The Oviatt Library and CSUN’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) work together each year to help prepare CSUN Bridge students for academic experiences and expectations at the college level. As a team, the Library and the EOP encourage and empower students to utilize Library and campus resources and services so they can be successful during their years here and beyond.
A four-story academic Library can be an intimidating place to maneuver for the first time. However, during the last four years our librarians have provided 75 Library tours for 1,424 EOP students and 28 Library lectures for 704 EOP students to support them during their transition from high school to our university. The tours and lectures help to instill students with the confidence and ability necessary to navigate our physical resources and we find they also help to ease feelings of apprehension which can be a common experience when students first arrive.
During the tours, librarians guide students in locating Course Reserve and Interlibrary Loan services, our 170-seat Computer Lab which provides them with a place to research their assignments and type papers, information about obtaining research help from our team of 28 librarians and much more. These EOP tours and lectures begin in the summer. However, for many EOP students, the collaboration continues throughout the academic year with several follow up Library lectures to continue to provide them with the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to navigate scholarly online resources and services successfully.
During the Library lectures, Oviatt librarians work with students to identify the types of sources needed for their research, the specialized databases which will carry the information they are seeking, and the ways in which they can properly cite their papers. Several hundred EOP Bridge students will be visiting the Library within the coming weeks to begin their academic journey. We at the Oviatt Library say welcome to all 2012 EOP Bridge students!
With the spring semester coming to a close soon we thought it would be fun to look back at the ways in which the Oviatt Library has been busy with outreach all year working with students, staff, faculty and the community. The beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year brought in a wave of new students and opportunities to introduce them to the campus and Library resources and services. Approximately 1,500 CSUN students attended 16 Library sponsored booths and learned how the Library can assist them to be successful with their research and in their classes. Many students were not only happy to receive useful information but also with the many Library vendor donated giveaway items such as highlighters, notepads, pens, water bottles, reusable grocery bags and more. CSUN parents were also involved with Library activities when approximately 80 parents attended Library tours during last fall’s campus Parent Day festivities. Parents were introduced to the many ways their students can gain research support and were able to ask librarians questions about the many Library services and resources available to their students.
Local non-CSUN students have benefited from Library involvement as well. Numerous Library tours and lectures for elementary, middle and high school students opened up the opportunity for approximately 1,800 students to learn about what the Library has to offer and what might be possible for them as future CSUN students. Many of the students were not aware of the 150 databases available for research or how they could get help from a librarian when not in the Library. Students from Granada Hills Charter High School (which recently won the National Academic Decathlon for the second year in a row) and Northridge Academy High School attended 43 Library lectures which supported their successful research and evaluation of online sources. These visits to the Library also help to acclimate them to campus as many of these students will become CSUN students after high school.
There’s also been a lot happening with the Oviatt Library community online. The Library has been having fun on Pinterest the online pinboard. Check us out if you have not already done so. The Library Fun board will likely bring a smile to your face with its clever images and sayings while the Digital Archives Pin of the Day board highlights significant historical digital images not to be seen elsewhere. Much of the material in this collection is associated with local history and it’s interesting to see which new archived resource is featured each day. The Library has also been busy with Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. We recently reached our 1,000th follower on Twitter who was delighted to receive a prize package celebrating that achievement. Finally, several Message in a Minute videos were released for faculty to keep them updated about our resources and services. If you haven’t seen them yet you can take a look at our YouTube channel. You don’t need to be a faculty member to appreciate their information and spirit but their topics range from Searching Cited References, Interlibrary Loan and Video Furnace. While you are there you may want to check out our Xtranormal videos as well. These animated videos have been a fun way to keep students and those using the Oviatt Library informed about changes such as Library hours and services.
Well, it’s been quite an active year at the Library. What’s been your experience during these last two semesters? Have you visited the Library in person, perhaps checked us out on our Pinterest pinboards; YouTube; or followed us on Twitter?
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