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Lounge Area in Library Annex

The Library Annex now has a Lounge Area with comfortable seating, popular magazines, daily newspapers, and a “New Books” display. Plug your laptop in and check your email or just take a study break and relax.annex_lounge

1 comment April 1st, 2009


The J. Paul Leonard Library is one of the first Academic libraries in the United States to add tags and recommendations from LibraryThing to our Online Catalog. For over 190,000 books in our Main Library collection, you can see tags and other recommended books in our collection generated from the data that LibraryThing collects from its 276,000 users.

For example, see the tags for the book, Infotopia in Investigator (click on the “details” tab to see the LibraryThing information). For more detailed information about the theory behind tagging in library catalogs, see the short paper by librarian, John Wenzler. ”


Wenzler, John
Collection Access and Management Services

Add comment November 20th, 2007

New and Improved Research Guides

Looking for the best resources on your subject or major? Need to know where to start your research project? The Library now offers some of its research guides through a new interface called Libguides, a Web 2.0 authoring service that integrates user polls and comments, RSS and podcast feeds, videos, customized search engines, and instant messaging windows in addition to useful web links and textual content into library guides.

Check out these new and improved Libguides on the following subjects:


History: Primary Sources


Criminal Justice

Click here for a list of all SF State Libguides.

Research guides are also available to introduce you to subjects and disciplines, and to help you meet particular research needs related to common assignments at SF State.
For questions about Libguides contact Mira Foster .

Add comment November 20th, 2007

New Book on the History of SF State

San Francisco State UniversityWould you like to know more about the history of San Francisco State University? Take a look at the new book, San Francisco State University by the Library’s own Meredith Eliassen. Just published by Arcadia Publishing, the new book documents how San Francisco State University has promoted educational excellence for more than a century.

Established as a vocational school for teachers, it became the first such institute in the United States to require a high school diploma. As the school expanded its curriculum, it became San Francisco State Teachers College (1921), San Francisco State College (1935), and San Francisco State University (1972). The school’s fascinating history includes complete destruction by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, as well as a five-month student/faculty strike during the late 1960s, which resulted in the founding of the first School of Ethnic Studies (1969) in the United States.

Meredith works in the archives and special collections department the Library. She describes the book project as a two month, “labor of love.” Using vintage imagery from the library’s archives, she presents San Francisco State University as an educational innovator, serving the diverse, multicultural communities of the San Francisco Bay region since 1899.

The book is available for purchase online and from SF State’s Bookstore, copies will soon be available for check-out from the Library as well.

3 comments October 24th, 2007

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