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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.

Featured: Unveiling the Extraordinary Commons

Fall 2013

After years of planning, countless meetings, and months of construction, the Oviatt Library’s dynamic new Learning Commons is ready for its debut, and you are cordially invited.

Although the official ribbon cutting will take place at the Grand Opening on October 3, accompanied by all of the appropriate pomp and circumstance, the beautifully reimagined first floor of CSUN’s Delmar T. Oviatt Library has been buzzing with increased excitement and activity since fall classes began.  “Response from the CSUN community has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Dean Mark Stover.

Featured: What's in a Name?

Summer 2013

Come this fall, much of the Library’s interior space will have been transformed to meet the expanding needs of faculty and students. The new Learning Commons will offer a far more open, multifunctional and dynamic space on the first floor; the lobby will boast an expanded and permanent Freudian Sip; and the University’s Learning Resource Center will have a new home in the third floor east wing.

Featured: The Teacher Curriculum Center

Spring 2013

When asked who the Oviatt Library’s long-standing and newly remodeled Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) is meant to serve, Librarian Mara Houdyshell reads from the back of a brightly colored brochure, “Who should use the TCC? Anyone taking courses in Education, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Child Development, Children’s Literature, and people looking for fun!”

Featured: Building a Learning Commons

Winter 2012

The Oviatt Library is embarking on a number of initiatives that will change the face of our facility and our services. Perhaps our most ambitious endeavor is the new Learning Commons which is due to begin construction in June 2013. The introduction of the Learning Commons will be the first phase in our state-of-the-art transformation to meet the growth of internet-based research and instruction, facilitate an increase in student collaborative projects, and integrate the Library's resources and services into campus wide partnerships to further student learning and respond to faculty needs.