Monthly Archives: May 2012

Library Summer Hours and Finding Places To Eat on Campus

students studying in Library

With the summer season upon us we thought you might want to know the Library Hours Schedule for the next several months. Please check it out and plan to visit us and take in our cool and comfortable study and research space. We will be open many Saturdays throughout the summer and up until 7 p.m. on several weekdays. Librarians will be at the reference desk during most hours we are open to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to stop in for research support, to take advantage of our comfortable study lounges or to just say hello. If you are not able to stop in, you can always find help through LibAnswers, a resource that provides instant answers to common questions. Our Ask A Librarian service can also be useful for locating information for other specific questions.

Finally, you may find some of your regular campus eating places closed for the summer. However, there will be several coffee houses, restaurants and convenience stores open for those of us still on campus. Hours vary but are posted at the University Corporation campus dining and location information page.

-Coleen Martin

Congratulations Graduates!

 Graduation - Harry HellenbrandMore than 9,200 CSUN students will participate in commencement ceremonies and walk the steps of the Oviatt Library and the lawn at Manzanita Hall this week to have formal degrees bestowed upon them within the presence of family, friends, academic peers and mentors. We at the Oviatt Library say congratulations to all graduating seniors on your distinguished accomplishment. You’ve not only worked hard but we’re certain you and many family members have sacrificed to make the dream of a college education a reality. It has been an honor to share this path with you in the Library and witness your experiences of intellectual discovery. Sometimes this has meant supporting you in finding credible sources for a university-level research paper; assisting you in creating an accurate citation in MLA style; guiding you to find a course on Moodle; or perhaps just listening to your intellectual quandary which you usually resolved by yourself. And we appreciated your gratitude . . . thanking us for helping you along the way. So here’s a wish for the class of 2012: May you always continue to create situations in life for intellectual discovery and be present to the appreciation and sense of accomplishment you experience as you receive your degree. 

 This week CSUN graduates will have the opportunity to hear from several inspirational and accomplished speakers. Dr. Harry Hellenbrand, CSUN Interim President will be speaking at the Honors Convocation on Monday evening and Rebecca Mieliwocki, National Teacher of the Year will be speaking at the College of Education’s Commencement on Thursday evening. Please see the Commencement and Honors Convocation  page for more details.

 Many other inspirational speakers have shared their words of wisdom throughout the years during the commencement season and we thought to share a sampling of their quotes. The following are tweeted quotes from President Obama’s address at Barnard College. These and more can be found at the Huffington Post.  

“Don’t accept someone else’s construction of the way things ought to be. It’s up to you…”

 “As tough as things have been, I think you are tougher.”

 “My last piece of advice is this simple…Persevere. Because nothing worthwhile is easy.”

Steve Jobs delivered inspirational words at Stanford University’s 2005 Commencent Ceremony

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition … Stay hungry, Stay foolish.”

Comedian Steven Colbert had the graduates laughing at the 2006 Knox College Commencement Speech

“I have two last pieces of advice. First, being pre-approved for a credit card does not mean you have to apply for it. And lastly, the best career advice I can give you is to get your own TV show. It pays well, the hours are good, and you are famous. And eventually some very nice people will give you a doctorate in fine arts for doing jack squat.”

Colbert also shared more serious advice.

“Cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or be disappointed in us. Cynics always say no … for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.”

 More inspirational words of wisdom can be found at Time Magazine’s Top 10 Commencement Speeches

 Congratulations to all CSUN 2012 graduates.

 – Coleen Martin

Library Outreach Round Up for the Year

With the spring semester coming to a close soon we thought it would be fun to look back at the ways in which the Oviatt Library has been busy with outreach all year working with students, staff, faculty and the community. The beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year brought in a wave of new students and opportunities to introduce them to the campus and Library resources and services. Approximately 1,500 CSUN students attended 16 Library sponsored booths and learned how the Library can assist them to be successful with their research and in their classes. Many students were not only happy to receive useful information but also with the many Library vendor donated giveaway items such as highlighters, notepads, pens, water bottles, reusable grocery bags and more. CSUN parents were also involved with Library activities when approximately 80 parents attended Library tours during last fall’s campus Parent Day festivities. Parents were introduced to the many ways their students can gain research support and were able to ask librarians questions about the many Library services and resources available to their students.

Northridge Middle School Students Visiting the LibraryLocal non-CSUN students have benefited from Library involvement as well. Numerous Library tours and lectures for elementary, middle and high school students opened up the opportunity for approximately 1,800 students to learn about what the Library has to offer and what might be possible for them as future CSUN students. Many of the students were not aware of the 150 databases available for research or how they could get help from a librarian when not in the Library. Students from Granada Hills Charter High School (which recently won the National Academic Decathlon for the second year in a row) and Northridge Academy High School attended 43 Library lectures which supported their successful research and evaluation of online sources. These visits to the Library also help to acclimate them to campus as many of these students will become CSUN students after high school.

There’s also been a lot happening with the Oviatt Library community online. The Library has been having fun on Pinterest the online pinboard. Check us out if you have not already done so. The Library Fun board will likely bring a smile to your face with its clever images and sayings while the Digital Archives Pin of the Day board highlights significant historical digital images not to be seen elsewhere. Much of the material in this collection is associated with local history and it’s interesting to see which new archived resource is featured each day. The Library has also been busy with Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. We recently reached our 1,000th follower on Twitter who was delighted to receive a prize package celebrating that achievement. Finally, several Message in a Minute videos were released for faculty to keep them updated about our resources and services. If you haven’t seen them yet you can take a look at our YouTube channel. You don’t need to be a faculty member to appreciate their information and spirit but their topics range from Searching Cited References, Interlibrary Loan and Video Furnace. While you are there you may want to check out our Xtranormal videos as well. These animated videos have been a fun way to keep students and those using the Oviatt Library informed about changes such as Library hours and services.

Well, it’s been quite an active year at the Library. What’s been your experience during these last two semesters? Have you visited the Library in person, perhaps checked us out on our Pinterest pinboards;  YouTube; or followed us on Twitter?

-Coleen Martin