Steve Kutay is a Digital Services Librarian here at the Oviatt. He’s responsible for providing access to Oviatt’s more historically relevant resources online through Oviatt’s Digital Collections, check it out! He is also the subject liaison for Pan-African Studies and Art. Read on to learn more about why he loves teaching and what he wants you to know about librarians.
Where are you originally from?
Born, raised, and educated in the Golden State!
What do you admire most about CSUN students?
I find the students at CSUN to be very receptive to new ideas. I’m impressed with the kinds of projects they are doing, and the research questions they ask. I think they are very in tune with what is relevant, particularly regarding issues that pertain to the diverse communities that make up our student population.
What’s your favorite book?
Understanding Comics : The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. I’m not a comic book guy, per se, but this book transcends the ways in which we typically learn about visual art, and by extension, visual media. It’s a comic book about comics. The work is dense, but it cleverly unpacks its concepts through the graphic medium. It is a brilliant (and exceptionally fun) examination of Art, Art History, abstraction and reality, Geometry, Visual Psychology and Design. To me, it was so effective, that it felt like I had taken an entire Art course in one sitting.
Why did you become a librarian?
To preserve and disseminate the products of knowledge. Given our information ecology, it’s never been more exciting to be a librarian.
What do you wish every student knew about the library or
Our librarians are dedicated to helping students help themselves.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Information is not knowledge.” – Albert Einstein.
“Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.” – Frank Zappa
Is there a specific class that you really enjoy doing library instruction
I honestly enjoy all my classes, and sometimes for different reasons. I have to say I really like teaching the freshman classes, because it is such a pivotal time in their lives. I like to think I can meaningfully contribute by helping make the college transition seem less overwhelming.
If you could learn any skill what would it be?
Web and application programming. Unfortunately, it appears I haven’t the patience for writing code. Still waiting on the application that writes itself…
What are some of your current projects/tutorials that you are
As this year’s Co-Research Fellow with Ellen Jarosz, we are working on a pilot project called “Guided Resource Inquiries” that incorporates digitized archival and Special Collections materials with online course assignments for use across disciplines. In addition, it makes use of the many excellent online tutorials created by my colleagues here at the Oviatt Library.
What are your research interests?
Currently these are: digital systems for using archival content in education, faculty research needs and collaboration, accessible content management systems, accessibility processing for digitized archival materials, and library assessment.