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.
The 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
Welcome back Matadors! This school year promises to be an exciting time filled with academic challenges and intellectual growth. During this first week of the fall semester, we at the Library wish you luck in finding all of your classes and in forging meaningful relationships with your peers and your professors throughout the year. We will have additional librarians at the reference desk most of this week, so if you have a question, don’t hesitate to come see us. There will also be an Information Technology table in the Library lobby to help assist you with any of your connectivity issues or questions. But support won’t be limited to the inside of the Library building. We will also have a special Ask Us! Booth on the west side of the Library near Magnolia Walk. Librarians and staff will be there on Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. to answer your questions about finding specific buildings or classrooms and to provide information about the Library as well. In fact, we will be giving away highlighters, pens, notepads and other school supplies while they last so be sure to stop by, say hello and get your free giveaway items. Happy new school year to all!
- Coleen Martin
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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