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therapy dogThe SDSU Library is again offering extended space and hours during the peak study time this semester. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, the entire library dome area will be open 24 hours, offering additional space and time for students to prepare for finals. The 24/7 Study Area will continue to be open 24 hours during this period as well. For the safety of our students, a RED ID will be required for admittance after the main library closes. The expanded study space will end at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17.

This year, we’re throwing in some extras. Like biofeedback sessions. And stress management workshops. And an alpha chamber, which is an egg-shaped chair with built-in speakers and a TV that plays videos promoting growth and relaxation. We’ll also have someone here to teach meditation. Oh, and last but not least, THERAPY DOGS! There’s nothing like soft fur and sloppy kisses to melt away stress and fatigue. Keep an eye out for signs posted around the library and on our Website listing where and when these events/perks take place.

New Media room

Can you picture yourself and your friends using this to create presentations?

Picture this…pretty soon you can!

Demonstrations of the newly updated media rooms will be held in the library’s Media Center on Wednesday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Friday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Room 63 in the Media Center underwent upgrades and the addition of other amenities over the summer. It now contains a MediaScape system and an in-room camera/audio system for recording personal presentations.

Media group study room

Three additional rooms in the Media Center also have been outfitted as large-screen group study rooms. During the demonstrations, Michael Lapins, Media Center supervisor, will speak about some of the upcoming changes, such as new equipment loan rules and cables and adaptors for use by students with their mobile devices and Media Center equipment. Michael also will discuss how the Media Center is evolving to serve students’ technical needs.

In case you’ve never visited the Media Center, it’s in the basement of the Library Addition near the Laptop Lounge. While you’re there, take a look at the many movies and CDs you can checkout. The Media Center also loans Nooks and video cameras.

Summer only appears to be a sleepy time around the SDSU Library. While you were away from campus, we’ve been busy!

Reference Services AreaReference Services Area Renovation
I have a feeling that Reference Services is going to be “the place to be” from now on. With its new carpet, paint, and comfortable furniture, it’s a functional—but attractive—place to study or relax. We’ve added more seating, as well as more collaborative learning and individual study spaces. Many of the lesser-used reference materials were weeded out—and replaced with online reference sources—creating more open space. More student computers were added, and we expanded the art exhibits. Tables can be rearranged to suit study groups, and portable white boards are available in various areas.

Comic-Con Kids
Around 40 years ago, an amazing thing happened here in San Diego: a group of teen-age comic book fans and an aspiring graphic artist pooled their meager resources and founded what would grow into Comic-Con International! It’s a story that should be told, and who better to tell it than the remaining members of that group and others who were a part of the convention’s early, magical years.

Early founders of Comic-Con, circa 1970With a $10,000 grant from the California Council for the Humanities, the library is developing an oral history project titled “The Comic-Con Kids: Finding and Defining Fandom.” The project will explore the emergence of comics, science fiction, and fantasy in the youth counterculture movements of the 1970s, with a primary focus on Comic-Con. Recording began on June 29, with SDSU student Jonathan Valdez interviewing Mike Towry and Jackie Estrada. The oral histories will be available to the public on a Special Collections-affiliated Web page that will also contain photographs, copies of original documents, and film excerpts.

SDSU Library iPhone App
Library assistant Tyler Rogers has developed an iPhone App for the library that can be downloaded from iTunes. With the app, you can view the library’s mobile catalog, see the latest titles added to the collection, find library hours on the go, view maps of the book stacks, browse the library’s book classification scheme, and send an email to the Reference Desk. Visit the SDSU Library iPhone App Web page to learn more about it.

The Papers of Richard AlfRichard Alf
Special Collections is the fortunate recipient of papers and documents once belonging to Richard Alf, one of the founders of Comic-Con International. Richard passed away in January 2012, and his mother, Martha, donated his collection to the library during the summer. The new collection, “The Papers of Richard Alf,” consists of approximately 20 linear feet of various materials and document types related to Comic-Con conventions, his comic book business and store, original art by Jack Kirby and Scott Shaw, and material on the Empire Sign Company and other ventures he was involved in.

Link+ Out, WorldCat In
As of May 31, the library discontinued its participation in Link+. Library patrons wishing to borrow books are now encouraged to use Circuit, WorldCat, or Interlibrary Loan.

Comic Arts Conference poster sessionComic Arts Conference Poster Session
Members of the library’s Comic Arts Committee presented a poster session titled “Comics, Comic-Con, and SDSU: A Symbiotic Relationship” on July 14 at the 2012 Comic Arts Conference, which is an academic conference held in conjunction with Comic-Con International. The presentation covered the library’s Comic-Con Kids Oral History Project, the work of the Comic Arts Committee, and the comic arts collections held by Special Collections.

Librarian Pamela Jackson and Interim Associate Dean Anne Turhollow have been busy over the summer creating some excellent tutorials to help students and library patrons better use the library. Check them out!

Understanding LC Call Numbers

Finding Full Text

March is “SDSU Month,” and on Saturday, March 19, the university will be holding its annual “Explore SDSU: Open House” day. We’ll be offering guided tours of the library at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. Two of our librarians are also offering intriguing and helpful workshops: “Top 10 Things to Ask Your Doctor” will be held at 10 a.m. and “Ten Steps to Find Your Family Tree Online” will meet at 10:30 a.m. Both workshops will be held in Room 2203 of the Library Addition. To attend a workshop or tour, just show up at the dome entrance. We’ll have a table with information and smiling staff to help you find your way!

You can get with this

Wide Dispersion Localizer sound dome in the CPMC news center
Listening to CNN or programs aired by SDSU’s Instructional Technology Services in comfortable armchairs in the Current Periodicals news center

Or you can get with that

Get Smart's cone of silence

Discussing conspiracy theories with your boss

samsung mobile charging stationThose electronic gadgets we love so well–cell phones, camcorders, laptops–all have one frustrating flaw: their batteries run out of juice, usually when we need them the most. While it’s generally no problem to find an electrical outlet in the library, around finals, free outlets are as scarce as hen’s teeth.

The 24/7 Study Area in the Library Addition contains a solution: the tower of power. The Samsung Mobile Charging Station is equiped with four outlets dedicated to recharging batteries. There’s no fee to use it, but you do need to provide your own charger. Just think of it as the library’s way of giving power to the people!

We really do enjoy seeing your face inside the library, but if you’re rushed and need to return a book that’s due, we have several places outside of the library where you can safely deposit library books:

  • On the east side of the library dome
  • On the main corridor through Aztec Center near the ATM machines and STA Travel
  • On Hardy Avenue at the corner of Hardy and Campanile Drive (north side of Gateway Center)
  • Under the Love Library overhang, north side (facing the Administration Building)
book return boxes

(top row, L to R) outside the library dome, in Aztec Center; (bottom row, L to R) corner of Hardy and Campanile, north side of Love Library

Copy Services…that the library has a place where you can make copies (including color!), print posters and banners, and send faxes? No? Well, let me introduce you to Copy Services!

Copy Services is located on the west end of the first floor of Love Library in Room 146, just past the Current Periodicals and Microforms Center. This is your one-stop shop for printing just about anything. Here’s a few of the services they offer:

  • Wide format printing
  • Faxing (send and receive)
  • Lamination
  • Transparencies
  • Assistance with printing, formatting, and setup of printing and copying projects

Listen, the next time you need nice clean copies of the presentation you have to give in one hour, you can (a) drive off-campus and stand in line at a copy shop and pray that the person ahead of you in line isn’t mailing five large packages of fragile items to Latvia and has to fill out a mountain of paperwork, or (b) you can drop by the library’s Copy Services between classes and talk with Michael McGovern and his staff about your printing needs. They’ve got lists of services and prices you can take with you; get one and tack it on your refrigerator door so you won’t forget all the cool things these folks can do for you!

I can feel the tension in the air. I can sense your desperation, your dread, your frustration. And I know what cloud hangs above you, what bogeyman hides beneath your desk…final exams begin next week.

You need not fear; you aren’t in this alone. The SDSU Library has the people and resources to help you slay the most vicious term paper. Just follow me…

It’s 5 a.m. and you have a burning question. The library doesn’t open until 7 a.m. What can you do? Visit our home page and click on the “24/7 Live Help” button located on the left menu. Fill out the form on the right and click “connect.” There’s a librarian on the other end willing and able to come to your rescue.

You found the perfect article to round out your research paper…but our library doesn’t have it. No problem-o…that’s what Interlibrary Loan is for! They offer a lot of cool options for acquiring books, articles, and media from other libraries and institutions around the world.

It’s 10 p.m. and your crazy roommate has the stereo cranked up and a room full of friends talking and laughing. Where the heck can you get some peace and quiet? Try the 24/7 Study Area on the 2nd floor of the Library Addition. If you need a space for your study group to meet, click here for a list of locations.

Gosh darnit, your computer has a virus, and your printer is on the fritz! And your professor said “absolutely, positively NO late papers!” Aaagghh! You’re toast, right? Wrong, my friend. I’ll let you in on a little secret…the Student Computing Center. They have PCs, Macs, printers, scanners, and resourceful people at the help desk to answer your computing questions.

One more problem…you’re hungry! Your stomach is growling like an angry rottweiler, and the people at the next table are giving you the hairy eyeball. Yes, the library does allow food in certain study areas (look for the slice of pizza on the maps), but if you want something more exciting than vending machine fare, there’s plenty of eateries nearby.

Take a deep breath…feel better? No reason to panic. We’re here to help!