Library News is Changing Channels

TL;DR: Blog subscribers will need to re-subscribe on the new website launching Monday, July 10th.

We are happy to announce the upcoming launch of our new website this coming Monday, July 10th, 2017.

Moving forward our news blog will be integrated with our website at
library.csuchico.edu/news (Note: This link will not work until Monday). Readers will be able to keep up to date on the latest happenings at Meriam Library without ever leaving our website.

There is one drawback to all this excitement: we cannot migrate our subscribers to the new system, so if you want to continue getting updates you will need to subscribe again when the new site launches.

To re-subscribe, follow these simple steps:

  1. On or after Monday, July 10th, 2017 visit
    http://library.csuchico.edu/news
  2. Enter your email address in the “Get Updates” box in the left-hand column, click Subscribe.
  3. Look for your confirmation email, and click the confirmation link.

New Search Interface and Catalog Coming to Meriam Library July 2017!

Big changes are coming to the search interface and catalog at the Meriam Library in July 2017. For the past several years, the CSU has worked to combine the 23 campus libraries’ physical and shared electronic holdings into one catalog and search interface, called OneSearch. This system is in the final stages of completion and will be going live at Chico State in July. The new vendor, ExLibris, is a library leader in innovative searching interfaces and library management systems.

OneSearch will streamline the research process by allowing users to search digital and physical holdings at Chico State as well as physical collections from other CSU libraries.

Informational training sessions will be held in August. If you would like an overview regarding these changes prior to August, please contact Jodi Shepherd. For more detailed information on this exciting transition, visit our online guide.

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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. 

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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.

Write Black History

Anybody can edit Wikipedia!

Let’s gather to strengthen Wikipedia’s scope and content related to Black History. Join Meriam Library on February 23rd in MLIB 226 from 3-5pm, with the goal of collaborating to enhance and expand on Wikipedia articles that document black leaders, thinkers, and artists throughout history. In this interactive workshop, users will:

  1. Create a Wikipedia account and learn the 5 Pillars of Wikipedia.
  2. Research and update citations for Wikipedia pages important to Black History.

All are welcome.

No experience is required.

Reference materials will be provided.

If you wish to participate, please contact sbaldivia@csuchico.edu

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New Archivist in Special Collections

We are pleased to welcome Archivist, Stefani Baldivia to our Meriam Library Special Collections team. Stefani hails to us from Arcata where she held a similar position. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University in Native American Studies and a Master’s degree of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She grew up in the college town of Redlands where her father worked at University of Redlands. She loves Chico’s tree lined streets and weather as it is reminiscent of her hometown. Please come by and say hello.

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–Pam Kruger