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Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Campus Sustainability Month — Sustainability Tips for the Week of October 7-13

Michael Schwartz Library Sustainability Interest Group


Sustainability Tips for Week of October 7 - 13:

The topic for this week is Water Sustainability. To start, watch this short, informative video published by the American Chemical Society explaining the Global Water Crisis.

A few tips on conserving water at home:

  • Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator rather than running the faucet and waiting for the water to cool down.
  • If washing dishes by hand, rinse the dishes using the spray attachment on your tap instead of letting the water run.
  • Replace older toilets with low-flush or dual flush toilets, which use 40-50% less water.
  • See more tips: 45+ Ways to Conserve Water in the Home and Yard

Conserving water on college campuses – what CSU is already doing:

  • Promoting the use of tap water over bottled water (e.g., water stations in the Library)
  • Going tray-less (e.g., Food Services on campus have been tray-less since the new Student Center opened)
  • Rooftop vegetation (e.g., the garden on the roof of the Rec Center)
  • See more tips: 40 Important Ways That Colleges Are Conserving Water
For many of us, clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it.- Marcus Samuelsson

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Monday, October 15th, 2018

Employment Opportunity: Library Webmaster

The Michael Schwartz Library is currently searching for a Webmaster. To apply, or for more information about the posting, visit the University's Employment Opportunity Site. The posting closes on November 2, 2018.

If have questions, please contact Human Resources at (216) 687-3636, or email

For more information about the benefits of working at CSU, please visit Human Resources Employment.

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Friday, October 12th, 2018

Join the Library for Open Access Week Events! October 22 - October 26

Open Access logo

This year's theme is Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge

Throughout this week, CSU faculty, staff, and students can participate in Open Access Week Events, including:

Visit the Open Access information table in the Library for resources and to enter the online contest. Review the schedule of events and create your own itinerary.

About Open Access Week
Academic and research communities are invited to learn how open access maximizes and promotes their work, provides stronger ownership for researchers and authors, and ultimately, has far reaching benefits for academia and society as a whole.

Now in its eleventh year, "Open Access Week" facilitates the growing movement toward increased discoverability, sharing, use and preservation of information.

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Campus Sustainability Month — Sustainability Tips for Week of October 1-6

Michael Schwartz Library Sustainability Interest Group


Welcome to Campus Sustainability Month 2018!

October is Campus Sustainability Month, and the Michael Schwartz Library Sustainability Interest Group is helping to celebrate again this year by sharing weekly sustainability tips with the Library community. Please feel free to share your own tips with your colleagues this month!

To get you started, here is a link to a research guide outlining the activities and goals of the MSL Sustainability Interest Group. You may want to participate in the October EcoChallenge (we have a team already formed if you'd like to join us!) or raise awareness during Global Climate Change Week (October 15-21). More details about these and other October initiatives are available on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) website.

The theme for Campus Sustainability Month 2018, hosted by AASHE, is Nonpartisan Engagement and November Elections. We can't tell our students how to vote, but we can encourage them to exercise their rights at the polls this November. Here are some links that might be useful.

  • See our new voting guide for CSU students. Soon we'll have some bookmarks with this link that we can share with students and faculty. If you have suggestions for additional links or info, please let us know!
  • Find non-partisan voting guides for Ohio candidates, as well as information about why voting is important on the Campus Election Engagement Project website.
  • Give students details about how to vote and why they should via the Your Vote Your Voice website.
  • Set up reminders and register to vote efficiently with the Rock the Vote project.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2018-10-09 09:59:44. Reply to Jeff_Beuck. Categories: Library News.

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Annual Octavofest Celebration -- October 2018

Octavofest Logo

Join us in celebrating Northeast Ohio’s active community of book and paper innovators and our magnificent library and museum collections of fine and rare books during Octavofest 2018! Events will highlight Books and Paper in Global Perspective. Keynote guests James Canary from Indiana University and Ajpub' Pablo García Ixmatá from Guatemala’s Universidad Rafael Landívar will present on topics ranging from conservation of ancient Tibetan manuscripts to contemporary uses of Maya hieroglyphic writing.

Below are this year's Octavofest events at Cleveland State University and the Michael Schwartz Library:

  • WatchArt! with Art Books Cleveland Members
    October 2, 2018, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Berkman Hall/Main Classroom, Atrium
    Free and open to the public
    WatchArt! Contemporary book artists work in public; emphasis on book forms from non-Western cultures; audience participation and takeaways. Art Books Cleveland.
  • Exhibit: ABC at 10 Years: A Retrospective
    Through October 6, 2018
    The Galleries at CSU, 1307 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
    Free and open to the public.
  • Exhibit: Text and Textile Art in Mayan Culture
    October 1- November 30, 2018
    Michael Schwartz Library, first floor
    An exhibit curated by Fullbright Scholar and Cleveland State Professor Emerita, Laura Martin, PhD, from her personal collection. The exhibit is free and open to the public during Library Hours.

See the full schedule of events across Northeast Ohio.
Find out more about Octavofest.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Celebrating the Ecological Resources and Culture of Cuyahoga County: 2018-2019 Speaker Series

Sustainability Presentations

A collaboration between the Michael Schwartz Library and the CSU Office of Sustainability will bring researchers and local practitioners together to talk about sustainability efforts and innovations.

Academic Year 2018-2019 Schedule:

  • Sustainability in Business: Measuring Progress and Changing Culture
    Speakers: Vickie Gallagher, Associate Professor, College of Business and Tracy Porter, Assistant Professor, College of Business
    October 25, 2018
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • The Value of Water: Water Resources in Cuyahoga County
    Speakers: Wendy Kellogg, Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Studies and Bryan Stubbs, Cleveland Water Alliance
    November 13, 2018
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Invasive Plants and Ecological Restoration
    Speakers: Emily Rauschert, Assistant Professor, Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences Departments and Jenn Hillmer, Invasive Plant Coordinator, Cleveland Metroparks
    February 26, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Sustainability in Action at NASA: Policy, Science and Engineering at Work
    Speakers: Walt Kocher, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    April 23, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The speaker series is presented in support of the 2019 Sustainable Cleveland initiative, a ten-year effort to engage the Cleveland community in building a resilient, forward-thinking city. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the year the Cuyahoga River caught fire which subsequently sparked the modern environmental movement.

All speaker presentations are open to the public and take place in the Connection Lounge of the first floor of the Michael Schwartz Library. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

>>For more information, contact Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian.

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Digital CSU "Meet and Greet"

Digital CSU Logo

The Digital CSU Working Group will host a "Meet and Greet" Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 11:30 am - 12:20 pm in the the Michael Schwartz Library, RT 502.

At this event, we plan to (re)introduce Digital CSU, share information about upcoming events, and provide an activity for attendees to discuss the digital interests/projects. We will also have information pertaining to the Digital Student Showcase that will take place during the fall and spring semesters. 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.

For more information about Digital CSU, including the monthly meeting schedule, visit

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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.

Print copies of the book will be available for purchase before, during, and after the event. There will be a book signing opportunity after the presentation. The book is also 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.

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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.
  • Assigned Textbooks as Library-Licensed eBooks: The Library offers some eTextbooks, which are digital versions of books required for classes. These digital resources allow for unlimited simultaneous student users, can be accessed off-campus, and do not cost students any additional money.
  • 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.

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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.

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