Library

Student Centered Spaces

State-of-the Art Additions offer Dynamic Learning for Students
and Unique Opportunities for Donors

IdeaFest 2015 To meet seismic retrofit requirements as well as the evolving needs of students, faculty, staff and community, the Library is undergoing transformational renovation in 2016 - 2018 to create a dynamic 21st Century library. With five innovative rooms slated for construction and the installation of collaboration stations, contributions to HSU’s Library at this uniquely transformative time can result in an enduring and public acknowledgement of your support.

Digital Media Lab (Main Floor)

A modest investment yields international impact

Vitale Digital Media Lab at Penn StateThe Library Digital Media Lab provides all students with access to audio/video production technologies and instruction necessary to communicate scholarship beyond the classroom. In all sectors of business, video is used to communicate ideas and information with a worldwide audience. Understanding digital media technology and the craft of storytelling and messaging is essential for more than art and journalism students for whom this equipment is traditionally available. Digital Storytelling workshops guide students in crafting thoughtful examinations of their subject areas that can connect with the world in transformational ways. Whether a student is presenting botanical research, a historical essay, or a social justice issue, their stories can create impressive work portfolios and videos posted to the web serve as powerful demonstrations of the quality of an HSU education.  Read on for more information...

Goal: $30,000 Includes 3 iMacs, 3 PCs, 3 digital cameras, Adobe Creative Software, furniture, etc.

At HSU, across curriculum we are teaching students to tell stories in new ways that resonate with new audiences. These stories are important. We need this lab. There are 26 computers in the Multimedia Computer Lab in Gist Hall, which are in constant use. Students don’t have enough time to complete their projects. Having additional computers with digital media software in the Library will help.
--Deidre Pike, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Communication

Humboldt Scholars Lab (Third Floor)

A hub for innovation

Fishbowl working groupThe Humboldt Scholars Lab is a place where students and faculty from across a variety of disciplines are provided with technology and training to partner on digital projects with a focus on the digital humanities, geospatial information, and innovative creations. The Humboldt Scholars Lab is a place dedicated to foster collaboration between HSU students and faculty in advanced studies or digital humanities and scholarship projects that require consultation, planning, and technology. Conversations about research interests and collaborations on digital humanities or science projects, geospatial information projects, digital scholarship, and research data services are developed in the Scholars Lab and shared with the research community. The Humboldt Scholars Lab will house the Data & Geographic Information Systems Visualization Lab, as well as a 3D scannerprinter, map/poster printer, a projection wall and variety of technology to facilitate meaningful use of this makerspace.  Read on for more information...

Goal: $80,000

Data & Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Visualization Lab (Third Floor)

A map for the future

maps and chartsThe Data & GIS Visualization Lab provides students with the software, hardware and training necessary for effective data visualization and communication and preparation for joining a skilled workforce. GIS is used in virtually all industries from Forestry to Transportation to Banking. Developing skills in data analysis, design thinking, and the ability to interpret and share information that can be readily understood is crucial for today’s learners and workforce. Patterns, trends, and relationships are revealed by our ability to analyze the maps, charts, and reports generated using GIS software. This open lab would support data-driven research and GIS with software, dual-monitors, a high-end graphic computer lab and a large format printer, with access to collaboration and consultation spaces, a small collection of maps and atlases, and a map digitizer and plotter.  Read on for more information...

Goal: $20,000

Special Collections & University Archives (Third Floor)

A home for Humboldt's history

Humboldt RoomHSU Library’s Special Collections and Humboldt Room Collections connect our present with our past by providing research assistance and carefully curating and digitizing the growing archives of historical materials focused on HSU and Humboldt County. Students and researchers come from around the world to study all that makes Humboldt County special. The Library's Special Collections hold collections that explore the history of Humboldt State University, local natural resources, Native  peoples, and primary industries that make this unique research possible. Place-based study is a way for HSU students to engage in the community and feel connected. Special Collections houses historic maps, photographs, rare books, and manuscript collections that cannot be found anywhere else. A wide cross-section of our campus and local community utilize HSU LIbrary’s Special Collections from instructors who are integrating primary sources into their curriculum, to students who are designing innovative research projects, to residents researching local history and culture, Special Collections serves as a valuable partner with you and support your work. Donations will cover the creation of a new research space and UV filtered glass walls to protect the Humboldt Room Collections.  Read on for more information...

Goal: $80,000-$120,000

Collaboration Stations

Engaging team learning environments across three floors

students at collaboration stationCollaborative work spaces support the development of key skills such as problem solving, teamwork, and effective communication. HSU students consistently request additional study rooms to work in teams to synthesize or present information. Collaborative workspaces support the development of key skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and effective communication. The Library currently offers eight Collaboration Stations, which include a large table and a 60-inch screen where students can create presentations together in a realistic setting. However, HSU students consistently request additional study rooms to work in teams to synthesize or present information.

Goal: $5,000 each

We have been coming here since last semester. This is our spot! It leads to better communication because everyone can see what is going on (rather than looking over each other’s shoulders) and give input. We are Chemistry and Physics majors, but we don’t have keycards for the Chemistry computer lab, so this space is ideal for us.
--Chloe Goings (Physics), Taylor Team (Geology) and David Poplin (Chemistry)

Campus Event Space

A campus community space for students, faculty, authors...

ideaFest in the FishbowlWith more than 120 events at the HSU Library each year, our campus community has asked for much needed additional performance, lecture, and workshop space. This additional event space will provide current presentation technology in a flexible space. Currently, the Library Fishbowl is a popular location for workshops, presentations, meetings, author and poetry readings, book signings, and a variety of other events attended by the wider North Coast community as well as the HSU community. Our 2015 campus interviews and survey revealed a desire for additional event space at the Library, similar to the Fishbowl. To meet that need a second event space will be built to provide a greater seating capacity and access to presentation technology.  Read on for more information...

Goal: $100,000

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