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Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference

3nd National Conference: March 21-22, 2018

Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Contacts: Brian Gray (bcg8@case.edu) or Gail Reese (egr@case.edu)



Thank you to our sponsor!


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The First National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference was  a 2-day event focused on all aspects of the first year experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students. It was held on April 7-8, 2014. Over 150 attendees came from 71 institutions throughout the United States and Canada. See the 2014 Conference program (pdf) and archived presentations.

Thank you to the Local Planning Committee:

  • Angela Sloan, Library Planning, Budget & Assessment Department Assistant, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU
  • Brian Gray, Team Leader Research Services & Engineering Research Services Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU; Coordinator for Personal Librarian Program
  • Gail Reese, Associate Director for Public Engagement & Library Administration, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU; Coordinator for Personal Librarian Program
  • Gina Midlik, Planning, Budgets, & Assessment Team Leader, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU
  • Liz Bernal, Assessment Officer, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU
  • Sarah Jorgenson, Finance and Administration Coordinator, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU


We will be adding to this list as questions are sent to us.

  • What will be the price of the conference?
    • It was $200 in 2016. 2016 rate has not been set yet.
  • Where can I stay?
    • Preferred hotel will be announced, including any potential discounts.
  • How do I get to the library from the hotel?
    • We will provide maps. If shuttles are available, we will provide those details as well.
  • How can I get around Cleveland?
  • What can I do in Cleveland?
  • Where do I park at the library?
    • Parking is below the library and details can be seen here. Price will range from $10-15 for the entire day depending on activities in session.
  • Can I get on the Internet when attending?
    • The University does provide access through the wireless network called "CaseGuest".
  • What activities outside formal conference are being planned?
    • details to come
  • I am traveling direct into or from the conference. Where can I put my stuff?
    • We will have a "coat check" available for coats or luggage brought to the library.

Services FAQ

Can I print at KSL? What does it cost & how do I pay?
KSL computers link to 2 high speed, high volume printers. All printing costs 5 cents a page, and you can pay with with your CaseOneCard, coin, $1 or $5 bills. Printers are on the main floor and second floor, across from the elevators.  For locations, check our Maps.
Can I photocopy at KSL? What does it cost & how do I pay?
KSL photocopiers are on the main floor, third floor, and Lower Level, so you can photocopy books and journals. Copies cost ten cents a page on digital copiers, and you can pay with your CaseOneCard, coin, $1 or $5 bills.  For locations, check our Maps.
How do I know what's new and what new books there are?
Read the KSL News Blog for events, services, tools & more, that help you do research. Find it on the library homepage. New Books can either be an RSS alert for your subject area or you can browse the New Books Display on the 1st floor of the Kelvin Smith Library.
Where do I get change? / Is there a Change machine?
Use your ID as your cash, not coins & bills. KSL does not give change & asks you to plan ahead for printing and copying. The copiers & printers take $1 & $5 bills and coins, and will give change for a copy/print when there is suffficient change in the machine. Plan ahead! Activate your CaseOneCard ID if you are a staff member, faculty, or grad student.
Where are the Bathrooms?
KSL bathrooms are on all floors, always behind the elevators.  Check our  for more information.
How do I get a library card?
Your Case ID is your library card if you are enrolled or employed at Case. The first time you use it, staff will swipe it on a library computer to activate your library account and then you can use your ID at any Case library or OhioLINK member library, if your account is in good standing.
Is there a book drop? Is there a drive-up book drop?
KSL has a book drop in the front of the building, under the covered portico, on the Thwing Center side of the Main Doors. Currently, there is no drive-up book drop. The KSL bookdrop is open when there are no Regular Business Hours–when KSL is open, bring your items to the inside book drops. Videos & DVDs must be returned to staff at the Main Service Desk so the are not damaged in bookdrops.
Can I fax something at KSL?
KSL does not have fax services but Thwing Center, next door, does in Printing Services. Stop in weekdays 8-5:30 p.m. for information about fees, etc.
Does KSL have a SelfCheckout Machine? When can I use it?
KSL’s 3M SelfCheckout machine is on the Main Service Desk and can be used whenever you are in KSL! (You must have used your Case ID card at least once before at a Case library for a regular checkout with staff, so your ID data is swiped into the system.) Use SelfCheckout during 24×7, or whenever you need to save time.
Can I checkout the CPL@Case-KSL books and magazines on the KSL SelfCheckout?
Use the CPL SelfCheckout machine nearby the CPL@Case-KSL collections, with your CPL library card. The KSL SelfCheckout machine reads only Case ID cards and Case barcodes.

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