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Main Entrance to Rhodes Tower/Library on Plaza Level Closed Until August 23rd

Due to the plaza deck repair work currently in progress, starting at 10 am on Friday, August 16th, all access to Rhodes Tower/Library on the plaza level will be CLOSED until 12 pm Friday, August 23rd. All students, staff, faculty and visitors will need to access the Library, Rhodes Tower and Rhodes West from the Lower (Street) Level. Additional signage will be posted. Lower Level access will be maintained at all times.

Pedestrian access to the buildings will be maintained at all times, however some doors and or pedestrian routes will be closed from time to time depending on construction activities. Detours and alternative routes will be posted.

For further details, visit

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-08-16 11:43:44. Reply to Lauren_Felder.

Major Change in Access to Photographs in Special Collections at the Michael Schwartz Library

This spring, Special Collections will be starting a major conservation project of its photograph collections in order to preserve them for use by future generations. Beginning May 12, 2013, the end of Spring Semester, Special Collections will discontinue the practice of allowing users direct use of the photographs in our collections. This is a fundamental change from our present practice of allowing users ready access to these prints.

To view images not yet available on our Cleveland Memory Project, Special Collections users will need to fill out a request for the images for up to five folders from this specific list of Press Collection folders, or other of our collections. Special Collections staff will then make contact sheets (in PDF format) of the requested images. These will be distributed at no cost on a first come, first served basis, with expedited service to students and faculty.

Our goal is that eventually access to all our images will be provided via our Cleveland Memory Project website, where 50,000 of our popular images already reside. As we work our way through the hundreds of thousands of images that are not yet in Cleveland Memory, we thank you for your patience and continued interest in our collections. If you have any questions, please ask!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-03-01 13:39:58. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

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.

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.

Margaret Atwood at Cleveland Public Library

On Sunday, November 5, 2006, the Cleveland Public Library will be hosting Margaret Atwood as a part of their Writers and Readers Series. An international literary star, Atwood, through her thematically diverse and best-selling novels has anticipated and explored the popular and problematic preoccupations of our time.

The event occurs at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, East 6th Street and Superior Avenue. Click here for more information.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2006-10-19 10:26:02. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Marion-Sterling Elementary School 3rd Graders say Thank You

"The future of Greater Cleveland - the future work force, the future political leaders, the future caretakers - can be found sitting in the desks and playing on the playgrounds of our region's schools. In public, private and charter schools all across town, the next generation is being prepared to take the reins of our great city and region." --President Michael Schwartz

President Schwartz's message of extending support into the community to help educate leaders of the future includes outreach efforts to help those students attending nearby inner-city schools. The work displayed is from Mr. Emanuel Stone's third grade class at Marion-Sterling Elementary school, which is just around the corner from Cleveland State University. This school is highlighted for the exemplary efforts put forth by dedicated teachers, administrators and staff to provide quality education to underprivileged students. In September, the Sociology Department at CSU collaborated with the Great Lakes Science Center to hold a school supply drive for Mr. Stone's classroom, collecting basic writing supplies, posters and needed classroom items that many inner city school classrooms, such as at Marion-Sterling, find themselves having to do without. The appreciation expressed by the school and the students has been heartfelt, and the gratitude that followed is the subject of this display. The message to this third grade class, the class of 2018, is one of anticipation to see them succeed. Conveying the idea that higher education is a challenging, yet life-changing and attainable goal was part of our mission. This message is something that students from more affluent districts take for granted.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2008-12-05 12:59:36. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Math Emporium Grand Opening Celebration: November 19 @2:00

CSU Math Emporium logo
Join us for the Math Emporium Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, November 19 at 2:00 on the 2nd floor of the Michael Schwartz Library. The event will include a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and a demonstration of a new teaching approach that is changing the way students learn basic math.

The event is free but please register here.

The Math Emporium is a state-of-the-art learning center on the second floor of the Library (RT 230) where students can interact with adaptive MyMathLab Plus software and a highly skilled instructional team.

For more information, please call 216-875-9734.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-11-01 12:16:56. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Math Tutoring in the Library closed for summer session

The EPIC/PEP program will not offer math tutoring in the Library this summer, but will resume regular sessions in fall 2008. In the meantime, students can receive help in the Math Tutoring Center located in the Main Classroom, room 110.

For more information about the EPIC/PEP program, visit or contact Dr. Carol Phillips-Bey, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Director, EPIC/PEP Program, at 216-523-7151 or at

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2008-05-19 10:09:52. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Meet Local Author Clarie Gebben on April 15th : Includes Book Signing


Author Claire Gebben presents
The Last of the Blacksmiths
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, 503
Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University
Refreshments, Book Signing

The Friends of the Library Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series features Claire Gebben, who will visit CSU on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm in the Library, RT 503 to present her novel The Last of the Blacksmiths, the moving story of Michael Harm, a nineteenth century blacksmith from the Bavarian Rhinelands who dares to follow his dreams of freedom and prosperity and travels from Germany to Cleveland, Ohio, to pursue an artisan way of life. It is a tale of the disruption and dispersal of an immigrant family, the twilight of the artisan crafts, and the efforts of each generation to shape its destiny. A consummate storyteller, Claire Gebben demonstrates a brilliant ability to imagine and recreate the past with historical vigor and beauty.

She will tell the story behind the story, the discovery of the letters, the "journey" of family history research, and will conclude with tips to help others working on their stories.

William Barrow, Head, Special Collections at Michael Schwartz Library, will also discuss how Cleveland and Special Collections can support family history research, as it did with our featured author.

Presentation followed by a question-and-answer session and and a book signing. Last of the Blacksmiths will be for sale by the CSU Bookstore at the event. Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to register.

Call 216-875-9734 for more information

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-03-25 07:33:43. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

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.

Meet Pauline A. Chen, Author of The Red Chamber

Author, Pauline Chen

Join The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library for their Annual Local Author Series featuring Pauline A. Chen.

Pauline A. Chen will discuss the writing of her novel, The Red Chamber, which is based on the epic Dream of the Red Chamber--one of the most famous love stories in Chinese Literature. It recasts a timeless tale for Western audiences to discover.

The Red Chamber book cover

New this year is the Friends of the Library Essay Contest for CSU Honors College Students (both Honors and Scholars Program) in partnership with the CSU Retired Faculty and Professional Staff Association and the Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Honors College. Honors College Students can submit an essay based on The Red Chamber for a chance to win $300. Ms. Chen will award the prize during the event.

Book signing opportunity.

Date: April 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: RT 416a (near Confucius Institute Program Center)

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 2016-03-09 11:24:10. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Meet Sam Thomas, author of the Midwife's Tale: A Mystery

The Midwife's Tale Book Cover

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

Sam Thomas will discuss his mystery novel, The Midwife's Tale, the first of The Midwife Mysteries. It's 1644, and Parliament's armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels' hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget's friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

After the presentation, Mr. Thomas will offer a book signing opportunity. The CSU Bookstore will sell copies of the book at the event.

Author, Sam Thomas
Date: April 12, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, room 503

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 2016-12-23 15:46:04. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Michael Schwartz Library Hosts NASA's Science On a Sphere Exhibit Now Through Dec. 16th

A view of the Science on a Sphere Display

Now through December 16, Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library hosts the Science On a Sphere exhibit presented by NASA Glenn Research Center and sponsored by NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program.

Science On a Sphere is a mesmerizing visualization system developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that uses computers and video projectors to display animated data on the outside of a suspended, 6-foot diameter, white sphere. The result is a unique and intuitive educational platform that can show real-time weather, planets, moons, tsunamis, climate models, and is only limited by the imagination.

The Science On a Sphere exhibit has sparked the interest of several Washkewicz College of Engineering Senior Design Project students. They plan to create new material to display on the sphere that effectively communicates technical information to a broad audience. Students and faculty are encouraged to visit the exhibit and see how it can be incorporated into their curriculum.

Presentation Schedule:

  • Tuesday, October 14th ~ 11:30 - 12:30
    Jeff Woytach from NASA Glenn will discuss the Solar System.
  • Tuesday, November 4th ~ 11:30 - 12:30
    Jeff Stevenson, Public Programs Coordinator, Imagination Station in Toledo, Ohio.
    Presentation title: "Dynamic Earth" - The earth below our feet has always been a constant in our lives. However, our planet has been changing and evolving long before we arrived and will continue to do so for millions of years after.
  • Thursday, November 20th ~ 11:30 - 12:30
    Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr., Executive in Residence at the Washkewicz College of Engineering, former Associate Administrator for mission support at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and former Director of NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Dr. Whitlow will discuss highlights of his 34 year career with NASA.
  • Thursday, December 11th ~ 11:30 - 12:30
    Eli Naffah, Space Communications and Spectrum Management Branch Chief

  • Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-10-07 13:11:22. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News, Science and Technology.

Michael Schwartz Library Summer Hours

Sun graphic

The Michael Schwartz Library will be open the following hours during the summer semester(s), May 18 - August 9, 2013:

  • Monday-Thursday
    7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday
    7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday

Exceptional Days:
The MS Library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 27th and Thursday, July 4th. The Library will be OPEN from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27th and August 3rd.

Alternative Weekend Locations:

  • Law Library (E. 18th between Chester and Euclid) May 20-July 21, 2013
    • Saturday-9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday-Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Cleveland Public Library (Superior Ave. between E. 3rd and E. 6th)
    • Saturday-10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday-CLOSED

Computer Labs on Campus:


  • Mobile Campus -- Borrow a laptop or iPad (SC 128)
    • Saturday - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday - Closed

Access the Library's resources online 24/7 at

Regular Library hours will resume on August 24, 2013.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-05-17 08:23:06. Reply to Lauren_Felder.

Migration in Global Context : History, Narrative and Project-Based Learning

Photo of refugees in boat

The Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County and Cleveland State University Department of History are collaborating to present a summer Teacher Institute in the Humanities and workshops during Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 centering around local, national and global migration themes.

Migration in Global Context Workshops Schedule - Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

10/14/15: 4-6 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Art
Gallery walk: Migration Themes in Art
Cleveland Museum of Art, One Wade Oval, Cleveland OH 44106
Presenter: Beth Noren, master teacher and CMA teacher advisor

11/12/15: 4-6 p.m. Cleveland State University
Book discussion: Factory Girls (by Leslie Chang)
CSU Student Center Rm. 315, 2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
Facilitators: Prof. Shelley Rose and master teachers

2/17/16: 4-6 p.m. Cleveland State University
Film viewing: Last Train Home
CSU Student Center, 3rd floor ballroom, 2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
Facilitators: Prof. Shelley Rose, Prof. Wenqing Kang

4/15/16: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cleveland State University
Teacher Symposium: Migration in Global Context
CSU Student Center, 3rd floor ballroom, 2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Tiffany Trimmer (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)
Teacher Presenters: panel discussions, presentations. and curricular showcase

Programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Contact Nadine Grimm at or 216-901-4243.

Ohio Humanities logo

This program is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-11-06 09:42:16. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

MLA International Bibliography has expanded

MLA has provided EBSCO with nearly 40 years of retrospective content for this database covering the years from 1926 to 1962.

To access this database, click here.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2006-05-15 14:39:39. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

More Than 48,000 Medical Images Now Available Online

You now have access to images.MD , the online encyclopedia of medical images.

images.MD features more than 48,000 high-quality medical images, each one accompanied by authoritative text from 2000 of the world's leading medical experts. More than 90 subject collections can be found on the site ranging from allergies to cardiology, from neurology to urology, making this an essential resource for all researchers, students, and practicing medics.

Features on the site include:
Create your own image library
Personalize your collection
Add, edit, or delete text, rename or add personal notes to the images
Create your own PowerPoint® presentation
Browse and search the image database by specialty, collection, keyword, or image type
Email images to colleagues
Order CD-ROMs of your presentations

If you encounter any technical problems or have any feedback on the layout or the content of the site, please contact the library.

Log on today to make the most of this great resource!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2007-01-04 08:25:38. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Music at CPL Main: Carol Dieball, marimba

"Music at Main" continues in 2010! The Fine Arts Department is pleased to present marimba player and Cleveland State University graduate Carol Dieball on January 23rd, 2010 at 2pm in the 3rd floor lobby of the Main Library building (325 Superior Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44114). Ms. Dieball will perform solo marimba works by Mitchell Peters, J.S. Bach, Keiko Abe, Evelyn Glennie, Kevin Bobo, and Matthias Schmitt. This program is free and open to all ages. For more information call 216-623-2848. Please join us for this intimate and entertaining concert.

For more information, click here

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2010-01-19 15:33:00. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: CPL@CSU.

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