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December 07, 2016

Relax for Finals!

In need of a little relaxation during finals week? On Monday, December 12th from 2-5pm, stop by Bon Appètit’s Create-Your-Own-Tea table on the first floor of KSL [near Cramelot] to make and try your own blend and to learn about the benefits of different types of tea! See you there!

Posted on KSL News Blog by Gina Midlik at 01:32 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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December 05, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 13

In its December 5, 1997 issue The Observer issued final grades: B+ to CWRUnet services, C to Aramark, A to WRUW, D- to limited hours at Kelvin Smith Library during Finals Week, A to Engineering and Science Review, A to University Program Board, and more.

Other headlines in this last issue of the semester included:
• Joyce Fitzpatrick to step down as Dean of Nursing
• Federal government announces tax relief to students
• ESS plans move to KSL
• Women’s center planned
• Diversity class discussed
• MaDaCol breaks New Ground this weekend

Special section: Focus on Stress
• ESS works to alleviate stress of finals-stricken students
• Meditation provides means of finals enlightenment
• Simple, relaxing exercises can remove stress
• The Refuge offers asylum from pressures of college
• KSL relieves aggravations of laptop users
• Panhellenic Council helps first-year women deal with stress

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 12/5/1997

This is the last fall semester weekly blog posting describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the year many of the Class of 2020 were born. We’ll pick up again in January with the first issue of 1998.

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November 28, 2016

A Few Assorted "Near-Year-End" Reminders

I just couldn't wait until December to put out another one of these lists of timely ILL-related issues (from my vantage point, at least) -- so, here goes...

* Duplication of OhioLINK loan requests in ILLiad -- We urge you to consider using OhioLINK (including SearchOhio) first. If you have already requested a loan through OhioLINK, please avoid creating an equivalent transaction for the same item in ILLiad. Be aware that ILL staff reserve the right to cancel an ILLiad loan request if copies are simultaneously available in OhioLINK, or if your library record indicates you have already placed a hold on an OhioLINK copy.

* About theses and their availability through interlibrary loan -- Please keep in mind that not all are "created equal", as far as interlibrary loan is concerned. They exist in many formats (print, microfilm, CD-ROM, online, etc.), often but not necessarily related to age (e.g., pre- vs. post-2000), and we may have little influence on which of these we can obtain them in for our users. The availability of theses and dissertations is dependent upon many circumstances, most prominently the diverse policies of granting institutions' libraries or archives. This may involve various restrictions imposed on use (such as "No Renewals" or "Library Use Only"), or to proper crediting in the user's research. Some institutions may not permit theirs to be lent out at all as returnable loans, and may not even agree to provide reproductions. Sometimes the existence of multiple holdings listed by potential lender locations other than the granting institution can alleviate this state of affairs. Often when we are unable to obtain them through regular ILL channels (either as a loan or a reproduction), we suggest that our patrons may need to take the recourse of purchasing a personal copy from UMI ProQuest, British Library EThOS, or possibly other sources. We may also encourage the suggestion of an acquisition of a thesis title for addition to the Kelvin Smith Library's own collections, if justifiable. In any case, please be aware that there is no 100% guarantee that theses can be accessed exclusively through ILL services. It's a real "mixed bag", to be sure--I could go on and on...

* Articles from journals vs. reprints listed as monographs -- Sometimes you may run across an item (usually as the result of an OCLC WorldCat search) which has been catalogued individually by an single lender location, and which is also fully cited within the same bibliographic record as an article from a scholarly journal (including volume, issue, year, pages, etc.). Although you may be tempted to submit your request as if this material is a "borrowable" item, we prefer that you extract (and further verify if necessary) the original citation and simply submit it properly into a journal article (or other "non-returnable") request form instead. This will eliminate unnecessary processing time for ILL staff, since it would not give the mistaken appearance of a "rare" item that is actually much less difficult to obtain.

* Submitting excessive requests simultaneously by the same user and prioritization by ILL staff -- Please keep in mind that if you choose to submit ILL requests in mass quantities concurrently, it can considerably slow the overall processing efficiency of the library staff who handle these transactions. In fairness to our other patrons who only place one, two or maybe three requests at a time, we reserve the right to expedite those transactions in their favor. This practice is at our discretion, and we are always willing to take adequate justification into account to consider acting otherwise, if you expressly state the urgency of your circumstances (preferably in the "Notes" field of your request forms).

* Citing multiple journal articles in the same ILL request -- Due to copyright restriction issues on our part, and to processing and policy issues on the part of most potential lender libraries, we ask that you submit only a single cited item per each of your ILLiad requests for non-returnable materials (i.e., journal articles, book chapters, conference papers). Be on notice that ILL staff again reserve the right to cancel such requests, and require you the patron (yes, you!) to re-submit each cited item in a separate new transaction.

* Music scores and ILL -- These are treated as regular book loans, so please request them using the "Book" request form in ILLiad. There is no need to use the "Other (Misc. Loan)" form, as these are actually routine loan transactions that usually require no special handling. Also, please do not take for granted that we can obtain reproductions (digital or otherwise), as these materials are usually heavily copyrighted. Do not submit a request for a score using the "Journal Article" or "Book Chapter" forms, either -- it is up to the lender library's discretion as to whether they are willing or able to provide as a non-returnable copy, and ILL staff will make the necessary adjustments and conversions to the transaction, as required.

I've pretty much covered all of these concerns in previous entries over the past eight or so years, but they always seem to be worth repeating whenever a particular pattern of patron usage becomes evident. Feel free to search this blog for more detailed information on any of the topics mentioned in the above list, or anything else related to interlibrary loan for that matter. For help with that, see my recent posting from September 22, 2016.

Got questions or comments regarding ILLiad and ILL services in general? Please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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December 01, 2016

Project 562

Come view a new KSL exhibit! In partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Kelvin Smith Library presents Project 562. Named for the number of recognized tribes, this project is dedicated to photographing contemporary Native Americans in effort to challenge stereotypical perceptions. Project 562 is on view in the Gallery@KSL through January 2017.

Click HERE for more info.

Posted on KSL News Blog by Gina Midlik at 08:50 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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December 01, 2016

Shakespeare Goes Pop!

View KSL's new exhibit! This summer we asked the CWRU community to share their favorite examples of Shakespeare’s enduring influence on popular culture. Come see the results! Shakespeare Goes Pop! is on view in the Gallery @ KSL through January 2017.
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November 29, 2016

Namesakes - I. F. Freiberger and Freiberger Library

01983D1 copy.jpg Plans for a new library building were announced as part of Western Reserve University’s 125th anniversary celebration in 1951. Trustees voted to name the new library in honor of Isadore Fred (better known as I. F.) Freiberger in 1953, ground was broken in 1954 and the new building was dedicated 2/5/1956 as the I. F. Freiberger Library Building. The cost of the building was approximately $1.6 million and was designed by Small, Smith and Reeb of Cleveland. Ralph Ellsworth (WRU School of Library Science class of 1931), director of libraries at the State University of Iowa (now University of Iowa), was chief consultant on building plans. Its 80,000 square feet was designed for a capacity of over 500,000 volumes and a seating capacity to accommodate 600 students. The three story building plus basement, at the corner of East Boulevard and Bellflower Road, overlooked the Cleveland Museum of Art and Wade Lagoon. The exterior was of limestone to blend with Severance Hall and the Art Museum. Freiberger Library opened for the Spring semester 1956.

Freiberger Library centralized holdings from the university library housed in Thwing Hall and holdings in other campus buildings (Clark Hall, Harkness Chapel basement, Hitchcock Hall, and the Annex). The plan for the library was a modular design. There were few interior walls to allow flexibility in moving partitions and shelves as needed. Study areas were scattered throughout the shelving areas. Director of university libraries, Lyon Richardson said, “The library may be considered as a great browsing room of four floors. We consider the library not as a place for storing books, but as a place for arranging books and facilities to serve educational principles”

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Interior views of Freiberger Library

I. F. Freiberger, known as Izzy to his parents and Fry to his friends, was born 12/12/1879 in New York City, one of 6 children. His parents moved the family to Cleveland when he was 3 years old. Freiberger graduated from Central High School in Cleveland in 1898. He received his Bachelor of Letters degree from Adelbert College 6/13/1901. (A friend and classmate in high school and college was Winfred G. Leutner, president of WRU 1933-1949). As an undergraduate student Freiberger played on the class baseball team, class football team, and class basketball team. He was also a varsity member of the Reserve basketball team. He served as business manager of The Reserve (yearbook) and was class treasurer his senior year.

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He received the LL.B. in 1904 from Cleveland Law School of Baldwin Wallace College while working at Cleveland Trust Company (where he started work as a clerk upon graduation in 1901). He worked his entire career at Cleveland Trust: Third Assistant Trust Officer (1909), Assistant Secretary (1913), Trust Officer (1914), Vice President (1915), Director (1939), and Chairman of the Board (1941). He married Fannie Fertel in 1903 and they had 2 children, Lloyd and Ruth Mae.

Freiberger was a loyal alumnus and served as a trustee on the Board of Cleveland College (1925-1943), Adelbert College (1934-1941), and Western Reserve University (1941-1967). He was named an honorary trustee 10/5/1967. Reserve awarded Freiberger the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 1947. He received the first Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Adelbert College Alumni Association in 1968.

Freiberger was also Chairman of Board of The Forest City Publishing Co., director of the Interlake Steamship Co., Richman Bros. Co., Youghiogheny & Ohio Coal Co., Island Creek Coal Co., and Wyoming Pocahontas Coal & Coke Co as well as other companies. He served on a number of philanthropic and educational boards including Goodrich Social Settlement House, Jewish Community Federation, The Playhouse Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital. Freiberger received The Eisenman Award on the 50th Anniversary of the Jewish Community Federation, the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Cleveland Medal for Public Service, and the Distinguished Service Award of the Cleveland Community Chest. The American Heart Association honored him in 1957 with the Award of Merit for Distinguished Service.

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I. F. Freiberger with Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1968

After he died 4/20/1969 the CWRU Board of Trustees honored him with a memorial resolution which read in part,“His friends remember Fry in part for his success and for his leadership, but they remember him especially for his remarkable personal qualities of humility, humanity, and gentleness. He loved his fellow men and was a true friend to literally thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life. A part of his humanity and warmth was revealed in his happy family life and his devotion to his wife, Fannie Fertel Freiberger, whose death in 1962 ended a most happy marriage of nearly sixty years.”

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Students playing softball on Freiberger Field

Freiberger Library was razed in 1996 after the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) was completed. The Freiberger Pavilion on the second floor of KSL and Freiberger Field on the site of the old library were dedicated 11/16/1997 and continue to honor I. F. Freiberger’s memory. The portrait which used to hang in Freiberger Library now hangs in Freiberger Pavilion in Kelvin Smith Library.

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I. F. Freiberger portrait, 1955

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November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving at Reserve, 1911

The lead story in the 11/28/1911 issue of the Reserve Weekly concerned “Coming Events,” namely Thanksgiving Day and the big game against Case. Despite their best efforts, Reserve lost to Case 9-5 at Van Horn Field.

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

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November 14, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 12

The November 21, 1997 issue of The Observer included this invitation to Gobble, Gobble ‘97. Sponsored by the USG Class Officers, the feast offered international cuisine for the quintessential American holiday.

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In other headlines:
• CES announces last minute curriculum changes
• Winter holidays of three faiths to be celebrated
• Freiberger Field dedicated this weekend
• Where does the money go? Activity fee reviewed
• Frank Gehry to design new Weatherhead building
• CWRU physics professor publishes fourth book
• Expectations high for women’s basketball

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 11/21/1997

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

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November 17, 2016

"Breathe” - A Mini Interactive Relaxation Series for StudentsBreathe” A Mini Interactive Relaxation Series for Students

KSL is hosting "Breathe” - A Mini Interactive Relaxation Series for Students.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  • November 18: Lower Level-06, B&C
  • December 2: Lower Level-06, B&C
  • December 9: Lower Level-06, B&C
  • December 16: Dampeer Room, 2nd Floor

5:00pm – 5:30pm

  • December 12: Dampeer Room, 2nd Floor
  • December 16: Dampeer Room, 2nd Floor

Sponsored by: ConnectCWRU and University Health & Counseling Services and the Kelvin Smith Library.

Contact for additional information:
Patricia Sinclair at pxs97@case.edu or 216.368.3040
Associate Director, Services for Outreach, Prevention and Care for Trauma-affected Students
University Health and Counseling Services

Marel Corredor-Hyland at mxc277@case.edu or 216.368.2990
Diversity, Campus Partners and HR Development Team Leader
Kelvin Smith Library

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November 16, 2016

KSL presents...Collection Roadshow!

Countdown to the ABAA National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest 2017

Do you have a collection? Don’t think you’re a collector? Want to be a collector?

Join us for an afternoon of fun and refreshments with Professor Daniel Goldmark, Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at CWRU, who will present observations on the act of collecting and share examples from his personal collections of sheet music and comic books!

Tuesday November 29th, 2016 at 3 pm in KSL’s Dampeer Room.

Students and attendees are encouraged to bring examples from their own collections.
This event is a kickoff to the KSL Student Book Collecting Contest with a chance for prizes up to $1,000! Winners will be eligible to participate in the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America’s National Collegiate Student Book Collecting Contest 2017! For more info click HERE.

RSVP to Library Administration @ ksl-mail@case.edu or 216-368-2992.

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October 05, 2016

Congratulations to the Library Resource Lab Winners!

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On September 29, Kelvin Smith Library hosted the Library Resource Lab to showcase many of the science and engineering specialized resources available in the library. In its fourth year, this event has set records with more than175 participants, 11 vendors demonstrating their products and the overall satisfaction of those involved. 

Many participants expressed satisfaction with the event, as it allowed them to discover new resources and learn  ew tricks about familiar ones. Vendors from Elsevier, IEE

E, Springer, Wiley, ACS, SPIE, ProQuest, Gale, JSTOR, ASM International, and American Ceramic Society were also pleased with the experience, already having committed to returning next year.  endors were also impressed with how engaging the students were and the complexity of their questions. Event planners (KSL staff) were happy with the event's educational vibe, the opportunity to interact with so many participants, and the chance to highlight additional library resources and services available on campus.

Courtesy of our generous sponsors, we had two grand prize raffle winners, both BME students: Yuanqi Xie won a mini wireless printer/scanner offered by ProQuest and Lydia Warren won a $50 gift card offered by Springer. Multiple gift cards were also offered as door prizes.

Finally, we’d like to offer a big "thank you" to our sponsors, Elsevier, Wiley, IEEE, ACS and SPIE, and a shout-out to all event participants!

Posted on KSL News Blog by Rachel Trem at 12:18 PM | Comments (0)

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November 02, 2016

Jewish Views @ CWRU

Join us for an evening with CWRU alumni student activists and The Jewish View at CWRU exhibit opening reception on Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 6 pm in Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections. The exhibit will be on view through March 2017. The exhibit features images, clippings, yearbooks, and ephemera related to the CWRU Jewish perspective during the socio-political changes of 1967-1973.The Jewish View at CWRU is a multi-year, collaborative project that aims to uncover the historical role of Jewish students, faculty, and administrators at CWRU from its founding to the present, supported by the Program in Judaic Studies and the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship.


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November 14, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 11

The November 14, 1997 issue of The Observer included a special focus section on money management. Articles included:

• CWRU students face 3rd highest debt in nation
• Merit based scholarship criteria revised
• Job opportuinities permeate the campus
• University offers topics for financial planning
• Tuition increases expected through 2000
• Student responses to the question, “How do you save money?”
“I don’t do laundry.”
“I stay out of the bars.”
“I buy necessities, not luxuries – or only a few luxuries.”
“I eat before I go to the grocery store.”
“I’m going to grad school – it’s hard to save money if one doesn’t have a job.”

Other headlines included:
• University continues search for library director
• Class officers are busy planning events for CWRU
• Phi Kaps are first to finish service hours this year
• Caroline Whitbeck joins CWRU as ethics chair

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 11/14/1997

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

Posted on Recollections from the Archives by Jill Tatem at 02:12 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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September 25, 2015

Kelvin Smith Library is a SHARES Member

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**DISCLAIMER: As of November 2016, Kelvin Smith Library has withdrawn its membership from the SHARES partnership, and as such no longer enjoys the privileges described below. I have decided to keep this posting up in its most recent draft below with no further updates, as a matter of "historical interest" (and also because I put so much time and effort into it that I don't have the heart to delete it). See also my November 8, 2016 entry.(CM)

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So what does this mean? Well, the SHARES Research Libraries Group is a worldwide consortium consisting of over 100 participating institutions. Membership in this group affords us preferential treatment for interlibrary loan services among our peer libraries. Researchers from our university also enjoy comparable on-site collection and service access (short of full borrowing privileges), while visiting any of these locations. This is particularly valuable to traveling scholars in facilitating their research endeavors while away from our campus.

For your convenience, below is a list of those institutions closest geographically to our university, primarily within Ohio and its surrounding states (and province). Note there are currently no SHARES members in Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia or Wisconsin.

OHIO:

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ingalls Library
Hebrew Union College, Klau Library
Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library
Ohio State University Libraries

MICHIGAN:

University of Michigan
University of Michigan, Law Library

PENNSYLVANIA:

Bryn Mawr College, Canaday Library
Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
Haverford College Library
Pennsylvania State University Libraries
Swarthmore College, McCabe Library
Temple University, Paley Library
University of Pennsylvania, Biddle Law Library
University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library

WESTERN & CENTRAL NEW YORK:

Binghamton University, Bartle Library
Cornell University Library
Syracuse University Libraries

NORTHERN ILLINOIS:

Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Libraries
Northwestern University
University of Chicago Library

SOUTHERN ONTARIO (CANADA):

University of Toronto, Engineering & Computer Science Library
University of Toronto, Gerstein Science Information Centre
University of Toronto, Mississauga Library
University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto, Robarts Library
University of Toronto, Scarborough Library

Others of Major Importance:

Library of Congress
New York Public Library

During the course of our membership in the SHARES program, we have been provided easier access to the collections of a number of specialized and international libraries. This has allowed us to obtain use of materials we previously were not permitted to borrow or have reproduced. We hope our users will also choose to take advantage of the special benefits available with on-site use at other member institution locations.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding ILL services and the SHARES library consortium, please contact us, by phone at (216) 368-3463 or (216) 368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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November 08, 2016

Kelvin Smith Library Has Withdrawn from SHARES

As a result of unanticipated circumstances beyond our control, Kelvin Smith Library has chosen to part ways with the OCLC SHARES Research Library Group. Sadly, this means we will be sacrificing some of the preferential treatment afforded to us as a member of this partnership, as I described in my previous blog entry dated September 25, 2015.

Fear not, however -- KSL's interlibrary loan staff will continue putting forth our best efforts to provide quality service to our clientele, and will seek out other available resources to make up for the difference. We still maintain many of the good relations with numerous potential supplier libraries which we have established from years of agreeable commerce with them -- so there remains a great deal of support for us to fall back upon.

Well, it was fun while it lasted...

Questions or comments regarding this announcement, or about ILLiad and ILL services? Please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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November 07, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 10

If it’s November, there must be elections somewhere. The November 7, 1997 issue of The Observer reported that the Undergraduate Student Government Assembly amended its election bylaws to “require election candidates to serve at the polling stations on the day of elections.”

In other news...

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Other headlines included:
• Historic Severance Hall plans massive renovation
• CSP brings Race in the Post Modern World to CWRU
• Don’t walk alone at night!
• Eyes On CWRU Habitat for Humanity
• Inaugural Hallinan lecture ends Humanities Week
• Odorless, tasteless rape drugs cause concern in the U.S.
• Spartan Spotlight features Libby Stansifer, junior cross country

And here's the entire issue: Observer, 11/7/1997

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

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November 07, 2016

Trial: CRCnetBASE

Kelvin Smith Library is running a trial of CRCnetBASE through November 30, 2016. Link to get started is: http://www.crcnetbase.com/.

If you have feedback, please contact your Research Services Librarian.

Faculty members and students have access for a limited time to CRCnetBASE, an online digital platform that offers a comprehensive eBook collection with more than 15,000 references in more than 350 subject areas. This award-winning eBook platform from CRC Press features millions of pages of rich content and authoritative references from world-renowned and award-winning authors.

Covering topics in more than 350 subject areas that range from civil to aerospace engineering, cardiology to dermatology, life science, business management, lean methods and implementation to food science, we hope you will find some of these 15,000 eBooks useful in your research.

Watch Video to see how to use CRCnetBASE.

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October 31, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 9

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The 1997 Halloween issue of The Observer offered non-vandalism alternatives to trick-or-treating: haunted houses, horror movies, and theater.

In other news:
• Spartans win Homecoming game against Oberlin
• Pre Law Society holds forum (keynote address by Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
• Greeks form task force to improve faculty relations
• Editorial: Cast an informed vote
• Rusted Root rocks Adelbert Gym
• Spartan Spotlight: Dan Flanigan, junior soccer player

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 10/31/1997

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

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October 27, 2016

Citing Article Publication Date -- Original Print vs. Online

As more and more scholarly articles tend to be published exclusively online, it seems that little by little many older articles originally published in print format are also being converted into digitized versions and re-published. At the same time, some articles are published online "ahead of print", then later in printed issues. This can tend to cause some confusion as to how to properly cite the publication date when requesting a reproduction through interlibrary loan services. Avoiding any informational discrepancies will make it easier for the ILL staff at both your host library and the supplier library to process your request quickly and efficiently.

When requesting a journal article, you generally are asked to provide the journal title, the volume number, the issue number (if possible), the publication year and inclusive pages, as well as the title and author of the article (each with its own respective data field in the request form). It is crucial that the volume number and the year properly coincide chronologically in order for holdings searches to be accurately carried out (especially in cases when multiple periodicals bear the same title or similar titles). When a single article may have two "different" publication dates, and the year specified in the request is not the original year corresponding to the print version, it becomes more difficult for staff to pinpoint the appropriate bibliographic serial record.

Although it is interesting (and possibly somewhat helpful) to mention that any such article was "Published online: October 2016" (for example), this is more appropriate as an aside (to be entered in the "Notes" field of the ILLiad request form) rather than into the citation data fields proper. We prefer that you cite using the original date (as well as volume, issue and pages) of the first print version, in any case. In a similar way, though it is possible to cite the "ahead of print" date instead of the official intended future print publication date, the "print" date is preferable as the actual citation date in the request form while the "Epub" date may be more appropriately mentioned in the "Notes" field. I have also commented at length on the topic of "[Epub ahead of print]" in the September 20, 2010 entry of this blog.

While we're at it -- a word or two about conference proceedings papers (i.e., presented at a conference, symposium, colloquium, meeting, etc.)... It is important to note that the year the event took place (normally the date cited in the title) is often not the same year the proceedings was published (which is the date referenced in the bibliographic record). When submitting your request, it is preferable to refer to the year the event took place in your citation, and then mention the publication year (if different) separately in the "Notes" field.

Please we aware that this discussion is only a recommendation on how best to submit requests for journal articles (and conference papers) when using the ILLiad resource. It is in no way intended as a guide for how to properly cite them in the footnotes or references of your own published writings. Such guidelines are the province of research scholarship, and format and stylistic rules are governed by the conventions of your own particular discipline (and its attendant scholarly publications).

Well, a lot of words just to make a simple point. Hope this was helpful, anyway.

Got questions about ILLiad or ILL services? Please feel free to contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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October 25, 2016

SciFinder Lunch and Learn Session

Join us on Friday, October 28 from noon to 1:00 for a Lunch and Learn session of SciFinder!  Our representative from Chemical Abstracts Service [CAS] will show you what SciFinder can do for your research. The event is open to the whole campus.

The event will be held in Clapp Hall, Room 405. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP by 10 a.m. on Thursday morning to https://goo.gl/forms/llM06Ko84twHLEq43.

Every attendee will receive an engineering/lab comp book with the newest periodic table.

SciFinder provides researchers with access to the world’s largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science (physics, medicine, polymer, geology, chemical and material engineering) information. You can search for substances, reactions, patents and journal references.

The SciFinder Workshop will provide researchers with search methodologies and strategies to help them efficiently and effectively scour the literature landscape and keep updated on the most relevant research findings in their respective fields. The workshop is applicable to both advanced and entry level SciFinder users, but is tailored specifically to the users’ research interests to provide relevant examples. 

Be prepared to learn about the following:
• SciPlanner - interactive workspace for reactions and schemes
• Analyze and refinements using CA Control Terms
• PatentPak PDF Viewer and other IP searching features
• Analytical Method and Synthetic Protocol Search tools
• Data detail enrichments (i.e. Experimental Data, Physical Prop., Regulatory info)
• Commercial supplier listings
• User-specified alerts and notifications 

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October 25, 2016

Freedman Center Friday: An Interactive Opportunity to Learn What’s at Your Fingertips

On Friday, November 4 and Friday, December 2, CaseLearns is hosting Freedman Center Friday. What’s this you ask? Well, this is your chance to take a tour through Case Western Reserve University’s hub of digital scholarship, your one stop for all digital research needs. The staff will offer a tour of the resources, demonstrations and mini consultations. The course is held during the University's Community Hour, so feel free to stop in any time during. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

CaseLearns is a free instructional program held at Kelvin Smith Library for anyone in the CWRU community. The staff who teaches CaseLearns courses are highly trained professionals who can help you activate KSL and the Freedman Center.

To view the full list of courses and register for this or any of the others, please visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/caselearns.

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October 21, 2016

Archives Month in Ohio: Mock Political Conventions

October is Archives Month in Ohio. The theme this year is Ohio and Presidential Elections. As part of celebrating Archives Month we wanted to highlight student participation in mock political conventions.

To participate in the presidential election process, students have staged their own versions of political party conventions, selecting whether it would be a Democratic or Republication convention. Students made the arrangements for the convention, drafted the platforms and nominated candidates for president and vice president. The first mock political convention in the university’s history was held by Western Reserve University in 1908. Held May 2 at Gray’s Armory in downtown Cleveland, Wisconsin Senator Robert LaFollette was nominated as candidate for president. LaFollette was popular with students for many years. Though there was no mock convention that year, in 1924 LaFollette was the winner of the student straw poll.

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1908 program and 1924 cartoon

In 1932 a Mock Democratic Convention was held April 27 at Adelbert Gym. Newton D. Baker, former Cleveland mayor and Secretary of War, was nominated as candidate for president. The movement to hold a convention came from the Reserve Politics Club, composed of students from Adelbert College and the Law School. They invited the Mather College chapter of the League of Women Voters to participate. These groups set up a Committee on Arrangements and invited other student organizations university-wide to participate. Future Ohio congressman Charles A. Vanik served as secretary on the Committee on Arrangements for the convention. Vanik graduated from Adelbert College in 1933 and the Law School in 1936. He served Ohio’s 21st district 1955-1969 and the 22nd district 1969-1981.

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1932 convention floor and 1932 program

While WRU cancelled its 1948 convention, Case Institute held its first mock political convention - nominating Michigan senator Arthur Vandenburg. Subsequent CIT convention nominees included (among others) Dwight Eisenhower, Adlai Stevenson, and Governor William Scranton of Pennsylvania. Other activities, held as part of the mock conventions, included parades, election of a queen, picnics, and dances.

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1948 Case Alumnus magazine featuring the convention and 1972 poster

The conventions were intended to “provide political enlightenment and social entertainment.” Debates, speeches, and lectures would supplement the convention itself. In 1972 CWRU held its first mock political convention, nominating South Dakota senator George McGovern as candidate for president. In addition to the convention held April 21 and 22, California Senator John V. Tunney gave a lecture April 13 and Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes gave a lecture April 20.

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October 21, 2016

Cramelot Hours for Fall Break

With fall break here, October 21 through October 25, Case Western Reserve University students have the opportunity to relax for the next few days. That in mind, Cramelot at Kelvin Smith Library will adjust its hours accordingly. Please note the changes as follows:

Friday, 10/21: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, 10/22: CLOSED
Sunday, 10/23: CLOSED
Monday, 10/24: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Tuesday, 10/25: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Regular hours [11 a.m. - 9 p.m.] will resume on Wednesday, October 26. 

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October 17, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 8

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In its October 17 issue, The Observer’s editors handed out fall grades, including: A to UPB and USG, B to CWRU’s new webpage design, C for the 4-day fall break, A to student athletes, F to anti-GLBA chalker and those who speculated about the recent rape, “W for World Series-bound to the Cleveland Indians!”

Some headlines in this issue:

• Theater department celebrates 100 years of Eldred
• GLBA’s Coming Out marred by anti-gay chalkings
• Annual week celebrates humanities on campus
• Nursing Professor spends a semester in Hungary
• President Pytte tells about university at annual speech
• CP & P hosts career fair
• Turkish Student Association presents Turkish Deserts Night
• Theatre of Voices to perform at Harkness
• Sand mandala to be built on-site at CMA
• Men in Black to be shown at Strosacker
• Volleyball squad ties school record for season wins
• CWRU graduate student to compete in American Weightlifting Championships

And here's the entire issue: Observer, 10/17/1997

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

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October 13, 2016

CaseLearns 2.0: New and Revamped Offerings Improve KSL’s Free Instructional Courses

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CaseLearns is back, bigger and better than ever. This free instructional program at Kelvin Smith Library has made improvements to have a longer view approach. Our students and faculty can establish research and scholarship skills through this program, which will advance their education and Case Western Reserve University through applied use of technologies.

The goals in mind with an improved CaseLearns are to slow attendees down, allowing ample time to ask fundamental and theoretical questions, and, in some cases, to foster group collaboration. “We want you to see us as an ongoing research partner,” says Jared Bendis, Creative New Media Officer - Digital Learning and Scholarship. The staff that teaches the CaseLearns courses are highly “trained professionals who want to activate KSL and the Freedman Center, becoming a feeder to our resources.” 

The revamped program features 33 different workshops, including eight new ones:

• Library Is Fun
• Protective Enclosures for Library Materials
• Research Data Management
• Open Access and the Right to Research
• Basic Library Research Skills
• Creating GIFs/Memes From Family Videos
• Video Tutorial Creation Using Camtasia
• Introduction to Data Visualization

CaseLearns start times coordinate with the University’s block scheduling system to make attending even easier. The next course up, Introduction to Desktop Publishing, will be held on Monday, October 17, from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the newly renovated Freedman Center Collaboration Commons. Participants will learn the fundamental concepts of desktop publishing in a variety of software.

To learn more about this course or any others and to sign up, please visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/caselearns/.

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October 10, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 7

The 9/26/1997 issue of The Observer published an invitation from the Share the Vision initative for members of the CWRU community to sign its statement of principles to “affirm our commitment to a campus community that supports the worth and dignity of each individual. We believe that any act that demeans an individual member of our community demeans us all.” The 10/10/1997 issue includes a full page of those signatures.

In other news....

• CWRU working to improve recycling on campus
• USG reveals 1997-98 plans
• UPB lands Rusted Root
• CWRU commuters unite
• Chalking for national Coming Out Day, Friday October 10
• Association for Women Students Candlelight Vigil, October 15 - Come Because You Care
• Spartan Spotlight festured sophomore tennis player, Rashmi Phanindra
• Editorial: University once again fails to communicate
• Letter to the editor: Blame rapist, not alcohol
• Humanities Week events
• CIA students express regret over chalking incident
• Rape is unacceptable under any circumstances (guest opinion)
• Share the Vision signature page
• Love, mistaken identity, folly at Eldred: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night opens this weekend

And here's the entire issue: Observer, 10/10/1997

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

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October 03, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 6

The 10/3/1997 issue of The Observer included a special section, Focus On Alcohol Abuse. It featured articles about the upcoming Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll Conference, some fraternities committing to be “substance-free,” upcoming alcohol awareness events, a poll of student attitudes towards drinking, campus resources for students with substance abuse issues, and recipes for mocktails.

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Other headlines included:

• Two CIA students confess to "monkey" chalkings
• Browns return to campus for flag football game
• 25th annual Ebony Ball to be held Saturday, November 1
• Bookstore ad: "You demand power, speed, and mobility" Apple Power Macintosh 6500 for $3,015
• USG defends fall elections
• Editorial: Rape provokes a reaction, albeit a wrong one
• Alcohol is a deadly game that results in tragedy
• Discussion prevents misinterpretation
• Spartan Spotlight featured junior tennis player, Jay Mitchell

And here's the entire issue: Observer, 10/3/1997

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

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September 29, 2016

Kelvin Smith Library Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary with Celebration Events, Open House

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Twenty years ago, Case Western Reserve University unveiled its newest resource building, Kelvin Smith Library [KSL]. This informational hub was heralded as “the library of the future,” setting the national standard for services, innovations and education. KSL has exceeded every expectation, always staying at the forefront of resource accessibility, providing the highest quality services to enable research to thrive, fostering collaborative engagement and productive individual research, and understanding students’ and faculty’s changing needs and emerging opportunities.   

To celebrate its 20 years of success, KSL has a lineup of exciting events that features guest speakers, food, games, prizes and an open house. 

Monday, October 10, 4:00 p.m.: Western Reserve College class of 1980 alum and legendary caricaturist from The New Yorker Tom Bachtell will speak for about 40 minutes before College of Arts and Sciences dean Cyrus Taylor hosts a Q&A with our guest. The discussion will be accompanied by a gallery display of Mr. Bachtell’s work. Light refreshments will follow.

Friday, October 14, 12:00-4:00 p.m.: Celebrate KSL’s anniversary with our Homecoming Open House, centered around gaming in honor of our guest speaker Philip Orbanes [see below]. The event will feature a variety of games, refreshments, prizes and tours. 

Friday, October 14, 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Case Institute of Technology ’70 grad, former VP of Parker Brothers and founder of Winning Moves games Philip Orbanes will deliver his presentation, “Innovating a Career in Games.” A light reception will follow.

For any questions or to RSVP to either guest speaker’s event, please email ksl-mail@case.edu or call 216-368-2992

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September 28, 2016

View. Eat. Talk.

We want your thoughts on the changing meanings of freedom and equality, as prompted by the four-documentary PBS series, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Join us on Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 as we show the four films, two simultaneously at 12:30 p.m. on both days. All take a different angle on the struggle and efforts of the civil rights movement.

The Abolitionists [being shown in LL-06 A]: The struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery.

Slavery by Another Name [being shown in the Dampeer Room, 2nd Floor]: Stories of men, some charged with crimes like vagrancy and others guilty of nothing, who were bought, sold, abused and subjected to sometimes-deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor.

The Loving Story [being shown in LL-06 A]: The story of an interracial married couple from Virginia in 1958 who ensured a legal battle for breaking the Virigina Racial INTEGRITY Act of 1924, which forbade interracial marriage.

Freedom Riders [being shown in LL-06 B&C]: In 1961, a diverse group of volunteers rode buses throughout states in the deep south telling their stories of being jailed and beaten as local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.

Please join us us as we nosh and talk about this important and relevant issue.

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September 27, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 5

Amid disturbing reports of a rape and racially derogatory chalkings targeting one of the candidates for freshman class president, the 9/26/1997 Observer also covered the events planned to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. La Alianza, CWRU’s Latin American Society invited people of all ethnic backgrounds, “La Alianza is open to all students with an open mind and a willing heart.”

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Other headlines included:

• Family Weekend reunites parents with students

• Acquaintance rape shocks CWRU community

• New internship program offered for A&S students

• New program markets students' inventions: Weatherhead Entrepreneurs Society formed

• Editorial: Use substance, not style, in fighing racism

• Letters to the editor: Ignore racism no longer; Celebrate, don't tolerate

• CWRU alumni dance in Two-Twos

• Skalars, Scofflaws stomp and Grog Saturday

• History symposium to be held at Valleevue Farm

• Men's soccer gains first win of the season

• Spartan Spotlight featured senior cross country and track athlete, Tanetta Anderson

And here's the entire issue: Observer, 9/26/1997

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

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September 22, 2016

Some Comments on Making Better Use of this Blog

Sometimes the most recently published entries presented here may not have any relevance to your current research service needs, which is understandable. Please be aware that over several years during which I have been managing this blog, I have covered various and sundry topics related to our interlibrary loan services and the pragmatic use of the ILLiad application, and these commentaries are still relevant to scholarship and accessible from this site.

In order to make it easier to retrieve the existing entries that may address your needs, we suggest that you take advantage of the features provided by our hosting blog service, in order to locate and narrow down those that will best serve your needs. I will proceed to discuss the relative usefulness of each of these functions, as follows...

* Archives - Since, for most of the history of this blog, I have published only one single entry per month, and the "Archives" lists by month only (with no reference to topic), this option is not terribly useful.

* Categories - You can narrow down your search by selecting entries based on this criterion, which includes "Citations", "Features", "Indexes", "Policies", "Recommendations" and "Services". The associated links will pull up all entries classed by either primary or secondary category from among these. Selecting "Indexes" will bring up all the annual cumulative tables of contents I have created to date, the most recent containing links directly to each listed entry--this may better serve you than pulling up the "Archives".

* RSS - This will bring up the most recent 15 entries, as links or fully displayed (depending on your browser), which is a bit of an improvement over "Archives", but still not as good as pulling up the "Indexes" category. Feel free to subscribe to the feed, if you like.

* Search - Perhaps the most useful option of all. Simply enter your search term or terms into the input box and click on "Search" (or use the "Enter" or "Return" key on your keyboard if your browser does not display this button). Entering multiple terms appears to narrow down the search to entries containing all the specified words anywhere within the text, rather than to all those containing at least any one of them. (For those familiar with geometric logic, the "intersection" rather than the "union".) Please note you cannot further narrow your search by category, as the "Categories" option is a separate function altogether.

Keep in mind that the "Search" option available in this blog should employed only in the context of the functional use of your ILLiad account services, and not for general searches related to your research subject area. We recommend that you consult Summon or any of our Research Databases or Research Guides, or enlist the services of one of our Research Services Librarians for that purpose.

Here are some suggestions for the type of search terms appropriate to this blog:

"ISBN", "ISSN", "OCLC" or any combination of these
"Thesis", "Dissertation" or both
"Foreign", "Language", "Title", "English" or any combination of these
"Status", "Department" or both
"Password", "Security" or both
"Citation", "Source", "Notes", "Reference" or any combination of these
"Abbreviation", "Journal", "Monograph" or any combination of these
"Renewal", "Due" or both
"Request", "Clone", "Re-submit", "Cancel" or any combination of these

On the other hand, the following, by themselves or in combination (including with any of the "good" suggestions above), will not produce any results:

"Banana", "Chicken", "Xylophone" or "Feldspar"

As always, hope this has been in some way helpful.

Questions regarding this *blog, ILLiad or ILL services? You are welcome to contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

*FYI: Carl's ILLiad Blog is currently closed to comments (sorry)--please address any suggestions or observations to the e-mail address above. Thank you.

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September 22, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 4

One of the recurring themes in the September 19, 1997 issue of The Observer was connections.

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The Res Hall Rumble was intended to bring north side and south side student residents together. The article announcing the opening of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities describes the Center’s emphasis on connecting faculty and students across disciplines and connecting the university to the community. An invitation to submit letters to the editor aspired to provide “an open forum for all voices in the CWRU community.”

Other Observer headlines 19 years ago included:

• Lynyrd Skynyrd to perform at Severance on Sunday
• CWRU ranks 37th in U.S. News and World Report (up 1-1/2 places)
• USG election results announced
• CWRU to receive special citation from the Cleveland Arts Prize for its "role in promoting the arts"
• Music fest to celebrate independence of India
• Spartan Spotlight featured senior football team member Mike Chanpong

And here's the entire issue: Observer, 9/19/1997

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

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September 16, 2016

Join us for Library Resource Lab on September 29!

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You’re invited to 356 Nord Hall for Library Resource Lab on September 29, 2016 from 12:30 to 4:00. This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff but geared toward science and engineering students. You will experience all of the research resources, study tools and learning opportunities available at Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU’s main library. Resource Lab will feature free food, prize giveaways and demos. For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at dsx594@case.edu. We look forward to seeing you!

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September 14, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 3

This announcement of the benefit to protest police brutality could easily be found in current news. It appeared in the September 12, 1997 issue of The Observer
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Other Observer headlines 19 years ago included:
• Academic scholarship changes ease student stress: G.P.A. requirements lowered for both the President and Provost scholarships
• World mourns the loss of two remarkable women [Princess Diana of Wales and Mother Teresa]
• WRUW drums up Saturday music fest: folk and international music featured in day-long event
• Music legend to be honored next weekend: Jimmie Rodgers celebrated in [American Music Masters] conference, concert
• Scream to be screened outside: UPB sponsors "Drive-In" movie
• In sports, the volleyball team won 4 straight; women's soccer team won their first 2 games

On a lighter note, the Fun Page Photo of the Week was a weekly feature of the last page of the 1997/98 Observer.
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And here's the entire issue Observer, 9/12/1997

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September 08, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 2

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Eyes On... was a recurring feature of the 1997/98 Observer, each week highlighting a different student group

Continuing our look at The Observer’s coverage of campus life 19 years ago, here are some of the headlines from the Augsut 29, 1997 issue.:

• Twenty-mill bond helps to give campus a makeover

• Students have new ways to get computer help

• Students have a new voice with "electronic suggestion box"

• Commuter appreciation week featured movie day and ice cream social, pool & ping-pong tournament

• Editorial supported dry rush: helps freshmen make wise decisions

• Michael A. Choma urged freshmen to "become an activist" "People who make a difference are those who use the power vested in their leadership role to realize their ideals."

• The sports section recruited writers, "Write about cool people playing even cooler games"

And here’s the entire issue

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September 06, 2016

Apply Now for Your Personal Study Carrel at KSL

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Welcome back to CWRU and Kelvin Smith Library! We are excited for you to visit, study, collaborate, produce and learn.

Graduate students, time to submit your application for the study carrels available at KSL. Our carrels, located on the main floor near the journal shelving and on the third floor in the Quiet Reading Room and along the perimeter of the bookshelves, are a great place to work quietly and keep personal study items. Each carrel features two locking bins to store your materials, a mounted task light and electrical outlets.

Applications for carrel assignments will be reviewed, beginning Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Winners choose and check out their carrels for this academic year. Keys will be due back on Friday, August 11, 2017.

For all information on carrels, please visit the policy/application page. To download an application, please visit here and then return it to the KSL administrative suite on the library’s second floor during these hours.

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September 02, 2016

Remembering 1997-1998: Week 1

Many members of the CWRU Class of 2020 were born in 1997 and 1998. Some of our blog postings this year will highlight the campus events, issues, and personalities in those years. To see the student perspective, we’re digitizing The Observer. Each week I’ll post some of the headlines. More importantly, a searchable PDF of The Observer that week in 1997/98 will be available here.

I’m getting a late start, so here are some of the headlines from last week’s Observer from 1997 - August 22.

- Mystery writer James Patterson was the Fall Convocation speaker.
- Early enrollment figures reported the Class of 2001 as 752 students, 63% male.
- Observer editors warned the freshman class about their worst enemy: Apathetic Upperclassmen.
- As the headline below shows, Observer writers offered lots of tips for exploring Cleveland.

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The Observer, 8/22/1997

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August 31, 2016

Shakespeare on the Stage

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The earliest performance of a Shakespeare play on campus that the University Archives could document was Love’s Labour’s Lost, given by the Dramatic Club of the College for Women on January 19 and 20, 1898. The Dramatic Club also performed Twelfth Night in 1910 and The Taming of the Shrew in 1915.

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The Dramatic Club was organized in 1894 originally as The Dramatic Association. The club presented at least 1 play each year, and, until 1902, performed in Guilford House. In 1922 the Dramatic Club changed its name to The Curtain Players. They continued to periodically perform Shakespeare, such as The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet. They presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Sock and Buskin Club of Adelbert College as part of the University’s Centennial in 1926.

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The Sock and Buskin Club dates to 1908 when the Literary Society of Adelbert College presented a play, Rivals, by Sheridan. The cast then organized Sock and Buskin to present at least 1 play a year, similar to the Dramatic Club. Beginning in 1923, Sock and Buskin began offering more than 1 play. The Archives could not document an earlier presentation of a Shakespeare play (by Sock and Buskin) than the 1926 performance previously mentioned.

There was no theater-related department at WRU during this late 19th and early 20th century time period. The first Dramatic Arts Department was established at the Graduate School in 1931. Barclay Leathem was the first chair of the department. He had originally taught in the English Department (while a Law School student) and moved to the Speech Department in 1927 to teach the first theater classes. He retired in 1971 when he was named Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts.

The home of the Theater Department eventually became Eldred Hall. As part of the 50th anniversary of theater in Eldred in 1973-1974, As You Like It was performed.

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1955 program for A Midsummer Night's Dream and 1974 program for As You Like It

See our previous blog posts related to Shakespeare on campus: Shakespeare beginnings on campus, and Shakespeare Performance as part of WRU’s Centennial Celebration.

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August 28, 2016

Slack vs IRC

I was looking for a technical-ish discussion on the differences between IRC and Slack, and I found this thread on Hacker News, which sufficed.

It consisted of what I expected. IRC is old. IRC has problems. IRC3 fixes stuff. Slack is closed. Slack is proprietary. Slack has all your data. No one wants to run their own IRC server. Slack is easier to post "richer content."

Plus, there was plenty of discussions of other "chat protocols" (for lack of a better name). And plenty of links to XKCD standards comic.

This portion of the thread stuck out to me:

> > I'm really happy zulip was opened up

> we would love to work with Zulip to federate it into Matrix

Ping me over email (tabbott@mit.edu) and we can discuss

A dozen different "chat protocols" being discussed -- almost all in the form of a closed homogenous system or one that seeks to octopus tentacle into as many of the different systems as it can (like Trillian for AIM/MSN/Yahoo/etc.). History repeating itself, but then there's this -- "ping me over email... to discuss".

"Ping me over email."

I have probably 500 more words I would like to type as commentary to that. But I think leaving it with none is just as poignant.

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August 18, 2016

Getting Started with ILLiad -- Some Basics

It's the start of another academic year, so here are some brief reminders about how to get yourself ready to use Kelvin Smith Library's interlibrary loans services...

* Set up your new ILL account at Kelvin Smith Library's ILLiad site -- click on "First Time Users" and follow the instructions.

* Remember to verify your Case Account Number first before you register -- use your Case ID login and password to access this page.

* Determine what materials you need for your coursework or individual research -- we recommend you first consult with one of our Research Services Librarians for assistance.

* Check the Case Library Catalog for locally accessible materials in campus library or virtual collections, before using interlibrary loan services.

* Check in OhioLINK and SearchOhio catalogs for items available for request as well, before using ILL.

* If you cannot locate the returnable materials (e.g., books, theses, music scores, audio-visual) you need locally in our campus libraries, or from OhioLINK or SearchOhio, log back into ILLiad and submit your requests using one of the appropriate menu forms.

* If you cannot locate the non-returnable materials (e.g., articles, book chapters, conference papers) you need locally in our campus libraries, log back into ILLiad and submit your requests using one of the appropriate menu forms.

* Wait for an e-mail contact from the ILLiad system or from KSL's interlibrary loan staff regarding the delivery status of your requested materials, or about any possible complications with an ILL transaction.

* Log into your ILLiad account to download your electronically delivered articles -- any time, from anywhere.

* Or... Pay a visit to KSL's Service Center during regular operating hours to pick up your interlibrary loan books or other returnable materials.

* Stay alert for any follow-up communications regarding your current interlibrary loan transactions (e.g., overdue loans, renewals, cancellations).

We hope this has been a helpful primer for your interlibrary loan needs. Good luck with your studies and research in the coming year!

Questions or concerns about ILLiad or ILL services? Feel free to contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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June 29, 2016

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. - Albert Einstein

In 1828 the first bequest given to Western Reserve College was half of Reverend Nathan B. Derrow's library. For the next nearly-190 years generous donors have supported CWRU’s libraries and generations of students, faculty, and staff have used library collections and services. In 2016 our most recent library, Kelvin Smith Library, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Below is a summary of KSL’s predecessor library buildings.

Henry R. Hatch Library (1896-1943)
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Hatch Library was Western Reserve University's first building constructed and used entirely as a library. Before Hatch libraries occupied parts of multiple campus buildings, including Adelbert Hall, Clark Hall, and Case Main. Hatch was the library of Adelbert College, the undergraduate men’s college, until 1943, when its collection was integrated into the University Library in Thwing Hall. The building, on the southwest corner of Euclid and Adelbert, was razed in 1956. Henry R. Hatch, a trustee, donated the funds for the original building and for two additions in 1898. His generosity is memorialized in the Hatch Reading Room on the second floor of Kelvin Smith Library.


Thwing Hall (1934-1956)
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Western Reserve University president, Charles F. Thwing had stated that if a building was ever named for him, he wanted it to be a library. In 1929 WRU purchased the Excelsior Club for $650,000. In 1934 it was converted to a library and dedicated on President Thwing’s 81st birthday.


Freiberger Library (1956-1996)
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Along with several other buildings, Freiberger’s construction was financed by Western Reserve University’s 125th Anniversary Campaign. Construction was completed in 1956 and the University Library moved from Thwing Hall. Named for I.F. Freiberger, alumnus, trustee, and benefactor, whose generosity is memorialized in the I.F. Freiberger Pavilion on the second floor of Kelvin Smith Library.


Sears Library (1961-1996)
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Constructed in 1960 as the Library-Humanities Building, Sears was Case Institute of Technology’s first library building. Previously, a reading room was housed in the Case Main Building and most academic departments maintained their own libraries. The building was re-dedicated in 1966 as the Lester M. and Ruth P. Sears Library-Humanities Building.

Kelvin Smith Library (1996-)
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Constructed between 1994 and 1996, at a cost of $29.5 million dollars, the 150,000 square-foot Kelvin Smith Library merged the Sears and Freiberger collections and services. The lead gift was made by the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. A. Kelvin Smith, for whom the library is named, was an alumnus, trustee, and friend.

In pursuit of brevity, this summary does not include the Cleveland Health SciencesLibrary and its predecesssors or the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library or the Harris Library of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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August 15, 2016

The only classroom that is available for life - the library – Ralph M. Besse

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At the 1961 dedication of Case Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Library Humanities Building, Ralph M. Besse described the challenge facing higher education in a world of exploding knowledge.

“Yet the dilemma of higher education is that a normal college time span permits only the development of either an undisciplined generalist or a narrowly-trained specialist, and neither is adequately equipped to achieve the objective of leadership in cultural improvement. No such gap in the training of leaders is endurable in a progressive society. If the great constructive goals of democracy are to be achieved, a solution must be found. We cannot long sustain leadership in a world in which competition among ideologies increases as fast as competition for material power if our best human talent is trained in only half of the arts of leadership.”

He went on to point out the role of the library in meeting this challenge.

“The dedication of this great new library suggests one of the answers. Within these walls all of the past and most of the developments of the present are recorded. The educational dilemma could be solved at Case if every one of its graduates were to leave college equipped with the skill of extracting knowledge from a library and motivated by a desire to do so.”

That CIT’s first library building was a Library-Humanities Building symbolized the role envisioned for both in a technical institute.

“This building recognizes two fundamental educational needs. It is a center where students, faculty, and representatives of business, industry and other elements of the community can pursue intellectual and cultural activities in attractive surroundings designed to be conducive to learning... The gallery available for displays, the lecture and seminar rooms, the Kulas Hall of Music and the Kulas Record Library bring together the broad cultural interests of the campus.” (Library-Humanities Building brochure, 1961)

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Library-Humanities Building at the center of the new Case Institute of Technology entrance

The building itself was envisioned as a key component of the New Face of Case. “Located at the mid-point of the campus, the Library-Humanities Building is the most prominent and accessible of all Case buildings.” enthused a 1961 brochure describing the building.

The library originally occupied 34,000 square feet on the first three floors of the 83,345 square foot, six-story, building. It had seating for just under 450. This sounds more impressive when compared to the library reading room in Case Main, which seated thirty-two. The original collection capacity was 160,000 volumes, with growth to 250,000 volumes planned.

Frederick L. Taft, librarian, described some of the technical innovations of the new library in a December 1960 Library Journal article. “... conveyors include a horizontal chain drive conveyor which moves books and other materials to and from the receiving and shipping room; a vertical conveyor which carries books from all the upper floors to the circulation workroom... and a dumbwaiter which lifts books from the lower level bookstack to the circulation workroom... The Stromberg-Carlson Pagemaster system has been installed at the circulation desk. This small radious communications system enables a desk attendant to signal by transistor radio certain staff personnel anywhere in the building. The circulation desk is also equipped with pneumatic tubes which carry call slips to and from page stations on all stack floors. There is provision for photo-duplication services including a darkroom...”

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Kresge Gallery
Other floors had classrooms, seminar rooms, conference rooms and the offices of the departments of Humanities and Social Studies and Mathematics. The lobby of the fourth floor was the home of the Kresge Gallery intended for exhibits relating to the Western Civilization courses, CIT’s art collection, and travelling exhibits.

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Located on the second floor, ”The Kulas Hall of Music, a handsomely furnished 60-by-30 foot lounge, paneled in English oak and teakwood, is a harmoniously designed room where students and visitors may listen to music. The high-fidelity sound equipment permits reproduction of recorded material from magnetic tapes, records and AM and FM radio, either monaurally or stereophonically.” The George Sanford Collection, the core of the music collection, contained over 4,000 albums of classical music.

Building construction began in fall 1959 and ended early in 1961. The total cost of the building was $2.8 million. It was one of several buildings funded through CIT’s $6,500,000 Building Fund Campaign, which raised over $8.3 million. Major donors included the Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund, the Kresge Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. David S. Ingalls, Harris-Intertype Corporation, Kulas Foundation. The architect was Small, Smith, Reeb, and Draz and the general contractor was the Sam W. Emerson Company.

In 1966, Lester M. and Ruth P. Sears donated $1 million dollars for the building. It was the single largest non-bequest gift from an individual received by CIT in its nearly 90-year history. In recognition of their generosity, on June 15, 1966 the building was named the Lester M. and Ruth P. Sears Library. The dedication plaque read, “The Lester M. and Ruth P. Sears Library honors the founder of Towmotor and his wife. Lester Sears, innovating engineer, manager and humanitarian and Ruth Sears, his staunch supporter, have set an example for all of us to emulate.”

Sears remained the library for Case Institute of Technology until 1996, when its collections and services were merged with Freiberger Library in the new Kelvin Smith Library.

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August 08, 2016

Shakespeare Performance as part WRU’s Centennial Celebration

Let's continue our summer theme of Shakespeare on campus and in the classroom.

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During commencement week, on June 15 and 16, 1926, students from the Sock and Buskin Club of Adelbert College and the Curtain Players of Mather College performed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was part of Western Reserve University’s Centennial Celebration and in dedication of the Shakespeare Garden Theatre (also known as the Municipal Outdoor Theatre) in Rockefeller Park. The theatre was dedicated to Marie Bruot, former drama teacher at Central High School. City Manager William R. Hopkins requested the production. The theatre was on East Boulevard between Superior and St. Clair Avenues.

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Over 1500 watched the performance the first night. Seats were erected on the hillside where part of the audience was seated. Others watched from various vantage points. Spotlights were the only modern stage equipment used.

The play had participation from various groups on and off campus. The costumes were designed by Agnes Brooks Young of the Cleveland Play House and created by Mary Geary and students of the Household Administration Department at Mather College. The choreography of the fairy ensemble was supervised by Muriel East Adams of the Mather College Physical Education Department.

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The music was written by Quincy Porter of the Cleveland Institute of Music and performed by students of the Music School Settlement. Staging and lighting were under the direction of Max Eisenstat from the designs of Archie Lauterer, both of the Cleveland Play House. The director was K. Elmo Lowe, also of the Cleveland Play House. Lowe stated, “When we dedicate the Shakespeare Theatre we want comedy to be the occasion keynote. Just fun for everyone.”

Cast members included: Allen Goldthwaite as Theseus and Doris Young as Hippolyta; Ralph A. Colbert as Lysander, Fred W. Walter as Demetrius, Nadine Miles as Hermia, Fredrica Crane as Helena; Sidney Andorn as Oberon, Eleanor Koob as Titania, Emiah Jane Hopkins as Puck.

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The mechanicals were: John Maurer as Quince, Arlin Cook as Snug, Milton Widder as Bottom, Sterling S. Parker as Flute, Will Carlton as Snout, and Vincent H. Jenkins as Starveling.

The fairies were Katherine M. Squire, Evelyn Fruehauf, Helen Shockey, Lucile McMackin, Gladys M. Benesh, Miriam Cramer, Fay Hart, Alice Sorensen Caroline Hahn. Other parts were played by Sydney Markowitz (Egeus), Richard Barker (Philostrate), Harriette Winch, Helen Bunnell, Robert Glick and Maurice Rusoff (ladies and gentlemen of the Court).

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Titania and several fairies (left), Milton Widder as Bottom portraying Pyramus (right)


Learn about the beginnings of Shakespeare in the classroom.


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July 14, 2016

Kelvin Smith Library - Origins, Innovations, and a Few Numbers

The history of libraries at Case Western Reserve University has been a lengthy process of consolidation. In 1929 Western Reserve University had thirteen school and sixteen department libraries. In his 1928/29 annual report President Vinson wrote, “There is a large and increasing number of libraries in and around the University the coordination of which would, it is thought, work to the great advantage of all.” In December 1929, that coordination began with the appointment of Herbert Hirshberg as Director of University Libraries. It might be said that Kelvin Smith Library’s organizational geneaology begins with the establishment of University Libraries under Hirshberg. In the almost 90 years since, libraries have experienced an intriguing mix of continuity and change. Below are a few examples:

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Library card catalog (left); Freiberger Library computer laboratory, 1991 (right)

1930: Western Reserve University’s libraries held a total of 360,000 volumes and spent $58,513.59 on books.

1936: The Cleveland Regional Union Catalog brought together, in a single card catalog, the holdings of over 40 libraries in the Cleveland area, including both WRU and Case libraries. The catalog was housed at WRU.

1945: WRU’s University Library’s total budget was $66,678.60.

1949: WRU’s University Library established an Audio-Visual Aids service to identify, order, and show films. In the first year over 7,300 students viewed 300 films.

1950: WRU’s University Library held 421,712 volumes, managed by a staff of thirty-two. Its total budget was $150,614. Nine other libraries existed for Flora Stone Mather College, Cleveland College, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Applied Social Sciences, Dentistry, Library Science, and Architecture.

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Freiberger Library staff, 1959

1960: The total budget of WRU’s University Library was $295,060.

1965: Besides the University Library, WRU had separate libraries for the schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Applied Social Sciences, Dentistry, and Library Science. University Library’s budget was $468,620.

1968: James V. Jones was hired as Case Western Reserve University's Director of University Libraries. Although they would remain physically distinct for nearly 30 more years, Western Reserve University's Freiberger Library and Case Institute of Technology's Sears Library administratively became a single unit.

1971: University Library held 840,000 volumes and had a total budget of $1,544,191.

1975: Sears Library was one of several campus buildings flooded by severe thunderstorms. Over 50,000 volumes were damaged. While most of the volumes were restored, 10,000 were lost. Collection losses totalled $800,000.

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Sears Library flood, 1975 (left); Instruction in using dedicated database terminal, 1978 (right)

1979: Access to over 200 Lockheed Information Systems, SDC, and BRS indexing and abstracting databases was available through dedicated terminals in Freiberger and Sears libraries.

1986: A new microcomputer laboratory, featuring Apple computers, opened in Freiberger Library. Almost 2,400 people used the lab during its first 20 weeks.

1987: EUCLID, the combined catalog for all campus libraries, went on-line. Terminals were available in all the libraries and it was hoped that dial-in access would be available soon.

1989: A new computer lab opened in Sears Library. It featured Macintosh SEs and ImageWriter LQs. Software such as PageMaker 3.02, Hypercard, and Microsoft Word 4.0 was available. Laser printing was 25 cents per page.

1990: Databases on CD-ROM allowed library users to conduct their own database searches on specially equipped workstations in Freiberger and Sears libraries. The Mailroom team defeated the Library team, 44-24, for the championship of the staff basketball league. (Libraries do not run on technology alone.)

1996: Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) opened, combining the collections and services of Freiberger and Sears libraries.

2001: KSL launched a Digital Chat Reference service to alow users outside the library to easily connect to reference librarians.

2004: The Center for Statistical and Geospatial Data opened in KSL to assist users to combine data from multiple sources and plot the results on a variety of maps.

2005: The Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services opened to offer state-of-the-art multimedia tools to the campus community. KSL’s collection held 1,938,766 print volumes. The total budget was $8,400,979.

2006: Digital Case was launched as CWRU’s “digital library, institutional repository and digital archive.”

More recent initiatives at KSL can be seen in the library’s strategic plans and reports and KSL News

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July 25, 2016

Paralyzed riders use new technology to race bikes

Time trials in Cleveland Heights will determine who reaches upcoming international competition

News Release: July 25, 2016

CLEVELAND—Four men and a woman from across the United States, who are paralyzed below the waist, will race on recumbent trikes at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center at the Team Cleveland Cybathlon Trials, Tuesday, July 26.

The time trials, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. are free and open to the public.

The racers, or pilots as they’re called, are vying for two spots to travel to the international Cybathlon, a version of the Olympics for technology-assisted competitors, in Zurich, Switzerland.

All of the pilots in the Cleveland trials employ neural stimulation systems to power themselves around a track.

Engineers, scientists and medical professionals from Case Western Reserve University, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and MetroHealth Medical Center originally customized each system to help individual pilots do such tasks as stand, walk, maintain balance and posture and more.

“An implanted neural stimulator can activate up to 16 muscle groups,” explained Ronald Triolo, a professor of orthopaedics and biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve and executive director of the Advanced Platform Technology Center at the Stokes Cleveland VA.

“It was developed by the VA and Case Western Reserve and consists of a surgically implanted pulse generator and electrodes inserted into the muscles near the motor nerves, or wrapped around them,” Triolo said. “There's an external controller that communicates with the implant by radio waves transmitted through the skin by an antenna taped to the skin. “

A simple encoder senses where the pedal crank is and turns the right muscle on at the right time to propel the bike forward, he said.

Triolo, who leads the team supporting the pilots, agreed to enter the competition “to encourage the development of all sorts of assistive technologies and educate the public about their potential to impact the lives of people with disabilities,” he said.

Plus, he thought it would be fun for the pilots and their support team, who have continued to conduct research sponsored by the VA, National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense while they've trained and prepared for the competition over the past year.

The five pilots maintain active lives following their spinal cord injuries. They are:

• John Barber, of Medina, Ohio, a father of two who’s been married 24 years. He travels extensively as general manager for an electro-mechanical ceramic manufacturer.

• Don Crago, a veteran from Youngstown, Ohio, has been using a hand-powered cycle for decades. He also water and snow skis, shoots skeet and more.

• Jennifer French, of St. Petersburg, Fla., an author and editor, earned a silver medal in sailing in the 2012 Paralympic Games. She kayaks, fishes and scuba dives.

• Michael McClellan, of Rocklin, Calif., has been renovating a casita in Mulege, Mexico. He plays tennis and scuba dives and returned to college after his injury.

• Mark Muhn, of Morgan Hill, Calif., manages his construction company, travels with his wife and lives with their blended family of 10 children, along with goats, chickens and more, at their rural home.

Each pilot will ride two time trials on an oval track laid out inside the Cleveland Heights Community Center at Monticello Boulevard and Mayfield Road.

Riders with the top two times will advance to the Cybathlon, Oct. 8. They’ll compete in 750-meter races on an oval track in Zurich.

The competitions and demonstrations at the Cybathlon are aimed at facilitating discussion between academia and industry as well as technology developers and people with disabilities, and to promote the use of robotic assistive aids to the general public.

Pilots with other kinds of physical disabilities will compete by navigating a series of tasks using powered knee prostheses, wearable arm prostheses, powered exoskeletons, powered wheelchairs and novel brain-computer interfaces.


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July 19, 2016

New book: Is the Roberts Court pro-business? Not necessarily

Case Western Reserve School of Law Professor Jonathan Adler and business law experts examine U.S. Supreme Court’s record on business cases




News Release: Tuesday, July 19, 2016




CLEVELAND—At first glance, the new book Business and the Roberts Court (Oxford University Press) is a valuable read for lawyers practicing business law, and for the academics who teach it. Digging deeper, it’s a captivating mystery.

Does the United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts live up to a pro-business tag attached by some court watchers? Or does the court shift in directions that make it seem anti-business?

“The goal was to create a volume that had value to corporate counsel, partners in firms, appellate practitioners and people who follow the court in a professional capacity,” said Jonathan H. Adler, the book’s editor and contributor of its introduction and final chapter, Business as Usual? The Roberts Court and Environmental Law. Adler is the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Business and the Roberts Court provides clues about how the nation’s high court may respond to business cases put before it in the years ahead, when a replacement is eventually chosen for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead in Texas on Feb. 13. The book was compiled before Scalia’s death.

Business law and regulatory cases touch on many important legal doctrines and can have far-reaching effects. Understanding the basis on which the Supreme Court decides business-related cases is of tremendous importance to practitioners and academics, Adler said.

Business and the Roberts Court covers extensive ground by:
• Examining the treatment of "business law" issues.
• Involving prominent scholars who look closely at recent decisions of interest to business.
• Evaluating the extent to which it is "pro-business" and what that means.
• Analyzing its approach to various business cases. Roberts was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003.

President George W. Bush nominated Roberts as chief justice of the United States, and Roberts took his seat on Sept. 29, 2005. The nominee of a politically conservative president was widely assumed to be pro-business. Adler’s introduction, In Search of the Pro-Business Court, raises the prospect that the Supreme Court under Roberts hasn’t been predictable.

Taken together, the book’s chapters lead to a conclusion, according to Adler, that where business interests seek outcomes that are in line with the justices’ doctrinal commitments, they can expect to prevail. Yet, where a business is unable to marshal arguments that appeal to the justices’ underlying judicial philosophies, its odds are less favorable, no matter how much a business may believe is at stake.

“This volume should make clear that the Court’s tendencies in business-related cases are not easily reduced to a hashtag slogan,” Adler said.

Since Roberts was confirmed, the Court has handed the business community its share of victories, but it has also handed business groups substantial losses, Adler wrote.
For example, businesses would likely approve of decisions raising the formal bar for filing many lawsuits, upholding broad arbitration clauses and rejecting new avenues of class-action litigation against large corporations.

The Court has also refused to pre-empt litigation against drug makers or block state immigration laws penalizing businesses that hire undocumented workers, and it unleashed the federal regulation of greenhouse gases by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Adler wrote the in the book’s introduction that “these are hardly outcomes favored by big business.”

Among the book’s authors and chapter titles:

Bradley W. Joondeph: Business, the Roberts Court, and the Solicitor General: A Further Exploration
At Santa Clara University School of Law, Joondeph is an author on the topics of federalism, judicial behavior and American constitutional development. He has had extensive experience with the Supreme Court, having served as judicial clerk to Sandra Day O’Connor.

J. Mitchell Pickerill: Is the Court Business-Friendly? Is the Pope Catholic?
Pickerill, from Northern Illinois University, is involved in research that focuses on the relationship between the Supreme Court and the other branches of government.

Richard J. Lazarus: Advocacy Matters
Lazarus teaches environmental law, natural resources law, Supreme Court advocacy, and torts at Harvard Law School. He has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the United States Supreme Court in 40 cases and has presented oral argument in 13 of those cases.


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July 18, 2016

Researchers build a crawling robot from sea slug parts and a 3-D printed body

Swarms could one day search the depths of fresh and saltwater

News Release: July 18, 2016

CLEVELAND—Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have combined tissues from a sea slug with flexible 3-D printed components to build “biohybrid” robots that crawl like sea turtles on the beach.

A muscle from the slug’s mouth provides the movement, which is currently controlled by an external electrical field. However, future iterations of the device will include ganglia, bundles of neurons and nerves that normally conduct signals to the muscle as the slug feeds, as an organic controller.

The researchers also manipulated collagen from the slug’s skin to build an organic scaffold to be tested in new versions of the robot.

In the future, swarms of biohybrid robots could be released for such tasks as locating the source of a toxic leak in a pond that would send animals fleeing, the scientists say. Or they could search the ocean floor for a black box flight data recorder, a potentially long process that may leave current robots stilled with dead batteries.

“We’re building a living machine—a biohybrid robot that’s not completely organic—yet,” said Victoria Webster, a PhD student who is leading the research. Webster will discuss mining the sea slug for materials and constructing the hybrid, which is a little under 2 inches long, at the Living Machines conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, this week.

Webster worked with Roger Quinn, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering and director of Case Western Reserve’s Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory; Hillel Chiel, a biology professor who has studied the California sea slug for decades; Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the CWRU Tissue Fabrication and Mechanobiology Lab; Umut Gurkan, head of the CWRU Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Laboratory, undergraduate researchers Emma L. Hawley and Jill M. Patel and recent master’s graduate Katherine J. Chapin

By combining materials from the California sea slug, Aplysia californica, with three-dimensional printed parts, “we’re creating a robot that can manage different tasks than an animal or a purely manmade robot could,” Quinn said.

The researchers chose the sea slug because the animal is durable down to its cells, withstanding substantial changes in temperature, salinity and more as Pacific Ocean tides shift its environment between deep water and shallow pools. Compared to mammal and bird muscles, which require strictly controlled environments to operate, the slug’s are much more adaptable.

For the searching tasks, “we want the robots to be compliant, to interact with the environment,” Webster said. “One of the problems with traditional robotics, especially on the small scale, is that actuators—the units that provide movement—tend to be rigid.”

Muscle cells are compliant and also carry their own fuel source—nutrients in the medium around them. Because they’re soft, they’re safer for operations than nuts-and-bolts actuators and have a much higher power-to-weight ratio, Webster said.

The researchers originally tried using muscle cells but changed to using the entire I2 muscle from the mouth area, or buccal mass. “The muscle already had the optimal structure and form to provide the function and strength needed,” Chiel said.

Akkus said, “When we integrate the muscle with its natural biological structure, it’s hundreds to 1,000 times better.”

In their first robots, the buccal muscle, which naturally has two “arms,” is connected to the robots printed polymer arms and body. The robot moves when the buccal muscle contracts and releases, swinging the arms back and forth. In early testing, the bot pulled itself about 0.4 centimeters per minute.

To control movement, the scientists are turning to the animal’s own ganglia. They can use either chemical or electrical stimuli to induce the nerves to contract the muscle.

“With the ganglia, the muscle is capable of much more complex movement, compared to using a manmade control, and it’s capable of learning,” Webster said.

The team hopes to train ganglia to move the robot forward in response to one signal and backward in response to a second.

With the goal of making a completely organic robot, Akkus’ lab gelled collagen from the slug’s skin and also used electrical currents to align and compact collagen threads together, to build a lightweight, flexible, yet strong scaffold.

The team is preparing to test organic versions as well as new geometries for the body, designed to produce more efficient movement.

If completely organic robots prove workable, the researchers say, a swarm released at sea or in a pond or a remote piece of land, won’t be much of a worry if they can’t be recovered. They’re likely to be inexpensive and won’t pollute the location with metals and battery chemicals but be eaten or degrade into compost.



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