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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 stupid human Jello tricks." Case WWI Student Army Training Corps marching on campus October 8 1997 CWRU Board of Trustees celebrated 25 consecutive years of a balanced budget. October 9 1924 Dedication ceremonies for the School of Medicine's new University Circle home were held. In 1992, the building was named for former faculty member Harland G. Wood. 1924 Robert E. Vinson was inaugurated as Western Reserve University's seventh president. 1961 Charles M. White Metallurgy Building was dedicated. Instead of a ribbon cutting to open the building, a steel ribbon was melted. 1962 Olin Laboratory for Materials was dedicated. 2002 Dedication ceremonies were held for the Peter B. Lewis Building. October 10 1953 Case Institute of Technology football home games returned to campus, WRU’s Clarke Field, after a 15 year absence. Case home games had been played at Shaw High School in East Cleveland. October 13 1946 Hillel Foundation held its first mee[...]

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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


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

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Game Night at KSL: Halloween Edition

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


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:

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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 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 member of the KSL ILL staff or Access & Delivery team should respond to your e-mail by the next business day, providing you with your Case Account Number on the third line. Please note that, although this information is moderately confidential, it is still considered safe to share with you by e-mail. It is intended for library service purposes only, and is not the same as your university employee or student ID number. Your reply should look something like the following (e.g., from "yours truly"). We hope this will solve the issue as it relates to your ILLiad registration (or with any other library circulation services), until this situation is resolved. As always, ILL staff may be contacted by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at[...]

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Call for Proposals for Inaugural Freedman Student Fellowship

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


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 ( 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 or contact

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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 still an indicator that interlibrary loan service would be an unnecessary step toward obtaining your document. You may also encounter articles accessible through ResearchGate, which is a social networking site where you must first register (free of charge!) in order to gain such access. Next you will find that your search may also result in pages (i.e., "paywalls") indicating that you can purchase or rent access to the articles for a specific fee. In such a case it is evident that your institution does not already have free access available to you, and that the publication you need is not already "freely open access". To help get around this, you can investigate making use of the following two services discussed below. To an extent, you will then be able to further uncover true open access, in conjunction with your Google Scholar searches. Open Access Button provides a site that has its own search engine, but if you are using Google Chro[...]

Kelvin Smith Library's Science & Engineering Resources Lab

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


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

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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 International Union of Biochemistry. He served on many editorial boards of professional journals. He was a member of the President’s Scientific Advisory Committee, Atomic Energy Commission Advisory Committee for Biology and Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences. Wood was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia and New Zealand and a Commonwealth Fellow in Germany. He received many awards and several honorary degrees, receiving the honorary doctor of science from CWRU at the 1991 commencement ceremony. Special symposia were held on the occasions of Harland Wood’s 70th and 80th birthdays. “A Symposium Honoring Harland Goff Wood” was held 9/9-9/10/1977 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Opened by CWRU President Louis A. Toepfer with a welcome by Medical School Dean Frederick C. Robbins and past dean Joseph T. Wearn, convenors and speakers included Nobel laureates Carl F. Cori, Fritz Lipmann, Severo Ochoa, Arthur Korn[...]

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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


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

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 Also, you can reach the Kelvin Smith Library team at 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 Applied Science began its first "regular course of study." 1995 Adelbert Hall was named a National Historic Chemical site. Edward Morley, a Western Reserve University faculty member, conducted experiments in Adelbert Hall between 1883 and 1894, which determined the atomic weight of oxygen and hydrogen. September 16 1968 Students moved into Claud Foster Hall, the 3300-ton dormitory, which had recently been moved 100 yards east on Euclid Avenue from its location west of Thwing Center to a location east of Thwing Center. 1994 Dedication ceremonies for the Kent Hale Smith Engineering and Science Building were held. September 17 1951 Western Reserve University became the first American university to offer regular university courses for credit in a combination of television broadcast and home study. 1952 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's School of Business. 1983 CWRU women's varsity cross country team ran its first meet, competi[...]

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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 Center announced a new service: a KERMIT software lending library. KERMIT was a collection of programs for personal computers and mainframes that allowed high-speed, error-free file transfers. August 22 (1836) Western Reserve College Trustees resolved that "freedom of discussion ... is allowed the students in all subjects" and that the College would admit "young men of decent talents...without distinction of nation, denomination or complexion.” August 23 (1837) The Western Reserve College Alumni Association was established. (1993) CWRU's academic year began with an enrollment of 9,276. Undergraduate tuition was $15,200. 66% of freshmen were men and 34% were women. (1993) The School of Medicine provided each first year medical student with an Apple PowerBook. August 24 (1836) Missionary Hiram Allen Babcock was granted an honorary Master of Arts degree, the first honorary degree awarded by Western Reserve University. (1975) A flash flood dump[...]

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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; Chairman of the State Department Delegation to the 1955 Dublin Meeting of the International Astronomical Union. Nassau was a member of the committee to organize the Conference on Stellar Evolution held at the Vatican Academy of Science in Rome, 1957. He was one of 2 Americans invited to attend the dedication of the Pulkovo Observatory in Leningrad in 1954. He was a member of the Society of Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Keppa, and Tau Beta Pi. He received the Distinguished citizenship award from Denison University in 1956 and Nassau was the first winner of the annual Case Achievement Award (1959). Nassau Astronomical Station Planning for the Station began in 1953 when Maynard Murch and Jason Nassau visited several possible sites for a new observatory, identifying the property on Clay Street as a suitable site. Because of light pollution in the city, it was no longer practical to do astronomical research at the Warner & Swasey Observatory on Taylor Road. [...]

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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 Locations -- December, 27, 2011 ILL Do's and Don't's - 2nd Installment -- January 25, 2012 Quick List of ILL Pointers -- February 23, 2012 Reminders about Electronic Deliveries -- March 23, 2012 Some Tips on Properly Filling out ILL Request Forms -- April 23, 2012 Some Brief Comments about ILL Turnaround Times -- May 23, 2012 Logging in with Your ILLiad UserName & Password -- June 19, 2012 ILLiad Login Problems? -- It May be Your Browser -- July 24, 2012 Tips for Distance Ed Graduates (DM Program, Document Delivery & ILL) -- August 28, 2012 5 Quick Tips for ILL -- September 21, 2012 2 Tips Regarding Article Requests -- October 25, 2012 Browsers and Viewing PDF's in ILLiad -- November 20, 2012 ILLiad Login vs. Single Sign-On -- December 20, 2012 ILLiad Requests and Non-Roman Alphabetical Characters -- January 28, 2013 Loan Notifications from ILLiad: Overdues, Renewals, Recalls, etc. -- February 19, 2013 Reminder About Library-Use-Only Loans -- March[...]

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 -- 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 Locations -- December, 27, 2011 ILL Do's and Don't's - 2nd Installment -- January 25, 2012 Quick List of ILL Pointers -- February 23, 2012 Reminders about Electronic Deliveries -- March 23, 2012 Some Tips on Properly Filling out ILL Request Forms -- April 23, 2012 Some Brief Comments about ILL Turnaround Times -- May 23, 2012 Logging in with Your ILLiad UserName & Password -- June 19, 2012 ILLiad Login Problems? -- It May be Your Browse[...]

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 15 due to the absence of most students fighting in the Civil War. July 11 1885: Cornerstone was laid for WRU’s second (and last downtown) Medical School building. July 12 1845: Former slave and noted abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, addressed the Western Reserve College literary societies during Commencement Week. His topic was "The Claims of the Negro Ethnologically." 1855: Henry L. Hitchcock was inaugurated as Western Reserve College's third president. July 16 1986: CWRU launched Cleveland Free-Net, the nation's first free, open-access community computer system. 1992: Campus News reported installation of a 16-foot, 1-ton clock on the tower of the new Biomedical Research Building. July 27 1938: Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for an addition to Eldred Hall. July 31 1925: Cleveland College, Western Reserve University’s adult education college, was incorporated. CWRU's 1967 coat of arms (left); Ruth W. Helmuth, CWRU's first U[...]

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Emmy-Nominated Historical Documentary Features Kelvin Smith Library Exhibits Coordinator

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


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

The 27-minute documentary can be viewed for free on PBS:

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Keeping Department Names Current in Your ILLiad Account

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:02:46 -0500

When you register for a new account in ILLiad, you are presented with a list of Departments or Majors from which to select. These may be either academic or administrative departments which are served by the Kelvin Smith Library for ILL services, and in a number of cases their names have changed over the course of time.

The same list is essentially provided to most of our registrants in the "Change User Information" form in the menu of your login session, so that you have the opportunity to keep this piece of information up-to-date. Of course this also applies if you should transfer from one department which we serve to another.

Below is a short list of some of the academic departments that have changed their names, recently or not-so-recently (and which you may choose to update in your profile, if applicable):

* THEATER and DANCE -- now two separate departments

Why, you might ask, is it important to keep your department name current in your account? Well, the library periodically generates statistical information on interlibrary loan service transactions, to analyze the borrowing patterns of our users. This often takes into account the usages associated specifically with particular campus departments. As a result, this can have an impact on how the library chooses to allocate its resources in accordance with the research needs of our users.

In short, knowing who needs what we don't already have is an essential concern in the resource curation practices of our organization.

I have previously commented more in depth on the value of maintaining the information in your ILLiad account in my blog entry from November 18, 2015. I hope today's commentary has been instructive, as well.

Need assistance with ILLiad and Interlibrary Loan? Please feel free to contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at

Freedman Center Profiled by Association of Research Libraries

Wed, 31 May 2017 13:28:28 -0500

In their latest series showcasing institutions leading in digital scholarship, The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) published a profile featuring the Freedman Center, Case Western's digital resource laboratory. The ARL, an organization consisting of 123 research libraries across the US and Canada, supports the continued advancement of research libraries and the future exchange of scholarly communication.

The profile looks at The Freedman Center's 12 years of existence, as it evolved to meet technological advances and the changing ways students and faculty conduct research. Today, its 2,700 square feet of multimedia, digital and print tools harness the power of technology to promote meaningful conversations and stimulate innovation. The article also highlights the Freedman Fellows, a key program that incorporates digital scholarship into research. Since the program's inception, 40 CWRU faculty have been awarded funding through the program. The profile closes on the future direction of the Freedman Center, which seeks to expand program offerings to further integrate research and technology.

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Newest KSL Exhibition Features AIM2Flourish Prize Winners

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:57:49 -0500


The Weatherhead School of Management's Fowler Center and the Kelvin Smith Library are pleased to announce a new exhibit coming to the library's first floor gallery on June 12th, 2017. The exhibition, AIM2Flourish, is named after the Fowler Center’s initiative to encourage students to harness the power of unique business models. Not only would they intend to solve intractable challenges, but improve community well-being and overall prosperity. Selected from over 400 submissions, the exhibit will feature the 17 Flourish Prize winners. The display will focus on students’ radical business solutions to community challenges from poverty to climate change. AIM2Flourish will be on display throughout the summer at the Kelvin Smith Library.

The exhibition is part of the upcoming international conference, Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, held at the Tinkham Veale University Center on June 14-16th, 2017.

Learn more at

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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:44:10 -0500

ILLiad, Interlibrary Loan's request and delivery system, will be unavailable for public access on June 15, 2017 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM due to scheduled site maintenance. Additionally, no request processing will be completed by Interlibrary Loan staff until after this time.

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Meet the 2017 Freedman Fellows

Wed, 31 May 2017 13:52:23 -0500


Kelvin Smith Library and The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship are proud to announce the selection of the 2017 Freedman Fellows, a program funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. The Freedman Fellows Program supports full-time faculty in integrating new digital tools and technology into their research.

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

Denna Iammarino, Lecturer in the English Department, aims to preserve and transcribe John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne, a 16th century literary gem. By creating the first-ever digital edition of the text, Ianmmarino will build digital learning tools around the text with abilities to toggle between annotations and transcribed editions. Her goal is to make the text accessible beyond academia, taking a rare understudied text and reviving a significant piece of literary history.

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

More information about the program can be found at

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Citing OCLC Numbers -- Optimization vs. Obfuscation?

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:38:12 -0500

While we greatly appreciate the entry of an appropriate OCLC Accession Number into the "OCLC Number" field in your ILLiad request form, it is only truly helpful when it actually assists ILL staff in narrowing down our search for useable potential supplier holdings. Below is an illustrative example from real life (in this case, an actual "Book" loan request)...

Title: Itinéraires du Psautier huguenot à la Renaissance.
Author: Weeda, Robert.
Imprint: Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.
ISBN: 978-2-503-53071-0.

A search in OCLC WorldCat by either title string or ISBN produces 6 OCLC bibliographic records, as follow...

* #424137378, with 32 holding libraries, 12 suppliers in US, 4 international suppliers
* #494478032, with 31 holding libraries, no US locations, no suppliers
* #698882233, with 6 holding libraries, no US locations, no suppliers
* #891219649, with 2 holding libraries, no US locations, no suppliers
* #901761666, with 2 holding libraries, no US locations, no suppliers
* #876669379, with 1 holding library, no US locations, no suppliers

Now which one of these do you think is the best to cite when submitting your ILL request? We suggest you gravitate towards using those that include US locations first, then Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian locations. Please avoid those listing continental European and other international locations, if at all possible and only as a last resort.

So the answer should be OCLC #424137378--right? This is because potential lenders tend to be more likely located in the US, then in Canada and the UK, and then less so in the remaining geographical areas respectively. While we do not expect you to be able to ascertain which listed locations are potential ILL suppliers (as this aspect is not visible in the results of a public OCLC WorldCat search), the preceding rule of thumb is fairly serviceable.

Also, remember to enter only one OCLC number into the "OCLC Number" field, and any additional suggested alternatives into the "Notes" field of your request form. Finally, be sure that what you are referring to as an "OCLC Number" is actually that, and not an ISBN, ISSN, LC Call Number, DOI number, or the like. These should only be entered into their respective fields, or otherwise into the "Notes" field.

Please note that I have previously elaborated on aspects of this topic in further detail in my entry from November 21, 2014, if you're interested.

And just an FYI...

"Optimization", noun--definition: "the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource"--but you already knew this.

"Obfuscation", noun--definition: "the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible"--in case you didn't know.

As always, hope this has been helpful. Have a good Summer!

For assistance with ILLiad and Interlibrary Loan, please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at

May and Summer Session - Library Hours

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:28:08 -0500

Now that Finals are done, KSL is reducing the business hours. 24x7 service has ended and will resume for the Fall 2017 semester. Cramelot Cafe is also taking a break and will reopen at the start of the Fall 2017 semester.

End of Finals Hours
Friday, May 12: 8am - 5pm, NO 24x7
Saturday, May 13: 9am - 5pm, NO 24x7
Sunday, May 14: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Summer Session Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Note: KSL will be closed for Memorial Day, May 29.

Cramelot Hours for End of Spring Semester

Tue, 02 May 2017 16:06:09 -0500

Cramelot Cafe hours for the rest of the semester:

Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 4: 11am - 11pm

Friday, May 5: 11am - 4pm

Saturday, May 6: CLOSED

Sunday, May 7: 2pm - 9pm

Monday, May 8 through Thursday, May 11: 11am - 9pm

Friday, May 12: 11am - 2pm

CLOSED for SUMMER. Will reopen for Fall 2017 classes.

Finals Resources at KSL!

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:44:10 -0500

Finals are almost here and KSL has you covered. In addition to our online resources, comfortable seating, and our Ask A Librarian service we also have these services to offer:

Extended Hours at Cramelot Cafe!
Monday, 5/1 through Thursday, 5/4 the cafe stays open until 11 pm

Extra Study Space!
Tuesday, 5/2 at 5 pm through Thursday 5/11 at 8 am, 3 Lower-Level Classrooms will be open 24/7 for Additional Quiet Study spaces (LL01, LL06 A and LL06 B)

Therapy Dogs are back!
Tuesday, 5/2 we have several dogs arriving throughout the day. The exact times may vary, but their visits are scheduled for late morning, afternoon and later in the evening.

If you miss them Tuesday, don't worry: more dogs will be visiting KSL on Wednesday, 5/3 around 12:30 pm, after 3 pm, and again after 6:30 pm. Please note: the times provided are subject to change.

Good Luck with your finals and to all 2017 graduates!

Remembering 1997-1998: Wrap-Up

Mon, 01 May 2017 12:58:29 +0000

Most of us are familiar with the annual Beloit College Mindset List. If you’ve missed it, take a look here. The list explores the “cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students about to enter college.” When I saw the list for the Class of 2020 last fall, I was amused and appalled by some of the highlights: “There has always been a digital swap meet called eBay. The United States has always been at war. They have never seen billboard ads for cigarettes.” In a seemingly unconnected occurrence, the CWRU Archives had recently begun digitizing our student newspapers. The Mindset List looks at the entire 18 years of our new students’ lives. I wondered what was happening on CWRU’s campus during the year our freshmen were born. Exploring campus life from the point of view of the students of 1998 for the Class of 2020 seemed like a small, but friendly, welcoming gesture to our new students. It was also an opportunity to use our blog to make those digital newspapers more accessible. That was the start of the Remembering 1997-1998 project. The 26 issues of the 1997/98 Observer were posted each week, along with a very short summary of some of the headlines. I tried to avoid interpreting, letting the newspapers speak for themselves, but selecting headlines is not a neutral act. The project ended last week with the April 24, 1998 issue, so I feel free to opine a bit. First and foremost, looking at this year of The Observer gave me a new respect for the work of our student journalists. This not very large group manages to cover an impressively broad range of events and issues on campus. The most obvious changes between 1997/98 and 2016/17 are technology. Among the innovations announced in 1997/98 were a new “electronic suggestion box.” An ad for an Apple Power Macintosh 6500 for $3,015 appeared. And the editors called for implementation of computerized registration. A number of events from nineteen years ago could have come from today’s headlines: a benefit to protest police brutality, rape and a “Come Because You Care” candlelight vigil, allegations of racially derotagory and anti-gay chalk markings, efforts to reduce alcohol abuse, an invitation to sign a statement affirming “our commitment to a campus community that supports the worth and dignity of each individual,” and student debt and money management tips. Some of 1997/98’s firsts included a new alma mater, formation of the Weatherhead Entrepreneurs Society to market student inventions, and SpringFest. Traditions included WRUW’s diverse programming, changes to the physical campus, the 25th Ebony Ball, Humanities Week events, Winter Carnival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation, Mr. CWRU Contest, Engineers’ Week, and the April Fool’s Day special edition. Celebrations of our array of international cultures included Indian Independence, Hispanic Heritage Month, Turkish Deserts Night, and Gobble, Gobble’s international cuisine for Thanksgiving dinner. Coincidentally, as the project was wrapping up, we received a request to determine how the name of The Observer was chosen. Not suprisingly, there was a contest. The first issue of The Observer was published September 5, 1969. Its predecessor, the Reserve Tribune, announced in its April 29, 1969 issue that there would be a contest to name the new new[...]

The Hartwell Foundation names CWRU among its Top 10 Biomedical Research Centers; grants Individual Biomedical Research Award to School of Medicine autism researcher

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:42:31 +0000

News Release: Wednesday, April 19, 2016 The Hartwell Foundation, a Memphis-based philanthropic institution committed to funding innovative biomedical pediatrics research, has named Case Western Reserve University among its national Top 10 Centers of Biomedical Research. The prestigious designation allows Case Western Reserve to nominate three researchers per year for a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. Institutions selected for limited participation submit up to two nominations in each competition. Case Western Reserve this year joins 16 other participating institutions to compete for the awards. From the nominees submitted in each competition, the foundation selects 10 investigators to receive a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award, which will provide support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. In addition, for each funded nominee, the participating institution will receive a Hartwell Fellowship to fund one postdoctoral candidate who exemplifies the values of the foundation. Each Hartwell Fellowship provides support for two years at $50,000 direct cost per year. Each year, The Hartwell Foundation announces its Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research. Selected institutions hold an internal competition to nominate three principal investigators for a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award to pursue early-stage, innovative pediatric research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources. “We are honored to be chosen as a top 10 research center of excellence in children’s health among this illustrious group,” said Lynn T. Singer, deputy provost and vice president of academic affairs, “especially as it demonstrates Case Western Reserve’s commitment to translational approaches that could rapidly benefit children’s health.” In addition, The Hartwell Foundation announced a 2015 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award to Hoonkyo Suh, PhD, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, for his work with autism spectrum disorders. Suh, who is also an assistant staff member in the Department of Stem Cell Biology at Cleveland Clinic, was awarded for his work entitled, “Hippocampal Nerve Cell Networks in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” More than 3.5 million children in the United States are diagnosed with autism, with one of 68 younger than age 8 estimated to have the disorder. Suh’s work will test a new idea that autism is a disorder of specific neural circuits, which are structural arrangements of neurons and their interactions with each other. Suh theorizes that aberrant neural circuits in the part of the brain called the hippocampus formed during fetal development and early childhood cause autism. As fetuses and young children develop, new hippocampal neurons integrate into existing neural circuits and make numerous connections with other parts of the brain, especially the cerebral cortex. The neural circuits connecting the hippocampus and the cortex ensure the information-flow necessary for learning, memory, emotion, language and social interaction. Problems in these connections may be tied to the development of autism. To evaluate the possible contribution of aberrant neural circuits to autism pathology, Suh will map and manipulate brain neural circ[...]

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Remembering 1997-1998: April 24, 1998

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:52:58 +0000

The April 24, 1998 issue was the last Observer for academic year 1997/98. The front page headline was “First place for CWRU Alma Contest results in tie”

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Other headlines included:
• U.S. Treasurer speaks at Golden Key
• WSOM undergraduates win business competition in Seattle
• An early look at class 2002
• Eyes On American Society of Civil Engineers
• First annual SpringFest brings students together
• 1998 recipients of the Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Awards
• Online registration discussed at USG meeting
• A look at TBTB 1998
• Women faculty few, more being hired
• Women’s coalition receives large donation
• Editorial: Our final grades for 1998
• Makin’ it happen: You’ve heard their names, you know they are influential, now read what they have to say
• Stuck in Cleveland this summer? Check out these ways to have tons of fun!
• Mather Dance is booming with creative energy
• Spartans prepare for UAA Championships

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 4/24/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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1st National Student Book Collecting Contest Winners!

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:50:48 -0500

Kelvin Smith Library congratulates the winners of our first student book collecting contest!

Grand Prize: Virtuoso String Performers and Pedagogues of the Twentieth Century, Katherine Rogers, graduate student

Second Prize: Submarines, Evan Cerne-Iannone, undergraduate student

Third Prize: From Joan of Arc to Richard III: War and Peace in Late Medieval England and France, Dominica Rollins, undergraduate student

Honorable Mention:
Pride and Prejudice, Sherri Bolcevic, graduate student
The Leftist Library: A Collection of Marxist Theory, Gabriel Murcia, undergraduate student
Medieval Art, Cara R. Coleman, graduate student

The CWRU contest is one of many taking place at universities across the country and is affiliated with the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Katherine Rogers, the CWRU grand prize winner, will advance to the national competition.

The judges of this year’s contest consisted of highly experienced book collectors and librarians. All of the judges were extremely impressed with the quality of the student collections they reviewed. All six of the prize winners and honorable mentions submitted thoughtful and creative collections. We are so grateful to all the students who participated in the contest.

KSL will hold a reception honoring the contest winners on Friday, April 28, at 4pm in the Dampeer room. The reception is open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will have an opportunity to view books from the winning collections.

Kelvin Smith Library wishes to thank CWRU alumna, Julia Gelfand and her husband David Lang for their generous support of funding the awards for this contest. We also thank our contest judges: Bill Claspy, Julia Gelfand, Susan Hanes, Bob Rawson, and Tom Slavin.

Carl Wittke and Immigration History

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:07:17 +0000

“Every wave of immigrants has contributed to the cultural, social and intellectual growth of our country. Instead of trying to suppress the rich background of resources all groups possess, we should let them make their specific contributions. Americanization is a very slow process which should be left as a natural process.” Carl Wittke The theme for the 2017 Cleveland Humanities Festival is immigration. In conjunction with that theme, the Archives is highlighting former faculty member, historian, and administrator, Carl F. Wittke - immigration historian. Carl F. Wittke Carl Wittke was born 11/13/1892 in Columbus, Ohio. His father was a German immigrant and this influenced Wittke’s work. Carl’s first language at home was German before learning English which he spoke while attending school. He received his B.A. from Ohio State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1914 and 1921. In 1917 he had a son, Carl Francis, with his first wife. He married his second wife, Lillian Nippert, in 1921 and they remained married until his death in 1971. Wittke served on the faculty of Ohio State 1916-1937, then moved to Oberlin College where he was Professor of History and Dean of the College 1937-1948. He came to Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1948 as Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History. He also served as Elbert Jay Benton Professor of History and chair of the History Department, 1959-1963. In 1961 he was named Vice President of WRU. Wittke retired in June, 1963. Wittke was author of 14 books and 80 articles. In 1939 his general history of immigrants, We Who Built America: the Saga of the Immigrant, was published by Prentice-Hall. This book stayed in print for over 20 years until a revised edition was published in 1964 by the WRU Press. He dedicated the book to his father’s memory, the immigrant who left his homeland and made a new life in America. “His deep-seated devotion to the basic ideals of our American life was born of a long and satisfying experience in the land of his choice. Out of such experiences, I venture to believe, the real Epic of America must eventually be written. I have attempted here to do no more than to suggest some of the broader outlines of that epic story. No one realizes better than I how much work remains to be done...” This book was selected for inclusion in the White House Library of Americana. He also wrote histories which included The Irish in America (1956) and Refugees of Revolution: The German Forty-Eighters in America (1952) as well as articles such as Immigration Policy Prior to World War I, Melting Pot Literature, and German Immigrants and Their Children. Wittke’s scholarly output included History of Canada (1928) and editor of the 6-volume work, The History of the State of Ohio (1944). For 15 years he was editor of the Prentice-Hall history series. Wittke received numerous awards in the field of history as well as his work for civil liberties. His biography, Against the Current: The Life of Karl Heinzen, won the medal for the best book by an Ohio author in 1945. The Ohio Academy of History honored Wittke with a testimonial dinner praising him for his outstanding work as an author and his contribution[...]

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Some Comments on Extended Use of ILLiad Loans

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:27:53 -0500

An issue has recently come up regarding the continued use of a current interlibrary loan book, and what possible options are available in such a case. Here are my brief comments on this topic...

* It is not under any circumstances possible to transfer the loan of an ILLiad book from one user to another. (This is also the case with OhioLINK loans.)

* As for renewing an ILLiad loan, only one instance is permitted online through your account, and only if it has already been marked as eligible -- i.e., label does not have "NO RENEWALS" printed on it.

* Any possible additional requests are as a courtesy, and must by made by contacting ILL staff. Please keep in mind there are no guarantees of further extensions granted by the lender.

* The best option is simply to return the item and submit a new request for same title. It is recommended that you do so well before current loan becomes due, to avoid or minimize interrupted use.

For more help on this and related topics, please see previous entries from December 19, 2016, May 19, 2016 and July 24, 2013. We recommend you also view our ILLiad Customer Help page section regarding Renewals.

As always, hope this has been helpful.

Need assistance with ILLiad and Interlibrary Loan? Please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at

Remembering 1997-1998: April 17, 1998

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:14:20 +0000

Among other articles in the April 17, 1998 Observer is this: College Scholars Program’s Tote the Mug campaign celebrated Earth Day by promoting personal beverage containers instead of styrofoam.


Other headlines included:
• Committee raises Dean’s List G.P.A.
• Robotic cockroach finalist in Discovery Magazine awards
• Eyes On Interfaith Student Forum
• Hudson Relay time approaches
• Boehm brings Australian culture to Wade Park
• Editorial: Students need representation
• CD Warehouse in Coventry hits a big note for music stores
• Spikers advance to EIVA quarterfinals
• CWRU hosts Spartan Track Invitational

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 4/17/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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Meet Anne Trubek!

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:00:51 -0500

Anne Trubek, the founder and director of Belt Publishing will discuss her latest book The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting (Bloomsbury, 2016). Trubek’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, MIT Technology Review, Smithsonian, Slate, Salon, Belt, and numerous other publications.

Join us on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm in Kelvin Smith Library's, 2nd Floor, Dampeer Room.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE!

Remembering 1997-1998: April 10, 1998

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:49:12 +0000

The week Zeus got loose was the headline of the Observer’s April 10, 1998 coverage of Greek Week.


The Focus section explored the hidden CWRU: Steam tunnels; How CWRUnet works; Where the tuition goes; The story of ARAMARK; What is that thing on topic of Crawford?

Other headlines included:
• Work begins on new science complex
• Rubin receives the Churchill
• Eyes On The CWRU Musical Group
• RHA elects officers for 1998-1999 school year
• Refuge seeks new name with contest
• International extravaganza caters to a sell out crowd
• Two students receive Goldwater scholarship
• The Women’s Studies Intramural Speaker Series presents first student presentation
• Volunteers needed for EARTHFest ‘98
• Editorial: Make transcripts more available to students
• WRUW sponsors local benefit concert
• Pulp’s new album worth a listen
• String Cheese Incident to play at Odeon tonight
• 8th annual Mather scholarship competition announced
• Spikers win third consecutive NCAC title
• Spartans improve season record to 10-4-1

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 4/10/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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First Year Experience Innovation Awards

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:07:18 -0500


The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) has partnered with Credo Reference to create two awards recognizing First Year Experience Innovation. The inaugural awards will be given at the KSL hosted Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Conference in spring of 2018.

Formal Press Release: March 16, 2017

See award details and apply at:

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Join us for Freedman Center Friday!

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:32:26 -0500

The last Freedman Center Friday of spring semester is tomorrow, April 7th, during Community Hour (12:45 to 2 pm). If you've never been, stop by and take a tour through CWRU's hub of digital scholarship.

Freedman Center staff will be on hand to offer tours of the resources, demonstrations and mini consultations. Some of this may even help you prepare for finals! Light refreshments will be served.

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Remembering 1997-1998: April 3, 1998

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:07:06 +0000

The April 3, 1998 Observer was the first issue under the 1998-1999 staff:

Editor, Christian R. Steiner
Managing Editor, Mark A. Zaremba
News Editor, Tina Wang
Features Editor, Santina Protopapa
Sports Editor, Erin McKeag
Copy Editors, Jennifer Long and Betsy Davis
Photo Editor, Mark Lehmkuhle
Focus Editor, Nick Thorpe
Production Managers, Lipika Samal and Angela Byun
Business Manager, Eric Lin
Advertising Manager, Rick Cruikshank

CWRU professors arrested by Alpha Phi Omega; story on page 7

Other headlines included:
• MOP forecases future computing needs
• No mandatory diversity class says students
• Howe wins Spring Olympics
• Eyes On: CWRU Magic Club
• Rotsky proteges shadow CWRU students for a day
• Spikers look toward EIVA championships
• Individuals pace track teams at Wooster
• Tennis team is alive and kicking in ‘98
• Golfers look forward to upcoming season
• Softball team defeats Defiance College

Fifth annual Take Back the Night march and rally; story on page 5

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 4/3/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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Elsevier Day @ KSL

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:43:53 -0500

Kelvin Smith Library, in partnership with Elsevier, has organized a day of product updates, search strategies, and a "how to get published" workshop! Join us on Tuesday, April 11th. Each session is run independently of the others, and you must RSVP to attend any session of interest. We expect the publishing workshop, which will offered twice that day, to fill up. The sessions are part of the wonderful selection of CaseLearns opportunities. 9am - 9:45am – ScienceDirect Update - RSVP to attend. With ScienceDirect, you can navigate across a broad array of high quality journal articles, book chapters and supplementary data that support your understanding and exploration, so that you are always up-to-date and aware of developments impacting your field. Have the opportunity to see what is new and ask any questions. 10am - 11:00am - Knovel Update - RSVP to attend. Knovel provides full text answers for researchers, engineers, and scientists across all disciplines and is used to find technical information, solve design problems, improve processes, validate assumptions and much more. This product session will provide the following: An Overview of Knovel’s content with a focus on those areas included in the Case Western Reserves subscription. Understand how to easily navigate and search Knovel and get the quick, reliable answers you need to complete projects and conduct research. Demonstration of the Interactive Tools that help you use and apply the data you find with an emphasis on materials & substances and their properties. Personalize Knovel and use your My Knovel work space to save and organize information. 11:15am - 12:45pm - Publishing Workshop (with lunch provided) - RSVP to attend. Join Elsevier’s publisher, Heather Luciano, to gain a better understanding of scholarly publishing, including best practices for getting your work published as an early career researcher. Learn more about and get guidance on preparing your manuscript, publication ethics, selecting a journal, peer review and the journal publishing cycle, author rights, open access, and then getting your paper noticed after it’s been published, followed by Q&A. 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Reaxys - RSVP to attend. Designed to support the full range of chemistry research, including pharmaceutical development, environmental health & safety work and material science, Reaxys puts every scientist, from novice to expert, on the shortest path to answers. Finding relevant literature, retrieving precise compound properties and reaction data, and incorporating that information into research workflows has never been easier. Come see a demonstration of the recently released new Reaxys interface. 3:30pm - 5:00pm - Publishing Workshop (repeat of earlier session) - RSVP to attend.[...]

Join the Conversation!

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:54:08 -0500

Join the conversation as three of the top librarians in the Cleveland area will participate in A Community Conversation About Libraries: Moving from Present to Future. Please join Sari Feldman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost & University Librarian, Case Western Reserve University and Felton Thomas, Executive Director & CEO, Cleveland Public Library as they provide a stimulating overview of the issues and opportunities for their respective libraries, and engage with the audience in a dialog to explore what might be coming next.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 4pm, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. A "Soul of Cleveland" dialog co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

Celebrating Women’s History Month - Equal Suffrage League on campus

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:37:28 +0000

"Love Me, Love My Vote" -so reads a valentine taken from the college scrapbook of Helen H. Stevens, class of 1919, who served as president of the Equal Suffrage League in 1917-1918. The Equal Suffrage Chapter of the College for Women was re-established on the campus in the 1915-1916 academic year. According to sources, it had existed a few years earlier but the Archives could not confirm the date. The chapter was reorganized after Emma Maud Perkins called for a meeting of students interested in equal suffrage. Emma Perkins was Woods Professor of Latin. A graduate of Vassar College, she moved to Cleveland in 1879 and taught at Central High School. She came to WRU in 1892 as associate professor of Latin at the College for Women. Her widowed mother, Sarah M. Perkins, was a pioneer women’s suffrage worker and lived with her daughter. The purpose of the Suffrage League was “to promote equal suffrage sentiment among the college women.” The first two years the chapter built up its membership and held meetings where they studied various phases of the suffrage movement. By the 1917-1918 academic year, membership numbered over 50. The League became an auxiliary to the Cleveland Suffrage Party. They held monthly open meetings. Here is a summary of the League activity for the 1917-1918 year taken from the yearbook: “In October the successful membership campaign was concluded with a tea in Haydn at which Miss Smith and Oliver Emerson spoke. In November there was conducted a mock campaign at the end of which the college voted for or against the Reynold Bill, which provided for Presidential Suffrage for Ohio women. The pleasing result of the election was 308 for and 13 against the Bill. Election voting notice and results "During the campaign we had the pleasure of hearing, at a series of noon meetings in Haydn, Miss Myers, Professor Arbuthnot, Mr. Moley and Mrs. Roger Perkins. In January the League oversubscribed its pledge to the Cleveland party at a meeting led by Felice Crowl. In February Miss Grace Treat talked on ‘The Question in Washington.’ In April the League conducted one of the monthly sing-outs. The annual meeting and election took place in May.” After decades of advocacy by countless activists, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified 8/18/1920 giving women the right to vote. Our activist women took their new right seriously, forming the League of Women Voters shortly thereafter. The Cleveland League was formed in 1920 and the League of Women Voters chapter at the College for Women was organized in October 1921 by alumna Florence Allen. We would love to celebrate all women involved in the Equal Suffrage League and have identified the following to date: Suffrage meeting announcement, 5/22/1919 1915/1916 officers: Julia Harmon, president Mildred Merkel, vice-president Marie Grosse, secretary Margaret Barker, treasurer Elsie McGee, Eva Smill, and Myra Thwing, directo[...]

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Timely Comments on Choosing the Correct ILLiad Request Form

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:13:12 -0500

This is a topic I've explored thoroughly in past entries. Once again -- and in response to various recent occurrences -- I am briefly covering some of the more common "misapplications" encountered in the selection of ILLiad forms... * Thesis or Dissertation? -- use the "Thesis" request form, not the "Book" form; granting institution (in "College or University") and year done also greatly appreciated. * Music Score? -- use the "Book" request form; you to not need to use the "Other" form, and certainly NOT the "Journal Article" form. * Journal Volume? -- use the "Other" request form; do NOT use the "Journal Article" form as if you were requesting a reproduction of the entire piece. * Microfilm or Audio-Visual Media? -- use the "Other" request form -- do NOT use the "Journal Article" or "Book" forms. * "Other" Request Form -- to be used only for special "returnable" loans (see above), NOT for any type of reproduction. * "Journal Article" Request Form -- just that, "journal articles" only, and please fully cite as well as possible (journal title, volume, issue, year, pages). NOTE: Book chapters and conference papers have their own specialized request forms. * "Monographs" that actually turn out to be catalogued reprints of journal articles, book chapters or conference papers -- please use the "Journal Article", "Book Chapter" or "Conference Paper" request form (based on the original citation), rather than the "Book" form or any other loan-type request form. (This may require a little extra research on your part, but it will save us all time and effort in the long run.) * "OpenURL Requests" from an OCLC WorldCat record (i.e., via the "Request through Interlibrary Loan" link) -- will only refer you to the KSL ILLiad site, and may not select and populate the correct form when you log in. "Never mind the why and wherefore" -- I'm just trying to keep this short and sweet (for a change). As always, hope this was helpful. Questions for ILL staff at Kelvin Smith Library? We're available by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at[...]

Remembering 1997-1998: March 27, 1998

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:05:22 +0000


The March 27, 1998 Observer continued the long-standing tradition of an April Fool's special section. The Absurder’s breaking news: “Zaremba declared president of CWRU; Pytte refuses to resign... Neo-Luddites balmed for high tech crime spree... Mutant cockroaches storm Crawford... Survey shows: nerds abound at CWRU...”

More conventional headlines included:
• Krzesinski elected as new USG president
• Steiner elected new editor
• Dodd forms committee on academic ethic policy
• Gurarie fences in NCAA Championships
• Tennis team shocked by division rivals
• Baseball team splits doubleheader against Thiel Tomcats

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 3/27/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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Remembering 1997-1998: March 20, 1998

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:32:46 +0000

The March 20, 1998 Observer editorial urged, “Implement online registration soon.” Columnist John D. Giorgus opined, “Current physical education standards are a waste.”

Music critic, Ryan Smith offered his own rating system.

Headlines included:
• Merger may increase train traffic in UC four-fold
• Residence hall restructuring announced for 1998-1999
• Brooten appointed Dean of Nursing
• Eyes On: Urban Asylum
• Dickerson and Wiechers name Truman finalists
• Senior Week fun planned
• Boogie Benefit to fund renovations
• GE, OSCS, CSU form tutoring program
• Take Back the Night protests violence against women
• Makin’ Music: CWRU students to sing and strum at Spot
• CBS scores hit with new “George & Leo” sitcom
• Shakespeare feast to be served tomorrow night at Harkness Chapel
• Creed’s debut album swings and misses with too much hard rock
• Hessler Street Fair poetry contest announced
• Spartans win UAA Championships
• Baseball team starts season on down note
• CWRU holds First Annual Winter Indoor Ultimate Tourney
• CWRU to leave NCAC and become a full time UAA member

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 3/20/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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CWRU’s First International Students

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:17:36 +0000

In 2012 7% of Case Western Reserve University’s first-time, first-year students came from outside the U.S. In 2013, Beijing was the hometown of the most members of the entering undergraduate class. By 2016, international students represented 16% of first-time, first-year students. [1] As an archivist, my default reaction to these kinds of changes and trends is to wonder about historic antecedents. So I set out to identify the first international student from each of our schools. One of the obstacles is that the university recorded far less data about students in the 19th and early 20th centuries than we do now. That means fewer sources to consult, but less certainty about results. So, the necessary disclaimer is that I am identifying the first documented international student in each of our schools. Because our first reference priority is responding to user requests, my international student quest has been confined to the occasional slow reference periods. So this search will be an ongoing process with additions to this blog entry as additional students are identified. Here is what is known so far: CWRU’s first documented international student was George Hall, from England, who entered Western Reserve College in 1839. He attended either one or two years (sources differ). He did not graduate from WRC, but received his A.B. from Princeton in 1845, according to alumni directories. Case School of Applied Science’s first documented international student was Shin-ichi Takano, from Tokyo. Mr. Takano appears in the 1897/98 and 1899/1900 student rosters as a graduate student. He is also listed in the Case Differential 1901, the student yearbook for academic year 1899/1900, as one of ten graduate students. He is listed in the 1900 commencement program, receiving the M.S. in chemistry. The title of his thesis is The Chemical Composition of the Japanese Petroleums. Fortunately, the Archives has a copy of this thesis. Unfortunately, Mr. Takano does not appear in Case alumni directories, so we know nothing of his life after he graduated. Case School of Applied Science’s first documented undergraduate international student was Alexander Maurice Orecchia, from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Orecchia appears in the 1900/01 and 1901/02 student rosters. He appears in the 1902 Commencement program, receiving the B.S. in electrical engineering. Case students at that time wrote an undergraduate thesis. The title of Mr. Orecchia’s thesis is Influence of Salts in Solution on the Ampere Efficiency of an Electrolytic Cell. The Archives also has a copy of this thesis. Case 1927, 1958, and 1964 alumni directories list Mr. Orecchia as living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alexander Maurice Orecchia, 1902 [1] The class statistics are from Institutional Research's First-Year Class Profile. Information about student hometowns was reported in the[...]

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Time's Running Out!! Deadline Extended!

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:23:12 -0500

This is the last week to submit an entry for the CWRU Student Book Collecting Contest with a chance to win cash prizes! Note: the contest has been extended until Friday, March 17th so you have a couple more days to enter for your chance to win and move on to the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest!

Go to for more information and submission guidelines. Good luck to all!

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KSL's Spring Break Hours

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:47:54 -0500

Spring Break is here! KSL and Cramelot Cafe will be open, but with limited hours. 24/7 also takes a break and will return Sunday, March 19th at 11:30pm. Enjoy your week!

Friday, 3/10: Close at 8pm. NO 24x7 services. NO card swipe access.
Saturday, 3/11: CLOSED
Sunday, 3/12: CLOSED
Monday, 3/13 to Friday, 3/17: 8am - 5pm. NO 24x7 services. NO card swipe access.
Saturday, 3/18: CLOSED
Sunday, 3/19: Regular hours resume at 12pm

Saturday 3/11 & Sunday 3/12: CLOSED
Monday 3/13 to Friday 3/17: 8am to 2pm
Saturday 3/18 & Sunday 3/19: CLOSED
Monday 3/20: Regular hours resume at 11am


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World War I - summary of CIT campus activity in 1917

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:23:04 +0000

The United States officially entered World War I on 4/6/1917. This galvanized actions at Case School of Applied Science (CSAS) and Western Reserve University. President Charles S. Howe In the CSAS President’s Annual Report for 1916/1917, President Charles Howe wrote: “For some time previous to the declaration of the war there had been a great deal of interest among our students in military matters but it had not crystallized into any being. the National Defence Act [sic] of June 1916 made it possible for students in college to form voluntary organizations and for the government to send military officers to institutions where such organizations existed. Engineering students are always very busy with their college work. The demands upon them during the four years of undergraduate life are very much more severe than upon the students in academic colleges. It is, therefore, not surprising that only a few students were willing to take upon themselves work that was not required. After this situation had been explained to the Board [of trustees] a committee was appointed, consisting of two members of the Board and the president of the faculty [Howe]. The committee was asked to thoroughly investigate the question of military drill and the establishment of such military drill as a requirement in Case. The committee had several meeting one with the Secretary of War in Cleveland and another with him in Washington, the latter at his invitation. “An effort was made to have a military unit established but it was not successful because the number of officers in the army was limited and all of them were needed in the new army about to be raised. We were, therefore, informed that our application was on file - that it would receive consideration just as soon as it seemed possible to supply an officer but that until that time nothing could be done. The committee also endeavored to find out whether it would be possible for us, with our engineering and scientific equipment, to train men as officers for particular scientific departments of the army, or rather, departments where engineering skill is especially needed, as, for instance, in the engineer corps, the ordnance department, the signal corps, etc. Our suggestions were very coldly received by the heads of bureaus but seemed to please the Secretary of War very much. He could, not, however, force the heads of bureaus to attempt work of this kind without their hearty consent and so we have never offered the use of our laboratories to the government. “As a result of the work of this committee the Trustees, on March 3rd voted that military drill be made compulsory in Case School of Applied Science in accordance with the terms of the National Defense Act of June 1916, and that such drill beg[...]

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New Exhibits @ KSL!

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 11:25:55 -0500

Take a minute and view two new exhibits in KSL's first floor gallery through June 2017!

A Thousand Words,, derived from the idiom a picture is worth a thousand words, explores the Black American student experience in the photographic record of CWRU.

Oh My Stars! shows images from a rare treatise on astronomy and astrology, available in KSL Special Collections.

Introductorium in Astronomiam, originally an Arabic manuscript from the 8th century, was translated into Latin in the 12th century, printed on a press in the 15th century, and then digitized in the 21st century. Oh My Stars! juxtaposes 15th century illustrations of celestial bodies with modern imagery of starfields reinforcing the continual cycle of information. What’s your sign??!!

Remembering 1997-1998: March 6, 1998

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:21:01 +0000

The March 6, 1998 issue of The Observer announced its contest to predict the Oscar winners. Nominees for Best Picture were Titanic, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential, As Good as it Gets


Other Headlines:
• Pytte to retire in 1999
• Neff discusses CWRUnet at open forum
• Eyes On: Peer Helpers
• Students prepare for competition in Malta
• Eustis to lead library
• CEC wraps up week of engineering fun
• Schmiedl tells of her “Personal Memory of King”
• Moonwalkin’ Man: MR CWRU talks about the pageant, his Michael Jackson impression...
• Fencers are undaunted by competition
• Hoopsters drop out in quarterfinals
• Wrestlers compete at regionals
• Spartans to compete in nine-day UAA tournament in Florida
• Tennis team prepares to take on NCAC opponents

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 3/6/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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Remembering 1997-1998: February 27, 1998

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:41:39 +0000

The February 27, 1998 issue of The Observer Focus section asked, “What makes a great movie?” The section examined films “which have had a unique impact on today’s releases and culture.”

In other headlines: RHA captures “School of the Year” award


• Network problems plague students on weekends
• Eyes On: Adopt-A-Grandparent
• Students win Seiberling moot court competition
• Medical school alum confirmed as surgeon general
• ACM team competes in international competition
• Recial tensions promote violence in essayist’s world
• Free jazz ensemble to make music in Strosacker Auditorium Tuesday night
• Big Star was the best of “power pop”
• Still not convinces metal music is worth listening to? Read why Six Feet Under makes it well-worth it
• “World’s best” to perform at Harkness Chapel
• Meggitt dreams of order this weekend at Mather
• Wrestlers continue to regional competition
• Men’s basketball closes season on the upside
• Hoopsters eliminated from conference play
• Track teams place third at Baldwin-Wallace
• Men’s volleyball continues to top EIVA
• Hockey club battles for top division spot
• Fencers compete in UAA championships

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 2/27/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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Namesakes - Lemperly Bookplate Collection

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:53:06 +0000

One hundred years ago Western Reserve University received a gift of 540 bookplates, some engravings and books from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lemperly in memory of their daughter, Lucia, who had attended the College for Women and had passed away in 1915. This gift was placed in the custody of the Adelbert College Library and became known as the Lemperly Bookplate Collection.

Lucia Lemperly was born 2/7/1886 in Cleveland. She graduated from West High School in 1903 and entered the College for Women with the freshman class of 1907. She pursued the Modern Language course. In January 1905 Lucia withdrew on account of health reasons. She died 5/20/1915 at the age of 29. Her father was a wholesale druggist and a collector of bookplates and books about bookplates.

Lucia Lemperly

Soon after the gift was received, the bookplates, designed by Edwin Davis French, were exhibited in the English Library at the College for Women in Clark Hall. The exhibition was held from 2/10-2/17/1917. To commemorate this exhibition from 100 years ago, the University Archives and Special Collections have displayed some of the bookplates, copper plates, and books in an exhibit case in the University Archives. The exhibit is available during the months of February and March.

1917 Exhibit invitation

Prior to the gift, Lemperly’s collection was exhibited at the Case Library in 1899 and the Rowfant Club in 1911.

French was a renowned American engraver. He was born in North Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1851. After studying at Brown University for 2 years, he became chief of the engraving department of the Whiting Company (silversmiths) in New York. In 1893 he designed and engraved his first bookplate for his sister-in-law, Helen E. Brainerd. He soon changed his career to copper engraving (leaving Whiting in 1894). He died in 1906.

The Lemperly Bookplate Collection contains bookplates designed by other artists as well as those used by celebrities of the day. Mr. Lemperly and Mr. French kept up a regular correspondence and the letters from French to Lemperly have been bound and are available in Special Collections along with the bookplates and related books.

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