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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:

Making Computers Understand
Communicating with Data
Introducing Media Projects into the Classroom
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

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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.

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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.

Apply Today:

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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!

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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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June 05, 2018

On This Day in CWRU History: June

Below is the last month of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include.

June 1
1978: CWRU Trustees established the John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching.

June 2
1960: Mei Mei Wang became the first woman awarded a Ph.D. from the Case Institute of Technology. Dr. Wang also received her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case in 1958.

June 5
1939: Fred Easly Sheibley received the first Ph.D. conferred by Case School of Applied Science.
1997: The Campus Greens, location of Philip Johnson's sculpture Turning Point, was dedicated.

June 8
1905: Ambrose Swasey, longtime trustee of the Case School of Applied Science and Western Reserve University, received the honorary Doctor of Engineering degree, the first honorary degree awarded by CSAS.

June 9
1955: Millicent C. McIntosh, president, Barnard College, and dean, Columbia University received an honorary degree from Case Institute of Technology, the only woman to receive that honor.

June 10
1890: Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science participated in their first track meet, competing with Mt. Union and Hiram Colleges. Held at the YMCA Park in Cleveland, WRU won the meet.

June 11
1901: Haydn Hall's cornerstone was laid. Named in honor of former WRU president Hiram Haydn. Haydn Hall opened as a women's dormitory.
1908: The cornerstone for the Morley Chemistry Laboratory was laid. The building was named in honor of former WRU faculty member Edward Morley.
1911: Amasa Stone Chapel, named in honor of Cleveland businessman Amasa Stone, was dedicated.
1913: Cleveland mayor Newton D. Baker spoke at Western Reserve University's College for Women commencement ceremony. His speech was entitled, "The Place of a College for Women in a Great City."
1929: Western Reserve University Trustees approved an affiliation with the Cleveland School of Architecture.
1935: Western Reserve University Trustees renamed the School of Nursing in honor of U. S. Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton.
Frances Payne Bolton

June 12
1923: Western Reserve University Trustees established the School of Nursing.
1935: Olive Baxter Stevens became the first woman to graduate from the School of Architecture, six years after its affiliation with Western Reserve University.

Hudson Relay, 1910

June 13
1900: The cornerstone was laid for Harkness Chapel, Western Reserve University's first chapel building. It was named in honor of Florence Harkness Severance.
1910: The Hudson Relay was run for the first time. The class of 1912 won, with a finish time of 2 hours and 1 minute.
1912: Four years after the Cleveland School of Pharmacy affiliated with Western Reserve University, Birdie Rehmer became its first woman graduate.
1934: Winfred G. Leutner was inaugurated as Western Reserve University's eighth president, and was the only alumnus to serve as president of WRU.
1961: Aaron Strauss was the first recipient of the Kent H. Smith award, awarded to the outstanding engineering senior, who "displays extraordinary qualities of leadership, character, and scholarship."
1992: Karen Horn was elected as the first woman chair of the CWRU Board of Trustees

June 14
1911: The cornerstone was laid for Flora Stone Mather Memorial Building. It became the main administration building for Flora Stone Mather College.
1929: The cornerstone for the Institute of Pathology was laid.
Camp Case
, in Mohican State Forest near Loudonville, Ohio, closed. It served as a summer survey camp for Case Institute of Technology students for 21 years.
June 15
1885: Case School of Applied Science held its first commencement, graduating 5 men. It was held at the Case Hall Auditorium in downtown Cleveland.
1896: Hatch Library was dedicated. It was Western Reserve University's first building solely used as a library.
Camp Case, Mohican State Forest

1896: The cornerstone ceremonies were held for the Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law building on the corner of Adelbert Road and Circle Drive.
1911: Western Reserve University's commencement convocation was held for the first time at the newly-constructed Amasa Stone Chapel.
1932: Western Reserve University's commencement convocation was held for the first time at the newly-constructed Severance Hall.

June 16
1910: Lucy Gertrude Hoffman became the first woman graduate of Western Reserve University's Dental School, eighteen years after the School's establishment.
1915: Mather House was dedicated. It opened as a dorm for female undergraduate students.
1921: Hannah Mirsky became the first woman graduate of Western Reserve University's Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law.
1926: Florence Ellinwood Allen, Ohio Supreme Court Justice and a graduate of Western Reserve University's College for Women in 1904, gave the first of her three commencement speeches at WRU's College for Women.
1927: Herbert M. Knowles was the only member of the first graduating class of Western Reserve University's Cleveland College.
1948: Carl Wittke, long time Western Reserve University faculty member and dean of the Graduate School, spoke for the first of sixteen times at a WRU commencement ceremony.

June 17
1895: The cornerstone was laid for Hatch Library. It was Western Reserve University's first building solely used as a library.
1909: The cornerstone of Amasa Stone Chapel was laid. The chapel was named in honor of Cleveland businessman Amasa Stone.
1996: The Kelvin Smith Library officially opened.

June 18
1895: Mary Noyes Colvin, who in 1895 became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from Western Reserve University, was the main speaker at WRU's commencement.
1993: The Richard F. Celeste Biomedical Research Building was dedicated.

June 19
1888: Western Reserve University Trustees approved an affiliation with the Western Reserve School of Design for Women, which was renamed the School of Art.
1898: Dedication ceremonies for Eldred Hall were held. Eldred Hall was the first student union of Adelbert College.

June 21
1897: Cornerstone was laid for Eldred Hall. Eldred Hall was the first student union of Adelbert College.

June 23
Fire gutted Adelbert Hall,
the oldest campus building. It took two years to rebuild the historic structure.

June 24
1994: The Health Sciences Center was renamed the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Center.

June 26
1872: Carroll Cutler was inaugurated as Western Reserve College's fourth president.

June 28
1876: Viola Smith Buell became the first woman to graduate from Western Reserve College, fifty years after its establishment.

June 30
1949: The School of Pharmacy at Western Reserve University closed.

On This Day in CWRU HIstory: July
On This Day in CWRU HIstory: August
On This Day in CWRU History: September
On This Day in CWRU History: October
On This Day in CWRU History: November
On This Day in CWRU History: December
On This Day in CWRU History: January
On This Day in CWRU History: February
On This Day in CWRU History: March
On This Day in CWRU History: April
On This Day in CWRU History: May

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May 29, 2018

Western Reserve University School of Pharmacy


While CWRU has 3 health related schools at the present time (School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine, and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing), there was also a School of Pharmacy from 1908 to 1949. This School was first established in 1882 as the Cleveland School of Pharmacy by the Cleveland Pharmaceutical Association. According to a history of the School by Edward D. Davy in 1941, E. A Schellentrager, a retail pharmacist was the “originator of the idea of formal training for prospective pharmacists.” Schellentrager became the first president of the School serving until 1905. The School was chartered under the laws of Ohio as the Cleveland School of Pharmacy on 12/20/1886. The incorporators were Schellentrager, Joseph H. Peck, P. I. Spenzer, G. L. Heckler, George Keiffer, and Henry W. Stecher.

The School became affiliated with Western Reserve University in 1908. It was renamed the Cleveland School of Pharmacy of Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1917. The School closed in 1949.

In the first year, 1 lecture was offered each week for 20 weeks. It was to be a practical elementary course in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Nathan Rosenwasser was the lecturer. In the second year, Stecher and C. W. Kolbe were the lecturers. In the third year the course was extended to 30 lectures with optional lectures 2 evenings a week. No degrees were conferred by the School.

In 1896-1897 the curriculum was expanded to 3 years leading to the Pharmaceutical Chemist degree. There were 3 classes: freshman, junior, and senior classes.

At the time the School became part of WRU in the 1908/09 academic year, 2 degrees were offered, the Pharmaceutical Chemist (Ph.C.) and the Graduate in Pharmacy (Ph.G.). The difference in degrees depended on the high school experience of the student. Students with 1 year of a “good high school course” received the Ph.G. degree. Students who graduated from high school received the Ph.C. The 2 degrees were almost identical in the theoretical branches. The 2-year course was for full-time students and the tuition was $100 per year. The full-time course included more laboratory work. The 3-year course allowed the student time to work in a local drug store. The tuition was $65 per year.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Phar.D.) was awarded to candidates who graduated from a “reputable school of pharmacy, who has had at least ten years of pharmaceutical experience since graduation; who presents an acceptable dissertation and who passes an examination before the Committee on Examination.”

Over time the Ph.G. degree became the 2-year degree program and Ph.C. became the 3 year program. Students were not admitted to the 2 -year course of study after the 1924/25 academic year. The Ph.C. and B.S. degrees were offered. The Ph.C. degree was not offered after 6/1935, leaving the B.S. as the only degree offered. Graduate work was possible through the Graduate School.

Total enrollment was 76 in 1908/09. Enrollment was 130 in the last year of existence (1948/49).

The deans of the School, 1908-1949, were:
1908-1911 Henry V. Arny
1911-1912 Norman A. Dubois
1912-1913 T. Barnard Tanner
1913-1916 William C. Alpers
1916-1940 Edward Spease
1940-1941 Edward D. Davy, Acting Dean
1941-1943 Edward D. Davy
1943-1944 Franklin J. Bacon, Acting Dean
1944-1949 Arthur P. Wyss

The School of Pharmacy was located in downtown Cleveland until 1920 when it moved to a house on Adelbert Road. The buildings used by the School included:
1882 - part of a floor of Cleveland City Hall
1900 - 2 floors of Cleveland Gas Light and Coke Company (also called the Gas Building
1910-1920 - Ohio Wesleyan Medical School building
1920-1949 - 2029/2045 Adelbert Road
1933 - Pierce Hall

In 1921 a garden of medicinal plants was established on campus under the management of the Department of Pharmacognosy. In the Spring of 1929 the garden was transferred to Squire Valleevue Farm.

Andrew Squire in medicinal herb garden and plants and seeds harvested from the farm

Plants were cultivated for propagation (for use in the manufacturing laborary) and research. According to Davy’s history, “The School maintains research and manufacturing laboratories, where U.S.P, N.F., and special formulae preparations are made for the hospitals of Cleveland. By agreement between Western Reserve University and the University Hospitals of Cleveland the Head of the Department of Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy serves as the Directing Pharmacist of the University Hospitals, and the pharmacists in the hospitals become members of the teaching staff of the School. Students are required to take a course in hospital pharmacy under the direction of the hospitals pharmacists. An advanced course in hospital pharmacy is open to students who in the opinion of the faculty show special aptitude and ability.”

Pharmacy students in laboratory, 1913

Records of the School and more information about the School of Pharmacy is available in the University Archives.

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May 22, 2018

Faculty Authorized Users -- Regular Circulation vs. ILLiad

One of the perks of being a faculty member here at Kelvin Smith Library is that you can request to have authorized users specified on your library circulation account. This will allow them to check out KSL and OhioLINK loans on your behalf, saving you time and effort in your busy schedule. Another similar but separate benefit available to all users registered in the KSL ILLiad system is the option to specify authorized persons to sign out interlibrary loan items (not OhioLINK) on their behalf.

If you are current CWRU faculty, and wish to establish the former of these services, you will need to contact KSL Access & Delivery by sending a message to, providing the names of those persons you wish to allow to pick up your loans. You may also call our Service Center at 216-368-3506 for additional assistance, if needed.

If you are an eligible user of KSL's ILLiad system for interlibrary loan services -- i.e., faculty, staff and students only -- you can similarly designate authorized users also to pick up ILL returnable items for you. This topic was previously covered in my blog way back on March 4, 2009, as distinct from KSL and OhioLINK loan checkouts. Normally, you would simply edit your ILLiad profile by logging into your account and selecting 'Change User Information' from the Main Menu. You would then add their names in the 'Authorized Users' field and save the changes. NOTE: Alumni and Depository Request users do not have loan borrowing privileges through KSL's ILLiad (i.e., only copies), and this does not apply to their service levels.

If you are faculty and are currently registered with a KSL ILLiad account, we can add your authorized users there as a courtesy. If you are making a request using the above e-mail contact for your main borrowing privileges, you can include this in your message text as well. Please remember to refer to your KSL ILLiad UserName, if you intend to do so. If you prefer, our ILL staff can also make this edit to your KSL ILLiad account. Please feel free to send a message to them at

One further word of note about ILLiad authorized users. We recommend that you add them (or request to have them added) to your account prior to submitting any new loan requests. Any returnable items already received and awaiting pick-up will not have been marked with their names, and you will need to notify ILL staff so we can manually add them onto the accompanying checkout slips.

We hope this helps to make your scholarly research endeavors a little easier.

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

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May 17, 2018

Kelvin Smith Library Announces Beta Launch of Digital Case

We want you to test and give feedback on Kelvin Smith Library’s newly revamped Digital Case (, 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. Digital Case has been comprehensively indexed, allowing data to be easily discovered through online search engines, such as Google.

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.

We’d like to hear from you about your experience using our new Digital Case platform using the feedback form on the site:

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May 08, 2018

De Symmetria by Albrecht Durer

We'll take a brief hiatus from the Herbal Collection of the Cleveland Medical Library Association, housed in the Allen Memorial Medical Library, to look at De Symmetria partium in rectis formis humanorum corporum libri, by Albrecht Durer, from 1532. This is the first edition of the Latin translation of the work (from German). De Symmetria uses the original wood blocks from the earlier printings for this translation. It is a folio in sixes, with chainlines and several different watermarks.

Continue reading "De Symmetria by Albrecht Durer"

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May 01, 2018

De Medicina

The second book in the Herbal Collection of the Allen Memorial Medical Library, and the first book in the Marshall Collection, is the 1481 edition of De Medicina by Aulus Cornelius Celsus.

Continue reading "De Medicina"

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May 02, 2018

Herbarius Latinus

The sixth book in the Herbal Collection of the Allen Memorial Medical Library, and the second book in the Marshall Collection, is the 1484 edition of Herbarius Latinus.

The author is not known. As noted in Johnston's work on the Cleveland Herbal Collection, the CMLA edition is bound in dark brown calf with with raised bands and clasps (missing).

The cover is blind tooled with a panel design with a double line fillet. The outer panel is filled with a blind ornamental stamping of a plant in each corner with a scroll in between each corner, what Johnston refers to as a "ribbon rolls" each roll "inscribed christus". The middle panel is a mixture of both the ornamental plants and the rolls. There is some imbalance in the cover design, with four rolls in the outer panel at the bottom--within the frame of the panel--and five at the top, with one roll "breaking" the frame. The cover is worm eaten and gouged in places.

The interior is something to behold. Inside the front board is what Johnston describes as the "Armorial bookplate of the castle of Oels in Silesia". In addition, there are various enumerations, possibly cataloging, and a two paragraph statement in Latin.

The title page is equally interesting with what Johnston names as "one of earliest works to have a title page". The title is presented in Gothic font with the red printer's mark of Fust and Schoeffer (widely believed to have stolen Gutenberg's press and equipment out from under him). Additionally, there is a purple stamp of which Johnston writes "duplicate stamp of the Royal Library at Dresden." There is also an inscription "Sum Francisci Eyssagk, Monasterii Schweydnitzer."

On the verso of the title page, in red and green, is the "arms of Bernardinus von Berge". Johnston makes no mention of the title page having been ripped in half, with the lower half missing and replaced.

Continue reading "Herbarius Latinus"

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May 01, 2018

On This Day in CWRU History: May

Below is month eleven of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include.

Campus anti-war protests, May 1970

May 2
1908 Western Reserve University students held their first mock political convention at Gray's Armory. The convention nominated Senator Robert LaFollette of Wisconsin for U.S. president.
1948 Case Institute of Technology's new student union, Tomlinson Hall, was dedicated.
1970 An open meeting was held to protest expansion of the Vietman War to Cambodia.

May 3
1970 Demonstrators occupied Yost Hall to protest the campus ROTC program headquartered in the building.

May 4
1970 Student Vietnam war protesters blocked the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road. That night a candlelight procession was held in memory of the Kent State student killed and wounded earlier that day.
1971 Boxer Muhammad Ali spoke at Adelbert Gym. The lecture was sponsored by the UUSG Speakers Bureau and the Adelbert College Junior Class.
1985 Completely renovated as part of the Mather Quad restoration effort, Guilford House was rededicated.

May 5
1970 Faculty Senate 4-1/2 hour meeting debated continuation of the ROTC program and other issues related to anti-war protests. Radio station WRUW broadcast the proceedings.

May 6
1961 Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Western Reserve University's Mather I dormitory complex, consisting of Cutter, Smith, Taft, and Taplin Houses, and Stone Dining Hall.
1970 A ROTC supply room in the basement of Yost Hall was firebombed. Damage was $5,000.

May 7
1971 Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University's baseball teams faced off in the last meeting of these two schools in intercollegiate sports. WRU beat Case 7-5 in 10 innings.

May 8
1917 Lakeside Base Hospital Number Four, comprised of 256 men and women, including faculty from the School of Medicine, sailed for Europe one month after the United States entered World War I.
1971 Buffalo Bob Smith, the star of the "Howdy Doody Show," appeared at Emerson Gym. Smith told behind-the-scene anecdotes, showed film of the 10th anniversary show, and led the audience in singing old Howdy Doody songs. Tickets were $1.50.
1986 Trustees approved establishment of the Center on Regional Economic Issues in the Weatherhead School of Management.

May 9
1968 Trustee Executive Committee approved establishment of the Biomedical Engineering Department.

May 10
1961 Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at Case Institute of Technology for the Olin Laboratory for Materials.


May 11
1903 Western Reserve University Trustees established the Library School.
1904 Charles S. Howe was inaugurated as Case School of Applied Science's second president.
1948 Case Institute of Technology students held their first mock political convention, nominating Senator Arthur Vandenburg of Michigan as candidate for U.S. president.


May 12
1994 Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter spoke at the Florence Cellar Gerontology Conference, sponsored by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

May 13
1885 Laura Kerr Axtell donated property worth $125,000 in the city of Cleveland, as well as the township of Rockport, to endow the Kerr Professorship of Mathematics, the first named professorship at Case School of Applied Science.
1972 The Health Sciences Center complex, containing new and expanded homes for the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, and Medicine, was dedicated.

May 14
1965 Retiring CIT President Glennan was honored by a surprise tribute organized by students at
Students Salute Keith Glennan Day.


May 15
1928 Western Reserve University Trustees established the School of Education.
1969 When an attempt by 200 protesters to occupy the President's office in Adelbert Main was thwarted by counter demonstrators, the protesters, primarily students, proceeded to occupy Haydn Hall for four days.

May 16
1999 Former astronaut and U. S. Senator John Glenn spoke at CWRU's spring commencement convocation.

May 17
1946 All Hudson Relay teams were disqualified for using cars instead of running the race.

May 18
1920 Following the re-opening of the School of Medicine to women, female students established the Theta chapter of the Nu Sigma Phi medical sorority.
1961 Case Institute of Technology formally dedicated the Library-Humanities Building. In 1966, it was renamed the Lester M. and Ruth P. Sears Library-Humanities Building.
2003 Geraldine Ferraro, who in 1984 became the first woman to run on a U.S. presidential ticket of a major party, gave the address at CWRU's main commencement ceremony.

May 19
1967 Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University purchased Fenway Motor Inn, renamed University House, to provide housing for married and single graduate students.

May 21
1948 T. Keith Glennan was inaugurated as Case Institute of Technology's fourth president.
1957 Dedication ceremonies were held for Case Institute of Technology's second student dormitory, Pardee Hall.
1969 CWRU's University Undergraduate Student Government Assembly held its first meeting.
1969 CWRU Trustees approved phase one of a joint music program with Cleveland Institute of Musice, to begin in fall 1969.
2000 Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Ohio Congresswoman and 1971 Flora Stone Mather College and 1974 Law graduate, spoke at CWRU's School of Law commencement ceremony. Ferid Murad, a 1998 Nobel Prize laureate and a 1965 Western Reserve University graduate, spoke at CWRU's School of Medicine commencement ceremony.

May 22
1894 School of Medicine became the first medical college in Ohio to require four years of study to earn the M.D. degree.
1896 Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science held their first Intercollegiate Field Day in track. Held at the Cleveland Driving Park, WRU beat Case, 74-54.
1985 The first outdoor, University-wide, CWRU commencement ceremony was held.


May 23
1958 In use since 1901, the Case Institute of Technology athletic field was renamed Van Horn Field, in honor of former Case faculty member Frank "the Count" Van Horn.

May 24
1916 In an early use of the transcontinental telephone line, attendees at the Case School of Applied Science alumni dinner spoke via telephone with Case alumni at simultaneous gatherings in New York City and San Francisco.
1957 Dedication ceremonies were held at Case Institute of Technology for the newly completed Sam W. Emerson Physical Education Center.
1990 The Staff Advisory Council, CWRU's first, fully representative staff organization, held its first official meeting.

May 26
1911 Case School of Applied Science competed for the first time in varsity tennis by participating in the Ohio Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament held at Ohio Wesleyan University.
1951 Case Institute of Technology formally dedicated its first campus dormitory, Yost Hall.

May 27
1981 Dr. Benjamin Spock, noted pediatrician and former Western Reserve University faculty member, gave the address at CWRU's School of Medicine commencement ceremony.

May 28
1931 Case School of Applied Science's commencement convocation was held for the first time at the newly-constructed Severance Hall.
1970 Polykarp Kusch, 1955 Nobel Prize laureate, and a 1931 graduate of Case Institute of Technology, spoke at CIT's commencement ceremony.

May 29
1891 Western Reserve University Trustees established the School of Law.

May 31
1928 Nearly 50 years after its establishment, the Case School of Applied Science graduated its first woman, Edith Paula Chartkoff, who received an M.S. in Metallurgy.

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April 27, 2018

Finals at Kelvin Smith Library!

We’re Opening Collaboration rooms during Finals

Need a quiet place to study? It may be tough finding space. That’s why KSL is opening all study rooms in the Lower Level during Finals!

Classrooms: LL01, LL06A, LL06B

April 30 (starting 12:00pm) - May 10 (ending 8:00am)


PAWS Your Stress

Take a "paws" from stress at Kelvin Smith Library. We'll have therapy dogs at the library on May 1 and May 2 throughout the day!

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Wellness Break at KSL!

Massages! Smoothies! Food! Chair Yoga!
Finals are coming and we got you covered. Stop by the Dampeer Room on the second floor of Kelvin Smith Library on Tuesday, May 1 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
All students, graduate and undergraduate, are welcome!


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

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

Chat with a librarian:

April 16 - May 9 | Mondays - Thursdays 10:00am - 9:00pm | Fridays 10:00am - 5:00pm
April 22 - May 9 | Sundays 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Stop by our Walk-in Research Desk anytime during finals (April 22 - May 10) at Kelvin Smith Library’s Collaboration Room M-01 located on the first floor.
April 22 - May 9 | Mondays - Thursdays 5:00pm - 9:00pm | Sundays 12:00pm - 8:00pm

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

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April 23, 2018

International Borrowing Through Interlibrary Loan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All International: 171, 153, 129 (453)

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

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

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

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April 20, 2018

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


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

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

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

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April 18, 2018

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

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

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

Chat with a librarian:

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

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

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

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

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

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