Category: Learning Commons

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.

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!

Jumpstart the new Semester with Helpful Library Resources and Services

Two students working at a computerHello Matadors! Welcome to the 2017 spring semester! We at the Library are here to help you get off to a good start and to be successful with your studies. Here’s a reminder about some of the Library resources and services you can take advantage of in the weeks and months ahead.

Ask a Librarian – Please visit the reference desk in the Learning Commons on the 1st floor for help with your research questions. You also can access our 24/7 Online Virtual Reference Chat Room Service, Text or Email your questions. Appointments may be made with a librarian for lengthier consultations on a topic for a research assignment or paper.

Textbooks on Reserve and Course Reserves – Some textbooks are available through the Campus Quality Fee program. You can search for a textbook by your professor’s last name or course number by visiting http://library.csun.edu/CourseReserves. These and other Course Reserve books are located in the Reserves, Periodicals, and Microform Room on the 4th floor, east wing of the Library.

Library Computing – The Learning Commons Technology Office provides checkout for laptop computers as well as tablets. Desktop computing, black and white and color printing, and a technology help desk are some of the resources available in the 1st floor Learning Commons.

How-to Guides & Tutorials – Numerous online guides and tutorials can help introduce you to finding articles in our databases and books in our collection. Additional online guides and tutorials can support you from the beginning to the end of your research process.

Creative Media Studio – The Creative Media Studio provides Matadors with the equipment needed to create first-rate, multimedia projects. iMac workstations; cutting-edge software; a soundproof recording studio; video cameras; audio recorders; scanner and 3D printer are available. Workshops for using certain technologies are available during different times in the semester.

Group Study Rooms – Group and individual study areas and rooms are available on all floors of the Library. You can reserve a study room online at http://csun.libcal.com.

Freudian Sip Coffeehouse – Local and certified organic brewed coffee, organic teas, baked goods, sandwiches, and other snacks are available in the coffeehouse located on the 1st floor lobby of the Library.

We look forward to seeing you and helping you navigate a successful new semester!

EOP Students Visit the Oviatt

Matty in front of LibraryIncoming CSUN EOP Bridge freshmen have been visiting the Library during the last couple of weeks finding out about all of the resources and services available to them as new CSUN Matadors. The Oviatt Library and CSUN’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) work together each year to help prepare Bridge students for university-level academic expectations and experiences.

Many new Bridge students already have attended Library tours this summer and seen, firsthand, where they can receive help with their research, and where to locate a group study room that will be useful to them in the fall when the Library fills with students preparing for exams and midterms.

Services such as the Creative Media Studio were one of the many highlights of the Library tours. Specialized computers and software are made available to students in order to support them in developing multi-media projects. Students were also introduced to the Library’s Teacher Curriculum Center that offers them the opportunity to check-out instructional materials and young adult novels; and the Music & Media Department which provides students with materials associated with music, cinema and theater curricula.

Other services covered within the tours include information about borrowing iPads and laptops; Course Reserves; Interlibrary Loan; and the CSUN Learning Resource Center that is located on the third floor. Of course, one of the highlights of the Library tour includes a visit to the Library’s Automated Storage & Retrieval System. Students are impressed with the technology and how it is able to house and retrieve approximately 700,000 items within the Oviatt collection upon demand.

We are very pleased to have Bridge students in our Library this summer, and we look forward to working with them during the upcoming academic year!

Coleen Martin

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

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

Matadors Can Scan Materials at the Library

Two students scanning documents in the LibraryCSUN students can now scan documents at the Oviatt Library. Three user friendly, self-serve scanning stations allow students to scan items to: USB, email, Box and phone or tablet. The stations are conveniently located in the:

  • Learning Commons Technology (Main floor);
  • Music & Media (2nd floor East); and
  • Reserves, Periodicals & Microform (RPM – 4th floor East).

The ability to scan documents is a service students had been requesting at the Library. Since self-service scanners with multiple capabilities can be costly, members of the Library Technology Committee performed a needs assessment, and surveyed the products of multiple vendors. Last semester, three scanners were purchased with funding from the Campus Quality Fee (CQF).

The scanners support convenience and enhance student experience at the Library as they decrease paper waste, and assist the accessibility of materials by students with visual impairments. There is no charge for students to scan materials. The Oviatt Library appreciates the funding made possible through the CQF and is excited to offer scanning to CSUN students.

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

New Matadors Tour the Library

Matty at Library This month new CSUN first-time freshmen, transfer and international students will be visiting the Library to see, first-hand, all of the resources and services available them. Many new students begin their academic experience at CSUN during the spring semester and the Library participates in campus coordinated orientations to welcome these students. The new Matadors will be touring the Library’s Learning Commons and finding out where they can: get help with their research needs and borrowing materials; check out laptops and iPads; receive IT support; and learn about the technology that is available to them in our Creative Media Studio. In addition, these students will have the opportunity to tour the Learning Resource Center located on the third floor of the Library. It is our intention that these new Matadors feel welcomed and that they are supported to succeed within their new classes and throughout their CSUN academic journey. The Library looks forward to serving and working with these students during the coming semester and beyond.

– 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

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

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