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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

OCTAVOFEST: Celebrating the Art of the Book

The OCTAVO is a traditional book format that refers to the size for pages used in the printing of early books in which a large sheet of paper or parchment is folded three times to produce eight pages. Today octavo format books include many rare, valuable, and beautiful objects. The octavo, October, eight's OCTAVOFEST, a celebration of the art of the book.

Click here for the calendar of events.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-09-22 16:27:43. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Friday, September 18th, 2009

New in Cleveland Memory! Each in Their Own Voice: African-American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005

Jessie Norman by Charles, Jr. Sallee
Jessie Norman by Charles Sallee, Jr.

The Michael Schwartz Library has partnered with the Cleveland State University History Department and Art Gallery to produce this online version of the exhibition, Each in Their Own Voice: African-American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005 as part of a new collection in Cleveland Memory.

The exhibition ran at the Art Gallery from January 23 to March 7, 2009 and featured work by 24 artists working in a wide range of media including film. Part of the preparation for the exhibition included interviews with each artist recorded as oral histories by the Cleveland State University History Department. Excerpts from these interviews have been made available along with the artists' work as well as portraits of most of the featured artists in this online representation of the original exhibition.

Listen and see for yourself what these talented artists have to say through their interviews and their art.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-09-18 12:05:53. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.

Manage, Access, and Share your Research using RefWorks

RefWorks logo
Faculty Seminar
Presented by the CSU Michael Schwartz Library
Thursday, October 15, 2009
12:00 - 1:00 pm
RT 502

CSU faculty - take your research methods to a new level at the Michael Schwartz Library RefWorks seminar. Meet with librarians to learn about RefWorks, a robust web-based research management tool, and tailor its many uses to fit your research needs. Librarians will demonstrate how to:
  • Import references from research databases
  • Store and organize article, web, and book citations
  • Share and discuss your RefWorks database with colleagues and other researchers globally through RefShare
  • Import bibliographic information from a web site using Ref Grab-It

And much more!

Moderator: Kathy Dobda, Assistant Director Public Services.

Additional Presenters:
Diane Kolosionek, Urban and Education Librarian; Theresa Nawalaniec, Sciences & Engineering Librarian; Marianne Nolan, Coordinator, Reference; and Ann Marie Smeraldi, General Education/First Year Experience Librarian.

Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 216-875-9734 or email

Seating is limited - Respond by Tuesday, October 13.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-09-18 09:35:01. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Many Turn Out to Meet the "Real Librarians of CSU"

We'd like to thank everyone who stopped by to "Meet the Real Librarians of CSU" on September 10th in the Michael Schwartz Library. Visitors enjoyed the "meet and greet" and learned just what an excellent resource our Librarians, with their wide range of knowledge and experience, are for the CSU community. We're glad you enjoyed it, and we look forward to seeing you in the Library throughout the year.

From Real Librarians event
From Real Librarians event

You can see more photos from this event on our Facebook page!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-09-17 09:05:19. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Banned Books Reading

Banned Books equals Banned Ideas
What's your favorite book? Has it ever been publicly challenged?

Come and read an excerpt of it at the
Banned Books Reading
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
12:00 to 1:00 P.M.
CSU Michael Schwartz Library
1st floor, east
Sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the CSU Michael Schwartz Library in support of freedom of speech
Brown Bag Event

How to Participate
Submit your chosen literary passage in advance of the event to schedule your time on the microphone. Or, just come to 1st floor of the Michael Schwartz Library on Tuesday, September 29 during the common hour to hear the readings. Afterwards, peruse the Banned Books display, which will include information about free speech and ethics.

Interested in doing a reading, but not sure that you have ever read a banned book? Visit the Library's Intellectual Freedom web page at or the Library's Banned Books display for recent examples. Choose a short passage to read (or consider briefly discussing why a certain book or author was censored) then send your idea to Faith Larraine Hampton, the SPJ Cleveland State Student Chapter President, at

Exercise your right of free speech!

This event is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

The 2009 Banned Books Reading Week is September 26 through October 3.
During that time, the Banned Books display will be located on the east side of the 1st floor of the CSU Michael Schwartz Library (in Rhodes Tower). The Banned Books Reading will take place near the display.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-09-16 13:13:43. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

A Talk with Rebecca Wolff and a Reading and Book Signing with Poets Kate Greenstreet & Rebecca Wolff

Poetry Center
and the Department of English present

A Talk with Rebecca Wolff
Thursday, September 17, 2009 at noon
Main Classroom 136 (MC 136)

You are invited to attend an informal talk about editing the literary journal Fence, and publishing Fence Books.

and a Reading and Book Signing with Poets
Kate Greenstreet & Rebecca Wolff

Kate Greenstreet is the author of The Last 4 Things (Ahsahta, 2009), and case sensitive (Ahsahta, 2006). She is also the author of three chapbooks, most recently This Is Why I Hurt You (2008). Her work has appeared in such journals as Court Green, Denver Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and VOLT.

Rebecca Wolff is the author of three books of poems: The King (Norton, 2009); Figment (Norton, 2004), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Manderley (University of Illinois Press, 2001), selected for the National Poetry Series by Robert Pinsky. She is the founding editor and publisher of Fence and Fence Books, and a Program Fellow of the New York State Writers Institute.
Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Main Classroom 134 (MC 134), 1899 East 22th Street
Events are free and open to the public.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-09-15 15:50:03. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Equipment Loans to Students

Image of an eagle and flag in front of Constitution

Students are increasingly incorporating digital images, video, and audio into assignments and presentation material, but production equipment has not been widely available to them on campus. Beginning this Fall, students may borrow Canon video and still cameras, and Sony audio recorders from Library Multimedia Services (MMS) in RT 301.

Students can check out these items from the Library just as they would a book — there is a 1-day loan period on this equipment. Students supply their own DV tapes and flash media storage cards, but both tapes and flash media storage cards are available for purchase in the Library vending machine if students don't have their own.

After using the new cameras and recorders to capture the information they need, students can work on their digital files at home or use the professional video, audio and image editing equipment and software in Multimedia Services to create polished materials for presentations and other assignments. Help with equipment and software is available in Multimedia Services as well.

Students may contact MMS for more information at (216) 687-9337. Faculty wishing to borrow similar equipment should contact IMSS Equipment Circulation at (216) 687-3846.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-09-01 14:32:37. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

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