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.


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

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


Literature Review Workshop Announcement

The Meriam Library will be hosting a workshop sponsored by the Student Learning Center and the Meriam Library’s Information Literacy Program on how to research and write a literature review. The workshop, led by Hailey Collord and Kevin Crittenden of the Student Writing Center, and Kevin Klipfel of the Meriam Library, will be held on Wednesday March 23 from 5-6pm in MLIB 226. All Chico State students are invited to attend.

Workshop Description:

This workshop is designed to introduce students to essential elements of writing and researching a literature review. Led by campus experts on writing and research, workshop participants will actively identify and discuss examples of good and bad literature reviews; formally break down the key elements of quality literature reviews; and practice building their own literature review by grouping key research concepts and ideas from a research topic of interest.

Click Here to Download a Workshop Flier.

'Pre-Writing Strategies: How to Start Writing that Essay' Workshop

The Meriam Library will be hosting a workshop sponsored by the Student Learning Center and the Meriam Library’s Information Literacy Program on the topic of Pre-Writing Strategies: How to Start Writing That Essay. The workshop lead by Caroline Prieto, Supplemental Instruction & Writing Center Coordinator will be held on Wednesday, March, 2 from 3-3:50pm in MLIB 226. All Chico State students are invited to attend.

Workshop Description:

In this workshop, students will learn about effective strategies to assist in developing ideas and structure to begin the pre-writing process.

To reserve a spot in either workshop, students should sign up in advance here. Workshops are offered free of charge throughout the semester. For additional workshop topics, dates, and times, please check the SLC website. Many of our workshops are also available online as an alternative for those who are not able to attend the scheduled workshops. For online workshops, click on the link for Regional & Continuing Education. To find out about future workshops, check the SLC website and Announcements for updates

'Academic Article Basics' Workshop

At some point in your college career you will probably be asked to locate and use a scholarly article. In this workshop you will learn the basics of scholarly articles including what they are, how to identify them, how to find scholarly articles using library resources, and finally tips on how to read scholarly articles and utilize the information.

Academic Article Basics will be held on March 9th from 2:00 – 2:50 pm, Meriam Library, room 226.

Please contact Rachel Arteaga at for more information.

Academic Article Workshop Flyer


'Company Research for Job Interviews' Workshop Announcement

Feel confident & prepared for job interviews! Find company background, strategy and challenges using the Library’s professional business databases and the “invisible” web. If you bring some company names to research, we can explore in the workshop, and you’ll be ready to impress potential employers with useful info and good questions.

Presented by Wendy Diamond, Business Librarian.

When Wednesday April 12, 4-5 pm

Where Library Education Room MLIB 226

You can download a detailed  workshop flier for more information.