Wednesday, February 29, 2012

African-American Read-In

On Thursday, February 23, 2012, CSU participated in the 23rd annual African-American Read-In. This is a national event in which schools, churches, and even libraries gather readers to read excerpts, poems, and recite monologues that were written by African-American authors. CSU had readers from different nationalities come together and celebrate Black History Month in this nation-wide event. Our speakers consisted of both faculty and students. They read from a few famous authors such as W.E.B. Dubois, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and more.

From sitting in the audience, listening to the speakers, I felt as if the voice of the authors were being heard through them. In my opinion, all of the speakers did a great job. Each speaker had a different, yet meaningful selection. In the end, it was a very good event. I had fun, laughed, and even got a little teary-eyed. Events like this are a great way to wrap up Black History Month. It gave me, and most likely everyone that attended something to think about and reflect on for the rest of that day and hopefully for the rest of our lives.

Also be on the lookout for more interesting events through the Diversity Office!

Guest Blogger: Tiana Chichester - Student

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Technology at the Library!

Have you ever used a piece of technology that is provided for public use and wondered, “What's happened to this thing?” or “How do they expect me to use this?”? Well there’s no need to worry anymore. CSU’s main campus library has brand new equipment available for student use.

There are 26 new notebooks along with a number of new headphones and external DVD drives that go with them. There are also 15 brand new computers and a few graphing calculators. No more keyboards and mice that don’t work. Life seems to be a little easier when the technology provided works.

Honestly, in my opinion, if I’m using a computer or laptop that either doesn’t function properly or is old, I will not be happy doing the assignment. Most students, including myself, aren’t very happy doing any assignment, but it is less of a hassle with new, working equipment.

With all the new technology that the library is providing for students, I definitely have no excuses for not turning in quality work to my professors. I’m excited about the new equipment available for us to use and you should be too!

Guest Blogger: Tiana Chichester, CSU Junior

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Women's History and New EBSCO Webinars Scheduled

Dear GALILEO users,

New sessions on the training schedule include Women’s History Resources in GALILEO and several EBSCO sessions. To find out more and to register, visit

New sessions
Women’s History Resources in GALILEO, February 27
Business Source Complete Using the Business Search Interface, February 29 and other dates
eBooks on EBSCOhost, February 29 and other dates
Basic/Refresher Search Strategies and Tools using EBSCOhost, February 29 and other dates

Archived webinars include a wide range of topics for all audiences:

Great Things to Know About
GALILEO is a series of self-paced learning modules designed for public library staff, but there are topics of interest to other audiences:

GALILEO News is available at:

GALILEO News and System Status Announcements are now available via RSS feed. Please consider subscribing via the links below:
-GALILEO System Status Announcements:

See you online!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Studying Late?

Studying at home is almost impossible for me. There are just too many distractions. Whether it’s my roommates, my neighbors, or even my pets, some things cannot be ignored so that it’s possible to study. But where else is there to study? My days are filled with classes and I’m off to work after school. The library will be closed by the time I get off, right? WRONG!

The CSU libraries have new extended hours to fit OUR needs! The Main Campus Library is now open until 2 am and the River Park Campus Library is now open until 11 pm, Sunday – Thursday. Even with all other hours remaining the same, this gives me so much more time to get some studying done in a quiet environment. Last week I was in the library with a study group until 1 am. In my honest opinion, I prefer studying at the library during the late hours because it is so quiet and ideal for getting work done.

Guest Blogger: Tiana Chichester, CSU Junior

For more information on the new “Carpe Noctem” Extended Hours click the link:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month, and take a moment to check out the book collection put together by the CSU Library. This collection was put together in honor of just a few great African American authors. While there are many to choose from, CSU Library has chosen to highlight a few works from authors ranging from Alice Walker and April Sinclair, to Ernest J. Gaines and Colson Whitehead. Taking a look at some of these books may help shed light on the struggles that African Americans were facing during those hard times.

Black History Month Book Collection

Also, don’t forget Thursday, February 23rd is the African American Read-In.

For a more extensive collection of books on African American biographies, poetry, etc. take a look at these databases available in Galileo.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine’s Day, February 14th

Flowers on a Red Ground by Marc Chagall (1970)
Valentine’s Day is not only a special day for sweethearts but is also a special day to share love with friends and family members. The CSU Libraries has everything you need to show your loved ones how much you care this Valentine's Day.

For those who enjoy delicious morning fare, there’s Einstein Bros. Bagels inside the Main Campus Library. There’s always fresh brewed coffee, fruit, muffins, and of course, bagels.

For those who enjoy moving poetry, there’s Poetry for Students available through GALILEO.

For those who want to share the wonder of flowers, there’s ARTstor available through GALILEO.

Don't forget the beautiful music available through Naxos Music Library!

The CSU Libraries: You’re one stop shop for everything lovely.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Carpe Noctem! New Extended Library Hours

New extended library hours begin today!

For the Main Campus Library: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

For the River Park Campus Library: Sunday - Thursday, open until 11:00 p.m.

ALL students, faculty, and staff are required to present a CSU I.D. to enter the Main Campus Library Monday - Thursday from 11:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

All other library hours remain the same for both libraries.

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