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Cat outside the Oviatt Library

Oviatt Spotlight: CSUN Cat People

Squirrels aren’t the only wildlife living in the trees and shrubbery that surround the Oviatt. A small population of feral felines is lovingly cared for by the CSUN Cat People, a volunteer organization that also works to help educate the community.

Faculty and Staff at our Holiday Party

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.

Luann Rocha

We Would Like You to Meet: Luann Rocha

The Oviatt’s new Director of Development, Luann Rocha, has traveled a diverse and inspiring career path; one that in many ways has come full-circle. Now, fortunately for us, that path has led her back to the Library.

Dean Mark Stover

Message from the Dean: Join in the Transformation

Winston Churchill, one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, once said that “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  I think what he meant by this statement was that the act of giving to people and organizations dear to our hearts enriches not just the recipient but also the giver.  Generosity allows us to see more clearly that the world is much bigger than ourselves.

A Hot New Trend is Brewing

When it comes to designing the interior space of a modern academic Library, the presence of a coffeehouse is quickly becoming the new rule. Thanks to the Freudian Sip, CSUN’s Oviatt is no exception.  Coffee is an evolving culture that has become synonymous with academic life. When strolling through the Oviatt Library, the Freudian Sip logo and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee is everywhere. Libraries are welcoming this burgeoning culture with open arms.

California's Call Exhibit

What's Up: California's Call

Curator and Archivist Kelsey Knox talks about the Library’s new exhibit and shares some of her personal connections to “California’s Call: The Lure and the Lore of the Golden State.”  Over 200 items from the Oviatt Library’s Special Collections and Archives have been gathered together in the Library Exhibit Gallery to showcase the ongoing myth of California as the “land of promise” or “golden state” and the role it has played as a popular destination for vacationers and settlers in the United States during the last two centuries. 

Bound Periodicals in Library Stacks

Oviatt Spotlight: Weeding

With spring in full swing, we thought it an appropriate time to share some insights into the essential work that is involved in the ongoing care and cultivation of our Library garden.  It is difficult for librarians, book lovers that we are, to take part in a process that actually removes books from the shelves. Yet, as libraries are becoming more assessment driven and therefore more data driven, we are discovering that student requirements are changing.

Kris Ecklund

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.

Luiz Mendes

We Would Like You to Meet: Luiz Mendes

CSUN alumnus, award winning educator, Oviatt Library Cataloging Coordinator, and Brasileiro, Luiz Mendes, talks openly about his passion for information organization, and his love of teaching.

Dean Mark Stover

Message from the Dean: Priorities and a Changing Library

One of my favorite television actresses, Marilu Henner, once said that “Like it or not, the world evolves, priorities change and so do you.”  It’s a simple concept, but the truth is that many of us are fixed in cement once we write down a prioritized list of goals. 

It’s not easy to be flexible with our goals.  We may feel that others will criticize us for weakness or lack of focus.  At the same time, we must take advantage of windows of opportunity and move our current priorities forward with intentionality and speed when an opening appears.