Category: Event

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

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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

 Therapy Dog

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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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Grafitti Board with students

Therapy Dog with student

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Therapy Dogs with students

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Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with student

Open Access Week 2014: A State of the Movement Address

“When the world is running down…”

Lately in library-land there’s been quite a lot of belt-tightening as stagnant budgets are confronted with rising journal and database subscription costs. Although libraries are reaching more people with more content than ever before, the feeling is that this is fiscally unsustainable. Cracks have appeared in the current “big deal” agreements – much like the bundles cable consumers are offered – libraries have entered into with large aggregate database publishers. As a result, libraries have had to cut subscriptions to journals and whole databases. Even Harvard, one of the best-funded universities in the United States, in 2012 publicly decried the situation and has felt the need to weigh in on the rising costs.

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The internet itself has been a boon and a bane — a disruption-slash-copy machine — that provides new models while destroying old ones and places a strain on a copyright law that is woefully behind the times.

Traditional industries that dealt primarily with the amalgam of content and containers – i.e. print book and print journal publishers, music producers and distributors (mostly as LPs, CDs, and cassettes), film producers and distributors (mostly as features, VHS, and DVDs), have all altered their business models as new digital media have decoupled the content from the container. The result is e-books, PDFs, mp3s, and various online streaming services that now dominate the web in terms of popularity as well as actual volume of data transferred.

Yet this decoupling of content and container is a double-edged sword as well. The journal publishers were the first to truly test this model of decoupling content and container through the online journal databases that were developed in the 1990s and 2000s. This experiment in removing the container has resulted in both widespread distribution (for subscribers) and widespread content restriction. Restriction has occurred in various ways, including the curtailing of readers rights (i.e. pay per view), copyrights (i.e. publishers assume control of the author’s rights), posting rights (authors can’t publish their drafts), and the like. The irony is that we are often looking upon a feast that’s stuck behind glass walls.

Additionally, to ensure the necessary scarcity, publishers have taken hardline stances on the continual ownership of scholarly output, even if it is long out of date. The result of the uneven relationship between scholars and publishers has been the large-scale transferal of intellectual property from individual scholars and the tax-paying users who ultimately fund their universities into the hands of specific private enterprises. This transfer occurs at the expense of the public good and the original intent of copyright law as written in the US Constitution, which is “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

Open access provides a much-needed antidote to these developments. While copyright law provides the necessary protections for creators, its overall history of expansion shows instead that distributors gain the most from longer and stricter copyright regulations and enforcement.

As Paul Heald has demonstrated in his studies, the hole in our culture has also provided us with a world that may be running down in terms of an individual’s ability to create new works and access fairly recently published ones. More works in various editions are available from 1914 than are available from 1964. We are now a society that denies itself access to its own culture. Open access may be one of the few avenues left to reclaim it especially while the public domain remains frozen for the next several years. Shamefully, no new works will enter the public domain in the United States until 2019.

“…You make the best of what’s still around”

California contributes to the OA Movement

The state of California has helped to lead the way in the open access movement for the past several years. The most recent development in open access occurred just a few weeks ago. The California legislature passed Assembly Bill 609 entitled the California Taxpayer access to publicly funded research Legislation. This bill stipulates requires that any published research funded by the California Department of Public Health be available to the public within 12 months of its publication.

Open access has become adopted widely across the California higher education system as well. The CSU Council Of Library Directors recently provided their public support for AB 609 http://libraries.calstate.edu/open-access/.

Additionally, the entire University of California system in the summer of 2013 agreed to a system-wide open access mandate that requires UC faculty to submit open access versions of their works into the UC’s institutional repository.

Closer to home, CSUN’s president Dianne Harrison in August 2013 became a signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access, an international agreement among numerous European and American Universities and organizations. Later, in November 2013, CSUN’s faculty senate passed a resolution (PDF) recommending CSUN faculty to publish their scholarship in open access. Though this is purely an opt-in (i.e. voluntary) approach to open access, nearly 70 faculty members at CSUN have already agreed to have their scholarship submitted to CSUN ScholarWorks Open Access Repository (SOAR). While there are approximately 850 full-time, tenured or tenure track faculty at CSUN, we believe this represents a good first step toward increased participation.

Open Access week (10/20-10/26/2014, everywhere!) & the first CSUN Open Access Award

To help foster greater participation in open access the Oviatt library is also proud to announce its very first Open Access Award. The presentation will be held on October 23, 2014, and will be awarded to Professor Susan Auerbach for her work in helping to pass the CSUN resolution. We also have a special guest speaker from the Public Library of Science (PLOS), Donna Okubo, who will provide information on the open access movement, OA publishing, and her role in guiding the supporting coalitions for AB 609.

bird with the word soar

Where we go from here: “SOAR with us.”

The ScholarWorks Open Access Repository (SOAR) is dedicated to improving access to CSUN-related scholarship by attempting to remove the price and access barriers to academic publishing. There are multiple ways in which the movement is branching out toward increased open access. The first is recruiting content from the creators themselves: the faculty. SOAR’s Scholar Spotlight program focuses on the scholarship created by CSUN faculty. Our staff examine faculty CVs to determine if a publication can be added into ScholarWorks. Once we receive the proper clearance, copies of a work are deposited into SOAR. The faculty profile collections permanent links to the works provide a solid digital preservation as well as ensure perpetual access.

CSUN Open Access Journals

Another significant development is the creation of new scholarship. While the Scholar Spotlight program focuses on past and external work, CSUN Open Journals project focuses on developing new content. New journals and new knowledge are the future for the open access movement. Focusing on the direct open access publication of new works will likely be the best step toward a more sustainable and widespread open access movement.

While it is certainly a goal to make sure that all public-funded and supported scholarships be available to the public, the obstacles are incredibly high. The restriction of rights by the copyright owners – not usually the writer, but often multi-national corporations – remains one of the main obstacles to full open access. Additionally, the agreements that faculty enter into, especially tenure-track faculty with a lot at stake, need to be reevaluated at not only department levels but also at campus-wide and even system-wide levels. This will take much time. However, there is strength in numbers. The more faculty members who are able to assert their rights to retain copyright, the healthier the relationship will become.

All Roads (Gold / Green / Platinum) Lead To OA

Multiple paths lead to open access. The most first and most common has been the Gold road to OA, aka open access journal publishing, which is funded partly by Article Processing Charges (APCs). Most of these charges can be covered through grant funding, especially if a grant funder (such as the NIH, NSF) requires open access publication. There are notable open access journals that are leading the way within specific disciplines. Currently, the so-called “hard sciences” are the leaders in this movement. Several journals and publishers cater to these disciplines. To find more, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals.

So how open is it, really?

For more information about the openness of journals, be sure to examine PLOS’s How Open Is it? Open Access Spectrum (OAS) guide. This examines the various factors that determine a journal’s openness. Some journals which purport to be open access are really just hybrids existing somewhere in between true open access and restricted access.

– Andrew Weiss

Join us for an Open Access Discussion and Award

Open AccessThe Oviatt Library will be hosting an event to discuss Open Access and to present CSUN Professor Susan Auerbach with the very first Oviatt Library Open Access Award on October 23 at 9 a.m. Professor Auerbach has been instrumental in helping to pass the CSUN Faculty Senate Open Access Resolution.

The issue of Open Access is important in that it “allows users to access content in perpetuity without having to worry about whether the works can or can’t be used. Copyright restrictions still will generally apply (i.e. you can’t wholesale copy and paste the work and then try to resell it), but for the sake of academic disciplines, scholars allow their work to be read and re-used. This increases the likelihood of their being cited, and further increases their impact factor.” (Weiss, 2013) For more information about Open Access see The Copyright Conundrum and the Need for Open Access.

We are also very excited to welcome Donna Okubo, Senior Advocacy Manager from the Public Library of Science as our guest speaker at the event. She will be discussing the basics of Open Access, the Public Library of Science and the passing of California State Assembly Bill 609 (concerning Open Access). For more information about the bill see California Open Access Legislation Clears Latest Hurdle.

The event will be held in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room in the Oviatt Library. Registration and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m. The session will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome (RSVP for the Event). We hope to see you there.

Coleen Martin

Banned Books Read-Out with Pizza

mom have you seen my leather pants book coverThe Oviatt Library is hosting a Banned Books Week Read-Out on Wednesday, September 24 from 4-6 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be served. CSUN students will be reading passages from banned books celebrating the freedom to read. We are also excited to have author Craig A. Williams join us as he will be reading banned book passages and from his novel Mom have you seen my leather pants? Please join us in the AS/RS Viewing Room, east wing of the Learning Commons for this fun event.
Why is Banned Books Week Celebrated?
Banned Books Week takes place every year in late September and reminds us all of our freedom to choose what we read. Librarians, professors, teachers, students and community members who participate in Banned Books Week activities, such as our Read-Out on the 24th, draw attention to the harm of removing or restricting books through censorship. Books that have been banned in the past are many and include the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Color Purple to name a few. Fortunately most books that have been banned at some point are still available. The Banned Books Week Read-Out on Wednesday, September 24 provides us all with an opportunity to join together and highlight our freedom to read.

Bookmark Artwork Contest at the Oviatt

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: ALA banned books week.Welcome to the 2014 fall semester, Matadors! We are happy to see you and hope to provide you with assistance as you acclimate to the new school year. Oviatt librarians are available at our Reference Desk almost every hour we are open. Feel free to stop by; say hello; and get informational support.

We also are planning several fun activities at the Library during the upcoming weeks. The Cited at the Oviatt blog will continue to post about these events so stay tuned for information about an event in late September. However, this week we begin a Banned Books themed Bookmark Artwork Contest that will run until September 10. Current CSUN students have the opportunity to design a one-sided bookmark with a banned books theme. The winner’s design will be printed into bookmarks we will distribute later in September. Submission and guidelines details are listed below. We look forward to receiving your designs!

Rules & Submission Process for Banned Books Week artwork contest:

  • All contest entries to be considered must be submitted by noon, Wednesday, September 10, 2014.
  • Submissions will be accepted from currently enrolled CSUN students only.
  • Submissions will be accepted through an online submission form:
    http://form.jotform.us/form/42196656789171
  • Students may enter up to five submissions.
  • Artwork must have some kind of Banned/Censored books theme.
  • Artwork submitted in a format other than the required file types listed on the online submission form will not be considered.
  • Artwork submitted must be at least 300 DPI.
  • Students agree to allow editing of their artwork to fit on bookmark if necessary.
  • Should no submissions be received, no bookmarks will be printed.
  • Winner will be selected by Oviatt Library Outreach Committee.
  • The Oviatt Library Outreach Committee reserves the right to not select a winner.
  • Winner will be confirmed as a CSUN student.
  • Winner will be contacted by the Oviatt Library Outreach Committee.
  • Ten bookmarks will be set aside to be given to the winner.

A photo will be taken of the winning student with his or her bookmark for the Library blog and may be used digitally and in print for promotional purposes.

Contest questions can be addressed to: annaliese.fidgeon@csun.edu

– Coleen Martin

Research Therapy: Let the Library Help during Finals Week

Finals Are You Stressed ComicHow the Library Can Help ComicThere’s no need to worry, the Oviatt Library can help! The Oviatt is open 24/7 from Monday to Friday during finals week. We know that none of you would wait until the last minute to do your research, but just in case you did and you’re struggling, you can get help from a Librarian 24/7. Come see a librarian at the reference desk in the Learning Commons. During finals week from Monday to Thursday there will be a librarian at the desk from 8am to 9pm, on Friday from 8am to 4:45pm. You can also contact us online, via chat or email as well as text messaging, check out our Ask a Librarian page. You can also get help online with oour subject and course guides, including a guide for Citing Your Sources.

The Learning Resource Center is located on the 3rd floor of the library in the East wing; they offer tutoring, help with paper writing and citations. Check out their webpage for more information and be aware that their Writing Center closes Wednesday May 14th so make sure to call ASAP to make an appointment.

If you just need a place to study, don’t forget that you can reserve group and individual study rooms in the library. You can reserve these rooms in advance online, using our online booking system.

In case you need a break we have special events happening every day of Finals week. We’ll be handing out pillows all week along with special events like: arts & crafts, comedy movies, nap time and therapy dogs. Check out the flyer for dates and times of these events.

For more suggestions on how to de-stress, check out Pinterest page for tips on relaxation, motivational memes and cute photos of animals.

Just remember to keep calm and carry on and if you can’t do that, then scream, dance, or shake it out!!! http://youtu.be/WbN0nX61rIs

-Laurie Borchard