Staff Highlights
Library Happenings
New Products or Services
Affordable Learning at CSU
Cleveland Memory Project
LSTA Grants
EngagedScholarship @ CSU
Only Our Building Was Closed
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Welcome to our new Michael Schwartz Library Newsletter, @theLibrary!  We will be sending news about the Michael Schwartz Library every semester and it will include Library staff highlights, library events, new products or services, news about Affordable Learning at CSU, updates about EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University, and more. 

Library Staff Highlights

Achievement Awards 
In October, five individual achievement awards were presented to library staff during the 22nd annual Celebration of Achievement.  Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented to Bill Barrow, Head, Special Collections; Anna Budziak (not pictured), Reference/Computer Technician; Terri GreerAcquisitions and Cataloging Specialist; and Vern MorrisonCoordinator, Digital  Production Unit/Course ReservesThe Preston White Customer Service Award was presented to Jeff BeuckSenior Library Systems Specialist.

L-R: Jeff Beuck, Bill Barrow, Terri Greer, and Vern Morrison

The winners were nominated by their colleagues and the awards were sponsored by the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

Librarian is President of ALAO
In 2019, Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, OER & Copyright Advisor, was elected 2020/2021 president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO).  ALAO is a professional organization that serves and is made up of academic librarians and library professionals in the state of Ohio.  In her role as president-elect, Mandi was responsible for leading the planning and facilitation of the ALAO annual conference.  As president, she leads board meetings, guides the strategic activities of the organization, and responds to the interests and needs of the academic librarian community of Ohio.
Library Happenings

Digital CSU Student Showcase 
by Ben Richards, Business and Communication Librarian
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CSU Undergraduate and graduate students can submit digital projects; websites, videos, podcasts, multimodal essays and research, maps, infographics, or any other multimedia-centric assignment; to a virtual gallery that will be displayed and archived in the EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University, CSU's Institutional Repository.  Students can submit anytime during the Spring semester, but submissions received by April 26th will be ready to be displayed when the gallery goes live on May 3rd.  https://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/student_showcase_spring2021/.  

Democracy 101 Programs
by Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, OER & Copyright Advisor

Many opportunities for civic engagement emerged in 2020: the centennial of the adoption of Democracy 101the 20th amendment, which gave women the right to vote; the 2020 census; and the important 2020 presidential election. The library decided to offer a suite of events and resources to support faculty and students in their engagement with these milestones.  
New Products or Services 

Cleveland State Gains Access to New E-Resources Through OhioLINK
by Hannah Pearson, Collection Management & Acquisitions Librarian  
In late December, OhioLINK, our academic library consortium, purchased several new e-resources using Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds through the Ohio Department of Education.  As a result, Cleveland State now has access to the following new resources:
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New Faculty Library Orientation
by Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, OER & Copyright Advisor
  Faculty Orientation
The Library Orientation Course is designed for new CSU Faculty members, part-time instructors, and adjuncts, as well as for faculty who would benefit from a refresher on the Michael Schwartz Library's resources.  For more information, visit

Digital Design Studio Consultation
by Ben Richards, Business and Communication Librarian 
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Students taking on digital or multimedia projects this semester can reach out to Digital Design Studio staff for assistance identifying and using digital tools, and matching composition and rhetoric to audience and purpose.  Faculty interested in assigning digital projects can also meet with Digital Design Studio staff to explore options. 
Learn more at https://library.csuohio.edu/mms/ 

Google Scholar
By Yuezeng Shen, Head, Catalog Librarian

The campus community can find full-text articles in Google and Google Scholar thanks to the library's subscription to EBSCO. Once in Google Scholar, go to Settings>Library links and add the library.  Contact the Reference Desk at 216-687-5300 for assistance.  This streamlined process is a service of the Michael Schwartz Library.

Keeping Patrons Safe with Contactless Pickup
by Maggie Phillips, Third-Year Political Science Major and Library Student Assistant  

Photo by Jack Brancatelli, Third-Year Urban Planning Major at CSU

The library is once again offering a contactless pickup option for library materials throughout the Spring 2021 semester.  In an effort to keep patrons safe and prevent virus spread, students and faculty are able to collect their requested items from the lobby of Rhodes Tower. 
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Faculty Feedback about Library Tutorials Needed  
With so many CSU courses moved online, the library is looking for ways to better serve students and faculty from a distance.  We are especially interested in knowing more about and how the library can improve our short online tutorial videos and interactive tutorial materials to better support faculty instruction.  If you are a faculty member, consider completing this short survey by March 26th to be entered into a raffle to win a $25 e-gift card!  If you have any questions about the survey or the library's tutorials, please contact Mandi Goodsett at a.goodsett@csuohio.edu
Finding Full Text is Easier Than Ever
by Brandon Walker, Systems and Knowledge-Bases Librarian

The Michael Schwartz Library has recently taken steps to enhance your online searching experience.  We have implemented a new service called LibKey that will help you get faster, easier access to full text from OneSearch and our EBSCO databases like Academic Search Complete.  As a part of this implementation, we are also providing a tool called Nomad.  
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Need Research Help?  Here's How to Reach Your Personal Librarian
by Maggie Phillips, Third-Year Political Science Major and Library Student Assistant

The library has begun offering a growing number of services online, saving you a trip to the library. The transition to remote assistance has been especially useful in the face of the pandemic, allowing you to utilize these vital resources from the comfort of your own home. 
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Affordable Learning at CSU

An Update on 2020 Textbook Affordability 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 and fall semesters in 2020.  Faculty whose projects were selected received a $500 grant to adopt an open resource or a $1,000 grant to revise or remix an existing open textbook.
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Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium 
CSU's OER (Open Educational Resources) Committee, with funding from the Provost's office, offered its first Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium (TASS) in August of 2020. 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 the Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.  

OpenCon Cleveland 2021
Save the date: OpenCon Cleveland will be held online from May 13 - May 14, 2021.  OpenCon is an annual event which celebrates the benefits of open education to student learning.  Faculty, students, librarians, instructional designers, and administrators are all welcome.  Consider submitting a lightning talk proposal for this year's event by March 29th.  

Affordability Advocates Newsletter 
Sign up to receive the monthly Affordability Advocates Newsletter, which provides details about CSU's affordability efforts,  at

Affordable Learning _ CSU FY2020 Impact
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Cleveland Memory Project 
by Bill Barrow, Head, Special Collections and Donna Stewart, Web Specialist

Launched in 2002, the Cleveland Memory Project is a highly collaborative online collection of images and other resources about the history of greater Cleveland and Northern Ohio. Hosted by the Michael Schwartz Library and drawing heavily upon its Cleveland Press Collection, Cleveland Memory includes material from many partnering area institutions. 
LSTA Grants 

Bill Wynne's Photographs: Reuniting a Photographer's Work Through the DPLA 
by Marsha Miles, Head, Collections and Digital Initiatives

The State Library of Ohio has awarded the Michael Schwartz Library an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) Metadata Mini-Grant funded through the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Photographs from our William Wynne photograph collection will be cataloged for inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America. 
EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University  

EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University is the University's showcase of scholarly and creative works of faculty, staff, and students at CSU. It holds more than 19,000 items, including journal articles, books, images, and audio recordings. There were 853,635 downloads in 2020 and 4,074,569 all time downloads through December 2020. EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University had 108,142 web page views in Fall 2020. 

Crunching the Numbers: Some Behind-the-Scenes Stats
by Marsha Miles, Head, Collections and Digital Initiatives

Collections and Resource Management Statistics (Fiscal Year to Date unless otherwise noted).
We have spent $502,149.09 on resources so far this year.

Film Requests
We have received 270 film requests from faculty and have filled 162 of them as of 1/19/21. Efforts to fill these requests are ongoing and we continue to receive requests.

Ebook Orders
We have ordered 21 ebooks since the start of the fiscal year. Most of these purchases have been textbooks to support students in the transition to online learning.
Only Our Building Was Closed
by Donna Stewart, Web Specialist

The library's websites have a direct impact on student success, and we're expected to be 100% accurate at all times.  If this sounds like an impossible goal--well it may be.  But we're committed enough to our mission of service and support that we consider it a baseline expectation.  It's more important than ever now that the website is our primary vehicle for describing and delivering our resources and services to a significant portion of Cleveland State's students and faculty.  

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