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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

ATTN: CSU Students! We Want to Know What You Think! You Could Win Viking Cash

Win Viking Cash

Come to the Michael Schwartz Library and use the Voting Booth to answer one question and you will be entered to win $10 in Viking Cash.

Each person may vote only once. Three winners will be randomly selected at the end of the question period. Winners will be notified by their CSU email account.

The Voting Booth is located to the left of the User Services desk as you come into the Library.


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-04-15 13:30:05. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, 2014

NLW 2014 logo
National Library Week Celebration Kick-off
Monday April 14, 2014 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Library Connection Lounge, 1st floor
Join us as we kick-off National Library Week. Play Plinko for Prizes for a chance to win a t-shirt and more. There will also be refreshments.
National Library Workers' Day
Tuesday April 15, 2014
NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
School of Library and Information Science at KSU Information Table
Wednesday April 16, 2014 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Library Connection Lounge, 1st foor
Explore career opportunities in Library and Information Science. A representative from Kent State University will be here to answer your questions.
Laura Taxel
Local Authors Book Talk Series: Laura Taxel
Wednesday April 16, 2014 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
RT 503
Join award-winning journalist and author as she provides an engaging discussion and presentation about her book, Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking. To sign up, call 216-875-9734 or email
Student Focus Group
Thursday April 17, 2014 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
RT 503
We want to know what you think. Join us for FREE pizza and let us know what type of events you would like to see at the Library. Email to sign up.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-04-03 15:38:24. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

LearningExpress Library Has New Interface

LearningExpress Library has a new interface, LearningExpress Library 3.0, that replaces its current website. Return users for LearningExpress Library and for Job & Career Accelerator will need to create new accounts for the new system, since accounts that were set up with LearningExpress Library 2.0 will no longer work with version 3.0.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-03-26 07:28:36. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Friends of the Library Book Discussion - Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks March 26, 2014 at 3:00 in RT 503

Book cover for aleb's Crossing

Michael Schwartz Library
1860 East 22nd Street
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Cleveland State University
Free and open to the general public

Join the Friends to discuss Caleb's Crossing by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, who takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College.

About the book
The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the tow forge a tentative friendship that draws each in the world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite, There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures. In Caleb's Crossing, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure (Penguin Books). A New York Times bestseller.
All are welcome!

For more information, call 216-875-9734.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-03-06 10:55:28. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Meet Local Author Laura Taxel on April 16: includes book signing

Laura Taxel

The Friends of the Library Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Laura Taxel, who will visit CSU on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 503. Laura Taxel is an award-winning journalist and author and she will provide an engaging discussion and presentation about the Market and her three year odyssey of researching and writing Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking, coauthored with Marilou Suszko. Her book chronicles the history of one of the oldest municipally-owned and-operated retail food markets in America. Using stories, memories and photos, she takes readers on a tour of the building, into the lives of vendors and shoppers, and give them a deeper, richer understanding of the foods, traditions, and rituals that are part of the Market culture. Book signing opportunity.

Refreshments from the West Side Market will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 to register for this free event.

More National Library Week Events!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-03-03 16:43:21. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Raising the Visibility of Elmer Brown and the Monumental Cleveland Murals

Raising the Visibility of Elmer Brown and the Monumental Cleveland Murals
Presentation: Wendy Partridge, Paintings Conservator, ICA-Art Conservation

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cleveland State University
Student Center Ball Room, 3rd floor
Reinstallation of mural in the Student Center Ballroom

In observance of African American History month, Wendy Partridge will speak on the history and conservation treatment of two monumental murals by African American artist Elmer Brown (1909-1971). The murals were commissioned in 1940 for one of the first housing projects in the United States under the auspices of the WPA's Federal Arts Project. When their original building was demolished, these important murals were saved in a highly creative collaboration between the Housing Authority and Cleveland State University. They are now on public view in a highly prominent location in the Ballroom of the Student Center at CSU.

The talk will focus on Elmer Brown and the history of the murals in the context of the federal arts program in Cleveland, where a number of African American artists far exceeded the national average. It will also address the complicated deinstallation, conservation treatment, and reinstallation of the murals by the ICA.

The presentation will be given in the Student Center Ballroom (3rd floor) at Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, on Wednesday, February 26th at 10:00 a.m. This program is free and open to the public and is provided as part of ICA's Education and Outreach initiative, which is funded in part by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Ohio Arts Council. It is hosted by Cleveland State University's Michael Schwartz Library, History Department, and the Black Studies Program.

About the presenter

Wendy Partidge at workWendy Partidge at work in the lab.

Wendy Partridge has a graduate degree in Paintings Conservation with an M.A. in art history from the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Prior to working for the ICA, she had internships and fellowships at the National Gallery, Washington, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and served for two years as chair of the AIC Paintings Specialty Group. She enjoys the community engagement and teaching opportunities afforded by working at a non-profit regional conservation lab. She is also the coordinator of the letterpress studio at Zygote Press in Cleveland.

An exhibit, The History of Elmer Brown Murals, will be on display in the Michael Schwartz Library from February 21 through March 31.

For more information, call 216-875-9734 or email

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-02-14 12:54:08. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Read-In Day to Celebrate Writing By and About Women: Sign up to read your favorite passage

National Women's History Month logo
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Noon - 1:00 pm
Read-In Day to Celebrate Writing By and About Women
Location: Michael Schwartz Library, 1st floor east

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Michael Schwartz Library, in conjunction with the English Department, the Common Reading Program, and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, is hosting a Read-In Day from Noon to 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 25th.

The campus community is invited to hear fellow faculty, staff, and students read aloud both fiction and non-fiction prose and poetry by and about women that is significant to them. This event is free and open to the campus community.

CSU students, in particular First Year Students enrolled in ASC 101 Introduction to University Life, are encouraged to not only attend the event for their enjoyment, but also for the opportunity to make the most of Women's History Month by learning about and sharing literary works by and about women. There is also the possibility that said works will foster among the attendees further interest and education about women's literature and history.

If you would like to participate as a reader contact Professor Barbara Walker, Department of English, at 216-687-2563 to discuss your selection and to schedule a time (limited to 5 minutes). Sign up today!

First Year Students please register here

Read-In Day is a national initiative that is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English that focuses on literacy by encouraging reading.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-02-06 12:51:07. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

SYSTEMS ALERT : Library Services Restored

Scholar is back online. Access to Electronic Course Reserves and the Research databases from off-campus has been restored as well as the ability to search Scholar and request materials from OhioLINK.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-02-05 11:01:59. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

SYSTEMS ALERT : Unscheduled Disruption of Library Services

Due to unforeseen circumstances, services provided by Scholar are currently unavailable. Until the situation as been resolved, the following services will be affected:

  • You will be unable to search for Library materials using SCHOLAR.
  • You will be unable to access materials on Electronic Course Reserve.
  • You will be unable to access the Research Databases from off campus.
  • You will be unable to request materials from OhioLINK.

We are working to restore services as soon as possible.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-02-05 08:40:58. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Bus Excursion to James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor: March 14

A view of Lawnfield
(Photo copied under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License)
Register today for the Friends of the Library Second Annual Spring Break BUS EXCURSION: MARCH 14, 2014!

Join the Friends of the Library for their bus excursion from Cleveland to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, located in Mentor Ohio on Friday, March 14, 2014, during CSU's spring break. You can take a guided tour of the home Garfield acquired in 1876; explore the Visitor Center, a restored carriage barn built in 1894; or walk the tranquil park grounds. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant, which includes a discussion of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and Murder of a President by Candice Millard, and more.

Fee: $40 (does not include cost of lunch
Choice of pickup locations:

  • 9:00 a.m. at Lakefront Lines (secure free parking), 13315 Brookpark Road, Brook Park, Ohio

  • 9:35 a.m. at Cleveland State University, 2101 East 21st Street, Cleveland, between Chester and Euclid Avenues (wait for the bus in the vestibule/enclosed stairwell attached to the parking garage--NOTE THIS NEW LOCATION

The bus will return to both locations before 5:00 p.m.

REGISTER today! Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

See the James A. Garfield Collection at Hiram College on ClevelandMemory

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-01-30 10:47:00. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

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