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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Interlibrary Loan is in Transition

The New Interlibrary Loan System is coming, Wednesday, September 4th!

In order to ensure a smooth transition, we will be temporarily suspending Interlibrary Loan borrowing operations from Friday afternoon, August 30th until the new service debuts Wednesday, September 4th.

While we focus our energies on making sure the launch of our new and improved ILL service is a success, you may continue to login to your existing ILLiad account to check the status of outstanding borrowing requests, to request renewals, and to access delivered electronic documents. We will stop accepting NEW requests in ILLiad beginning Friday afternoon. Starting Wednesday, all new Interlibrary Loan requests will need to be submitted using the new ILL service.

Thanks for your patience. We are working hard to make sure we deliver a quality service to our library users, and we think you'll agree the new system will be worth the wait!

VISIT INTERLIBRARY LOAN NOW for access to materials requested BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1st

Questions? Call the Interlibrary Loan Office at 216-687-2382 or email

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-08-30 15:56:38. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Constitution Day Events 2019

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!

Constitution Day Commemoration
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
11:30 AM - 12:30 pm
Rhodes Tower, 1st floor, Michael Schwartz Library
Join us in the Library for free cupcakes to commemorate Constitution Day. A free pocket Constitution will also be given away.

"Criminal Justice Forum & Constitution Day Lecture: Should Plea Bargaining be More Transparent?"
Presented by special guest Jenia I Turner, Amy Abboud Ware Centennial Professor in Criminal Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
Tuesday, September 11, 2019
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Moot Court Room
One free hour of CLE credit.
More about the lecture.

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 2019-08-28 15:54:20. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Digital CSU's Digital Expo for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Digital CSU Logo

Faculty and staff--Are you interested in trying our new technology in the classroom? Do you use digital methods in your research?

Students--Do you enjoy getting to use digital technology in your learning? Are you excited about learning new creative and digital skills?

Drop in during Digital CSU's Digital Expo on Thursday, September 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the 1st floor of the Michael Schwartz Library, located in Rhodes Tower. Come check out cool technology and software exhibited by passionate members of the CSU campus community, including virtual reality, citation tools, digital light boards, GIS mapping, and more!

RSVPs are encouraged!

Enjoy a snack, chat with exhibitors, and try out some new gadgets, apps, and software!
--by Ben Richards, Business and Communication Librarian

Digital CSU is a low-stakes environment to learn about digital methods in research & teaching across disciplines and colleges at Cleveland State University. It convenes once a month during the academic year. Digital CSU conveners: Melanie Gagich and Ben Richards. For more information about Digital CSU, including the monthly meeting schedule, visit


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-08-20 14:23:13. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Textbook Affordability Grant for CSU Faculty: Deadline October 31

Affordable Learning logo

The Michael Schwartz Library, in collaboration with the Center for eLearning, Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning (CITDL), and the Center for Faculty Excellence, is once again sponsoring a Textbook Affordability Small Grant to help support faculty who are willing to adopt/adapt an open textbook for a class. Grant Applications are due Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Open Textbooks

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. Visit to peruse high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks and decide if one of them is right for your course. A support team at CSU will help you adopt or adapt one of the books for your use.

Faculty: Save the Date--September 11, 2019. Learn about OpenStax Textbooks when Nicole Finkbeiner will be at CSU to provide an informational presentation about OpenStax Textbooks. Nicole is the Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University’s free textbook initiative, OpenStax, where she founded and runs the nationally-recognized Institutional Partner Program. She is a national keynote speaker on open education, equity, and access. Nicole also coaches colleges and universities to effectively encourage faculty adoptions of Open Educational Resources (OER) to promote student success and faculty academic freedom.

Call 216-875-9734 or contact your personal librarian for more information.

Affordable Learning @ Cleveland State University: making higher education more affordable for students, together.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-08-20 12:22:38. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Friends of the Library Book Discussion Selections: 2018-2019

The Friends of the CSU Michael Schwartz Library presents its 2019/2020 events, including selections for the 2019/2020 Book Discussion Series. The book discussions are free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public. Join us!

Visit the Friends of the Library Events Page for full details.
You may also download our flyer (PDF).

Leadership in turbulent times

Leadership in Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Thursday September 19, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 p.m.
CSU Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 503

Discussion leader: Richard Fox, Friends of the Library member

The Library Book

The Library Book
by Susan Orlean
Thursday, October 3, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 p.m.
CSU Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 503

Discussion Leader: Glenda Thornton, President, Friends of the Library.

Travis McDade

Guest Speaker Travis McDade - Co sponsored with Octavofest
Thursday, October 10, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 p.m.
CSU Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 502

Inheritance: a memoir of geneaology, paternity, and love

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
by Dani Shapiro
Thursday, November 14, 2019
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
CSU Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 503

Discussion leader: Vida Lock, Faculty Emerita, Cleveland State University

resistance women

Resistance Women: A Novel
by Jennifer Chiaverini
February 2020 (date TBD)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Rhodes Tower, Room 503

Discussion Leader: Richard Fox, Friends of the Library member

Grays Armory

Bus Excursion
Cleveland Grays Armory Museum Tour
March 2020 (date TBD, during Spring Break Week)

The Friends of the Library Annual Bus Excursion will be to Cleveland Grays Armory Museum for a tour followed by lunch in downtown Cleveland.

The Friends of the Library will provide transportation to and from the Armory.

D.M. Pulley

Local Author Series
Meet Local Author D.M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key
Wednesday, April 20, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 p.m.
CSU Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 502

Visit the Friends of the Library Events Page for full details.

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email Barbara Loomis.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-08-19 11:15:19. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Changes coming to InterLibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan URL and logon procedure will be changing in August 2019.

The Interlibrary Loan Department will be rolling out a new service platform that will streamline your ILL experience. Our URL will be changing, so if you have the current ILL site bookmarked for convenient retrieval please update your settings when we go live in early August. No more registrations, new user names or additional passwords: the new ILL system will use your current CSU information along with your Library PIN. That’s it!

Once logged in, you will have the choice of requesting Article/Book Chapters, Books, or Audio-Visual/Other formats. When your citation for the requested material is complete, you will be asked to report your status with the university such as; Faculty, Student, Staff, as well as your designated area of study or department. Books and AV materials that arrive for you will be held on the ILL hold shelf as usual - so just ask for them the next time you stop by.

Articles will be supplied through a service called Article Exchange. No more multiple emails and various methods of retrieval! We will supply a specific link and password unique to the requested article. Article access information will remain active for 30 days or within 5 retrievals, whichever comes first.

These changes and upgrades will make it possible for us to continue to supply fast and efficient service while obtaining materials from across the globe. Pardon our dust as we make the transition into the new platform!

- Sarah Benedict, Coordinator, Interlibrary Loan Services

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-07-30 08:27:51. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

A Love Letter to Cleveland

A Love Letter to Cleveland

Artists Gary and Laura Dumm attended the installation today of a 58-foot “Love Letter to Cleveland”.

We're grateful to Gary and Laura for honoring us with this pair of beautifully remade murals depicting so many people, places, and events from recent Cleveland history, and we thank their many generous supporters and friends for contributing to the GoFundMe campaign that made it all possible. They're now in their new permanent home here, flanking the entrance to our Special Collections on the 3rd floor of the Michael Schwartz Library.

This makes a satisfying conclusion to a long and occasionally frustrating saga for the 58-foot public art project. Completed in 2013, “Love Letter to Cleveland” was originally installed on the side of the old Orange Blossom Press building in Ohio City, steps away from the West Side Market. When the mural succumbed after several years to Cleveland weather, Gary and Laura began a search for a new home for it, and started a GoFundMe campaign to finance a reprint. They reached their goal, and the installation of the beautifully remade murals, on July 17th, 2019, coincided with Gary and Laura’s 48th wedding anniversary!

Drawn by Gary and colored by Laura, the murals depict many of the same local landmarks and famous Clevelanders that feature prominently in Cleveland Memory: the West Side Market, the “Free Stamp”, the Guardians of Traffic Statues, The Hulett ore unloaders; as well as familiar Cleveland personalities ranging from John D. Rockefeller, Jesse Owens, Jane Scott, and Margaret Hamilton, to Harvey Pekar, Dorothy Fuldheim, Eliot Ness, and Ghoulardi.

Laura has produced a brochure outlining the significance of the people and places represented, but it's an absorbing exercise to try and figure them all out with only the crooked blue line (representing the Cuyahoga River) running through the entire length of the piece to provide hints. Drop in and try it yourself!

We can't imagine a more appropriate home for this stunning piece of work by lifelong Clevelanders, entirely funded by donations from Clevelanders, than framing the entryway to the home of the Cleveland Memory Project. Indoors.

Some local press coverage

A Love Letter to Cleveland in its new home

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-07-17 16:07:28. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Arts and Humanities, Cleveland Memory, Library News.

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Globe Theatre Model Restoration

Globe Theater

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio, CSU’s Michael Schwartz Library and Theatre and Dance Department are pleased to announce the restoration of a historic model of the Globe Theatre to be used for classroom instruction, research, and campus exhibitions.

The model, built in 1935 by H. Ernest Conklin, has been an important resource for the Theatre & Dance Department and others on campus who are interested in the history of theater, English playwriting, architecture, costume and set design, or other aspects of European history. The conservation process, performed by the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, resulted in repairs to the model and allowed for its continued use as an educational resource and visual masterpiece for years to come. Questions about the model or interest in educational use are encouraged and can be directed to the Michael Schwartz Library.

The original Globe Theatre was built in London in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Shakespeare’s playing company. Until the theater closed in 1642 it served as the primary playhouse for Shakespeare’s plays, which were popular during Shakespeare’s life and beyond. Although the actual dimensions of the playhouse are not known, various literary and historical clues have allowed historians to piece together the design of this important landmark. Most scholars estimate that the building was three stories high, open air, and could accommodate about 3,000 spectators. A modern reconstruction of the theatre, to scale, was opened in London in 1997, very near to the location of the original site.

Globe Theater
The year 2019 marks the 420th anniversary of the original Globe Theatre being built, a magnificent architectural achievement destined to play host to many magnificent performances. The Globe Theatre model will remain on display in the library until September 2019, after which time it will be permanently relocated to the Theatre & Dance Department in the Middough Building.

Stop in and take a look!

- Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-05-17 10:12:12. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Arts and Humanities.

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Stress Busting Zone at the Library during Finals Week

Find stress relief in the Library during finals week

We know that Finals Week can be stressful, so in addition to providing study space, research help, and computers, the Michael Schwartz Library is also providing a Stress Busting Zone on the 1st floor in the Library Connection Lounge. All week long, you will be able to play games, color, do puzzles and more.

Therapy Dogs
On Sunday, May 5 at 10:00 pm visit our guest therapy dog, Derby. On Tuesday, May 7 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, take a dog therapy break and visit Clifton. These therapy dogs are trained and accustomed to bringing joy and smiles wherever they go.

We hope to see you here and good luck on your finals!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-04-29 14:58:28. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

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