2009-2010 concludes on the heels of the five-year anniversary of Freedman Center operations (August 2010) and looks forward to continued successful delivery of a range of exceptional services to the Case Western Reserve University campus community. Changes in one form or another are constant in the dynamics of this million dollar Center at the heart of the Case Western Reserve campus, but the core services, practices, and philosophy still remain: to bring together in one place a variety of technological resources in order to support and sustain learners and create new ways of teaching and learning. In the five years since its establishment, the Freedman Center has been and will continue to be an innovative partner with faculty, students, and staff in providing full-service digital library, language learning, and multimedia services so that members of the Case community can achieve/accomplish their research, scholarly, and artistic goals.
The Freedman Center’s Premium Services offering generated over $5,000 during 2009-2010. Revenues from this service are returned to the Center for purchases of hardware (such as new digital video cameras), to enhance the student staffing budget, or for fun stuff: like a 5-year anniversary party to celebrate our campus accomplishments. This revenue stream supplements existing funding sources and assures the Case Western Reserve community that the tools and services offered in the Freedman Center are the most up-to-date.
Freedman Center sponsored the Freedman Fellows Program for the sixth time in 2009-2010, in which 6 faculty members participated: to date, the Freedman Fellows program has awarded $100,000, supported 30 faculty proposals, and hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students have used multimedia technologies as a part of their learning at Case. New to this year’s program was the added focus of the use of technology in research, per the new endowment funds generously provided by the Freedman family. This endowment combined the efforts of the Freedman Center with those of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities to ensure that digital tools and new research practices focus on Digital Humanities at Case Western Reserve. The Freedman Fellows Program had as its plenary speaker Laura Mandell, PhD, from Miami University, whose presentation, ‘Forms of Attention’ considered new tools for visualizing texts in new ways.
In line with the Strategic Plan for Case Western Reserve University, the Freedman Center continues to support the efforts of the Kelvin Smith Library, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the university in its work with the local community. In 2009-2010, the Freedman Center worked with smArt in the City Program: working with 5th and 6th grade Cleveland school children; worked, for the fifth year in a row, with Future Connections students: encouraging students entering their senior year at Cleveland high schools to use multimedia to express themselves in projects; advised the Cleveland City Council in how to approach the digitization of recordings of City Council meetings; and supported the Kelvin Smith Library’s new partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society to digitize materials in the WRHS collection.