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Special Libraries Showcase: How they can help your Patrons


Did you ever wonder what special libraries have to offer your patrons?  Join us for a special libraries showcase highlighting some regional special libraries and what they have to offer. Hear about the projects and patrons they serve.  After lunch we will have a round table discussion to share your challenges and success stories with one another and plan a field trip to a special library.  Below are the list of libraries and the representatives that will be joining us.

Ingalls Library and Museum Archives

The Ingalls Library and Museum Archives are free and open to the public Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. Additionally, badge access is available for staff and CWRU patrons Monday from 9 am to 5 pm, and 9 am to 10 am Tuesday to Friday.
Come see what’s new today. With over 8,000 books entering the collection every year, there’s always something inspiring on our recent acquisitions table. The library lounge features art magazines and journals, auction sales catalogs, and newspapers from around the world. A treasure trove of original resources awaits you in the archives.  From the largest folios to the most delicate rare books and unpublished documents, the most comprehensive art research collection between New York and Chicago is available for viewing upon request. 

Leslie Cade, Director of Museum Archives, is responsible for all historical, archival and records management functions of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  A native Clevelander, Ms. Cade received her BA from John Carroll University and her MA in History and Museum Studies with a concentration in archival administration from CWRU.  She has worked at a number of local institutions including the Western Reserve Historical Society, Shaker Historical Society, Dittrick Museum of Medical History, the Cleveland Children’s Museum, and the Cleveland Police Museum; then detouring to Kansas as head of reference services at the State Historical Society in Topeka before coming to CMA in 2001.

Louis Adrean has been with the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1986, first as Serials Librarian and most recently as Head, Research & Programs.  He received his B. A. in art history and M.L.I.S. from Syracuse University. Prior to joining the CMA staff, he was employed at various public and art museum libraries both in Cleveland and upstate New York.  As Head, Research & Programs, he is responsible for the management of the library’s reference and research department. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University.

NEOMED Library

The NEOMED Library is an active partner in the education and research needs of the students, faculty and staff of Northeast Ohio Medical University. The library provides the latest evidence in electronic-format to support a variety of scholarly activities, including research, point-of-care decisions, and curriculum support. A core collection of physical volumes are housed in a 30,000-square foot facility that is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for all students, faculty, and staff.

Simon Robins has several years of experience working for medical libraries and research networks. Prior to his current role as reference librarian at NEOMED, he worked for Welch Medical Library within the Johns Hopkins Health System as an informationist where he supported the research and education needs of faculty, students, and clinicians. He earned his Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

Eleanor Squire Library

The Eleanor Squire Library at Cleveland Botanical Garden is one of the oldest circulating garden libraries in the world, starting in 1937. A donation of books by a member of the Garden Club of Cleveland was the primary reason to create a Garden Center within the city, now the oldest civic garden center within a major metropolitan area. The rare book collection has been now moved to Corning Library of Holden Arboretum after the two institutions merged in 2014. Currently the Sqiuire library has 12,000 titles and features Ohio resources, urban and general gardening.

Gary Esmonde has worked in libraries for over 25 years. Previously before that, he worked at Ohio State University in the glass repair and painting business. Mr. Esmonde got his undergraduate degree at Ohio State and his master’s in library science at Kent State University. He has worked primarily in public libraries, including being manager of the Willowick Public Library for six years. He is currently the library director at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, overseeing a circulating collection of over 12,000 titles. He resides in the city of Cleveland Heights

Warren H. Corning Library
Corning Library is a small specialized library serving primarily the staff and members of Holden Forests and Gardens.  The collection focus is on trees and woody plants and shrubs, ecology, woodlot management, forest farming and sustainability, nature and plant conservation/protection. They place special emphasis on the Great Lakes region and Northeastern Ohio.  There is an active education outreach program for pre-K through middle school. Materials are acquired to support these programs.

Catherine Wells  from 1981 through June 2012  worked at the main library at Case Western Reserve University. At retirement she held the position of The Assistant Director for all public services: reference, instruction, programming for faculty and students.  In September of 2014 she took the position of librarian (part-time) at the Warren H. Corning Library. At the Holden Arboretum. She earned her BA in anthropology from Wright State University and MA in anthropology from The Ohio State University. MSLS from Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library
In support of the mission of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, the Law Library's mission is the provision of information services and resources that promote the performance of high-quality legal research activities by our students, faculty, staff, and community. The Law Library accomplishes this by providing: (1) research and reference services by professionals trained in law and library science in support of the needs of the university, alumni, legal and local communities; (2) access to information resources that support the law school's curriculum, centers, programs, and organizations; and (3) space for faculty and students to engage in collaborative work, quiet study, and innovative research using new and ground-breaking research products and techniques.

Laura E. Ray received her MLS from Case Western Reserve University in 1979, and her MA in History and BA from Cleveland State University in 1976 and 1974. She has worked at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library (at Cleveland State University) since 1989, where she currently serves as the Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian. Laura coordinates outreach to various local communities, including CSU colleges and organizations, paralegals, the medical-legal community, alumni, and CLE organizers

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives 
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives houses the most comprehensive collection of rock and roll archival materials in the world. The Library & Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to these resources for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and music fans. The Library & Archives facility is located on the Metro Campus of Cuyahoga Community College and is free and open to everyone by appointment. Highlights of the collection include personal letters and postcards; handwritten lyrics and song manuscripts; contracts; concert photographs and personal snapshots; flyers, handbills, and posters; rare concert recordings and interviews; stage designs; fan club materials; magazines and scholarly journals; and nearly every book and academic dissertation ever written about rock and roll.

Andy Leach is the Senior Director of Library & Archives at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he has overseen the establishment of the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives. He works with donors of archival collections, assists visiting researchers from around the world, and has hosted many of the Rock Hall's public programs. Andy received degrees in music history and library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he has worked in music libraries and archives for over 25 years. before joining the Rock Hall, he worked at the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago, the University of Illinois Music and Performing Arts Library, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Andy recently served on the Board of Directors of the Music Library Association.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
The library at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland provides exceptional information services to Bank employees, enabling them to achieve the Bank’s research, policy and outreach objectives.

Amber Sherman is a Librarian in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Prior to joining the Bank in February 2019, she was an Assistant Professor/Librarian at Boise State University for five years. Amber received her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.

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9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library
2345 Lee Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

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Contact Person:
Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 3306550531)

Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in learning more about special libraries

Competency:  Reference
GEO Cost:      $80
Bronze Cost:  $60
Silver Cost:    $40
Gold Cost:     FREE

There is an additional $15 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.

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