By Erika Paulus

The Meriam Library is a second home to numerous students at Chico State. It is a place where they spend long days and late nights together. A place where people can gather, collaborate, and often rest in between classes. It is a community space, and the library faculty and staff are working hard to make sure everyone feels welcome.

“We want everyone to know that the library is a welcoming environment to absolutely anyone,” said the Dean Patrick Newell.

As a partner with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Meriam Library is taking new approaches to offer a more inclusive space.

Members of the Meriam Library faculty and staff.

Members of the Meriam Library faculty and staff.

“Chico State students are diverse, and we need to provide materials that meet their needs,” Newell said. “The ‘one size fits all’ approach simply does not work anymore.”

Newell mentioned that this year the library worked with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to make welcome signs that are located on every floor of the library. There are also single-person restrooms that are not gender specific, and there will be lactation and breastfeeding rooms available soon. Not only are there new changes being made to the building, but special programs offered to students as well.

“We have been reaching out to different academic programs to help demarginalize them,” Newell said. “On the fourth floor we have tutoring available out in the open, which makes it available and welcoming to students.”

Starting this year, the library will be hosting an annual event to celebrate the faculty’s hard work they put towards the library. In addition, on the fourth floor there is a new Chico State Authors Wall, educating others about what is produced at the University

“The world is continuing to be more diverse, and we have to be accommodating to our incredibly complex and diverse students”

“We have a lot of people writing books and articles, and we want to recognize them,” Newell said.

In addition to the changes made in the library so far, Newell admits that there are still a lot of projects he would like to accomplish.

“I would like to have a family room in the library for students who have children,” Newell said.

Dean of the Library stands next to a new welcome sign

Dean of the Library stands next to a new welcome sign.

“What keeps people from graduating are other responsibilities, and if we partnered with someone on campus to provide daycare at certain times in the library I think it could relieve barriers for people.”

The library will be starting a program in the fall called “Question of the Week,” which will encourage an open dialogue between the students, faculty and staff.

“Textbooks are another barrier that people face, and in the ‘Question of the Week’ we want to ask students what their most expensive textbook is,” Newell said. “We received a grant from [the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, a University program established to enhance student learning], and asked for a Student Learning Fee Grant to purchase the most expensive textbooks and put them on reserve for students to use.”

Newell commented that the Student Learning Fee Grant will help students utilize needed materials without making the choice between buying a textbook or buying groceries.

“We know what we are, but we want to know what students need,” Newell said. “Studies have shown that the library is a huge educational symbol and means something worthwhile to students, especially first-generation students, and we want to make sure we are here for them.”

The library faculty plans to make the space more inclusive by starting a library advisory group to make sure the students have a voice in what happens there. Newell believes that this will help the library better plan for what students need and will introduce them to a new kind of diversity.

“The world is continuing to be more diverse, and we have to be accommodating to our incredibly complex and diverse students,” he said.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has encouraged the library to make these changes to create a sociocultural environment that supports people in getting their education. Newell admitted that in order to accommodate to such an environment, the library faculty and staff need to continue to work together and make it known that the library is here to help students succeed.

“Chico State is a very welcoming, warm community and I am constantly impressed by how cohesive the faculty, staff and students are,” Newell said. “I admire how aware and active diversity is on this campus and I attribute that to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. They are doing a wonderful job.”

Random acts of kindness

The last semester of school year is hard!

It is stressful, and at times overwhelming.  We at Meriam Library are here to support you.  We provide space for research, tutoring, studying, collaboration, and relaxation.

Sometimes it is the little things that can make a difference. So in addition to our De-Stress program, we have hidden cards of encouragement throughout the building. Whether you find a letter or not, we hope you finish strong! sample letters blog

Meriam Library in the Huffington Post

Meriam Library was mentioned in the Huffington Post! Check out this article  After Trump Was Elected, Librarians Had To Rethink Their System For Fact-Checking. The library’s CRAAP Test, created by librarian Sarah Blakeslee several years ago, was cited in the article. “The American Library Association wants to help you distinguish real news from fake with the help of CRAAP.”

The CRAAP Test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose) has been requested, granted permission, and used by many libraries worldwide, and now the national news!

SimplyMap on trial through March 24

SimplyMap is an Internet-based mapping application that enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables. The trial allows access the EASI ® Standard Package, which includes data from the year 2000, 2010, Current Estimates, Five Year Projections, the Historical Package featuring Census data, EASI MRI & Life Stages Package, D&B’s Complete US Company Database, Nielsen Financial CLOUT, Retail Market Power, Consumer Buying Power, Nielsen ConneXions, Nielsen P$YCLE, Experian SimmonsLOCAL® and Nielsen PRIZM® Data Packages and the AGS Health Care module.

Content details of these data packages are below.

To access the account, go to and click “Sign in as guest”.

The data package content details are:

The Standard Package incorporates the following data:

  •     Demographic Variables
  •     Retail Sales, Store Groups, and Food Service Variables
  •     EASI Sales and Other Potential Variables
  •     EASI Quality of Life Variables
  •     Consumer Price Index Variables
  •     General Employment (by Place of Work)
  •     General Establishment (by Place of Work)
  •     Detailed Employment (by Place of Work)
  •     Detailed Establishments (by Place of Work)
  •     Detailed Consumer Expenditure Variables
  •     EASI Profile Variables
  •     Ancestry Tabulations

EASI/Mediamark Research Inc. (MRI) Propensity Data incorporates the following data:

  •     EASI/MRI Automotive
  •     EASI/MRI Beverages
  •     EASI/MRI Sports
  •     EASI/MRI Ailments, Remedies
  •     EASI/MRI Apparel
  •     EASI/MRI Appliances
  •     EASI/MRI Attitudes/Lifestyles
  •     EASI/MRI Baby
  •     EASI/MRI Computers
  •     EASI/MRI Electronics
  •     EASI/MRI Family Restaurants
  •     EASI/MRI Fast Food
  •     EASI/MRI Financial
  •     EASI/MRI Grocery
  •     EASI/MRI Insurance
  •     EASI/MRI Internet
  •     EASI/MRI Leisure
  •     EASI/MRI Media
  •     EASI/MRI Personal Care
  •     EASI/MRI Pets
  •     EASI/MRI Purchasing
  •     EASI/MRI Telephony
  •     EASI/MRI Travel
  •     EASI/MRI Video

EASI Life Stage Clusters incorporate the following data:

Age of Head of Household

  •     Very Young (Under 25 Yrs)
  •     Young (25 to 34 Yrs)
  •     Middle Age (35 to 44 Yrs)
  •     Late Middle Age (45 to 54 Yrs)
  •     Nearly Senior (55 to 64 Yrs)
  •     Senior (65 to 74 Yrs)
  •     Oldest (75 Plus Yrs)

Marital Status

  •     Married with Children
  •     Single Parent with Children
  •     Married No Children
  •     Non-Family (& Unrelated Individuals)

Income Level

  •     Lower Income
  •     Moderate Income
  •     Higher Income

The Historical Package incorporates the following data:

  •     1980 Census in year 2000 & 2010 Geographies
  •     1990 Census in year 2000 & 2010 Geographies
  •     Additional year 2000 & 2010 Census Variables in year 2000 & 2010 Geographies
  •     Additional Current Year Census Estimates
  •     Additional 5 Year Census Projections

The Financial CLOUT Database incorporates the following data:

  •     Credit cards—American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover
  •     Installment loans— Auto loans/leases, student loans, education loans, mortgages and equity loans
  •     Lines of credit—Personal and home equity lines of credit
  •     Deposit products—Demand deposit accounts, savings accounts and CDs
  •     Investment products—Annuities, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities and brokerage services
  •     Retirement products—IRAs, 401(k)s, Keoghs and private pensions
  •     Delivery channels—ATM/debit card usage, online banking and direct deposit

Nielsen Retail Market Power Incorporates the following data:

  •     Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
  •     Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
  •     Electronics and Appliances Stores
  •     Building Material and Garden Equipment Stores
  •     Food and Beverage Stores
  •     Health and Personal Care Stores
  •     Gasoline Stations
  •     Clothing & Clothing Accessories Stores
  •     Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book, Music Stores
  •     General Merchandise Stores
  •     Miscellaneous Store Retailers
  •     Non-Store Retailers
  •     Food service and Drinking Places

Nielsen Consumer Buying Power incorporates the following data:

  •     Food
  •     Housing
  •     Apparel and Services
  •     Transportation
  •     Health Care
  •     Entertainment
  •     Personal care products and services
  •     Reading
  •     Education
  •     Tobacco products and smoking supplies
  •     Miscellaneous
  •     Cash contributions
  •     Life, endowment, annuities, and other personal insurance
  •     Retirement, pensions, and Social Security

The Nielsen P$YCLE Package incorporates the following data:

  •     Financial Elite
  •     Fiscal Fledglings
  •     Flourishing Families
  •     Mass Middle Class
  •     Metro Mainstream
  •     Midscale Matures
  •     Retirement Blues
  •     Upscale Earners
  •     Upscale Empty Nests
  •     Upwardly Mobile
  •     Wealthy Achievers
  •     Working-Class USA

The Nielsen ConneXions Package incorporates the following data:

  •     Early-Adopting Elite
  •     Elderly Traditionalists
  •     Emerging Techies
  •     Frugal Folks
  •     Mature Mid-Techs
  •     Offline Seniors
  •     Suburban Spenders
  •     Wireless White-Collars
  •     Young & Wireless
  •     Young Startups

The AGS Health Care module includes the following diagnostic categories:

  •     Nervous System
  •     Eye
  •     Ear – Nose – Throat – Mouth
  •     Respiratory System
  •     Circulatory System
  •     Digestive System
  •     Hepatobiliary System and Pancreas
  •     Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue
  •     Skin/Subcutaneous Tissue and Breast
  •     Endocrine / Nutritional / Metabolic System
  •     Kidney and Urinary Tract
  •     Male Reproductive System
  •     Female Reproductive System
  •     Pregnancy / Childbirth / Puerperium
  •     Blood & Blood Forming Organs and Immunological Disorders
  •     Myeloproliferative
  •     Infectious and Parasitic
  •     Mental Diseases and Disorders
  •     Burns
  •     Factors Influencing Health Status
  •     Multiple Significant Trauma
  •     HIV Infection
  •     Other and Non-Classifiable

The Simmons Data Package covers hundreds of categories under general topics including but not limited to:    Lifestyle (Demographics & Statements)

  •     Hispanics Only (Special Demographics & Media)
  •     Computers/Internet
  •     Media
  •     Entertainment/Leisure
  •     Travel
  •     Food (Baking, Condiments, Dairy, Frozen, General, Meat & Snacks/Deserts)
  •     Beverages (Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic)
  •     Daily Activity
  •     Dining
  •     Apparel
  •     Shopping
  •     Health & Beauty Aids
  •     Medicine/Drugs/Ailments
  •     Tobacco
  •     Telecom
  •     Financial Services
  •     Household Products
  •     Cleaning Products
  •     Pets & Pet Food
  •     Home Improvements
  •     Home Furnishings & Appliances
  •     Lawn & Garden
  •     Electronics
  •     Automotive

The Nielsen PRIZM & PRIZM Premier Package incorporates the following data:

  •     Second City Society
  •     City Centers
  •     Micro-City Blues
  •     Elite Suburbs
  •     The Affluentials
  •     Middleburbs
  •     Inner Suburbs
  •     Landed Gentry
  •     Country Comfort
  •     Middle America
  •     Rustic Living
  •     Urban Uptown
  •     Midtown Mix
  •     Urban Cores
  •     Accumulated Wealth
  •     Young Accumulators
  •     Mainstream Families
  •     Sustaining Families
  •     Affluent Empty Nests
  •     Conservative Classics
  •     Cautious Couples
  •     Sustaining Seniors
  •     Midlife Success
  •     Young Achievers
  •     Striving Singles

The D&B US Company Database offers the following fields of data:

  •     Legal Name
  •     Business Name
  •     Business Name 2 (if applicable)
  •     Business Name 3 (if applicable)
  •     Business Name 4 (if applicable)
  •     Business Name 5 (if applicable)
  •     Street Address
  •     City
  •     State
  •     Zip Code
  •     Phone Number
  •     Primary NAICS Code
  •     Other NAICS Codes (up to 5 altogether – if applicable)
  •     Primary SIC Code
  •     Other SIC Codes (up to 5 altogether – if applicable)
  •     Mailing Address
  •     Mailing Address City
  •     Mailing Address State
  •     Mailing Address ZIP Code
  •     Web Address (URL)
  •     Sales Volume
  •     Total Employees
  •     Year Started
  •     Local Employees
  •     Key Contact Person
  •     Key Contact Title
  •     Key Contact Phone Number
  •     Brief Business Description
  •     DUNS Number
  •     Public or Private Company Indicator
  •     Single Location or Branch Location Status
  •     Primary NAICS Description
  •     Primary SIC Description



Black History Month in Meriam Library

February is Black History Month and the Meriam Library has designed and created a display on black women activists from the 1900s to current.  Browse the display on the second floor of the library to see a timeline of seminal events during this period, photos of women, and their inspiring quotes. On the other side of the display are a diverse assortment of books on black women and black history-all of these books can be checked out. Be sure to help yourself to a button with either inspirational words or photos of these amazing women.

Black History

Meriam Library Spring 2017 Hours

The Meriam Library Spring 2017 hours (beginning Monday January 23) are:

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 11:45 pm
Friday 7:30 am – 5:45 pm
Saturday 12:00 – 4:45 pm
Sunday 12:00 – 11:45 pm

In addition, the 1st floor Student Computer Lab and The Grove will be open until 9:45 on Fridays, 10:00 am – 9:45 pm on Saturdays, and opening at 10:00 am on Sundays.

During Spring Break week, March 13-17, the library will be open Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:45pm.

The entire library will be open for extended hours during the last two weeks of the semester.

The entire library complex will be closed March 11, 12, 18, and 31.

Complete Library Hours Calendars

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