Thanks & Recognition: Kris Ecklund
After 37 years of dedicated service to California State University, Northridge and the Oviatt Library, retired Librarian Kris Ecklund continues to support the impactful work and inspiring legacy of CSUN librarians. These days, CSUN Emeritus Librarian Kris Ecklund lives far away from the San Fernando Valley. Her current house sits on a hill in Sequim, a small city perched on a bay in Northern Washington State just across the water from Canada. Even with all those miles between the Oviatt Library and her current home, Ecklund has never forgotten the place where she spent more than thirty years doing the work that she loved so much.
Thanks and Recognition: For a Long Tradition of Holiday Giving
Library staff and faculty go above and beyond to incorporate both an imaginative theme and the spirit of giving into their annual holiday celebration. At this year’s unique event, contributions were gathered for Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.
Thanks and Recognition: Faculty Senate Library Committee
We would like to take a moment to honor and appreciate the ongoing and often unsung work that the members of Faculty Senate Library Committee perform on behalf of our entire CSUN community.
November 2013 marked a milestone in the open access movement as CSUN became the very first of the 23 Cal State University campuses to adopt an official open access resolution for its faculty.
Thanks & Recognition: Vern Bullough
It was a lucky day for our library when Vern Bullough, a young history professor from Utah, joined the faculty of what was then San Fernando Valley State College in 1959. Vern Bullough and his wife Bonnie met in high school in Salt Lake City, Utah, and were married barely out of their teens. The Bulloughs were together for nearly 50 years and had four children.
Thanks & Recognition: Friends of the Oviatt Library
By the end of March, the Friends of the Library bookstore will be closing its doors. Thankfully, however, when these doors close an entire portico will open.
The Friends of the Library Bookstore, located in the west wing on the first floor of the Oviatt, will be closing on March 28, 2014, to make way for the continuing transformation of the Library’s main level. Since first opening its doors in September of 2000, the bookstore has generated thousands of dollars from the sale of used books.
Thanks & Recognition: Chinese Consulate
A generous gift of learning resources from the Chinese Consulate to the Oviatt Library is reflective of a well-established partnership that exemplifies CSUN’s expanding role in the internationalization of higher education. Last summer Professor Justine Su, Director of CSUN’s China Institute, helped to facilitate the donation of more than 2,000 textbooks, CDs, DVDs, and various other interactive learning materials to the Oviatt Library.
Thanks and Recognition: Marianne Afifi
Associate Dean of the Oviatt Library Marianne Afifi is required to wear a variety of hats. Now, after overseeing months of construction in the new Learning Commons, a hardhat is included. On the long list of responsibilities that fall under the purview of the Oviatt Library’s Associate Dean Marianne Afifi are things like day-to-day operations, emergency planning, departmental oversight, strategic planning, and development.
Thanks and Recognition: Ann and Dave Perkins
Even though retired librarians Ann and Dave Perkins recently relocated away from their long-time Northridge home, their continuing support of Library scholarships and their ongoing service to the campus as emeritus faculty keeps them closely tied to CSUN and the Oviatt.
Thanks and Recognition: Bob Gohstand and Maureen Kelly
The newly named and soon to be remodeled Robert Gohstand and Maureen Kelly Reading Room will offer a quiet, comfortable oasis for avid readers; it will also serve as a dynamic and enduring reminder of the many gifts bestowed on the Oviatt Library by two of its most passionate supporters and most cherished friends.
Thanks and Recognition
The Oviatt Library recently received a $161,000 gift from The Jack and Florence Ferman Foundation for the Ferman Endowment. The purpose of the gift is to support the continued processing and ongoing curation of the many unique treasures that are housed in the Special Collections of the library. The Fermans were long-time friends of the Library who passed away a few years ago. Jack Ferman was a businessman, and Florence (a CSUN alumna) was an artist, but both were obviously philanthropists at heart.