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Update: Library Construction During the Summer

Posted on 07.07.14

Update: Due to the ongoing smell from the roofing materials, for the rest of the Summer Quarter, the Library will be closing at 5 PM There will be ongoing construction on the library roof throughout the summer. This is very important deferred maintenance that will protect our library collections, but it may cause some disruption for library users over the summer. You may hear some noise and smell the roofing materials while you are in the building. It also may be necessary to close the library at times for the comfort of employees and patrons. You may also experience diminished cell phone service in the library building until work on the roof is completed.

Please contact John Wenzler, Dean of Libraries, or the Library Administration office at (510) 885-3664 if you have any questions

New! Reserve a Group Study Room Online

Posted on 07.02.14

To provide equitable access to our Group Study Rooms, the University Libraries have implemented a new, mobile friendly, online reservation system. Now you can check to see if one of our rooms is available and reserve it from your phone even before you make the trip over to the library. It is quick and easy.

To give everyone a chance to use these highly popular rooms, we are limiting each student to one hour per day (of course, if you have 2 or 3 people in your group, each of you can make a reservation so that your group has 2 or 3 hours to use the room).

See our Group Study Room policies for the details or contact the Media Reserves desk at 510-885-3770 if you have questions … Or go ahead and call D!BS on a Study room right now

Extended Hours for Spring 2014

Posted on 06.02.14

Monday, June 2, 2014 – Thursday, June 5, 2014: open until midnight (Reference Desk Closes at 8pm; Upper Mall and Main Circulation Desk Close at 10pm)

Sunday, June 8, 2014: open until midnight (Reference Desk Closes at 6pm; Upper Mall and Main Circulation Desk Close at 7pm)

Monday, June 9, 2014 – Thursday, June 12, 2014: open until midnight (Reference Desk Closes at 8pm; Upper Mall and Main Circulation Close at 10pm)

Please note that the campus shuttle will be running during the extended hours.

Congratulations to our graduating student workers!

Posted on 05.23.14

The University Libraries would like to congratulate its graduating student workers with book titles in their honor.

Student names, along with their book titles, can be viewed on the Student Appreciation Dedication page.


Database Updates

Posted on 05.19.14

Things have been changing with our databases, here are a few updates you all may be interested in.

The biggest change is EndNote – we no longer subscribe to EndNote so please be sure to delete EndNote if you downloaded the software and are still using it.  However, we have alternatives available:

EndNote Library is available through our Web of Science databases and allows you to manage your citations online.
There are also other options, such as Zotero. If you have any questions regarding Zotero, please contact Jeffra Bussmann.


One of our databases has changed names – Grove Dictionary of Music has been renamed Oxford Dictionary of Music. Aside from the name change, you’ll still find all of the same useful materials related to the study of music. Another music database, Classic Music Library, has updated to a new site. It looks great and is very functional. If you have any issues with these databases, please be sure to contact Tom Bickley.

De-selection and Space Management Project

Posted on 05.14.14

In 2014, the CSUEB Libraries will initiate a significant de-selection project that will remove unused books from the Libraries’ collection. The goal is to create a library collection and a library environment that better meets the needs of 21st century students and scholars.

Why do we need a de-selection project?

The benefits of the de-selection project are as follows:

  • a more relevant, more focused collection for faculty and students
  • an opportunity to engage in greater highlighting and promotion of the materials we retain
  • library space that can be re-purposed for student learning – both individual and group study

The Libraries began building the collection with the founding of the University in 1957. At that time, librarians sought to acquire any materials which might be of potential use to students and faculty.  Since that time, the University’s curricular strengths and programmatic mission have changed.  In an effort to ensure that the collection continues to fully support the University’s curriculum with the most viable and useful titles, librarians periodically review their areas of the collection to make sure that they are focused and up-to-date.


Furthermore, today’s library users  increasingly rely on our electronic collections for their information needs as an alternative to our print collections. In 2012-2013, 797,633 articles were downloaded from the Libraries’ ejournals, approximately 62 articles per FTES, while 42,858 books were checked out from the Libraries’ print collection, approximate 6 books per FTES. The Libraries are expanding our ebook collection, which now includes over 117,000 titles.

Although it is not necessary to visit the Libraries in person to use our electronic collections, students continue to use the library buildings  in increasing numbers because it is an ideal location for individual and group study. Every year over the past four years, visits to the Libraries have increased drastically. In 2012-2013, there were 894,593 visits to the CSUEB libraries, approximately 69 visits for every student on campus.

Consequently, the de-selection project will allow the Libraries to manage our print collection to maintain its relevance and to make sure that we have space to develop attractive environments for student study and collaboration.

What will we de-select?

In 2013, we analyzed the print collection and created a list of books that meet all of the following criteria:

  • have never been circulated – ever
  • were published before 2003
  • are available to CSUEB students and faculty from other libraries in California  via LINK+ and Interlibrary Loan

Librarians will evaluate each title on this list to determine whether it is valuable enough for us to retain despite meeting these criteria.

How long will it take?

We anticipate that the project will take some time because we want to be sure there is adequate opportunity for library liaisons to evaluate titles on the list that may be retained in place of adding another book to the removal list.  We also  want to allow time for liaisons to consult with faculty in their departments while making these decisions.

What will we do with the books that we remove?

All de-selected titles will be sent to Better World Books where they can be bought for pennies and benefit charities around the world.

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions about this specific project or collection maintenance, please feel free to contact your department library liaison, or Co-Collection Librarians, Liz Ginno & Jeffra Bussmann, or John Wenzler, Dean of the Libraries.

Learn about SF Bay Area Poets – Now on Display

Posted on 04.07.14



The San Francisco Bay Poets Exhibit:

Running between now through August 2014, the Bay Poets Collection Exhibit focuses on one of the University Libraries’ many Special Collections, giving students, faculty, and staff a glimpse into the fascinating publications, broadsides and manuscripts that make up this unique resource.

The San Francisco Bay Poetry Collection contains books, journals, broadsides, recordings, and ephemeral materials that reflect the writing and publishing of poetry in the Bay Area from the late 1920s to the present.

The collection contains extensive holdings of key figures who influenced the San Francisco Renaissance, Beat, and counterculture movements during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Among those represented are Kay Boyle, Diane Di Prima, Gregory Corso, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, Madeline Gleason, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, and many more.

There is a particularly outstanding collection of materials by William Everson (aka Brother Antonius), most of which have been signed by the poet. Also strongly represented are publications by poets Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan.

There is also a representative collection of other writers native to the area, as well as those whose work contributed to the overall Zeitgeist in which the Bay poets flourished. Represented, too, are many local presses which specialize in the publication of poetry, as well as several hundred poetry journals, and many anthologies.

The total number of items in the Bay Poets Collection exceeds 7,000, and includes over 300 broadsides (many signed), and over 500 poetry periodicals.

Money Smart Week – April 5 – 12, 2014

Posted on 04.01.14


The CSUEB Libraries are please to  present a week of workshops, displays and activities all meant to help you become Money Smart!

Join us on Tuesday, April 8th, 1-2 pm, in room LI 3079 to learn more about how to create a spending plan with Aidan Kimball, a Senior pursuing a BS in Business Administration.

Then on Thursday, April 10th, 1-2 pm, in room LI 3040 learn more about how to find personal finance resources with librarians Sharon Radcliff and Doug Highsmith.

Finally, on Friday, April 11th, 12-1 pm,  in room LI 3040 Credit Cards and Your Credit Score Explained by Danielle Dyer, Berenice Jacinto, Megan Hickman, Jimena Madrigal and Tips on Buying Car Insurance by Kenneth Nguyen.

For more resources, check out the Personal Finance guide offered by the Library.

Library Closure – Thursday and Friday

Posted on 03.26.14

Due to construction this week, the Library will be closed Thursday March 27th and Friday March 28th.

We will reopen Tuesday, April 1st.

Library Website Updates

Posted on 03.25.14

As you may have noticed, there is some construction happening in the Library. Not only are we updating our building, but we are also updating our Library website!

The first thing you’ll notice is the search box in the middle of the page – welcome to QuickSearch! This box will search all of our databases and our Library at once, making it easier to find what you need QUICKLY!

If you would like to search JUST the Catalog or JUST specific databases, you still can – just look for the Databases A-Z link or the Library Catalog link.

The second thing you may notice is Interlibrary Loan – from now on, you will be logging in using your NetID and password. When you click the link for Interlibrary Loan, you will be redirected to the login page – just enter your NetID and password and you’ll be good to go.

You will no longer need to setup a separate Interlibrary Loan/ILLIAD account!

As always, if you have any questions, just let us know! Stop by the Reference or Circulation Desk with any questions and we will gladly help you!

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