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Library Opportunity Grants

The Library Opportunity Fund is a grant program developed by Kelvin Smith Library and the Arts & Sciences Library Advisory Committee. The program awards funding to faculty to acquire interdisciplinary or specialized resources which will enhance the librarys current collecting, as well as foster collaboration between faculty and librarians.

In the first round of funding in 2002-2003, the University Library, joined by the College of Arts and Sciences, invested more than $75,000 in special resources for fifteen faculty members. These items included books, journals, manuals, newspapers, a play script and other resources to support faculty in English, Religion, Modern Languages, Music, History, Classics, Anthropology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, among others. The second round of funding in 2003-2004 produced twenty-three proposals from faculty in Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Weatherhead for collections in various formats including several digitization projects. The Library was able to fund all proposals for a total of $144,000, due to a large gift designated for library collections.

The Library Opportunity Fund addresses recommendations from the Case Faculty Senate Library Committee report Faculty Priorities for University Libraries regarding building and strengthening library collections. Improving acquisitions was also one of the principal requests in a customer service survey of library patrons conducted by the Kelvin Smith Library.

Winning faculty and librarians, along with all who submitted proposals, are honored at a luncheon, during which a selection of materials from each proposal is displayed or demonstrated.

Library Opportunity Awards recipients for 2009-2010 academic year.

Library Opportunity Awards recipients for 2007-2008 academic year.  

Library Opportunity Awards recipients for 2006-2007 academic year.

Library Opportunity Awards recipients for 2005-2006 academic year.

Library Opportunity Awards recipients for 2004-2005 academic year.

Library Opportunity Awards recipients for 2002 through 2004.

Here is a downloadable Microsoft Word document that can serve as a template for applications.

Collections FAQ

Why isn't the book on the shelf?
Find out where a book is before you go to the shelf. Search the Case Catalog to see what it says like
- "Check Shelves" (look on the shelves, find it, & check it out);
- "Just Checked In" (ask staff for help, it's nearby, but too soon to be back on the shelves yet);
- "Off Campus" (out at an OhioLINK school);
- "Due mm/dd/yyyy" (it’s checked out until that date.) 
Tip: If it is not available, order an OhioLINK copy
Can I return books to a different Library?

Return Case or OhioLINK items to any Case library, yes. Case libraries have different hours, so your book might not get checked in on the day you return it if you use a bookdrop.

Return the CPL@Case-KSL books only to KSL, so the collection is here for you & others. Case libraries are not responsible for returning other local libraries’ books. Returning public library books here will not check them off of your account at those libraries.

What does "Check Shelves" mean?
"Check Shelves" means it is supposed to be on the shelf. If it isn’t there, double-check what the Case Catalog currently says to make sure that nobody else has checked it out or has kept it out too long.
How long does reshelving take?
The times are different, depending on what is being reshelved and what time of semester it is. KSL goal: to reshelve journals within 24 weekday hours, reshelve books within 48 hours. During peak times (end of semester) the time can be longer. Ask staff at the Main Service Desk for help.
How do I reserve a book?
Books are on the shelves for anyone who needs them, and are not reserved for individual use. If our book is checked out, order a copy from the OhioLINK.
Where are the UL Storage Stacks?
KSL has a university center half a mile from KSL, where lesser used or brittle books are kept, and the catalog search screen will display "UL Storage." You can visit the Center during daytime hours, or use an online request form to bring back the item to KSL. The center is now called RRCC (Retrospective Research Collections Center.)
Can I get a book or video on a specific date?
Yes, Case faculty, staff, & students can find out more details and use a convenient online request form for Book a Video or DVD  (KSL’s other collections are available only on a first-come basis for everyone, and cannot be booked ahead of time.)
What does a Book on Order mean? When will it get here?
When the catalog item displays “1 copy ordered for (library name)” the item is already in the library getting the final processing labels, etc., and will soon be on the shelf! Ask staff if there are other copies avaialable in OhioLINK in the meantime, or if you have an urgent need.
What is a PIN?
Your PIN is not assigned, you choose what it is and enter it on the Case Catalog at “View Your Library Record,” following the instructions. A Case Library PIN is a Personal Identification Number that protects your information, just like your bank ATM asks for a similar security PIN.
How do I get a library account & where can I look at it?
Case faculty, staff, and students automatically have online library accounts. You can look at it on the Case Catalog under “View your library record.” Use your library account to renew items on line and keep track of what you have checked out or ordered from OhioLINK or RRCC or Iron Mountain sites. Your Case ID is your library card!

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