Library Hours for Spring Break

We are closed both weekends of the break (March 25-26 and April 1-2).

We will be open Monday-Thursday 8 AM to 5 PM.

Friday March 31 the library and the campus close in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.

Regular Quarter hours resume on Monday, April 3.

Current library hours are always available at our web site.

Posted in Hours & Closures

Update! 1984: A Three-Part Examination

Big Brother is Watching You

Update: On Friday, April 28, a follow-up talk on 1984 will take place in PL-5005 at 1:00 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to view a recorded version of the April 26 panel discussion and then take part in a thoughtful conversation facilitated by Jeremy Murray, Assistant Professor of History.

The Pfau Library and the University Diversity Committee’s Yotie Talks council is pleased to announce a four-part program that examines George Orwell’s classic work, 1984.

To kick off the program, which begins today, the campus community is invited to read the novel.  The library has acquired fifty new copies of the book, and a Spanish translation is also available as an e-book.
 
In the second part, a film screening of 1984, the award-winning version filmed in the year 1984, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton, will be presented on April 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Pfau Library’s Blue Ray and surround sound theatre room, located in PL-5005.
 
The program will culminate on April 26 with an interactive Yotie Talk featuring faculty panelists Chris Naticcia (philosophy), Rod Metts (communication), J. Logan Clark (English), and Cherstin Lyon (history).  As part of the discussion, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in PL-4005, the panelists will analyze and critically review the novel, offering insight and perspective, with a focus on parallels between the current political atmosphere and motifs and symbols in 1984.
 
“On behalf of the Pfau Library and University Diversity Committee, we encourage members of the campus community to read—or, in some cases, reread—1984 and to participate in the film screening and panel discussion,” said Dean Cesar Caballero, University Librarian.  “This program offers a valuable—and quite timely—opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue about truth, accountability, and citizen trust in government.”
 
“In our current political climate,” said Gina Schlesselman-Tarango, Instructional Services and Initiatives Librarian, “we’ve seen an alarming rise in fake news, a chilling acceptance of ‘alternative facts,’ and an increase in ‘post-truth’ sentiment.  Folks are rightfully alarmed, and more and more people are taking a fresh look at George Orwell’s 1984. This book touches on themes that are relevant to libraries and universities, including intellectual freedom, privacy, access to accurate information, freedom of the press, etc.  We are excited to host a series of events where these issues and more can be explored as a campus community.”
 
1984 is considered one of the most important novels of the 20th century.  Published to critical acclaim in 1949, it tells the story of Winston Smith, the book’s protagonist, who works in the Ministry of Truth, where he and numerous other workers are responsible for ensuring that the Party’s ever-changing “truth” always corresponds exactly to the “facts” by rewriting, then destroying, past newspaper articles.
 
For more information about the program, please contact Robie Madrigal, Pfau Library, at rmadriga@csusb.edu or (909) 537-5104.

Update: On Friday, April 28, a follow-up talk on 1984 will take place in PL-5005 at 1:00 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to view a recorded version of the April 26 panel discussion and then take part in a thoughtful conversation facilitated by Jeremy Murray, Assistant Professor of History.

Posted in Events

President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro today issued the following statement:

Source: President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding ‘counterproductive and short-sighted’ | News and Press Center

Posted in Uncategorized

Access to Information: A Universal Human Right

Article 19 of the [Universal Declaration of Human Rights] states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Source: Access to Information: A Universal Human Right – Intellectual Freedom Blog

Posted in Uncategorized

Make the most of Google Scholar!

If you use Google Scholar regularly for searching, you are likely missing a lot of content the library subscribes to! You may see this as a request to pay for a document. But how can you know if Pfau Library has it?

Use the Library Links option in Google Scholar to get the most out of your search! It’s quick and easy to set up, and you only need to do it once.

Instructions (with friendly pictures!) are in our Library Guide: Google Scholar and Pfau Library

Posted in Did You Know?

Last Workshop of the Quarter: Publishing a Scholarly Article

Curious about what it takes to turn that paper or thesis into a journal article? This workshop takes a look at how publishing works, including choosing the right journal, the peer review process, and what to expect if and when your manuscript is accepted for publication.

  • Monday, March 13th
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Pfau Library, room 2005

Register online.

Can’t make it? Check out our Publishing a Scholarly Article guide.

If you have any questions, contact Gina Schlesselman-Tarango at gschlesselman@csusb.edu.

Posted in Workshops

Last Library Research for Freshmen Workshop of the Quarter!

Meant for those new to CSUSB, or for those who could simply use a refresher, this workshop provides an introduction to research through the John M. Pfau Library. Students will gain a better understanding of why it’s necessary to use the deep web for college-level research, practice locating scholarly articles and books, and identify how to get research help.

Attendance verification slips will be available for those who wish to offer extra credit.

  • Thursday, March 9th
  • 4:00 – 4:50 pm
  • Pfau Library, PL-2005

Space is limited! Register now — don’t miss it!

Posted in Workshops

Tips for Spotting Fake News

Check out these tips from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) on how to spot fake news!

How to spot fake news: consider the source, check the author, check the date, check your biases, read beyond, supporting sources, is it a joke, ask the experts

Posted in Search Tips

Don’t miss it! Zotero for Everyone Workshop Feb. 16th!

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In this workshop, learn to cite and manage multiple sources with ease using Zotero, a free citation management plug-in that helps make the writing process smoother and more enjoyable. With Zotero, you can easily import and export citations to use in your text and bibliography, freeing you to concentrate on content. Zotero also lets you save valuable full-text sources as you find them, saving you time during the research process.

  • Thursday, February 16th
  • 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Pfau Library, room PL-2005

Space is limited! Register online now.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Bartle at lbartle@csusb.edu.

 

 

Posted in Workshops

Library Research for Freshmen Workshop Feb. 13th!

Hey first-year students, could you use an introduction to research through the Pfau Library?

Attendees will gain a better understanding of why it’s necessary to use the deep web for college-level research, practice locating scholarly articles and books, and identify how to get research help.

  • Monday, February 13th
  • 4:00 – 4:50 pm
  • Pfau Library, room 2005

Register online — hope to see you there!

Posted in Workshops
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