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Executive Order 9066 Exhibit Displays Japanese-American History

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 17:12

Hello Matadors! We invite you to come by and experience the Executive Order 9066 Exhibit which marks the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing an order that led to the incarceration of thousands of Japanese-Americans. This exhibit is being held in the Library Exhibit Gallery on the second floor of the Oviatt Library.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942, two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. This order authorized the imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans from March 1942 through March 1946. During this time, approximately 75,000 Japanese-American citizens and 45,000 Japanese immigrants (who were prohibited from becoming naturalized American citizens) were sent to camps throughout the west and along the west coast. Those affected by this order included thousands of Japanese-American children, the disabled, and elderly. This order forced many who were students to drop out of school and people and families to leave and lose their jobs and homes.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, the order against Japanese-Americans was revoked. Although those who had been living in these camps were released, many faced challenges rebuilding the life they once had. It was not uncommon for Japanese-Americans to find hostility and discrimination upon their return to society. In 1980, a congressional commission blamed the incarceration on “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed HR 442, known as the Civil Liberties Act, which provided restitution and an apology to those surviving Japanese-Americans who had been held in these camps.

The Executive Order 9066 Exhibit on the second floor of the Library includes first-hand accounts from those incarcerated about their many experiences in the mess halls, communal spaces, in addition to printed materials utilized by the government including a loyalty questionnaire to determine the “Americanness” of those imprisoned. It also includes posters from the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project that display letters, photographs and other materials that showcase the experiences of those in the camps. This digitization project is a collaboration of 15 CSU campuses working together to document the story of Japanese Americans. For more information please visit http://csujad.com/. The Executive Order 9066 Exhibit will run through May 31, 207.

Two More Events Celebrate Black History Month at the Oviatt

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 13:21

The Oviatt Library continues to celebrate Black History Month and invites all Matadors, staff, faculty, and community members to join us for several more exciting events. On Thursday, February 23 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Robert Lee Johnson, author of Notable Southern Californians in Black History, will discuss many of the contributions made to the state of California by black men and women. Johnson has a rich history to share involving Southern California. Please join us in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room to hear about his and others’ interesting contributions and experiences.

You are also invited to attend the Black History Month CSUN Faculty Showcase and Reception on Tuesday, February 28 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Five esteemed CSUN faculty members will discuss their related works to the theme: What is Black? Featured faculty at the event will be Marquita Gammage from Africana Studies, Rachel Giraudo from Anthropology, Peri Klemm from Art, Linda Alvarez from Central American Studies and Yarma Velazquez-Vargas from Chicana/o Studies. This event will take place in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room. For more information about either event please visit the Oviatt’s Black History Month celebration page.

Celebrate Love My Library Week at the Oviatt

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:37

Matadors, this week the Oviatt Library is celebrating Love My Library Week! We will be offering several activities for you to take a break from your routine and to show your appreciation. Here is a list of events:

Monday, Feb. 13: Get tattooed! “I Love the Oviatt” temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Make a Valentine for that special someone at our Valentine’s Arts & Crafts table. We will be in the lobby from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Social Media Blast! Tell us what you love about the Oviatt Library using #LoveMyOviatt or #HeartOviatt. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and show your love!

Monday, Feb. 13 thru Friday, Feb. 17: Blind Date with a Book – Stop by our “heartfelt” display in the Learning Commons and browse specially selected books that are wrapped up and waiting for you to take them home. You surely will be in for a surprise because there is no peeking!

Monday Feb. 13 thru Friday, Feb. 17: Visit our graffiti board in the Learning Commons and tell us what you love about the Oviatt on the spot.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Civil Rights and Civic Action Guide Centralizes Resources for Matadors

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 15:57

Hello Matadors! A new online resource guide is available on the Oviatt website. The Oviatt Library’s Civil Rights and Civic Action Guide was developed for the campus community in response to feedback received after the recent campus town halls. The guide provides a centralized location to access legal and political information and resources for students, faculty, and staff at CSUN. This guide will continue to be a work in progress as we will be adding additional resources in the coming weeks. However, if you are aware of a resource not included within the guide, which you believe would be helpful to other Matadors, feel free to let us know by using the “Contact Us” box located on the homepage of the guide.

Jumpstart the new Semester with Helpful Library Resources and Services

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 00:00

Hello Matadors! Welcome to the 2017 spring semester! We at the Library are here to help you get off to a good start and to be successful with your studies. Here’s a reminder about some of the Library resources and services you can take advantage of in the weeks and months ahead.

Ask a Librarian – Please visit the reference desk in the Learning Commons on the 1st floor for help with your research questions. You also can access our 24/7 Online Virtual Reference Chat Room Service, Text or Email your questions. Appointments may be made with a librarian for lengthier consultations on a topic for a research assignment or paper.

Textbooks on Reserve and Course Reserves – Some textbooks are available through the Campus Quality Fee program. You can search for a textbook by your professor’s last name or course number by visiting http://library.csun.edu/CourseReserves. These and other Course Reserve books are located in the Reserves, Periodicals, and Microform Room on the 4th floor, east wing of the Library.

Library Computing – The Learning Commons Technology Office provides checkout for laptop computers as well as tablets. Desktop computing, black and white and color printing, and a technology help desk are some of the resources available in the 1st floor Learning Commons.

How-to Guides & Tutorials – Numerous online guides and tutorials can help introduce you to finding articles in our databases and books in our collection. Additional online guides and tutorials can support you from the beginning to the end of your research process.

Creative Media Studio – The Creative Media Studio provides Matadors with the equipment needed to create first-rate, multimedia projects. iMac workstations; cutting-edge software; a soundproof recording studio; video cameras; audio recorders; scanner and 3D printer are available. Workshops for using certain technologies are available during different times in the semester.

Group Study Rooms – Group and individual study areas and rooms are available on all floors of the Library. You can reserve a study room online at http://csun.libcal.com.

Freudian Sip Coffeehouse – Local and certified organic brewed coffee, organic teas, baked goods, sandwiches, and other snacks are available in the coffeehouse located on the 1st floor lobby of the Library.

We look forward to seeing you and helping you navigate a successful new semester!