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Friday, August 17th, 2018

Meet Dave Davis and Joan Mazzolini, Authors/Co-Editors of Plain Dealing: Cleveland Journalists Tell Their Stories

Authors, Joan Mazzolini and Dave Davis
Authors, Joan Mazzolini and Dave Davis.

Thursday, November 8, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CSU Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 502

Plain Dealing book cover

Dave Davis and Joan Mazzolini will talk about the story behind the stories in their new book, Plain Dealing, a collection of essays by 25 prominent Cleveland journalists. Davis and Mazzolini are longtime Plain Dealer journalists. The book was published recently by MSL Academic Endeavors, the imprint of CSU's Michael Schwartz Library.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the presentation. It also is available for free online. This event is free but please register. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.

Questions? Please email for more information.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-08-17 15:24:59. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

New Initiative: Affordable Learning @ Cleveland State University

Affordable Learning at Cleveland State University

by Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library

Affordable Learning @ Cleveland State University has been launched. In partnership with the Open Textbook Network and OhioLINK, Cleveland State University's Affordable Learning initiative is committed to making learning more affordable for students, while also promoting pedagogical innovation and improved student outcomes. To learn more and participate in this effort, check out our initiatives:

  • Textbook Affordability Grants offered on a regular basis to faculty for adopting or adapting an open textbook or library-licensed content
  • Textbook Center: Limited selection of textbooks available for students to check out for two hours at a time
  • Affordability Team: A group of librarians, instructional designers, IT staff, and others available to answer questions about affordable course materials at CSU.

For more information, visit the Affordable Learning website.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-08-17 11:39:04. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Constitution Day Events and Activities

Image of an eagle and flag in front of Constitution

Join the celebration of our nation's heritage by participating in Cleveland State University's Constitution Day events!

Online Contest
Students can win one of two Viking Cash Awards valued at $25 or the grand prize of a Viking Cash Award valued at $50! Answer a few questions correctly in our Constitution Quiz and you could be a winner! Drawing will be held at 11:30 on Monday, September 17, 1st floor, Michael Schwartz Library (located in Rhodes Tower).

Constitution Day Commemoration
Monday, September 17, 2018
11:30 AM
Rhodes Tower, 1st floor, Michael Schwartz Library
Join us in the Library for free cupcakes to commemorate Constitution Day. Winners of the Online Contest will be announced

"Noble Sinners: The Legacy of the Founders"
Presented by David F. Forte, Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Moot Court Room
One free hour of CLE credit.
More about the lecture.

Visit the Constitution Day display titled "We the People" located on the 1st floor of the Michael Schwartz Library (in Rhodes Tower).

Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-08-16 16:01:46. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Friends of the Library Book Discussion Selections: 2018-2019

The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library presents its selections for their 2018/2019 Book Discussion Series. The book discussions are free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public. Join us!

Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue
Tuesday September 18, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, and race in the American Dream--the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.—
Discussion leader: Michele Klaus, Friends of the Library member


Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
by Sam Quinones
Thursday, October 18, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.
Discussion Leader: Glenda Carbaugh, Friends of the Library member.


by Charles Frazier
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503

In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War.--Amazon.
Discussion leaders: Richard Fox and William Keating, Friends of the Library members.


Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America
by Michael Ruhlman
Date TBD: During spring break week, March 2019
Location: Heinen's, Corner of 9th St. and Euclid Ave. Ride the free Trolley or walk from CSU with other attendees.

The Friends of the Library will host an excursion to Heinen's Grocery Store in Downtown Cleveland, for a tour of the Historic Ameritrust Rotunda Building. Learn about the history of Heinen's and how and why they opened a store in Cleveland. A book discussion of Grocery and lunch follows the tour. For registration information, email Barbara Loomis.
Discussion leader: Richard Fox, Friends of the Library member.


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

Claire McMillan will make a presentation about her book The Necklace, take questions, and sign her book. Two generations of Quincy women--a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and a young lawyer--bound by a spectacular and mysterious Indian necklace.--Amazon.

Refreshments will be served.

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email Barbara Loomis.

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Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Events in Celebration of Cleveland's 200th Anniversary of Print Journalism

by Ben Richards, Business & Communication Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library

Hot off the Press!

Celebrating 200 year of print journalism in Cleveland

July 31st is the 200th anniversary of print journalism in Cleveland, Ohio. While you won't find the Cleaveland Gazette and Commercial Register in newsstands today, it was the first newspaper printed in Cleveland, back in 1818. In celebration of this anniversary and in honor of Cleveland's journalistic tradition, Cleveland's First Newspaper Bicentennial Committee has put together a variety of events, exhibits, and digital productions to be attended, viewed, and enjoyed.

  • The City Club is hosting a forum titled In Print and In Decline: A Crisis For Democracy with NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik. This conversation will look at "the intersection of journalism, free speech, an educated citizenry, and democracy." It will take place at the City Club on July 31st at 12pm.
  • The Cleveland Public Library will hold a reception to kick off its exhibit, When The News Was New, following the City Club forum at 2:30pm in the Main Library, 2nd floor. Containing artifacts and reproductions from the history of journalism in Cleveland over the last 200 years, it will feature contributions from the collections of the Michael Schwartz Library's Special Collections, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Public Library, and local historian John Vacha. The exhibit runs from July 31st to November 30th.
  • Authors
    Authors, Joan Mazzolini and Dave Davis.
    Dave Davis and Joan Mazzolini are releasing their new eBook Plain Dealing: Cleveland Journalists Tell Their Stories. Dave and Joan have collected essays from 25 prominent journalists recounting their careers, the work they did, and the people they encountered along the way. It is a combined effort between the authors, editors, Cleveland Memory Project, and EngagedScholarship@CSU. It can be downloaded from EngagedScholarship@CSU on July 31st.
  • Kent State University MLIS student Michael Skor has completed a new Cleveland Memory Project web exhibit Journalism in Cleveland. In this exhibit he highlights the photojournalists, journalists, columnists, and cartoonists that have made Cleveland's journalism special over the years. The exhibit can be viewed on the Cleveland Memory Project.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-07-26 11:54:23. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

New eBook! Plain Dealing: Cleveland Journalists Tell Their Stories by Dave Davis and Joan Mazzolini

Plain Dealing Book Cover

As part of the celebrations on July 31st of the 200th anniversary of Cleveland's first newspaper, Dave Davis and Joan Mazzolini are presenting their new eBook, Plain Dealing: Cleveland journalists tell their stories, in partnership with the CSU Library. A collection of personal essays by 25 accomplished journalists about their careers, colleagues, newsrooms, the people they covered, and about journalism in Cleveland, Plain Dealing is a joint eBook of the Cleveland Memory Project and the EngagedScholarship program of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University.

It is being formally launched on the same day as a noon lecture at the City Club and a 2:30 p.m. reception for a new exhibition at the Cleveland Public Library, all coordinated by the Cleveland's First Newspaper Bicentennial Committee.

Watch an interview with the authors on WKYC Channel 3.

For more information, contact Bill Barrow, at

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-07-26 10:49:17. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

PROQUEST SERVICE ALERT: ProQuest Databases Will Be Unavailable for 5 - 8 Hours on Sat., Aug. 18th

On Saturday August 18, 2018, ProQuest will be performing maintenance to maintain currency and security of its platforms. The maintenance is scheduled to begin at 10 PM U.S. Eastern Time and will last for 5-8 hours.

During this time, access to the ProQuest databases listed below will not be available:

  • American Periodicals Series Online
  • ARTbibliographies Modern
  • Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A & I)
  • Dissertations & Theses @Cleveland State University
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • GenderWatch
  • New York Times
  • ProQuest eBook Central
  • Safari Books Online
  • Wall Street Journal

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-07-26 09:08:15. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

SYSTEMS ALERT : Scheduled Downtime for Scholar on Friday, July 20th

Due to planned maintenance, services provided by Scholar, the library's online catalog, will be unavailable on Friday, July 20th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM

The following services will be affected:

  • You will be unable to search for Library materials using Scholar.
  • You will be unable to request materials from OhioLINK.
  • You will be unable to access the Research Databases from off campus.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-07-19 14:51:36. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

SYSTEMS ALERT : OhioLINK Central Catalog Will Be Down Monday, June 25th During Planned Maintenance

Due to planned maintenance, the OhioLINK Central Catalog will be unavailable from 2 - 10 am on Monday, June 25. During this time, you will be unable to borrow materials from OhioLINK.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-06-14 11:21:11. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Octavofest: Celebrating the Book and Paper Arts

Octavofest Logo

Morgan Conservatory Workshops this Summer

The Morgan Conservatory’s Summer Workshops are open for registration, and include several workshops focusing on book binding and book arts techniques.

The Morgan Conservatory seeks out nationally recognized artists and educators to teach workshops in book binding and book arts, hand papermaking, and printmaking.

For a select list of related workshops, download the Morgan's Book Arts Workshop Flier. Additional workshop descriptions, full teaching artist’s biographies, and registration are available online at

Octavofest Events in the Cleveland this Fall, Featuring Jim Canary

Jim Canary is the Conservator at the University of Indiana, Bloomington’s Lilly Library. The Lilly Library is the principal rare books, manuscripts, and special collections repository of Indiana University, serving as a resource for scholars throughout the world as well as a center of cultural enrichment. He has expertise on Asian book history, conservation, and preservation, and has worked with ancient Tibetan manuscripts. Canary will participate in Octavofest events in Cleveland in late October.

For more information, including a scheduled of events, visit

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-05-30 09:36:37. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

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