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Freedman Fellows Program


The Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services Center is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kelvin Smith Library.  For the College of Arts and Sciences the Freedman Center is evidence of the College's commitment to the evolution of education and the integration of information technologies in its curriculum. For KSL the Freedman Center is the culmination of a ten-year vision for a center that provides faculty, students, and staff with the ability to utilize both analog and hardcopy information sources in digital works and presentations.

The Freedman Fellows Program is further evidence of the commitment of both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Library to revolutionizing eduction at Case Western Reserve University.  This year, the Freedman Fellows Program will distribute six (6) $3,000 awards to successful fulltime faculty applicants who discuss and demonstrate how information technology will be used in teaching or research. Contributers to this program include the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE).

For those interested in the Freedman Fellows Program, an information meeting will be held on Friday, April 4th, 2008, from 12:00-1:30 in the Kelvin Smith Library’s Room LL01. Interested fulltime faculty applicants must attend this meeting to be considered, and application instructions will be distributed at that time. Additionally, a general overview of the program will be given along with answers to any questions interested fulltime faculty may have. Please RSVP to, as lunch will be provided (please include any dietary restrictions if applicable).

Six Freedman Fellows (fulltime faculty members) will be named in 2008 and each will receive a stipend of $3000 to be spent on projects. The award may be used to supplement salary. The Freedman Fellows program this year will require attendance at a week-long seminar, June 16th-June 20th, covering information technology and research principles, planning for the use of technology in curricular re-design, and hands-on access to and use of various technologies in the Freedman Center—-all centered on getting fulltime faculty the tools necessary to move forward with course or research enhancements.

The Freedman Fellows Program is intended to showcase the Freedman Center’s potential. The awards encourage the use of information and instructional technologies and the building of teaching and research tools that support the development of information and research skills objectives for students, faculty, and staff.  As well, a new addition to this year's Freedman Fellows Program is the accent on Digital Case and the expectation that the outcomes of research or digitization efforts will include deposits of said materials in Digital Case: Case Western Reserve University's digital library, institutional repository and digital archive.

For more information please contact Tom Hayes, Freedman Center Managing Librarian and Head of Digital Library Programs.  Click here to view the formal Freedman Fellows Program announcement.