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Oviatt Spotlight: Special Thanks to our Library Student Employees

Fall 2020

Contributed by Gina Flores

The CSUN Library, fondly known as the heart of the campus, is tremendously thankful for the amazing student workforce dedicated to supporting our operation during the 2019/2020 academic year. Not only did our student employees make use of the Library's resources themselves, but they also helped to make these resources available to their fellow students, staff, faculty, and community members.

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Oviatt Spotlight: The Richard Cross Collection

Spring 2020

In this Oviatt Spotlight, we’re zooming in on a significant project in the Library's Tom & Ethel Bradley Center, where the talented team is digitizing thousands of images by American photojournalist Richard Cross. This Q & A with Dr. José Luis Benavides takes us behind the scenes of this project.

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Oviatt Spotlight: Library Scholarships Continue to Foster Success

Fall 2019

One of our very favorite events of the year is the annual awarding of scholarships to dedicated student employees on our team. It’s such a rewarding experience we hold close to our hearts, and look forward to each year. Through generous donor support, a $1,000 scholarship is a valuable boost to offset the cost of higher education for students in need.


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Oviatt Spotlight: The Tom & Ethel Bradley Center

Spring 2019

Did you know that the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at CSUN has over one million images produced by Los Angeles-based photographers that document the social, cultural and political lives of the diverse communities of the Southern California region between the 1910s and the present? The archives, now held within the Oviatt Library, contain one of the largest collections of African American photographers west of the Mississippi and the most extensive collection in Southern California.

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Your Vote Counts: a Message from the Oviatt eNews Editorial Team

Fall 2018

Our lead story this issue, “People Are Talking about What She Said” commemorates the opening event of the Special Collections & Archives exhibition on women's civic and community engagement.  Attending the event, we were very moved by the struggle our foremothers faced in gaining the right to vote, a struggle that people all over the world, including in some parts of this country, still must contend with in order to get to the ballot box.  Your vote is precious, and so we’d like to take this opportunity to call attention to what we’re doing at the Library to engage voters as the midterm elections approach.

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Oviatt Spotlight: Two California Professors Discover the Los Angeles Jewish Community Relations Committee Archives to Write Best Selling Books

Spring 2018

Most recently, two university professors in California were inspired by these valuable archives, spending countless hours in the Oviatt Library’s Special Collections and Archives researching their highly acclaimed books: Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against America by USC History Professor Steven J. Ross and Hollywood’s Spies: The Undercover Surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles by Laura B. Rosenzweig from the University of California.

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Oviatt Spotlight: Sources of Inquiry - Exploring the Foundations of Primary & Archival Research

Fall 2017

Discover Special Collections & Archives new Exhibition. Archivists and librarians at CSUN have been building primary and archival research collections for several decades to help students and other researchers discover and analyze critical information about our collective past. On display in the gallery are items selected from all parts of the holdings in Special Collections and Archives.


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Oviatt Spotlight: Quick. Clean. Green.

Spring 2017

Quick. Clean. Green. With the installation of a refillable water bottle station, the Oviatt Library is saving students money and sending a positive message about the important role that we all play in preserving the planet.

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Oviatt Spotlight: Marketing Award

Winter 2016

A bold call to action, an eye-catching design, and vibrant storytelling all come together to help the Oviatt Library’s new brochure win a 2016 Communicator Award.

The Oviatt’s newest brochure was created with a few very specific goals in mind: to connect with current and potential patrons; to engage new friends; and to promote the transformative impact of library resources, services, and programming.

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Oviatt Spotlight: Moving Library Research from Palm Trees to Gondolas

Fall 2016

From California to the canals of Venice, Italy, Oviatt librarians Ahmed Alwan and Joy Doan share their impactful research on Microaggressions & Academic Libraries, and discover some darn good noodles along the way.