Library Closed 1/19-1/21 for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We will be closed January 19th-21st for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century.

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Advanced Database Search Workshop

In this workshop, students will learn how to search databases at a more advanced level and how to use limiting features to focus the results of a search. Hands-on time is included.

Tuesday, January 15

3:00 – 3:50 pm

PL-2005 Instruction Room

Register now for Advanced Database Search Workshop!


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Safari Tech Books: New Platform, New Content

Safari Tech Books (home of O’Reilly computer handbooks, among others) is transitioning to a new platform.

Try it here: Safari Tech Books Online NEW PLATFORM

You will always be asked to login via MyCoyote, both on and off campus.

The good news: It has much more content and NO simultaneous user limits.

New content includes technology case studies, videos, more books, and “learning paths.”

The bad news: Links from the old platform won’t forward to the new one.

Instructors, if you are linking to a Safari ebook in one of your courses, you will need to update your link soon!

The old Safari platform will remain available to us through Winter Quarter, but not after that.

Important details…

  • Downloading: Safari now has an app (O’Reilly Media) that lets you download books to a phone or tablet for offline reading. Get the app, and view setup instructions.
  • Linking: You can use links to Safari books & other content in your courses.
    • You can deep-link to a specific chapter/section, but you must add a bit of code to make the deep link work! Specifics are in How to link to Pfau Library ebooks.
    • In OneSearch records, the links are still being sorted out as part of the transition; by next week, all should be well.

Any questions? Need assistance? Please contact me directly, I’m happy to help:

Stacy Magedanz
Coordinator, Electronic Resources & Serials
909 537 5103

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Kanopy Changes

NOTE: The message below was posted to the Academic listserv 12/5 and Campus listserv 12/7/2019. Subsequently a Library Guide, Kanopy: How to Request a Video for Your Class, was also made available.

Dear Colleagues,

If you don’t use Kanopy, this may not be of interest. If you use Kanopy, please read on! It’s important.

We’ve been using Kanopy as our streaming video service for 2 years. Everyone who uses it—faculty, students, staff—loves it. It’s an awesome resource for thousands of videos, and it really has no rival in terms of content and user experience. The problem is that the library can’t afford to provide unlimited access to Kanopy anymore.

You may be aware that I’ve hosted several Kanopy discussion sessions recently with faculty and staff. The purpose of these discussion sessions was to explain the budget related to Kanopy and to share my analysis of how we can continue to subscribe to Kanopy in a sustainable way. I’m grateful to the faculty and staff who joined the discussions and shared their reactions and insights; also for the many questions they asked, because these helped me to refine my understanding of their concerns and come to what I think is a reasonable use model for everyone who loves Kanopy.

I’m attaching the presentation that the folks who were at the discussion sessions saw. I’m including the annotations for context. Kanopy discussions with faculty (PDF)

Here’s how Kanopy will change beginning on Dec 12:

The day after fall quarter ends, we’ll move from unlimited Kanopy access to the mediated Kanopy model (explained in the attached presentation). When you open Kanopy on the library’s website, you’ll see the videos that we are already licensing. You and your students can watch any of those for free. If you have a specific title in mind that does not appear there, type it into the Kanopy search box. When the video comes up, click on it and a request form will appear. Any staff, faculty, or student can fill out the request form. The completed form comes to me, as the coordinator of library media services, and I approve or not, based on our collection development criteria for streaming video. This criteria is summarized on slide #10, attached.

Because the highest priority will be given to those videos that are essential to supporting the curriculum, we’ll be licensing fewer videos, thereby spending our funds more judiciously. Rather than using Kanopy like Netflix, we’ll be using it to license videos that you require in your courses.

To augment this targeted collection, we’ll subscribe to Media Education Foundation (MEF), which is our top supplier in Kanopy. This subscription will give us more documentary videos to choose from at an affordable, stable price. We’ll also subscribe to DocuSeek2, which has exclusive rights to distributors not in Kanopy. No need to fill out a request form to view the videos in these collections. You can preview the MEF collection here and the DocuSeek2 collection here.

My hope is that this arrangement will give you a robust video collection to choose from for your courses. And it will be far more affordable than the current Kanopy model! More on these new resources soon.

Shortly, I’ll send you a library guide that will explain how to request titles in Kanopy, along with FAQs and screenshots. If you need one or two specific titles in Kanopy for a course you’re teaching in winter quarter, contact me directly asap with the title and when you plan to assign it to your students. In winter quarter and beyond, if you ask your students to view films of their choice, I ask that you please direct them to view our licensed titles rather than to request new titles.

Please share this with your colleagues who may not be watching the listserv. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.



Barbara Quarton
Coordinator of Library Media Services
John M. Pfau Library
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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New Streaming Video: Docuseek2 and Media Ed Foundation

Now available for CSUSB users, two new subscription-based streaming video products:

Media Education Foundation Videos at Kanopy
157 videos produced by the MEF, which is well known for titles such as Tough Guise and Killing Us Softly.

Docuseek 2: Essential Collection
More than 700 documentaries from producers such as Bullfrog and Icarus Films; many are exclusive to Docuseek.

Because these two collections are subscription-based, they are immediately available to all CSUSB users for unlimited viewing. Find them on our list of Databases by Subject: Video

As previously announced on the Academic and Campus listservs, other Kanopy videos will be made available only by request, because they are pay-per-use. For details, see our Library Guide, Kanopy: How to Request a Video for Your Class.  If you have questions, contact Barbara Quarton, Coordinator of Library Media Services, or x77553

Note: We anticipate that all videos will eventually be searchable in Pfau Library’s OneSearch, but we are still in the process of loading records for them.

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Intersession Hours

Our hours have changed for Intersession and the winter holiday.

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Video Games Workshop 11-30-18

Interested in creating video games? Do you want to be able to include your experience on your resume? Then come join the Innovation Lab’s video game workshop, and learn how to use Unity, a software used by many top companies. We’ll teach you the basics of creating and polishing your game, with a focus on designing a main menu and making it appealing to your audience.

CSUSB students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in this responsive workshop.

Date: November 30th 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: PL-1003 (Pfau Library Innovation Lab)
Presenter: Jose Beltran-Lara, CSUSB Computer Science and Business Analyst Student

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3D Modeling Workshop 11-29-18

Explore the amazing world of 3D modeling with the Innovation Lab’s second CAD modeling workshop! Learn how to use, one of the most versatile browser-based CAD programs. Create your own unique designs from scratch or learn how to find and modify a pre-existing model. Experienced CAD modelers can also benefit from the workshop and learn tips and guidelines for having your model 3D printed in the lab. CSUSB students, faculty and staff are all invited to participate in this interactive workshop. *Bring your own laptop and computer mouse, if possible.

Date: November 29th 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Pfau Library 1003 (Innovation Lab)
Presenter: Mark Ortiz, Innovation Lab Director and Computer Engineering Student

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Week of 11/19 Workshops

Monday, November 19

APA Autobahn: APA Reference List Explained, 11:30 – 11:55 am

Location: Pfau Library PL-2005 Instruction Room


APA Autobahn: In-Text Citations Explained, 12:00 – 12:25 pm

Location: Pfau Library PL-2005 Instruction Room


APA Autobahn: Step-by-Step Paper Formatting, 12:30 – 12:55 pm

Location: Pfau Library PL-2005 Instruction Room


Tuesday, November 20

APA Autobahn: Step-by-Step Paper Formatting, 11:30 – 11:55 am

Location: Pfau Library PL-2005 Instruction Room


Chicago Speedway: Notes and Bibliography Explained, 12:00 – 12:25 pm

Location: Pfau Library PL-2005 Instruction Room


MLA Whirlwind: MLA Reference List Explained, 12:30 – 12:55 am

Location: Pfau Library PL-2005 Instruction Room


Wednesday, November 21

APA Autobahn: Step-by-Step Paper Formatting, 8:30 – 8:55 am

Location: Pfau Library PL-2005 Instruction Room


APA Autobahn: APA Reference List Explained, 9:00 – 9:25 am

Location: Pfau Library PL-2005 Instruction Room


Chicago Speedway: Notes and Bibliography Explained, 9:30 – 9:55 am

Location: Pfau Library PL-2005 Instruction Room


Register on our workshop calendar!

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Thanksgiving Closure: 11/22 – 11/25

The library building will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday 11/22- 11/25 but our virtual library is always available.  If you need help with your research over the holiday, click on the Ask a Librarian logo on our website to access a 24/7 live chat librarian service.

Watch for our extended hours when we come back!

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