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October 9th, 2014

General Election. November 4, 2014

General Election—Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7 a.m.—8 p.m. Last day to register to vote is October 20, 2014. To register online [Secretary of State Office]. Last day to request a “vote by mail” ballot is October 28, 2014.

Besides voting for local and state candidates there are six propositions on the ballot. Prop 1: Water Bond. Funding for water quality, supply, treatment and storage projects, 7.1 billion general obligation bonds to fund the programs. Prop 2: State Budget. Budget stabilization account. Amend State Constitution to change how the state pays down debt and saves money in reserves. Prop 45: Health Care Insurance. Rate Changes. Changes in some health insurance rates will require the Insurance Commissioner’s approval. Prop 46: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Requires random drug testing of doctors, must check a statewide database before prescribing certain drugs, raises the cap on non-economic damages in medical negligence lawsuits. Prop 47: Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. Would reduce penalties for certain offenders convicted of non-serious, nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. For more information: BALLOTTPEDIA , California General Election, Tuesday November 4, 2014 Official Voter Information Guide, 2014. , Easy Voter Guide and Pros & Cons November 4, 2014

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by Eileen Heaser
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September 10th, 2014

Database news for Fall 2014

If you’re returning to campus this fall semester you may have noticed a few changes around the University Library website. We rolled out a new “Database and Article Searching” page as the CSU-wide contract for the previous interface expired at the end of June. We hope the new interface will provide all our users with a bit more information upfront on each of the resources we subscribe to. If you were a user of the “multisearch” available on all the subject pages, we recommend trying the article search via OneSearch. OneSearch incldues a vast array of journals and resources from all disciplines.

We have two new database subscriptions to report. First, we are doing a year-long trial of PsycTESTS, a collection of psychological tests and measures - some of which include the full-text of the instrument itself. We are excited to make this available to faculty, staff and students, so be sure to send any feedback or comments to let us know what you think:

Our second new subscription is the Statistical Abstract of the United States. This had been published continually by the United States Census Bureau from 1878 until 2012 when it was eliminated due to funding issues. The publication was taken over by ProQuest and, starting with the 2013 edition, continues to provide access to a wealth statistical information on a vast array of social, economic, political, etc. factors.

Finally, we no longer have access to Factiva. This had been a centrally funded subscription that the CSU as a whole decided not to renew (funds are going instead to resources such as ebrary Academic Complete - an extensive collection of electronic books). While Sac State was offered the opportunity to pay for its own subscription, statistics did not show sufficient usage considering the high cost. Please contact your subject librarian if you need help finding alternative sources for Factiva content:

Have a great semester!

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by Anne Bradley
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September 10th, 2014

Free author lecture Sept. 23, 2014

Every year the University Library, the Hornet Bookstore, the Center for California Studies and the University Library Gallery co-sponsor a series of free author lectures which are held in the University Library Gallery.

The 2014-2014 series kicks off with Kim Bancroft, the great-great-granddaughter of legendary 19th century California historian Hubert Howe Bancroft – and a former professor of teacher education at Sacramento State –  who will discuss her famous ancestor at 3 p.m. Tuesday, September  23, 2014. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

From the full announcement:

“My talk about H.H. Bancroft will provide a general background about his life before California and how he was able to become a successful bookseller, collector and historian here,” says Bancroft, editor of the 2013 abridged edition of “Literary Industries: Chasing a Vanishing West,” first published in 1890 as Volume 39 of “The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft.” “Since this is an author’s series, I thought I’d add an extra dimension about his life as a scholar and writer: how he saw the task of writing and his joy in becoming a historian.

“I think that the way in which Bancroft saw a future for California was unusual and even visionary – a future that he embraced in his collection of historical documents. So one question will be, in part, how we help save from our past and what we have now in order to strengthen the future,” she says.

Kim Bancroft also is the author of the just-published The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher, a collection of stories about the founder of Berkeley’s Heyday Books.

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by Anne Bradley
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May 15th, 2014

Primary Election June 3, 2014

The off-year primary election is on  Tuesday, June 3, 2014.  The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Many state-wide and specific district offices are electing members.  There are two propositions on the ballot. Proposition 41- Bonds for veterans’ housing & homeless prevention, would allow the State to sell $600 million in state bonds to pay for housing for low-income or homeless veterans. Proposition 42 - The cost for obeying the Public Records Act would shift from the State to local government.  For more see the Easy Voter Guide or the Secretary of State Office

Monday, May 19 is the last day to register to vote for the June primary. You can register online until midnight on 5/19, see the Secretary of State Office for online form.  Monday, May 27 is the last day to request a “vote by mail” ballot.

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by Eileen Heaser
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May 14th, 2014

Portable digital audio recorders now available

Thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of the Library, the University Library now has two sets of professional-quality portable digital audio recording equipment available for use by students, faculty, staff, and other eligible borrowers.

Each set comes with a TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder, AC adapter, 32 GB memory card, cables, microphone, table-top mic stand, transport bag, and instruction manual. This equipment can be used to record oral histories, field recordings, guest speakers, music, podcasts, or in any other application where high-quality recording equipment is needed.

The sets can be found in the on-line catalog under the title “Portable Digital Audio Recorder” and are available for one-week check-out in the Library Media Center.

Once again, many thanks to the Friends of the Library for underwriting this purchase.

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by George Paganelis
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April 2nd, 2014

New exhibit in the Library

The Greeks on the Road to World War I

A special exhibit commemorating the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Image of World War I Exhibit Poster

Exhibit dates: Apr. 1-Apr. 26, 2014
University Library Gallery

Opening Night Speaker:

Dr. André Gerolymatos, Professory of History and
Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Simon Frasier University

“Brits Bearing Gifts: Venizelos and Churchill on the Eve of the First World War”

Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014
University Library Gallery (1st floor)

Schedule of Events:
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. wine and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. presentation and discussion

Special Guest Lecture:

Harris Mylonas, Assistant Profesor of Political Science and International Affairs
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

“The Politics of Nation-Building in the Post-World War I Balkans”

Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014
Senator Nicholas Petris Room, Library 3023 (3rd floor)
Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, University Library

Schedule of Events:
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. presentation and discussion
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. light refreshments

The opening reception and both presentations are free and open to the public.

Refreshments sponsored by the Hellenic Studies Program, California State University, Sacramento.

Print out a parking permit (PDF document) to use for the evening of Apr. 5.

For further information, contact Prof. Katerina Lagos at (916) 278-7103 or

Special Thanks to:

Angelo K. Tsakopoulos
Annunciation Endowment Fund
War Museum, Athens, Greece
National Historical Museum of Greece
Service of Diplomatic and Historical Archives, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Athens, Greece
Oregon Health and Science University, Historical Collections and Archives: Esther Pohl Lovejoy Papers
National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL
World War I Museu, Kansas City, MO
Peter S. Giakoumas
Bank of the West Commercial Banking, BNP Paribas Group

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by George Paganelis
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March 26th, 2014

Free public lecture Apr. 1, 2014

Apr. 1, 2014


“Excavations at Amorium, a Byzantine Provincial Capital in Asia Minor, and the Rise and Collapse
of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor (800-1050 C.E.)”

The Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection invites you to join us for a lecture by 2013-2014 Library Research Fellow
Nikos Tsivikis, Institute for Mediterranean Studies (FORTH), Greece.


“The Byzantine city of Amorium (near the modern city of Afyon Karahisar in Turkey) was the provincial capital of the thema of Anatolikonsince the 8th century C.E. and one of the most important medieval cities in all of Asia Minor. For centuries it figured in the forefront of the wars against the Arabs initially and the Seldjuk Turks thereafter for the control of the East, and as a frontier city it was destined to play a dramatic role in these events. The excavations at the Middle Byzantine thematic capital of Amorion in central Asia Minor have been lucky enough to locate archaeological evidence of one of the most important ‘destruction layers’ currently under investigation, connected with the sack of the city in the summer of 838 C.E. by the Arabs, led by the Abbasid caliph al-Mu‛tasim. Recent systematic work at the site has given us the opportunity to locate a second phase of the city’s dramatic history, which corresponds to large scale historical events. Almost two centuries after the Arab sack the city had again come to prosper, then in the middle of the 11th century it was abruptly and under less known conditions abandoned in the wake of the coming of the new masters of Asia Minor, the Seljuk Turks. The lecture will offer a comprehensive overview of the life and death of a major Byzantine city, and raise the questions of how we understand the collapse of Byzantine rule in Asia Minor.”

Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014
Senator Nicholas Petris Room, Library 3023 (3rd floor)
Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, University Library

Schedule of Events:
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. presentation and discussion
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. light refreshments

The presentation and refreshments are free and open to the public. Funding for the Library Research Fellowship Program has been made possible by a generous grant from the Elios Charitable Foundation.

Print out a parking permit (PDF document) to use for the evening at

For further information, contact George I. Paganelis at (916) 278-4361 or

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by George Paganelis
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March 3rd, 2014

Free public lecture

Mar. 9, 2014


“Greece Today: Cultural Diplomacy in a Period of Challenges and Demands”

The Sacramento State Hellenic Studies Program and the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation invite you
to join us for a lecture by Dr. Kostas Tsiaras, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

Sunday, Mar.9, 2014
Senator Nicholas Petris Room, Library 3023 (3rd floor)
Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, University Library

Schedule of Events:
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. presentation and discussion
8:30 p.m. light refreshments

The presentation and refreshments are free and open to the public.

Print out a parking permit (PDF document) to use for the evening.

For further information, contact Prof. Katerina Lagos at (916) 278-7103 or

The lecture and reception have been made possible by a generous grant from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation.

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by George Paganelis
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March 3rd, 2014

Tax Forms

Paper forms can be picked up at these locations:

Sacramento Public Library 828 I Street Sacramento CA 95814 McKinley Branch Library 601 Alhambra Blvd Sacramento CA 95816 Colonial Heights Library 4799 Stockton Blvd Sacramento CA 95820 Sacramento Cty College Library 3835 Freeport Blvd Sacramento CA 95822 MLK Jr Library 7340 24th Street Bypass Sacramento CA 95822 Southgate Community Library 6132 66th Avenue Sacramento CA 95823 USPS 9500 Kiefer Blvd Sacramento CA 95826 Rancho Cordova Library 9845 Folsom Blvd Sacramento CA 95827 Sacramento Public Library 2901 Truxel Road Sacramento CA 95833 USPS 3817 Marysville Blvd Sacramento CA 95838 Arden-Dimick Community Library 891 Watt Avenue Sacramento CA 95864 Internal Revenue Service-TPS 4330 Watt Avenue Mail Stop 5615 Sacramento CA 95821 McClatchy Library 2112 22nd Street Sacramento CA 95818 USPS 2801 Arden Way Sacramento CA 95825 N Natomas Library 4660 Via Ingoglia Sacramento CA 95835 Del Paso Heights Library 920 Grand Ave Sacramento CA 95838

Tax filers can also visit the websites for the:

– California Franchise Tax Board

– US Internal Revenue Service

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by Benjamin Amata
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February 27th, 2014

Web of Science

We now have access to the Web of Science for Science (2009–) and Arts and Humanities (2009–), in addition to the existing Social Science coverage (1999–). All sections can be found by going to the Datbase & Article Searching link on the Library homepage and then choosing “W” in the alphabetical  Databases by Title list.

Posted in: Databases
by Deborah Metzger
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