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Oviatt Library eNews - Spring 2018

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.”

Materials from the Oviatt Library's Teacher Curriculum Center

What's New and On the Move at the Oviatt Library

The Library is continuing to grow through renovation projects and additions that will be underway through the end of the year.  Read all about what's new and what's upcoming for the Library in the future.

Cover of Steven J. Ross Book Hitler in Los Angeles

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

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.

Kris Ecklund

Thanks & Recognition: Kristin A. Ecklund and Lisle Wenberg

The Oviatt Library is forever grateful to CSUN Emeritus Librarians Kristin A. Ecklund (Kris) and Lisle Wenberg for their lifelong commitment to enriching library access for students with disabilities. In December 2017, Kris established the Lisle Wenberg Library Disability Services Training Endowment as a way to honor deceased Emeritus Librarian and beloved friend, Lisle Wenberg.

Oviatt Library Student Assistant Lora Rosman

We Would Like you to Meet: Lora Rosman

Part of the Oviatt Library eNews Spotlight on Student Assistants -- Meet Student Assistant in Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Lora Rosman

Oviatt Library Student Assistant Samuel Thacker

We Would Like you to Meet: Sam Thacker

Part of the Oviatt Library eNews Spotlight on Student Assistants -- Meet Student Assistant / Web Programmer Samuel Thacker

Oviatt Library Student Assistant Meharaj Khanam

We Would Like you to Meet: Meharaj Khanam

Part of the Oviatt Library eNews Spotlight on Student Assistants -- Meet Student Assistant / Learning Commons Technology Office Supervisor Meharaj Khanam

Dean Mark Stover

Message from the Dean: Creativity - The Secret Sauce of Student Success

Creativity is a crucial part of our lives and our work.  It benefits all of us individually and as a society.  Very few would argue that creativity has no place on the university campus or almost anywhere else in the world. Indeed, scholarly literature has proven that being exposed to creative outlets and innovation opportunities generates student success. But demonstrating creativity in the real world is sometimes hard work.