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February 2005

 February 21, 2005• Volume 9, Number

Chorus Line and Friends Fundraiser
By Kim Kuenlen, Administrative Services

More than 150 people attended The Friends Valentine's Auction and preview of A Chorus Line at the CSUS Theatre. Last Thursday's event was a successful fundraiser for the Friends thanks in part to the Library's Knitting Group that donated more than 25 hand-knitted items. Director Ed Brazo explained some of the history of A Chorus Line to the eager audience before the performance began. The singing and dancing was top notch and the audience applauded wildly in appreciation. On behalf of the Friends, thank you to all the Library Knitters for their beautiful donations...we saw many successful bidders wear their scarves home!

Welcome to Diana Winckel!
By Jennifer Ware, Acquistions and Tamara Trujillo, Library Administration

Please join us in welcoming Diana Winckel, our new Head of the Serials Unit. She began her new duties at CSUS on February 15 and comes to us most recently from Rapid City Public Library in South Dakota. Rapid City, we have been told, is located in a very scenic part of the state which is considered to be the “banana belt” of South Dakota. Her responsibilities there were divided between Public Services and Technical Services. Prior to that, she worked 19 years at the CSU Bakersfield Library where she advanced to the position of Manager of Technical Services. Diana told us that she is delighted to be back in her native state of California, as she has a daughter and brother in the Sacramento area. She loves to travel and to crochet. She has one cat but “would probably have a zoo of pets [if she could].” Diana took a tour of the Library on her first day at CSUS. If you missed being introduced to her that morning, she would very much appreciate those of you who did not meet her dropping by to introduce yourself.

Knitting & Crocheting Efforts on Behalf of Library Friends
By Tamara Trujillo, Library Administration

If you have come to the Library Staff Room any of the last three Wednesdays at noontime you saw an energetic and enthusiastic group of knitters engaged in finishing various projects for the upcoming silent auction being sponsored by the Library Friends on Thursday, March 17. Library staff members Debbie Rogenmoser, Lynn Drennan, Charlotte Xanders, Lauretta Frost, Inez Curtin, Madeleine Gaines, Debbie Metzger, Roz Van Auker, Leilani Hall, Lillie Jones, Tonya Stanger, Jenny Leung, Carol Taketa, Eileen Heaser, and Tamara Trujillo finished their various projects and filled two large boxes of knitted items for the auction. This is a first project for some of our knitters and has been the start of a new hobby. A number of community members – Elsa Curry (items donated through Kathryn Blackmer Reyes), Elayne Metzger, and Jane Greif also heard about the fundraiser event and donated items they had knit or crocheted for the auction. Jenny Leung worked together with her mother, Janet, on a joint project. The array of colors, textures, and styles are truly wonderful. The knitting/crocheting group will be meeting again next Wednesday, February 23 at 12:30 pm in the Staff Lounge to discuss future projects. Join us if you are interested.

Exhibits Past Present and Future: March is Theme Month for Diabetes and Women's History
By Carol Gebel, Chair, Library Exhibits Committee

The library has hosted an exhibit on researching African-American genealogy as part of Black History month. Perhaps the exhibit aroused your curiosity about your own family history. The handout in the kiosk next to the first floor exhibit case lists some general genealogy titles as well as ones on African-American family history. This exhibit ends on February 24.
   A Diabetes Awareness Month exhibit for March will replace the Black History display. Librarians Mary Hicks and Eileen Heaser have collaborated in focusing on this critical health issue to the library and library patrons. The incidence of this disease is rising alarmingly. Everyone needs to be aware of the signs and symptoms of diabetes. Please stop and take a look at this informative exhibit.
   The Exhibits Committee is pleased once again to provide assistance to students by providing a venue to display their work. The third floor of the library will be the location of a project on Women’s History, shown in conjunction with displays at the Women’s Resource Center. “Phenomenal Women” will highlight the accomplishments of women and invite viewers to share stories of phenomenal women they have known.
   Two exhibits that will be mounted in the second half of March will highlight the arts. The first floor link to the Library Media Center will host an exhibit of watercolors by Charles Martell, former Dean of the Library. He will be presenting twelve works based on the watercolor depictions of American birds painted by the naturalist/artist John James Audubon. On the second floor will be a display of photographs featuring portraits and landscapes taken in India and other countries by Jana Shober of CSUS Department of Biological Sciences. Do take a moment to stop and enjoy these scenes captured on film by Ms. Shober. These two exhibits will be in place into the month of May.

Editor: Kathryn Blackmer Reyes
Assistant Editor: Laura Archbold

Floor to Floor is a monthly publication from the CSUS University Library. The newsletter fosters communications and promotes a community spirit within the Library.

Deadline submission for the next Floor to Floor March 23, 2005, release March 28, 2005.

White Elephant Silent Auction – Fundraising for LEC

By Hong Wang, Reference

The Library Employee Committee (LEC) will host a “white elephant” silent auction on Thursday, March 17th, 2005. With Christmas over and spring cleaning drawing near, we are thinking that some wonderful holiday gifts are possibly hiding in cabinets and treasure trunks in your home. We encourage library employees to consider donating some of your excess or unwanted and unused items to LEC to the silent auction. This will be a fun event as well as a worthwhile cause.
   The funds raised by the auction will be used for the usual good works LEC has been involved with, such as library-wide social events, promoting employee morale and providing welcoming introduction for new library employees. LEC currently has $238.18 in its account and needs your support with this fundraising effort.
   All donations can be dropped off with any Library Employee Committee member. The donor can provide a starting price for bidding. If not auctioned off, items can be returned to the donor, if desired. A flyer officially announcing the auction will be distributed to all Library employees closer to the date of the event. Listed below are LEC members and their office locations:

Julie Thomas (Chair) -- SCUA
Lillie Jones – Administration
Hong Wang – Reference
Anne Bradley – Reference
Pairlee Berry – Systems Office
Lorraine Saiz – Serials Unit

The LEC would like to thank you for your consideration, generosity and continued support.

Current and Upcoming University Library Exhibits

1st floor standing case – African American Genealogy (Black Heritage Month)

1st floor cases: beginning February 26. Diabetes Awareness by Mary Hicks and Eileen Heaser

1st floor walls: beginning March 17. An Exhibit of Watercolors: Renderings by Charles Martell of twelve plates from the original water-color paintings of John James Audubon for The Birds of America.

2nd floor walls: beginning March 23. Photographs: Portraits and Landscapes by Jana Shober, CSUS Dept of Biological Sciences.

3rd floor walls: beginning March 1. Phenomenal Women – Women’s History Project by CSUS students as part of the Women’s Resource Center’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

University Library Gallery
Bay Area Figurative Show, an exhibition of oil paintings and works on paper from the 1950s and 60s. The work is a collection of Bay Area artists such as David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bishoff and many more. Opening reception. March 11, 5-88 p.m. March 7-July 22, 2005.