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May 2005

May 23 , 2005• Volume 9, Number 5

Happy days ahead to those we say so long!
This academic year has seen several departures from the library. With the end of this semester the library has and will lose 4 more valued employees. Each will be missed in their own way. We wish them well in their travel trips ahead. Stan Frost, Elizabeth O'Brien, Lauretta Frost, and Kim Kuenlen. see story


Library Network Infrastructure Upgrade
By Carlos Rodriguez, Director, Library Information Systems

Over the next several months, the Systems Office will be upgrading several servers and network applications, many which were long overdue. The upgrades will provide much needed improvements in reliability, security and management. I have outlined the upgrades and their benefits below. see story


Innovative Users Group Conference
By Diana Winckel, Serials Unit Supervisor

Although it was the 13 the Annual Innovative Users Group Conference, held in San Francisco May 1-4, 2005, it was my first. I not only had the opportunity to learn more about Millennium but also saw how large and global Innovative is. The attendees for the conference numbered well over 1,500. see story


ASL Video Collection Showcase on World Language Day
By Fang Gu, Library Media Center, Head

The Library Media Center displayed its new video collection of American Sign Language (ASL) as part of World Language Day on Saturday, April 30, 2005. An information booth and TV monitor was set up at the library entrance from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to demonstrate the ASL videotapes and corresponding books from the collection. Betty Ronayne and Fang Gu arranged this activity with the help of TJ Gorton, Rubby Hampton and Carol Gebel. The ASL video distributor provided an attractive flyer and supplementary materials for the showcase. see story


The Future According to an Intel Executive
By Fred Batt, Library Administration

I recently attended a portion of Networld+Interop, a convention and exhibition dealing with network infrastructure and services, wireless, security, performance, VolP, data management, etc. I find attending these types of conferences enlightening. Even though some of the panels, speeches and exhibits leave my head spinning, I find it fascinating to hear about the future of information technology (IT) and related fields directly from the key players in the industry. In past conferences I have listened to Michael Dell, Carly Fiorina, Bill Gates and many others. see story


Exhibits, Past, Present and Future
By Carol Gebel, Chair, Library Exhibits Committee

The past is extending into the present and beyond. If you have not yet seen the photography exhibit by Jana Shober on the second floor, do stop by to view her arresting portraits of people in traditional societies on two continents. Also on the second floor is the Crisis in the Ranks exhibit that demonstrates the need for a more diverse faculty. This exhibit is presented by Rhonda Rios Kravitz and others.
Some of the talented artists within the library have their work showcased in the first floor cases under the escalator. Also on the first floor through the month of May is an exhibit in the free-standing case that highlights the Women Studies program on the CSUS campus. This exhibit will be followed in June by one on a rewarding springtime task: Gardening. This exhibit, presented by Leilani Hall, will extend into the summer months. The first floor gallery show of Charles Martell’s renderings of Audubon birds is scheduled to “fly off the walls” by the time this update is posted. However, we may be able to enjoy them a bit longer.
If you have an idea for an exhibit and have not yet responded to the Call for Exhibits, do send your thoughts to the Exhibit Committee.

Congratulations!

Rhonda Rios Kravitz has been appointed to the California P-16 Council, newly established by Superintendent Jack O'Connell. The P-16 Council will first convene May 17, 2005 and immediately tackle such issues as O'Connell's call to add rigor and relevance to our state's high school curriculum and better prepare students for careers or college. The Council will also work closely with the Governor's Advisory Committee on Education Excellence to ensure all segments of California government are working toward building educational excellence. “This Council will help the state better meet the needs of our students and improve their academic achievement, which in turn will provide California's business sector with a better skilled work force to compete in today's global economy, said O'Connell. The Committee will be chaired by Dr. Barry Munitz.

Drennan Received Scholarship
Lynn Drennan received the Carl Ludwig Outstanding Teaching Assistant Scholarship Award and the Biological Conservation Scholarship Award from the Biological Sciences Department on May 11, 2005. The Access Services Department is very proud of her significant accomplishments as a student at CSU, Sacramento and as an outstanding Library employee.


Library Faculty and Staff Apprecitation Day Picnic.
Redwood Grove 11:30-1:30,
Tuesday, June 7th. See flyer


See the Pictures!

Employee Awards
Stan and Lauretta’s Farewell
Library Student Picnic
(congrats Seniors!)


Chili Cook off Winners

1st- Rubby Hampton, LMC
2nd- Jamie Lamberti, Circulation
3rd- Frankie Michaelson, Circulation (student)

The judges were Angela Stephenson, Fred Batt, and George Paganelis.

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, June 22, 2005, released June 27, 2005.