Category: outreach

The Oviatt Welcomes CSUN Freshmen During the Month of August

Oviatt LibraryHello Matadors! The Oviatt Library is participating in many campus events welcoming freshmen to CSUN. Beginning August 9 until August 26, on most days, you will find us at the New Student Orientation booths held in the University Student Union. Librarians will be on hand and available to speak to you from noon to 1:30 p.m. Stop by and find out about all of the Library 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 giveaways such as pens, notepads, highlighters and many other items to support your success. Please stop by our booth and ask any questions you may have about the Library. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

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

Money Smart: The top 5 tips for Winning Scholarships

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  1. Scholarships are available 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week, and 365 days a year

a. There is no such thing as a “scholarship season.”  You are encouraged to continuously search for scholarships all the time.  All you have to remember – Apply, Apply, Apply!

b. Resources: Scholarship Books listing available scholarships by state, calendar deadlines

2. You can win scholarships regardless of your grades

a. Merit scholarships come in two forms.  There is academic merit scholarships that look primarily at grades, GPA, academic transcripts, and courses taken. However, merit scholarships may refer to sports, art, volunteer, and require essays, or a video highlighting unique ability.

b. Resources: Scholarship Books listing available scholarships by state, calendar deadlines

3. Use the “cookie-cutter approach” when applying for scholarships

a. Since most scholarship applications ask the same questions, apply for one scholarship then stamp out the others by making minor tweaks (don’t reinvent the wheel). In most cases, you can reuse 70% of your materials to apply for future scholarships.

b. Resources: Books on how to write scholarship essays

4. Avoid careless mistakes on your scholarship applications

a. Take the time to proofread your work, or ask someone to look over your application.  Avoiding to proofread your work can be the small difference in winning a scholarship.

b. Resource: CSUN Learning Resource Center

5. Search for scholarships in less conventional places

a. In addition to the CSUN Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, consider areas such as the radio, local community organizations, your local public library, the Oviatt, bulletin boards, and local businesses.

b. Resources: The Oviatt Library, the Los Angeles Public Library System, parents’ place of work, professional organizations in the major you are in and local newspaper.

Gregorio Alcantar and Veronica Poplovic, Financial Aid and Scholarship Counselors

Money Smart Tips on Setting Your Financial Goals

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  • Make your financial goals as specific as possible. To get richer is not a goal! To save 10% of your income, is.
  • Identify a time frame. For example, decide to pay off your student loans within 5, or 10 or 15 years after graduation. If you have a deadline, you are more likely to work towards achieving a goal.
  • Ask your relatives to contribute to your student loans, Roth IRA or any other type of debt/savings account directly rather than to give you cash or buy gifts for Christmas, birthdays and graduation.
  • Break down huge goals into smaller pieces. This way, you can make them more achievable and celebrate along the way.
  • Create positive goals. Instead of saying “Get out of Debt”, focus on “Freeing up income by shifting it from student loans to fun.”
  • Think of what’s important to you and your life and spend your money accordingly. If spending time with your friends is important, spend the money on activities with friends rather than on things.
  • Be able to live on less than you earn, no matter what.
  • Make room in your budget for what’s important to you. But first, figure out what the important things are in your life.
  • Click here for more articles, books, media and more on Personal Finance from the Oviatt Library.

Inga Chira, Ph.D., CFP® and Assistant Professor of Finance

Five Budgeting and Saving Tips for Money Smart Week

piggybank1. Budgeting can be hard, and that’s why you need a system in place. In a little less than 20 minutes per month you can master your budget and take control of your finances.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AezoY23Qxq02.

2. Using a budgeting mobile app like YNAB or Mint can help you stay on track throughout the month and keep your budget in check. https://www.policygenius.com/blog/managing-your-money-with-budgeting-apps-the-pros-and-cons/

3. Your savings strategy should start with setting aside 3-6 month’s of expenses in a high-yield savings account for your Emergency Fund. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmM5SCdViKE

4. Take a 30-day spending break is one of the best ways to supercharge your savings and help you figure out what unnecessary items you are spending your money on.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/30-day-spending-break-to-supercharge/id957163760?i=352198228&mt=2

5. The Art of Negotiation is one of the best-kept secrets to unlocking savings in a tight budget. Did you know you could negotiate your rent, your cable bill, your phone bill and even your credit card interest rate?  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/art-negotiation-back-to-basics/id957163760?i=351517739&mt=2

Click here for more articles, books, media and more on Personal Finance from the Oviatt Library.

Shannah Compton Game, CFP®, MBA and Finance Professor

Money Smart Tips on Financing Your Education and Tax Credits from the IRS

$100 bills fanned outMoney you paid for higher education in 2015 can mean tax savings in 2016. If you, your spouse or your dependent took post-high school coursework last year, there may be a tax credit or deduction for you. Here are some facts from the IRS about key tax breaks for higher education.

The American Opportunity Credit (AOTC) is:

  • Worth up to $2,500 per eligible student.
  • Used only for the first four years at an eligible college or vocational school.
  • For students earning a degree or other recognized credential.
  • For students going to school at least half-time for at least one academic period that started during or shortly after the tax year.
  • Claimed on your tax return using Form 8863, Education Credits.

The Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC) is:

  • Worth up to $2,000 per tax return, per year, no matter how many students qualify.
  • For all years of higher education, including classes for learning or improving job skills.
  • Claimed on your tax return using Form 8863, Education Credits.

The Tuition and Fees Deduction is:

  • Claimed as an adjustment to income.
  • Claimed whether or not you itemize.
  • Limited to tuition and certain related expenses required for enrollment or attendance at eligible schools.
  • Worth up to $4,000.

Additionally:

  • You should receive Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, from your school by Feb. 1, 2016. Your school also sends a copy to the IRS.
  • You may only claim qualifying expenses paid in 2015.
  • You can’t claim either credit if someone else claims you as a dependent.
  • You can’t claim either AOTC or LLC and the Tuition and Fees Deduction for the same student or for the same expense, in the same year.
  • Income limits could reduce the amount of credits or deductions you can claim.
  • The Interactive Tax Assistant toolon IRS.gov can help you check your eligibility.

Click here for articles, books, media and more resources from the Oviatt Library on Tuition Tax Credits for Higher Education.

https://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Savings-from-Higher-Education-Costs

 

Money Smart Tip: Turning Financial Literacy into Financial Action

Stack of moneyApril marks Financial Literacy Month, a time when everyone can learn more about their personal finances and take steps to improve their financial picture. If you’re looking for a place to start, CSUN Saves, a campus partner of America Saves, provides 3 easy ways to assess your current situation and take action to save.

  1. Saver Checklist ToolCheck off your savings accomplishments to see how you’re doing.
  2. Assess Your Savings Tool – Complete the assessment to see if you are saving adequately and create a savings plan.
  3. Pledge to Save – Once you start saving, it gets easier and easier, and before you know it, you’re on your way to making your dreams a reality. The first step is to take the America Saves Pledge.

For college students on a limited budget, saving can be especially difficult. Dr. Linda Bradley, Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Health and Human Development and Program Coordinator for CSUN Saves, reminds students to “start small, think big, and make saving automatic.” Simple steps such as developing and following a semester budget at the start of each semester; reducing eating out by packing a lunch and cooking at home; and, finding low cost alternatives for transportation can go a long way in freeing up money to put towards savings goals.

For more savings strategies and to take the savings pledge, stop by the CSUN Saves table at the Farmer’s Market every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Cleary Walk East.

Savings starts when you take action; those with a savings plan are twice as likely to spend less than they earn, and save the difference. Celebrate Financial Literacy Month by making your savings plan today. Learn more at csunsaves.org.

Click here for more articles, books, media and more on Personal Finance from the Oviatt Library.

Professor Linda Bradley, Family and Consumer Sciences

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 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

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

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

Local Students Find Resources at the Oviatt

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Northridge Academy High School students

Many local students visit the Oviatt Library for tours and to find out about the resources and services available to them each year. Some classes visit the Library for instruction sessions as well. In fact, last year, 68 Library tours were provided to 1,143 local students and 37 Library lectures were provided to 1,190 local students to support them to be successful in their coursework.

Most recently, Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) history classes visited the Library to find sources for a senior research project. Many of these students were not aware of the 200 databases available to them at the Oviatt Library prior to their visit. They spent time searching in the databases; evaluating information; and eventually downloading and emailing articles to themselves. Many students explored ebooks during the session. They also were able to find books in the stacks and check them out prior to completing their visit. Last year alone, 431 local high school students within the San Fernando Valley checked out Oviatt Library books for their research needs and assignments.

During their visits to the Library, these students find out about the research help they can receive from a librarian at the reference desk in the Learning Commons or virtually through our Ask A Librarian service. These visits to the Library support them to be successful in their coursework; help to prepare them for the academic rigors of university level research; and support them to acclimate to campus, as many of these students will become CSUN students after high school.

Additional local high school students will be visiting the Library next semester. We look forward to working with these students and their teachers in the coming year.

– 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

CSUN Bridge Students Visit the Oviatt Library

Incoming Bridge freshmen are visiting the Library during the coming weeks to find out about all of the resources and services available to them as new CSUN Matadors. Many of these students will attend Library tours and learn, firsthand, where they can receive help with their research, and 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.

Bridge Students 2015

These Bridge students will visit many Library departments including the Creative Media Studio which provides all CSUN students with access to specialized computers and software in order to develop multi-media projects; the Teacher Curriculum Center which offers students 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 in addition to other instructional media for many departments campus wide.

Other services covered within the tours include information about borrowing iPads and laptops; Course Reserves; and Interlibrary Loan. 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

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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Therapy Dog

Therapy Dog

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

Love My Library Week

For the month of February, libraries across the US are celebrating Love My Library Month. Here at the Oviatt we are celebrating Love My Library Week. CSUN students are our #1 priority and everything we do is because we want our students to be successful.

The following is this week’s schedule of events:

Monday: Social Media kickoff! Tell us what you love about the Oviatt using #LoveMyOviatt or #HeartOviatt. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share the love!

Tuesday: Button making, noon to 2pm. Stop by our table in the front lobby of the library to make some I <3 Oviatt buttons or create your own.

Wednesday: Crafts table, noon to 2pm in front lobby. Make your Valentine a Valentine with our literary inspired cards or relax and make some origami flowers.  Tell us in writing what you love about us by stopping by our board of hearts on the first floor of the library.

Thursday & Friday: Blind Date with a Book. Stop by our book cart on the first floor of the library and take a chance with a book that’s all wrapped up. Don’t worry we’ll give you clues to what’s inside.

We will be sharing photos and comments on social media all throughout the week.

-Laurie Borchard

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.

Arts & Crafts 3 for blog

Grafitti Board with students

Therapy Dog with student

Therapy Dogs 6 with students

Therapy Dogs with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with studetns

Therapy Dog wtih student

Therapy Dog for blog

Therapy Dog

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with student

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

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