Friday, December 14, 2012

Library Opens Longer Hours for Winter / Spring 2013

TOROS have spoken and the University Library has responded with longer hours for the Winter and Spring sessions.  Starting January 22, 2013 the library will remain open until 11:00 pm Monday through Thursday.  The 5:00 closing time will stay the same for Fridays and Saturdays.  We encourage you to take advantage of this extra time to get research papers and homework assignments completed during the quiet evening and night time hours.  The first three weeks in January the Library will keep daytime hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday with a 9 am opening on Saturdays.  The Library is closed on Sundays and will be closed on Monday, the 21st in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday.

A complete Library calendar is available on the Library homepage. 

Here’s hoping all you TOROS are enjoying your winter break, are reading some good books, and taking advantage of the cool wintry weather surrounded by family and friends.

Have a safe, healthy and studious New Year 2013 and see you all back in the Library later this month!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

High Activity in Computer Commons

The Library Computer Commons is seeing extremely high usage these days as Toros commit to completing final projects and papers, and gear up for final exams.  In the midst of all this activity, class instruction sessions are scheduled, printers crash, and the lost and found continues to collect items.

Even this late in the semester professors continue to request instruction sessions in research strategies and library services for their classes.  Upcoming sessions, held in the computer labs, will close one lab on Thursday, Nov. 29th from 8:00 am until 11:30 am and then again from 3:45 pm until 5:30 pm.  You can keep abreast of any additional closures on our Twitter feed, @CSUDHLib, or Facebook and Google+ pages at CSU Dominguez Hills Library. 

When the labs are closed, check for available desktop computers on the 3rd floor of Library South, the 1st floor of Library North in the Instructional Media Center and, of course, on the ground floor of Welch Hall, room 160.  You may also borrow laptops or iPads from the Laptop Loan Office.  The Laptop Loan Office, located on the 3rd floor of Library South behind the elevators, serves current students in good standing and requires registration to participate in the loan program. 

With the increase in printing, printers occasionally jam or experience coin confusion.  Librarians and Library Services Specialists, located at the Information/Reference Desk, can handle most print issues and call upon Information Technology Specialists to assist when needed.  See the staff in the Laptop Loan Office to rectify issues with the 3rd floor printer. 

Our lost and found collection is bulging with flash drives, glasses, clothing, keys, and more.  Stop by the Information/Reference Desk with your campus ID to check for and retrieve lost items.  And, make sure to grab all your belongings before leaving the Library.  Found items are turned over to campus police on a monthly basis.

Remember to keep calm, carry on, and give yourself extra time for study and library activities as we move towards finals week.  Go Toros!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

EBooks Expand Our Collection by 150,000+

You may have noticed a large number of ebooks appearing on the results screen when you search the Library catalog for books.  The Library is building its online collection through ebrary, Safari Books Online, and EBSCO e-books and currently has more than 150,000 titles available!  Students and faculty like the convenience and immediate access to these books which are accessible 24/7 from your computer, laptop, and mobile devices.  Recently, one book had 1,112 hits with 45, 818 pages viewed!  Students are not only taking advantage of this new resource as a research tool, but also are finding that the features inherent with online resources are very helpful for completing assignments. 

Ebooks are quite easy to use.  When you search the Library catalog on a topic, the results screen will show ebooks along with print books that we hold in our collection.  Click on the title of the ‘electronic resource’ to see detailed catalog information about the book and to find the link to open the ebook.  If you click on the ‘This title has an electronic version’ hyperlink the ebrary book will open while the EBSCO record will open for an EBSCO ebook, and the table of contents will display for Safari Books Online. 

All ebrary books can be read on any device that can access an internet browser including smart phones and tablets.  You also have the choice of using a mobile app for iOS or Android based systems.  Once you open the online book you can turn pages with the forward/back arrows, jump to particular sections by clicking on a link on the table of contents, search the text for specific terms, copy, and print.  If you create an ebrary account (using the sign-in link at the right top on the menu bar) you have the ability to highlight text, take notes and “check-out” the book by downloading specific chapters or the whole book.  You also have the ability to save the link to the book, complete with your highlights and notes, on your personal bookshelf. 

EBSCO ebooks
When the EBSCO ebook detailed record screen opens you have the option to read the book online through the eBook Full Text option or download the book to read it offline on your computer or other electronic device.  Reading it offline will require you to create an EBSCO user account (see the Sign In tab on the top right menu bar) and download and use Adobe Digital Editions.  Once you have downloaded the book you can keep notes and get direct access to the Oxford American College Dictionary.  EBSCO ebooks also can be accessed on smart phones and tablets.

Safari Online Books
Safari books are primarily related to technology subject areas.  When you open the link to a Safari Online Book, the table of contents will appear as hyperlinks to the text.  You can also choose to read an overview of the book or search within the book.  Clicking on the ‘Start Reading’ icon will open the ebook and you will have the option to read it in HTML format or as it was printed.   

In the event that an ebook does not open, it is most likely in use by another party.  Just as we check out print books for a single user, ebooks that are downloaded are also checked out for a period of time thus making them unavailable to others until they are “returned.”  Don’t get frustrated, but continue to check the title as, often, the book is available within a few hours or a few days.

Don't be afraid to try these great online resources for your assignments, or encourage your professors to use them instead of costly textbooks, and let us know what you think!  

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Election Guide 2012 -- VOTE TOROS!

Obama. Romney.  Who are these guys?  What’s Proposition 30? How come the Electoral College overrides the popular vote?

Although the process of voting can be pretty simple, the time and preparation needed to understand the process and cast a responsible vote can be quite daunting.  Reference Librarian Vivian Linderman has put together an online Election Guide to help you understand and navigate through Campaign 2012.

The guide includes numerous links to online resources related to voting and the election process, the candidates, the issues, and the California propositions.  You also will find links to information on the upcoming presidential debates, fact checkers (Pants on Fire!) and how to track the Red State / Blue State Electoral College votes.   As an added bonus, she’s added some fun sites to enjoy the antics of popular comedians, political spoofs, and cartoons.

Get out the vote TOROS!

Guide to the Archives Now Available

A Guide to the Archival Collections of CSU Dominguez Hills and the California State University System recently was published by the Archives and Special Collections department of the University Library. 

The Guide serves as a comprehensive directory of the growing Archival Collections held by CSUDH.  The Guide includes short descriptions of the 215 current collections with links to the Online Archive of California (OAC) finding aids and numerous illustrations.  In addition, the Guide includes information on the history of the Archives and archival collecting initiatives, materials on how to use the collections, and topics to research within the collection.

Compiled by Greg Williams, director of the Archives and Thomas Philo, cataloging archivist, the Guide is available in print in the Archives and online at the Archives website:
The Archives is located on the 5th floor of the University Library and is open 10 am to 4 pm M-F and by appointment.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Rival Candidates: Electioneering and Politicians in California

Announcing a new exhibition in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University Library: 
The Rival Candidates: Electioneering and Politicians in California. The exhibition will run from the conventions until the inauguration (August 2012-February 2013). 
Featuring materials from the Glenn Anderson Collection, the Juanita Millender-McDonald Collection, the Glenn Dumke Collection and other archival collections, the Rival Candidates focuses on national, state and local elections and politics mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, but also materials from the 2000s.
The purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the vast material the Archives holds on elections and politics.
Also included in the exhibition are newspaper headlines from major events involving presidents, political conventions during the 1940s and 1950s, the strange saga of cross-filing for primary elections in California, Juanita Millender-McDonald’s career, early minority congressional candidates, Presidential inaugurations, buttons, White House signing pens, campaign buttons and even White House Easter Egg Hunt eggs.
The Archival collection of Glenn Anderson features an endless array of materials from the 1930s to the 1990s. Anderson (1913-1994) was the mayor of Hawthorne before he was thirty, a state assemblyman, co-founder of the State Democratic Council, Lt. Governor for eight years during the Pat Brown administration, and Congressman from the South Bay and Long Beach for 20 years.  He helped fund the 710 freeway and the 105 freeway is named for him. Juanita Millender-McDonald (1938-2007) was a Congresswoman from the South Bay from (1996-2007), a state legislator and Carson City Council member.  Dr. Glenn Dumke (1917-1989) was a history professor and dean at Occidental College, President of San Francisco State College and Chancellor of the CSU System from 1962 to 1982. Dumke’s papers are part of the CSU System Archives which are housed in the Archives at CSUDH.
Students, faculty and staff are welcome to view the exhibition and do research Monday-Friday 10-4 in the Archives on the South Side of the Library on the Fifth Floor. For more information call 310 243-3895.
Faculty are welcome to bring their classes to see the exhibition or for instruction on the primary resources within the Archives.
While there are many major topics and themes in the exhibition….there is also a good deal of factual information scattered throughout the exhibition. Political junkies may know most of the following questions, but the answers are found throughout the exhibition.
Who was Alben W. Barkley?
What Roosevelt ran for Governor of California in 1950?
Who was Miss Jane from the Beverly Hillbillies supporting for Lt. Governor in 1966?
Which U.S. Presidents lived in Compton?
Why did Congressman Richard Nixon run as a Democrat in the Democratic Primary in 1948?
Who was the Congresswoman and movie star’s wife that gave Richard Nixon the nickname “Tricky Dick?”
Where was John F. Kennedy nominated as the Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidate in 1960?
What did Frank Sinatra have to do with Glenn Anderson’s campaign for Lt. Governor in 1958.
What future governor was Governor Brown fishing with in 1960?
What California politicians were the Republican Party candidates for Vice President in 1948, 1952 and 1956?
Who were Democratic Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson’s running mates in 1952 and 1956?
What California Governor became one of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court justice of the 20th century? What future President was accused of trying to impeach him? (Okay, the second question is not in the exhibition).
Who was California’s favorite son for the 1948 and 1952 Republican conventions?
Who did the Republicans like in 1952?
Want answers???? Come see the Exhibition….

Monday, August 27, 2012

Position Available: Reference Librarian

California State University, Dominguez Hills and the University Library invite applications for an experienced, enthusiastic, team-oriented librarian for the position of Reference Librarian (tenure-track). The successful candidate will make significant contributions as a member of a growing library staff at an award-winning, student-centered library facility.  The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, the assessment of learning outcomes, and multiple pathways that enable students to graduate. This position reports to the Dean, University Library.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

As Reference Librarian, provides a full range of reference services, including but not limited to the following: regularly serves at the Reference Desk using the print and electronic collections; engages in in-depth research consultations by appointment; provides course-related library instruction and workshops; prepares library instructional materials including web-based guides; shares in collection development responsibilities; assists with electronic resource collection development and maintenance, participates in library outreach activities to the campus and community, and other duties as assigned. The incumbent in this position will supervise three (3) departmental support staff; trains and evaluates Information Desk student assistants.  Must be able to work night and weekend reference desk and instruction assignments shared among the reference librarians.
In addition, the incumbent will participate in Library and University committee work; keep abreast of current developments in librarianship and instructional technologies; and engage in professional development activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school.
  •  2 years relevant academic library experience.
  •  Strong commitment to public service.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of electronic information resources.
  • Familiarity with instruction methods and technologies.
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively as a team member and to interact collegially with  colleagues, staff, and teaching faculty.
  • Ability to function effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  •  Reference and instruction experience.
  •  Supervisory experience.

Terms of Appointment and Salary

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position, and librarians are expected to meet faculty requirements for scholarship, professional development and service to the campus community.  Appointment will be made at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank.  Salary will be dependent upon qualifications and professional experience.  Hiring salary range for Senior Assistant Librarian:  $57,084 - $65,000.
Anticipated Starting Date:  Immediately


Application Procedure

Register and apply online at: Please include in one uploaded file a letter of interest/application; a current resume or vita; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent professional references. The letter should be addressed to:
Sandra Parham, Dean, University Library
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than September 7, 2012.  For telephone inquiries, contact Naomi Moy at (310) 243-2086 or .


The Campus and the University Library

California State University, Dominguez Hills is one of 23 campuses of the California State University system.  CSU Dominguez Hills is an urban, comprehensive, public university that serves a culturally rich, diverse student body of over 14,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Located on a 346-acre site in the South Bay portion of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, CSU Dominguez Hills has a highly pluralistic student body, which includes a significant number of nontraditional, working adult students as well as approximately 1,700 students enrolled in Distance Learning programs statewide. The University, with its three professional schools and the College of Arts and Humanities, has more than 270 full-time faculty members and is situated in an area characterized by an extraordinary heterogeneity of people, and an extensive array of high technology industries and professional services.
The Library collection contains over 447,000 print volumes and 126,000 e-book titles. In addition, online access is available to a wide array of electronic resources, including approximately 100 electronic databases and over 25,000 electronic journal titles.  Staffing currently consists of 9 professional tenure-track librarians and 14 paraprofessionals.
Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH available at,
or by calling campus Public Safety Department at (310) 243-3639

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Electronic Resources Unavailable Fri. 7am to Sat. 9am

This coming Friday, Library and IT will migrate one of the library servers to IT’s Virtual Server environment.  Electronic resources access (including searching for books, ebooks, articles, journals, eReserves, and getting full-text articles) will be down From 7:00am on Friday, June 8th to 9:00am on Saturday.  However, the Library’s Web page will remain available. WorldCat, All CSU Books searches, and Quick Search will be partially available.

If you have any question regarding this migration and the Library eResouces downtime, please contact the Library Reference Desk (310-243-3582).

Thank you for your understanding.

Wei Ma

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Laptop Loan & Group Study Hours for May

Last Day of Finals 05/18

No Class instruction 5/21-5/25

Memorial Holiday 5/28

There will be no Laptop or Group Study Room checkouts 5/21 - 5/25
        However, the Laptop Loan Office will be open 5/21 - 5/23

The Laptop Loan Office will be closed
5/24 - 5/25

The Laptop Loan Office resumes laptop and room checkouts 5/29

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Extended Hours for Finals

Starting Monday, May 7th, the library will observe the following extended hours to assist students with studying for their final exams.

Monday, May 7th  through Thursday, May 10th - 8AM to 10PM
Friday, May 11th - 8AM to 5PM
Saturday, May 12th - 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, May 13th - Closed
Monday, May 14th through Thursday, May 17th - 8AM to 10PM

Beginning Friday, May 18th, the library will reduce hours until the beginning of the Summer sessions.  We will be open Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM, and closed on Saturdays, during this time.

The library will also be closed Monday, May 28th, in observation of the Memorial Day holiday.

For more information, please visit the full list of library hours on our website.

4th floor balcony now open

The automatic doors which lead to the 4th floor balcony have been repaired, and are now operating normally.

Library patrons should now be able to cross between both buildings on the 4th floor as normal.  Thank you for your patience as we repaired these doors.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

4th Floor Balcony Closure

The automatic doors which lead to the 4th floor balcony are currently out of order due to a motor malfunction.

Unfortunately, this means that the balcony which connects both buildings as well as Library North 4th floor are only accessible via the internal stairs and elevators in Library North.

Please use these routes to access materials in this section of the library.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Signing Event in Library, March 20th

The University Library

In Conjunction with

The Black Faculty and Staff Association

Invites you to a

Book Signing:

“Living My Dream:

An Artistic

Approach to Marketing”

Nominated for the 2012

NAACP Image Award

For Outstanding Literary




Renowned and International

Award-winning Artist


Designer of the First

United States Postal Stamp

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

at 11:00 a.m.

University Library

5th Floor (South Wing)

Copies of Synthia SAINT JAMES’

Book will be available for purchase

Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 USC Libraries Wonderland Award (CASH PRIZES)

Are you a fan of Lewis Carroll? If you are, you may want to take note of the USC Libraries Wonderland Award.

The award is is an annual multidisciplinary competition that encourages new scholarship and creative work related to Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the English logician, mathematician, photographer, and nonsense poet who authored Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass (1871). The contest is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines at all Southern California universities. Previous winners have included creative writing, journalism, fine art, and biomedical engineering students.

The CSUDH Library has put together a page with available resources on Lewis Carroll and the Alice stories and poems to assist entrants from Dominguez Hills. You can view the page by clicking here:

The deadline for entry is April 2nd, and the first prize is $2,500 with a second place prize of $1,500. If you enter and win, let us know so we can feature you on the library page!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Japanese-American Redress Movement Talk

The University Library is pleased to announce a talk in conjunction with the Building Evidence Exhibition in the University Archives.

Japanese American Redress Movement Remembrance.

On Feb. 16, 2012, at 3 p.m, Dr. Mitch Maki, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs at Dominguez Hills, will speak on the Japanese American redress movement and its meaning for all Americans . The talk will take place at the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room on the fifth floor of the south wing of the University Library.

Thursday February 16, 2012, 3 pm University Archives LIB 5039

Call 310 -243-3895 for more information

Building Evidence: Japanese Americans in Southern California During Mid-Century. 40 Years of Collecting. An Exhibition, October 2011-March 2012.

Archives and Special Collections, University Library, CSU Dominguez Hills.

Leo Cain Library North (New) Wing, #5039. Fifth Floor, University Archives.

For over 40 years historians and archivists at CSU Dominguez Hills have been gathering materials documenting the lives of Japanese Americans in the South Bay and Los Angeles. A large segment of material focuses on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, but there is also material on Japanese Americans before and after the War.

Consisting of photographs, yearbooks, artwork, letters, leases, the exhibition focuses on the lives and obstacles faced by Japanese Americans in the South Bay and Los Angeles prior, during and after World War II. Topics include the location of some Japanese American tenant farmer families on Dominguez/Rancho San Pedro lands before World War II and the removal of those families after Pearl Harbor; the mass evacuation of citizens and incarceration in concentration camps such as Manzanar and Granada, Colorado; letters from various Japanese Americans searching for jobs and places to live after the camps were closed. Several of the recently-rescued Ninomiya Studio photographs show Japanese American life in the 1950s. In addition the exhibition features artwork of Mary Higuchi, Henry Fukahara and H. Takata as well as a scale model of a camp barracks made by former Torrance resident Min Sueda.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Library Home Page

The University Library has a new home page. Here are the biggest changes, to help you orient yourself.

Tabbed Search Box – We've made it easier to start your research. You can now search the library's catalog and website, as well as Google Scholar and other resources, from one centralized location. Just click the relevant tab to access the different search bars.

Cleaner Layout – We've streamlined the website, removing unnecessary design aspects until all that's left is what needs to be there: the content you need to help you with your research.

More Links – Although our design is minimalist, we've increased the amount of information on the home page. You can now access more pages with one click, reducing the amount of time spent trying to find what you need.

Dropdown Menu – We've added a dropdown menu to the home page with direct links to important and frequently visited pages. It's now easier to find department web pages, information on the library, and research materials.

Easier to Understand – We've tried to remove some of the library jargon from our web page, so that our links are more intuitive and easier to understand.

Social Media Links – The library is now on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. We've added links to these social media services at the top of our home page, so you can easily keep abreast of library news, announcements, and other information in realtime.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Spring Semester Hours

The University Library will observe the following hours during the spring semester.

Monday through Thursday - 8AM to 8PM
Friday - 8AM to 5PM
Saturday - 10AM to 5PM
Sunday - CLOSED

Please note the following special dates:
February 20 - CLOSED
March 26 - March 31st - CLOSED
May 28 - CLOSED

These hours may be subject to change. For an updated list of hours, please see the library hours web page:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January Hours

The library will observe the following hours in January of 2012:

Tuesday, January 3rd - Saturday, January 21st
8AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday
10AM to 5PM, Saturday

Please note that the library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. The rest of the CSUDH campus will also be closed.

Regular library hours (8-8 M-TH; 8-5 F; 10-5 Sat) will resume on Monday, January 23rd.