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What's New is the Library's newsletter, published once a semester. 

Fall 2017

Welcome to OneSearch with CSU+

This summer the Sonoma State University Library, along with the other 22 CSU libraries, introduced OneSearch, a new library search tool. Another feature, CSU+, provides rapid delivery of books and media from all 23 CSU libraries, and replaces Link+.

OneSearch allows you to save searches and resources, follow citation trails, virtually browse the stacks, and more. And for the first time, you can search across all 23 CSU libraries for books and other resources.

OneSearch is different from our old catalog, and we’re here to help. The Library is offering clinics to demonstrate the new search interface, help you update links you share with your students, and hear your feedback. The clinics will be offered in Library Classroom 2050.

  • Thursday, August 17, from noon - 2:00 pm
  • August 25, from noon - 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 23, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Friday, September 1, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Your liaison librarian will also be happy to talk with you or meet with you one-on-one to give you an overview. Find your liaison librarians.

SSU Makerspace Grand Opening: Tuesday, October 3

Join President Judy K. Sakaki, SSU campus leaders, and community representatives for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the new SSU Makerspace on Tuesday, October 3, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Enjoy light refreshments and student-led demonstrations of Makerspace equipment, including laser cutters, 3D printers, 3D scanners, milling machines, and even sewing and embroidery machines. The SSU Makerspace is a collaborative venture among the University Library, the School of Science and Technology, the School of Education, the School of Business and Economics, School of Social Sciences, and the School of Arts and Humanities, made possible by a grant from National Science Foundation, with additional support from the Chevron Foundation and the Jean and Charles Schulz Foundation. RSVPs appreciated but not required: events@sonoma.edu or 707-664-2712.

Sonoma County Reads at SSU

Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon.

Sonoma County Reads returns to SSU this fall, with the selection of Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon/ Dr. Q: La Historia de Cómo un Jornalero Migrante se Convirtió en Neurocirujano, by Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa. Sonoma County Reads is a community reading program sponsored by Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma County Public Library, Sonoma County Office of Education, Creative Sonoma, and the University Library. The Library will have copies of Becoming Dr. Q in both English and Spanish. Watch for events, lectures, and more at the University Library and beyond. For more information or to propose an event, contact Hilary Smith at hilary.smith@sonoma.edu.

New Tenure-Track Librarians: Hilary Smith and Kaitlin Springmier

Librarian Hilary Smith, who has worked in the Library as a temporary librarian for more than two years, has accepted a tenure-track position in the Library as Research Services and User Experience Librarian. Hilary leads the Research Help program, including face-to-face and virtual research services. Hilary will also partner with faculty and other stakeholders to assess and improve user experience with library facilities, services, and access to information.

The Library also welcomes Kaitlin Springmier, who began her role as our new tenure-track Instruction and Learning Assessment Librarian on August 1. Kaitlin will work with librarians, instructors, and campus units to embed library instruction across the students’ experience and will help library faculty develop pedagogy and assessment methods for their teaching. Before coming to SSU, Kaitlin was the Resident Librarian for Online Learning at the University of Chicago, where she created digital library instruction and expanded expertise in teaching online. 

New Temporary Faculty Librarian Loretta Esparza

Loretta Esparza has joined the Library as an Instruction and Reference Librarian for the 2017/2018 academic year.  Loretta joins SSU from Santa Rosa Junior College and the College of Marin where she was an adjunct librarian.  Loretta will teach library orientations for incoming SSU students, assist with the Second Year Research and Creative Experience (SYRCE), and provide Research Help.

Library Gallery: Revolutionizing the World

Revolutionizing the World: The Russian Revolution at Its Centenary, 1917-2017. Library Gallery. Exhibit October 30, 2017-December 21, 2017. This exhibit features Russian paintings, china, busts and more from the past 100 years. This exhibit was made possible by the generosity of Vicki Bailey; Elaine Leeder, Dean Emerita of the School of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology; the School of Social Sciences; and the Sonoma State University Library. For more information, contact Stephen Bittner at bittner@sonoma.edu or 707-664-2447.

Sonoma County Highways Collection

Black and white photo of a woman standing on the porch of a house.

Read cottage, Parcel 2917

Our Sonoma County Highways Collection includes photographs and other materials that document an important milestone in the history of Sonoma County: the creation of Highway 101 and other highways between 1940 and 1976. The photographs provide historic detail of homes and neighborhoods  now gone or bisected by highways. CalTrans representatives Ben Harris and Fran Schierenbeck facilitated transfer of this collection from CalTrans to SSU Special Collections. For an appointment to view the collection, contact Special Collections at specialcollections@sonoma.edu or 707-664-4152.

New Soft Seating and Charging Stations

Woman sitting in a chair, reading a book.We are proud to say that at our busiest, we don’t have enough seating or electrical outlets! This summer we used one-time savings to purchase 61 lounge chairs with tablet arms and cupholders, and two dozen bright yellow charging stations