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Library Newsletter - August 2023

by Library News on 2023-08-28T16:17:26-07:00 | 0 Comments

New from the Library
Check out the SCAA
Back to the Bay 2023

Dear Friends of the Cal State East Bay Libraries,

The last week of August is an excellent time to visit us in the CORE. You feel the excitement in the air as students congregate in the library to check out textbooks and laptops, to get themselves ready for the new worlds of thought that they will discover in their classes, to see old friends back from summer break, and to meet new friends who will be learning with them in our group study rooms throughout year. Many of us who work in universities are enticed to stick around year after year to experience the sense of renewal that comes to us every Fall and absorb the youthful energy that gives meaning to our work.

One year after opening last August, the CORE Library has become, as we say, the beating heart of the student learning experience at Cal State East Bay. Not only is building full throughout the semester, but our online services continue to grow in popularity. A few statistics from the previous academic year give you an idea of this:

  • CORE Visits: 123,554
  • eBook Circulation: 115,919
  • Articles Downloaded from our databases: 451,840
  • Virtual Reference Sessions: 4,796
  • Group Study Room reservations: 24,499
  • Meetings / Events: 882

Of course, friends are welcome to visit at any time to check out books, study, or meditate, but if you have a meeting or event that may benefit from the energy in the CORE (or from our view), don't hesitate to contact our Building Coordinator, Jonathan Tonel to see if we can accommodate you.

There are many other reasons to visit us this year. I am re-starting our Faculty Author Lecture Series that was halted due to COVID. Let me know if there is someone you would recommend. And please stop by to visit and congratulate our talented librarians who continue to progress in their careers. Lee Adams has achieved tenure and was promoted to Associate Librarian in 2022. Jeffra Bussmann and Gr Keer have both been promoted to Full Librarian as of Fall 2023.

Look for three more issues of our newsletter this year, but please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions about the library.

John Wenzler
Dean of Libraries

New from the Library

Students in any major at Cal State East Bay may be interested in a new minor now being offered by the University Libraries. Critical Information Studies helps students understand the role of information in shaping our lives. Additionally, students in the minor analyze the impact of race, gender, culture, history, politics, and other power dynamics on information creation, dissemination, and use. For more information, please contact Gr Keer.

The Library also has a new database -- Exploring Race in Society provides context and solutions-oriented points of view within a scholarly collection of resources on topics related to race, ethnicity, and diversity. To access Exploring Race and Society, and all of the 190 online resources provided by the library, go to our Databases A-Z page. Everyone will find something of interest and relevance to explore!

Check out the SCAA

Don’t hesitate to refer students to the Student Center for Academic Achievement (SCAA) on the 3rd floor of the CORE. Whether in-person or online, the SCAA meets students wherever they are on their academic path. SCAA Director, Rachel Brunson has been with us for one year, and came to East Bay with a decade of experience in academic support services at the University of South Carolina and University of San Francisco (USF).

The SCAA offers peer-to-peer tutoring for writing and several math, statistics, and science courses. The SCAA also offers embedded classroom support through its Writing Associates and Supplemental Instruction (SI) programs.

Exciting news: the SCAA has welcomed Peer Academic Coaching to its service offerings in 2023!

Back to the Bay 2023

The Library was pleased to host the Annual Back to the Bay Event on August 17 in the CORE.

It was wonderful to see so many faculty and staff on the 3rd floor of library preparing ourselves for a new semester. For more on this annual teaching and learning event see the Back to the Bay Program.

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