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Featured: Inside the Politics of Low & Slow

eNews Edition: Fall 2022

Artists, club members, family and friends gathered October 9 at the opening reception for “The Politics of Low & Slow,” an exhibition of lowrider history, art and culture in the Los Angeles area. The exhibit features car club memorabilia, representations in media, paintings commemorating the lowrider car enthusiasts, and much more. We spoke with our guest curator, Professor Denise M. Sandoval, for an inside perspective on the exhibit.

Student workers at the Guest Services desk at CSUN's University Library

What's New: Mergers and Moves and Renos, Oh My!

eNews Edition: Fall 2022

In response to the University Library’s Mission, which emphasizes user-focused services and innovative physical spaces in support of student success, faculty scholarship, staff resource needs, and the greater CSUN community, projects to consolidate public services, simplify access to collections, and renovations to expand collaborative and quiet study spaces were recently completed or are nearing completion.

Scholarship winner Beatriz Acuna

We Would Like You to Meet: The Library Student Employee Scholarship Recipients of 2022

eNews Edition: Fall 2022

The University Library is very appropriately considered the intellectual heart of the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) campus. As one of the largest employers of CSUN students, the Library is proud to offer student employees the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and mentorship in various departments. Student assistants often share the joys of becoming a part of the Library family, making new friendships, and the positive experience of serving the needs of fellow students.

In March 2022, the Library awarded and celebrated nineteen well-deserved student assistant scholarship recipients. Thanks to the generosity of several dedicated donors to the Library’s scholarship program for student employees, twenty-eight scholarships were awarded this year! The virtual awards ceremony was an exciting and memorable celebration, filled with surprises, laughter, and heartfelt appreciation.

Ultimaker 3D printer with a 3D printed astronaut

Spotlight: Behind the Scenes of the Library's Creative Maker Studio

eNews Edition: Fall 2022

The Creative Maker Studio (CMS) is a unique department in the University Library that brings together students from all corners of the campus with the shared objective to learn, create, and collaborate. In July 2022, the rebrand from Creative Media Studio to Creative Maker Studio affirmed the department’s status as the Library’s official Makerspace.

This fall, the CMS debuted five brand new services including a vinyl cutting station, creative scanning station with a photo/film and 3D scanner, sewing machine available for checkout and inside a reservable room, multipurpose production room with high-end lighting equipment and backdrops, and a virtual reality room where students can experience VR and work on game development. Back by popular demand, we will also be offering virtual and in-person creative workshops, too!

A feline adaptation of a character from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, The Mikado, advertising for the Great Family Wine & Bottling Company.

In Memoriam: David Trutt

eNews Edition: Spring 2022

Last December David Trutt passed away unexpectedly. David’s son, Michael, is a graduate of CSUN, and David was considered an honorary Matador, thanks to his dedication to the University.

David had a lifelong passion for Gilbert & Sullivan, prompting his gift to the University Library of the Gilbert & Sullivan Collection. David and his wife, Sandra, also donated the two exhibit cases bearing the ceramic figurines along with annual cash gifts. In addition, upon his death the Trutt family made a generous donation to CSUN to honor David’s legacy.

CSUN University Library Dean Mark Stover

Message from the Dean: The More Things Change... The More They Really Change!

eNews Edition: Spring 2022

The French have a saying: “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.” The more things change, the more they stay the same. This is a maxim that we can all resonate with, in many facets of our lives. As time goes by, and as the world seems to transform in so many ways, certain themes tend to repeat themselves, generation after generation. But in this edition of the CSUN Library eNews, I would like to slightly revise that old French adage to something that is perhaps slightly less paradoxical: “The more things change … the more they really change!” What I mean by this new axiom is that sometimes the transitions we experience in life and work are so radical that it seems as though we have entered a new dimension of reality. In many ways, this is how I feel as I write this column in late March 2022.

Marta Valier

We Would Like you to Meet: Marta Valier, Researcher at the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center

eNews Edition: Spring 2022

Meet Marta Valier, Researcher at the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center who is working on a graphic novel, which pays tribute to the community of San Basilio de Palenque and tell a story of resistance. As well as raise awareness in the CSUN community, and beyond, about the vitality of the Bradley Center's archived material.

Bob and Maureen Gohstand and CSUN University Library Dean Mark Stover

Thanks & Recognition: The Robert and Maureen Gohstand Special Collections & Archives Endowment

eNews Edition: Spring 2022

Professor Gohstand’s father was the proprietor of a pharmacy in the Shanghai International Settlement—a special zone in China for immigrants controlled by the U.S. and U.K. The family lived above the pharmacy. Bob was 13 years old when he and his family sailed to San Francisco from China. For many of the Old China Hands, the trip to America was the happy ending to a frightful series of exoduses across Eurasia.

The Gohstand Endowment will also support exhibits, internships, fellowships, special speakers, and other types of programs, as well as providing support through the acquisition of rare books and archival collections related to the history of foreigners in China in the first half of the 20th century.

Magdalena Hedrzak: Day in the life of a college student during the pandemic

Library Spotlight: An Update on the Documenting COVID-19 Project at CSUN

eNews Edition: Spring 2022

As previously reported in the Fall 2020 Library eNews, the University Archives, part of the Special Collections and Archives department in the University Library, launched the Documenting COVID-19 project in spring 2021, which, like many academic libraries, endeavors to capture CSUN Matadors’ experiences during this crisis and preserve them for future generations. As the prevalence of COVID-19 appears to be waning, Archivist April Feldman provided the following project update.

Panel of pictures of interviewees - Black Power Archives

What’s New: Bradley Center Black Power Archives Oral History Project

eNews Edition: Spring 2022

Dynamically produced by the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at California State University, Northridge, the Black Power Archives Oral History Project documents the experiences of Black Power activists in Los Angeles through candid, revealing interviews.

With a dedicated Black Power Archives web page and YouTube channel, oral history interviews conducted by CSUN Africana Studies Dr. Karin Stanford and University Library archivist/historian Keith Rice are a purpose-driven showcase of personal experiences from passionate activists and freedom fighters in the Black Power movement.