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Digital Literacy & Professional Development Workshops
Free Digital Literacy classes offered by HSU Library and the County Library

The Humboldt State University Library and the Humboldt County Library are offering free workshops to the community centered around computer skills and professional development thanks in large part by a California State Library Services and Technology Act grant.

The Innovative Digital Literacies Grant will fund workshops openly available to the Humboldt community and will be hosted at the Humboldt County Library Main Branch. Digital literacy is a crucial skill for expanding career opportunities and supporting professional growth in the community and these workshops will involve the participants the chance to engage with Google Chromebooks to enhance these technology abilities.

Workshops, ranging from using Google Suite applications, building resumes and cover letters, using and sending PDF documents, and making graphic design materials such as posters and advertisements, will aide participants in connecting current strengths with needed skills for the local job market. The Humboldt County Library and Humboldt State University Library will also offer workshops that support community conversations using a program called Voicethread.

These programs will address community needs of access to technology, job market readiness, and confidence with using digital literacy skills in everyday life.

Offered Workshops

Starting in January 2020, the workshops will be offered and divided into several series: PDF document Usership, Professional Development, Google Suite, Canva Graphic Design, and Voicethread. Unless specified these workshops will be offered at the Humboldt County Library Main Branch in Eureka.

PDF Essentials will focus on learning about the document format, why businesses use it, and different applicabilities of PDF document sending and viewing.

  • PDF Introduction and Basics - Saturday 1/11 @ 3-4 pm
  • PDF Uses and Viewership - Wednesday 1/22 @ 5-6 pm

A second round of this workshop series will be offered at the Arcata Library Branch:

  • PDF Introduction and Basics - Thursday 3/5 @ 6-7 pm
  • PDF Uses and Viewing - Thursday 3/26 @ 6-7 pm

Google Suite workshops will center around Chromebook technology with the different uses of Google applications that are popular in today’s working environment. Starting with creating a Google account, these workshops will teach participants how to create documents, spreadsheets, and slide show presentations in the Google Suite. This series will combine technology with professional development and is a highlight of our workshop line up!

  • Intro to Google Account - Saturday 2/15 @ 3-4 pm
  • Google Docs - Saturday 2/22 @ 3-4 pm
  • Google Sheets - Saturday 2/29 @ 3-4 pm
  • Google Slides - Saturday 3/7 @ 3-4 pm

A second round of this workshop series will be offered:

  • Intro to Google Account - Wednesday 4/22 @ 5-6 pm
  • Google Docs - Wednesday 4/29 @ 5-6 pm
  • Google Sheets - Wednesday 5/6 @ 5-6 pm
  • Google Slides - Wednesday 5/13 @ 5-6 pm

Professional Development will focus on identifying the dynamic skills that community participants already possess, how to communicate those skills effectively, and what jobs are looking for in a successful application. This will involve exploring career interests, creating elevator pitches, composing resumes and cover letters, and guest appearances from local business representatives to provide insight and feedback.

  • Recognizing Skills and Experience - Wednesday 2/5 @ 5-6 pm
  • Exploring Careers - Wednesday 2/12 @ 5-6 pm
  • Writing a Resume and Cover Letter - Wednesday 2/19 @ 5-6 pm
  • Resume and Cover Letter contd. and review - Wednesday 2/26 @ 5-6 pm

A second round of this workshop series will be offered:

  • Recognizing Skills and Experience - Saturday 5/02 @ 3-4 pm
  • Exploring Careers - Thursday 5/07 @ 6-7 pm (Arcata Branch)
  • Writing a Resume and Cover Letter - Thursday 5/28 @ 6-7 pm (Arcata Branch)
  • Resume and Cover Letter continued and review - Saturday 5/30 @ 3-4 pm

Canva is a free internet-based graphic design program that offers templates for many different purposes, ranging from flyers to resumes. These workshops will teach participants how to interweave creativity with goals related to marketing, self-promotion, and professional development. Learn how to let your message be heard through these Canva graphic design workshops!

  • Intro to Canva and application - Wednesday 3/11 @ 5-6 pm
  • Creating Flyers - Wednesday 3/18 @ 5-6 pm
  • Creating Resumes - Wednesday 3/25 @ 5-6 pm

Voicethread, a web browser based program, will engage participants in communication, collaboration, and connectivity through technology. By engaging in conversations with other members of the Humboldt community using Chromebooks, those partaking in these workshops will learn how technology can be used to comment, add video or audio, and share perspective on popular topics.

  • Introduction to Voicethread Program - Saturday 3/28 @ 3-4 pm
  • Conversations with Voicethread - Saturday 4/04 @ 3-4 pm
  • Conversations with Voicethread - Saturday 4/11 @ 3-4 pm
  • Conversations with Voicethread - Saturday 4/18 @ 3-4 pm
  • Conversations with Voicethread - Saturday 4/25 @ 3-4 pm

The HSU Library and Humboldt County Library partners are grateful for the support in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

For more information on program offerings, contact the HSU Digital Literacies Librarian and grant coordinator, Louis Knecht at louis.knecht@humboldt.edu or call 707-826-4072; or Corin Balkovek at the Humboldt County Library at 707-269-1935 or cbalkovek1@co.humboldt.ca.us.

For more information about the California State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act visit https://www.library.ca.gov/grants/library-services-technology-act/

 
Japanese American Internment Pop Up Museum & Taiko Swingposium
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Each year on January 30, HSU observes the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. This year, a pop-up museum of WWII internment camp artifacts will be on display on the first floor of the HSU Library from January 14-27, 2020. There will be originally designed banners explaining the history of the Japanese American incarceration camps, artifacts and ephemera collected from camp survivors, as well as books and posters will be on display in various exhibit cases and the lobby. Visitors can learn about the experiences of Japanese American families incarcerated in the WWII internment camps by perusing this pop-up museum featuring family objects and photos from camp, belonging to local Humboldt County Japanese American residents whose family members were interned.

San Jose Taiko will be coming to Humboldt with their exciting performance of SWINGPOSIUM ON THE ROAD. They will provide a 30-minute stage performance followed by a Q & A in Van Duzer Theater at 7pm, Thursday, Jan. 30. THis performance is free and open to everyone. Q & A will address constitutional rights and the laws eroded that protected people of color, different ethnicities or religions. We hope to foster dialogue around human and civil rights, and honor the resilience of the Japanese Americans who endured illegal mass incarceration. This performance is funded by HSU Library and HSU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Swingposium will transport audiences back to the days of World War II and tell the story of big bands in the Japanese American incarceration camps. It is a celebration of the big band music that was a source of hope in the camps and a connection to the outside world. There will be additional performances in the community from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1. For more information, plus a sample of the Swingposium, see https://taiko.org/swingposium.

For more information contact taikohumboldt@gmail.com, voice mail at 707-633-3155. See also https://www.facebook.com/taikoswinghumboldt

Additional Performances Information:

Four public performances will be presented: a free public performance Jan. 30 at the Humboldt State University Van Duzer Theater and three ticketed performances on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Bayside Community Hall, 2297 Jacoby Creek Road. Tickets for the Bayside performances are $10, and will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 4 at brownpapertickets.com and Wildberries Market in Arcata. All events have been coordinated by Taiko Swing Humboldt, a project of the Humboldt Folklife Society.

On Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., in observance of the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, a 30-minute performance followed by discussion will be presented in the Van Duzer Theater. This performance is free to the public, funded by the HSU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the HSU Library Foundation. The week prior to Jan. 30, banners explaining the history of the Japanese American incarceration camps and artifacts and ephemera collected from camp survivors will be displayed in the HSU Library lobby.

The three Bayside Community Hall performances will begin with a 30-minute “talk story” before audience members are immersed in a 90-minute Swingposium living history experience at the dance. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to these performances on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 1, at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Because attendees are “at the dance,” the audience will be standing for the duration of the performance, with only limited seating available upon request for persons with limited mobility. For more information, email taikohumboldt@gmail.com, call 707-633-3155 (voice mail) or go to @taikoswinghumboldt on Facebook.

 
Webinar: Telling the Story of Our Social World with Data
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Data provides students with a granular view of the world around them. Understanding the world with data is critical to the social sciences, especially because many students tend to assume that opinions, not data, will determine their educational experience. It is by exploring and visualizing data in the social sciences that students and researchers can gain meaningful insights into the problems and challenges which human societies face today.

How has economic inequality affected minorities in the U.S.? How have demographic shifts over time impacted the growth of American cities? How many people are opting to not get married in the U.S. and how does that impact the population going forward? How to examine these and other topics with data forms the crux of this webinar offered on Tuesday, January 21, 11am-12pm in the Library Fishbowl.

Dr. Quentin Kilpatrick, an instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will lead this webinar and discuss how he brings real-world data to life for his students in the social sciences. Using Social Explorer, Dr. Kilpatrick tells the story of American society. Learn how he integrates storytelling with data using Social Explorer in the courses that he teaches. Social Explorer is a premier data visualization and mapping tool, currently enhancing the research experience in over 400 academic libraries in the U.S. This is a timely webinar for all data and social science librarians, and for anyone interested in examining the social world today with data.

Quentin Kilpatrick is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Florida State University. His research interests are focused on the environmental and personal factors that shape stress exposure, mental health, and health behaviors in the transition from adolescence through adulthood. His research has examined how stress impacts the mental and physical health of individuals across social statuses of age, gender, race/ethnicity, and nativity. He currently splits his time between teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University and working in theater productions in New York.

 
Webinar: Changing Motivations for Philanthropy and Their Impact on Funding
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Nonprofits often solely appeal to donors’ compassion to inspire giving. But emerging research in the philanthropic sector raises concerns that donor empathy as a primary cause of giving may be declining, driven by donor burnout, and overtaken by other reasons. Is this an actual trend, one that manifests across all donor segments? And if so, what might this mean for nonprofits?

This webinar on Wednesday, January 22 from 11am-12pm in the Library Fishbowl will explore changing motivations for philanthropy, changes over time in charitable giving, and possible generational differences in approaches to philanthropy. This program Will Further Explore:

  • Insights into key motivations for giving, based on new research
  • Practical strategies to implement in response to potentially changing giving motivations
  • Understandings of generational differences in giving, and what these means for your organization
 
6th Annual HSU Authors Celebration
photo of HSU Authors Hall book shelf and celebratory cakes

The HSU Library and Office of the Provost are delighted to host the Annual HSU Authors Celebration for scholarly and creative works recently published by HSU Authors.

Please join us Friday, February 14 from 3-5pm in the Authors Hall on the 2nd floor to celebrate alumni, emeriti, faculty, staff, student authors, and readers, and to enjoy refreshments.

We are preparing HSU Author posters with all the 2019 authors.  Please let us know about your publications by January 31.  Details and photos from previous celebrations are available at library.humboldt.edu/about/HSUauthors.html.

We hope to see you there!

Thank you for sharing your creative and scholarly works.  We are honored to showcase them in the HSU Authors Hall in the Library.

 
Library Scholar Internship on Tourism & Travel
photo of laptop, map, old cameras, hands, cactus, succulent, journal

Are you interested in the tourism and travel industry? Apply to be a Library Scholar Intern!

HSU Library is seeking two Library Scholar Interns to work as a team on a Tourism & Travel Project that runs from February to May 20, 2020. This paid internship provides a stipend of $500 upon the completion of the internship project, consisting of:

  • developing an exhibit May 5-11 and an event for National Tourism Day on May 7
  • performing research and gathering information and data about tourism and travel for Humboldt County
  • developing a resource guide.

Team roles and duties will be tailored to the talents and interests of the interns.

In addition to developing a resource guide, the Library Scholars will:

  • Maintain an internship log, including experiences and challenges that they encountered over the course of their project. Meet together at least one hour each week.
  • Perform research and interviews to gather resources, develop a resource guide and suggested resources on tourism and travel, eco- and edu- tourism, and other related resources.
  • Gather information from a variety of sources - web pages, news sources, interviews, etc, - to understand the tourism and travel interests at HSU and in the region.
  • Evaluate existing travel apps and how Humboldt County is represented.
  • Write a brief reflection of the internship.

HSU students will work individually and as a team to gain hands-on experience researching, evaluating resources, and developing a resource guide of recommended readings for tourism and travel.

For more information or to apply, please send a brief resume, availability schedule, and brief cover letter expressing your interest for this unique opportunity to Cyril Oberlander, Dean of HSU Library at Cyril.Oberlander@Humboldt.edu by Friday, January 31, 2020..

 
Makerspace is the New Happening Place!
Library Makerspace Meet Up and Make Hours Monday - Saturday 12-2pm and 5-7pm

The Library Makerspace is open for use at any time, but sometimes you need a meeting time to get other makers together. Starting Spring semester, during Meet Up and Make Hours, Monday through Saturday 12-2pm & 5-7pm, you can meet with a librarian the first hour, or with other makers (like yourselves), or work on self-directed projects. 

Come to Meet Ups to chat about projects, ideas, and troubleshooting for all kinds of maker topics, or just to get connected with other people interested in being creative. Some Meet Ups will feature maker-related SkillShops with time to work on a related project or practice skills that you explored in the SkillShop. Other Meet Ups will be thematic or open for free play.

Thursdays from 12-2pm, join us for the fiber craft focused meet up Stitching Together.

See the Makerspace guide for more event information and come on up to the 3rd floor and join us!

 
Semester Break Hours 2019-2020
Semester break hours for 2019/2020

Semester break beings Saturday, December 21.  Please see the Library Hours webpage for details.

 
Learning Center Gets You Ready for Finals!
flyer for Learning Center pre-finals week

The Learning Center is there for you to help prepare for finals.  There will be light snacks, raffle prizes, and more at the following events on the first floor:

  • Monday, Dec. 9, 5-8pm - The One Where We Kick-off Study Week
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 5-8pm - The One When We have a Physics Power Hour & Mission to Math
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5-8pm - The One Where We have a Chem Crunch
  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 5-8pm - The One Where We have a Bio Bonanza
  • Friday, Dec. 13, 10am-2pm - The One Friday Before Finals
 
Therapy Dogs are Back!

Therapy Dogs International will bring their canine companions to the Library Lobby for your enjoyment during Finals Week on Monday, Dec. 16 from 2-3:30pm and Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 6:30-8pm in the Library Lobby

It has been clinically proven that through petting, touching, and talking with animals, blood pressure is lowered, stress is relieved, and depression is eased. Take a break from studying or reward yourself after your final and relax with a retriever, love a lab, hug a husky, or pet a pug. They are here for you to enjoy!

Note: These trained and certified dogs will be the only animals allowed. Please leave your pets at home.

 
Stress Less Week
Peer Health Education Presents Stress Less Week flyer with activities Monday 12/9 through Thursday 12/19

Peer Health Education presents numerous events and activities to help you get through the end of the semester!

Monday, Dec. 9

  • Chair Massages, Library Lobby @ 10am-1pm
  • Drop-in Destress Activity, UC Quad @ 12-3pm
  • "The Joy of Painting": Bob Ross Painting Tutorial, RWC 124 @ 6-8pm

Tuesday, Dec. 10

  • Chair Massages, Library Lobby @12:30-2:30pm
  • Health Info: On-the-go!!, UC Quad @ 12:30-3:30pm (free snacks)
  • "These Cookies Sleigh": Cookie Decorating Activity, RWC 124 @ 3-5pm

Wednesday, Dec. 11

  • Chair Massages, Library Lobby @ 4-6pm
  • Put Yourself First: How-to De-stress, UC Quad @ 12-3pm
  • "Weave your way out of this mess": Embroidery, RWC 124 @ 1-4:30pm

Thursday, Dec. 12

  • Yoga with Sasha, RWC 125 @ 1-2pm
  • DIY Snowflake, UC Quad @ 12:30-3:30pm
  • "Crafting in a Winter Wonderland, Library 114 @ 7-9pm

Friday, Dec. 13

  • Trivia: Essential Oils + Raffle!!, UC Quad @ 12-2pm
  • "Cupcakes & Chill": Join us for some cookies and tea, RWC 108 (drop-in lounge) @ 3-5pm

Finals Week - Chair Massages in Library Lobby

  • Monday, Dec. 16 @ 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 @ 9:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, Dec. 19 @ 9:30am-1:30pm

PLUS Therapy Dogs International will be bringing their therapy dogs to the Library Lobby

  • Monday, Dec. 16 @ 2-3:30pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 @ 6:30-8pm

And the Brain Booth is open on the 2nd floor with multiple items to help you reduce stress and optimize your learning!

 
ideaFest 2020 Registration Now Open!
ideaFest Friday May 8, 2020 logo

The Office of Research, HSU Library, and Marketing & Communications would like to invite you to participate in the 7th Annual HSU ideaFest! More than 400 Students, Faculty, & Staff from HSU will showcase research, performances, creative projects, and more!

HSU's 2020 ideaFest will be held on Friday, May 8th. If you or your students are interested in presenting, registration for ideaFest 2020 is now open! Click Here for more information or to sign up. This will be a great venue for students to display previously presented professional posters or multimedia presentations at this campus-wide research & creative activities symposium.

The deadline to register for ideaFest is Friday April 3, 2020. Please note that MarCom will be available to reprint your poster should you need to prior to the event.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs at (707) 826-4189 or email Sally Hang at sh1738@humboldt.edu

 
Tim McKay Postcard Collection Display

Ever wondered what amazing images are popularized to help depict the California Pacific Northwest?

Postcards are a tremendous way of communicating landmarks, natural landscape, cityscapes, artwork, and tourist attractions to a larger populace through correspondence with friends, family, and penpals. The Tim McKay Postcard Collection currently on display outside HSU Library Special Collections serves as a way to follow “Tim McKay’s lifelong interests in the natural world and in the ways that people and communities use their surroundings for livelihood and solace.” (Tim McKay Postcard Collection Finding Aid)

As an environmental advocate, writer, scholar and historian, Tim McKay dedicated a majority of his life to the natural world that beautifies Humboldt County and the complexities of reducing human impact in the region. Through his persistence in environmental conservation and drive for knowledge, Tim McKay served as executive director for the Northcoast Environmental Center for three decades until his passing in 2006. The legacy that McKay leaves behind embodies advocacy in many prominent local issues related to environment and community including PG&E’s Humboldt Bay nuclear facility, expansion of Redwood National Park, California’s first Wilderness bill, the Siskiyou Mountains and its infamous G-O Road, and National Forest management. (Biography by Susie Van Kirk, 2009)

Themes and imagery that range from the Prairie Creek Roosevelt Elk to the forest clear cutting beside lumber mills provide a pictorial narrative that help relate Tim McKay’s career in local environmental advocacy to the postcards on display. Come up to the third floor and check out these postcards on display for yourself!

This display was curated and made possible by Drew Ahlberg.

 
ideaFest Journal - Submit today!
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You're already doing the work for class. Now share it out! Get a peer-reviewed publication to your name! Publish in HSU's own peer-reviewed journal. Submit your article today at https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/ideafest/. Deadline: January 6, 2020. Remember: You only regret the opportunities that you didn't take.

 
Wildlife Seniors Poster Symposium Fall 2019
Wildlife Senior's Research Poster Session Friday December 6th 2019 4:30-6:30pm 2nd floor HSU Library (outside the fishbowl) open to all! Cookies and refreshments served

The Wildlife Senior Students Poster Session will be held on Friday, December 6th, from 4:30-6:30 pm in Authors Hall at the library (2nd floor). We will have about 60 graduating students presenting on their research.

As always, you are welcome to stop by and see what interesting research the senior wildlife students conducted and to congratulate them on their achievements.

Light refreshments will be served.

 
Wellbeing Resources Training (I CAN HELP)
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The Student Health & Wellbeing Services present a free workhop - Wellbeing Resources Training for Faculty, Staff and Students - on Thursday, November 14th from 9-11:30am in the Library Fishbowl.

Learn how to better understand suicide risk and key prevention helping skills

 
Help Make the Library a Better Place!
Help the Library be Better banner

Let us know what you think about how the Library can be better for you and the HSU campus and community. Tell us about your experiences here in the library and help us advocate for change in identifying and addressing issues around diversity and equity for other HSU students, staff, and faculty, as well as the local community. Your participation is fully voluntary and information will be kept confidential.

There are three ways you can participate:

  • Survey (5 minutes) options:
  • Focus Groups will be held on November 12, 13, 18, & 19 for one hour. Register now at hsu.link/libraryfocusgroup
     
  • World Cafe group dialogues will be held later this Fall and early Spring 2020 (80 minutes)

We look forward to hearing what you have to say and hope to be able to turn your thoughts into actions here at the HSU Library. Thank you in advance for your participation!

For more details and links, visit libguides.humboldt.edu/librarysurvey.

 
Sustainable Travel Workshop
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Did you know that your travel can leave a significant impact on a destination and the people who live there? This workshop will explore a variety of practical ways we can become more responsible tourists and still have a fun vacation!

Learn more at the Sustainable Travel Workshop on Wednesday, November 13th 3:30-4:15 in the Library Fishbowl, brought to you by the Sustainable Tourism Class.

 
Veterans Day Closure
Veterans Day Honoring All Who Served

The Library and Campus will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day.

 
Humboldt History Digitization Day
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Your History Matters! Celebrate & Preserve It @ HSU Library

Community members are invited to digitally preserve their individual, family, or special histories. In celebration of American Archives Month, HSU Library Special Collections is hosting Humboldt History Digitization Day on Saturday, November 16th from noon to 4pm in the Special Collections research room on the third floor of the HSU Library.

You can digitize your documents and photographs using HSU Special Collections scanners, store them on hard-drives or flash-drives, or share them through social media. A technician and archivist will be on site to teach and assist everyone with the digitization process.

Join us - Please RSVP at https://forms.gle/bn7XnLRdjNiWj1fm9

  • Sign up for a 20-minute digitization slot.
  • Prioritize 10 items to scan - a great starting point for digitizing and learning about archiving.
  • If you have your own flash-drive or hard-drive, please bring it, or we can provide a flash-drive. Supplies are limited.

Digitizing

  • Please be aware of copyright that limits what you can scan. If you created it, that means you have the copyright; if it was a photograph from a photography studio, you need their permission. We can explain more when you are here.
  • Don’t digitize personal information like addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers. That’s information that should stay private.
  • Materials should be able to lie flat on a scanner.  Fragile items are not recommended. 

Bring 10 items like these examples

  • Single or multi-page documents such as newsletters or smaller maps
  • Flat documents such as letters and posters up to 8 ½” x 11”
  • Photographs up to 8 ½” x 11”

Digitization Day will not include the following at this time

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Film
  • Large rolled panoramic photographs, maps, or posters
  • 3D Objects

Humboldt History Digitization Day is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Competitive Grant by the California State Library to promote historical preservation and digitization as a facet of digital literacy.

 

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