January 2020

Special Collections and HSU Press Student Assistant Positions available
Interested in working at the Library? Two areas are looking for student assistants - HSU Press and Special Collections. Join the friendly crew at the Library and gain valuable experience while working flexible hours.
HSU Press: Will work on scholarly communications, HSU Press, open education, and office projects as needed. Duties may include master’s thesis reviews, writing, editing, typesetting, graphic design, research, digitization, project management, and/or marketing as needed. Need good communications skills and attention to detail. Knowledge of Adobe Suite, editing, or marketing a plus, but not required. 10-12 hrs per week. $13.25 per hour. For additional information and to apply, go to
Special Collections: Love researching Humboldt history? Excited to share your passion with other students? The HSU Library Special Collections is hiring student assistants for a variety of projects. Under the supervision of the Special Collections Librarian, student duties include:

Provide research and library assistance for HSU students and community users.

Teach researchers how to navigate the Special Collections website, catalog, database and finding aids.

Complete collection inventories and photoduplication requests.

Answer the Humboldt Room phone and reply to distance researcher requests.

Promote Special Collections via social media and blogs.

Updating the content of the Humboldt Room website and perform quality control for archival projects.

Provide access to the rare book collection while maintaining the safety of the collection.

Edit Wikipedia pages related to Humboldt County History in order to direct researchers to collections in the archive.

Graphic design projects.

Create physical and digital exhibits to promote Special Collections to visitors.
Skills Required: Experience using the Humboldt Room collections. Knowledge of archival procedures and standards. Ability to work independently and use problem solving skills and independent judgement.
Other Competencies Required: Dependable, proactive, show initiative, interest in Special Collections or library work.
Preferred Skills: Maintain accurate statistics Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access), Adobe Photoshop and Indesign, scanning, efficient typing, web creation, video editing, or text editing are bonuses.
Timeline for interested applicants: Resumes will be reviewed from date of job posting until Monday, February 3, 2020. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position closes. Please apply early.
Application Information: Please email the following four items to Carly Marino,

Library Student Assistant Application

Work Availability

Resume with names and contact information for two references

Cover letter stating why you are interested in this job and how it relates to your professional goals after you graduate
$13.25 per hour
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Friday, February 7, 2020

Free Digital Literacy classes offered by HSU Library and the County Library

Due to concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we are canceling the planned workshops effective immediately until further notice. If there are any questions about the workshops please contact Louis Knecht at
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 or call 707-826-4072; or Corin Balkovek at the Humboldt County Library at 707-269-1935 or
For more information about the California State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act visit
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to Saturday, May 30, 2020

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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
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.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to Friday, February 14, 2020

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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
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 to Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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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.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 to Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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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
For more information contact, voice mail at 707-633-3155. See also
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 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, call 707-633-3155 (voice mail) or go to @taikoswinghumboldt on Facebook.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 to Monday, January 27, 2020

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