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A Faculty and Graduate Rearch Commons Pilot

Kelvin Smith Library recognizes the varied needs of different scholarly audiences. A Faculty and Graduate Research Commons  pilot aims to balance those needs and conveniences with a host of new opportunities for research collaboration and social interactions. Case ID card access grants room privileges to faculty, graduate students, and post-docs for conversation and collaboration, as well as quiet reading space.


When the faculty office becomes too busy, the Faculty-Graduate Research Commons in the Mather Room on the 2nd floor of KSL can be a  meeting ground for faculty discussion. Graduate students sharing the room can join in those conversations and create new relationships that foster new intellectual growth.

The pilot Research Commons program is expected to evolve into a natural collegial space for small group sessions without the constraints of office appointments or other  interruptions. On a limited basis, the Research Commons may host programs or speakers endorsed by the School of Graduate Studies or the Graduate Student Senate, with approval via the library administration at 368-2992. The room can comfortably seat 25-30 people with varied seating. This space is convenient with wifi and nearby research support & collections, and users can reap new relationships while in KSL.

As a dedicated space for scholarly reading, discussion, selected events, and other opportunities, the faculty and graduate students that take advantage of this space can offer ideas and suggestions. Those evaluations and comments have the opportunity to shape new uses for one of Kelvin Smith Library's best spaces.

Learn more about the other Kelvin Smith Library initiatives  and updates on the KSL NewsBlog and facebook page.

The Faculty-Graduate Research Commons Pilot began in Spring 2011 and will continue through December 2011.

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What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

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