Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center
Karen Brodsky, Paula Hammett, Sandy Heft, Phil Huang, Timothy Huston, Raye Lynn Thomas, Sandra Walton
Throughout history, libraries have been at the center of cultural and intellectual life, providing a place to explore recorded knowledge and stretch the capacity of one?s mind. The University Library in the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center continues this tradition as a gateway to information discovery for the entire Sonoma State community. Through innovation and technology, the Library keeps pace with the University?s research needs and helps prepare students to excel in the information-driven world of the 21st century.
Completed in August 2000, the Schulz Information Center is the newest library in the California State University system. The many unique features of the three-story, 215,000 square foot building include wireless technology, video conferencing, a 24-hour computer lab, art gallery space, a cafe, open terraces, and natural and ambient lighting, including skylights. The Information Center also houses an Automated Retrieval System (ARS), which provides quick access to 750,000 items housed in a computer-managed shelving system. Additionally, the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center has entrances with easy access, multiple stations to ?check out? materials, over 2 million feet of cable, including more than 100,000 feet of fiber optic cabling, nearly 5,000 network and phone jacks, a top-of-the-line integrated security system and fire alarm systems, and state-of-the-art seismic features.
Collections and Services
The University Library has a collection of more than 650,000 bound volumes, with approximately 8,000 new titles added each year. Current periodical subscriptions number over 16,000 in both print and electronic formats. The North Bay Regional Information Center and University Library Special Collections/Archives contain many historical materials and local documents including the Carl Bernatovech collection of Jack London materials as well as a growing collection of wine-related materials. The microform collection has more than 1.3 million items. Some 65,000 items are contained in the government documents collection.
The Information Commons on the first floor is a multi-functional location which provides students a unique gathering space to research, study, write, and pursue other academic tasks. The Information Commons provides extensive access to the types of technology needed by today?s student including wired and wire-less Internet access and productivity software.
The Reference and Instruction Department is located on the second floor. Reference services range from quick answers to simple questions to advanced research consultations. Instruction services include workshops and training in library research and resources, specialized sessions for specific classes at the request of instructors, and a variety of courses offered through Extended Education. Interlibrary Loan services provide speedy access to the materials held by hundreds of other institutions.
The Multimedia Center, also on the second floor, houses non-print media, such as sound recordings, videocassettes and an interactive multimedia lab. The curriculum collection for teacher education and juvenile books are also located on the second floor.
The third floor houses the Library?s circulating collection, North Bay Regional Information Center, and the Special Collections/Archives. Within the special collections area is the Waring Jones Reading Room, which houses the Bernatovech Collection of Jack London materials among other unique, one- of-a-kind materials.
The Information Center was made possible through a generous gift from Jean and Charles Schulz, the Rancho-Cotati Unified School District, private donations, and support by California tax payers. This generosity enabled Sonoma State University to build the state-of-the-art Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center, arguably the most spectacular university library in Northern California.