Meriam Library at California State University, Chico, is the largest library in Northern California from Sacramento to the California-Oregon border. To help students, faculty, and staff use this resource to its fullest, Library staff present a series of “brown bag lunch” workshops. These presentations explain library services, research options, standard information management practices, and more.


Library Brown Bag Lunch Talks

History of CSU Chico (1960-)

Joe Crotts, CSU, Chico Meriam Library; Head of Library Government Documents and Library Circulation / Interlibrary Services / Reserve

History of CSU Chico (1960 until Now) video linkThe intent of Joe Crotts’ paper about the history of California State University, Chico, has been to uncover the esoteric events – many heretofore virtually unknown – in the University’s 130-year history. These events, combined with what had already been known, combine to comprise a colorful profile of the higher education institution that started as Chico Normal School, changed to Chico State College, and became California State University, Chico. Much of the content comes from unpublished sources gleaned by Mr. Crotts over his 40-plus year career spent investigating the history of the campus. This discussion focuses on the years 1960 to the present. Presentation Time: 59 minutes | View Now

Goodbye, LEXIS-NEXIS, Hello Westlaw & American's News

Jodi Shepherd, Meriam Library Collection Access & Management
Marc Langston, Meriam Library, Head of Library Acquisitions & Assessment

LEXIS-NEXIS sendoff video, welcome to Westlaw and American's NewsThe CSU, Chico Meriam Library will no longer subscribe to Lexis Nexis, beginning in June 2017. This presentation covers two databases that will serve as replacements to Lexis Nexis – Westlaw Next and America’s News. The presentation introduces these two resources, explaining the content and various use strategies. Presentation Time: 31 minutes | View Now

lnside the CSU-Wide Unified Library Management System

Jodi Shepherd, Meriam Library Collection Access & Management
Irene Korber, Meriam Library Research, Instruction & Outreach

Inside the CSU-Wide Unified Library Management System video linkIn this presentation, two faculty members from the CSU, Chico Meriam Library explain the California State University’s Unified Library Management System (ULMS), which links library resource among all 23 CSU campuses. For some time, the library has used the EBSCO Discovery (EDS); the presenters guide their audience through the transition to the new ULMS, a five-year process supported by the Chancellor's Office which is scheduled for completion in July 2017. The project is huge, with over 7 million bibliographic records managed and searchable through the ULMS. The speakers cover what the new system has to offer and provide an overview of the new interface. Presentation Time: 25 minutes | View Now