2nd Annual HSU Authors Celebration
Humboldt State University Authors Hall

The HSU Library and Office of the Provost invite you to celebrate HSU authors and their work on Friday, February 12 from 3-5:30pm in the HSU Authors Hall, 2nd floor of the Library.  Refreshments will be served.  Please join us in celebrating authors and creators that published works in 2015.

The HSU Authors Hall, is a permanent, physical collection of books, CDs, and DVDs of scholarship and creative work published from faculty, staff, students, and alumni. 

Are you a 2015 HSU Author?  HSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni, please help us identify your 2015 publications or creative works using this form.

International Education Week Feb. 15-19
International Education Week: The world is a big blue marble.. Feb. 15-19, 2016

This FREE annual event is open to campus and community members alike. Sponsored by the Academic and Career Advising Center, Center for International Programs, the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, the College of eLearning and Extended Education, the International Advisory Committee, Library, the Multicultural Center, and the Global Connections Club, this week offers a variety of fun and interesting events:

  • Keynote speaker, featured lectures and presentations
  • Panel discussions on current events and global topics
  • Workshops on studying, working and living abroad
  • Food, fun and more from around the world
  • A unit of credit is available for attending this event.

Many of the events are being held in the Library's Fishbowl, L209 on the 2nd floor but see the IEW calendar for a complete list of presentations by students, staff, and faculty.


Teaching & Learning Luncheon 2/23
Alexander von Humboldt in library

Alexander von Humboldt as Digital Scholarship

Tuesday, February 23, Noon-1pm in the Library Fishbowl

What do you know about Alexander von Humboldt?

Join us for a discussion of Alexander von Humboldt and the potential for creating Digital Humboldt, a digital scholarship project about the works of Alexander Humboldt, and connections we can make with our learning, research, and scholarship.

Please RSVP

HSU unConference: How I Learned to...

Join us for any or all of the brief (around 5 minutes each) presentations around this semester's theme of "How I Learned To..." on Friday, March 4 from 11am-2pm. This casual forum includes demonstrations, discussions, a chance to connect with others on campus, and refreshments!

This event fills up fast, so register now!

Earn a Skilled Learner Certificate!

Besides all the benefits the free SkillShops provide, if you attend at least one in each of the five categories (Life, Technology, Professional, Academic, and Research), you can apply for a Skilled Learner Certificate. All students are eligible to attend and apply!

Teaching & Learning Luncheon & Forums Feb. 4
Digital Thoreau

Please welcome Dr. Paul Schacht, Professor at SUNY, on Thursday, February 4 in the Fishbowl for a series of teaching and learning forums:

12-1:30pm - Digital Thoreau & Digital Scholarship / Digital Humanities in the Classroom - incorporating digital learning in the classroom using different technologies. Lunch is included so please RSVP to

2-3pm - Accreditation Self-Study Collaboration Using a Wiki

3:30-5pm - Bootstrapping Collaboration - using free and low-cost tools for collaboration and engagement of students and faculty. 

Klamath Film Fridays
Klamath River

The HSU Book of the Year Committee is pleased to announce the BOOK OF THE YEAR FILMS SERIES titled KLAMATH FILM FRIDAYS. This will be your opportunity to see Battle for the Klamath (2/5), A River Between Us (3/25), and Return of the River (4/29).  The screenings will take place in the Library's Fishbowl (Room 209) each month this semester, followed by a Q & A and a brief discussion about the cultural, environmental, and political impacts on the Klamath River. This film series ties in with Through the Eyes of Native Tribes: Stories of the Klamath River on display in HSU’s Goudi’ni Gallery (January 28 through February 20). This series is hosted by the HSU Library, Klamath Connection, and the Native American Studies Department.

2 Tenure-Track Librarian Positions Available
Humboldt State University - A California State University

Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Librarian (Job #7663)
The Humboldt State University Library seeks a collaborative, innovative, proactive and user-oriented librarian in the area of Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship. This new position provides leadership with implementing and managing digital scholarship, publishing, and scholarly communication programs at the Humboldt State University (HSU) Library. The Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian performs outreach and education, as well as develops and provides services to faculty, students, and researchers in collaboration with others in the Library and on campus. This full-time, 12-month, tenure track position reports to the Dean of the University Library.

Special Collections Librarian (Job #7664) The Humboldt State University Library seeks a collaborative and innovative Special Collections Librarian to develop and manage the Library’s Humboldt Room and Maps collection, and to provide research, instruction and outreach services for the Library’s special collections and archives. The Humboldt Room collections focus on the natural resources history, Native peoples, and primary industries of Northwestern California. The University archival collection includes the history of Humboldt State University. The Special Collections Librarian will also assist in the planning and implementation of the future Humboldt Scholars Lab, a digital scholarship center that will also house data visualization and GIS equipment. This full-time, 12-month, tenure track librarian position reports to the Dean of the University Library.

General Information

University Library

The Humboldt State University Library promotes teaching, learning, research, and scholarship by integrating information resources with innovative programs and services. HSU Library is committed to empowering community, lifelong learning, research and scholarship. We connect people and ideas to inspire learning through curiosity and creativity.

The Special Collections & Scholarly Communications Office is a new unit formed to oversee special collections and University archives, Library Scholar Internships, services for the Humboldt Scholars Lab and the recently launched Humboldt State University Press. Library Scholar Internships combine research and hands-on learning with digital publishing and are designed to share research findings and creative works worldwide. HSU Library is creating the Humboldt Scholars Lab, which will serve as a common space for HSU students and faculty to collaborate in advanced primary source research and studies or digital projects and a place to find conversations about research interests and collaborations on digital humanities or science projects, geospatial information projects, digital scholarship, data visualization and research data services.


Humboldt State University (HSU) is located along Northern California's stunning Redwood Coast, 275 miles north of San Francisco. HSU is the northernmost of the 23-campuses in the California State University system. HSU serves over 8,500 students and offers 49 Bachelor's Degree programs, 11 Master's Degree programs and numerous credentials and certificates of study across four colleges: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; Natural Resources & Sciences; Professional Studies; and E-Learning and Extended Education.

HSU’s hometown of Arcata has a population of more than 17,000 and is known for its vibrant and welcoming community. Local elementary and secondary schools are ranked as high performers statewide and nationally.


To view complete vacancy announcements and to apply, please visit:

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

SkillShops - Workshops

SkillShops topics cover Life, Academic, Research, Technology,& Professional skills. Come learn some practical skills about meeting management, finding grants and fellowships, basic research, finances, citations and plagiarism, scholarly articles, managing your time more wisely, and much more. Snacks are provided. Register now to reserve your spot

What's New for Spring 2016?

Welcome back!  There were several changes made during the break that we hope will make the Library even more welcoming and useful for the campus community.  Some are still in progress but we hope you find the new spaces and other changes beneficial.

  • The online floor maps are being updated to highlight areas of quiet and group study on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Quiet Zone signs have been posted at the stacks reminding people to keep their voices down as they enter those areas. The Silent Study room is gone for this semester but will return in another location. 
  • A Collaboration Lab is being created in L205 (the former silent study room) for smaller classes and workshops. The equipment and furniture in there will make that a popular space.
  • The periodical shelving along the west windows outside the CoLab has been removed and new group study areas have been created with power!
  • The current newspapers and periodicals have been moved down to the area by the Library Cafe, making them more prominent and adding to the casual atmosphere.
  • The oversized books from the Case Collection have been moved into their own section after the Zs and are now available for use.
  • The Presidents' photographs were combined and moved to the hallway by the first floor restrooms.  We now have our own Hall of Presidents!
  • There are new and longer loan periods for library materials!  You can now borrow a movie for a week!
  • Librarians can now be found outside of the Library for reference help: Katia Karadjova is at INRSEP (south end of campus) on Fridays 11am-1pm and Tim Miller is at African American Center for Academic Excellence (NHE 206) on Tuesdays 1-3pm.
  • There are a lot of new SkillShops being offered during the semester. Check out the calendar and register now!
  • Please welcome the new College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Librarian, Marissa Mourer.

And the biggest change so far - the Technology Help Desk is moving to the south wall of the 1st floor where helpful people will be more visible and better able to serve your tech needs.

These changes are part of the Library's Seismic Retrofit Project - a 2-year project that will see many more changes happening to the inside and outside of the building.  Pick up or read online the Library's Spring Newsletter for more information about these exciting times.

New CAHSS Librarian Hired

Marissa Mourer starts her new position in the Library on January 11, 2016, but you've probably seen her around campus in her role as the Director of Orientation and Preview Programs since 2010. Besides coordinating large events and flipping the freshmen registration experience, she has taught first-year experience courses; facilitated technology & information literacy workshops for students, staff, and faculty; and taught weekly trainings for over 50 students annually. Marissa has also worked as a part-time reference and instructional librarian at the HSU Library, where she has focused on creating peer mentorship opportunities and providing Library Instruction for English Composition and Public Speaking courses.

Her research interests include hands-on learning spaces that embrace the spectrum of physical, cultural, and cognitive diversity; student- and faculty-driven digital storytelling; and serving distance learners. Marissa holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Humboldt State University, a graduate certificate in community building and a master’s in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a master’s in library science from the University of Arizona.

Please welcome Marissa Mourer, our new Librarian to CAHSS.

Course Reserves Reminder for Faculty
Course Reserves

It's that time of year again! Please submit Print Reserves and e-reserves/ONCORES requests as soon as possible to allow time to prepare materials by the first week of Spring '16. Please remember that due to copyright restrictions only ONE part (chapter/article) from the SAME SOURCE (book/periodical) can be on reserve at one time. See the Reserves page for more information or go directly to the ONCORES Request Form or the new Google Print Reserve Request Form.  For additional information, contact the ONCORES/Reserves staff by email or call 826-4401/3431, or stop by the Library Reserves Office in Library 110 (behind the Checkout Desk).

As you may know, the national average annual cost of textbooks is $1,200 per student. Fall semester at HSU, there were six textbooks that cost over $300. The more titles we can place on reserve, the more difference we can make to students impacted by the high price of textbooks. Please consider lending or donating any copies of required textbooks you want to place on reserve. Students greatly appreciate your assistance, and we sincerely appreciate your support.

We look forward to joining you in contributing to student success at HSU. We're here to help if you have questions or need assistance. Contact us at 826-4401/3431 or by email.

Paws for Doggy Therapy
petting dog

Meet the teams from Therapy Dogs International bringing their wonderful dogs to campus for your enjoyment.  Take a break from studying or reward yourself after your final to relax with a retreiver, love a lab, hug a husky, or pet a pug.  They are here for you to enjoy!  Come to the Library Lobby on Monday, December 14 from 6:30-8pm or Tuesday, December 15 from 1:30-3pm.

Hour of Code
Hour of Code

As part of Computer Science Education Week and the national "Hour of Code" movement, the HSU Library is hosting a week-long series of fun coding events for anyone looking to take a break from the rigors of finals preparations. Join us in the Fishbowl (2nd floor) from 5-6pm, Dec. 7-11. We will also provide snacks and drinks. To see a full list of workshops, visit the event calendar. You can also preview the courses and learn more about coding with our guide on Creating for the Web.

Fall Prefinal/Finals Extended Hours

Extended prefinals/finals hours start Wednesday, December 9.  Please see the Library Hours webpage for details or this flier for a printable copy. Good luck on your finals!

Need Help De-Stressing?
KEVA Maple plank set

New manipulative by the Library Cafe - KEVA Planks!  Use your imagination or get ideas from the booklet or webpage to build structures, create contraptions, and more.

Special Collections Interns Wanted!
Special Collections Fall Interns 2015

Love the library? Want to work on exciting projects with unique and rare material? The Library's Special Collections invites current students to submit an application for the Humboldt State University Library Scholar Internship. This internship offers students an opportunity to work in the Humboldt Room and gain valuable experience with archives, manuscripts and rare books. Over the course of one semester, students will have hands on experience in special collections, archives, public history, and museum studies as a profession.

Students will receive 2-3 course credits and a $500 scholarship upon completion.

Applications are accepted until Friday, December 4th. See the Special Collections Library Scholar Internship webpage for more information.

Research. Edit Wikipedia. Enjoy Pizza
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in the Library Fishbowl

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on Tuesday, Dec. 1st in the Library Fishbowl, 5-7 pm. Beginners welcome. Sponsored by the History Club. Bring laptop, power cord & edit ideas.

More information.

Tsunami Debris Exhibit
Tsunami Debris Exhibit

In coordination with the release of Humboldt State University Press' first publication, The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home, there is an exhibit in the lobby giving information on the boat, tsunami debris, and tsunamis. Enjoy the exhibit and celebrate the story with us on November 19 from 4:30-6pm in the Library Fishbowl.

In addtion, there is an origami relaxation station set up across from the display where you can create beautiful folded paper objects.  Instruction books and paper are provided. 

Celebrate the Inaugural Publication of HSU Press!
Celebrate the inaugural publication of HSU Press

The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home by Lori Dengler and Amya Miller is the first publication from the Humboldt State University Press. Please join us for a discussion, reception, and reading in both Japanese and English in the Library Fishbowl on November 19 from 4:30-6pm. Books will be available to purchase and have signed, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, see the following news coverage: