August 2020

The Library Faculty Personnel Committee invites your assistance in the evaluation of tenure-track librarians Carly Marino and Kyle Morgan.

Carly Marino - Special Collections Librarian & Archivist

Kyle Morgan - Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian
If you have experience working with Carly or Kyle, we invite you to share your feedback with the Committee.
Please address your comments to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and submit using your HSU email to
Please include Feedback on [Name] in the subject line.
Deadline for receipt is 5pm, Monday, September 14th, 2020.
Thank you.
Monday, August 31, 2020 to Monday, September 14, 2020
The HSU Library has temporarily suspended overdue fines as of March 18, 2020. View your account to see what you have checked out, verify the due dates, and renew, if allowed.
For items borrowed through InterLibrary Loan prior to the pandemic, check the due date in your InterLibrary Loan Account. The due dates may be sooner than HSU Library’s extended due date. To see what you have borrowed and to renew items (where possible) go to the “View” section on the left hand side of the screen and select “Checked Out/ Renew Items.”
To return items:

If you are near the HSU campus, you can use the drop box at the front of the Library entrance. The box at the Library circle is currently unavailable.

If you are near another CSU campus, check out their procedures for returns and return it there. They will forward items to us.

If these options are not available, mail it to us at HSU Library, 1 Harpst St., Arcata, CA 95521. Contact us and we will send you a prepaid shipping label so you can send the item(s) back free of charge.
Questions? Please contact us at
Monday, August 31, 2020 to Friday, December 18, 2020

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SkillShops, 50-minute co-curricular workshops, are facilitated by faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders on campus. Want to offer a SkillShop?  Fill out the proposal form and we will help you set it up.  Please contact for more information.
L4HSU (The LifeLong Learning Lounge) has been the summer version of SkillShops - free learning events open to and conducted by campus and community members. It was so popular this summer that we are extending it into the school year!  These sessions are more informal, can last longer than 50 minutes, and are open to everyone via Zoom.  Use this proposal form to submit your event or contact us at for more information.
Already offering workshops that fit either of these criteria?  We want to help you advertise them to the community!  We can also offer zoom training, co-facilitators to assist during your sessions, and other services to help.
Synchronous SkillShops will be starting in September but the online ones are now available to take anytime and can be assigned by faculty.  Learn Research Basics, How to Cite Sources, How to Read Scholarly Articles, and how to use various software like Camtasia, WordPress, and InDesign, to name just a few. More are being added during the semester.
We look forward to continuing to work with the campus and community and are grateful for all the past support of these programs that are helping them to grow and become important to facilitators and attendees alike.
Thursday, August 27, 2020 to Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Created by HSU students, Citing Insights is "a powerful web application designed to streamline assessment of students' information literacy and other skills. With Citing Insights, you can easily upload a student papers, the citations are detected and links to discovery tools make it easy to evaluate the sources. Discovery tools include Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, and a Library's Alma Primo. Citing Insights is designed to automate using or editing AAC&U Information Literacy Value Rubrics, and other assessment rubrics, for assessing the student papers. You can also add annotation, and provide students feedback, or provide accrediting bodies with detailed assessment reports." (github)
On August 12, 2020, the Humboldt State University Library announces the release of version 1.0 of the open source software, Citing Insights. Over the past 18 months, thanks to the support of HSU and the California State University Graduation Initiative 2025, undergraduate students have developed Citing Insights, innovative and powerful software designed to streamline assessment of student learning, and enabling inter-rater reliability norming and analytics.
After extensive research and analysis with faculty and librarians, Citing Insights was released in beta on March 14, 2020, featuring: streamlining assessment of information literacy and other key competencies, automated citation detection and sources discovery, rubric tools for the evaluation of sources of citations used in student papers, and customizable assessment rubrics for the overall paper and citations. Citing Insights streamlines assessment of student papers by enabling the user to upload one or a set of student papers, detecting citations in the paper, and enabling one click access to the sources of citations via Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, or a library’s discovery system. Thanks to feedback from alpha and beta testing, the Citing Insights team streamlined the interface and added powerful new features, including group assessments and inter-rater reliability norming and analytics. Now, with group functionality, users and members of your group can evaluate the papers and citations using the built in Information Literacy or Critical Thinking Value rubrics from the AAC&U, or customize and share rubrics for program assessments. Scores and annotations are saved and can be retrieved by group or by paper. These results can be downloaded in CSV format. If you are interested in evaluating Citing Insights as an assessment tool, details are available at
HSU Library internships and project-based student employment provide powerful learning opportunities designed to solve challenges faced by higher education and community. One of the key questions for the Citing Insights project is how can we make assessment easier? We answered that question with the completion of the first phase. The next phase is to take what we learned from assessing student papers, and develop software to support student research and writing. You can help support this endeavor. To learn more about HSU Library Scholar Internships and projects, please visit or contact Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean at
What is next for the Citing Insights Team? They will present this software to library conferences and to the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, looking for opportunities to further develop this innovative technology and encourage adoption. Congratulations Liz, Kyle, Ben, Cindy, Mitchell, and HSU Library!
The Citing Insights Team: Liz Lujan, Computer Science ‘20, Kyle Smith, Computer Science ‘20, Ben Miller, Computer Science ‘19, Cindy Batres, Art ‘20, and Mitchell Walters, Computer Science ‘19.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 to Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Physical textbook checkouts will not be available Fall 2020, however, we are trying to provide online access to as many textbooks and course materials as possible.  Please check the Course Reserves list to see if your textbook is already online and available. If you don't see your course, use the Course Reserve Request Form to request your book. See the Students Continuity Planning Guide for more information.
We will work with you to get online access to your course materials. There are three options for making course materials available through the library at this time:

eBook requests (which the library purchases)

Accessible scans of textbook chapters (the Accessibility Resource Center can scan up to 15% of a textbook, or more if the instructor presents permission from the publisher).

Assistance finding free, online open educational resources to replace your textbook (support from Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean)
Please see the Faculty Continuity Planning Guide for more information and use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit eBook and textbook scan requests.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 to Friday, September 11, 2020

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The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of the following tenure-track librarians:

Tim Miller, Digital Media & Learning Librarian

Garrett Purchio, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science Librarian

Kimberly Stelter, First Year Experience & Student Success Librarian
If you have experience working with Tim, Garrett, or Kimberly, we invite you to share your feedback with the committee.
Please address your comments to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and submit using your HSU email to
Please include Feedback on [Name] in the subject line.
Deadline for receipt is 5pm, Wednesday, August 19th, 2020.
Thank you.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 to Wednesday, August 19, 2020