Category: Event

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

“Drop In, Take Ten” Empowers Women in Science and Engineering at the Oviatt Library

It’s no secret, women’s professional progress in science, technology, engineering and mathematics has developed much more slowly when compared to the inroads that have been made in other careers such as medicine, business and law. Many social and environmental factors contribute to the disparity of women in these scientific fields and a peer-reviewed based report1 identifies recommendations in three major areas to counteract this phenomenon.

  • Cultivate girls’ achievements, interest, and persistence in science and engineering
  • Create college environments that support women in science and engineering
  • Counteract bias

You are invited to the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room at the Oviatt Library on October 9 for a Women in Science and Engineering “Drop In, Take, Ten” Event to empower women to consider careers in the sciences. Please attend if you have an interest in such careers or in supporting more women in these fields. Professional engineers and scientists will speak one-on-one with students about their personal experiences and provide ‘real world’ examples about working within these disciplines. Meet and network with representatives from scientific and professional organizations from 3-5 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for candid conversations with industry professionals during speed mentoring sessions that will take place from 4-6 p.m. More information about the event can be found at “Drop In, Take Ten.” Hope to see you there!

 - Coleen Martin

1 American Association of University Women (AAUM) Report