Public Affairs, The California State University

CSU Libraries Going Above and Beyond Traditional Books

By Stephanie Thara

Amit Majumdar from the San Diego Supercomputer Center explains how supercomputers can be used to carry out research at CSU campuses during the Power Up Your Research and Teaching Workshop at CSU San Bernardino.(photo credit: Corinne McCurdy, CSUSB)
Amit Majumdar from the San Diego Supercomputer Center explains how supercomputers can be used to carry out research at CSU campuses during the Power Up Your Research and Teaching Workshop at CSU San Bernardino.
(photo credit: Corinne McCurdy, CSUSB)

As the digital era rapidly evolves, libraries at CSU campuses are embracing the change and are implementing more virtual resources to boost academic success by giving students the tools they need to excel in their classes.

Librarians are constantly seeking out new innovative technology to place any book, article or journal at the tip of students’ fingers. On April 3-4, librarians throughout the system gathered at CSU San Bernardino to discuss how they can integrate supercomputers to make access to educational resources easier for students. During the Power Up Your Research and Teaching Workshop, CSU faculty and staff learned how to access XSEDE—a robust collection of digital resources and services that users can access free of charge. Librarians participated in training sessions that showed them how they can apply the virtual system’s capabilities such as accelerating access to massive amounts of information, housing an expansive amount of data and fostering collaboration with users from other campuses.

“We want to make sure that the future leaders of America know how to use supercomputers to conduct important research,” said Cesar Caballero, Dean of the Pfau Library at Cal State San Bernardino. “We need to give CSU students access to resources that will help them lead the nation.”

Attendees intend to use XSEDE to carry out tasks such as making all books compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, digitizing video materials, archiving historic photos and quickly analyzing large amounts of data to create an early identification system for students who are in danger of not completing their degree.

In addition to learning more about tools such as XSEDE, campus librarians have also looked to CSU Affordable Learning Solutions to find additional innovative ways to enhance the learning experience and foster student success using technology.

During the Annual Affordable Learning Solutions Workshop, CSU librarians learned how to simplify access using online platforms. By collaborating with librarians from other universities, CSU librarians and program developers gathered ideas about how to implement simultaneous access to electronic books, periodicals, journals, magazines and newspapers to an unlimited audience.