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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

George Howe comes home

George Howe

You may have read that there is a new occupant of CSU's Office of Research: a 19th century portrait of George Howe, the original owner of the Millionaire's Row mansion that is now Parker Hannifin Hall. The oil painting, by Chester Harding, a prominent 19th century portrait artist known for his paintings of several U.S. presidents, was donated to the University by Innis Howe Shoemaker in memory of her grandmother, a descendant of Mr. Howe.

This all seems entirely fitting and reasonable, but it actually took several years of work to bring George home, and the Library's Bill Barrow was instrumental in making it happen. Bill, our Head of Special Collections, was approached several years ago by Mrs. Shoemaker, a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When Mrs. Schoemaker told him she was interested in donating the oil painting, he was of course immediately interested.

But how best to use it? The portrait could not be considered part of the University Archives, since it had never belonged to the University. Bill felt that it somehow didn't quite belong in Special Collections, either, if a more fitting and public location could be found. He reached out to the current occupants of George Howe's old home, and found them to be enthusiastic about the idea. Reassured that George wouldn't end up in some basement storage facility, Bill accepted the donation on behalf of the University.

It took some time to find the ideal location in the old Howe mansion: somewhere prominent yet reasonably secure. Dr. Jerzy Sawicki, Vice President for Research, provided just the spot in the Office of Research. When it turned out that the painting needed cleaning, restoration, mounting, and labeling, funding was secured and our neighbors at the Bonfoey Gallery brought the painting back to life. George Howe's likeness is now beautifully displayed in the Office of Research, PH 205, and there are plans to install a reproduction above the fireplace on the first floor in the near future.

Welcome home, George.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-04-23 13:45:43. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Arts and Humanities, Library News.

New Textbook Affordability Grant for CSU Faculty

Affordable Learning logo

The Michael Schwartz Library, in collaboration with the Center for eLearning, Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning (CITDL), and the Center for Faculty Excellence, is sponsoring another Textbook Affordability Small Grant to help support faculty who are willing to adopt/adapt an open textbook for a class. Grant Applications are due May 10, 2019.

Open Textbooks

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. Visit OpenStax.org to peruse high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks and decide if one of them is right for your course. A support team at CSU will help you adopt or adapt one of the books for your use.

Call 216-875-9734 or contact your personal librarian for more information.

Affordable Learning @ Cleveland State University: making higher education more affordable for students, together.


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-04-23 10:54:14. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Digital CSU Student Showcase

Digital CSU Logo

The Digital CSU Working Group, in partnership with the Michael Schwartz Library, will host a showcase for digital projects created by CSU students. The showcase will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Berkman Hall Atrium (formerly named Main Classroom) . Light refreshments will be served. Join us!

Digital CSU is a low-stakes environment to learn about digital methods in research & teaching across disciplines and colleges at Cleveland State University. It convenes once a month during the academic year. Digital CSU conveners: Melanie Gagich, Chris Rennison, and Emilie Zickel.

For more information about Digital CSU, including the monthly meeting schedule, visit http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/digitalcsu/.


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-04-22 10:17:25. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friday, April 12th, 2019

System Alert: OhioLINK planned maintenance Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 7pm -11pm.

OhioLINK system alert
System alert:
OhioLINK outage 4/17 from 7pm until 11pm
Date: Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Time 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Contact: Hannah Pearson, Collection Management & Acquisitions Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library.

Due to planned maintenance, a number of OhioLINK applications will be down for an extended maintenance period Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 from 7pm until 11pm. The outage will affect the following OhioLINK applications:


  • A-Z List

  • Electronic Journal Center

  • ETD Administration

  • ETD Cat

  • ETD Center


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-04-12 17:17:59. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

The Michael Schwartz Library presents ICPSR Workshop, April 9

ICPSR workshop
ICPSR Workshop at the Michael Schwartz Library
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location LCLC, Library 1st floor
Contact: Hannah Pearson, Collection Mgmt. & Acquisitions Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library.

Attendees will learn:

  • What's available in the world's largest archive of digital research data
  • How to find resources relevant to your department/discipline including data, citations, teaching materials, and student research opportunities
  • Data management plan services that meet NSF and NIH grant requirement
  • ICPSR's emerging restricted-data management services
  • What's available in the world's largest archive of digital research data

ICPSR resources support students, faculty, and academic research scientists who seek to write articles, papers, or theses to fulfill undergraduate or graduate requirements; conduct secondary research to better understand results of a study, support findings of primary research, or generate new findings; study or teach statistical methods in quantitative analysis; and deposit and share research data to fulfill research agency requirements.

REGISTRATION: Faculty, staff, and students may register here for this workshop.

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) is a unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

www.icpsr.umich.edu

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-03-27 16:03:29. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

International Year of the Periodic Table

New Library Display

Dmitiri Mendeleev discovered the periodic system in 1869 making 2019 the 150thanniversary of his discovery. As a result, 2019 has been designated the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019) by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.

"The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology. It is a unique tool, enabling scientists to predict the appearance and properties of matter on the Earth and in the rest of the Universe." The Periodic Table groups the elements according to their chemical properties and electron configurations, in increasing order of atomic number and atomic weight.

The Michael Schwartz Library has created a display to celebrate IYPT2019. Books and items will be on display through the end of May and some of the books may be checked out at the User Services Desk. Stop by the first floor of the library to see the display, located across from the CPL Connection Lounge.

Further information about IYPT2019: https://www.iypt2019.org/

by Theresa Nawalaniec, Sciences & Engineering/Nursing Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library

Periodic Table

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-03-27 14:30:30. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Meet Claire McMillan, author of The Necklace: April 10

Claire McMillan

The Necklace
by Claire McMillan (meet the author!)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 502

The Friends of the CSU Michael Schwartz Library presents its annual Local Author Series featuring Claire McMillan, author of The Necklace. Ms. McMillan will make a presentation about her book and take questions. A book signing opportunity follows the presentation. In The Necklace, two generations of Quincy women--a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and a young lawyer--are bound by a spectacular and mysterious Indian necklace (source: Amazon).

The event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public but registration is encouraged.

The event is also being held in celebration of National Library Week: April 7 - 13, 2019.

Refreshments will be served.

Questions? email Barbara Loomis.


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-03-25 12:16:51. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

OneSearch and EBSCO Database Problems

EBSCO has been experiencing intermittent problems affecting the Library's OneSearch tool and EBSCO research databases late this afternoon (Wednesday, March 20, 2019). Connections to these resources may timeout or connect very slowly. EBSCO has been notified and is working on the issue.

UPDATE, 3/21/2019 9:00 AM EST: EBSCO reports that the problems affecting their services yesterday evening have been resolved.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-03-20 17:30:28. Reply to Jeff_Beuck. Categories: Science and Technology.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Free and Open Textbooks: Why Should Students Care About Them?

Open Textbooks Workshop and Free Pizza

Free and Open Textbooks: Why Should Students Care About Them?
Date:
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location Library (in RT), First Floor, East End
Presenter: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library

Come and learn about free & open textbooks and why they're important. There will be free pizza! Sponsored by the CSU Student Government Association and the Michael Schwartz Library.

The event is free and open to all CSU students, faculty, and staff.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-02-26 09:44:58. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Faculty Workshop: Using Copyrighted Materials in the Classroom and Online

Using Copyrighted Materials in the Classroom and Online
Date:
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location Library, RT 401
Presenter: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library

Want to make sure that you are using copyrighted materials appropriately? In this workshop learn how to legally use copyrighted materials in face-to-face teaching or online. Learn how the library works with Blackboard to ensure legal use of copyrighted materials, and learn about educational resources not governed by copyright restrictions. The Center for Faculty Excellence Workshop is free but registration is required. (registration closes February 12 at noon).

Find more Center for Faculty Excellence Workshops

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-02-11 10:25:06. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

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