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Monday, March 12th, 2018

Holocaust Remembrance at CSU: Exhibition and Film Screening

Shanghai Jewish Museum Traveling Exhibition
Through April 12, 2018 at the Michael Schwartz Library, 1860 East 22nd Street
A young Jewish refugee and her Chinese girlfriends in Shanghai during World War II (photo credit: Courtesy Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum)

Explore this little know, salient story of how Shanghai became a haven during the Holocaust for some 20,000 refugees at a time when many national borders were closed to immigrants.

Film Screening
"The Last Refuge: The Story of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai"
Discussion and Q&A with survivors after the film.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mather Mansion Ballroom--MM 301
2605 Euclid Avenue
Light Refreshments will be served.

Both events are free and open to the public.
For more information, call 216-687-3937
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University and Cultural Crossings.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-03-12 11:33:23. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

SYSTEMS ALERT : Scholar Catalog Will Be Offline Beginning 8 AM on Monday March 12th.

Important News

Due to scheduled hardware upgrades, Scholar, the Library's online catalog, will be unavailable beginning 8 am on Monday, March 12th.

During this time you will not be able to:

  • Search for Library materials using SCHOLAR.
  • Access the Research Databases from off campus.
  • Request materials from OhioLINK

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-03-08 14:44:03. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Exhibition : Cleveland's Endearing Symbol: 52 Stories of the Terminal Tower

Cleveland's Endearing Symbol: 52 Stories of the Terminal Tower

Friday March 9th - Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Generations of Clevelanders have looked to the spire of the Terminal Tower as a point of reference and as a beloved Cleveland icon. Friday, March 9th marks the opening of a new exhibition devoted to this landmark, titled "Cleveland's Endearing Symbol: 52 Stories of the Terminal Tower". Curated and designed by long-time Library staffers and originators of our Cleveland Memory Project Bill Barrow and Donna Stewart, the exhibit draws heavily on the collections at the Michael Schwartz Library and also includes material from many generous community partners. The exhibition is an affectionate and informative look at the role of the tower in the life of the city and includes hundreds of items: historical photos, artworks, film, media, ephemera, and kitsch. And a falcon, of course!

Join us for the opening reception and gallery conversation on Friday, March 9 at 4 pm, when Bill Barrow and Donna Stewart will highlight a few of the Tower's "52 stories".

Running from March 9th through April 21st at The Galleries at CSU at East 13th and Euclid Avenue, next to IdeaStream.

Read Steven Litt's review of the exhibition that appeared in the March 18th issue of the Plain Dealer.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-03-07 16:10:20. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

March is Women's History Month!

Women's History Month logo

Observed in the United States every March since 1987, Women's History Month is a time to recognize the great contributions women have made to our history, culture, and society and to celebrate their many achievements.

Please take the time to visit some of the websites highlighting women's history and Women's History Month below:

Aviatrices of the 1929 air races
"Aviatrices" Ruth Nichols, Thea Rasche, Gladys O'Donnell, Blanche Noyes, Amelia Earhart, and Phoebe Omlie, 1929.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-02-28 14:59:25. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Problems with Issues and Controversies and Science Online Research Databases - FIXED

Feb. 26: The Library is currently experiencing technical difficulties with Infobase/Facts on File Databases (including Issues and Controversies and Science Online). We are working to fix these issues and will post further information when available.

UPDATE Feb. 27: Problems with the Infobase/Facts on File Databases have been resolved. Please use the Error Report Form under "Contact Us" to report any continuing problems you may be having.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-02-26 17:18:45. Reply to Jeff_Beuck. Categories: Library News, Science and Technology.

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Join us for OpenCon 2018 Cleveland!

OpenCon 2018 Cleveland logo

OpenCon 2018 Cleveland
Monday, March 5, 2018
9:00 am - 3:45 pm
Cleveland State University
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
1801 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

To celebrate Open Education Week, Cleveland State University will be hosting its first OpenCon Satellite event on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Moot Courtroom. Faculty, librarians, staff, students, and instructional designers are all welcome to attend. See the full schedule, which includes presentations such as "The Power of Open: Designing for Affordable Learning," and "Adopting and Adapting Open Textbooks," a faculty panel discussion, lightning round talks, and more at the OpenCon 2018 Cleveland Site.


OpenCon 2018 Cleveland is FREE but please register by March 1 via the EventBrite registration form.
A light breakfast and afternoon refreshments will be provided. Parking fees, lunch, and lodging are at your expense.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-02-23 16:28:42. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: EngagedScholarship@CSU, Library News.

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Bill Barrow and The Cleveland Memory Project Featured in a Segment of WVIZ's Program, Ideas

Bill Barrow - a screenshot from the Ideastream video

Bill Barrow, Head of Special Collections at the Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University was in the spotlight Thursday evening, January 11th in an episode of Ideas, on WVIZ - Channel 25.

In the 4 minute segment, produced by ideastream's Mary Fecteau, viewers were treated to some of the treasures in the library's Special Collections while Bill Barrow expressed the importance of our city's history in understanding how Cleveland progressed to be what it is today and what it can be in the future. He also explained how a large part of that understanding comes from making history accessible, which is the focus of the Cleveland Memory Project.

Watch the segment now, available from the ideastream website.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-01-17 09:52:27. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

CSU Closed Friday, January 12th, 2018

Weather Closure Update: CSU will be closed on 1/12/18 due to anticipated severe weather and travel conditions.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-01-11 18:43:11. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

New Trial Subscription to Film Scripts Online

Screenshot of Film Scripts Online homepage

Film Scripts Online contains 1,500 film scripts — an exploration of culture and cinema through the decades. This highly structured archive offers a bibliographic and biographical database of directors and writers, along with the full text of the movies themselves. From the earliest silent films through to the present, the cultural attitudes and lifestyles are reflected in the medium.

Students, instructors, and researchers use the Film Scripts Online Series for studying popular culture, film, diversity and gender issues, language and linguistics, writing, American history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines. Volume I contains hundreds of titles from classic American cinema. Volume II focuses more on contemporary and international films.

Film Scripts Online will be available on a trial basis to the CSU community until February 10, 2018. Find it on our Trial Databases page. Take the Film Scripts Online Survey — Once you've tried it, let us know what you think about this database.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-01-11 14:31:44. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Meet Daniel Melnick, author of The Ash Tree

The Ash Tree Book Cover

Join The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library for their Annual Local Author Series featuring Daniel Melnick.

He will discuss his novel, The Ash Tree, a story of the romance and marriage between an American Armenian girl and her immigrant husband who survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Turkey. From the 1920s through the early 1970s, the couple and their 3 children become vivid, quintessentially American characters, only for tragedy to find them again. Combining history and fictionalized memoir, The Ash Tree is an important, beautifully written novel of survival, new life, and heartbreak.

A question-and-answer session and a book signing opportunity will follow the presentation. The CSU Bookstore will sell copies of the book at the event.

Daniel Melnick has also written an earlier novel about the community of émigré musicians who fled Europe in the 1930s to Los Angeles, Hungry Generations; a study of music and modern literature, Fullness of Dissonance; and a novella about Israel during the Iraq war, with stories, Terror and Contrition. He has taught at UC Berkeley; California State University at Fresno; Cleveland State University where he is an Emeritus Professor of English; and --in retirement as a part-time lecturer--Case Western Reserve University. He is married to the artist Jeanette Arax Melnick, whose painting is on the cover of The Ash Tree. He and his wife live in Cleveland and have 3 children and four grandchildren

Daniel Melnick
Date: April 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: CSU Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, room 502

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email

The event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public but please register here.

Refreshments will be served.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-01-02 16:16:24. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

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