Category: outreach

Bookmark Artwork Contest at the Oviatt

ALA banned books week imageWelcome 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

CSUN Student and Faculty Orientations Prepare for Fall Semester

Oviatt LibraryWith the fall semester quickly approaching the campus is abuzz with orientations that support new CSUN students and faculty. Many staff, faculty members and campus departments have collaborated for these events and the Library is playing a part within these activities as well. On most weekdays during August, you will be able to find a librarian or two at the New Student Orientation Resource Fairs hosted by the Office of Student Involvement and Development. Held at the Matador Bookstore Complex between noon and 1 p.m. on many weekdays through August 22, these booths provide new students with the opportunity to find out about Library resources and services. Many students stop by our booths and learn about the Library’s online resources; in-person and virtual librarian research support; computer availability and group study room access and reservations system. Sometimes students simply pick up our Library fall hours schedule. Please stop by our booths and say hello and feel free to ask us a question.

The campus New Faculty Orientation, hosted by Faculty Development, will be taking place on Wednesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 21 in the Oviatt Library’s Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room. During these two days new CSUN faculty will be welcomed and introduced to many campus departments and resources and services to support their smooth transition into the fall semester and within the CSUN campus community. The Oviatt Library is pleased to play a role in welcoming new faculty members and CSUN students as well.

- 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

NIH/NLM Grant Awarded to the Oviatt Library

The Oviatt Library has been awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health(NIH)/National Library of Medicine (NLM). This grant helped us purchase a new database, Anatomy.TV (also known as Primal Pictures Interactive Anatomy(OVID)), a new video collection, Health and Society in Video (Alexander Press) as well as purchasing recommended electronic and print books relating to issues in women’s health, and gender differences research. The title of the grant is Women’s Health Resources and Gender Research Differences: Outreach at California State University Northridge. We are adding records in our library catalog for all items the grant purchases. In addition, the very first catalog record we provide is for the website our grant is promoting Women’s Health Resources.

women's health resources catalog record

You may also connect with the site through Women’s Health Resources in WorldCat. We will share more about our new resources provided by the grant’s funding in future blog posts.

- Marcia Henry

The Science of Sex & Gender: Free Online Courses from the NIH & FDA

If you are a researcher in medical or health sciences, you probably already know that illness and treatment can have different consequences depending on a person’s gender. But maybe you want to learn more about how to incorporate gender differences into your research. Watch this video to learn more about the free online courses you can take at The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health website, developed by the NIH and FDA.

Science of Sex and Gender

This video was funded by The National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine as part of the Women’s Health Resources and Gender Differences: Outreach at California State University, Northridge project. If you have questions about the grant or The Science of Sex and Gender Online Course, please contact the following librarians:

Lynn Lampert- http://library.csun.edu/llampert

Marcia Henry- http://library.csun.edu/mhenry

Anna Fidgeon- http://library.csun.edu/afidgeon

- Anna Fidgeon

Keep an Eye on Your Personal Belongings

The Oviatt Library strives to be a safe and comfortable place to study. However, the building is open to the general public and, as such, is subject to all advantages and disadvantages of a public place. All too often, library users will leave their personal belongings on a table, a study carrel, or even a group study room to go to get coffee, to visit the restroom, or to get a book from another floor.

During this time, the person’s personal belongings are exposed to theft. Numerous times, students have reported their laptops, backpacks, cellphones etc. missing. Most of the time these items will not be recovered. Therefore the Oviatt Library suggests the following:

  1. Do not leave your personal belongings unattended even if it is only for a short time.  It only takes a second.
  2. Do not ask a stranger to watch your belongings. You do not know whether that person is a thief or not.
  3. Enroll in the STOP program administered by the Department of Police Services. The program will apply a security plate and warning label to your electronic equipment, thus reducing the resale value of the item. Look at http://www-admn.csun.edu/dps/police/crime and go to Computer Security & STOP to read more about this program.

- Marianne Afifi, Associate Dean, Oviatt Library

Northridge Academy High School Students Visit the Oviatt

NAHS studentsThe Oviatt Library’s outreach programming with LAUSD offers many local high school students with the opportunity to borrow books and receive reference assistance from our librarians concerning their assignments. This not only helps them to be successful with their high school research papers but it also helps to acclimate them to the Library and campus and prepares them for college-level expectations.

The Oviatt Library has a special working relationship with Northridge Academy High School (NAHS) in this regard. Located on our campus its teachers and teacher librarian work closely with Oviatt librarians to coordinate Library instruction sessions which will support these students to be successful with their research and coursework. Each spring our librarians visit NAHS and instruct students in finding books and trustworthy articles in our databases. We also talk about the importance of citing their sources and direct them in creating proper MLA citations. Discussing the importance of utilizing Library resources for their assignments instead of going straight to Google is also addressed. Students closer to graduation are guided in more advance research techniques.

After the initial Library instruction at their school, NAHS students visit the Oviatt and put into practice what they learned by retrieving credible articles and emailing these articles and MLA citations to themselves. For many of these students it is the first time they have visited an academic Library. These visits often embody a sense of excitement and accomplishment as they experience the research process in a college setting alongside university students. Beginning this week and continuing through March approximately 800 NAHS ninth, tenth and eleventh-grade students will visit the Oviatt for Library instruction sessions. We are excited for these NAHS student visits and look forward to supporting them in their research process!

- Coleen Martin