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It's Not Too Late to Save the Stacks

Off-site stacks gained considerable momentum when Britain’s renowned Bodleian Library announced it was installing a robotic retrieval system (here’s a video of one such system at North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library). Off-site automated storage and retrieval systems for libraries have been around for awhile. The first institution to install such a system was California State University at Northridge, in its Oviatt Library, in 1991. The process sounds exciting and, in the long run, can save money. But few campus libraries are large enough (or rich enough) to merit expending so much cash on high-tech cataloguing and retrieval. Likewise, warehousing books at an off-site location also costs a bundle even when the retrieval system relies on less sophisticated systems. An example: In my region, warehouse space starts at around $3 a square foot for space that is neither climate-controlled nor has the requisite ceiling height recommended for very-narrow-aisle-racking systems. -- The Chronicle of Higher Education

Briefs: Fundraisers, festivals abound in county

The event to benefit Agoura High's music program will include live music, food trucks, a silent auction, local artisans, vendors featuring their products and businesses, and arts and crafts for the kids. Performers will include CSU Northridge's Jazz "A" Band, the Equinox Jazz Ensemble and the Conejo Valley Community Jazz Band, along with groups from the Agoura High music program. -- Ventura County Star

CSUN Names K-12 Teacher Section of Library for Late Director

The Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) in California State University, Northridge’s Delmar T. Oviatt Library has long served as a resource center for teachers throughout the region, providing them with sometimes hard to get teaching materials for learning levels ranging from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. -- SCV News

Datebook: A show tied to the election, Cuban posters, new American galleries at the Huntington

“China: Through the Lens of John Thompson,” at CSUN Art Galleries. In the late 19th century, photographer and travel writer John Thomson traveled through China, taking plenty of pictures along the way. These are now the subject of an exhibition that showcases his eye as an astute travel photographer. Opens Saturday and runs through Oct. 24. Cal State University Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, -- Los Angeles Times

Millennials define the US election

Se considera que si los millennials salen a votar serán un factor importante para el triunfo, e incluso la amplitud del triunfo de Hillary Clinton. La doctora en Ciencia Política, María Rosa García Acevedo, de la Universidad de California Northridge, considera que los jóvenes se inclinan por Hillary Clinton. “No he visto en el campus a jóvenes que traigan alguna propaganda en sus mochilas en apoyo a Donald Trump, como lo hacían con Bernie Sanders. Tal vez sin el entusiasmo que despertaba Sanders, pero están mayoritariamente con Hillary. En un salón con 250 estudiantes, no más del 20 por ciento sería partidario de Trump.” -- Global Media - Mexico (in Spanish)

County conducts annual earthquake safety drill

Other disaster preparedness events this month from the county also include a zombie-themed scavenger hunt at Cal State Northridge on Oct. 25. Students collect emergency blankets, bandage dispensers, hand sanitizers to create disaster kits. FEMA recognized last year’s event with an Individual and Community Preparedness Award. -- Los Angeles Wave

CSUN Student Food Scientists Try Their Hand At Crafting The Spicy And Sweet

Dayna Middleton, a food science intern at California State University, Northridge’s Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC) for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, spent her entire summer drying rosemary, sage, basil and cilantro, and mixing it with chili powder, cayenne pepper and various other spices in order to find the perfect mixture for an all-purpose seasoning blend. --