Celebrating Cesar Chavez

Who is Cesar Chavez and why is this man honored each March 31st in most states in the U.S.?

*Primary founder of the United Farm Workers, Chávez was one of the earliest and most influential advocates of immigrant farmworkers and Latinos in the United States. He worked to improve conditions for farm laborers by organizing the California farmworkers’ movement through events such as the Delano strike of 1965, thereby engineering the passage of the nation’s first farm labor law in the late 1970’s.  March 31 is the day of his birth and the day is commemorated to promote service to the community in honor of Cesar Chavez’s life and work.


To learn more about the life of Cesar Chavez check out a sampling of titles available at Meriam Library:

The crusades of Cesar Chavez: a biography / Miriam Pawel

Cesar Chavez and the common sense of nonviolence  / José-Antonio Orosco

Beyond the fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the struggle for justice in the 21st century / Randy Shaw

Cesar Chavez [electronic resource]: autobiography of La Causa  / Jacques E. Levy

From the jaws of victory: the triumph and tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement / Matt Garcia

One night in America: Robert Kennedy, César Chávez, and the dream of dignity  / Steven W. Bender

The fight in the fields [DVD]: Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers’ struggle


* Garcia, C. M. (2014). César Chávez. Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia. 


Brown Bag talks are Back for Spring '17

The Meriam Library is ready to kickoff Brown Bag Talks this semester starting Tuesday, February 14, 2017 continuing through Tuesday April 25, 2017 at noon. The library faculty, as well as Research and Sponsored Programs, will be presenting on a variety of topics that you will find informative, supportive and interesting. The topics are:

  • Inside the CSU Wide Unified Library Management System    2/14
  • Authors Beware: Predatory Journals and How to Identify Them    2/21
  • Goodbye Lexis-Nexis, Hello Westlaw & America’s News    2/28
  • MLA 8th Edition: What’s New (And What People Using It Need to Know)    3/21
  • Open Educational Resources   3/28
  • History of CSU Chico (1960-)   4/4
  • ReSearch with the New CSU System Wide Discovery Interface   4/11
  • Personal Information Management Practices-Preparing for the Campus Institution Repository  4/18
  • Locating Extramural Funding Opportunities for your Research   4/25

Bring your lunch to Room 252,The Presentation Room, located on the 2nd floor of Meriam Library, and join in this informal series of timely issues.


Questions about our Brown Bag Talks? Please email Laurie Ratterree at lratterree@csuchico.edu.

Tech Gear so basic?

Meriam Library now has technology equipment for loan. Most equipment circulates for 3 days or 4 hours.

Here a partial list:
Computer & Accessories
• Laptops
• Apple Superdrive
• ASUS ChromeBit
• Brother portable color scanner
• Raspberry Pi 2

• Intuos creative art tablet
• Intuos professional art tablet

Video Equipment
• Canon Rebel camera
• GoPro Hero 4
• Hausbell camcorder

Projectors & Accessories
• Casio Slim projector with Wi-Fi
• Casio Slim projector without Wi-Fi
• Logitech presentation remote

Audio Equipment
• Blue snowball microphone
• Tascam audio recorder
• Sennheiser professional studio-monitoring headphones
• Sony professional folding headphones

• TI-83 Plus
• TI-84 Plus CE

And much more!

See the LibGuide for more information: http://libguides.csuchico.edu/technologylending

Or contact Meriam Library Circulation, Interlibrary Services & Reserve:
First Floor: (530) 898-6501 mlibcirc1@csuchico.edu

UPDATE! Social Science databases are featuring Ethnic NewsWatch and GenderWatch

Updated daily, both these databases are recognized as extremely useful resources that “bridge the information gap between mainstream and alternative literature.” Meriam Library is happy to announce access to two significant databases has been renewed.

Ethnic Newswatch supplies full text access to articles from newspapers and periodicals covering the 1960s to present, published by minority, ethnic, and Native presses in the United States.

GenderWatch is a full text database that covers how gender impacts a broad spectrum of areas, covering the 1970s to the present, from the perspective of multiple disciplines.

You can locate either database on the Databases A-Z link on the Meriam Library homepage.