Monthly Archives: January 2013

Northridge Academy High School Students Visit the Oviatt

NAHS studentsThe Oviatt Library’s outreach programming with LAUSD offers many local high school students with the opportunity to borrow books and receive reference assistance from our librarians concerning their assignments. This not only helps them to be successful with their high school research papers but it also helps to acclimate them to the Library and campus and prepares them for college-level expectations.

The Oviatt Library has a special working relationship with Northridge Academy High School (NAHS) in this regard. Located on our campus its teachers and teacher librarian work closely with Oviatt librarians to coordinate Library instruction sessions which will support these students to be successful with their research and coursework. Each spring our librarians visit NAHS and instruct students in finding books and trustworthy articles in our databases. We also talk about the importance of citing their sources and direct them in creating proper MLA citations. Discussing the importance of utilizing Library resources for their assignments instead of going straight to Google is also addressed. Students closer to graduation are guided in more advance research techniques.

After the initial Library instruction at their school, NAHS students visit the Oviatt and put into practice what they learned by retrieving credible articles and emailing these articles and MLA citations to themselves. For many of these students it is the first time they have visited an academic Library. These visits often embody a sense of excitement and accomplishment as they experience the research process in a college setting alongside university students. Beginning this week and continuing through March approximately 800 NAHS ninth, tenth and eleventh-grade students will visit the Oviatt for Library instruction sessions. We are excited for these NAHS student visits and look forward to supporting them in their research process!

- Coleen Martin

The Oviatt’s New Discovery Tool OneSearch Is Here

OneSearch ImageYou may have noticed the Library’s new website design. We are excited about its modern look and the way it streamlines finding Library information and resources. One of the new aspects of the website is OneSearch, our new resource discovery tool that searches all of the Library’s subject areas at once. Yes, I said at once. That means when you enter your search terms into the OneSearch search box you will be searching more than one million books, media, and approximately 150 databases. The beauty of this discovery tool is you can narrow your results using custom designed facets. In layman’s terms, that means you can narrow your results to sort through the scholarly articles, full-text records, book reviews and more. Results can be narrowed to specific date ranges, books or journal titles. Searches can be made for authors and subjects as well. For those of you who like to know how the tool ‘runs under the hood,’ all of the Oviatt databases have been pre-indexed by OneSearch and you as a researcher search its index. Because it is a unified index the results are much more consistent than multi-search tools that simply search several databases at once. We invite you to give it a try!

- Coleen Martin

The Oviatt Helps CSUN Shine Brighter at this Year’s Faculty Retreat

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CSUN flag by alumnus Michael O'Meara

The Oviatt Library is looking forward to this year’s CSUN Faculty Retreat “Illuminating Pathways to Success” which will be held on campus January 14 and 15. Faculty members will have the opportunity to attend presentations and workshops to support an active start to the New Year and semester. The Oviatt is pleased to host several sessions at the event in order to share relevant resources and services with faculty members in an effort to meet the needs of specific classes as well as their research.

 The presentation “Scholar Spotlight: The Path to Open Access” presented by Andrew Weiss and Elizabeth Altman will focus on Scholar Spotlight, an ongoing program to gather and digitally preserve the scholarship and creative works of CSUN faculty and staff. Andrew and Elizabeth will demonstrate the impact the initial pilot for the program has had on those who participated. They will also focus on how ScholarWorks, CSUN’s institutional repository, can function as the heart of sustainable access and digital preservation through open-access (OA) journal publication. OA is currently mandated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other Federal grant funders but could also help the Library and CSUN reduce costs significantly. Finally, they will explain how all faculty can participate in and benefit from the open access movement.

 Also not to miss are three Oviatt Library poster sessions Moving Online? Let the Library Come with You presented by Anna Fidgeon, Laurie Borchard and Danielle Skaggs; EndNote Web for Students – KIN 200: Foundations of Kinesiology Experiences Information Management to Improve Research and Citing Skills presented by Marcia Henry, Nick Galli and Erica Cosby; and Digital Darwinism: A Brief Survival Guide to Personal Information Management presented by Stephen Kutay. For more information and presentation times see the Faculty Retreat Program. Hope to see you there!

- Coleen Martin