Global Road Warrior on trial until April 18, 2008

Global Road Warrior is a database of information related to countries. Though described as “the ultimate business travel guide,” it is more that just a business resource. It contains much of the same information found in the Library’s other country database, Country Watch. What makes it different is the inclusion of practical information for travelers, such as pictures of currency, information on transportation, and cultural information such as social etiquette, customs and even superstitions.

The publisher of Global Road Warrior, World Trade Press, has granted the Meriam Library trial access to the database through April 18, 2008. Please have a look at it, and feel free to share your comments!

Call For Proposals, Ellen Deering Endowment Fund

In the late 1970’s, Ellen Deering established an endowment as a memorial to the C.E. Deering family. Her intent was to support research projects about the history of Northeastern California and the history of CSU, Chico, particularly the development and organization of the University Archives. Mrs. Deering required that copies of all projects funded from the Endowment be deposited in Meriam Library Special Collections.

Proposals or questions about the 2008/09 competition
may be sent to:

Carolyn Dusenbury
Ellen Deering Endowment Project Director
Meriam Library
CSU, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0295

or Emailed to
or Faxed to 530-898-4443

Applications must be received by or postmarked on May 2, 2008.

Proposals are reviewed by the Ellen Deering Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by June 15, 2008.

Deering Endowment Fund information and guidelines for applications are available here.
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Contributed by Carolyn Dusenbury

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History month online by visiting the Library of Congress’ website commemorating African American History Month. “Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism” is the theme of this year’s national celebration. Woodson, an early champion of the role of African Americans in history, co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. He inaugurated “Negro History Week” in 1926, and is considered to be the father of Black History month.

From African American History Month you can access the diverse collections, exhibitions, and events at the Library of Congress related to black history. View a webcast of the one woman play Zora!, a portrayal of the life of noted Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston. Listen to the stories of African American soldiers from the Veterans History Project. Explore the Library’s extensive collection of photographs in the Image Collection. Or, read about Marian Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial under Historic Events. Whether you want to look at photographs, listen to interviews, or just read, the Library of Congress site is a great place to visit.

Contributed by Liz Colson

Ask Miss Meriam

Want to know how students feel about what goes on in the Meriam Library? Nicole Williams talked to Carolyn Dusenbury, the Dean of the Library, and to a number of students to get their take on student conduct in the library. The results of her investigation are published in the 2/06/08 issue of the Orion.

What sorts of experiences have you had in the library? Do you think it is a good place to study? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Please leave your comments. We would love to hear from you.

Posted by Sarah Blakeslee

Library Lectures/Disscussions

Next Monday and Tuesday, Anthony Grafton, Professor of History at Princeton, will conduct discussions on books and libraries. Monday’s topic is study and books (7:30, Wismer Theater, rm. 135, PAC). Tuesday’s topic is “Explosions in the Scholar’s Garden: The Forgotten Tradition of Libraries in the Western Tradition” (7:30, Ayers 106).

Contributed by Joe Crotts