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Celebrate National Library Week

DATE: Mon, 14 Apr 2014

Lives change @ your library: Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19

This week, the CSUMB library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a time to highlight the value of libraries, and the people who work in them.

The following is a selection of quotes that celebrate the power and influence of libraries. These quotes chosen are from authors in the CSUMB Library’s collection, so check them out and enjoy!

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
By: Díaz, Junot
New York: Riverhead Books, 2007



Watch a Video of poet Junot Diaz on the Bill Moyers Show in which Diaz shares how access to his first library changed his life.

"When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” ― Rita Mae Brown


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Rubyfruit Jungle
By: Brown, Rita Mae
Toronto ; New York: Bantam Books, 1988

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Fahrenheit 451
By: Bradbury, Ray
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” - Author Ray Bradbury
“A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal.” ― Zadie Smith

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White Teeth : A Novel
By: Smith, Zadie
New York: Vintage International, 2001

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Selected Poems
By: Borges, Jorge Luis
New York: Viking, 1999

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library" - Jorge Luis Borges
“I ransack public libraries and find them full of sunk treasure “ – Virginia Woolf

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A Room of One's Own
By: Woolf, Virginia
Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2005

April is APIA Heritage Month

DATE: Fri, 11 Apr 2014



In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, CSUMB will be hosting a number of events. The following library resources may be of interest to those wishing to learn more about related topics. The APIA Heritage website has additional information. 

April is National Poetry Month

DATE: Tue, 08 Apr 2014

April is National Poetry Month. “National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.”

The following selection of poetry books from the CSUMB Library’s collection represents the library staff and faculty’s favorite poets and poems. Enjoy!

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Barks, Coleman, Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Reynold Alleyne Nicholson, and A Arberry. A Year with Rumi : Daily Readings. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006.

Borges, Jorge Luis, and Alexander Coleman. Selected Poems. New York: Viking, 1999.

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Insert a description of the image here. Dickinson, Emily. Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960.
Donne, John, and Charles Coffin. The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne. New York: Modern Library, 1994. Insert a description of the image here.
Insert a description of the image here. Dylan, Bob. Tarantula. New York: Scribner, 2004.

Frost, Robert, and Edward Connery Lathem. The Poetry of Robert Frost : The Collected Poems. New York: Henry Holt, 1979.

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Insert a description of the image here. Hopkins, Gerard Manley, and Walford Davies. Poetry and Prose. London : Rutland, Vt.: J.M. Dent; C.E. Tuttle, 1998.
Hughes, Langston. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. New York: Vintage Books, 1990. Insert a description of the image here.
Insert a description of the image here. Oliver, Mary. New and Selected Poems. Volume One. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004.

Shakespeare, William, Katherine Duncan-Jones. Shakespeare's Sonnets. London: Methuen Drama, 2010.

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Insert a description of the image here. Thomas, Dylan, and Daniel Jones. The Poems of Dylan Thomas. New York: New Directions, 2003.
Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. New York: Modern Library, 1993. Insert a description of the image here.

Cesar Chavez Day March 31st

DATE: Mon, 24 Mar 2014
Cesar Chavez Since 2000 California has dedicated March 31st to promoting service and community in honor of Cesar Chavez’s life and work. Chavez spent his life fighting for farm workers’ rights, helping to build the United Farm Workers Union. More info about Cesar Chavez’s many accomplishments can be found on the Cesar Chavez Day library web page

Try a research guide

DATE: Thu, 22 Aug 2013

Looking for sources for a research project? Try clicking Start Your Research on the library homepage. We have many subject-specific guides that will point you toward books in our library and others, key databases and journal titles, web sites, and more. Lists of new books and DVDs in that area, and tables of contents of most recent issues of key journals, are updated automatically. You will also see the contact information for the librarian subject specialist in that area. Ask us a question, or let us know if there’s a resource you think should be included! You can choose guides by subject (Cultural Studies, for example), or you can click on a course code, such as SBS, to see a list of guides that are relevant to research in that area.

Read for fun @CSUMB Library

DATE: Tue, 18 Dec 2012

The CSUMB Library's Recreational Reading page makes it easy to browse for a good book to read.

Whether you prefer adventure, romance, humor, or fantasy, you're sure to find something to enjoy.

Read for fun @CSUMB Library

Nobel Literature Prize goes to Mo Yan

DATE: Fri, 30 Nov 2012

On December 10, Chinese writer Mo Yan will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm. Born into a farming family in 1955, Guan Moye was a talkative child, and admonitions by his mother to speak less, or risk getting into political trouble, resulted in his pen name, Mo Yan, meaning "Don't Speak." His novels include elements of magical realism and have been compared to the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Read more about Mo Yan and the Nobel Prize in Literature in the New York Times.

The following books by Mo Yan can be checked out at the CSUMB Library.

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Mo, Y. (2012). Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out : A Novel. New York: Arcade Pub. Insert a description of the image here.
Insert a description of the image here. Mo, Y. (2010). Change. London: Seagull.
Mo, Y. (1995). The Garlic Ballads. New York: Viking. Insert a description of the image here.
book cover Mo, Y. (1994). Red Sorghum: A Novel of China. New York: Penguin Books.

National Coming Out Day 2012

DATE: Wed, 10 Oct 2012

Come Out. Vote.

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, an annual event sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and to promote LGBT rights. The 2012 theme is Come Out. Vote. The following are resources from the CSUMB Library and elsewhere on topics of interest to the LGBT community and their straight allies.

LGBT Politics and Activism (selected library books)

Insert a description of the image here.Baumgardner, J. (2007). Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Cotten, T.T. (2011). Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition. New York: Routledge.

Duberman, M. (2011). A Saving Remnant: The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming and David McReynolds. New York: New Press.

Miceli, M. (2005). Standing Out, Standing Together: The Social and Political Impact of Gay-straight Alliances. New York: Routledge.

Rimmerman, C.A. & Wilcox, C. (2007). The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Coming Out (selected library books)

Berman, S. (2011). Speaking out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up. Vally Falls, NY: Bold Strokes Books.Insert a description of the image here.

Berube, A. (1990). Coming out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two. New York: Free Press.

Krupat, K. & McCreery, P. (2001). Out at Work: Building a Gay-labor Alliance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

LaSala, M. (2010). Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child. New York: Columbia University Press.

General and Reference (selected library books)

Gerstner, D. (2006). Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture. London: Routledge.

Prono, L. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture. Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Stein, M. (2003). Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons.

See also

CSUMB Library's Gender Studies research guide

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network

GLBT Historical Society

Human Rights Campaign

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

ONE: National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012

DATE: Mon, 17 Sep 2012

Insert a description of the image here.Diversity United, Building America's Future Today is this year's theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month, running September 15 to October 15.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by checking out some of the books listed on this Hispanic Heritage Month web page at the CSUMB Library. 

Library Survey a Success!

DATE: Mon, 30 Jan 2012

Many thanks to those students, faculty, and staff who participated in our Fall 2011 library survey. 1,157 of you took a few minutes to let us know how we're doing, and we've been carefully considering your feedback. The most notable result is that users are much more satisfied with the library than they were in 2005, when we last administered the survey. This increase was especially dramatic in the "Library as Place" category, indicating a high level of appreciation for our new building. The frequency with which survey respondents use resources on library premises has also increased significantly.

We appreciate your constructive criticism as well, and have noted that a number of you would love the library to have longer hours, more computers, more quiet areas, and a finished third floor. We are pleased to report that plans for completing the third floor construction are underway, and the anticipated layout will accommodate more quiet places to study.

Congratulations to the student in the Teaching Credentials program who won the $100 gift certificate to the CSUMB Bookstore for his participation in the survey! As promised, a generous donation was made in honor of our survey participants to a non-profit organization serving the local homeless population. Your feedback helps us understand what you need from your library.