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

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 by March 31, 2017. For more information visit

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

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.

Executive Order 9066 Exhibit Displays Japanese-American History

Japanese-Americans incarcerated at a camp on West CoastHello Matadors! We invite you to come by and experience the Executive Order 9066 Exhibit which marks the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing an order that led to the incarceration of thousands of Japanese-Americans. This exhibit is being held in the Library Exhibit Gallery on the second floor of the Oviatt Library.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942, two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. This order authorized the imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans from March 1942 through March 1946. During this time, approximately 75,000 Japanese-American citizens and 45,000 Japanese immigrants (who were prohibited from becoming naturalized American citizens) were sent to camps throughout the west and along the west coast. Those affected by this order included thousands of Japanese-American children, the disabled, and elderly. This order forced many who were students to drop out of school and people and families to leave and lose their jobs and homes.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, the order against Japanese-Americans was revoked. Although those who had been living in these camps were released, many faced challenges rebuilding the life they once had. It was not uncommon for Japanese-Americans to find hostility and discrimination upon their return to society. In 1980, a congressional commission blamed the incarceration on “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed HR 442, known as the Civil Liberties Act, which provided restitution and an apology to those surviving Japanese-Americans who had been held in these camps.

The Executive Order 9066 Exhibit on the second floor of the Library includes first-hand accounts from those incarcerated about their many experiences in the mess halls, communal spaces, in addition to printed materials utilized by the government including a loyalty questionnaire to determine the “Americanness” of those imprisoned. It also includes posters from the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project that display letters, photographs and other materials that showcase the experiences of those in the camps. This digitization project is a collaboration of 15 CSU campuses working together to document the story of Japanese Americans. For more information please visit The Executive Order 9066 Exhibit will run through May 31, 207.

Two More Events Celebrate Black History Month at the Oviatt

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

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

Celebrate Love My Library Week at the Oviatt

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Civil Rights and Civic Action Guide Centralizes Resources for Matadors

Oviatt Library outside with CSUN bannersHello Matadors! A new online resource guide is available on the Oviatt website. The Oviatt Library’s Civil Rights and Civic Action Guide was developed for the campus community in response to feedback received after the recent campus town halls. The guide provides a centralized location to access legal and political information and resources for students, faculty, and staff at CSUN. This guide will continue to be a work in progress as we will be adding additional resources in the coming weeks. However, if you are aware of a resource not included within the guide, which you believe would be helpful to other Matadors, feel free to let us know by using the “Contact Us” box located on the homepage of the guide.