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Message from the Dean: Everything Oviatt

eNews Edition: Spring 2013

Dean Mark Stover

Everything Oviatt: A vibrant collage of the modern university library.

One of the things that I love most about being a librarian and library administrator at Cal State Northridge is the knowledge that every day will bring something new and exciting into my life.  This issue of the Oviatt Library E-Newsletter exemplifies that feeling of sheer exhilaration when I think about the wide variety of initiatives that the Library is involved with this year. 

As the library continues to thrive through its current period of amazing transformation, I am delighted to have a forum such as this to share information with you about everything Oviatt. Our headline article about the Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) brings to light one of our hidden treasures. The TCC is a place that students and faculty from the College of Education, along with local teachers, use as a frequent resource, but may yet be an undiscovered gem to many others. The “<r>evolution of knowledge” day-long symposium, to be held in the Oviatt Library on April 3, investigates the past, present and future of the creation of knowledge and the search for authentic information in an age of data overload.  We celebrate CSUN Shine with the outreach grant that several of our librarians received from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, focusing on women’s health, gender differences, and the services and resources that the Oviatt Library can offer to students on these important topics.  Our gratitude is overflowing toward Bob Gohstand and Maureen Kelly, whose generosity will fund a special room in the Oviatt Library that offers students an oasis of pleasurable books and a comfortable atmosphere for reading.  Finally, we introduce to you one of our library staff members, Lizette Campos, whose story of a successful college career at CSUN and a scholarship-winning tenure as a library student assistant will inspire all of us.

So join me in celebrating the diversity of life in the Oviatt Library, where collections and spaces, special events, generous donations, and our marvelous staff and faculty all join together to create a vibrant collage of the modern university library.


Mark Stover, Ph.D.
Dean, Oviatt Library