Junior Bootcamp Coming Up!

Are you a new transfer student? Or, have you been here since you were a freshman but you’ve never been to a library workshop? This is your chance to learn how to do research at CSUSB, using the library’s amazing resources.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 4:30 – 5:50 pm

OR

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4:30 – 5:50 pm

 Pfau Library 2005

 Register now on our workshop calendar!

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We need staff feedback! Sign up for a focus group! Free pizza!

The library is seeking 10 CSUSB staff members to participate in a focus group to let us know how we are doing and how we might improve our services and collections. There will be a separate session for faculty; this one is reserved for staff only.

Whether you use the library frequently or occasionally, or not at all, we want to hear from you.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served while we ask a few questions.

Date & Time: February 2, 12pm-1pm.

If you are interested in participating, please email Gina Schlesselman-Tarango (gschlesselman@csusb.edu) and include your name and campus department/unit.

You will receive a confirmation email indicating whether or not you were selected, as well as information about the focus group location.

The session will be audio recorded so that we do not miss anything during the discussion; your anonymity will be protected.

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Register for the Library Research Basics Workshop

Don’t worry if you missed the Library Research Basics workshop last week…we are offering four more this quarter!

February 4, 12-12:50

February 19, 12-12:50

March 2, 12-12:50

March 10, 4-4:50

Meant for those new to CSUSB, or for those who could simply use a refresher, this workshop provides an introduction to resources available through John M. Pfau Library. This session addresses why it is necessary to use the deep web for scholarly research, and attendees learn how to navigate the library website, find online journal articles, locate books, and get research help. This workshop is 50 minutes long and takes place in Pfau Library, room 2005.

Registration is required, as space is limited. Register here.

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Movie Reviews: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Movie Reviews: North By North LesHansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Two stars.2013, 88 mins., written and directed by Tommy Wirkola.

 

A fairy tale reimagined with Hansel and Gretel as renowned, adult witch hunters who dress in leather, starring Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) in the lead roles. Filmed in Germany, the film follows the two siblings as they are hired by the mayor of a village to hunt down witches, and to locate missing children. They run afoul of the sheriff, played by Peter Stormare (Fargo) and his henchmen, who are on their own quest to destroy the witches’ coven, led by Famke Janssen (X-Men). The steampunk touches are somewhat amusing, along with the siblings’ repartee as they dispatch numerous witches, but the film is basically a gorefest with a high body count. Though loosely based on the Grimm fairy tale, this version is definitely not for younger children, and barely tolerable for everyone else!  See the record for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.

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Last Chance: Information Literacy for Graduate Teaching Assistants

If you couldn’t make it last week, we are offering the Information Literacy for Teaching Assistants workshop a second time.

Wednesday, January 28, from 4:00-5:00 pm in PL-2005 (Pfau Library).

Meant for teaching assistants working with lower division students, this one-hour workshop covers best practices for integrating critical information literacy into your courses, how to use the library website to find resources, and services available to both instructors and students.

Because space is limited, registration is required. Register here.

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CSU Wiley Contract News

At the end of December 2014, the CSU libraries collectively decided to walk away from the system’s contract with John M. Wiley and Sons. This contract governed subscriptions to more than 1,300 journals hosted at Wiley Online Library.

The CSU Council of Library Directors has issued a statement on the decision: Equitable Access, Public Stewardship, and Access to Scholarly Information.

Dean Caballero’s message to the campus community about the decision, with information about Pfau Library’s response, is available here: Statement on CSU Wiley Contract.

Posted in Databases, Library Services

Movie Reviews: Mental

Movie Reviews: North By North LesMental

Two-and-a-half stars.

2012, 116 mins., written and directed by P. J. Hogan.

Supposedly based upon the director’s personal experience, this Australian film is set in the fictional town of Dolphin Heads, and centers upon a family of five teenage girls and their mother, Shirley, who is prone to belting out songs from The Sound of Music. Shirley and the family are neglected by a philandering politician father, Barry, played by Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace). Shirley cracks, and is committed to a mental institution, which her husband calls a “holiday.” Meanwhile, each of the teens is convinced that they are afflicted with some mental disorder. Barry desperately searches for a nanny, and spots hitchhiker, Shaz, played by Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense), and hires her to take care of his girls. This comedy has far too few laughs, as it is broadly drawn, and hits the viewer over the head with its ham-handedness. And, to top it off, the Von Trapp Family references seem to flow endlessly, to the dismay of all! See the record for Mental.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.

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Library Research Basics Workshop – Register Today!

Meant for those new to CSUSB, or for those who could simply use a refresher, this workshop provides an introduction to resources available through John M. Pfau Library. This session addresses why it is necessary to use the deep web for scholarly research, and attendees learn how to navigate the library website, find online journal articles, locate books, and get research help.

This workshop is 50 minutes long and takes place in Pfau Library, room 2005.

This workshop is offered five times throughout winter quarter, beginning January 22nd.

Registration is required, as space is limited. Register here.

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Library Hours New for Winter 2015

Welcome back, students! Pfau Library’s regular hours for Winter Quarter start on Jan. 10, 2015:

As an experiment, we’re trying out extended hours at the beginning of the week.

Monday-Tuesday 8 AM-11 PM
Wednesday-Thursday 8 AM-10PM
Friday 8 AM-5PM
Saturday 9 AM-2PM
Sunday 1PM-5PM

For additional details, check our Hours page.

Posted in Hours & Closures

New Workshop: Information Literacy for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Pfau Library is happy to announce a new workshop for winter quarter! If you are a teaching assistant, this is the one for you.

Meant for teaching assistants working with lower division students, this one-hour workshop covers best practices for integrating critical information literacy into your courses, how to use the library website to find resources, and services available to both instructors and students.

The workshop will be offered on January 14th and January 28th, from 4:00-5:00 pm in room PL-2005 (Pfau Library).

Because space is limited, registration is required for all of our workshops. Register here.

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