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Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Octavofest at the Library: Lecture Series on Chinese Calligraphy

Yongze He
Confucius Institute

Octavofest: Celebrating the Book and Paper Arts in partnership with the Confucius Institute at CSU will feature a Lecture Series on Chinese Calligraphy with Master Chinese Calligrapher and Seal-Engraving Artist, Yongze He on October 31and November 14, 2015 at 3:00 in RT 416.

Chinese calligraphy is an elegant art and an important part of Chinese culture, dating back several thousands of years. This series of lectures will cover the history of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese script patterns. Participants will have the opportunity to hold Chinese brushes, write Chinese characters, and fully appreciate the beauty of Chinese calligraphy.

To register, please email Zijie Li at or call 216-687-5471.

Find out more about Octavofest.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-10-27 16:19:17. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Join Us in the Library For International Games Day, Friday, Oct. 30th!

International Games Day in the Library

Need a break from studying? Looking for a way to escape the "Will the Weekend Ever Come?" blues?

Well, get your game face on and come to the first floor of the Michael Schwartz Library this Friday (Oct. 30th) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for International Games Day!

Join us for table games (provided by Critical Hit Games) and food (pizza and beverage).

International Games Day is a non-commercial, volunteer-run library initiative auspiced by the American Library Association in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association and Nordic Game Day.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-10-27 09:34:27. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Two New Databases to Try — SAGE Stats and Data-Planet

SAGE Stats provides annual measures dating back more than two decades. It features statistical data series created from more than 200,000 government and non-government datasets. It is comparable to DataZoa, to which CSU currently subscribes.

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets is a web-based research solutions tool that provides access to data from licensed and public domain datasets. The Data-Planet repository contains more than 25 billion data points from 4.3 billion datasets sourced from more than 70 source organizations. It is also comparable to DataZoa.

Both databases will be available on a trial basis to the CSU community — SAGE Stats through November 16th and Data-Planet through November 13th. Find them on our Research Databases page.

Once you have tried them, please tell us what you think by completing and submitting the SAGE Stats survey and the Data-Planet survey.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-10-20 09:25:50. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Friday, October 9th, 2015

New Trial Subscription to Scopus

Scopus logo

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 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

EngagedScholarship@CSU Drop-In Information Sessions
Where: RT 502 (Michael Schwartz Library)
When: Tuesday, October 20, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
and 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
EngagedScholarship@CSU experts will be available after the Tuesday and Wednesday workshops to answer questions about publishing journals, reports, conference proceedings, primary source materials, and relevant documents. Or make an appointment by emailing

For more information call 216-875-9734.

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.

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