Kelvin Smith Library: Forward Looking & Fun

The energy within Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is palpable.  There are movie parody posters throughout the Library using humour to market services and tools.

These are just a sampling of these ads, with Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian, as “Executive Producer” and other staff in various starring and creative roles. Brilliant.

Then there’s the Samuel B. & Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning & Multimedia Services Center within KSL, buzzing with students using the state-of-the-art equipment to “to utilize both analog and hardcopy information sources in digital works, presentations, and research” and basically create whatever they imagine.

KSL is, like many academic libraries, rethinking its physical spaces and places. To fully engage students, they are holding a contest, awarding $2500 to the winning proposal – not just a design concept, but an architectural design in support of strategic programming. Wow.  This is a happening place – with happening staff who are forward looking, collaborative and wonderful to work with. Wow.

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