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February 15, 2019

Robert H. Rawson, Jr. Named KSL's Second Distinguished Visiting Scholar

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Robert H. Rawson, Jr. has been named as the Kelvin Smith Library’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar. The program debuted in 2013 as a way to enrich library interactions with faculty, students, staff and the community, and to create collaborative intellectual and research endeavors that will advance the mission of the library as a vibrant and diverse source of knowledge.

Rawson’s time as Distinguished Visiting Scholar will include working with the library to connect with the broader community through focused outreach events, and to advise the library regarding its collections and strategic goals. He may also prepare publications or exhibits based on the library’s collections and his areas of expertise. “I am grateful for the opportunity to share my interests and experience in the book world with the constituents of KSL – faculty, students, staff and the broader community that supports the library” Rawson said. “I also look forward to contributing to the enhancement of KSL’s engagement with the community.”

A retired partner at the Jones Day law firm, Rawson specialized in antitrust litigation. He has been involved in higher education for decades. He served for over twenty years on the board of trustees of Princeton University, including thirteen years as chairman of the board. Princeton awarded Rawson an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2011. From 2007 through 2016, he served on the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University, including the last several years as chairman. Cleveland State University also awarded Rawson an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He served from 2008-2011 as the Interim Dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Since 2015, Rawson has also been a member of KSL’s Special Collections Advisory Board.

Rawson is a dedicated bibliophile and book collector, with particular interests in books produced by the fine press movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as engravings and illustrations, and fine bindings. He is a member of major bibliophilic organizations, including the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, and the Grolier Club in New York.

Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University, said, “we are delighted that we were able to secure Bob Rawson’s agreement to serve in this capacity. His bibliophilic areas of expertise, and his strong interest in building relations with the Cleveland community, make him an ideal choice to serve in this capacity.”

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February 12, 2019

Fair Use & Controlled Digital Lending

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Date: Wednesday, February 27, 1:30-2:30pm
Location: Moot Courtroom (A59), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd.Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Join Aaron Perzanowski, Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, in a lecture and Q&A about copyright, fair use, and the emerging method of “controlled digital lending.” Copyright law is meant to encourage creativity and the advancement of cultural and scientific progress. It is vitally important to innovation, creativity, and your scholarship. This event is co-sponsored by Kelvin Smith Library and the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library.

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Aaron Perzanowski teaches copyright, trademark, and property law. His research on the intersection of intellectual and personal property explores the notion of ownership in a digital economy. His work on IP and social norms considers the ways in which informal governance influences creative production. He is the co-author of The End of Ownership (MIT Press 2016) and Creativity Without Law (NYU Press 2017). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, George Washington Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Minnesota Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, UCLA Law Revie¬¬w, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among others. He’s been quoted in national and international media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, NPR, The Economist, Forbes, LA Times, Wired, BBC, CBC, and la Repubblica.

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February 06, 2019

Offerings to Moloch

Watched Metropolis again for the first time in awhile last night. I had never previously noticed or paid attention to the fact that the entire story takes place in 2026...

Continue reading "Offerings to Moloch "

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February 06, 2019

Excerpt from Learn AI: Machine Learning and Deep Learning Online Courses

Below is an excerpt of an article published recently on OpenCourser about Artificial Intelligence, particularly in two branches, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Follow the link to read the full article.

The first set of courses here are meant to help you establish a foundational understanding. Some of these courses, or collections of courses, may also cover advanced topics. No matter how advanced they get though, they’ll always start on the ground floor—these courses are designed for all learners, including those entirely new to AI.

The next set of courses focus on introducing AI in context of specific tools, techniques, and applications. These courses lean heavily towards teaching practical "how-to” knowledge. Compare that to the first set of courses, which balance theory and science with practice.

We recommend taking these courses to extend existing knowledge or to ramp up quickly. If you’re looking to implement AI algorithms in a short amount of time, start with these courses.

Our last segment looks at online courses that focus on specific techniques powered by tools like Keras, PyTorch, TensorFlow, and Spark. These courses require prior knowledge of ML and DL and are designed with advanced learners and industry practitioners in mind.

We recommend these courses to deepen your expertise or to help prepare for a career in AI.

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March 18, 2013

The Women's Committee of the Cleveland Play House

The Women’s Committee of the Cleveland Play House was founded to further the interests of the Play House, initially serving as liaison between the theatre and the public. The first Women’s Committee meeting was held in the Brooks Theatre in May 1932 at the request of the Board of Trustees. At that time several committees were formed to assist Play House personnel in the areas of subscription sales, promotional and social events.

ballet.jpg Admission ticket to Women's Committee fundraising event.

These early assignments quickly expanded to encompass twenty-one committees devoted to such tasks as event coordination, ushering, children’s theatre efforts, marketing campaigns and major fundraising drives which essentially relieved the Play House of the expense of administrative staff in the hard times of the 1930’s. Their stated goal was “To assist in every way possible in any way help was needed” which resulted in the cultivation of a dedicated and multi-talented volunteer work force supporting every operation of the theatre for eighty years.

Fundraising was an important function of the Women’s Committee and their aim was to have fun doing it. Planning and executing countless luncheons, balls, benefit performances, fashion shows, comedy revues, gift shops, tours and commemorative publications over the lifespan of the committee raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid the theatre and spread good will throughout the community. Over time, the group laid the foundation for a Men’s Committee to broaden the volunteer base among Play House members. Perhaps best known for establishing and managing the Play House Club in the 1960’s, the Men’s Committee also engaged in a wide array of projects designed to support the Play House.

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In October 2012, membership of the Women’s Committee closed the first chapter of their history with the Play House by organizing one last luncheon, the proceeds of which were combined with the balance of their treasury to create the Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Play House Endowment Fund.

Contact Special Collections for details about our current exhibit of Cleveland Play House Archives material.

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February 05, 2019

Case Western Reserve University Student Newspapers Now Online

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The Special Collections and Archives team at Kelvin Smith Library has digitized over 150 years of Case Western Reserve University student newspapers dating back to 1862. The collection totals over 6,263 issues and is comprised of 55,769 pages and 314,236 articles. The newspapers cover an enormous breadth of campus life including athletics, exhibits, concerts and lectures, university policies, and current events.

The newspapers include:

Western Reserve Souvenir (1862, 1864)
Western Reserve Collegian (1863)
The Adelbert (1889/90-1902/03)
The Case Tech (1903/04-1979/80)
The Reserve Weekly (1903/04-1937/38)
Cleveland College Life (1928/29-1952/53)
The Reserve Tribune (1938/39-1968/69)
The Mather Record (1939/40-1951/52)
The Observer (1969/70-2009/10) Later issues of The Observer are already available online.

Each issue is full-text searchable meaning you can browse by date or keyword search across articles and advertisements. PDF copies are available for download and it is all free.

Browse the collection today: https://newspapers.case.edu/

For more information, please contact University Archives at (216) 368-7229 or archives@case.edu


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February 05, 2019

Access to Library Databases and Resources On and Off-Campus Has Just Gotten Easier

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OpenAthens is the library’s new authentication system and has replaced VPN for all off-campus access. It will require no action other than signing in through CWRU's Single Sign-On (SSO).

You can access resources on any device from anywhere, without requiring multiple logins or the need to log into the VPN for nearly all library electronic resources. A few other things to observe:

- You will need to log-in the first time in a session to access all library resources (even when on the campus wired network or the "Case Wireless" network). After you are logged in the first time, and providing you do not close your browser window, access should continue even if you change from one resource to another.

- Web addresses for some resources have changed, so previously bookmarked shortcuts may no longer be working. Please start your search of all resources (including the library catalog) by locating it first on the library website on the ejournal or database list. You may also use the CWRU Libraries Search box (in the upper right corner of the library web page).

- Make sure to close your browser when you are done, especially if you access resources from a public workstation.

For more information on OpenAthens and authentication: https://researchguides.case.edu/discovery

A few resources will still require VPN to gain access: https://researchguides.case.edu/discovery/VPN

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February 04, 2019

Celebrating Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, professor emeritus at the University of Dayton, will present Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry. Dunbar (1872-1906) was the first African American poet to be nationally recognized for his literary works, which include short stories, novels, and poems.

Date: February 13, 2019
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room, 2nd Floor
Reserve Your Spot Today: http://cglink.me/r450649

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February 01, 2019

Manage Your Scholarly Reputation (For Faculty and Graduate Students)

Kelvin Smith Library is offering a series of workshops to support faculty and graduate students in maximizing the impact of their scholarly publication. The workshop series will help attendees navigate the evolving publishing landscape, from copyright law, marketing research, online presence, to negotiating contracts.

Each session is offered twice at Kelvin Smith Library (Room 215 or Dampeer Room) and may be taken independently if you are unable to take the entire series.

Register Today: https://researchguides.case.edu/ImpactWorkshopSeries

“Marketing Your Scholarship and Yourself” | Tues, 12 February 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm OR Wed, 13 February 2019, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

“Measuring Your Scholarly Impact” | Tues, 19 February 2019, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm OR Wed, 20 February 2019, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“Where to Publish” | Tues, 5 March 2019, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm OR Wed, 6 March 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Engaging with Digital Scholarship” | Wed, 18 March 2019, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm OR Thurs, 21 March 2019, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

“Leveraging Your Rights as an Author: Copyright and Scholarly Publishing” | Tues, 26 March 2019, 2:30 pm- 3:30 pm OR Thurs, 28 March 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Questions? Contact the Kelvin Smith Library team at ksl-mail@case.edu or 216.368.2992. For more information on other library events, join the KSL CampusGroups page: https://community.case.edu/KSL/club_signup

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January 24, 2019

Kelvin Smith Library Wins Major National Award

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) named the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western University as the university recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Sponsored by ACRL and GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, the award recognizes the staff of a university library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.

“I am delighted that ACRL can highlight the many amazing accomplishments of academic libraries through this award,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “This year’s winners demonstrate a clear commitment to student success, a creative and inventive mindset that results in innovative programs, and engagement with the local and campus communities. Receiving an Excellence in Academic Libraries Award is a tribute to each library and its staff for outstanding services, programs, and leadership.”

Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library, winner in the university category, was selected for its collaborative approach to problem solving.

“The Kelvin Smith Library partners to solve community problems and applies what they do to solve problems within their own community,” said Irene M.H. Herold, chair of the 2019 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and librarian of the college at the College of Wooster. “As quoted in their nomination, ‘Research can be used for the advocacy of communities experiencing disruption and inequality,’ and the Kelvin Smith Library is a shining model of this.”

“Noteworthy among numerous reported activities were the Freedman Fellowship for Digital Scholarship program, using space assessment data to make changes in support of student success, and its National Personal Librarian Conference,” Herold continued. “The library not only embodies their strategic plan goals of ‘research,’ ‘learn,’ and ‘experience’ in everything they do, but also is user feedback driven to ‘continuously redesign the library to ensure that new generations of students continue to respond positively so that they see the library as being their library.’”

The Freedman Student Fellowship for Digital Scholarship program supports full-time faculty with integrating new digital tools and technology into their research. Since its inception in 2010, the program has awarded over $90,000 to more than 50 faculty members for a wide range of projects, including a sexual assault kit initiative using ArcGIS visual mapping software to plot assault data, undergraduate student research on race and education in Cleveland Heights, and 3D imaging of artifacts from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to increase their accessibility through a virtual reality experience.

“We are elated to receive this important recognition of the collaborative achievements of our highly motivated and creative staff, who work tirelessly to ensure student success, advance research, and provide a conducive environment to stimulate a love of learning,” said Arnold Hirshon, associate provost and university librarian at Case Western Reserve University. “Our culture is one of unceasing reinvention, with a commitment to continuous exploration, experimentation, systematic program development, and rigorous assessment. Being the recipients of the ACRL award inspires us to persevere in our never-ending pursuit to provide pioneering, vibrant, and highly user-centric programs, services, and facilities for our university community.”

The Kelvin Smith Library will be presented with a plaque and $3,000 at an award ceremony that will be open to the entire campus community and will be held on April 9 at 3:30 pm. Additional information about the award ceremony will be shared as it becomes available.

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January 30, 2019

University Student Newspapers Now Online

The University Archives is happy to announce that nine student newspaper titles from the collection have been digitized and are available for online use. Each issue is full-text searchable and PDF copies are available for free download. The titles include:

Western Reserve Souvenir (1862, 1864)
Western Reserve Collegian (1863)
The Adelbert (1889/90-1902/03)
The Case Tech (1903/04-1979/80)
The Reserve Weekly (1903/04-1937/38)
Cleveland College Life (1928/29-1952/53)
The Reserve Tribune (1938/39-1968/69)
The Mather Record (1939/40-1951/52)
The Observer (1969/70-2009/10) Later issues of The Observer are already available online.

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Page one of the Western Reserve Souvenir, December 1862

As our users are well aware, the student newspapers provide a rich source of information about student and university life.

Kelvin Smith Library contracted with DL Consulting to complete this project. The University Archives staff and students digitized 991 issues numbering 13,283 pages. Hudson Archival digitized the remaining issues from the microfilm copies. Veridian provided article segmentation and created PDF files for each issue. While optical character recognition software was run on each issue, some errors may have occurred. No corrections to the text were made. You can become a text corrector by registering on the site.

We are excited about this new online resource provided to the university community and beyond. Please explore and enjoy. You are welcome to send feedback to archives@case.edu.

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January 28, 2019

The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Michelson-Morley Experiment

In 1987, CWRU celebrated the centennial of the Michelson-Morley experiment. Albert A. Michelson was a physicist at the Case School of Applied Science and Edward W. Morley was a chemist at Western Reserve University. In their revolutionary 1887 experiment, Michelson and Morley used a device called an interferometer to measure the interference properties of light waves. Their goal was to determine how the speed of light would be affected by the directional flow of “luminiferous aether,” which was a substance that was believed to transmit light throughout space. Albert A. Michelson designed the interferometer to measure the difference between the speed of light traveling in the direction of the “aether wind,” and the speed of light traveling in the opposite direction. The Michelson-Morley experiment found that there was no substantial difference in the measurements of the speed of light, which ultimately proved that “luminiferous aether” does not exist. This groundbreaking discovery has been described as marking the birth of modern physics, and led to the development of other scientific theories, including Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, which transformed our understanding of space and time.

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Model of the Michelson-Morley Interferometer, circa 1975

The Michelson-Morley Centennial Celebration, entitled “Light, Space, and Time – A Cleveland Festival,” took place at CWRU and in the surrounding area from April to December 1987. The celebration kicked off with the opening ceremonies at Severance Hall on 04/24/1987, in which the annual Michelson-Morley Award was presented to internationally renowned scientists, Robert H. Dicke and George A. Olah. From 04/24/1987 to 04/25/1987, a symposium was held on campus, entitled “The Legacy of Edward W. Morley: 100 Years of Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University.” It included lectures on chemical research given by twelve distinguished alumni, former faculty, and current faculty from CWRU.

Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, several exhibits, lectures, musical performances, and other symposia in honor of the centennial of the Michelson-Morley experiment took place on campus and in the greater Cleveland area:

From 04/25/1987 to 12/31/1987, an exhibit entitled “The Atom: Peril and Promise,” was available to the public at the Cleveland Health Education Museum. The exhibit examined the beneficial and harmful aspects of radiation. It included photographs of color drawings and paintings by survivors of the nuclear blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki that took place at the end of World War II. Another exhibit, entitled “The Michelson-Morley Experiment of 1887: American Science Comes of Age,” was presented at the Western Reserve Historical Society from 04/26/1987 to 09/30/1987. It included photographs, monographs, drawings, and notes by Albert A. Michelson, letters from Edward W. Morley and Albert Einstein, and a full-scale replica of the Michelson-Morley experiment constructed by CWRU students.

As part of the Frontiers in Chemistry lecture series on campus, several Nobel Laureates were invited to give guest lectures in honor of the centennial of the Michelson-Morley experiment. Manfred Eigen delivered a lecture entitled, “Evolutionary Biotechnology” on 08/27/1987, Herbert C. Brown conducted a lecture called, “A General Asymmetric Synthesis via Chiral Organoboranes” on 10/01/1987, and Derek Barton spoke about “The Invention of Organic Chemical Reactions” on 10/15/1987.

The one hundredth anniversary of the Michelson-Morley experiment was also commemorated through art. During the centennial celebration, a light sculpture entitled “Light Path Crossing,” by artist Dale Eldred, was installed on the roof of Crawford Hall. The sculpture has a large diffraction grating that separates and exhibits vibrant colors, in honor of the experiment. On 10/28/1987, the Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra performed two works commissioned especially for the Michelson-Morley Centennial Celebration at the Cleveland Museum of Art. A musical piece for solo violin with synthesizer, harp, and percussion was performed in honor of Albert A. Michelson. In honor of Edward W. Morley, a piece for organ and chamber orchestra was performed. In addition, from 10/29/1987 to 10/31/1987, the Cleveland Orchestra presented a symphonic work by Philip Glass, that was commissioned especially for the Michelson-Morley Centennial Celebration, at Severance Hall.

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Poster for the Modern Physics in America Symposium, 1987

Several scientific symposia took place on campus in October 1987, beginning with a Symposium on Science, Arts, and Humanities on 10/10/1987, in which Philip Morrison of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other renowned speakers discussed the interrelationships among these different fields of study. From 10/21/1987 to 10/23/1987, the “Harland G. Wood Symposium in Biomedical Sciences” took place, and included a Merton F. Utter Memorial Lecture by Nobel Laureate David Baltimore. A symposium on “The Michelson Era in American Science, 1870-1930,” took place from 10/28/1987 to 10/29/1987, and included presentations on the history and philosophy of science by America’s leading historians in science and technology, as well as a keynote address by author Daniel Kevles. To round out the month of October, the last symposium of the Michelson-Morley Centennial Celebration, entitled “Modern Physics in America,” took place from 10/30/1987 to 10/31/1987. More than 1,000 people attended this symposium, and it included lectures by several Nobel Laureates: Hans A. Bethe, Philip W. Anderson, Arthur L. Schawlow, Ivar Giaever, Murray Gell-Mann, and Kenneth G. Wilson.

For more information about the Michelson-Morley experiment, and the Michelson-Morley Centennial Celebration, please consult the University Archives. In addition, the blog post, Namesakes – Morley Chemical Laboratory and Edward W. Morley, provides a brief biography of Edward W. Morley, and includes a link to more information about the Michelson-Morley experiment.

Written by Julia Teran

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March 21, 2014

Current Projects

The following is a list of websites we have created since graduating from CWRU in 2001.

Family Travel at InACents.com - A website helping families save money on the cost of travel. We search out the latest deals to save you and your family on the cost of travel. In addition, we visit all kinds of destinations and attractions, and highlight the pros and cons. We always travel with our children, providing a diverse experience for the user.

CPFoodBlog - After visiting Cedar Point amusement park for years, there was a distinct gap of information when it came to dining with the park. The CP Food Blog highlights all of the eating establishments inside Cedar Point, including menus, prices, photos, locations, tips, and reviews.

Today, the CPFoodBlog has become the leading source for information and news on all Cedar Fair amusement parks including Canada's Wonderland, California's Great America, Carowinds, Cedar Point, Dorney Park, Kings Dominion, Kings Island, Knott's Berry Farm, Valleyfair, and Worlds of Fun.

We encourage our readers to interact via social media and share their #CedarPointFood pictures.

Glamping in the United States at Glorified Camping - After getting turned onto the luxurious world of upscale camping, also known as glamping, we set out to create a directory of all the available properties within the United States.

Garden and Home Show Directory - After visiting the Cleveland Home & Garden show for years, we wondered what other garden and home shows there were in the area. The problem was we were not able to find one, comprehensive list of all the garden and home shows in the United States and Canada. So GardenandHomeShows.com is a directory, broken up by States, that list all of the current shows around the country.

Our love for Jimmy Buffet and an island lifestyle encouraged us to purchase sites associated with some of Jimmy's songs, including Pascagoula Run and Mermaid in the Night.

We continue to purchase domain names and develop them as time and energy permit. Please consider checking out our sites and adding us to your social media brands.

Interested in creating your own website? Contact us, as we can get you set up.


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January 16, 2019

Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland

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Local author, attorney, and historian James Robenalt will discuss the roots of the violent uprisings in Cleveland in 1968 (Hough Riot, Glenville Shootout, etc.) and the political aftermath. Cleveland was a uniquely important city in the civil rights movement and hosted critical speeches by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X (whose “Ballots or Bullets” speech was first delivered here), and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who spoke of the “Mindless Menace of Violence at the City Club.”

Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room, 2nd Floor
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Reserve Your Spot Today: http://cglink.me/r450631

This event is co-sponsored by Kelvin Smith Library, the Social Justice Institute, Political Science Department, and the Sociology Department.

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January 16, 2019

The Correct Way to Request a Book Using ILLiad

This is a fairly important matter that has been hinted at here and there throughout this blog, but it is worth emphasizing in its own right...

* First of all, if we already own a circulating copy in the KSL collections (or in those of another CWRU campus library) that is not currently on loan to another user, you should not need to request it on interlibrary loan--check our online catalog first.

* If you cannot find a local copy in any of the university libraries, please check OhioLINK (and SearchOhio) for available copies that you can have retrieved directly from an academic (or public) library within the State of Ohio.

* Failing these first two prerequisites, you can then proceed to requesting the title using your ILLiad account.

* Select the "Book" form from the "New Request" section of your Main Menu during your logon session, fill in at least all of the "required" fields and submit your request.

* Music scores and complete conference proceedings should also be requested using the "Book" form--as these are normally published items, they can be cited in the same way as ordinary books.

* Alternatively, you may select "Report", "Thesis" or "Other (Misc. Loan)", if any of those forms more specifically apply to the (usually unpublished) item type you may require.

What NOT to do...

* By all means, never, ever use the "Book Chapter" form to sequentially request each and every individual chapter within a single book, or even a sizeable portion of the entire item in question--this is a gross and blatant violation of Copyright Law, even if the book happens to be fairly old.

* When using the "Book Chapter" form, please keep in mind that the rule on copying portions of many books stipulates a maximum of 15% of the total page length of the entire item; this limit should not be exceeded, even accounting for multiple request submissions from the same title.

* The "Conference Paper" form is intended specifically for research papers presented at conferences, meetings, symposia, etc., and should not be used to request entire published proceedings.

* Do not use the "Other (Misc. Loan)" form to request anything other than loans of special items (such as audio-visual media, microfilms, journal issues and volumes, etc.) or to request journal or newspaper articles (for which you should instead use the "Journal Article" form).

Well, that about covers all I wanted to say this time around. As always, hope this has been helpful.

Questions about ILLiad or interlibrary loan? Contact Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or e-mail us at smithill@case.edu.

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January 10, 2019

A More Robust Kelvin Smith Library Search Engine

Search Kelvin Smith Library’s collections for your next project. At the top right corner of the library’s main page we have implemented a stronger more robust search engine that will search across CWRU libraries their books, journals, newspapers, and other holdings.

Use the “Search the library collections” box in the upper right corner of the library.case.edu website, or access the search page directly by using this exact URL: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&custid=s8481523&profile=eds&groupid=main

Have questions or problems to report? Contact Shelby Stuart, sxs1827@case.edu

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January 10, 2019

OpenAthens Will Replace VPN for All Off-Campus Access

Your access to library databases and resources on and off-campus has just gotten easier. Very soon, OpenAthens will replace VPN for all off-campus access. OpenAthens is the library’s new authentication system. It will require no action other than signing in with the network ID and password when prompted.


For more information, contact Shelby Stuart, sxs1827@case.edu

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January 10, 2019

New Safari Books Online Platform

Kelvin Smith Library’s new Safari Books Online platform is now live. The new platform offers more content and greater functionality, including:
- No user limits. You will no longer be turned away when others are using the same item.
- 40,000 new books and videos
- Mobile app (https://www.oreilly.com/online-learning/apps.html)

Access to the library's electronic resources can be found at: https://researchguides.case.edu/databases

Questions? http://library.case.edu/ksl/ask

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July 25, 2018

Helpful Links Now in Your ILLiad Menu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 01, 2019

Online Courses to Take in the New Year

Originally posted on OpenCourser

With each new year is a chance to start fresh. Whether you believe in new year resolutions, now’s the time try new habits, explore new ideas, and set new goals and aspirations.

One way to push on these fronts is to learn something new. You might even develop skills and knowledge that can help with your career.

Learn with online courses to achieve results

Online courses are a great way to learn from because:

  • Most present information in a way that’s easy to absorb
  • You get to learn from acclaimed instructors who hail from top institutions
  • They’re designed to help you develop skills and knowledge that you can use

These courses are modeled after traditional classes, but are far more innovative, bringing in technology to keep learners engaged. They’re also flexible, so if you come upon a course that turns out to be a snoozefest or one that’s too difficult, there’s nothing preventing you from finding a new course.

One last note: most courses let you take parts of them for free, so you can learn from them even if they list a price. You only pay if you want a chance to earn a certificate or if you want to access content that’s behind a paywall.

So what will you learn?

As we round the corner into 2019, there’s no shortage of things to learn from online courses.

In the past year, we steadily added new online courses. Today, you’ll find 15,000+ courses in our catalog. 

Put into perspective, you’d need to spend 90 years to finish them all if you made taking courses a full-time job. You won’t be bored either. These courses span thousands of different topics, so you’ll never run out of new material. They also cover a gamut of rigor and difficulty, from gentle intros to highly specialized courses aimed at post-grads.

All of this means you’re free to explore and learn whatever you want to your heart’s content!

Take the first step

If you already have something in mind you’d like to learn, try plugging it into the search bar above. You can also browse for courses by subject.

Don’t know what you want to learn yet? Don’t know where to start looking? Fret not. We’ve put together a curated list of courses that anyone can enjoy. You’ll find those in the next section of this article.

Finally, if you like a course, don’t forget to hit the “heart” button, which adds a course to your list of saved courses. You can always refer back to this list once you’re done browsing.

Our Picks

The courses we’ve chosen below cover a broad range of interests. Most are either at the introductory level or start with the basics and quickly ramp up. None have prerequisites, meaning you don’t need past knowledge to take them. Have a course you’d like to suggest? Shoot us a message via our contact page with the subject “CourseRec”.

Arts & Humanities

  1. Hollywood: History, Industry, Art from University of Pennsylvania, PennX
  2. Modern Art & Ideas from The Museum of Modern Art, Caltech
  3. The Writing Process from Berkeley, UC BerkeleyX, BerkeleyX
  4. The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture from The Smithsonian Institution, SmithsonianX
  5. Masterpieces of World Literature from Harvard University, HarvardX
  6. Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature from Harvard University, HarvardX
  7. A Global History of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MITx

Business & Economics

  1. The Iterative Innovation Process from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MITx
  2. Financial Markets from Yale University
  3. Design Thinking for Innovation from University of Virginia
  4. Foundations of Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania
  5. Game Theory from Stanford University, The University of British Columbia
  6. Effective Business Writing from Berkeley, UC BerkeleyX, BerkeleyX
  7. Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence from Case Western Reserve University

Foreign Languages

  1. Learn Mandarin Chinese from Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  2. Learn Basic Spanish Vocabulary from University of California, Davis
  3. Online Japanese Beginner Course (All 12 lessons) from Udemy

Health & Wellbeing

  1. The Science of Well-Being from Yale University
  2. Introduction to Psychology from University of Toronto
  3. Stanford Introduction to Food and Health from Stanford University
  4. Child Nutrition and Cooking from Stanford University
  5. Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease from Trinity College Dublin
  6. Science of Exercise from University of Colorado Boulder
  7. De-Mystifying Mindfulness from Universiteit Leiden
  8. How to Save a Life: CPR, AED and First Aid from The Disque Foundation
  9. CPR, AED and First Aid Certification Course from Udemy
  10. The Science of Happiness from Berkeley, BerkeleyX
  11. Food for Thought from McGillX

Personal Development

  1. Career Success from University of California, Irvine
  2. Becoming a Successful Job Hunter from LinkedIn Learning
  3. Dynamic Public Speaking from University of Washington

Programming

  1. Automate the Boring Stuff with Python Programming from Udemy
  2. Beginning Python from Treehouse

Science & Engineering

  1. Super-Earths and Life from Harvard University, HarvardX
  2. Antarctica: From Geology to Human History from Victoria University of Wellington, VictoriaX
  3. Structural Materials: Selection and Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MITx
  4. Electric Cars: Introduction from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), DelftX
  5. Animal Behaviour from The University of Melbourne
  6. Animal Behaviour and Welfare from The University of Edinburgh
  7. The Truth About Cats and Dogs from The University of Edinburgh
  8. The Science of Gastronomy from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  9. Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science (part 1) from Harvard University, HarvardX
  10. Discovering Science: Chemical Products from University of Leeds
  11. Introduction to Algae from University of California San Diego

Social Sciences

  1. Justice from Harvard University, HarvardX
  2. Social Learning for Social Impact from McGill
  3. The Science and Politics of the GMO from Cornell University, CornellX
  4. Forests and Livelihoods in Developing Countries from University of British Columbia
  5. The Challenges of Global Poverty from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MITx
  6. Introduction to Sustainability from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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December 21, 2018

School of Medicine Mini-History

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the School of Medicine we have compiled this mini-history. A published history of the School was written for the Centennial in 1943. This mini-history just highlights a few aspects of the School’s 175 year history. The University Archives holds over 860 linear feet of records of the School. Two histories and many articles have been published about the School.

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School of Medicine Harland Goff Wood Building

The School of Medicine was established in 1843 as the Cleveland Medical College. As early as 1834-1835, WRC trustees had considered establishing a medical school.

Names
1843 - Cleveland Medical College
1844 - Cleveland Medical College renamed Medical Department of Western Reserve College (WRC)
1881 - Medical Department of WRC renamed Medical Department of Western Reserve University (WRU)
1913 - Medical Department of WRU renamed the School of Medicine of WRU

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Portrait of Jared Potter Kirtland

Deans
1843-3/1844 and 2/1861-5/1873 - John Lang Cassels
3/1844-2/1846 and 10/1846-2/1861 - John Delamater
2/1846-10/1846 - Jared Potter Kirtland
5/1873-7/1881 - John Bennitt
7/1881-3/1883 - William Johnston Scott
3/1883-9/1893 - Gustav Carl Erich Weber
9/1893-5/1895 - Isaac Newton Himes
5/1895-6/1900 - Hunter Holmes Powell
6/1900-1912 - Benjamin Love Milliken
1912-11/1928 - Carl August Hamann
11/1928-7/1944 - Torald Hermann Sollman
4/1945-8/1959 - Joseph Treloar Wearn
9/1959-8/1966 - Douglas Danford Bond
9/1966-6/1980 - Frederick Chapman Robbins
7/1980-7/1989 - Richard E. Behrman
8/1989-7/1990 - Howard S. Sudak, Acting Dean
7/1990-8/1995 - Neil S. Cherniack
9/1995-6/2002 - Nathan Berger (Interim Dean 9/1995-8/1996)
7/2002-3/2003 - Jerold Goldberg, Acting Dean
4/2003-9/2006 - Ralph I. Horwitz
9/2006-6/2020 - Pamela Bowes Davis (Interim Dean 9/2006-9/2007)

Buildings
While WRC was located in Hudson, Ohio, the Medicial Department was located in downtown Cleveland. The School moved to University Circle in 1924. It was part of the new medical campus which included the new Medical School building (now called the Wood Building), Animal House, Institute of Pathology and University Hospitals' buildings: Lakeside Hospital, Hanna Pavilion, Nurses’ Dormitories (Robb, Mather, Lowman, Harvey). A new Power House was built to service the Medical School buildings and University Hospitals. The dedication of the new Medical School building was in conjunction with the inauguration of Robert E. Vinson as President of Western Reserve University.

1843-1846 rented quarters in the Mechanics Block, southeast corner of Ontario and Prospects streets
1846-1885 Medical School, southeast corner of East 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue
1887-1924 Medical School, southeast corner of East 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue (same site as previous)
1898-1924 Physiological Laboratory, next to main Medical School building at East 9th and St. Clair Avenue
1908-1924 H. K. Cushing Laboratory, East 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue
1924-current use: Harland Goff Wood Building
1924-1943?: Animal House, behind Wood Building
1929-current use: Institute of Pathology
1930-?: Animal House, between Wood Building and first Animal House
1962-current use: Joseph Treloar Wearn Laboratory for Medical Research
1971-current use: Frederick C. Robbins Building (East Wing)
1971-current use: Lester M. and Ruth P. Sears Administration Tower
1993-current use: Richard F. Celeste Biomedical Research Building
2003-current use: Harland Goff Wood Building Research Tower (addition to Wood Building)
Coming in 2019: Health Education Campus

Affiliations
The School has had affiliations with numerous hospitals over the years including: MetroHealth Hospitals System (City Hospital, County Hospital, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Sunny Acres, Highland View Hospital), Mt. Sinai Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland (including Lakeside Hospital, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, MacDonald Hospital, Hanna House, Hanna Pavilion), Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Early Education (taken from Significant Dates in the History of the School of Medicine, Western Reserve University by Frederick C. Waite)
The first classes began 11/1/1843. This first session was 16 weeks. In 1846 two sessions of 16 weeks each was required.

In 1888 graded courses of three years was mandatory. “Required individual laboratory work in Physiology established, the first in the west, and probably the first in the United States.”

In 1895 the optional four year courses established. The first four year class graduated in 1899 (5 men).

In 1901 entrance requirement of three years work in a college of arts and sciences became effective.

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Students celebrate at Match Day, 1987

Much has been written about the 1952 Medical School curriculum revision which was widely adopted by other medical schools. For more information you can read the Greer Williams book, Western Reserve’s Experiment in Medical Education and Its Outcome. This curriculum has been revised over time and in 2006 the School introduced the Western Reserve 2 (WR2) Curriculum.

The School of Medicine entered into an agreement with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2002 to form the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU. This 5-year program trains physician investigators. The first class graduated in 2009.

Absorbed Schools
In 1910 the School absorbed the Medical Department of Ohio Wesleyan University (also known as the Cleveland College of Physicians and Surgeons). The Medical Department of Ohio Wesleyan (1896-1910) was the successor school of several rival Cleveland-based medical schools, including the Charity Hospital Medical College (1865-1869) and the Medical Department of the University of Wooster (1869-1896).

Alumni
Alumni of the School of Medicine have taken their knowledge around the world and served in a number of capacities beyond their role as physicians. Such roles include missionaries, educators, researchers, military, and government service (such as Surgeon General and head of Centers for Disease Control).

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Professor J. J. MacLeod with students, ca. 1910

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December 21, 2018

KSL Holiday Hours

We have adjusted hours this winter break with the regular 24/7 overnight access schedule returning Monday, January 14, 2019.

Friday, December 21
: Open 8am - 5pm

Saturday, December 22 - Tuesday, January 1: CLOSED

Wednesday, January 2 - Friday, January 4
: Open 8am - 5pm

Saturday, January 5 - Sunday, January 6
: CLOSED

Monday, January 7 - Friday, January 11
: Open 8am - 5pm

Saturday, January 12: CLOSED

Sunday, January 13: Open 12pm - 8pm
Closes at 8pm. NO overnight services

Monday, January 14: Return to Regular Semester schedule. Opens 8am

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December 11, 2018

KSL Holiday Closure & ILL Services II

Once again, Case Western Reserve University (including Kelvin Smith Library and all other campus library locations) will be closed for business over the holiday break. This time around, the closure will extend from Saturday, December 22, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Please pardon me for essentially recycling the content of my blog entry from December 12, 2017 with necessary adjustments, for the sake of efficiency.

Again, you may wonder, how will this impact interlibrary loan services and your use of the KSL ILLiad system during this period? As before, until we resume regular library services on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 you can expect the following under these circumstances--

There will be...

* No processing of newly submitted loan or copy requests.
* No processing of renewal requests.
* No processing of electronic deliveries requiring staff mediation; those supplied by trusted senders will still be sent through automatically.
* No staff re-submission of requests for electronic deliveries where incorrect or incomplete articles have been unintentionally supplied by trusted senders.
* No manual courtesy e-mail notifications (e.g., pick-up reminders and blocked account notices); automated e-mails (overdues, electronic deliveries) will still be sent out.
* No receipt processing of pending ILL book loans and no sending of loan pickup notifications.
* No real-time check-in of returned ILL books left in the outdoor book-drop, and no suspension of automated overdue e-mail notifications -- so you may still receive notices, even though you have "physically" returned the items.
* No unblocking of accounts having loans two weeks or more past due, until items are checked in after the closure.
* No scanning and electronic delivery of articles from internal collections for special status users.
* No replies from ILL staff to e-mail or phone inquiries.

In summary, nothing can or will take place that requires ILL library staff to be present and on duty at KSL.

We will resume processing accumulated new requests and other transactions in intermediate process statuses, as well as responding to e-mail or voicemail inquiries, beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2019, in the order in which they were received and as time and available staffing permit.

To make the best of this situation, we recommend that by Friday, December 21, 2018 (well before 5:00 PM) you plan to...

* Pick up any loans still being held at the KSL Service Center, especially if the due date falls within the library closure period.
* Return any loans with a due date falling within the closure period, especially if they cannot be renewed.

...And even further in advance, please plan to...

* Submit new copy requests at least two days before the closure period, to increase the chances of receiving electronic deliveries in timely fashion; otherwise, new requests may not get processed or filled until after the closure.
* Request renewals (where eligible) for any current loans at least two days before the library closure; if this is still more than five days prior to the original due date, you may need to contact ILL staff by phone or e-mail (before December 20, 2018) to have this done manually.
* Submit new loan requests, especially if you have just returned a copy previously borrowed which cannot be renewed but will be needed again in the immediate future.

Also, remember that most of our supplier libraries are also on break during roughly the same time, and may not be processing ILL requests or shipping out items during this heavy volume period for the postal system and commercial couriers. This is especially relevant with regard to borrowing theses and dissertations from other academic libraries. They, likewise, are often non-suppliers while their affiliated granting institutions are closed between academic sessions, and are usually the sole holdings for a particular thesis or dissertation title. Therefore, processing of some thesis requests may need to be delayed even later than January 2, 2019.

If you have forgotten your ILLiad password, please use the "Forgot Password?" feature on the main logon page. ILL staff will not be available to change your password manually during the closure period.

Our best advice -- simply enjoy your time off, and wait until the new year to start using ILLiad services once again. As always, we hope this is helpful.

Here's wishing you all a safe and pleasant holiday break, and a productive return for the coming Spring 2019 Semester.

Got questions about interlibrary loan? Contact Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or e-mail us at smithill@case.edu.

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December 13, 2018

Now Accepting Submissions for KSL Book Collecting Contest

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

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

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

Check out the contest page for more information: https://researchguides.case.edu/book-collecting

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December 12, 2017

KSL Holiday Closure & ILL Services

As you may have already heard, the university (and subsequently the Kelvin Smith Library) with be closed for business from Saturday, December 23, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. So, you may ask, how will this affect interlibrary loan services and your use of the KSL ILLiad system during this period? Well, until we resume regular library services on January 2, 2018, here's what you can expect under the circumstances--

There will be...

* No processing of newly submitted loan or copy requests.
* No processing of renewal requests.
* No processing of electronic deliveries requiring staff mediation; those supplied by trusted senders will still be sent through automatically.
* No staff re-submission of requests for electronic deliveries where incorrect or incomplete articles have been unintentionally supplied by trusted senders.
* No manual courtesy e-mail notifications (e.g., pick-up reminders and blocked account notices); automated e-mails (overdues, electronic deliveries) will still be sent out.
* No receipt processing of pending ILL book loans and no sending of loan pickup notifications.
* No real-time check in of returned ILL books left in the outdoor book-drop, and no suspension of automated overdue e-mail notifications -- so you may still receive notices, even though you "physically" returned the items.
* No unblocking of accounts having loans two weeks or more past due, until items are checked in after the closure.
* No scanning and electronic delivery of articles from internal collections for special status users.
* No replies from ILL staff to e-mail or phone inquiries.

In summary, nothing can or will take place that requires ILL library staff to be present and on duty at KSL.

We will resume processing accumulated new requests and other transactions in intermediate process statuses, as well as responding to e-mail or voicemail inquiries, beginning January 2, 2018, in the order they were received and as time and available staffing permit.

To make the best of this situation, we recommend that by Friday, December 22, 2018 (well before 5:00 PM) you plan to...

* Pick up any loans still being held at the KSL Service Center, especially if the due date falls within the library closure period.
* Return any loans with a due date falling within the closure period, especially if they cannot be renewed.

...And even further in advance, please plan to...

* Submit new copy requests at least two days before the closure period, to increase the chances of receiving electronic deliveries in timely fashion; otherwise, new requests may not get processed or filled until after the closure.
* Request renewals (where eligible) for any current loans at least two days before the library closure; if this is still more than five days prior to the original due date, you may need to contact ILL staff by phone or e-mail (before December 22) to have this done manually.
* Submit new loan requests, especially if you have just returned a copy previously borrowed which cannot be renewed but will be needed again in the immediate future.

Also, remember that most of our supplier libraries are also on break, and may not be processing ILL requests or shipping out items during this heavy volume period for the postal system and commercial couriers. This is especially relevant with regard to borrowing theses and dissertations from other academic libraries. They, likewise, are often non-suppliers while the affiliated granting institutions are closed between sessions, and are usually the sole holdings for a particular thesis or dissertation title.

If you have forgotten your ILLiad password, please use the "Forgot Password?" feature on the main logon page. ILL staff will not be available to change your password manually during the closure period.

Our best advice -- simply enjoy your time off, and wait until the new year to start using ILLiad services once again. As always, we hope this is helpful.

Here's wishing you all a safe and pleasant holiday break, and a productive return for the coming Spring 2018 Semester.

Got questions about interlibrary loan? Contact Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or e-mail us at smithill@case.edu.

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November 29, 2018

Trivia Night at the Library

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

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

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

Register your spot on the CampusGroups Events Page: http://cglink.me/r399852

Questions? Please contact Kelvin Smith Library administration at KSL-mail@case.edu or at 216-368-2992.

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November 26, 2018

Kelvin Smith Library to Discontinue RefWorks

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Eddy (Zotero): mark.eddy@case.edu | 216-368-5457
Schedule an appointment: https://case.libcal.com/appointments/markeddy

Daniela Solomon (EndNote): Daniela.Solomon@case.edu | 216-368-8790
Schedule an appointment: https://case.libcal.com/appointments/daniela

Yuening Zhang (Mendeley): yxz508@cae.edu | 216-368 5310
Schedule an appointment: https://case.libcal.com/appointments/yuening

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November 13, 2018

A Few Words About Password Complexity & Your ILLiad Account

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 09, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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November 05, 2018

Elsevier Showcase at Kelvin Smith Library

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

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

eBooks Overview | 9:00 am - 10:00 am | Kelvin Smith Library LL06 B/C | http://cglink.me/r437411

Knovel | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Kelvin Smith Library LL06 B/C | http://cglink.me/r437414

How to Get Published | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | White 411 | http://cglink.me/r437385

Scopus Upgrades | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Kelvin Smith Library LL06 B/C | http://cglink.me/r437415

How to Get Published
| 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Kelvin Smith Library LL06 B/C | http://cglink.me/r437389


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December 20, 2012

ILLiad Login vs. Single Sign-On

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

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

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

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February 22, 2011

Your ILLiad Password

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 24, 2018

ILLiad Delivered PDF's & Your Browser

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

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

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

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

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


* Internet Explorer --

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


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


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


* Microsoft Edge --

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


* Mozilla Firefox --

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

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

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

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

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* Google Chrome --

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


* Safari --

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


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

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

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October 19, 2018

Fall Break Cramelot Hours

Happy Fall Break Students!

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

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

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

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October 18, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Library Resources Lab Winners

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

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

Thank you all for making this event so successful!

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October 18, 2018

KSL Game Night

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

Reserve Your Spot Today: http://cglink.me/r399839

For a full list of games offered by KSL can be found here: https://researchguides.case.edu/KSLGameNight

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October 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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October 16, 2018

KSL Screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

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

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

Light refreshments will be served.

Reserve Your Spot Today: http://cglink.me/r430847

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October 15, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight - Alfonso Miguel Alvarado

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

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Alfonso M. Alvarado

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

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

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

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

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

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October 12, 2018

Scopus & Scival Training Day at Kelvin Smith Library

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

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

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

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

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

Faculty Sessions:
Nov 7: 9am (http://cglink.me/r427774) / 1 pm (http://cglink.me/r428121) , 4pm (http://cglink.me/r428122)
Nov 8: 9am (http://cglink.me/r427775) , 12 pm (http://cglink.me/r428126) , 2pm (http://cglink.me/r428128)
Nov 9: 9am (http://cglink.me/r427776), 11am (http://cglink.me/r427777) , 2pm (http://cglink.me/r428131)

Student Sessions:

Nov 7th: 9 am (http://cglink.me/r427774) / 11am (http://cglink.me/r428123) / 3 pm (http://cglink.me/r428125)
Nov 8th: 9am (http://cglink.me/r427775)/ 10am (http://cglink.me/r428129) / 3pm (http://cglink.me/r428130)
Nov 9th: 9am (http://cglink.me/r427776) / 12pm (http://cglink.me/r428133)

Questions? Feel contact Liz Bernal at exb321@case.edu or 216-368-3545

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September 27, 2018

Namesakes - Charles B. Storrs and Storrs House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gravestone for President Storrs

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

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

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September 27, 2018

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

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

Appetizers will be served by local restaurants. Reserve Your Spot Today: http://cglink.me/r399828

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


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September 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

You can also send comments to Brian Gray (bcg8@case.edu) or Shelby Stuart (sxs1827@case.edu).

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September 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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September 17, 2018

Science & Engineering Library Resource Lab

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

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

For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at dxs594@case.edu.

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September 24, 2018

Duplicate Accounts & Duplicate Requests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 24, 2018

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

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

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

Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Hatch Reading Room, 2nd Floor
Register Your Spot: http://cglink.me/r417225

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