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November 29, 2018

Trivia Night at the Library


It's the last KSL Game Night of the semester! This time we're finishing the semester with a game of trivia. Each member of the winning team will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

If you don’t have a team (up to 6) no worries ... we’ll match you up with other trivia pros when you arrive OR you can play solo! For those who don't want to participate in Trivia Night, the usual board games will be put out in the Dampeer Room (KSL 2nd floor).

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Classroom 215 on the 2nd floor
Time: 7pm Registration

Register your spot on the CampusGroups Events Page:

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

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November 28, 2018

Call for Entries for the 2019 KSL Book Collecting Contest


Do you collect books, maps, manuscripts or other materials found in libraries? What does the collection say about you? If you have a collection of 10+ books/materials that share a unifying theme, enter Kelvin Smith Library’s Book Collecting contest for your chance to win $1000!

Participants need to submit a 500-1500 word essay describing the theme of their collection along with an annotated bibliography of their books to be considered for one of the following prizes:

1st Place: $1000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250

Check out the contest page for more information:

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November 26, 2018

Kelvin Smith Library to Discontinue RefWorks

After careful consideration, the Kelvin Smith Library has made the decision to discontinue campus-wide institutional subscription to the RefWorks citation management tool. RefWorks user account activity has declined steadily in the past several years, with a 50% drop in active users in just the past two years. Given the high cost-per-usage, RefWorks no longer represents a sustainable, cost-effective investment in the Library’s support of CWRU’s teaching, learning and research activities.

All CWRU RefWorks accounts will be closed on December 31, 2018. Data in these accounts will not be available after this date. All RefWorks citation data from CWRU user accounts must be backed up and/or transitioned to another citation management application before December 31st.

KSL is prepared to provide full support for all CWRU RefWorks users needing to extract and secure their Refworks data, and transition to a new citation manager. Other citation management applications are readily available (some for free) with very comparable functionality. Going forward, KSL will provide user support for three of these applications - Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.

Please see the online guide ( for comparisons of these applications, as well as procedural details for the citation data backup/transfer process. The citation data backup and transfer processes are relatively quick and easy, and KSL staff will be on hand to help RefWorks users complete this process.

Inquiries, questions and consultation requests can be directed to any of the following KSL staff members:

Mark Eddy (Zotero): | 216-368-5457
Schedule an appointment:

Daniela Solomon (EndNote): | 216-368-8790
Schedule an appointment:

Yuening Zhang (Mendeley): | 216-368 5310
Schedule an appointment:

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November 13, 2018

A Few Words About Password Complexity & Your ILLiad Account

It has been common logic for some time that security is an important issue with regard to one's internet activities, and as such it has been considered standard procedure to expect users to regularly manage passwords to their online service sites. Although a case could be made to apply this reasoning to library services (such as interlibrary loan and document delivery) as well, we have never made it a crucial point to enforce any standards when creating, changing or re-setting your ILLiad password.

We have always encouraged using secure character strings, but have never made any particular requirements mandatory. We do, however, highly recommend (on a purely voluntary basis) the following oft-repeated suggestions...

* 8 to 13 characters in length.
* Include at least one each of the following: uppercase letter, lowercase letter, numeral, non-alphanumeric character (such as "#", "$", "%", "&", "?").
* Avoid using words or names in English or any other language.

For those of you "free spirits" who still insist on using names or regular words, here are some suggestions on how to disguise or camouflage them in practice...

* A name like "Mary Jane" could instead become "m@Ry|&n3".
* Words like "violin bows" could be re-cast as ">i0LjnBo3$".

These examples actually fulfil the three guidelines above, as well. Now that I've put them out there, I recommend of course that you make up your own.

It has also been suggested that you can use "sentence" strings, of the sort which you alone might conceive (and remember more easily), such as "mycatisblue". In fact, using this character string backwards, as "eulbsitacym", might work even better if you're so inclined. An argument for this kind of thinking is put forth in the following somewhat dated article: Do Sentences Make Better Passwords? Have a look, and judge for yourself.

As for passwords you definitely shouldn't use, here are a few: "1234", "abcd", "ill" (especially not for your ILLiad account).

You may also be aware that CWRU UTech currently provides its own Password Security Page, to assist you with your own campus network account use. This also serves as a good source for further advice and recommendations on passwords in general, and certainly would be relevant for ILLiad or any other online service site which you may use. Keep in mind that the location of this page is subject to change at any time--I assume no responsibility for the stability of this link.

Please be apprised that in an upcoming version of ILLiad, you will be required to update your password upon entering your login session. At the point when this upgrade has officially been put in place, you will be directed to the "Change Password" form in your account rather than to your main page. You will then need to enter your current password as well as a new password (twice), before proceeding any further.

You will not need to be concerned about any password security requirements, but you will on the other hand not be able to re-use any previous passwords either. From then on you will be prompted in the same way to change your password periodically, after a number of days yet to be determined--most likely every 180 days.

As always, we hope this is helpful, and prepares you for what is to come in the near future.

Questions or concerns about ILL or ILLiad? Please feel free to contact the ILL staff at KSL by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at

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November 09, 2018

Armistice Day: Commemorating the Centennial of the End of World War I

This weekend the world commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I. The “Great War” ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11/11/1918). We would like to take this opportunity to remember the service of university personnel during the war.

Both Western Reserve University (WRU) and Case School of Applied Science (CSAS) established Student Army Training corps units on campus. In addition to the SATC unit, over 1,000 men and women from WRU - faculty, staff, trustees, alumni - served the war effort in some capacity: from trustee Newton D. Baker who was U.S. Secretary of War, to Winifred Campbell, College for Women graduate, who served as a nurse at Base Hospital No. 31 in France, to Harland L. Sherman, Adelbert College class of 1916, who was a communication officer in France, to Dr. George W. Crile, Medical School faculty member, who headed Base Hospital No. 4 - the Lakeside Unit in France. The university published a War Service Roster summarizing the service of men and women of WRU.

CSAS also published a War Service Record. This publication summarized the war-related activities of the academic departments, such as the school for Marine Engineers conducted by the Mechanical Engineering Department for the U. S. Shipping Board. This program trained 319 operating engineers for service in the Merchant Marine. The publication also recorded the civilian and military service of over 600 faculty members, alumni, students, and faculty. For instance, Professor Dayton C. Miller served the Scientific Commission of National Research Council and the Army Ordnance Department while Jerold Henry Zak, class of 1913, served in the U. S. Army Ambulance Service.


After the war, WRU held a service 6/8/1919 in honor of those university members who died in service during the war. On 11/11/1921 a program was held in Amasa Stone Chapel to dedicate a memorial tablet honoring the deceased. This tablet still hangs in the chapel. Those honored include: Robert Dickson Lane, William Benjamin Crow, Paul Frederick William Schwan, Orville Russell Watterson, Ellory Justin Stetson, Pontius Gothard Cook, Harold Sharp Layton, Charles Scott Woods, William Walter Burk, Henry Burt Herrick, Allen James Excell, Charles Shiveley Brokaw, Joseph Charles Monnier, Renselear Russell Hall, George Albert Roe, Walter Hay Akers, Fred Carl Rosenau.

CSAS installed a tablet in honor of those faculty, alumni, and students who served with the armed forces during the war, 1914-1918. Over 600 names were listed. Those who died were indicated with a star. This tablet was dedicated at commencement on 5/26/1921. Newton D. Baker gave the commencement address, War and the College Man. The tablet was originally displayed for commencement and then installed on the first floor of the Case Main Building.

Records concerning Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science during World War I are available for use in the Archives.

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November 05, 2018

Elsevier Showcase at Kelvin Smith Library

Elsevier will help you support breakthrough research and serendipitous moments of discovery, keeping you a step ahead:

- Monitoring and analyzing the world’s research output.
- Publishing content that reflects the most pressing needs of the research community.
- Moving research forward by inspiring new ideas for investigation.
- Explore unfamiliar subject matter, branch into related disciplines and test novel theories— giving rise to those serendipitous moments of discovery that are often key turning points in research.

eBooks Overview | 9:00 am - 10:00 am | Kelvin Smith Library LL06 B/C |

Knovel | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Kelvin Smith Library LL06 B/C |

How to Get Published | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | White 411 |

Scopus Upgrades | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Kelvin Smith Library LL06 B/C |

How to Get Published
| 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Kelvin Smith Library LL06 B/C |

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December 20, 2012

ILLiad Login vs. Single Sign-On

Just a reminder that your ILLiad Login is not the same as your CWRU Single Sign-On. When you set up a user account in Kelvin Smith Library's ILLiad system (or that of your respective service point library system), you create your own UserName and Password at that time. If you so choose, these can be the same as the CWRU Network ID Initials (e.g., 'abc12'), and the password you normally use when logging in with it. For the sake of uniformity, we recommend that you do use your Network ID also as your ILLiad UserName (unless another registrant has somehow already claimed the same character string for that purpose). However, for security reasons we suggest you use a different password, as you would with any other various site with which you have registered.

The university UTech staff have provided a Password Help page (also linked to the Single Sign-on page), which offers suggestions on properly creating a secure password string. We recommend you refer to it for creating your ILLiad password as well. You are certainly free to use the same password in both the CWRU network and ILLiad, if you so choose, but in that case, remember to change your password regularly. Keep in mind, then, that whenever you change your network password it does not automatically change your ILLiad password simultaneously. You will need to log into your ILLiad account separately and select the 'Change Password' option under the 'Tools' section of your 'Main Menu' to do this.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your ILLiad login or password, please contact us by phone at (216) 368-3517 or (216) 368-3463, or e-mail us at

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February 22, 2011

Your ILLiad Password

It's usually considered a given that password security be regarded as a high-level concern. Naturally, you would be wise to heed such general advice as not sharing your password with others, or not creating one from a character sequence so obvious that it could be easily compromised. Here are just a few words on the subject of password management as it applies to your ILLiad account...

When you first encounter the KSL ILLiad Login Page, you will need to click on the 'First Time Users' link in order to submit your initial user profile. As a required element in setting up your account, you will create a unique password for all your future login sessions. It would be in your best interest to construct one that is secure and robust. It is entirely up to you if you prefer to use the same character sequence as you use for logging into your other accounts (e.g., your CWRU Network ID login), but this is not necessarily the recommended practice. Although it may be somewhat taxing to one's memory, it has in general been considered better to use a different user ID and password in different contexts whenever possible. In any case, we suggest you consult the CASE Password Security Page for recommendations on choosing your password. (You may need to click on a re-direct link at this page, as our IT department has been re-designing its site.)

Whenever you wish to create a new password for access to your ILLiad account (which is recommended you do periodically), you would log in and select the Change Password option in your ILLiad Main Menu under the 'Tools' section. You will need to re-enter your current password once again and your intended new password twice. If you successfully change your password, you will receive a confirmation message, but if you make a mistake you will get an error message and will need to try again.

There are a couple of options in case you may have forgotten your ILLiad password. On the KSL ILLiad Login Page, you can click on the Forgot Password? option. You will be required to enter your ILLiad 'Username', and then an e-mail message will be sent to the address which you had previously specified in your user information profile. The notice will contain a link to a form into which you will need to enter your new password twice. Again, if you make a mistake you will receive an error message, but if you correctly change your password you will be automatically logged into a new ILLiad session.

The Forgot Password? feature of ILLiad is available around the clock, 7 days a week, but if you experience any difficulties using this function, you will need to contact the KSL ILL staff to re-set your password or provide any other assistance. Please keep in mind that we cannot tell you what your current password is, as it is encrypted and is not visible to us in its plain, unencrypted form. We can only reset it to a default value (e.g., 'ill', for security purposes), and then you can change it upon your next login session (by selecting Change Password, as described above). To do so, please contact us at (216) 368-3517 or (216) 368-3463 (M-F, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM), or at:

Additional details are available in our Customer Help and FAQ pages. We hope this advice will help you better assist you with your ILLiad password usage, so that you can enjoy greater security with your interlibrary loan by better protecting access to your account.

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October 24, 2018

ILLiad Delivered PDF's & Your Browser

We have recently been faced with a rash of inquiries from our users regarding uncertainties about saving electronically delivered files. Since the ILLiad site is interfaced through a variety of internet applications, whose functional elements frame its pages, their idiosyncratic features are often attributed to ILLiad rather than to the browsers themselves.

In the past, I touched very briefly on this in my entry for November 20, 2012. I will now give a more detailed and up-to-date clarification, to help exonerate the ILLiad system in its role in the electronic delivery process -- specifically concerning its interaction with the most popular browsers currently in use.

When you log into your ILLiad account with the purpose of retrieving your electronic files, you click on the "Electronically Received Articles" link from your Main Menu. If you currently have any PDFs available, you would select them from the table that appears listing them by their corresponding transaction numbers.

At this point you will attempt to view a file by opening a transaction record from the table list, and then clicking on View PDF at the top of the page that is displayed.

Alternatively you may select PDF.jpg View directly from the corresponding transaction line in the table. At that point, a number of different things may happen based on the web browser you are using. It is also usually assumed that your browser is set to work in tandem with some version of the Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer. I will now consider how ILLiad interacts with each of them. The results of several viewing attempts appear below, followed by a brief discussion on how to capture and save the file.

* Internet Explorer --


In this recent version of Internet Explorer, you will click on the "disk" disk.jpg icon in the bottom area of the display window. (You may first need to hover your cursor there to reveal the row of options.) The PDF will then appear in a window where the file will be named "illiad.dll.pdf" by default. We especially recommend that you rename it first before saving it into the same folder location with other files also downloaded from ILLiad, so that you avoid accidentally overwriting one with another.


In this recent default version of the browser, click on the "disk" disk.jpg icon that appears in the upper right corner. (You may need to click near the top of the window to reveal the toolbar first.) The PDF will appear in a window where the file will be named "untitled.pdf" by default. Here again, we recommend that you rename it first before saving it into the same folder location with other files, to avoid inadvertently overwriting any of them.


In this older version of the browser, again click on the "disk" disk.jpg icon in the bottom area of the display window. (You may need to hover your cursor there to reveal the options, as well.) The PDF will similarly appear in a window where the file will be named "illiad.pdf" by default. Once again, we suggest that you rename it first before saving it into the same folder with other files, to avoid unintentionally overwriting any of them.

* Microsoft Edge --


In this successor to Internet Explorer, you will again click on the "disk" disk.jpg icon appearing in the upper right corner. (Here you may also need to click near the top of the window to reveal the toolbar.) The PDF will also appear in a window with file named "untitled.pdf" by default. Once again, we recommend renaming it before saving it to prevent accidentally overwriting other files in the same location.

* Mozilla Firefox --


Imagine your consternation when you are greeted with this result. Unfortunately, this browser uses its own viewer as a default, and as you can see it presents the error message "This PDF document might not be displayed correctly." in this context. (Needless to say, this is not a shortcoming on the part of ILLiad.) You can then click on the "Open With Different Viewer" button, and you will be prompted to select an application (most likely Adobe Acrobat) with which you can then properly open the file.

You can also simply opt to click directly on the "download" download.jpg icon from the upper right corner of the window, and then open and save the file without first viewing it within the ILLiad page. The PDF should open up in a window where the file will be named by the corresponding ILLiad TN, in this case "345614.pdf" -- of course there is no need to rename it before placing it into your folder location with other files.

If you wish to avoid these complications altogether, you can simply change a setting in your browser. Go to the "menu" menu.jpg icon in the upper right corner of your main window and click on it to reveal the drop-down. Select "Options" and then scroll down to "Applications". At "Portable Document Format (PDF)" go to the setting "Preview in Firefox" (under the "Actions" column) and open the drop-down. Select "Use Adobe Acrobat (default)", which you might have to find under "Use other...", click "OK" and close the tab.

From this point on every time you use ILLiad with this browser to view your electronic deliveries directly from the table (with either of the View PDF options mentioned above), the PDF will immediately display in its own window (as below) without ever having to appear inside the usual ILLiad page.


* Google Chrome --


Here you will click on the "download" download.jpg icon in the upper right corner of the window. The PDF will open in a window where it will be named by the corresponding ILLiad TN, in this case "345614.pdf" -- again there will be no need to rename it before depositing it into your preferred folder location.

* Safari --


In this browser, you will click on the "disk" disk.jpg icon in the bottom area of window. (Here you may also need to hover your cursor there to view the group of options.) The PDF will open in a window where it is named "illiad.pdf" by default. As before, we recommend that you rename it first when placing it into your folder location with other files, for the same obvious reason.

This should cover most of the situations you might encounter. As always, we hope this information will be helpful whenever you experience difficulties in downloading and saving your ILLiad PDFs. Additional documentation is available regarding electronic delivery through ILLiad, at our Customer Help page and in our Electronic Delivery Information page.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at

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October 19, 2018

Fall Break Cramelot Hours

Happy Fall Break Students!

We have adjusted Cramelot Cafe's hours to the following:

Friday, 10/19 - 11 am to 3 pm
Saturday, 10/20 and Sunday, 10/21 - CLOSED
Monday, 10/22 - 11 am to 3 pm
Tuesday, 10/23 - 11 am to 3 pm

Regular hours resume Wednesday, 10/24 at 11 am.

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October 18, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Library Resources Lab Winners

This year's Science and Engineering Library Resources Lab offered to 120+ participants the opportunity to learn about science and engineering specialized resources available at Kelvin Smith Library and interact directly with the vendors and library staff. The list of presenters also included the librarians from Health Sciences Library Jessica DeCaro and Vivian McCallum, who demonstrated medical databases, and our own business librarian, Karen Oye, who have demonstrated market research databases.

With the help of the generous sponsorships provided by Wiley, ACS, IEEE, Clarivate, Springer, Elsevier, and Taylor & Francis we were able to offer numerous raffle and door prizes: Rachel Boedicker won a Google Mini, Zachary Perlo won an Amazon TV Firestick, and Jessica Zhou, Edward Kerekes, and Megan Robinson won a $50 Amazon gift card each.

Thank you all for making this event so successful!

Engineering Science Library Lab winner 1.jpgEngineering Science Library Lab winner 2.jpgEngineering Science Library Lab Vendor.jpg

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October 18, 2018

KSL Game Night


Put away laptops and phones and play old fashioned board games with friends in the third game night of the semester. Refreshments will be provided to keep you fueled and competitive through the night.

Reserve Your Spot Today:

For a full list of games offered by KSL can be found here:

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October 17, 2018

UCITE & Freedman Collaborate on Teaching Digital Tools: Sign Up Today!

The collaborative initiative between UCITE and the Freedman Center offers faculty the opportunity to learn about the Freedman Center and incorporate that knowledge into their teaching. These interactive workshops are designed to empower them to incorporate CWRU’s digital tools and resources into their classroom experience. Specifically, faculty will:

learn how to use text mining and data visualization tools to quickly identify trends or themes in large bodies of text
participate in activities that will develop their qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
develop techniques for communicating with data
gain strategies for incorporating digital tools and resources into the classroom

While sessions are geared toward faculty, students and staff are also welcome to attend. Registration for these workshops is below:

What is Digital Scholarship?
Wrangling Data: Making Computers Understand Textual Information
Communicating with Data
Photography & Photogrammetry

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October 16, 2018

KSL Screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

In celebration of Open Access week 2018, you are all invited to a screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm at the Kelvin Smith Library in LL06 B&C.

The documentary focuses on the importance of open access. It questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion that flows annually into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is sometimes greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Light refreshments will be served.

Reserve Your Spot Today:

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October 15, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight - Alfonso Miguel Alvarado

In 1965 Alfonso M. Alvarado became Assistant to the Provost for International Programs at Case Institute of Technology. He was head of a program of assistance to Mexican colleges and universities.

Alfonso M. Alvarado

Born in Cartago, Costa Rica in 1900, Alvarado came to the United States as a boy, living in New Orleans. He received his B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University in 1921. He attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, receiving the M.S. in Industrial Chemistry with minors in bacteriology and water analysis in 1922, and the Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry with a first minor in Organic Chemistry in 1924. Dr. Alvarado married Bertha V. Couture in 1924, and they had 3 children: Donald M., Shirley L., and Nancy E. He became a naturalized citizen in 1935.

After completing his education, Alvarado served as Professor and Head of the Department of Science at Waukon Junior College in Waukon, Iowa, 1924-1925. He was Associate Professor of Chemistry at Loyola University in New Orleans for 2 years, 1925-1927, before beginning a 37-year career as a Senior Research Chemist in the Central Research Department at E. I. duPont deNemours Co. After his retirement from DuPont, Dr. Alvarado joined CIT.

The Ford Foundation had approved a grant of $70,000 to CIT for a “1 1/2 year participation in the Foundation’s program for Technology Manpower Training in Mexico....The Case program involves working with educators in Mexico to help the development of higher education in engineering and science. Case already has a program in Monterrey, Mexico under which seven Case juniors study for a year at the Institute of Technology.”

After Dr. Alvarado’s retirement from CWRU in 1968, he was retained as a consultant in patent matters by the Office of Research Administration. During his career at DuPont he received 15 patents.

He was a member of Gamma Alpha Honorary Scientific Fraternity and the American Chemical Society. At CIT he was a member of the Provost Council and the Steering Committee Representative for the Indo-American Program at the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India.

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October 12, 2018

Scopus & Scival Training Day at Kelvin Smith Library

Faculty: Improve your H-Index, shape your reputation, and find new opportunities to collaborate with other peers.

Students: Find resources and narrow down topics for your research project or paper.

Learn the tools available to you in a 1-hour session. Choose from training sessions across 3 days on November 7, 8, and 9 at Kelvin Smith Library in Classroom 215 (Second Floor).

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature from more than 5,000 publishers. Stay abreast of scientific developments, track key research, identify key opinion leaders and stay ahead of your competition.

SciVal helps assess your institution’s research performance by processing an enormous amount of data, 38 million publication records from 21,915 journals of 5,000 publishers worldwide, and will receive access to more than 170 trillion metric values to generate powerful data visualizations on-demand, in seconds.

Faculty Sessions:
Nov 7: 9am ( / 1 pm ( , 4pm (
Nov 8: 9am ( , 12 pm ( , 2pm (
Nov 9: 9am (, 11am ( , 2pm (

Student Sessions:

Nov 7th: 9 am ( / 11am ( / 3 pm (
Nov 8th: 9am ( 10am ( / 3pm (
Nov 9th: 9am ( / 12pm (

Questions? Feel contact Liz Bernal at or 216-368-3545

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September 27, 2018

Namesakes - Charles B. Storrs and Storrs House

Charles Backus Storrs
The northside dormitory, Storrs House, was named for the first president of Western Reserve College, Charles Backus Storrs. Storrs was born 5/23/1794 in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He was the son, grandson, and nephew of ministers. He attended the village school and then Monson Academy where he graduated in 1810. He entered the College of New Jersey (later known as Princeton University) in 1810 at the age of 16. He had to withdraw his junior year on account of ill health. He returned home and taught at the village school. He began the study of theology as a private student of a clergyman on Long Island. When he was 20 he was licensed to preach. In 1817 he entered Andover Theological Seminary and graduated in 1820. He served as a missionary in South Carolina and Georgia for a year and a half before suffering ill health again. While returning to Massachusetts he stopped in Ohio to visit a friend.

When he arrived in Ravenna, Ohio in 1822, a new church was being established. Storrs became the new pastor and served 6 years. On 7/6/1823 he married Vashti Maria Pearson of Avon, New York. They had 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls. His first son (second child) died as an infant and his last child died a month before President Storrs himself.

The Western Reserve College President's House in Hudson, built 1829-1830

Storrs was offered the professorship of Theology at Western Reserve College in 1828. Before that time the faculty consisted of tutors. As the only professor he also performed administrative duties for the College. He was offered the presidency in 1829 but declined. In 1830 he accepted the presidency and was inaugurated as the university’s first president 2/9/1831.

He had been anti-slavery and was a Colonizationist. He became an ardent abolitionist some time in 1831. He was also an advocate for temperance. On 5/8/1833 Storrs gave a 3-hour long sermon on the subject of abolition; after which he became extremely ill. His health had been failing for some months. He was given a leave of absence by the trustees and went to his brother’s home in Braintree, Massachusetts. He never recovered and died from tuberculosis on 9/15/1833. John G. Whittier published 2 poems referring to slavery in 1833. According to university historian Frederick C. Waite, “In November, 1833, Whittier wrote a poem which ‘sounded through the abolition ranks like the notes of a trumpet.’ It was in memory of Charles Backus Storrs, who at that date was the only college president that had publicly advocated abolition. This was the first poem that Whittier published in Garrison’s journal, the Liberator. Its opening stanza, which indicates the place President Storrs held in the early abolition movement, is as follows:
Thou hast fallen in thine armor,
Thou martyr of the Lord!
With thy last breath crying, - ‘Onward!’
And thy hand upon the sword.”

Storrs House
Storrs House was built as part of the Adelbert I dormitory complex, which consisted of 4 dormitories and 1 commons building. The dorms were named for the first 4 presidents of Western Reserve College: Charles B. Storrs, George E. Pierce, Henry L. Hitchcock, and Carroll Cutler. The commons was named for the 8th president, Winfred G. Leutner.

Financing for the $3.3 million Adelbert I complex was through a loan from the Housing and Home Finance Administration ($2.6 million) and university funds. The Adelbert Alumni Association conducted a three-year $200,000 fundraising campaign to furnish the new men’s dormitories. There is a donor plaque in each of the 4 dorms to commemorate the donors. Some rooms may still have the original small plaque outside the individual doors.

Ground was broken in 1963 and Storrs House was completed by 10/15/1964. Instead of being ready for the Fall 1964 semester as planned, there was a delay in the completion of Storrs House and the rest of the Adelbert I complex and the Mather II complex because of a strike by the building trades workers. Students were housed in the old dorms and some were accommodated in local hotels. The dedication ceremonies included the Adelbert I, Mather I (Cutter House, Smith House, Taft House, Taplin House, and Stone Dining Hall) and Mather II (Norton House, Raymond House, Sherman House Tyler House, and Wade Commons) dormitory complexes on Sunday, 3/7/1965 at Leutner Commons. Storrs House has been in continuous use as a dormitory since its opening 54 years ago.

Gravestone for President Storrs

President Storrs is the only university president for which there is no portrait or likeness in any format. According to correspondence with his descendants, there never had been a portrait or other image of him. The Archives has a photograph of one of his brothers and of his gravestone. On Friday, 9/15/1933 a wreath was laid on Storr’s grave on behalf of Western Reserve University to mark the 100th anniversary of his death. University historian Frederick C. Waite had visited the site to make the arrangements.

For more information on abolition at the university see our 2009 Archives Month webpage, Taking a Stand: Abolition in Ohio (scroll down the page), and the Institute for the Study of the University in Society story, The College and Abolitionism.

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September 27, 2018

Meet Barney Taxel, Cleveland Food Photographer, and Noelle Celeste, Creator of Edible Cleveland at Kelvin Smith Library

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Meet CWRU alumnus, Barney Taxel (‘72). He has chronicled Cleveland’s food scene for decades as a food photographer. His photos featuring culinary greats such as Michael Symon, Karen Small, Zack Bruell, and Douglas Katz, will be on display. Noelle Celeste will also join us in sharing her story about Edible Cleveland, an award-winning magazine she launched seven years ago. The magazine is dedicated to our regional culinary culture where writers and photographers explore their creativity with food.

Appetizers will be served by local restaurants. Reserve Your Spot Today:

Date and Time: Friday, October 12, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, O’Neill Reading Room, 2nd Floor

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September 26, 2018

We want to hear from you! The Kelvin Smith Library has turned on a trial of the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

EDS is a one-stop search bar that can sift through the library's entire collections, including, journal articles, books, newspapers, and much more.

Before we officially offer this to the CWRU community we would appreciate your feedback.

Please give this new search a try ( and let us know how you like it. We have created a couple of quick forms to gather your feedback on the link above.

You can also send comments to Brian Gray ( or Shelby Stuart (

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September 25, 2018

Sign up for Kelvin Smith Library Faculty Study Space Lottery by Oct 5


Faculty can sign up now for the Kelvin Smith Library Faculty Study Space Lottery. The deadline to put your name in the lottery is October 5, 2018.

Enjoy quiet spaces where faculty can conduct research and writing that you can use as an office or meeting space.

Faculty members are assigned the space for one academic year. There are 10 openings for current faculty members on the library’s third floor: five individual rooms and a room shared by five people.

To learn more about the spaces, visit

Sign Up Today:

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September 17, 2018

Science & Engineering Library Resource Lab


Meet STEM publishers at Kelvin Smith Library’s Science & Engineering Resource Lab Thursday, Sept. 27, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Nord Hall, Room 356.
The event will be an opportunity to explore science and engineering resources available through the library, and is open to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff.
Publishers will be on hand to answer questions, provide helpful tips, discuss new features and demonstrate their products.

Some of the Participating publishers and vendors include:
- ACS Publications (American Chemical Society)
- ASM International
- BCC Research
- Clarivate - Web of Science
- Elsevier – Scopus
- Elsevier – Knovel
- Elevier – Reaxys
- Mergent Intellect
- Springer Publishing
- Taylor & Francis
- Wiley Publishing

For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at

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September 24, 2018

Duplicate Accounts & Duplicate Requests

We can all agree that duplication in one form or another is not the most efficient use of available resources. This applies to interlibrary loan and other associated library services, as well. I will briefly cover the two most common situations, as they relate to your use of the ILLiad system.

Duplicate Accounts have been mentioned occasionally along with other general topics within this blog, but I will go over our basic approach to dealing with them more specifically here.

Whenever we become aware of multiple accounts created for the same user, we reserve the right to merge them into a single account. The one we determine has been used most recently for request activity is the one we will choose to retain. You will receive notification by e-mail informing you of the merger, and indicating which of your accounts (by username) is being kept active. The upside on this will be that all your request history has been consolidated and will all be accessible from that single account. Please keep in mind at the same time that any remaining deactivated accounts will be marked as "Disavowed" and will no longer be accessible for further use.

Duplicate Requests were discussed in detail specifically in my blog entry for April 21, 2011, as well as in association with various other topics periodically since then. Again, I will explain how we normally handle them.

When we observe that duplicate requests have been submitted by the same user in close succession for identical materials, we reserve the right to process only the first one placed and cancel any remaining transactions. Should we notice that additional information has been added in the citation or notes of a later request (rather than being edited into the first by the patron), we will usually try to copy it over into the earlier one before further processing it. We will normally cite the transaction number of the one request we are keeping active in the e-mail notifications sent for any others that are being cancelled. If we note that a duplicate request has been placed some time later after an earlier request, we reserve the right to cancel that one in like manner.

As always, we hope this is helpful in simplifying your use of the KSL ILLiad resource.

Got questions for Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff? Call us at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or send e-mail to

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September 24, 2018

From Paper to Plastic: Epigraphic Squeezes, Photogrammetry, and 3D Printing at Kelvin Smith Library


Early Classicists and Archeologists of the 19th and 20th centuries utilized paper in a very interesting way. Bringing entire stone structures back to an epigraphist's home institution would indeed have been a problematic undertaking so they used paper to make impressions of the inscriptions they wanted to study after leaving a cultural heritage site. This process is called making "squeezes."

Join Charlie Harper, Ph.D. and Andrew R. Mancuso at the Kelvin Smith Library for a discussion and demonstration on this process, view historic squeezes from prominent Classics faculty of CWRU held in our Special Collections, and learn about new technologies that are being employed for preservation and research today. Attendees are also invited to take their newfound knowledge into the field for an optional workshop at the nearby Doan Brook walls to make their own squeezes. The discussion and demonstration will take place in the Hatch Reading Room on the 2nd floor of Kelvin Smith Library from 11 AM - 12 PM. Afterward, participants wishing to go into the field can meet at the corner of North Park Blvd. and Bellfield Ave. in Cleveland Heights (free street parking) by 1 PM and stay as long as they like. Contact Andrew at for any questions or additional information regarding the event.

Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Hatch Reading Room, 2nd Floor
Register Your Spot:

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September 21, 2018

New Library Purchase Fulfills Important Research Need: ProQuest Full-Text Dissertations


We're excited to announce the addition of ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDTGlobal) to our list of databases! Use it to read and download full-text dissertations and theses written by peers in your field.

Try it out for full text access to graduate works added since 1997 and selected full texts from 1743 onward!

(Picture: Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian, received a handwritten 'thank you' note from the Art History Department after this major library purchase.)

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September 21, 2018

Kelvin Smith Library Re-launches DigitalCase

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The newly revamped Digital Case can be found at It is Case Western Reserve University’s institutional repository. Digital Case houses the university’s scholarly publications and research data from faculty, staff and students, as well as photographs, audio recordings, and copies of rare books and manuscripts from the library’s collections.

Kelvin Smith Library assumed the important role of digitally preserving and making accessible all the university’s research for the Case Western Reserve University community and beyond. Learn more about how you can find primary sources for your research project or how you can deposit your own research ensuring long-term online access to your work:

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February 21, 2017

Reminder About Case Account Number & ILLiad Account Setup

This is an issue that keeps cropping up every now and then, so I will clarify it once again...

Whenever you register as a new user in the KSL ILLiad site (or in the ILLiad site of any of the other three campus library systems), you are directed to the 'First Time Users' link on the main logon page, which further links to the registration form. While entering your profile information, you are asked to enter your 'Case Account Number' as an integral piece of data allowing the library to verify your current eligibility for ILL services. Originally, it was your Social Security Number that was required at this point, but for legal reasons this usage has no longer been permitted. Members of the CWRU community are now assigned a unique identification number in its place for various administrative purposes.

You will notice at this point that KSL's ILLiad registration form conveniently provides a link to the Case Account Number Lookup page. All you need do here is enter your CWRU network ID and password, and Voilà! -- there it is in real time. Just copy and paste it into the corresponding data field, and continue entering the rest of your user information to complete your registration. Once you have created your account, you will never again need to re-enter this number into your profile.

Just a note to Faculty, Staff and Student Employees -- this is NOT to be confused with your Case Employee Number. This is the most common misconception when signing up in ILLiad. Both numbers are similar in appearance, but have entirely separate functions.

Hope this has been helpful.

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

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July 18, 2017

Case Account Number Lookup Link Interruption & ILLiad Registration

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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September 18, 2018

Calling for Proposals: Freedman Student Fellowship


The Kelvin Smith Library is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Freedman Fellows Scholarship. The Walter Freedman and Karen Harrison Freedman Student Fellowships give undergraduate and graduate students funding to complete targeted digital projects. Proposals are due October 14, 2018.

Students can partake in one of two opportunities:

Internship track: Paid working internships for students to work in the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship on faculty or library-initiated digital projects.

Grant track: Grants for students to employ digital scholarship methods to conduct their own research.

Funding is intended to support significant and impactful projects, and may include research undertaken as part of undergraduate capstones, and graduate theses or dissertations.

Regardless of which of the opportunities an individual student scholar might opt to undertake, the Freedman Student Fellowship program will provide the students with hands-on experience using digital tools and technologies, engaging in project development, and creating a work of digital scholarship. Students will also gain skills to collaborate effectively in an active learning environment, as well as marketable experience in digital project management. In addition, all Freedman Student Fellows will:

- receive project-specific training and a personal mentor to guide their work and monitor their progress;
- have opportunities to attend digital scholarship-related special events;
- present a summary of their work at an annual symposium;
- prepare posters about their work for inclusion in the CWRU Research Showcase; and
- have their work permanently housed in and accessible through Digital Case.

For more information:

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September 17, 2018

Attention Chemistry Students! Reaxys Lunch and Learn Session

Please join us in learning how the new Reaxys can help you find your chemistry answers.

Reaxys provides rapid and easy access to experimental facts and finding relevant literature, retrieving precise compound properties and reaction data, and incorporating that information into research workflows.

- Discover chemical structures, properties and reactions
- Find relevant literature and patents with ease
- Construct queries with streamlined, intuitive interfaces
- Assess compound synthesis and purchase options
- Share data within and outside an organization or institution
- Compare in-house and published experimental data

Time: 12-1 PM Wednesday Sept. 26, 2018

Location: Clapp Hall 405

Please RSVP to help us estimate lunch order:

More information about the database can be found here:

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September 16, 2018

Jane Iredale's Skincare System is the TRUTH!

I've had the opportunity to try complimentary products mostly beauty products for at least a year now. This past month I've been using Jane Iredale's beauty prep cleanser, toner, moisturizer, mineral powder, and setting spray. This isn't your mama's powdered foundationMineral foundation is the truth. It's light, protects your skin from the sun, & doesn't smell. The setting spray keeps it in place. Every single one of these products worked like a charm and worked together perfectly. The products are gentle, lightweight , but effective. The fact that the mineral powder has SPF protection is so important in a daily morning makeup routine. With my freckled face, suncreen matters and nobody likes having to put on greasy sunscreen on a face you want to put makeup on. This makes that a problem of the past. I highly recommend giving Jane Iredale skincare makeup a chance, it not only makes your skin look more beautiful but also helps it be healthier. 969CDCA2-86B7-4DBC-931A-440C2E468D16.jpeg

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September 11, 2018

Win $3,000! Calling for Student Applications for Book Related Projects


The Rowfant Club, a bibliophilic society in Cleveland that is one of the oldest in the United States, is sponsoring the first annual competition for book-related projects for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Proposals must relate to bibliophilic endeavors, such as: library or other bibliographic studies; cultural studies related to printed materials; book arts (traditional or innovative); book preservation; digital book scholarship; and the history of the book.

There will be up to two recipients, each of whom will receive a $3,000 award.

All work on the project work must be completed by 1 April 2019, and a presentation made no later than 15 May 2019.

Award, Criteria and Requirements
- Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited academic institution in northeast Ohio.

- The proposal can be either for an individual or team project; if the latter, all members of the team must be enrolled at a college or university in northeast Ohio.

- The proposed project must generate original work by the applicant and be newly created expressly for this project award.

- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member is highly recommended.

- Each winner must give a presentation upon the completion of the project.

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be based upon the originality and potential significance of the proposed project to the study or creative representation of the book or book arts.

Application Form
To answer questions or to request an application form, send an email to

Proposal Submissions
Proposals must include: a brief description of the purpose of your proposed project; the anticipated results or outcomes; any challenges you can foresee to completing your project; your resume (including previous and current areas of study); and a list of at least three references. If yours is a team-based project, all team members must provide a brief resume and list of references.

Application Deadline
: November 2, 2018.

Awards Announced: December 3, 2018

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September 06, 2018

Workshop Series to Help Faculty & Graduate Students Navigate Promotion and Tenure


Kelvin Smith Library is offering a series of workshops to support faculty as they prepare for the promotion and tenure process and graduate students as they prepare for publication or employment.

The workshop series, “Managing Your Scholarly Reputation: A University Libraries Workshop Series” will help faculty & graduate students navigate the evolving publishing landscape, including copyright law, marketing research, online presence and negotiating publishing contracts.

Each session will be offered twice for both faculty and graduate students and can be taken independently of each other.

The Faculty Fall Workshop Series Schedule:

- “Marketing Your Scholarship and Yourself” | Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 1 - 2 pm OR Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 4 - 5 pm
- “Measuring Your Scholarly Impact” | Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 1 - 2 pm OR Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 4 - 5 pm
- “Where to Publish” | Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 1 - 2 pm OR Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 4 - 5 pm
- “Engaging with Digital Scholarship” | Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 1 - 2 pm OR Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 4 - 5 pm
- “Leveraging Your Rights as an Author: Copyright and Scholarly Publishing” | Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 1 - 2 pm OR Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 4 - 5 pm

The Graduate Fall Workshop Series Schedule

- “Marketing Your Scholarship and Yourself” | Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 4 - 5 pm OR Friday, 21 September 2018, 1 - 2 pm
- “Measuring Your Scholarly Impact” | Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 4 - 5 pm OR Friday, 5 October 2018, 1 - 2 pm
- “Where to Publish” | Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 4 - 5 pm OR Friday, 19 October 2018, 1 - 2 pm
- “Engaging with Digital Scholarship” | Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 4 - 5 pm OR Friday, 9 November 2018, 1 - 2 pm
- “Leveraging Your Rights as an Author: Copyright and Scholarly Publishing” | Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 4 - 5 pm OR Friday, 16 November 2018, 1 - 2 pm

Contact the Kelvin Smith Library team at or 216.368.2992 with questions. For more information on other library events, join the KSL CampusGroups page:

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August 31, 2018

School of Medicine’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

As the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, let us look back at the 100th anniversary celebration held in 1943.

Planning for the centennial began in 1938 when President Leutner appointed a committee “to consider and to lay plans for a celebration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the School of Medicine.” Arthur D. Baldwin served as honorary chair and Howard T. Karsner served as chair. Committee members included Robert H. Bishop, Jr., Mrs. A. A. Brewster, Victor C. Myers, Frank A. Scott, Torald Sollmann (Dean of the School) with President Leutner serving ex officio. Members added to the committee included Harold E. Adams, Willis E. Corry, James C. Gray, Harold D. Green, William W. Hurst, Edward Muntwyler, and E. D. Whittlesey.

Originally the celebration was planned for 4/5-4/6/1943 in conjunction with the meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (which was planned to meet in Cleveland). However, this meeting was cancelled because of the war. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) was meeting in Cleveland on 10/25-10/26. It was thought by the planning committee that the AAMC meeting would be held “because the work of the Association is directly concerned with the war program, and certainly will not be proscribed by the Office of Defense Transportation.” The centennial celebration was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, 10/27 and 10/28. The days were packed with activities as seen in the program. (Download pdf)

05304D1.jpgWednesday began with a scholarly lecture, “Blood Plasma Proteins, Their Production, Function, Substitution and Replacement,” by Dr. George H. Whipple, Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester. A buffet luncheon followed for delegates to the centennial celebration and delegates for the AAMC meeting and invited speakers. The University Convocation was held in Severance Hall at 3:30 p.m. An academic procession led by President Leutner entered through the front entrance with an honor guard of medical students enlisted in the Navy and Army lining the steps. In addition to the president, deans, faculty members, Medical School students in uniform, and 159 delegates from colleges and universities, national societies, state societies and philanthropic foundations made up the procession. After the National Anthem and the invocation were 2 addresses. Howard Karsner, professor of Pathology and director of the Institute of Pathology, spoke on “The Public Service of the School of Medicine.” Dr. Alan Gregg, Director for the Medical Sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation, gave the address “The Matrix of Medicine.” Honorary degrees were awarded to 5 people: William Thomas Corlett (Doctor of Humanities), Reginald Fitz (Doctor of Science), Torald Sollmann (Doctor of Laws), Frederick Clayton Waite (Doctor of Humanities), George Hoyt Whipple (Doctor of Science). Dr. Gregg, though nominated, was unable to receive the degree because of the policies of the Rockefeller Foundation. At the convocation President Leutner announced “the gift of a fund of $50,000 by the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the income to be devoted to fellowships in surgery for postgraduate students chosen by the Faculty of Medicine of the University. The fund is to be named for Drs. Frank E. Bunts, George Crile, Sr., and William E. Lower, former members of the Faculty, who founded the Cleveland Clinic in 1921.”

Following the convocation was the One Hundredth Anniversary Celebration Dinner. Dr. Karsner served as toastmaster. Cleveland Mayor Frank J. Lausche gave a welcome, followed by President Leutner who gave a brief history of the School, and then Dean Sollmann who gave an address of welcome which featured a poem written by Emilie Chamberlin Conklin in honor of the celebration. The main address, “The Crimson Thread,” was given by Reginald Fitz, Lecturer on the History of Medicine at Harvard University Medical School.

The Thursday program - a series of lectures given primarily by alumni - was organized by the alumni. It concluded with Dean Sollmann’s address, “Farewell 1943, Hail 2043.” That date is now only 25 years away!

Graduation exercises were held Thursday afternoon. Because of the war, the Medical School was operating under a compressed schedule and 2 classes graduated in 1943 - one in February and one in October. The Alumni Banquet was held in the evening. It featured a business meeting and election of officers of the Alumni Association, the reception of the graduating class into the Alumni Association, and 2 addresses, including university historian and professor emeritus Frederick C. Waite talking about “Episodes in One Hundred Years” of the Medical School.

For 3 weeks the Cleveland Health Museum hosted an exhibit co-sponsored by the Cleveland Medical Library Association and the Western Reserve Historical Society, “100 Years of Medicine.” A preview of the exhibit was held the evening of Tuesday, 10/26. Chauncey D. Leake, Dean of the Medical School at the University of Texas gave a talk, “Milestones in Medicine,” illustrated with lantern slides. Guided tours were provided by Dr. Howard Dittrick, Director of the Museum of Historical Medicine of The Cleveland Medical Library Association.

Invitation to the exhibit preview

Coverage of the events appeared in various newspapers such as The Plain Dealer and Cleveland Press,The Clevelander, the Clinical Bulletin of the School of Medicine, the Bulletin of the Academy of Medicine, in the Reserve Tribune student newspaper of 11/12/1943(Download pdf) and the alumni newsletter Voice of Reserve. There was also a radio tribute and a broadcast speech by Dr. Harry Goldblatt.

Chairman of the Centennial Committee Howard Karsner concluded in his final report on the Centennial, “Many communications have been received from those who attended the celebration and all have spoken in highly complimentary terms of the occasion. The fact that the country is at war limited the exercises to a considerable degree, but in spite of the handicaps and difficulties, it may be said that the celebration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the School of Medicine, Western Reserve University, was wholly successful.

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August 31, 2018

Get Research Help at Kelvin Smith Library


Need help with your current research project or assistance locating the appropriate resources for an assignment?

Kelvin Smith Library research services librarians are ready to help you.

There are three ways to take advantage of this resource:

1) Chat with a librarian during the following hours (
Mondays through Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 8 p.m.

2) Stop by the Walk-in Research Desk anytime at Kelvin Smith Library’s Collaboration Room (M-01) on the first floor during the following hours:

Mondays through Thursdays: 5 to 9 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 8 p.m.

3) Find the right librarian for you ( and set up an appointment with a librarian for an in-depth consultation during regular business hours.

Learn more about the services Kelvin Smith Library offers at

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August 29, 2018

Meet the 2018-2019 Freedman Faculty Fellows

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library is proud to announce the selection of the 2018 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 Faculty Program support full-time faculty, staff, researchers, and post-docs in integrating digital tools and technology into building new research and discoveries.

Misty Luminais, PhD and Rachel Lovell, PhD, Senior Research Associates at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Education & Research, are excited to continue as Freedman Fellows in their second year collecting data on sexual assaults in Cuyahoga County. Last year, their initial research at the Freedman Center using ArcGIS visual mapping software uncovered correlations between housing segregation and sexual assaults in Cleveland. The project has gained widespread popularity among lawmakers and is already affecting local policies. In this second year, Luminais and Lovell are using Risk Terrain Modeling to hopefully reveal factors that increase the risk of sexual assault. They are interested in seeing how the built environment, such as the presence of a grocery store or gas station, can affect crime rates in a particular area.

Paul Iversen, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair Department of Classics, and Director of Undergraduate Studies, will be using a 3-D rendering software to decipher the Greek inscriptions incised on the Antikythera Mechanism, the world’s oldest known analogue computer. The instrument was salvaged from a shipwreck dating 70-50 BCE and dates ca. 200-50 BCE. Iversen’s use of the 3-D rendering software to examine this heavily corroded device will result in a new edition of the inscriptions that could bring new insight into the machine’s operations and provenance.

Andrew P. Reimer, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, will be using the Freedman Center’s ArcGIS mapping software to pair state and national databases of medically-transferred patient hospitalizations. Currently, there are no national statistics on medically-transferred patients. Medical transport is incredibly costly and can affect patient survival. To know if the transport services are being used efficiently and effectively can have huge ramifications on medical practices and policies.

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August 22, 2018

Kelvin Smith Library Now Accepting Applications for Graduate Student Study Carrels

_DSC1802.jpg The carrels offer graduate students a place to work quietly for the entire academic year and keep personal study items. They are located on the main floor near the journal shelving, on the third floor in the Quiet Reading Room, and along the third-floor stacks perimeter, Each carrel features two locking bins to store materials, a mounted task light and electrical outlets.

Applications will be accepted until September 7th and then entered into a lottery. Winners will be notified shortly after.

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August 21, 2018

Registration Now Open for 2018 Digital Scholarship Colloquium - The Digital and Democracy

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On November 1-2, 2018, Kelvin Smith Library will be hosting “The Digital and Democracy” Digital Scholarship Colloquium bringing together the vanguard of professionals using digital tools to advance democracy. The colloquium will delve into how research can be used for the advocacy of communities experiencing disruption and inequality and in all the points that touch a person’s life, including, healthcare, housing, environment, social justice. The program will feature the country’s top scholarly work and digital tools used to scale the heights of democratic power and influence.

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August 20, 2018

ILL Reminders Before Classes Begin

Now that the new academic year is upon us, it's time for a brief refresher course on how and when to best make use of interlibrary loan services. Here are a few major things to consider before using ILLiad to submit any requests...

* Check local holdings of books and journals in our own online catalog.
* Locate & check out circulating items available in our own collections--in Kelvin Smith Library and at other campus library locations.
* Check the OhioLINK & SearchOhio catalogs for books (and other circulating materials) available through direct borrowing.
* Use our on-site reproduction equipment to create scans from journals, books, microfilms, etc., in our own internal collections.
* Check for articles available through our own electronic journal subscriptions.
* Check for access to electronic books listed in our online catalog.
* Explore Open Access options for freely (and legally) available journal articles and other published research documents, through any of a number of reputable sites.
* Contact your subject area Research Services Librarian for assistance with your scholarly research needs.
* Contact interlibrary loan staff for assistance with setting up a new ILLiad account, or verifying if you already have an existing account.
* If you already have an existing ILLiad account but cannot remember your password, please use the "Forgot Password?" option to reset it.
* Please avoid creating duplicate ILLiad accounts, but if you have done so let ILL staff know so you can request that they be merged for easier reckoning or your transaction history.
* Please avoid submitting duplicate request transactions for the same loan or copy, and keep in mind that you can always log into ILLiad to track your current outstanding requests.

These points have all been discussed at some length elsewhere in this blog. Please feel free to keyword search this guide for more detailed commentaries in past entries.

Have a productive Fall 2018 Semester!

Need to contact Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff? Call us at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or send e-mail to

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April 23, 2012

Some Tips on Properly Filling out ILL Request Forms

Here's some helpful advice to make entering information into our ILLiad forms more straightforward, so that ILL staff may process your requests without any unnecessary delay --

Titles (Journal titles, Book titles, Conference titles, Article titles, Book Chapter titles, Paper titles, etc.) -- Please avoid entering these using non-Roman (non-English) text, such as foreign letters (Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.) or characters (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.). ILLiad will read these (as well as European diacritics) simply as ASCII HTML code, which we cannot very well use when performing bibliographic searches. If at all possible, please provide titles in translated or transliterated form, and to absolutely simplify things, we appreciate if you can also provide the corresponding ISSN or ISBN, or the OCLC accession record number.

Journal titles & Book titles -- Enter the place of publication in its own field, rather than right after the book or journal title. (This would also apply to the name of the publisher, if you wish to provide that as well.) When requesting a journal title, do not also add the volume number, issue number, year, pages, etc. (i.e., the complete citation) altogether after the journal title; all these data pieces should be entered into their own respective fields. Also, please provide the complete title, not just the first word or first few words, unless it actually is a only a one-word or very short title. Avoiding abbreviated titles is greatly appreciated, as well.

Volume -- You do not need to include 'Vol.', 'Volume', etc., when entering this; the number alone is sufficient (preferably in Arabic numerals, but Roman acceptable too if that's how it appears in your original citation). If the volume number is unknown, then of course you may enter 'unknown' or 'n/a' (since this it a 'required' field).

Issue number -- You do not need to enter 'Issue', 'Iss.', 'Iss. no.', 'number, 'no.', etc.; again, the number alone is adequate, and enclosing it in parentheses also unnecessary.

Book chapter number -- Again, you do not need to include 'Chapter', 'Chap.' or 'Ch.' before the actual number.

Date -- If you have it, enter the month (with or without date number), season or quarter, etc., only. Please enter the year in its own separate field.

Year -- Please enter the year only, with no period following or 'c' preceding. Please avoid hyphenated year ranges; it is preferable if you use latest part of the date instead (e.g., '1985' instead of '1984-85'). As the 'year' is almost always a required field, and is accounted for regarding copyright issues, it is best to keep it in a simple 4-digit format.

Pages -- You do not need to include 'p.', 'pg.', 'pp.', 'page', 'pages', etc.; the actual numbers or inclusive number range is adequate. If you don't know the pages, of course enter 'n/a' or 'unknown', since this is a required field.

**A word about unnecessary abbreviations and superfluous characters when citing the volume number, issue number, chapter number and page numbers -- these fields accommodate only a short but reasonable amount of text, and what you actually enter may become truncated once it reaches the staff processing view, if it exceeds the limit. The most important part of the information you provide may end up being what gets cut off.**

Correct form selection & use -- Some prime examples:
--'Book' vs. 'Book Chapter' -- If you need only a book chapter, please use the corresponding type form; do not use the form intended for borrowing an entire book and then enter the complete book chapter citation in the 'Book title' or 'Notes' field. If you need several chapters from the same book, it may just be better to request the loan of the entire book instead of submitting numerous copy requests (which, of course, can amount to a violation of copyright).
--'Other' -- This form is intended for LOANS of special materials (e.g., audio/visual, microfilm) only. Do not use it to request copies, or for ordinary loans for which other existing form types are already available.

***CAVEAT--About OpenURL & proper entry into ILLiad -- Sometimes you may encounter a reference page (from 'Mendeley', for example) citing an article, conference paper, etc., with an option such as 'Find this paper at: WorldCat'. This may lead you to a new page titled 'Find in a Library' which displays a link such as 'Request through Interlibrary Loan' that may point you to our ILLiad main logon page. Should you log in with your username and password, a session will open, and attempt to fill out a request form automatically. Unfortunately, the incorrect request form is frequently selected, and the information pieces from the citation are not always properly populated into their corresponding data fields. If you choose to make use of this option, it could quite likely delay the processing of your ILL article requests.***

Item per Transaction -- As always, we ask that you request only one journal article, book title, conference paper, etc., per request form that you submit. Multiple-volume book set loans (e.g., 2 or 3), on the other hand, may requested on a single transaction. However, several volumes from an extended book series should still be requested individually in separate transactions.

'Notes' field -- This is intended for you to indicate special instructions for your request only. Do not use it to specify your actual citation, if everything you need to tell us about it can be entered it other existing fields in the form you have selected.

Source of citation -- This is not the same as the actual citation of the material needed; it refers to where you saw it cited (i.e., in another article, course syllabus). It is not required, but is often helpful in locating a supplier for the material during the search process.

This should be enough for now. Hoping these suggestions are helpful to your use of ILLiad and interlibrary loan services at KSL.

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August 15, 2018

Mini-History of the School of Education

In her 1938 “History of the School of Education,” Helen Harris Graebner wrote,” Perhaps the history of the present School of Education of Western Reserve University could best be expressed by a jig-saw puzzle - so many elements have gone into its making and so complicated does its story seem.”

Ms. Graebner was absolutely correct. The simplest part of the story is that Western Reserve University had a School of Education from 1928/29 through 1944/45. The more complicated antecedents are outlined in the timeline below.

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School of Education students depicted in 1937 yearbook, L'Annee

Some Key Dates
1874 Cleveland Normal Training School was established by the Cleveland Board of Education.
1894 Cleveland Kindergarten Training School was established.
1915 A joint summer program between WRU and the Cleveland School of Education was established.
1916 Education Department was established in the College for Women.
1919 Cleveland Normal Training School was renamed the Cleveland School of Education.
1920 The joint summer program was renamed the Senior Teacher's College of Western Reserve University and the Cleveland School of Education.
1922 Cleveland Kindergarten Training School was renamed Kindergarten-Primary Training School.
1927 Department of Nursery-Kindergarten-Primary Training was established by WRU after the program was transferred by the Cleveland Day Nursery and Free Kindergarten Association of Cleveland.
1928 School of Education was established by WRU, combining the College for Women Education Department, the Nursery-Kindergarten-Primary Training Department, the Cleveland School of Education, and the Senior Teacher’s College of WRU and the Cleveland School of Education.
1945 School of Education closed.
1979 The successor Department of Education closed.

In its early years the school offered three curricula: Kindergarten-Primary, Intermediate Grades, Junior-Senior High School Grades. Over time additional curricula were added: Art Education, Music Education, Commercial Education, Industrial Arts, and Nursery School. During the early 1930s a program in Library Service for Children was offered with the School of Library Science.

Degrees Offered and Awarded
In 1928/29 the school offered both 2-year and 3-year diplomas and 4-year degree programs. From 1928/29 through 1944/45 the degree offered was the Bachelor of Science. The diploma programs ended in the mid-1930s.
Master’s and doctoral education degrees (Ed.D., M.A.Ed., Ed.M.) were offered by the School of Graduate Studies.
From 1929 through 1945 the school awarded 2,151 degrees, ranging from 51 in 1929 to 209 in 1939.

1928/29-1935/36: $250/year
1936/37-1942/43: $300/year
1943/44-1944/45: $10/credit hour

From 1928/29 through 1944/45 enrollment in the school totaled 10,202, ranging from 260 in 1935/36 to 1,139 in 1938/39. Enrollment peaked at over 1,000 in four years 1936/37-1939/40.

1928-1933 Charles W. Hunt
1933-1945 Harry N. Irwin

1928/29-1935/36: 2060 Stearns Road
1936/37-1944/45: 11217 Bellflower Road

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August 03, 2018

The 1975-1976 Commemorative Year: CWRU’s 150th Anniversary

During the 1975-1976 academic year, CWRU celebrated its sesquicentennial, commemorating 150 years since the State of Ohio granted the charter to establish Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio on 2/7/1826. Since 1976 marked both the sesquicentennial, and the United States Bicentennial, the Board of Trustees designated the academic year 1975-1976 as the university’s “commemorative year.” In honor of the occasion, the CWRU community celebrated with a year-long series of events.

The festivities kicked off during the fall of 1975. On 10/19/1975, ceremonies celebrating the founding of Western Reserve College took place at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. Known as the “Hudson Pilgrimage,” this event included a walking tour of the Academy and historical sites in Hudson, a Glee Club musical performance, and a picnic. The Hudson Pilgrimage was followed by the Commemorative Year Opening Festival on 10/25/1975, which included a ceremony to dedicate the banners for CWRU’s Schools and Colleges that took place at Amasa Stone Chapel. The dedication ceremony consisted of classical music performances, the presentation of the bicentennial flag, an address on the evolution of the university given by Chancellor Emeritus, John Schoff Millis, the presentation of the banners, and an address by President Louis Toepfer.

Dedication of the Banners

The recognition of the commemorative year was not exclusive to Cleveland. In honor of the sesquicentennial, President Toepfer invited several nationally prominent individuals in higher education and national affairs to assist the CWRU community in reflecting upon the university’s and the nation’s past and future by serving as guest lecturers. One such individual was James B. Reston, a well-known New York Times columnist, who was invited to serve as a visiting Sesquicentennial Professor from 11/10/1975 to 11/21/1975. In addition, part of the year’s celebrations included events for alumni and friends that were held in key cities across the country in order to highlight the role that CWRU played in American education for 150 years, not only in Ohio, but across the nation. One such event was a reception hosted by President Toepfer and his wife, Alice Toepfer, for all alumni and Congressional representatives in Washington D.C. at the United States Botanical Garden on 10/20/1975. Another event was a Sesquicentennial Weekend for alumni and friends that took place at The York Club in New York City from 11/14/1975 to 11/16/1975. The weekend included a dinner and dance on Friday night, and a symposium on Saturday and Sunday that was conducted by key faculty members, and focused on Science and Technology, Medicine, and The Renaissance Man. Other cities across the country that held similar events for CWRU alumni and friends included Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Akron, Youngstown, Canton, Toledo, Dayton, and Philadelphia.

President Louis A. Toepfer

Activities and events in honor of the commemorative year continued into 1976, beginning with a Festival of Arts and Sciences that was held on campus in January and February. The festival featured lectures from prominent faculty members, a bicentennial exhibit at Mather Gallery, musical presentations, a winter dance program, art history programs, and a theatrical performance. The sesquicentennial celebration also included the recognition of Charter Day, to commemorate the day when the university was founded. Held on 2/15/1976, the Charter Day Convocation included brunch for the university governing boards and special guests, the presentation of the University medal and new University Fellows, and introduced the new history of CWRU. This important work was written by Professor Emeritus of History, C. H. Cramer, who delivered the keynote address for the convocation, entitled “Reflections on a Sesquicentennial.”

Charter Day Convocation

Discussions regarding the creation of an official institutional history began after Federation in 1967. To that end, the first CWRU president, Robert Morse, outlined a project to write such a history, which was recommended by the University Chancellor and approved by the trustees. When he assumed the presidency in 1970, President Toepfer continued the project. In 1972, Secretary of the University Carolyn Neff and University Archivist Ruth Helmuth recommended that the history should be published to coincide with the university sesquicentennial, and they recommended Professor Cramer as the most suitable historian to complete this work. Throughout the early 1970s, President Toepfer actively supported Cramer’s efforts by encouraging professors from various departments across campus to use their knowledge of departmental histories to aid in his research. Carolyn Neff oversaw the project to completion in time for the sesquicentennial by serving as the administrative coordinator.

Clarence H. "Red" Cramer

Commemorative year celebrations continued into the spring of 1976, beginning with a Festival of American Jazz in March, in which concerts were given by area colleges’ jazz bands. On 4/28/1976, Alice Toepfer hosted a walking tour of CWRU campus buildings, ranging from Adelbert to Gund Hall. The tour began at Amasa Stone Chapel, and included tea in the Mather Gallery, which housed an exhibit on the sesquicentennial that featured the University Print Club Collection and pieces of Victorian furniture from Guilford House.

In early May 1976, the spring term ended with the University Showcase, which included alumni reunions, departmental open houses, University Circle tours, an antique car show, a flea market, and the Hudson Relay. In addition to the traditional Hudson Relay, a new event, the first annual Western Reserve Marathon, took place on 5/9/1976, and was sponsored by CWRU in honor of its 150th birthday, in cooperation with Revco Drug Centers, Inc. The marathon was run over the challenging and historic Hudson Relay course, which stretches 26 miles and 385 yards between Hudson and Cleveland. It was also considered an official United States Bicentennial event, and was open to all amateur athletes who carried a valid AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) registration card and a current medical certificate. Everyone who finished the Western Reserve Marathon was given a souvenir award, and running shirts were provided to all official entrants.

Hudson Relay, 1976

During the commemorative year, CWRU enrolled nearly 8,000 students in two undergraduate colleges, a graduate school, and seven professional schools: Applied Social Sciences, Dentistry, Law, Library Science, Management, Medicine, and Nursing. In order to continue to improve upon the university’s mission “to prepare its students for a life of learning and professional responsibility by advancing knowledge and understanding through scholarship and research,” CWRU took an important step in addressing the future in honor of the sesquicentennial by announcing a $215-million capital campaign in 1976, called the Resources campaign, to raise funds for endowment and operations support. By the end of its five-year timeline in 1981, one year after President Toepfer’s retirement, the campaign goal was reached, and slightly exceeded.

For more information about the sesquicentennial and commemorative year events, please consult the University Archives. In addition, the digital exhibit “180 Events from 180 Years” on the Archives' website provides a useful timeline of CWRU history, and was created to celebrate the 180th anniversary in 2006. We look forward to celebrating the university’s bicentennial in 2026!

Written by Julia Teran

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July 31, 2018

Faculty involvement in the community - 1968

Many reflections and commemorations have been taking place this year as it is 50 years since the events of 1968. Here is a look back at how faculty members at CWRU were involved in several community related activities in 1968.

Faculty Families Needed to Tutor in Hough - reads a heading in the 5/3/1968 Faculty Announcements.
“Faculty and their families are needed to tutor children in the Hough area for this spring and summer. The Cleveland Tutorial Project has a waiting list of over 300 elementary to high school age students who have asked for tutors. The tutor is matched with one tutee; the tutor selects the age level and subjects in which he would like to tutor. The actual tutoring takes place in a church or recreation center near the tutee’s home one night a week.

“Age is no real barrier - a professor can tutor as well as his 13-year-old son. CTP would like to encourage more faculty families to participate. As a chemistry professor whose entire family has become involved in the project comments, ‘The rewards are presumably the same for tutors of all ages. For us parents, who are teachers anyhow, there is the luxury of devoting full attention to a single student, and in marshaling all our resourcefulness to deal with the unfolding responses...’”

The Poor People’s Campaign - the midwest caravan was scheduled to arrive in Cleveland Saturday, 5/11/1968 on its trip to Washington, D.C. Faculty and students were sought to volunteer to help the week of 5/13. “The response of those faculty offering to house the members of the march has been excellent.” Volunteers also donated food, performed office work and served as guides.

Cleveland: Now! - from 5/24 to 8/9, faculty, staff, and students contributed $12,900 to the Cleveland: NOW! campaign. As reported in the 5/24/1968 Faculty Announcements, “Although the University has long had a policy of soliciting employees for only one fund drive, United Appeal, each year, President Morse has endorsed the Cleveland: NOW! appeal and is asking members of the faculty and staff to support the fund drive.

Salaried employees were asked to give one day’s pay and hourly employees were being asked to give one hour’s pay. “The future of the University and the future of the city of Cleveland are closely linked. The Cleveland: Now! campaign is the first major step in getting Cleveland rolling.” On Tuesday, 8/6, Provost Alan R. Moritz presented Mayor Carl B. Stokes with a check for $12,900.

Upward Bound Program (a pre-college program for low-income and potential first-generation college students) - faculty members met informally with small groups of Upward Bound students to share information regarding their particular areas of specialization. Faculty members could also work with Upward Bound summer teachers in organizing learning experiences.

In January 1968 President Morse announced the creation of the University Urban Affairs Committee. The functions of the committee were: to review proposals seeking interdepartmental cooperation on problems of teaching, research, or service programs related to urban affairs; to act as clearinghouse of information about all academic projects within the university pertaining to urban affairs; to initiate and develop within the university interdepartmental research, service or educational activities appropriate to University’s increasing role in the urban field. The committee’s duties were refined throughout the course of the year. Louis A. Toepfer, then dean of the Law School, became chair in August and was also temporary director of the newly formed Office of Community Affairs.

As reported in Faculty Announcements, President Morse stated, “It is a fact of life that urban universities can only realize their goals and ambitions as educational institutions if the urban areas in which they are located can solve the agonizing social and economic problems they face. Urban universities have an obligation to their communities to contribute to creative solutions to these problems.”

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July 25, 2018

Helpful Links Now in Your ILLiad Menu

In our eagerness to aid you with using interlibrary loan services, or to guide you toward alternate strategies that offer more expedient access to research materials, we have furnished our ILLiad workspace with several convenient directional links.

When you log into your account, you will notice the left-hand column with the header "Main Menu", which is ever-present in your main page and in all other request form and display table pages that are part of the regular ILLiad site. If you scroll down to the bottom, you will see a section of options, labelled "Resources".

Some of these links will be familiar, such as our own online catalog, OhioLINK, electronic journals and research databases. The three most recently added to the list are the following:

* Summon -- This portal is designed to explore through numerous databases accessible in our library's vast pool of resources, all in a single sweep. It is also customizable to your preferred search strategy, along various parameters. Summon is also accessible directly on the Kelvin Smith Library main website page.

* Google Scholar -- This popular search engine is particularly useful for verifying article citations, and for determining open access in conjunction with browser extensions available from Open Access Button, Unpaywall and the like. For more information on how this can work together with (or in lieu of) interlibrary loan, please see my blog entry from September 26, 2017.

* Open Access Button -- One of many recommended new applications that work with your browser to assist in locating articles legally available, free of charge. It can help to find one or more versions of an article along the publication process--sometimes even the final published edition. It can also contact authors to place a research request on your behalf, if no version of an article is yet available.

Although it is not currently included in the menu (in the interest of space constraints), we also suggest you check out the more sophisticated OASheet, from the folks at Open Access Button. This version is capable of locating possible open access versions and then sending a list of the repository links directly to your e-mail address.

Another resource of possible interest, but not currently in the ILLiad menu is the HathiTrust site, which can also be found in our list of Research Databases. This cooperative offers access to digitized versions of books, monographs and other various publications, available from numerous collections worldwide--all in one place.

Just another note--all the external links appearing in the ILLiad Main Menu "Resources" section are set to open up in a new tab or window, depending on your browser specifications.

If this has been of any help, then I've succeeded in my mission. Good luck with your research!

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July 16, 2018

KSL Digital Scholarship Research Impacts Local Communities


Through our Freedman Fellows program, our library team has been working with researchers at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education to demonstrate how digital scholarship could potentially have a measurable impact on our local communities.

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July 12, 2018

Mini-History of the School of Architecture

The School of Architecture was one of several Western Reserve University schools that existed prior to becoming part of the University. It is also one of our schools that had a separate existence as a deparment after the school was closed. The sketch below outlines some of the school’s history. The focus is on 1929 till 1953, while it was a Western Reserve University school.

School of Architecture Class of 1929

Some Key Dates
1921 Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects began supporting a course in architecture
1924 Cleveland School of Architecture was incorporated
1929 Cleveland School of Architecture affiliated with Western Reserve University
6/13/1929 First degrees, Bachelor of Architecture, conferred on eight graduates, by Western Reserve University
9/17/1929 First School of Architecture classes were offered as part of Western Reserve University
1941 Cleveland School of Architecture was renamed the School of Architecture
1953 School of Architecture closed. The Department of Architecture continued almost 20 years, closing in 1972
6/10/1953 The School of Architecture’s last commencement ceremony was held, at which 15 graduates received the Bachelor of Architecture.
1929-1953 Frances R. Bacon was Dean of the School of Architecture for its entire life as a school of Western Reserve University

The 1929/30 catalog lists over 40 architecture courses, including Elements of Architecture, Cast Drawing, History of Architecture, Theory of Design, and more. Students also took classes in English, Math, Physics, and French.

Degrees Offered and Awarded
1929/30-1940/41 Bachelor of Architecture offered
1941/42-1942/43 Bachelor of Science offered
1943/44-1952/53 Bachelor of Architecture offered
1929-1953 nearly 200 undergraduate degrees were awarded by the School of Architecture.
Adelbert, Mather, and Cleveland Colleges also offered the Bachelor of Architecture degree. The Master of Arts degree in architecture was offered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Architecture students constructing models

1929/30-1945/46 $300/year with an estimated materials cost of $50
1946/47-1947/48 $12.50/credit hour
1948/49 $14/credit hour
1949/50-1952/53 $16/credit hour

1929-1953 total of 1,623 students enrolled; average of 67 annually
1943/44 low enrollment: 11 students
1948/49 high enrollment: 114 students

1927-1930 11015 Euclid Avenue
1930-1945 Garfield House at 11206 Euclid Avenue
1945-1953 Pierce Hall

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June 29, 2018

Energy Conservation on Campus - 40 years ago

In the 1970s the university was dealing with the energy crisis as were individuals at home. Amid skyrocketing costs and shortages, the university imposed measures to conserve energy. Utilities costs rose dramatically. As reported in News & Views 11/1/1974, CWRU used less energy in 1973/74 than 1972/73. “Campus facilities (excluding housing) used nearly two million fewer kilowatts of electricity, cut use of steam by some 30 million pounds, and reduced gas consumption by about 31 thousand cubic feet. These are impressive figures--until you realize that the total cost for utilities was about $60,000 higher in fiscal ‘73-’74 than a year earlier despite these substantial cutbacks. This ironic situation is explained by the major increases in the cost of energy in all forms which hit consumers, including CWRU, throughout the first half of calendar 1974.”

Utility costs continued to rise throughout the 1970s and 1978 saw the university impose strict measures in the wake of a nationwide 16 week coal strike. During the winter of 1977-1978 blizzard conditions caused the university to be closed for 2 days, believed to be the first for a snow closure since 1950. The storm caused some broken windows,roof damage and ruptured pipes, but the overall damage was less than anticipated. The university was able to operate almost normally through the winter and the coal strike because the Medical Center Company had stockpiled a sufficient amount of coal to heat the campus. Supplies of electricity were more critical. The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company unveiled a plan to reduce consumption by 20% for individuals and institutions. On 2/14/1978 CWRU issued its first statement about voluntary energy cutbacks in News & Views. Effective Wednesday, 2/15/1978:

“1. Lights will be turned off in all rooms having a window or windows between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
2. All space heaters, radios and other electric devices not directly used in accomplishing work-related tasks will be turned off.
3. The University Bookstore will close at 5:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. weekdays.
4. University facilities will not be available to off-campus groups.”

Building monitors were assigned to each campus building to enforce the first 2 procedures. These were mandatory procedures that all employees were expected to comply with. In addition, some elevators were shut down and outdoor lighting cut back. The university realized approximately 18% savings from these measures by 3/9/1978. Ohio Governor James Rhodes requested all Ohioans conserve at least 25% of their normal electrical usage, leading the university to its second phase of energy reductions. According to News & Views (3/9/1978) these procedures went into effect Saturday, 3/11/1978:

“1. Libraries will begin operating with reduced hours. Specific hours will be announced next week.
2. The three campus gymnasia will be open daytime hours only.
3. Elevators in all dormitories (except high rise buildings) and many other buildings will be turned off.
4. Reductions in air handling equipment and lab hoods will be continued.
5. Lights will be turned off in most non-dormitory parking lots.
6. Non-work related electrical equipment, including coffee pots (underlined) and certain vending machines should be turned off.
7. Use of copy machines should be limited, whenever possible. Copy machines should be turned off when not in use.
8. Use of University auditoriums by off-campus groups will be canceled.”

The first phase of energy saving procedures remained in effect.

By late March the coal strike was settled. The 3/27/1978 issue of News & Views reported that CWRU did its part to reduce energy consumption during the latter 5 weeks of the strike. Use of electricity was reduced campus-wide by approximately 20-25 percent. Vice President Musselman thanked faculty, staff, and students for their cooperation during the emergency energy cutback. Musselman stated, “We learned some things during these cutbacks. We identified some areas of excessive use of electricity, where the cutbacks will become permanent parts of our ongoing conservation efforts....With the receipt of this notice Phase I and II mandatory cutbacks are cancelled. However, I want to emphasize again that conservation of energy has become a way of life and the University must continue to do its part to eliminate all excessive and unnecessary consumption of electricity. Everyone give a little thought to this fact of life, before automatically turning on lights and appliances that have been off, and perhaps not badly missed.”

All the elevators shut down during the crisis were restored to service.

Medical Center Company air pollution control device installed at the power plant in 1978. It was referred to as the Bag House.

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June 13, 2018

KSL Special User Registration in ILLiad -- Status & Department Selections

This month's blog entry is intended either for our regular users who are afforded special service levels, or for those who are not primary users of KSL's ILLiad system, but are allowed to register for limited services. This includes (in no particular order) alumni, KSL depository requestors, distance education graduates (WSOM), post-doctoral researchers, emeritus faculty and visiting scholars. Although this does not as a rule apply directly to current faculty, staff, graduates or undergraduates, you are welcome to read on, as well.

When you initially sign up for ILLiad privileges at our login page, you will click the "First Time Users" link and agree to our terms to reach the "New User Registration" page. There is often some uncertainty as to which selections for "Status" and "Department" which you are to make once you reach that point in the process. Without any further ado, the answers to these questions are summarily indicated below:

New ILLiad user options for "Status" and "Department or Major"--

* Alumni Users: "Alumni Online Library" & "KSL ALUMNI ONLINE LIBRARY"

* KSL Depository Request Users: "Depository Request" & "KSL DEPOSITORY REQUEST"

* WSOM Doctor of Management Students: "Distance Ed Graduate" & "DM"

* Post-Doctoral Students: "Graduate" & your academic department

* Emeritus Faculty Members: "Faculty" & your academic department

* Visiting Scholars: "Staff" & your sponsoring academic department

A few additional words of advice for certain of our special user categories, before you go on any further to set up your KSL ILLiad account...

A detailed explanation of who "special users" are is available at our Customer Help page. A list of our "regular" and "special" users eligible for ILLiad services at KSL may be found in our FAQ page. And finally, complete instructions on how to register your ILLiad account for the first time is also on the Customer Help page.

Alumni users who wish to register for special ILLiad services through KSL must sign up initially at our Alumni Services page. After you have received confirmation, you may continue with setting up an ILLiad alumni user account.

KSL Depository scan request services through our ILLiad system has been discussed here at length previously, on both November 13, 2017 and January 22, 2018. Depository scanning service is routinely available to all regular KSL ILLiad users, while ILLiad users from other campus library sites must set up a special account exclusively for that purpose.

Visiting Scholar service through ILLiad at KSL was addressed previously in this blog on September 17, 2014. Prior to registration, a sponsor from your academic department must submit a request in writing to, including the following information: your name, personal e-mail & phone number, local address, CWRU network ID, dates of visit, and sponsoring department (including name of sponsor, their e-mail & direct phone, and the department general phone). Remember that you will be regarded as "Staff", and that your privileges will extend only during the period of your affiliation with the university.

As always, we hope to have helped clarify this part of the registration process, as well as any possible concerns regarding the special and limited service levels we provide through ILLiad.

For general questions to Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff, please contact us by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at

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