Getting Informed and Getting out the Vote

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Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon for Election 2016

Over 40 CSUN students, staff, and faculty members came together on Tuesday to make Wikipedia a useful tool for Californians considering the ballot measures this November. The group editing session was part of Oviatt’s contribution to InnovateLA.

New Wikipedians learned about Wikipedia markup, citation style, and editorial standards. Together we created and fleshed out 16 entries in Wikipedia, linking the free encyclopedia to authoritative sources, and enriching it for any reader world-wide.

But encyclopedia basics aren’t always enough.  On Friday, October 21, Oviatt Library will host an in-depth panel discussion about the ballot measure with the most undecided voters: Proposition 60.

assortment of condoms in wrappersThe Proposition on Porn (Plus Pizza): What’s at Stake this November

Proposition 60 would require the use of condoms in pornography.  It raises questions about sexual autonomy, and the risks to and rights of adult performers.  We’ll hear from a public health expert, and from one of the performers who would be affected by the measure. Plus we’ll share free pizza with everyone who attends!

Featured Panelists

RSVP to join us for this important discussion.

Banned Books Read Out

Celebrate your freedom to read at the Oviatt Library this Friday, September 30 at noon, in the Ferman Presentation Room.  Free pizza for everyone who joins us!

RSVP here

Infographic about the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2015, from the American Library Association
2015 Book Challenges

Of 275 challenges recorded by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the “2015 Top Ten Most Challenged Books are”

Looking for Alaska by John Green: sexually explicit, offensive language, drugs/alcohol/smoking

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James: sexually explicit

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings: religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group

Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin: religious viewpoint, sex education, homosexuality, offensive, anti-family

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: offensive language, unsuited for age group, atheism

Holy Bible: religious viewpoint, violence, “illegal”

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel: homosexuality, graphic images, nudity

Habibi by Craig Thompson: sexually explicit, nudity

Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter: religious viewpoint, violence, references to Islam

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan: homosexuality, condones public displays of affection

Nine of the top ten challenged books include diverse content.

Who challenges books? 40% parent, 27% patron, 10% board/administration, 6% pressure group, 6% librarian/teacher, 4% government, 7% other

Where are books challenged? 45% public library, 28% school curriculum, 19% school library, 8% other

Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association

How Scholarly Articles are Published

How Scholarly Articles are Published: Or, what binge watching can tell you about academic research

How Scholarly Articles are Published

Or, What binge watching can tell you about academic research.

An article (like an episode) contains a complete argument (like a plot) but is also part of a larger scholarly conversation (like a narrative arc).

A year’s worth of articles (like episodes) adds up to a volume (like a season).

These regularly released collections are part of an overall journal (like a series). Some have completed their run, and some are ongoing.

Journals (like series) are made available by databases (like networks). Some are focused on a particular topic. Some have a wide variety of content.

OneSearch searches nearly all of Oviatt Library’s databases at the same time. OneSearch also finds books, videos, music, and more. If you need help finding a specific article, choosing a database, or doing any kind of research, call 818-677-2285 or text 818-900-2965. Librarians are here to help.

The Oviatt Welcomes CSUN Freshmen During the Month of August

Oviatt LibraryHello Matadors! The Oviatt Library is participating in many campus events welcoming freshmen to CSUN. Beginning August 9 until August 26, on most days, you will find us at the New Student Orientation booths held in the University Student Union. Librarians will be on hand and available to speak to you from noon to 1:30 p.m. Stop by and find out about all of the Library resources and services available to you as CSUN students. We will be handing out information that can assist you in utilizing our resources during the upcoming academic year, and we will be distributing lots of giveaways such as pens, notepads, highlighters and many other items to support your success. Please stop by our booth and ask any questions you may have about the Library. We look forward to seeing you there!

There’s Still Time to Enjoy More Summer Reading

Two sisters side-by-sideSisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.

Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. – Penguin Random House. Location information:

After You Book CoverAfter You by Jojo Moyes

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await. – Penguin Random House. Location information:

The Circle Book CoverThe Circle by Dave Eggers

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. – Knopf. Location information:

Where'd You Go Bernadette Book CoverWhere’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. – Hachette Book Group. Location information:

The Royal We book coverThe Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become. Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.  – Hachette Book Group. Location information:

Another Day book coverAnother Day by David Levithan

A girl falls in love with someone who wakes up in a different body each morning in this enthralling and poignant follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Every Day.

David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) turns his New York Times bestseller Every Day on its head by flipping perspectives in this exploration of love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.  – Penguin Random House. Location information:

Fates and Furies book coverFates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart. – Penguin Random House. Location information: 

– All summer reading picks by Susanna Eng-Ziskin