Category: Event

Matadors Can De-stress at the Oviatt During Finals

students writing on grafitti boardHello Matadors! Good luck with all of your finals. To help make it a stress-free experience, the Library will be providing study break activities. Today, May 15, therapy dogs visit the Library to put a smile on your face. Tomorrow, Tues., May 16, there will be guided meditation in Room 251 and on Wed., May 17 an arts & crafts session in the Library lobby. Please join us for coloring, button making and the opportunity to create your very own sculpture with Play-Doh!

Board games will be available for check out at the Guest Services Desk in the lobby all week long. Complimentary pillows and earplugs will be available to all CSUN students as well. We expect they may be useful during our extended Library hours. We want you to feel free to express yourself too. There will be a graffiti board in the Learning Commons for those who wish to share their angst about finals. Please see our study break  information for the timing of these events and for more information. We look forward to seeing you in the Library preparing for your exams and taking study breaks with us!

Celebrate National Library Week at the Oviatt

I Love the Oviatt heartHi everyone! This week is National Library Week and that means we are honoring everyone who works at the Oviatt as well as all Matadors. Return your overdue books to the Guest Services Desk without any charge. Get your tattoo on with a temporary tattoo and enter a drawing to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. More details follow below. We hope to see you  in the Library this week to help us celebrate National Library Week!

April 9-15 amnesty* will be granted on overdue books for CSUN students.

April 10 temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby from 12-1:30 p.m.

April 10-14 CSUN students can enter a drawing in the Learning Commons to win a $50 Barnes & Noble Gift card. There will also be an Oviatt Library Staff Picks display featuring our favorite books. Stop by and see what we are reading and check out a book too!

*For more information and details about National Library Week offerings please visit library.csun.edu/events/national-library-week-2017.

 

Discover, Discuss and Celebrate with Oviatt Events During the Month of April

butterfies flyingHello Matadors! The month of April brings many events and fun activities you will not want to miss. We will be offering workshops, presentations, a documentary screening, and a week of amnesty for CSUN students with overdue books! Read further to find out about all of our offerings.

Monday, April 3, Join us for Combatting Hunger Through Sustainability and Action which will be held in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. This food, nutrition and health public policy event aims to empower attendees to become effective advocates for food access, nutrition and community health. During this day-long event attendees will learn about innovative food, nutrition and health policies affecting professionals and the public. Attendees will also learn ways to take action and get involved in public policy. This event is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information please visit http://library.csun.edu/events/policy-day-2017?type=event

On Wednesday, April 5, we will be hosting Visualize This! The Creative Side of Copyright from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room. This symposium will address fair use, intellectual property, reuse, and the proliferation of online access as it applies to visual formats such as photography, comics, digital media – even 3D printing! A panel discussion will follow the presentations. A networking lunch will be provided. RSVP at http://library.csun.edu/copyright-2017-rsvp by March 31, 2017. For more information visit http://library.csun.edu/events/copyright-2017

Wednesday, April 12, the Oviatt Library, Journalism and CVTA Departments will be cosponsoring a documentary screening and panel discussion on Agness Underwood: First Lady of the Newsroom in the Armer Theater in Manzanita Hall at 7 p.m. This event is free. For more information visit http://library.csun.edu/events/agness-underwood

Sunday, April 9 through Saturday April 15 the Oviatt Library will be celebrating National Library Week!

April 9-15 amnesty will be granted on overdue books for CSUN students.

April 10 temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby from 12-1:30 p.m.

April 10-14 CSUN students can enter a drawing in the Learning Commons to win a $50 Barnes & Noble Gift card. There will also be an Oviatt Library Staff Picks display featuring our favorite books. Stop by and see what we are reading and check out a book too!

For more information and details about National Library Week offerings please see our Flyer 2017.

Two More Events Celebrate Black History Month at the Oviatt

Black History Month textThe Oviatt Library continues to celebrate Black History Month and invites all Matadors, staff, faculty, and community members to join us for several more exciting events. On Thursday, February 23 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Robert Lee Johnson, author of Notable Southern Californians in Black History, will discuss many of the contributions made to the state of California by black men and women. Johnson has a rich history to share involving Southern California. Please join us in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room to hear about his and others’ interesting contributions and experiences.

You are also invited to attend the Black History Month CSUN Faculty Showcase and Reception on Tuesday, February 28 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Five esteemed CSUN faculty members will discuss their related works to the theme: What is Black? Featured faculty at the event will be Marquita Gammage from Africana Studies, Rachel Giraudo from Anthropology, Peri Klemm from Art, Linda Alvarez from Central American Studies and Yarma Velazquez-Vargas from Chicana/o Studies. This event will take place in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room. For more information about either event please visit the Oviatt’s Black History Month celebration page.

Celebrate Love My Library Week at the Oviatt

red heartMatadors, this week the Oviatt Library is celebrating Love My Library Week! We will be offering several activities for you to take a break from your routine and to show your appreciation. Here is a list of events:

Monday, Feb. 13: Get tattooed! “I Love the Oviatt” temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Make a Valentine for that special someone at our Valentine’s Arts & Crafts table. We will be in the lobby from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Social Media Blast! Tell us what you love about the Oviatt Library using #LoveMyOviatt or #HeartOviatt. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and show your love!

Monday, Feb. 13 thru Friday, Feb. 17: Blind Date with a Book – Stop by our “heartfelt” display in the Learning Commons and browse specially selected books that are wrapped up and waiting for you to take them home. You surely will be in for a surprise because there is no peeking!

Monday Feb. 13 thru Friday, Feb. 17: Visit our graffiti board in the Learning Commons and tell us what you love about the Oviatt on the spot.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Streaming Media at the Oviatt

Oviatt Library offers you over a dozen streaming video databases such as the Media Education Foundation Video Collection, Theatre in Video, Great Speeches, and more.

Faculty

As a faculty member, you can embed educational clips and full-length films into your Moodle class. To find titles, check out our guide to streaming video or search by subject or title in the catalog. Most of our streaming titles have closed captioning or transcripts available. Not finding what you are looking for? Ask your subject specialist librarian, or recommend a new title. To learn more about how to find a title or how to use video in your instruction, check out the Music & Media Streaming Video Open House.

Music and Media Streaming Open House Nov 2-3, 2016

Students

As a student, you can watch any of our streaming titles anytime, even if your professor did not assign one. If you are watching a clip or a video for a project and you need to cite it, most of our databases have guides to citing.

Everyone

Finally, whether you are a faculty member or a student, the Oviatt also has thousands of DVDs and Blu Rays. Take advantage of our new viewing carrels and watch an Oscar-winning title. As always, ask a librarian if you’d like help.

Getting Informed and Getting out the Vote

four people working in computer lab

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon for Election 2016

Over 40 CSUN students, staff, and faculty members came together on Tuesday to make Wikipedia a useful tool for Californians considering the ballot measures this November. The group editing session was part of Oviatt’s contribution to InnovateLA.

New Wikipedians learned about Wikipedia markup, citation style, and editorial standards. Together we created and fleshed out 16 entries in Wikipedia, linking the free encyclopedia to authoritative sources, and enriching it for any reader world-wide.

But encyclopedia basics aren’t always enough.  On Friday, October 21, Oviatt Library will host an in-depth panel discussion about the ballot measure with the most undecided voters: Proposition 60.

assortment of condoms in wrappersThe Proposition on Porn (Plus Pizza): What’s at Stake this November

Proposition 60 would require the use of condoms in pornography.  It raises questions about sexual autonomy, and the risks to and rights of adult performers.  We’ll hear from a public health expert, and from one of the performers who would be affected by the measure. Plus we’ll share free pizza with everyone who attends!

Featured Panelists

RSVP to join us for this important discussion.

Banned Books Read Out

Celebrate your freedom to read at the Oviatt Library this Friday, September 30 at noon, in the Ferman Presentation Room.  Free pizza for everyone who joins us!

RSVP here

Infographic about the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2015, from the American Library Association
2015 Book Challenges

Of 275 challenges recorded by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the “2015 Top Ten Most Challenged Books are”

Looking for Alaska by John Green: sexually explicit, offensive language, drugs/alcohol/smoking

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James: sexually explicit

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings: religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group

Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin: religious viewpoint, sex education, homosexuality, offensive, anti-family

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: offensive language, unsuited for age group, atheism

Holy Bible: religious viewpoint, violence, “illegal”

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel: homosexuality, graphic images, nudity

Habibi by Craig Thompson: sexually explicit, nudity

Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter: religious viewpoint, violence, references to Islam

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan: homosexuality, condones public displays of affection

Nine of the top ten challenged books include diverse content.

Who challenges books? 40% parent, 27% patron, 10% board/administration, 6% pressure group, 6% librarian/teacher, 4% government, 7% other

Where are books challenged? 45% public library, 28% school curriculum, 19% school library, 8% other

Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association

Matadors Enjoyed the Oviatt’s Finals Week Activities

The Oviatt Library offered several de-stressing activities and events for students during finals week. Matadors enjoyed taking a break and creating works of art with arts & crafts sessions. For students who planned to be with us in the wee hours of the morning, during our 24/7 schedule, we provided Finals Survival Kits that included disposable pillows, pretzels, an Oviatt highlighter and a Hershey’s kiss hoping to make their study hours with us a little more enjoyable. Of course, the therapy dogs that came for a visit were a hit with many students who consistently streamed in and out of the Library to visit with the friendly pups. Finally, our graffiti board and board games rounded out the list of activities and events offered and provided students with another form of relaxation, if only for a short time. Below are a few photos of CSUN students who participated in the Library’s de-stressing finals week programming.

Students having fun with arts and crafts

students with therapy dog

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Join Us for Doggies, Crafts, Survival Kits and More!

Girls taking their picture with a therapy dogHello Matadors! Everyone at the Library wishes you good luck on all of your finals. To help support a stress-free experience, we will be providing study break activities. Some wonderful        therapy dogs will be visiting the Library on Mon., May 16 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the ASRS Viewing Room on the main floor, east wing. Come pet a doggie and put a smile on your face!

There will be arts & crafts sessions on Tues., May 17 and Wed., May 18. Please join us for coloring, button making and the opportunity to create your very own sculpture with Play-Doh! Please see our events page for timing.

On Thurs., May 19, between 3 p.m.-6 p.m., join us for an afternoon of online, board and card games such as Cards Against Humanity, Dominion and others. In addition to Thursday’s gaming event, other board games will be available for check out at the Guest Services Desk in the lobby all week long.

We want you to express yourself too. There is a graffiti board in the Learning Commons if you wish to share your angst about finals.

Finally, don’t miss your chance to pick up a “Finals Survival Kit” at the Guest Services Desk in the Library lobby. The Kit is complimentary and comes with chocolate, pretzels, a pencil and pillow to rest your head on while studying and taking breaks. We expect these items may be useful during our extended Library hours.

Most of the activities will be taking place in the ASRS Viewing Room, main floor, east wing. We look forward to seeing you in the Library preparing for your exams and taking study breaks with us!

– Coleen Martin

CSUN Student Wins $50 Gift Card in Honor of National Library Week

Kathy Nguyen National Library Week Raffle winner

CSUN Student Kathy Nguyen

Congratulations go to CSUN student Kathy Nguyen who is a Computer Information Technology major for winning the Oviatt Library National Library Week raffle! The Oviatt Library celebrated National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016. Our programming honored library staff and encouraged students to read. More than 200 students entered the raffle which asked students to name their favorite book. Kathy’s favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The raffle was offered in conjunction with the Oviatt Library’s Favorite Books Display which featured our staff’s favorite “picks.” Students were able to browse our staff picks and check them out. Congratulations again to Kathy!      – Coleen Martin

Find Out About Financial Resources at Our Money Smart Events!

picture of Benjamin FranklinHello Matadors!

Next week is Money Smart Week® which runs April 23-30, 2016. The Library is collaborating with many different people and departments on campus to bring you financial literacy programing. On Thursday, April 28, in the Oviatt Ferman Presentation Room, there will be lots of events offered that will talk about borrowing money; buying a car; locating scholarship money; negotiating a salary for that first big job; and more! Also, if you follow this blog each day next week, you will find different helpful financial tips and words of wisdom from professors and experts in the field.

Money Smart Week® was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002 and is a public awareness campaign designed to help people better manage their personal finances. The Oviatt Library is partnering with the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Financial Aid & Scholarship Department, Career Center and Associated Students to host these events.

All CSUN students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend the April 28 event. Participants can pick and choose the sessions they wish to attend. Average sessions run 20-50 minutes long. All of the events are free. RSVP is requested. Lunch will be served to attendees who register for the 12:30 p.m. session in advance. Please visit http://library.csun.edu/events/moneysmart to see more details about the event and sessions and to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Oviatt Provides CSUN Students with Amnesty for Late Fees on Books During National Library Week

National Library Week Display

The Oviatt Library has several activities and offerings planned to celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016. To start, overdue fines will be forgiven for current CSUN students with overdue books. Simply bring your overdue books to the Guest Services Desk in the lobby, and someone there will assist you in removing your fines. Please see our National Library Week page for more details as some restrictions apply. Also, please be sure to visit the Oviatt Library’s Favorite Book display in the Learning Commons. Oviatt Library staff members have selected their all-time favorite books. You will be able to see what we are reading and have the opportunity to check out one of these titles as the books are on display. While you are looking over our favorite books, make sure you enter the drawing for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. The drawing is open to all current CSUN students. Finally, “I Love the Oviatt” temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby on Tues., April 12 from 12-1 p.m. Please join us for the fun!

National Library Week Favorite Books and Raffle

Coleen Martin

CSUN Student Wins Black History Online Game and Raffle

Black History Matters Game Winnerer

CSUN student Gina Manichia

Hi Matadors! Meet Gina Manichia who is earning her credential in Special Education. She is the winner of the Black History Matters online game and raffle winning a $50 MataMoney gift card and a Black history t-shirt. During the month of February, the Oviatt Library celebrated Black history with several Black History Matters events. One of the activities was an online Black history question game and raffle. Each day that month different questions were asked about African American history. Questions included: Who served as the last governor of California under Mexican rule and was of African descent? Answer: Pio Pico served as the last governor of California under Mexican rule. Pico Boulevard and the Pico House on Olvera Street in Los Angeles are named after him. Which city is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of Hip Hop? Answer: The Bronx, New York. Students were able to answer a different question each day. Those with correct answers were entered into the raffle. Congratulations to Gina Manichia for entering and winning the Oviatt’s Black history online game!

– Coleen Martin

Black WikiHistory Edit-A-Thon

Black WikiHistory Month Event Diversifies Knowledge and Editorship on Wikipedia

Who writes history? You do!

On Wednesday, February 24 the Oviatt Library held its very first Wikipedia edit-a-thon as part of a series of special events to celebrate and promote Black History Month. Approximately twenty attendees made much needed edits to Wikipedia articles such as adding citations, cleaning up formatting, and even beginning new articles from scratch for notable persons not yet represented on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

You may be thinking: a what-a-thon? Edit-a-thon! A Wikipedia edit-a-thon is a friendly gathering of folks at a specified place/time to edit Wikipedia, typically on a chosen theme or topic. For this event, CSUN students, staff and friends came together for an afternoon of editing Wikipedia’s scope and content related to Black History and the African Diaspora. The English Wikipedia site that many of us know so well may seem vast, but it’s known to have a systemic bias in favor of white, male, educated individuals between the ages of 15-49. (In fact, there’s even a Wikipedia page on it.) Encouraging others to become editors (or rather, “Wikipedians”) helps to expand and diversify the breadth of knowledge on the site.

Libraries prove to be great places to host edit-a-thons. For the Oviatt Library’s February 24 event, library staff pulled numerous books related to Black history, culture and life for attendees to browse and use for their editing. Many attendees used the books to add new content to Wikipedia articles along with a citation to the book. For example, citations were filled in on the Brice Taylor and the Watts, Los Angeles pages, and the page for poet Robin Coste Lewis was expanded to include additional biographical information. Attendees also used the library’s electronic resources to find various articles and news items to support their editing. An introduction to Wikipedia editing was given for new editors who attended.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Are you interested in editing Wikipedia? The site can use your help! Some new articles created on the February 24 event were nominated for deletion on Wikipedia due to not meeting notability guidelines, meaning that additional citations were quickly needed to establish that the given topic warranted its own article. This is where edit-a-thon events become especially valuable: it can be challenging to create an entire Wikipedia article from scratch, and so making it a team effort definitely helps! As you can imagine, Wikipedia pages are in a constant state of flux, and encouraging others to contribute to the site helps to strengthen its breadth and accuracy.

The Oviatt Library plans to host additional edit-a-thons on various topics and we hope you’ll join us. Additionally, many online resources and guides are available such as the Wikipedia Editing Tutorial and Wikipedia Cheatsheet if you’d like to get involved on your own. We encourage you to consider editing Wikipedia if you come across anything needing improvement. Contributing makes a meaningful impact on the site by diversifying both its content and its editorship. Anyone (including you!) can become a Wikipedian!

-Mary Wahl

Join the Oviatt for “Civil Rights Pioneer: A Symposium on Judge Loren Miller”

Dr. Amina Hassan

Dr. Amina Hassan

The Oviatt Library and the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center are pleased to be cosponsoring the symposium “Civil Rights Pioneer: A Symposium on Judge Loren Miller” on Feb. 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room. Dr. Amina Hassan will be present to discuss her recent book Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist. Loren Miller was a lawyer and judge in Los Angeles and a major force in civil rights both locally and nationally. In addition to serving as co-counsel on Brown v. Board of Education, Miller served as Dr. Hassan’s father’s attorney when he was discriminated against as a black man in a L.A. restaurant in the 1940s. Dr. Hassan will bring personal insight and historical knowledge to the discussion.

Dr. Hassan’s own accomplishments include working as an independent historian and documentarian with on-the-spot recording of the coup and U.S. invasion of Grenada, and developing a 13-part series for National Public Radio on how race, class, and gender shape American sports.

Judge Robin Miller Sloan

Judge Robin Miller Sloan

The closing keynote speaker at the symposium will be Judge Robin Miller Sloan, the granddaughter of civil rights attorney and journalist Judge Loren Miller, and the daughter of Judge Loren Miller Jr., who served the Los Angeles community on the Superior Court for more than three decades.

Judge Robin Miller Sloan has served as a prosecutor for the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, deputy attorney general in the California Attorney General’s Office, and was appointed to the bench in 2003. Judge Sloan is assigned to the Juvenile Court where she serves as an advocate to effect change in young people’s lives.

Please join us for a meaningful discussion with Dr. Hassan and Judge Sloan who will be taking questions at the event. Copies of the book Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist will be available for purchase. For more information please visit our Exhibitions and Events page. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Oviatt Celebrates Love My Library Week

Cart with books wrapped for Blind Date with a Book displayMatadors, this week the Oviatt Library is celebrating Love My Library Week! We will be offering several activities for you to take a break from your routine and to have some Library-related fun. Here is a list of events:

Tuesday through Friday: Social Media Blast! Tell us what you love about the Oviatt Library using #LoveMyOviatt or #HeartOviatt. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. On Snapchat show us with photos what you love about the Oviatt!

Tuesday through Friday: Blind Date with a Book – Stop by our “heartfelt” display in the Learning Commons and browse specially selected books that are wrapped up and waiting for you to take them home. You surely will be in for a surprise because there is no peeking!

Tuesday through Friday: Visit our graffiti board in the Learning Commons and tell us what you love about the Oviatt on the spot. All affirmative adjectives welcome!

Wednesday: Get tattooed! “I Love the Oviatt” temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday: Make a Valentine for that special someone at our Valentine’s Arts & Crafts table. We will be in the lobby from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Coleen Martin

Enter the Raffle and Celebrate Black History!

Martin Luther King, Jr. in a crowdHello Matadors! This month the Oviatt Library is celebrating black history with many Black History Matters events. For starters, we invite you to enter the online black history daily question game and raffle. Each day this month, there will be a different question about African American history. Every time you answer the question correctly, you will be entered into a raffle for a $50 MataMoney gift card and a black history t-shirt.

Early in the month there will be a presentation by Dr. Josh Sides who will present L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present. His talk will focus on how South Central Los Angeles became the center of black Los Angeles during much of the twentieth century. There will also be an exhibit in the Library Exhibit Gallery. Historicizing & Contemporizing the Black Aesthetic will showcase media history, fashion, jewelry and artifacts curated by Dr. Theresa White & Dr. Cedric Hackett of the Department of Africana Studies.

Further into the month you won’t want to miss the performance by the talented CSUN Vocal ARTillery. You will be in for a treat as these young artists entertain and inform. Matadors will also have a chance to strengthen Wikipedia’s scope and content related to black history with our Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Join us for an afternoon editing Wikipedia info – no experience necessary. Finally, we will celebrate the life and many achievements of Judge Loren Miller with Civil Rights Pioneer: A Symposium on Judge Loren Miller. Many more details about all of these events are available at the Oviatt’s Black History Matters webpage. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coleen Martin

Matadors Enjoy De-Stressing Activities at the Library

Sheltie dog named Tramp and students

Photo by Lee Choo

During finals week, many CSUN students found themselves at the Library with a need to study, in addition to a need to take study breaks. The Library provided several offerings to help students de-stress. These activities supported students to recharge and diverted their attention if only for a brief time. One of the most popular activities offered at the Library during finals week was the opportunity for students to visit with licensed therapy dogs. Students were able to spend time with and pet a variety of good-natured animals including a Sheltie, Golden Retriever, Shih Tzu, Dachshund, Boxer Mix and Labrador Retrievers. Students also participated in arts & crafts sessions that enabled them to relax and spend time coloring, in addition to making buttons. Board games were available for check-out at the Guest Services desk, and a graffiti board in the Learning Commons allowed students to express their angst about finals. Finally, disposable pillows were distributed for those students who nodded off at times, or for those who simply needed a soft place to rest their head while studying. Below are some highlights of the therapy dog event. – Coleen Martin

Dog named Sparky and students

Photo by Lee Choo

Boxer mix dog named Mel and students

Photo by Lee Choo

Golden Retriever named Rocket and students

Photo by Lee Choo

Sheltie dog named Tramp with group of students

Photo by Luis Garcia

Sparky dog and students taking a selfie

Photo by Luis Garcia

Golden Retriever named Rocket with student

Photo by Luis Garcia

Dog named Fred gets belly scratched

Photo by Luis Garcia

Boxer mix named Mel

Photo by Lee Choo

Take a Study Break at the Library During Finals Week

Graffiti BoardHello Matadors! Good luck with all of your finals this coming week. To help make it a stress-free experience, the Library will be providing some study break activities. There will be arts & crafts sessions on Wed., Dec. 9 and Fri., Dec. 11. Please join us for coloring, button making and the opportunity to create your very own sculpture with Play-Doh! On Wed., Dec. 9 Pictionary games will be taking place, and board games will be available for check out at the Guest Services Desk in the lobby all week long. Complimentary pillows will be available to all CSUN students as well. We expect they may be useful during our extended Library hours. We want you to feel free to express yourself too. There will be a graffiti board in the Learning Commons for those who wish to share their angst about finals. And finally, you won’t want to miss the therapy dogs that will be visiting the Library on Thurs., Dec. 10. Come pet a dog and put a smile on your face. Most of the activities will be taking place in the AS/RS Viewing Room, main floor, west wing. Please see the study break flyer for the timing of these events and for more information. We look forward to seeing you in the Library preparing for your exams and taking study breaks with us!

– Coleen Martin

Celebrate Banned Books Week at the Oviatt

Banned Books Display Hello Matadors! September 27 through October 3 is Banned Books week. Banned Books Week celebrates our freedom to choose what we read. It also brings attention to the harms of censorship. The Oviatt Library is acknowledging the importance of Banned Books Week with several activities.

There is a Banned Books display in the Learning Commons, first floor of the Library. All of the books within the display have been banned in some manner. Each book has been wrapped, (for suspense!) and at least one description has been given as to why the book was banned. Come take a look at the various reasons these books have been censored in different places around the country. Some books were tossed in the trash, while others were hidden behind the circulation desks of their libraries. All of these banned books can be checked out at the Guest Services Desk in our Library lobby. But no peeking before they are checked out and taken home to read!

The Library is also collaborating with the CSUN Journalism Department to bring you a Banned Books Readout on Wednesday, September 30 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room. Cecil Castellucci, author of Boy Proof, and many other young adult novels, will be speaking, in addition to CSUN Professor Elizabeth Blakey Martinez, who is a First Amendment scholar. There will also be many journalism students reading passages from banned books. Pizza will be served and everyone is welcome. Please RSVP at http://library.csun.edu/banned-books-readout-2015. Happy Banned Books Week to all and enjoy your reading!

– Coleen Martin

The Creative Media Studio Celebrates One Year!

Creative Media StudioThis Wednesday, September 2, the Creative Media Studio (CMS) celebrates its one-year anniversary from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the main floor, west wing of the Library. Everyone is welcome to attend the event which will showcase student work developed at the studio during the last year. Companies such as Apple, Canon and Hexlab Makerspace will be at the celebration to demonstrate cutting edge technology including a 3D printer. Refreshments will be served as well.

Since opening in fall 2014, the CMS, which was funded through the Campus Quality Fee, has become a popular spot for students to create videos, apps, art and to prepare a variety of classroom presentations. Students also are able to record music in the recording studio. CMS equipment and technology can be reserved in advance for up to several hours a day. Due to popular demand, the studio recently expanded its hours and is open Saturdays and Sundays.

CMS Coordinator Isis Leininger anticipates a fun-filled gathering. “I am excited for people to see what students have already created at the CMS in such a short period of time. We want to celebrate our first year and have a fun time, while sharing some of the vast creativity that is part of our campus community, and allowing guests to interact with new technologies.”

Please join us for the event. You may RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coleen Martin

Campus Orientation Welcomes New Faculty at the Library

New Faculty Orientation attendeesCSUN New Student Orientations have been welcoming new students to campus over the past several weeks and the campus is gearing up to welcome many new faculty members as well. In fact, the New Faculty Orientation will be held August 19 and 20 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 with campus information to help orient them in their new setting. There will also be a variety of diverse sessions to help support a smooth transition into the 2015-16 academic year. Those attending the event will have an opportunity to meet other new faculty members and CSUN campus leaders. Current technologies utilized on campus and within the classroom will be discussed and opportunities to connect with students and faculty will be explored. Student performances will entertain and engage attendees. Finally, those new faculty members attending the orientation will also participate in President Harrison’s Fall Welcome Address at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

We at the Library are especially excited about the orientation. Library Subject Specialists will be present on August 20 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. The campus orientation promises to provide two days filled with ideas and support for creating an amazing first year on campus and within the Library. We welcome all new CSUN faculty!

Coleen Martin

CSUN Students Welcomed at Booths

Matty the Matador in front of LibraryHello Matadors! During the coming weeks the Oviatt Library will be participating in many campus events welcoming new freshmen to CSUN. You will find us at the New Student Orientation booths held at the Matador Bookstore Complex throughout the month of August. On most days, you will be able to speak with a librarian, from noon to 1:30 p.m., to find out about all of the resources and services available to you as CSUN students. We will be handing out information that can assist you in utilizing our resources during the upcoming academic year, and we will be distributing lots of giveaway items such as pens, notepads, highlighters and canvas bags to support your success. Please stop by our booth, say hello, and ask any questions you may have about the Library. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

– Coleen Martin

Students De-Stress at the Library During Finals Week

Therapy DogFinals week is historically a stressful time in the semester, and our most recent finals week was no exception. Many CSUN students found themselves at the Library, not only with the need to study, but also with the need to take study breaks. The Library provided several offerings to help students de-stress. These activities diverted students’ attention for a brief period of time and supported them to recharge and refocus. One of the most popular activities offered at the Library during the week was the visit of licensed therapy dogs. Students were able to spent time and pet a variety of good-natured dogs including a Goldendoodle, Sheltie, Golden Retriever, Shih Tzu, Dachshund, Boxer Mix and a Labrador Retriever. Students also participated in arts & crafts sessions that enabled them to relax and spend time coloring, in addition to, making play-doh creations and buttons. Board games were available for check out at the Guest Services desk in the lobby, and a graffiti board in the Learning Commons allowed students the opportunity to express how finals week was going for them. Finally, disposable pillows were distributed during the Library’s 24/7 hours of service for those students who nodded off at times, or for those who simply needed a soft place to rest their head while studying.

With the conclusion of another finals week, we congratulate all graduating seniors on their accomplishments and all CSUN students for completing another semester!

– Coleen Martin

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CSUN Student Wins $50 Gift Card to Barnes & Noble

CSUN Student Julie Hong

CSUN Student Julie Hong

Congratulations to CSUN student Julie Hong on winning the National Library Week raffle! The Oviatt Library celebrated National Library Week, April 13-18, 2015. Our programming honored library staff and encouraged students to read. More than 300 students entered the raffle which asked students to name their favorite book. Julie’s favorite book is American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. The raffle was offered in conjunction with the Oviatt Library’s Favorite Books Display which featured our staff’s favorite “picks.” Students were able to browse our staff picks and check them out. Congratulations again to Julie!      – Coleen Martin

 

Celebrate National Library Week with the Oviatt

Oviatt Favorite Books displayThe Oviatt Library has several activities and offerings planned to celebrate National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015. To start, overdue fines will be forgiven for current CSUN students with overdue books. Simply bring your overdue items to the Guest Services Desk in the lobby, and someone there will assist you in removing your fines. Please see our National Library Week page for more details as some restrictions apply. Also, please be sure to visit the Oviatt Library’s Favorite Book display in the Learning Commons. Oviatt Library staff members have selected their all-time favorite books. You will be able to see what we are reading and have the opportunity to check out one of these titles as the books are on display. While you are looking over our favorite books, make sure you enter the drawing for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. The drawing is open to all current CSUN students. Finally, “I Love the Oviatt” temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby on Mon., April 13 and Tues., April 14 from 12-1 p.m. Please join us for the fun!

– Coleen Martin

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 Fatema.noor@csun.edu. We hope to see you there!

– Coleen Martin

CSUN Students De-Stressed during Finals Week Fun at the Library

With all the pressures CSUN student face studying and preparing for finals, the Oviatt Library offered several de-stressing activities and events for students during the December 2014 finals week. Many students enjoyed taking a break and creating a work of art with the arts & crafts sessions that were available. For those students who were with us 24/7, we provided disposable pillows to make their long hours here with us a little more comfortable. Of course, the therapy dogs that came for a visit were a hit for all as many students streamed in and out of the Library just to pet and visit with the friendly pups. Finally, our graffiti board and board games rounded out the list of activities and events offered that week and provided students with another form of relaxation if only for a short time. Below are some photos that were taken of CSUN students who seemed happy to be a part of the Library’s de-stressing finals week programming.

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