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Friday, May 17th, 2019

Globe Theatre Model Restoration

Globe Theater

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio, CSU’s Michael Schwartz Library and Theatre and Dance Department are pleased to announce the restoration of a historic model of the Globe Theatre to be used for classroom instruction, research, and campus exhibitions.

The model, built in 1935 by H. Ernest Conklin, has been an important resource for the Theatre & Dance Department and others on campus who are interested in the history of theater, English playwriting, architecture, costume and set design, or other aspects of European history. The conservation process, performed by the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, resulted in repairs to the model and allowed for its continued use as an educational resource and visual masterpiece for years to come. Questions about the model or interest in educational use are encouraged and can be directed to the Michael Schwartz Library.

The original Globe Theatre was built in London in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Shakespeare’s playing company. Until the theater closed in 1642 it served as the primary playhouse for Shakespeare’s plays, which were popular during Shakespeare’s life and beyond. Although the actual dimensions of the playhouse are not known, various literary and historical clues have allowed historians to piece together the design of this important landmark. Most scholars estimate that the building was three stories high, open air, and could accommodate about 3,000 spectators. A modern reconstruction of the theatre, to scale, was opened in London in 1997, very near to the location of the original site.

Globe Theater
The year 2019 marks the 420th anniversary of the original Globe Theatre being built, a magnificent architectural achievement destined to play host to many magnificent performances. The Globe Theatre model will remain on display in the library until September 2019, after which time it will be permanently relocated to the Theatre & Dance Department in the Middough Building.

Stop in and take a look!

- Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-05-17 10:12:12. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Arts and Humanities.

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Stress Busting Zone at the Library during Finals Week

Find stress relief in the Library during finals week

We know that Finals Week can be stressful, so in addition to providing study space, research help, and computers, the Michael Schwartz Library is also providing a Stress Busting Zone on the 1st floor in the Library Connection Lounge. All week long, you will be able to play games, color, do puzzles and more.

Therapy Dogs
On Sunday, May 5 at 10:00 pm visit our guest therapy dog, Derby. On Tuesday, May 7 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, take a dog therapy break and visit Clifton. These therapy dogs are trained and accustomed to bringing joy and smiles wherever they go.

We hope to see you here and good luck on your finals!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-04-29 14:58:28. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

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 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

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.

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:

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.

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