Monthly Archives: February 2015

Meet the Librarians of the Oviatt Library

Meet the Librarians of the Oviatt Photo of Felicia Vertreesis back! Meet Felicia Vertrees, Oviatt’s Online Instructional Design & Education Librarian. Felicia designs and develops online information literacy learning tools in Moodle as well as other platforms. She also provides reference, instruction, and orders library resources for Gender and Women Studies.

Where are you originally from? I grew up in a small town called Sparta, Illinois.

What do you like/admire most about CSUN students? I admire the fact that many of them come from such adversity to attend college.

What’s your favorite book or your top 5? Right now it has to be “The Miniaturist” by Jesse Burton. It is so incredibly creepy and good. I like to stalk colleagues on Good Reads, and that’s how I found this book.

What songs would you include on the soundtrack of your life? Probably “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross definitely. I feel like my life is just moving so fast with lots of changes. Also “Desperation” by Judith Hill. It’s a great song from the “20 Feet from Stardom” documentary. The lyrics go like this:

“You gotta let it out
Bust the roof and tear down the walls
That’s what it’s all about
It’s your life, it’s your life
It’s your life, it’s your life.”

Why did you become a librarian? I was a copy editor for a long time, which definitely has similarities to being a librarian. I wasn’t satisfied with my previous career and had thought about being a librarian before. So this time I went for it and haven’t looked back.

What do you wish every student knew about the library or librarians? I wish they knew just how much we librarians are in their corner. We want them to succeed at everything they do, and we will do what we can to help them succeed.

What’s your favorite quote? I love this one by Charlotte Bronte and I would love every woman to live by it:  “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Is there a specific class that you really enjoy doing library instruction for? I enjoy any class where my students are willing to push themselves and they ask interesting questions.

If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be? Okay, that one is easy… it would definitely be Maya Angelou. How cool would it be to sit down with her and soak up all that wisdom in person?

If you could learn any skill what would it be? I can write, but I would love to write a book. I don’t know if you learn that, but it’s something I want to accomplish someday.

If you could witness any event in history what would it be? Considering the current climate in our country, I would like to witness the Civil Rights Movement.

If you could be any fictional character who would it be? I would be Sarah on Orphan Black.

What are some of your current projects that you are working on? I am finishing up a Moodle tutorial on copyright.

What are your research interests? I have lots of interests, but information literacy in the social media age is something I would like to explore.

What do you find most surprising about CSUN students? How curious, funny, and brilliant a lot of them are and they don’t even know it.

Laurie Borchard

2nd Read to Lead Panel Discussion To Take Place at the Oviatt

Read to Lead posterPlease join us at the Oviatt Library on Tuesday, February 24 at 9 a.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room as the campus community gathers for a second time to celebrate reading through the Read to Lead Initiative. Developed through a partnership between CSUN Matador Athletics and the Oviatt Library, the program brings campus leaders; students; staff; faculty; and community members together to discuss books that have played influential roles in the area of leadership. The panel discussion will include insights from Michael Spagna, Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education; Thor Steingraber, Executive Director of the Valley Performing Arts Center; Gina Umeck, Head CSUN Women’s Golf Coach; and Deborah Wallace, Associate Vice President of Financial Services and how their personally selected books have impacted their professional and personal lives.

The Read to Lead Initiative programming includes 20 of our campus leaders from CSUN faculty, staff, students and alumni, all of whom are currently featured in a physical exhibit in the Library. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please RSVP no later than February 23, with Fatema Noor at 818-677-5081 or via email at We hope to see you there!

– Coleen Martin

Love My Library Week

For the month of February, libraries across the US are celebrating Love My Library Month. Here at the Oviatt we are celebrating Love My Library Week. CSUN students are our #1 priority and everything we do is because we want our students to be successful.

The following is this week’s schedule of events:

Monday: Social Media kickoff! Tell us what you love about the Oviatt using #LoveMyOviatt or #HeartOviatt. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share the love!

Tuesday: Button making, noon to 2pm. Stop by our table in the front lobby of the library to make some I <3 Oviatt buttons or create your own.

Wednesday: Crafts table, noon to 2pm in front lobby. Make your Valentine a Valentine with our literary inspired cards or relax and make some origami flowers.  Tell us in writing what you love about us by stopping by our board of hearts on the first floor of the library.

Thursday & Friday: Blind Date with a Book. Stop by our book cart on the first floor of the library and take a chance with a book that’s all wrapped up. Don’t worry we’ll give you clues to what’s inside.

We will be sharing photos and comments on social media all throughout the week.

-Laurie Borchard