. 1967: CWRU's first colors, seal, and coat of arms were approved by the Trustees. 1967: At the first meeting of the CWRU Board of Trustees, the University Archives was established and Ruth Helmuth was named University Archivist. July 8 1887: Albert A. Michelson and Edward W. Morley began a series of precise measurements to demonstrate the existence of the ether, thought to be the medium which transmitted light throughout space. 1994: 1977 Case Engineering graduate Donald Thomas began his mission aboard the space shuttle Columbia. While in orbit, Thomas flew a CWRU banner. July 9 1856: Levi Bodley Wilson, an 1848 graduate of Western Reserve College, became the first alumnus elected as a WRC trustee. 1857: Henry Ward Ingersoll received the first Bachelor of Science degree awarded by Western Reserve College. July 10 1862: Western Reserve College's Commencement was postponed until October [...]


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Emmy-Nominated Historical Documentary Features Kelvin Smith Library Exhibits Coordinator

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:25:04 -0500

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In the Historical Documentary category, America’s Theater: Cleveland Play House was nominated for a Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy Award. Released in 2016, the documentary takes a look at the theater’s 100-year legacy. The film follows the institution’s history through various theatrical forms, including its initial foray into marionette theater.

In the documentary, Elizabeth Meinke, Kelvin Smith Library Exhibits Coordinator, reveals 8 original puppets from a 1925-1926 Midsummer Night's Dream production. These artifacts are part of a larger Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections archive acquired from The Cleveland Play House, the extent of which dates from the theater’s founding in 1915.

Come visit Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections and experience Cleveland’s crown jewels seen in the documentary. For more information, you can contact us at (216) 368-0189 or visit our website at http://library.case.edu/ksl/collections/specialcollectionsarchives/

The 27-minute documentary can be viewed for free on PBS: http://video.ideastream.org/video/2365849237/


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