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Kelvin Smith Library’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program appoints applied scholars to provide expertise, deepen our understanding, and develop new approaches in an area of current or emerging importance. During this year-long term, Visiting Scholars will:

  • Work with the library to address information-science challenges and opportunities related to specified library projects,
  • Provide general knowledge to develop new strengths within the library, or
  • Provide open lectures to enhance the knowledge of the academic community.

Each Visiting Scholar will bring a unique perspective and expertise to the library, contribute to and enrich the intellectual and research endeavors of the library. The presence of the scholar will advance the ability of the library to sustain itself as a vibrant and diverse source of knowledge.

For additional information about this program, please contact arnold.hirshon@case.edu.



Distinguished Visiting Scholar: Robert H. Jackson

KSL is pleased to announce that Robert H. Jackson will serve as Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year. Jackson, senior partner at Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz, PLL in Cleveland, is also a noted writer, speaker and collector of rare books and art.

As the library’s first Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Jackson will bring his vast knowledge on the history of the books and literature to KSL. A corporate and securities lawyer, Jackson is also a major bibliophile. His wide range of expertise includes English and American authors of the 19th and 20th centuries, Asian manuscripts and Oceanic and African art. An accomplished lecturer, Jackson has spoken extensively in the United States and Europe, with a focus on Victorian and contemporary writers, rare books, libraries, travel and law-related topics. Last fall, Jackson co-taught a graduate class at the university on the History of the Book.

During his time at KSL, Jackson will present at least two public lectures and work with the staff of the library, Special Collections and other departments as requested. He may also prepare publications and consult with staff on current collections and potential acquisitions. 

Jackson’s broad knowledge of and involvement in bibliophilic endeavors are reflected in his affiliations with such organizations as the Grolier Club, the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, Association Internationale De Bibliophile (Paris) and the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Associations, of which he is a founder and past chairman. He has served on both the editorial advisory board of Biblio magazine, Brown University and Oberlin University Rare Book Committees. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Already active on campus, Jackson serves as chair of Case Western Reserve’s Baker-Nord Committee for Humanities Advisory Board and is a member of the Visiting Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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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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