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SDSU Library Dean Scott Walter, MLS, PhD

Welcome to the San Diego State University Library! Even though our academic experience is very different this year, our librarians, archivists, technologists, and staff are still dedicated to helping you in this hybrid learning environment, and to keeping the library at the heart of scholarship, innovation, creativity, and community at SDSU. If you are new to SDSU or returning to campus, I encourage you to begin with our guide to COVID-19 Library Services, which provides you with the latest news and links to resources to help you succeed in your studies or scholarship. If you haven’t been able to visit the library in person, I encourage you to “take a look at the library.”

We are here to help you to succeed in the classroom and to develop critical thinking skills that will also help you in co-curricular activities and the workplace. Our subject-specialist librarians can provide you with research assistance from your first-year writing course to your senior capstone to your graduate thesis. You may also see librarians in your classes, collaborating with faculty colleagues to help you find the resources and technology you need to complete course assignments and to develop and demonstrate the information and digital literacy skills essential for success. Even with limited access to library space, we are here for our students and faculty, answering reference questions, providing IT help, conducting in-depth research consultations, guest-lecturing in the classroom, collaborating on the design of course assignments, and delivering research guides and tutorials that can be integrated into online classes or delivered to your desktop. The library is also the home to other essential campus resources for student success, including tutoring programs offered by our partners in The Writing Center, Math & Stats Learning Center, and Supplemental Instruction. Please visit their pages for information about scheduling tutoring while library spaces are closed to the public.

The library is home to extraordinary print, media, and digital collections, including more than 2.5 million volumes, 100,000 journal titles, and 450 databases. Many of these resources are available to you, 24/7, through the library web site. Special Collections and University Archives hold our rarest and most distinctive collections, with strengths in Children’s Literature, Comic Books and Graphic Media, Speculative Fiction, San Diego History, Social Justice, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies. While access to our collections is currently limited, physical materials from the circulating collection can be requested for Domeside Pickup, and many rare and archival materials can be accessed through digital collections.

The library is also home to some of the most accessible information technology on campus, including computer labs, technology-enhanced classrooms, and high-performance computing clusters. Innovation in teaching, learning, and scholarship is promoted through library spaces including the buildIT makerspace and Digital Humanities Center. While many of these spaces are currently closed, you can access an array of software available on library workstations through the university’s Remote Labs, and online tutorials and virtual programs are available through the DHC.

Finally, the library is the hub for campus and community-based programs, and you will find student groups, faculty presentations, and public events at the library. Our community is represented though services, collections, and programs that reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including our newest partnership with the Latinx Resource Center. The library is at the center of learning at SDSU and we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with students, faculty, and community groups to provide a platform for public engagement and lifelong learning. Many of these opportunities are limited in our current environment, but we are always looking for new ways to deliver these programs in the online environment.

We hope you will explore all that the library has to offer you, physically and digitally, during this extraordinary year in the life of our university, and we welcome you to contribute your story to our COVID-19 Memory Project. I look forward to seeing you and to joining with my colleagues to ensure that you have the resources you need to meet your goals at the university.

Scott Walter, MLS, PhD
Dean, University Library