Northeast Ohio Regional Library System

Special Libraries: How Can They Help Your Patrons and Library
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Eastern
Reference & Programming
Event Description
We have many special libraries in the Northeast Ohio region.  Here we highlight three special libraries and what they can offer your patrons and library.
Holden Forests & Gardens (Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden)
Did you know that NE Ohio contains one of the best botanical and horticultural libraries in the country? The special libraries at Holden Forests & Gardens (Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden) not only contain books to help you learn about plants and trees but also a museum-class collection of botanical illustration, landscape architecture, and scientific manuscripts from Darwin to Redoute to van Leeuwenhoek. Learn about the resources, including outreach programs for public libraries, present in your own backyard! 
Marisha Sullivan (she/they) is the Librarian at Holden Forests & Gardens, overseeing the Archives, Special Collections, and Circulating Collections at both Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum. Previously a public librarian, Marisha brings a passion for lifelong learning, accessibility, and equity to her work with plants, trees, and people. When not in the library or wandering the woods, Marisha enjoys fiber arts, video games, and exploring the Greater Cleveland area. 

Ingalls Library, Cleveland Museum of Art
The Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the largest art research libraries in the United States. We offer comprehensive access to art information covering all periods and geographic areas in many languages. The Museum Archives houses institutional records that document the history and role of the museum in the social and cultural history of the community and the world of art; and the personal papers of regional artists, arts businesses, and art collectors. We are open to the public, offering resources and assistance to meet any research need.  
Leslie Cade is the director of the Ingalls Library & Museum Archives at the Cleveland Museum of Art, responsible for all library and archival functions. A graduate of John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University, Leslie’s career includes leadership positions in a variety of special libraries. Her wealth of experience includes policy and long-range planning; successful grant writing; library and archival collection development and management; preservation of materials in all formats; and records management.  

Cleveland Law Library
Fun fact: Every county in Ohio has a law library. Some are not staffed full-time and are only a bookshelf, while others can look like a typical branch of a public library.  Stark County Law Library provides legal information services to judges, attorneys, county and township officials AND the public. With four full-time staff and access to many valuable legal resources, the Stark County Law Library is happy to assist with legal information needs.


Kathleen M. Dugan, Esq., MLS: Ms. Dugan currently serves two roles as the Librarian and Secretary of the Cleveland Law Library and the Librarian & Chief Administrator of the Cuyahoga County Law Library. Ms. Dugan came to the Law Library in 2003 after working as a Reference Librarian at the CWRU School of Law Library. In addition to her administrative duties, Ms. Dugan performs reference and research services for the Library’s patrons and conducts training for Library members and staff. She frequently lectures on legal research topics, and she has written the chapter on law libraries for the Ohio State Bar Association’s online book entitled OfficeKeeper. Ms. Dugan is a 1984 graduate of John Carroll University, where she obtained a B.A. in English, a minor in Political Science and a concentration in business. Thereafter in 1987, Ms. Dugan obtained her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Cleveland State Law Review. Upon graduation, Ms. Dugan practiced civil litigation for 13 years at a small boutique Cleveland law firm. While engaged in the practice of law, Ms. Dugan taught paralegal classes for both Notre Dame College of Ohio and the American Institute for Paralegal Studies. In 1999, Ms. Dugan finally pursued her true career love and went to Kent State University, where she obtained a graduate appointment and completed her Masters in Library in Science by the year 2000, graduating No. 1 in her class. Ms. Dugan is an active member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and its Justice For All Committee
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Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in hearing what special libraries have to offer their patrons and library
Competency:  Reference and Programming

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