Spring/Summer 2021

Library Happenings
Academic Writing Club
by Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, OER & Copyright Advisor

The Michael Schwartz Library has been partnering with CSU's Writing Center for several semesters to offer an academic writing club targeting graduate students and faculty. The program centers around a book, which in fall 2020 was Publishing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks by Laura Belcher, and in the spring 2021 semester, it focused on the book Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword. The Writing Center's Director, Mary McDonald, recorded short videos each week to send to participants, while Mandi Goodsett from the Library added these videos and other resources to a comprehensive research guide, and each week they offered a Zoom session for discussing that week's videos and dedicated writing time. There were around 6 active participants in the Zoom sessions and many other participants who watched the videos and took advantage of the research guide. If you would like to join Mary and Mandi for weekly writing time this summer on Fridays at noon, please reach out! We would love to have you!
New Products or Services
Install Nomad - Go from the Open Web to Scholarly Content in One Click
by Donna Stewart, Web Specialist

Take the library with you. . .wherever you surf. Nomad is a browser extension that detects available scholarly content, notifies you it's available, and connects you to the content in one click.
Library Summer Semester Hours
Library Building Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
closed weekends
The Library will be closed on University Holidays including Independence Day, July 5

Chat, Phone, and Text Hours
Ask a Librarian: use the chat box, call us at 216-687-5300, or text us at 216-820-9691
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
closed weekends
Chat/text reference will not be available on University Holidays including Independence Day, July 5

For more information visit Library Hours at https://library.csuohio.edu/information/hours.html
Affordable Learning at CSU
Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium 2021
CSU's OER (Open Educational Resources) Committee, with funding from the Provost's Office, began its second Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium (TASS) in May of 2021. The program was coordinated by librarians from the Michael Schwartz Library, as well as staff from the Center for eLearning, Center for Faculty Excellence, and Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. Sixteen faculty are participating in the program, which requires them to complete four Blackboard modules about open education, commit to using an OER (at least as an optional resource) in a future course, and create a short video about their experience to share with the campus community. In return, faculty received a $600 stipend. See the Library website for information about our Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium, including faculty testimonials about their experience!
An Update on the Textbook Affordability Small Grants
The Michael Schwartz Library, in conjunction with various partners, including the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Center for eLearning, offered Textbook Affordability Grants to CSU Faculty during the spring 2021 semester. Faculty whose projects were selected received a $1,000 grant to revise or remix an existing open textbook.

The goal of the grant is to encourage and support adoption of openly licensed course materials in order to save students money and encourage student-centered pedagogy. Since 2016, our Textbook Affordability Grants have already saved CSU students over $900,000.

Congratulations to the faculty who were awarded the spring 2021 Textbook Affordability Grants!
  • Abdullah Oguz, Visiting College Lecturer, Information Systems, for his IST 614 class.
  • Christine Shearer, Lecturer, Art Department, for her Art 480 class
  • Julie Townsend, Assistant Lecturer, English Department, for her ENG 102 class
OpenCon Cleveland 2021
OpenCon Cleveland, which was held on May 13 and 14th this year, is an annual event which celebrates the benefits of open education to student learning. Over 300 people from across the country and around the world registered for this year's event! To see the wonderful lightning talks and keynote presentation from the event, visit the OpenCon Cleveland website.
Textbook Hero Award Winners 2021
Every year the CSU Student Government Association (SGA) works with the Michael Schwartz Library to select a winner of the Textbook Hero Award. This award goes to a faculty member who put forth significant effort to replace a traditional textbook with a low-cost or open alternative, and whose efforts had a high impact on textbook costs, classroom engagement, and student achievement. While the library helps to market the award, the SGA ultimately chooses the winner. This year's three winners were:
  • Dr. Monica Gordon Pershey, Associate Professor in the Speech & Hearing Program of the School of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Toni Paoletta, Lecturer in the Department of Marketing
  • Dr. April Yorke, Assistant Professor in the Speech & Hearing Program of the School of Health Sciences

Congratulations to all who were nominated for the Textbook Hero Award this year!
EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University
EngagedScholarship @ CSU, is the University's showcase of scholarly and creative works of faculty, staff, students at CSU. It holds more than 19,000 items, including journal articles, books, images, and audio recordings. There were 381,652 downloads in spring 2021 and 4,448,439 all time downloads through May 2021. During the same time frame, the most downloaded item by faculty is an article written by Matthew W. Green, Jr., Associate Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, titled "Same-Sex Sex and Immutable Traits: Why Obergefell v Hodges Clears a Path to Protecting Gay and Lesbian Employees from Workplace Discrimination under Title VII" from The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice. The most downloaded item by a student is a thesis by Jennifer Lee Poland titled "Lights, Camera, Emotion!: An Examination on Film Lighting and Its Impact on Audiences' Emotional Response."
Join the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library
The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University is closely associated with the Michael Schwartz Library but is an independent organization whose purpose is to support the library in a number of different ways. By sponsoring programs of interest to faculty, staff, students and the general public we hope to attract favorable attention for the library and interest in its activities. Programs include book discussions, local author book talks, and bus excursions to areas of interest. Join us today!