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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Instagram Library Photo Contest

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Instagram Library Photo Contest

Follow us at @CSULibrary and post a photo on Instagram of yourself somewhere in the Michael Schwartz Library with the hashtag #myCSUlib for a chance to
win a $25 Viking Outfitters gift card!

Creative photos are encouraged, but please no nudity or inappropriate images.

The contest ends September 1st, and the photo with the most likes wins, so get out your selfie stick and start snapping some pictures!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-08-26 08:03:13. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Remembering Louis Stokes (1925-2015)

by Bill Barrow, Head of Special Collections, Michael Schwartz Library

Bill Barrow and Louis Stokes, 2002
Bill Barrow (left) with Congressman Louis Stokes (right) and event attendees, 2002.

When we first started including eBooks in Cleveland Memory, we targeted works we thought best illuminated the history of Cleveland, especially in the critical post-war period. Since many of those weren't yet out of copyright, we sought out the authors or their estates for permission to publish. In the case of Carl Stokes' Promises of Power autobiography, that permission was graciously granted by his brother, the Congressman Louis Stokes.

In 2002, we held an event to launch this eBook, being one of our first ones, and he attended the event, along with Mayor Stokes' son, Cordell. Meeting him, I quickly came to understand the deep affection he received from so many people, propelling him to 15 terms in the House, as he was such a tremendously warm individual who you'd like immediately upon meeting. I was so pleased and honored to have this chance to spend time with him and am sad to learn of his passing.

Regennia Williams, CSU History Professor, Louis Stokes  and Carl Stokes' son, Cordell
CSU History Professor Regennia Williams, Louis Stokes and Carl Stokes' son, Cordell.
ongressman Louis Stokes and Glenda Thornton, Director, Michael Schwartz Library
Congressman Louis Stokes and Glenda Thornton, Director, Michael Schwartz Library.
Stokes signs autographs for event attendees
Louis Stokes signs autographs for event attendees, including Prestor Pickett, Coordinator, Mims African American Cultural Center, CSU (2nd from left).

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-08-21 10:48:57. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

SYSTEMS ALERT : Network Outage to Disrupt Library Web Services Fri. July 31st from 6pm - 10pm

There will be a planned network outage for the entire Cleveland State Campus on Friday July 31st from 6 pm until 10 pm.

During this time:

Other websites that will be unavailable include The Cleveland Memory Project and streaming media provided through Mediasite.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-07-28 07:06:04. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Friends of the Library Book Discussion Selections

The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library presents its selections for their 2015/2016 Book Discussion Series. The book discussions are free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public.


Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, An Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas who tells the stories about the people from all over our country who make our lives run every day. This book discussion is in collaboration with the CSU Common Reading Experience.

Book Discussion date: October 14, 2015 at 2:00
Location: TBD
Discussion Leaders: Ann Marie Smeraldi, Head of Library Teaching & Learning Services, Michael Schwartz Library and Barbara Walker, Lecturer, English Department
Pre-Registration required for First Year students


The Whiskey Rebels: A Novel by David Liss
America, 1787. Ethan Saunders, once among General Washington's most valued spies, is living in disgrace after an accusation of treason cost him his reputation. But an opportunity for redemption comes calling when Saunders's old enemy, Alexander Hamilton, draws him into a struggle with bitter rival Thomas Jefferson over the creation of the Bank of the United States. — Random House

Book Discussion date: November 18, 2015 at noon
Location: RT 503
Discussion Leader: Jane Dugan, Administrative Secretary, English Department

Spring 2016


The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone's visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. It is the definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read. Selected as a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Forbes, the Economist and more. —
Book Discussion date: Spring 2016


History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by national bestseller Karen Armstrong
Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the modern age of skepticism, the author performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic. — Random House
Book Discussion date: Spring 2016

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-07-07 17:29:23. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

SYSTEMS ALERT : OhioLINK Hosted Services Down June 12, 6pm - June 13, Noon

OhioLINK is moving to a new building and all OhioLINK hosted services will be down for the move during the following window: Friday, June 12, 6pm – Saturday, June 13, 12pm (noon).

This will include:

  • OhioLINK website
  • Central Catalog
  • Electronic Journal Center (EJC)
  • Electronic Book Center (EBC)
  • Digital Resource Commons (DRC)
  • Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETD)
  • Finding Aid Repository (EAD)
  • EZProxy
  • Rave URLS

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-06-04 10:09:42. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

50th Anniversary Book Signing and Reception on May 2

Regennia Williams, Bill Becker and John Soeder
50th Anniversary Book Signing and Reception
Saturday, May 2, 2015
3:45 - 4:45 pm
Cleveland State University
Main Classroom
Euclid Avenue at East 22nd Street
Free and open to the public

Join Dr. Regennia N. Williams, author of the new commemorative book Cleveland State University: 50 Years Proud Past, Unlimited Future and William Becker for a Reception and Book Signing on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in CSU's Main Classroom Building. Dr. Regennia Williams is an associate professor of history at CSU and William Becker has been the University Archivist at CSU since 1977. They are shown here with John Soeder (far right), Senior Writer in University Marketing at CSU and editor of Cleveland State University: 50 Years, during a panel discussion Reflections on the History of Cleveland State University: From 1964 to Today held in the Michael Schwartz Library in February.

This event is presented by the Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD) and is part of The Journey: A Celebration of Hymns, Anthems, and Gospel Music from Friday, May 1 to Saturday, May 2, 2015, featuring clinicians from the Directors, Musicians, and Singers Fellowship -- Lois Coleman, President.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Registration : 5:45 -6:45 pm
$20 On-site
Classes: 7:00 - 8:15 pm

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Classes: 10:30 - 11:45 am

Reception and Book Signing
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 2015
3:45 - 4:45 pm

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 2015
5:00 pm

Reception, Book-Signing, and Concert are Free and Open to the Public.

This program, part of Cleveland State University's 50th anniversary celebration, is made possible with the support from the anniversary committee and the Department of History.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-04-30 10:15:38. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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Create your free dataZoa account using your CSU email address today!

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Funding for dataZoa at CSU provided by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-04-15 09:03:07. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

National Library Week Kick-off Celebration: April 13

National Library Week Kick-off Celebration: April 13
Date: April 13, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Library, 1st floor (RT)

National Library Week is April 12-18, 2015. Join us for a kick-off celebration as we recognize the contributions of our nation's libraries, librarians, and library workers. There will be cupcakes and an opportunity for prizes.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-04-10 09:50:31. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Special screening of "Keepers of the Loom" Documentary--April 27

Keepers of the Loom poster
Special screening of "Keepers of the Loom" Documentary
April 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Cleveland State University
Main Classroom Auditorium
1899 East 22nd Street, Cleveland

Free and open to the general public

"Keepers of the Loom" is a feature-length film that tells the story of the skills and talent of the Estonian women of the 1944 Baltic Diaspora. Fleeing the invading Russians in the fall of 1944, they passionately maintained their cultural identity through making their folk arts, textiles and clothing.

Leaving Estonia, often with nothing but the clothes on their backs, those remarkable women brought the rich heritage of Estonian folk costumes to their new homes in the Western world. This film preserves the Estonian community story and tells the broader human story through the voices of their mothers and grandmothers.

Meet the film-makers Reet Mae and Tom Mae at the Q&A, enjoy coffee and Kringle.
This documentary film is by MAE Productions Inc. Visit to view the "trailer."

Please register for this free event.

  • South Garage (SG) 2101 East 21st Street: $2 for first hour-- $1 per hour after
  • Lot 22, 2121 Euclid Avenue, under the Student Center (SC)--entrance from East 22nd Street: $1 per 30 minutes. This lot is located across the street from Main Classroom (MC) Film Screening Location--Prepay pay station (3 hour maximum)
Alternatives to CSU Parking
  • Metered parking is available on East 24th Street
  • RTA Healthline and Trolley stop on campus near the Main Classroom entrance on Euclid Avenue

Campus Map
Directions to CSU

Call 216-875-9734 for more information.
Sponsored by the Michael Schwartz Library CLASS, and the School of Nursing.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-04-10 09:11:19. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Library to Close at 8 PM Due to Planned Electrical Outage Today, Mon. March 30th

The Michael Schwartz Library will close at 8 pm on Mon., March 30th due to a planned electrical outage in Rhodes Tower. During that time, we do not expect any disruption of services provided via the Library's website.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-03-30 07:11:04. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

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