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First National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference


Thank you to all who attended the event! 

Check back soon for conference highlights, photo gallery and more!


The First National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference, a 2-day event focused on all aspects of the first year experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students.

Date: April 7 (Monday) - April 8 (Tuesday), 2014

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 sponsors!






More Details

  • Conference program
    • Each person will receive a custom schedule with their selections at on-site check-in.
    • Full printed program will be provided at check-in.
  • Online registration - NO on-site registration will be offered.
  • Travel & Local Arrangements


Thanks to the Planning Committee:

  • Gail Reese, Associate Director for Public Engagement & Library Administration, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU; Coordinator for Personal Librarian Program
  • Brian Gray, Team Leader Research Services & Engineering Research Services Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU; Coordinator for Personal Librarian Program
  • Karen Thornton, Research Services Librarian Sciences, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU
  • Edwin Mayes, Director of First-Year Experience & Family Programs, CWRU
  • Gina Midlik, Planning, Budgets, & Assessment Team Leader, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU
  • Angela Sloan, Library Planning, Budget & Assessment Department Assistant, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU
  • Mark Wipper, Director of Development, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU
  • Carissa Tomlinson, Townson University; Founder and first chair of the First Year Experience Discussion Group (ACRL)
  • Rob Snyder, Bowling Green State University, First Year Experience Coordinator at BGSU; current/2nd chair of the First Year Experience Discussion Group (ACRL)
  • Lynne Bisko, Outreach Librarian, Carol Grotnes Belk Library, Elon University; spearheaded Elon’s efforts in 2011
  • Nancy Bellafante, Librarian for Undergraduate Learning, Drexel University; runs their PL program


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


Q: What will be the price of the conference?

A: Price is $150. We have done the best to keep costs controlled and allow maximum participation.


Q: Where can I stay?

A: We are preparing a list of nearby hotels, and hopefully some discount information. Make sure to see the travel page.


Q: How can I get around Cleveland?

A: We are preparing a list of travel information, including airport options and public transportation. The area near Case Western Reserve University is called University Circle, and is very walkable. Make sure to see the travel page.


Q: What activities are being planned?

A: We will offer a list of proposed activities, tours, etc. that you may pursue on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. We will offer a reception on Monday night. Continental breakfast and lunches will be offered both days, but dinners are on your own. Make sure to see the travel page.


Q: Will you offer virtual participation?

A: We will not offer live stream, but are investigating other options for distribution later.


Q: I am traveling direct into or from the conference. Where can I put my stuff?

A: We will have a secure room for coats and bags during the days of the conference.

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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