Posts filed under 'Expanded Services'

Mobile Site Database Search Enhancements

If you use the Library’s mobile site you know that you can search almost 100 databases using your mobile device. Up until now, all mobile database searches have been through a system developed by a technology wizard at the Cal State University Chancellor’s office.

Now we are also providing links to databases that have a mobile interface developed by the information providers. These provide a richer variety of search options and other features than our standard mobile database search.

View the list of the new mobile search databases here.

Use this link to see the list of databases that you can search using our standard mobile database search.

Add comment January 31st, 2011

The Library Opens “Branch” in iLearn

iLearn Logo

iLearn now allows you to check out print books, eBooks and articles your instructor has put on an iLearn bookshelf. You can also chat with a librarian or library staff member to get tips about the best Library resources to use for an assignment. And you can access Library databases and research guides our librarians have identified as most useful for the general subject area covered by your class. Note, you will only see Library content in your iLearn classes if your instructor has turned this feature on. Check it out and let us know what you think.

1 comment January 28th, 2011

Smartphones can now search for books & articles

Since we launched the Library’s mobile website 4 weeks ago, users have been able to use their smartphones to search for and request books, find and read articles, IM or text us for research assistance, and get a range of information about the Library. Over this time usage of the mobile site has steadily increased. Last week over 500 users visited the site.

We’re also steadily improving the mobile site. This week we added the ability to view databases and research guides organized by subject area.

Let us know what you’d like to see on the mobile site.

Add comment October 22nd, 2010

Leonard Library Mobile

Try the new Leonard Library mobile site from your iPhone,  Android or other mobile device by visiting From now on when you visit the regular Library website on your smart phone you will be redirected to the mobile site.

Leonard Library Mobile Home Page

Home Page

You can search for books and articles, get research assistance and find out other library information.

Search Library Catalog

Search Library Catalog

Search the Library catalog by keyword for books; select the item you want and click on “Request.” Enter the requested information to have the book delivered to HSS 102 for pick-up.

Find Articles

Find Articles

Choose “Find Articles” from the main screen and click on a database to search for articles in many different journals by keyword.  Hint: Academic Search Premier and JSTOR are good all-purpose databases. (Article searching works best with a wi-fi connection.)


Instant Messaging

For instant message assistance, choose the “IM” link on the main screen; enter your question and press the green arrow.

Library Hours

Library Hours & Info

For hours, locations, and other information about library computers and study space click on links under “Info” on the main screen.

Add comment September 21st, 2010

All About eBooks!

eBookDid you know that the Library has thousands of electronic books (eBooks) that can be viewed from any web-accessible computer?

eBooks are available on many different topics and are a great way to get full-text information anytime you need it. Watch the video to learn how to search for and use eBooks through the Leonard Library.

6 comments April 7th, 2010

New Text the Library Service

Grand Street: Texting

You can now text us at 415-933-0385 to ask simple research and other library related questions. Standard text messaging charges apply. This service is offered when Research Assistance is available. See hours.

If you have problems and/or questions with this service email Jeff at, or call the Research Assistance Desk at 415-338-1974.

Add comment January 22nd, 2010

One Laptop per Child Lending Library

The Library is now lending One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Laptops, the cutest little laptops on the planet!

If you’re not familiar with the OLPC project, this excerpt from their mission statement provides some background:

“Mission Statement: To create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.”

The XO laptops, as they are called, run open source software designed for children.

The OLPC Lending Library is a collaboration between the OLPC-San Francisco Bay Area Group and Leonard Library. Students can checkout an XO laptop from Library Media Services, HSS 127, for 48 hours, while staff and faculty can get one for 2 weeks.

1 comment November 12th, 2009

Show Films on Demand in Fall 2009 Classes

Are you looking for some great multimedia content online?  Why waste time searching on Youtube?  Get to the good stuff from Films on Demand!

The Library has added Films on Demand: Digital Educational Video to our collections for research and classroom instruction.

FILMS ON DEMAND will be useful for:
- Students who wish to spice up their classroom presentations
- Professors who wish to show high quality documentaries in class
- Anyone looking for quality films online

Users who create accounts can make and distribute playlists of film clips and save lists of their favorite films.  Search titles and film descriptions, or browse by subject in the Business & Economics, Health, Humanities & Social Science, Science collections.

Add comment August 5th, 2009

Bay Area TV Archive Clips Online

Willie Brown Documentary, 3/19/93

Willie Brown Documentary, 3/19/93

American Indians on Alcatraz, 11/24/69

American Indians on Alcatraz, 11/24/69

Woody Allen Film Shoot, 7/4/68

Woody Allen Film Shoot, 7/4/68

Big Brother & the Holding Company, c1968

Big Brother & the Holding Company, c1968

Huerta & Chavez in Sacramento, 4/10/66

Huerta & Chavez in Sacramento, 4/10/66

Dirty Harry Movie Premiere, 5/7/71

Dirty Harry Movie Premiere, 5/7/71

Film archivist Alex Cherian is overseeing a project to digitize and make available to campus users hundreds of hours of archival film and video from the SF Bay Area TV Archive. Established in 1982 by curator Helene Whitson, the SF Bay Area TV archive is a unique moving image collection that chronicles sixty landmark years of social history and cultural revolution in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Footage currently available online includes a 30 minute documentary on the life of Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the House in California; clips of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz; Woody Allen shooting Take the Money and Run on location in San Francisco; an interview with Janis Joplin and Big Brother, which includes a short live performance; and coverage of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in Sacramento just after the Delano strike and more.

SF State users can view these clips in DIVA, the Digital Information Virtual Archive, by clicking on the thumbnails above. A project of Academic Computing at SF State, DIVA is a web-based tool for storing, sharing, collaborating over, and contextualizing files and other content.

In addition to viewing clips from the Archive online, students and faculty can also use footage from the Bay Area TV Archive in their non-commercial video projects, usually free of charge. For more information, see the the SF Bay Area TV Archive web pages.

Golden Gate [X]press story about the SF Bay Area TV Archive.

1 comment April 2nd, 2009

Book reviews, summaries and more in the Catalog

The Library catalog now includes book covers, summaries, reviews and sample chapters provided by Syndetic Solutionsfor many of our newer and more popular books. For an example, do a keyword search on “Barack Obama” then click on a book cover on the right side of the screen.

Let us know if you like finding this kind of enhanced content in the Library catalog.

Add comment February 10th, 2009

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