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.”
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.
Combating the Rising Cost of Education
The Oviatt Library, the campus community, and the Chancellor’s Office are working together to create innovative Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) for CSUN students. CSUN's local initiative will be launching over the summer to promote and support the use of Open Educational Resources, textbook rental, low-cost faculty-authored texts, and other programs.
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.
A Rare and Generous Gift
CSUN emeritus librarian Tony Gardner turns his longtime passion for rare books into a significant, personal and lasting legacy for the Oviatt Library. Tony Gardner is a man who admires printing. He has nothing against modern offset printing, or even laser printing, but what he admires most is hand-set printing dated prior to the middle of the nineteenth century; when type was set by hand, one letter at a time, and printed on a letterpress.