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What's Up: Special Collections & Archives Grand Re-Opening

eNews Edition: Fall 2017

The Oviatt Library cordially invites you come explore and get to know the unique wonders of the new and improved Special Collections & Archives. After two years of renovations and a complete transformation Special Collections & Archives is ready, and it shouts “all eyes on me.”

Featured Article: A New Home for Unique Treasures

eNews Edition: Fall 2017

Have you noticed anything different on the second floor of the Library?  Special Collections & Archives has reopened a sparkling new facility after a major renovation and much-needed expansion.

After much collaboration, planning, and noisy late-night construction the Oviatt Library’s second floor has been transformed.

Dean Mark Stover

Message from the Dean: Prospering from Lessons Past

eNews Edition: Spring 2017

It was philosopher-writer George Santayana who first said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana, who was educated in the United States from the age of eight, was a Spanish immigrant but considered himself an American and went on to become a Professor of Philosophy at Harvard. One of his star students, W. E. B. Du Bois, was able to attend college in large part due to donations that were collected by the congregants of his church. Du Bois himself became a prominent American civil rights leader and helped co-found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). These linked pieces of history, like the articles in this issue of the eNews, remind us that it is in coming together as a community to educate our students that we keep our democracy vibrant.

Joy Picus

We Would Like You to Meet: Joy Picus

eNews Edition: Spring 2017

Our Special Collections and Archives offers a Peek in the Stacks where you can meet former Los Angeles City Council Member, Ms. Magazine’s 1986 Woman of the Year, and all-around San Fernando Valley mover and shaker, Joy Picus.

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Thanks & Recognition: CSUN University Women's Club

eNews Edition: Spring 2017

The Oviatt Library is deeply grateful to the CSUN University Women’s Club, a passionate group of campus friends and family members who have been helping to ease the financial burden on CSUN students for more than a half-decade.

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Oviatt Spotlight: Quick. Clean. Green.

eNews Edition: Spring 2017

Quick. Clean. Green. With the installation of a refillable water bottle station, the Oviatt Library is saving students money and sending a positive message about the important role that we all play in preserving the planet.

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What's Up: Executive Order 9066

eNews Edition: Spring 2017

Special Collections and Archives and the Friends of the Oviatt Library invite you to an exhibit and a presentation that together commemorate and remind us of the shattering impact of Executive Order 9066.

Digitization Project Dramatically Expands Access to 60 Years of CSUN Scholarship

eNews Edition: Spring 2017

After almost a decade from planning to completion, CSUN’s Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) digitization project succeeds in moving the work of over 15,000 Master's students to an online repository that is accessible to researchers from around the globe.

In the most recent election cycle many of us became skeptical of what seems to be an overload of web-based information. CSUN students pay for the benefit of having quality, peer-reviewed research and information at their disposal in training for their postgraduate lives. To expand those resources, the Library in recent years has initiated and participated in projects to bring graduate student research theses online, from the present day all the way back to the university’s founding.

Dean Mark Stover

Message from the Dean: The Sacrifice of Giving

eNews Edition: Winter 2016

Several years ago I had the privilege of hosting a refugee family. What started off as an offer of temporary housing turned into a three-year sojourn and eventually a lifetime friendship. From an outsider’s perspective, this may have seemed like a sacrifice on my part, and on some level it was. There were relatively minor sacrifices of time, finances, and privacy.

In retrospect, however, I received so much more than I gave. My new friends, displaced from their country of birth, could not reciprocate with money, but they more than “evened the score” with their gifts of love, thankfulness, cultural interchange, and loyalty.

Marilee Wheaton

We Would Like You to Meet: Marilee Wheaton

eNews Edition: Winter 2016

An insightful conversation with CSUN alumna and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) board member, Marilee Wheaton, about her career, her family, Barbie fashion, and what it was like to receive the Oviatt Library’s 2016 Volunteer Service Award.