Did You Hear the News? OneSearch Is Getting a Facelift!

OneSearch Infographic

You may be asking yourself why you should care. In fact, the new OneSearch will bring several advantages to you including: an improved interface; the ability to request books easily and quickly from other CSU campuses; and longer borrowing periods.

We switch to the new OneSearch interface on June 13, 2017, and that’s when most of the changes will take effect. We will provide more information once we go live.

Before you go, take note of the following:

  • If you have “saved” records in your current OneSearch account, you will have a year to transfer them to the new system. We will help and provide instructions for you.
  • If you have any questions, you can talk to us in person or contact us online, via text, or by phone: http://library.csun.edu/ResearchAssistance/AskUs.

Susanna Eng-Ziskin

Matadors Can De-stress at the Oviatt During Finals

students writing on grafitti boardHello Matadors! Good luck with all of your finals. To help make it a stress-free experience, the Library will be providing study break activities. Today, May 15, therapy dogs visit the Library to put a smile on your face. Tomorrow, Tues., May 16, there will be guided meditation in Room 251 and on Wed., May 17 an arts & crafts session in the Library lobby. Please join us for coloring, button making and the opportunity to create your very own sculpture with Play-Doh!

Board games will be available for check out at the Guest Services Desk in the lobby all week long. Complimentary pillows and earplugs will be available to all CSUN students as well. We expect they may be useful during our extended Library hours. We want you to feel free to express yourself too. There will be a graffiti board in the Learning Commons for those who wish to share their angst about finals. Please see our study break  information for the timing of these events and for more information. We look forward to seeing you in the Library preparing for your exams and taking study breaks with us!

CSUN Student Wins National Library Week Raffle

National Library Week raffle winner

CSUN student EJ Loredo

Congratulations go to CSUN student EJ Loredo who is a Business Management major for winning the Oviatt Library National Library Week raffle! The Oviatt Library celebrated National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017. Our programming honored library staff and encouraged students to read. More than 200 students entered the raffle which asked students to name their favorite book. EJ’s favorite book is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The raffle was offered in conjunction with the Oviatt Library’s Favorite Books Display which featured our staff’s favorite “picks.” Students were able to browse our staff picks and check them out. Congratulations again to EJ who won a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

Five Budgeting and Saving Tips for Money Smart Week

piggybank1. Budgeting can be hard, and that’s why you need a system in place. In a little less than 20 minutes per month you can master your budget and take control of your finances.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AezoY23Qxq02.

2. Using a budgeting mobile app like YNAB or Mint can help you stay on track throughout the month and keep your budget in check. https://www.policygenius.com/blog/managing-your-money-with-budgeting-apps-the-pros-and-cons/

3. Your savings strategy should start with setting aside 3-6 month’s of expenses in a high-yield savings account for your Emergency Fund. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmM5SCdViKE

4. Take a 30-day spending break is one of the best ways to supercharge your savings and help you figure out what unnecessary items you are spending your money on.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/30-day-spending-break-to-supercharge/id957163760?i=352198228&mt=2

5. The Art of Negotiation is one of the best-kept secrets to unlocking savings in a tight budget. Did you know you could negotiate your rent, your cable bill, your phone bill and even your credit card interest rate?  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/art-negotiation-back-to-basics/id957163760?i=351517739&mt=2

Click here for more articles, books, media and more on Personal Finance from the Oviatt Library.

Shannah Compton Game, CFP®, MBA and Finance Professor

Celebrate National Library Week at the Oviatt

I Love the Oviatt heartHi everyone! This week is National Library Week and that means we are honoring everyone who works at the Oviatt as well as all Matadors. Return your overdue books to the Guest Services Desk without any charge. Get your tattoo on with a temporary tattoo and enter a drawing to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. More details follow below. We hope to see you  in the Library this week to help us celebrate National Library Week!

April 9-15 amnesty* will be granted on overdue books for CSUN students.

April 10 temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby from 12-1:30 p.m.

April 10-14 CSUN students can enter a drawing in the Learning Commons to win a $50 Barnes & Noble Gift card. There will also be an Oviatt Library Staff Picks display featuring our favorite books. Stop by and see what we are reading and check out a book too!

*For more information and details about National Library Week offerings please visit library.csun.edu/events/national-library-week-2017.