Welcome back Matadors! This school year promises to be an exciting time filled with academic challenges and intellectual growth. During this first week of the fall semester, we at the Library wish you luck in finding all of your classes and in forging meaningful relationships with your peers and your professors throughout the year. We will have additional librarians at the reference desk most of this week, so if you have a question, don’t hesitate to come see us. There will also be an Information Technology table in the Library lobby to help assist you with any of your connectivity issues or questions. But support won’t be limited to the inside of the Library building. We will also have a special Ask Us! Booth on the west side of the Library near Magnolia Walk. Librarians and staff will be there on Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. to answer your questions about finding specific buildings or classrooms and to provide information about the Library as well. In fact, we will be giving away highlighters, pens, notepads and other school supplies while they last so be sure to stop by, say hello and get your free giveaway items. Happy new school year to all!
- Coleen Martin
In addition to the many new students who will be descending upon campus in the upcoming days and weeks, more than 50 new faculty members will be joining the CSUN academic community for the 2012-2013 school year. In fact, the campus New Faculty Orientation will be held on August 21 and 22 in the Library’s Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room. Coordinated by Faculty Development, a program of the CIELO Center, the two-day orientation will provide faculty not only with basic campus information to help orientate them in their new setting but also provide them with quite a few sessions to support a smooth transition. Faculty attending the event will have the opportunity to meet other new faculty members and CSUN campus leaders. Current technologies utilized on campus and within the classroom will be discussed as well as many opportunities to explore the nuances of connecting with students and faculty. We at the Library are especially excited about the event. Library Subject Specialists will be present and take new faculty members on a tour of the Library. Of course, these are just highlights of the event since so much more will be shared. However, it promises to be two days filled with ideas and support for creating an amazing first year on campus and within the Library. Welcome to all new CSUN faculty!
- Coleen Martin
The new academic year is quickly approaching and everyone it seems is preparing to welcome our new in-coming freshmen in particular. The Oviatt also has many special activities planned for new students within the next several weeks. As in past years, the Library is grateful to be included in the Office of Student Development’s coordinated Service Fair. We’ll have a strong presence at these promotional booths this year as well. Our librarians will be on hand at a dozen of these events to answer questions and distribute Library information. Many giveaway items such as pens, notepads and highlighters will be available to new students. We hope this opportunity to meet and interact with us will help to ease the transition from high school to our campus and Library. The Service Fair days, hours and locations vary but many run within the next several weeks between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. inside the Matador Bookstore Complex. Stop by to see us if you have the time and say hi even if you are not a first-time freshman.
Within the upcoming weeks, the Library will also be hosting our annual Ask Us! Booths. During the first two days of the new semester we’ll be situated for several hours each day on the west side of the Library along Magnolia Walk. Library staff and faculty will be on hand to provide directional information to those new to campus. We’ll also answer other campus and Library related questions that can sometimes arise while rushing to navigate a new academic schedule. So look for us there as well!
- Coleen Martin
The Library suffered two losses within the last two weeks, one deeply personal and the other literary but both impactful in meaningful ways. Peter Prager was a wonderful friend and colleague to many here at the Oviatt. He passed away last week after a recent, serious change in his health. As former Special Assistant to Library Dean Emeritus, Sue Curzon, Peter collaborated with just about everyone in the building during his many years working within the Library. Always collegial and professional, Peter could be counted on for a positive and kind word for those lucky enough to be in his presence. His knack for engaging others in lively conversation always brightened the day. Peter also had a sense of humor that endeared him to many as well. We will miss Peter and his warm and caring demeanor and are grateful for the privilege it has been to share in his professional life. The Oviatt is a better place because Peter was a part of our Library family.
This week also marked the passing of literary giant Gore Vidal. Author of 24 novels, five plays, two memoirs and several volumes of essays Mr. Vidal was known for his acerbic wit and satirical observations. Usually controversial and never conventional, he took great pleasure in being a public figure. But it’s his works that speak best for him. A prolific writer, Mr. Vidal found his greatest success with historical novels, specifically his American Chronicles: Washington, D.C. (1967), Burr (1973), 1876 (1976), Lincoln (1984), Empire (1987), Hollywood (1990) and The Golden Age (2000). However, he was also a master writer of essays with his collection The Second American Revolution which won him the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1982. You may want to take a look at the Oviatt Library’s Gore Vidal Pinterest board which includes an interview, famous quotes and information about his writings.
- Coleen Martin