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.
Primary Source Gifts Make a Lasting Impression
CSUN student and Oviatt Library eNews Intern Lesley Zambrano gives a firsthand account of her inspiring introduction to the many unique Special Collections and Archive resources that are available to our campus community and researchers from around the world.
Featured: Innovation Takes on a Whole New Dimension
The Oviatt continues to stay on the trending edge of shared technological resource delivery with the recent addition of 3D printing services and related workshops in the library’s Creative Media Studio.
You have likely noticed by now that there’s an ever-increasing current of transformative energy pulsing through the heart of CSUN’s campus. For the past few years, the steadfast and iconic façade of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library has contrasted the sweeping renovation of its now flexible, lively, and modern first floor interior.
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.
Featured: Connecting Communities through History
There are many stories to be told that connect our shared experiences within the greater Los Angeles community. By bringing history into the lives of the San Fernando Valley residents we strengthen our shared knowledge and build lasting connections.
The Oviatt Library has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The grant supports public programs during the upcoming academic year from September 2015 through April 2016.