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Placemaking in Scioto County: Call for Nominations

SSU’s Clark Memorial Library Requests Nominations

Placemaking in Scioto County

The Clark Memorial Library at Shawnee State University is hosting an upcoming public event entitled “Placemaking in Scioto County: How Newcomers and Returning Residents Impact Our Community.”

The event will be held on Friday, April 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kricker Innovation Hub, located at 221 Chillicothe Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. The program committee is seeking nominations from local citizens, groups, and organizations in order to recognize two separate categories:

Category 1: Newcomers– These individuals were born and raised outside of Southern Ohio and the Tri State area, yet they choose to live here now.

Category 2: Returners– These folks were born and raised locally, moved elsewhere, and have since returned home to Southern Ohio.

The event seeks to build local creative, social, and business networks all while recognizing community leaders and those who are making a positive difference in Portsmouth and the surrounding region. Funded in part through a grant from the Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University, the event is part of a larger collaborative exhibition entitled “Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio.” The overall project aims to explore how residents of the county create a sense of place in an ever-changing environment by engaging cultural practices that respond to and transform their communities.

The event will include a series of “Lightning Talks” given by the nominated newcomers and returners. These talking sessions will answer two important questions: Why did they come to (or return to) Portsmouth? And what have they done to positively impact the community?

Nominated community members may include (but are not limited to) entrepreneurs, educators, public officials, medical professionals, faith leaders, and those who devote their time to community service.

To participate in the nomination process, visit https://shawnee.libsurveys.com/nominations. All nominations must be received by Friday, March 1, 2019. The event program committee will select approximately twelve individuals after the nomination process has closed.

For more information, contact:

Janet Stewart

Dean of Library Services

Clark Memorial Library



Online “How To” Tutorials

Learning how to conduct academic research may seem difficult to new students.   You can get help from the librarians or watch one of the library’s online tutorials. Research assistance can boost your  skills and help you gain confidence with the research process.  Improving research skills can also save you considerable time and provide a pathway to becoming a professional in your field of study.

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Finding a book in the SSU Library

Finding and Requesting a Book in OhioLINK

How to Use the Discovery Service – An Introduction

Libraries Connect Ohio – New Resources

Ohio’s three library networks — INFOhio, OhioLINK and OPLIN — offer research resources and services that serve the specialized needs of their school, public and academic library communities. Where the needs of Ohio’s school, public and academic library users intersect, Libraries Connect Ohio, a partnership of the three library networks and the State Library, cooperatively purchase statewide access to resources to cost-effectively provide necessary information resources to all Ohioans, regardless of their location, age, education or economic status.

Chilton Library

Chilton Library provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as, many new vehicles.
Full text content on popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities.
The definitive tool for indoor and outdoor home improvement assistance.
Kids InfoBits is a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use digital resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.
Comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business.
Transparent Language Online teaches the skills of reading, listening, and speaking, as well as the background on a foreign language and its culture.

Finish the Semester Strong @ the Library

Complimentary coffee, chocolate, and peppermints

Complimentary coffee will be available each evening  until the end of the semester. There is also an ample supply of memory-enhancing peppermints and Hershey Kisses on hand.

Many thanks to Dr. Mark Mirabello for donating the Hershey Kisses to help students “power through” the end of the semester.

Bear Cave Hours extended  on Friday and Saturday


Beginning December 1st, the Bear Cave will be open until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.  The new hours will be:

  • Noon Sunday – 11:00 pm Thursday (please note the Bear Cave will open Sunday, November 26th at 4:00 pm)
  • 7:30 am – 11:00 pm Friday
  • 8:30 am – 11:00 pm Saturday