2002-03 Vol. 2

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New Video Checkout Policy
Research Revolution: Science and Shaping of Modern Life
HSU Library Materials Budget Anticipated Impact of 2004 Cuts
Library Construction Projects Update
"Fun Reading" Donations Sought
Humboldt Room
Wireless Networking in the HSU Library


The Video and DVD collection supporting the curriculum at Humboldt State University consists of approximately 5000 titles. At the beginning of Spring Semester, HSU Library began circulating videos/DVDs to HSU staff and students. Previously, only HSU faculty, extension faculty and teaching assistants could check these materials out of the Library. This change was made due to numerous requests from students submitted during the LibQual survey last spring and through our suggestion box. HSU students and staff can now check out up to 2 video titles overnight. There is a $3/day overdue fine per title. Faculty members are encouraged to reserve videos in advance since accommodating classroom and faculty use remains our top priority. Patrons with community borrower cards and mutual use borrowers can use the Media Resources Area's viewing stations on the 2nd floor of the Library to view videos and DVDs but they cannot check out Media materials from the Library. To get more information about HSU Library's video & DVD collection, please visit: http://library.humboldt.edu/media/media.htm

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Humboldt State University Library and Humboldt County Library will host a free six-part viewing, reading and discussion series called "Research Revolution: Science and Shaping of Modern Life." The HSU library is one of 50 pilot libraries nationwide selected to participate in the project organized by National Video Resources (NVR) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The "Research Revolution" aims to increase the public's understanding of scientific discovery and technological transformation in the 20th century. The first program focusing on Atomic Age was held on March 26 at 7pm. Other films to be discussed include Robotics (April 2), Genetics (April 9), Forensics (April 16), Global Warming (April 23) and Biodiversity (April 30). All programs will be held at Humboldt County Library, Eureka Branch (1313 3rd Street, Eureka). For details, please visit HSU Library's Research Revolution Webpage (http://library.humboldt.edu/resrev/) or contact Kumi Watanabe-Schock, HSU Library, 826-5656, kw1@humboldt.edu or visit Humboldt County Library's Webpage (http://www.co.humboldt.ca.us/library/) or contact their Reference Desk, 269-1905. Dr. Richard Paselk (HSU Chemistry Dept) will lead discussions of the topics featured in each session's award-winning documentary.

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As part of the campus budget reductions, the HSU Library is required to take a cut of $86,800 from its base allocation next year for campus information resources. In addition, annual inflationary increases will require further cuts to stay within the expected budget. We expect $52,000 inflation for periodicals and serials in 2004, and so must add that sum to the base allocation cut. Additionally, we must find $20,000 to cover a shortfall due to journals inflation last year which we covered by one-time reductions. Therefore, the total minimum sum by which the campus must reduce its information resources budget next year is $158,800, a 13.2% cut. This does not take into account inflationary pressures next year on the books and videos budgets, anticipated in the range of 5%.

Consequently, at this time we are anticipating that we will need to cut approximately 300 journal titles from the collections. The librarians will be contacting you for your help in making these cuts. Please ask your librarian for more details.

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You probably have noticed that once again we've been the scene of substantial construction projects. The project on the second floor has been completed and is unofficially being called the Fishbowl Room. This space is now available for small group study, individual study, and will be used by the librarians for teaching information competency. When wireless capabilities exist, this space will be in one of our wireless zones. The second, and more visible, project is the one to move our air intakes from the ground level up to the third floor in the newly built tower. The anticipated completion date is entirely dependent upon good weather; however, we are hoping it will be completed before commencement.

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The library is putting together a small collection of paperback "fun reading" for the campus community to enjoy. The collection will be housed in the Food Friendly Area on the Library's main floor. It will not be cataloged and will circulate on the honor system, with no check out or in. The collection will be supported by donations only, and we are looking for books to get it started. All types of books are being sought: genre fiction; serious fiction; best sellers; poetry; plays; essays; non-fiction of all kinds. If you have paperbacks in good condition that you would like to donate, please bring them to Library Room 206 or contact Martha Johansen, ext. 4930, msj@lib-mail.humboldt.edu. And when you want a little light reading, please come by and see what "fun reading" has to offer.

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We are looking forward to a major exhibit in the Library Lobby this summer in honor of the Don H. Clausen Congressional Papers. This collection came to us in 1984, with a major addition in 1998. It documents the congressional career of Representative Don Clausen, 1963-1983, and includes such locally important events as the 1964 flood and the founding of Redwood National Park.

The exhibit is being prepared by Leigh Westphal, a 2002 HSU graduate, who joined the Clausen processing team this semester. The exhibit will be in the Library from June through September and then be available to travel to other venues in the congressional district. The collection itself will be open for use sometime in the summer.

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The HSU Library is preparing to open its wireless networking to all faculty, students and staff who own or acquire standard wireless Ethernet cards. The Library has been using wirelessly connected laptops in small group training sessions for over a year with plans to expand access in place for just as long. Working with many of the computing advisory groups on campus, the Library's wireless access project has moved to a high priority goal for Information Technology Services. Initial network installation has been completed for some time now offering network coverage on the first and second floors of the Library. The exact timing of the wireless access depends upon the work of Telecommunications and Networking Services, but the Library expects to begin offering services as soon as this summer session.

If you have any questions about wireless network access in the library, or if you would like to be notified when the service becomes available, please send an email to the HSU Library's Systems group, systems@lib-mail.humboldt.edu

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