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Featured: Innovation Takes on a Whole New Dimension

Fall 2016

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

Winter 2015

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

Fall 2015

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

Summer 2015

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

Spring 2015

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

Winter 2014

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.

Innovation Sparks Imagination in the New, Student-Funded Creative Media Studio

Fall 2014

The most recent addition to the Library’s immensely popular Learning Commons is a technology-rich workspace that provides students with the support and resources they need to create state-of-the-art, media-rich projects and presentations.

The Learning Commons’ Creative Media Studio (CMS) opened recently thanks to Campus Quality Fee funding awarded to the Library. The CMS provides students with access to specialized hardware, software and support in order to create videos, digital audio recordings, and robust multimedia projects.

Featured: Universal Design Center

Summer 2014

Ensuring that campus technologies are accessible to everyone is a shared California State University responsibility. To assist CSUN in that charge, we are fortunate to have in residence the diligent and highly skilled team working in the Universal Design Center (UDC).  Housed in an unassuming nook on the Oviatt Library’s Garden Level, the staff of the Universal Design Center (UDC) works to ensure that the campus web environment is usable and accessible to everyone.  The key underlying principle of universal design is that all individuals, regardless of disability, should have access to information.

Sex in the Library

Spring 2014

An event like no other.

The Oviatt Library is partnering with Gender and Women’s Studies, Queer Studies and The Pride Center to create a week-long series of lectures and presentations titled Sex in the Library: Scholarship, Exploration, and Intersectionality in the Archives.

Featured: Rare, Robust and Renovation Ready

Winter 2013

With an ever-increasing number of resource materials, new modes of access, and an expanding physical footprint the Oviatt Library’s Special Collections and Archives is more visible and vibrant than ever.