Message from the Dean: The Impact of Interconnectivity
Woodrow Wilson was a political science professor, president of Princeton University, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and president of the United States. In one of his presidential campaigns he used the slogan “The pen is mightier than the sword,” which should endear him to all those who love libraries. But it is another quote from Woodrow Wilson that I want to focus on in this dean’s message.
The Gift of Giving: The Sharon Fogarty Young Readers’ Collection
One family’s cherished tradition becomes the inspiration for a heartfelt gift that will continue to enrich the lives of CSUN students and inspire young community readers for many generations to come. “Last night, I think I may have dreamed about dragons and polar bears draping themselves over books.” These are the words of Patricia Fogarty as she recalled her recent visit to the Sharon Fogarty Young Readers’ Collection at the Oviatt Library.
What's Up: Oviatt Library Outreach Services
Prominently situated at the center of CSUN’s sprawling campus, the Oviatt Library offers invaluable education resources to students and community members far beyond the university’s boundaries with their robust Outreach Services.
A university’s library is often the heart of its campus. Much more than just a place for students to gather, do homework, study for finals, or work on a group projects, a university Library functions as both a symbol of the power of education and as a touchstone for a university’s pulse and spirit.
Oviatt Spotlight: CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
Through the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project, the National Parks Service grants funding that will help the Oviatt Library and some of its sister CSU libraries to archive significant historical treasures.
This three-year effort provides for the digitization and online access of approximately 10,000 documents from over 30 archival collections related to Japanese American incarceration during World War II and the resettlement.
Thanks & Recognition: Dr. Harry Stone
“Once a gentleman, and always a gentleman.” Charles Dickens expressed that sentiment in his mid-19th century classic Little Dorrit, but he would be pleased to have us use it today in reference to Professor Emeritus Harry Stone.
Dr. Harry Stone, a renowned Victorian literature scholar, taught in the Department of English at CSUN for 32 years. Dr. Stone may have retired from his beloved CSUN in 1992, but his legacy will live on at the Oviatt Library through a unique and generous gift.
Message from the Dean: The Gift of Giving Back
When I was a boy, I was inspired by the athletic skill and bold rhetoric of boxing champion Muhammed Ali. Later I learned of his commitment to service, what we often refer to as “giving back.” Ali said that “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” This is a helpful metaphor that perfectly captures the spirit of service: it’s an obligation that we have toward our fellow travelers on this planet that allows us to “give back” to others in a variety of ways. Some of us give back with our time; some with our treasure; and some through service-oriented careers.
Current Library Exhibit Celebrates (and Investigates) Black Culture
“Historicizin’ & Contemporizin’ the Black Aesthetic: Keeping the Legacy Alive” is a unique journey into the Black experience, honoring the history and contemporary contributions of people of Black descent, whose experience is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past, present and future.
The Oviatt Library is proud to host the spring 2016 exhibit, “Historicizin’ and Contemporizin’ the Black Aesthetic: Keeping the Legacy Alive.” Co-curated by Africana Studies professors Theresa White and Cedric Hackett, the exhibit is an inclusive look at African American and African culture from both past and present perspectives.
What's Up: Robert Landau
Join the Friends of the Oviatt Library as they host a luncheon with photographer/author Robert Landau, who will share insights and images from his uniquely L.A. inspired book, Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip.
Los Angeles native Robert Landau was clearly a kid destined to become a photographer. In 1969, a young Landau began shooting his first pictures, which were the colorful sights around his Hollywood home.