Featured: History Speaks
Contributed by Elizabeth Altman
Special Collections & Archives launched its online exhibit, Past / Personal: Examining Oral History Narratives, presenting a curated selection from oral histories of “individuals who lived through significant historical events, participated in social movements, or experienced cultural trends that have shaped modern sociocultural perspectives.” We asked the curators to give us an overview of the project.
Featured Article: Los Angeles: On Film and On Record - The Library’s First Virtual Exhibit
For its first all-virtual exhibition, the Special Collections & Archives department presents, Los Angeles: On Film and On Record, now through July 30, 2021, which examines a selection of popular films that feature Los Angeles in the storyline and/or setting, and using film clips and digital images of archival and other primary sources, compares their vision to the documentary record of the “real” Los Angeles. Since opening August 22, 2020, the exhibit has had over 3,000 views. In keeping with its virtual genre and the Library’s support of student learning, the exhibit includes links to podcasts created by English students focusing on specific films in the exhibit for their final research assignment in their Honors Seminar class.
Featured Article: Reflections of a Virtual Librarian
Librarian Liz Cheney was ready and responsive to a quick adaptation when the CSUN Library closed the building under pandemic guidelines in March 2020. She thoughtfully shared her perspective on the transition to serving the CSUN community virtually.
Featured - Diversity Check: Removing Dehumanizing Language from the Discovery System
Ordinarily one might not find library subject headings particularly fascinating, but the Oviatt Library’s OneSearch discovery system has a new story to tell that radically changes the way students engage with information on critical topics. Thanks to the collaborative work of Luiz Mendes, chair of the the Library’s Collection Access and Management Systems department, and Israel Yanez, a cataloger at CSU Sacramento Library, in the display of certain library search results, illegal aliens has become undocumented immigrants.
Featured: Study Shines Light on Library Impact on First-Year Students
In a revealing study titled, “Impact of Library Use on First Year Retention and Success,” assessment librarian Laura Wimberley examined two research questions as part of the CSUN Data Champions* initiative:
- Are first-year students who use library collections and services more likely to return for their second year?
- Do first-year students who use more library collections and services earn more credits than comparable students who don’t use the library?
Analysis of the records of all 5,214 first-time freshman who entered CSUN in fall 2017 showed highly statistically significant relationships between these variables – in short, yes!
Local Elementary School Students See a Future at the Oviatt Library
One of the many delights we have the privilege to enjoy in the Oviatt Library is the awe and spark of imagination that ignites every time students from local community schools visit us for a field trip tour. Over the last five years, the Oviatt has conducted 302 tours welcoming 5,435 visitors.
Featured Article: Creativity has a Home in the Oviatt Library
One of the wonderful things about libraries is that they transform to meet the needs of the community, embrace and experiment with new ideas, and provide spaces for research, culture and collaboration. In this issue of our eNews, we explore the Oviatt Library as a space for creativity, and how important the creative process is towards fostering student and community success. See Dean Mark Stover’s article [link] The Oviatt Library has undergone tremendous changes over recent years, and its Mission, Vision and Values reflect those changes. The Library as a creative space is reflected in our mission as creating “innovative physical and virtual spaces,” and providing “diverse education and cultural programming in support of student success.”
People are Talking about "What She Said"
September 20, 2018 saw the lively opening of the Oviatt Library Special Collections & Archives exhibit, What She Said: 100 Years of Women's Civic and Community Engagement. The exhibition, which documents the rise of women’s engagement in civic, social and business life beginning in the late 19th century, was celebrated by almost 150 attendees including two Los Angeles City Councilwomen.
Featured Article: A New Home for Unique Treasures
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.
Digitization Project Dramatically Expands Access to 60 Years of CSUN Scholarship
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.