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Friday, October 9th, 2015

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Scopus, from Elsevier, is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Providing an overview of research in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Scopus will be available on a trial basis to the CSU community through November 4th. Find it on our Research Databases page.

Take the Scopus Survey -- Once you've tried Scopus, let us know what you think about this database.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-10-09 08:12:38. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News, Reference.

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Cultural Crossings Presents Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea
Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea will speak on Friday, October 9 at Cleveland State University's Main Classroom Auditorium. Presented by CSU's Cultural Crossings lecture series, Urrea's appearance will include a book signing at 5:45 p.m. followed by his presentation, "Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World" at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Devil's Highway bookcover
For more information, contact Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera at or 216-523-7175. Dr. Medina Rivera is the director of Cultural Crossings and Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, CSU Department of Modern Languages. He and Lee Wilberschied, Associate Professor Emeritus, publish their journal titled Cultural Encounters, Conflicts, and Resolutions: A Journal of Border Studies in EngagedScholarship@CSU the University's open-access, digital institutional repository that showcases the research and creative output of Cleveland State University. EngagedScholarhip@CSU and is a service of the CSU Libraries.

The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library will host a lunch with Urrea on October 9, from noon - 1:00 pm in RT 503. Seating is limited--confirmed registration is required to attend. Please register here. Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

Urrea is the author of fourteen books and has published extensively in many genres and has received numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award for The Devil's Highway, his 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-10-08 12:20:52. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Open Access Week Workshops for Faculty: Week of October 19

International Open Access Week

CSU Faculty are cordially invited to attend Open Access Week Workshops, including topics on Open Access Textbooks, Copyright and Creative Commons

Workshop: Open Access Textbooks, What They are and How to Find and Use Them
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 pm
Bring a Brown Bag Lunch
Presenter: Glenda Thornton, Director, Michael Schwartz Library
Where: RT 502 (Michael Schwartz Library)
Refreshments will be served
Have students in your classes dropped out because they couldn’t afford the textbook? Have you been shocked at the cost of textbooks for the classes that you teach? Would you like to help but don’t know exactly how to proceed? Learn about potential solutions by attending a one-hour workshop on either October 20th or October 21st and possibly receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!
Did You Know:
  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
  • The College Board estimates that the average student can expect to pay $1,200 for textbooks and supplies in 2013-14.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • 7 out of 10 students do not purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
Open Access Textbooks
Open access textbooks (textbooks written by qualified academics made freely available) may help alleviate the burden of some textbook costs for students. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Increasingly, faculty members all across the country are adopting open textbooks as one way to address this crisis.
What You Can Do
Attend the Open Textbook workshop — a one-hour session where you can learn about open access textbooks and discover what is available in your field. You will have the opportunity to write a short review of an open textbook that will be published on the Internet. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You will receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review. Faculty can attend on Tuesday, October 20, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm or Wednesday, October 21, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

More Open Access Week Workshops

Copyright and Creative Commons: How They Work Together for Open Access
What: Workshop
Presenter: Glenda Thornton, Director, Michael Schwartz Library
Where: RT 502 (Michael Schwartz Library)
When: Wednesday, October 21, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Michael Schwartz Library
Refreshments will be served

Copyright Basics
What: Workshop
Presenter: Glenda Thornton, Director, Michael Schwartz Library
Where: RT 401 (Michael Schwartz Library)
When: Thursday, October 22, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register: visit Center for Faculty Excellence to register for this free workshop
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence

For more information about Open Access Week Workshops, call 216-875-9734.

Now in its ninth year, "Open Access Week" facilitates the growing movement toward increased discoverability, sharing, use and preservation of information.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-10-07 16:18:21. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Disappointed Tribe Fans Take Heart

by Vern Morrison, Digital Production / Electronic Course Reserve Associate, Michael Schwartz Library

Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians runs to first base in the 2nd World Series Game - 1948
Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians runs to first base in the 2nd World Series Game - 1948.

With the results of the games played on September 30, the Cleveland Indians have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention this season. Despite a strong second half, the Tribe simply ran out of time, and came up a little short.

I know it gets old to hear this all the time, but wait until next year! With a core of talented young position players such as Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, and Francisco Lindor, and with some of the best starting pitchers in the league in Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Cody Anderson, the Indians are poised to make a genuine run at the pennant in 2016. At least that’s the dream!

In the meantime, Cleveland Memory can help revisit old glories, such as the 1948 season when the Indians won the World Series. This link will show you Cleveland Press photos from that championship season.

You can order hi-res digital copies or 8 x 10" prints of these photos, and of nearly any other photo you come across on Cleveland Memory. For more information, click here.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-10-02 07:39:19. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Take a Mugshot for Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week display in the Library

September 27 through October 3, 2015 is Banned Books Week. Stop by the display on the first floor of the Library and show your support for the freedom to read by taking a mugshot with your favorite banned book. Post it on Instagram with the hashtag ‪#‎mycsulib‬ and ‪#bannedbooksweek‬ to share your love of the library.

Read more about banned books and freedom of speech.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-09-29 09:17:34. Reply to Lauren_Felder.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

7th Annual Octavofest Celebration - October 2015

Octavofest Logo

Join us in celebrating our region's active artist's community of book and paper innovators and our magnificent library and museum collections of fine and rare books. Join artists and book lovers to learn about our local rich resources and the exciting world of contemporary book and paper arts.

Below are this year's Octavofest events at Cleveland State University and the Michael Schwartz Library:

  • WatchArt! with Art Books Cleveland Members
    October 6, 2015, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Main Classroom, 1st floor lobby
    Come meet, talk with, and watch the book artists of Art Books Cleveland (ABC) work on book projects.
  • Example of floral art
    Paper Gardens
    October 15, 2015, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, 1st Floor east
    Learn to create floral or sculptural art from recycled books. A limited number of books will be available for folding and participants are welcome to bring books to fold.
  • Unfold Your Future: Careers in Book and Paper Arts
    November 5, 2015, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Michael Schwartz Library
    Hear from a panel of presenters about book and paper arts. Discover the career possibilities in hand-made paper, fine-art edition printmaking, paper conservation, and creating book art. This event is ideal for anyone interested in art, design, k-12 arts education, and creative careers. This is also a Common Reading Project event.

Find out more about Octavofest.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-09-23 11:03:06. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Privilege, Power and Difference: Engaging in a Dialogue with Author Allan Johnson

Thursday, September 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. - Noon
CSU Drinko Hall

One of the greatest barriers to ending racism and other forms of privilege is that we are trapped in cultural ways of thinking that turn conversations about privilege and oppression into occasions for members of dominant groups to feel guilty, defensive and angry. As a result, these necessary conversations either end badly or don't take place at all.

Allan Johnson's presentation offers an alternative way of thinking about issues of privilege that can help to overcome that barrier. He will speak at Cleveland State University about his books the Gender Knot and Privilege, Power, and Difference.
This free event is open to the CSU Community and to the Greater Cleveland community. Seats are limited. Confirmed reservation required.
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Diversity Management program and the College of Education and Health Sciences Deans' Diversity Council.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-09-14 13:48:09. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Constitution Day Commemoration

Image of an eagle and flag in front of Constitution

Join the celebration of our nation's heritage by participating in Cleveland State University's Constitution Day events!

Online Contest

Students can win the grand prize of a Vikingcash Card valued at $50 or one of two Vikingcash Cards valued at $25!
Visit answer a few questions about the Constitution, and you could be a winner! Drawing will be held at noon on Thursday, September 17, 1st floor, Michael Schwartz Library (located in Rhodes Tower).


Presentation by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Professors David Forte, Alan Weinstein, and Kevin O'Neil: A Review of Recent Supreme Court Cases
Thursday, September 17, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Moot Court Room of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law
One free hour of CLE credit pending.
Reception to follow in the Atrium. For more information, contact Jill McDonnell at 216-687-2354 or visit Lecture.

Constitution Day Commemoration

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Rhodes Tower, 1st floor, Michael Schwartz Library
Join us in the Library for free cupcakes to commemorate Constitution Day.
Winners of the Online Contest will also be announced.


Visit the Constitution Day display titled "We the People" located on the 1st floor of the Michael Schwartz Library (in Rhodes Tower)

Call 216-875-9734 for more information

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-09-01 14:45:38. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friday, August 28th, 2015

New! IS&T Mobile Campus Laptop Loan Satellite Desk in the Library

New for Fall 2015, IS&T has opened a satellite station of the Mobile Campus Laptop Loan program at the Library 1st Floor User Services Desk. Students can now borrow laptop and scientific calculators for free inside the Library. Laptops are loaned for 5 hours; calculators are loaned for 24 hours. All Mobile Campus rules and guidelines apply to Satellite loans.

For more information, stop by the Mobile Campus satellite desk on the Library 1st floor.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-08-28 09:20:01. Reply to Jeff_Beuck. Categories: Library News, Science and Technology.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Instagram Library Photo Contest

Image of cellphone taking a picture

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.

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