Seismic Retrofit Project Update
new collaboration stations on the 2nd floor!

The Library has undergone a lot of changes this summer in preparation for the seismic retrofit project.  Relocated collections, removed shelves opening more group work areas, and the creation of new support spaces are some of the few changes occurring in the building.  Outside, there will be reroofing, construction, and painting necessitating detours and lots of patience.   Watch for signs, whiteboards, news items, and campus announcements as we keep everyone regularly updated as the project proceeds.

You can read more about the changes that have occurred and will occur at Tranforming HSU's Library and the Library Seismic Retrofit Project. While plans are always subject to change, the most current information can be found here.

HSU Press releases Vo Phien and the Sadness of Exile

The latest publication from Humboldt State University Press, Võ Phiến and the Sadness of Exile, is a rereleased book about the life and work of one of the most respected writers in the Vietnamese diaspora: Võ Phiến. In the first book-length study in English of a modern Vietnamese writer, emeritus English professor John Schafer provides a vital perspective on European colonialism and the revolution to overthrow it, the spread of communism and the attempts to suppress it, and the flight of people across the earth to escape war and political upheaval. Schafer tells Võ Phiến’s own moving life story—his brief time as a member of the liberation army, his disillusion with communism, his family’s struggle to adapt to a new life in the U.S. Included also are close readings of Võ Phiến’s stories and< essays about how war affects humble villagers.

“When water buffaloes fight, flies and mosquitoes get killed.” This proverb speaks to the dangers of living where political and military battles of the major powers take place. We hear the buffaloes’ perspective, but rarely that of someone like Võ Phiến who grew up in Bình Định, a province that was a battleground for a quarter of a century. “Võ Phiến’s achievement,” Schafer says, “was that he took country characters, ordinary people who were not heroic or physically attractive, and made readers see beauty in them.”

Võ Phiến wrote over forty books and published works by other exile writers to give voice to the voiceless. Now English-speaking readers can experience for themselves one of the great writers of the Vietnamese exile community. The book is available in print as well as free online at Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University. Proceeds from the sale of the print version will support the Library Scholars Internship program, which makes open-access publishing at Humboldt State University Press possible.

“In John Schafer’s book we meet a host of fascinating characters created by Võ Phiến, a writer with a keen appreciation for the lives of the ordinary Vietnamese who endured the trials of wars and then went into the lonely void of exile. Schafer’s book opens a door to a secret Asian world that most of us would otherwise never be able to enter.” -- Barry Hillenbrand, Correspondent TIME magazine, Saigon Bureau 1972-74

“John Schafer’s Võ Phiến and the Sadness of Exile is essential reading for students of modern Vietnamese literary history as well as a major contribution to scholarship on post-colonial literature, Asian-American studies, and the social and cultural history of the Vietnam War.” -- Peter Zinoman, Associate Professor, Southeast Asia History: Vietnam, University of California, Berkeley

“Võ Phiến and the Sadness of Exile is a lucidly written stimulating, and novel study of Võ Phiến and his literary works. It demonstrates a high, intense level of scholarship on Vietnamese literature and reflects meticulous research.” -- Quang Phu Van, Senior Lector II, Vietnamese Language Studies, Yale University

Do You Know the DML?

The HSU Digital Media Lab (DML) is here to help you create video, audio, photo, and web-based projects. We have equipment to borrow, including cameras, microphones, virtual reality, 3D scanner, and many accessories. We also have computers with production and editing software available to all students, all day.

The DML also offers workshops to learn about the equipment and programs needed to create your projects- from 3D scanning to zines. Through regular SkillShops and special events, the DML is the place on campus to learn about digital media. Interested in creating digital projects? Not sure where to start? Looking for some inspiration?

The DML is the place to get new ideas, get your hands on great equipment and software and learn about new tools. Contact us to learn more or to set up a one-on-one tutoring session. Tim Miller, Digital Media & Learning Librarian:, x4959.

Fall 2016 - DML unConference video contest: Create a short (2 min) video telling your story of a time you left your comfort zone and experienced something new with: Growing up - Community - Travel - Learning Never made a video before? Don’t worry- we’ve got you covered! The library has cameras, GoPros, mics and more to lend you for your project and the folks at the Digital Media Lab are here to help you with any part of the process- email or call 826-4959.

For more info and complete rules visit

Tom Killion Art Talk + Poetry Reading
Artwork by Tom Killion

Capturing the beauty of the California coast through exquisite woodcut prints and prose, California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History is a new traveling exhibition appearing at HSU’s Reese Bullen Gallery from Sept. 1 to Oct. 8. California-born artist Tom Killion is well known for his four decades of work in the medium of woodcut printmaking. Killion uses Japanese carving tools, papers, and his own adaptation of the traditional key-block process to create relief prints of landscapes. Killion currently resides in Point Reyes, CA and recently released his newest text, also entitled California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History, through Heyday Books in the summer of 2015. The exhibit, based on this book, was originated by the artist and the San Francisco Public Library and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy.

The Reese Bullen Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 12 to 5 p.m., Thursday 12 to 7 p.m., Friday 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 to 2 p.m., with free admission to exhibits and events. To accompany the exhibit at HSU, an artist talk by Tom Killion with poetry readings by Jerry Martien and Jim Dodge will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the HSU Authors Hall, located on the second floor of the HSU Library. A reception will follow in the Reese Bullen Gallery.

See more examples of Tom's art and read more at the Humboldt State Now article.

Banned Books Week
Stand Up for Your Right to Read - Read a Banned Book badge

Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 25 - October 1, by joining the Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights and the Library as we host a Banned Books Read-Out in the Library Lobby on Wednesday, September 28 from 3-5pmRegister now to guarantee a participation slot!

Need ideas?  Go to the HSU Library's Banned Books Week website for more information including the list of most challenged books for 2015, videos, and infographics. See the display in the wall case by the 1st floor restrooms running through October 3. Check out a book on the truck by the display or find one on the lists and Stand Up for Your Right to Read.

Meditation Room Available in Library's Lower Level
Meditation Room

HSU students, faculty and staff are welcome to use the HSU Library Meditation Room, a small room available for quiet contemplation, meditation, reflection, or prayer.

The Meditation Room is located in Library 21 and is available to all HSU students, faculty, and staff Monday-Friday 7:30am-8:00pm. Check out the key from the Library Checkout desk. Use is limited to 30 minutes, and multiple individuals may use the space at the same time, maximum 6 people. The first person to check out the room has full use of the room during the entire time the room is checked out, but we ask users to be mindful of the needs of others.

We are happy to provide this meditation space to meet a variety of campus community needs. If you have comments or suggestions about the library, please contact the Library Dean, Cyril Oberlander.

Toyon Wants Your Work!

The Toyon Multilingual Journal of Literature and Art wants your submissions. All writers and artists are welcome and you do not need to be an HSU student to see your work in Toyon. Run by students since its inception in 1954, Toyon exists to encourage creative writing in Humboldt County and to provide hands-on learning opportunities in literary publishing for Humboldt State University students.  Many noteworthy authors, including Raymond Carver and Jim Dodge, made their first publications through Toyon before achieving greater acclaim.  You could be next!

Please follow the submission guidelines and get your work in by September 30, 2016.

Take a Brain Break in the Library Brain Booth
collage of various people taking a brain break

Take an intentional brain break in the University Library. There are two Library Brain Booth sessions offered weekly on a drop-in basis this semester: Wednesdays 10am-Noon in Library 114 and Thursdays 1pm-3pm in Library 208. We hope you'll join us. Visit our webpage to learn more and see this great article in the Flapjack Chronicle!

Book Reading by David Mohrmann
David Mohrmann

XOCOMIL is a story that begins and ends at Lake Atitlan. It travels from traditional Mayan villages through the war-torn mountains of Guatemala, from cornfields in Kansas through the jungles of Vietnam. It is about simple lands full of complex intrigues. David Mohrmann taught in Theater Film and Dance at HSU and is a trained practitioner in "Theatre of the Oppressed." Join us in the Library Fishbowl on Friday, September 9 from 3-4:30pm for this book reading and discussion.

Library Scholar Interns Wanted!
HSU Library Scholar Internship information

This internship offers three students an opportunity to work in the Scholarly Communications Office to build the first open-access platform for HSU faculty and students. Over the course of one semester, students will:

  • Create faculty profiles
  • Manage copyright
  • Publish scholarly works
  • Promote scholarship
  • Work in the open access platform Bepress

For more information about the internship and how to apply, please visit the HSU Library Intership page or contact the Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Librarian Kyle Morgan at

Application deadline is August 29 at 9am.

Call for Evaluation of Librarian Katia Karadjova
Katia Karadjova

The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of tenure-track Librarian Katia Karadjova, Librarian for the College of Natural Resources & Sciences.

If you have experience working with Katia, we welcome your feedback. You may contact us in one of three ways:

  • Submit written comments addressed to: Library Faculty Personnel Committee, Library, Humboldt State University, One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521. Deadline: 5 P.M., Monday, August 29th.
  • Email the Committee Chair at Deadline: 5 P.M., Monday, August 29th (please include “Katia Karadjova” in the subject line.)
  • Visit Library Room 109A (Next to InterLibrary Loan), from 1 to 2:30 P.M. on Monday, August 29th to meet with a representative of the Committee. Note: Student input must be in writing.

Thank you.

Math Lab & Writing Studio in New Location!
1st floor library map

The Learning Center is excited to launch the Math Tutoring Lab and Writing Studio in their new locations on the first floor of the Library. 

The Math Tutoring Lab will open on Tuesday, August 30.

The Writing Studio will open on Tuesday, September 6.

The Science Tutoring Lab will continue to operate out of Lower Library 55 / Mad River Room and opens on Sunday, August 28.

The Learning Center welcomes your feedback as they refine the space.

Welcome Back Open House Thursday
HSU Library Presents Welcome Back Open House

Join us Thursday, August 18 from 3-4:45pm in the Library Lobby for refreshments and peruse the numerous tables full of information. See what new items can be checked out (hint - GoPro!). Learn about textbooks on reserve. Talk to the people who can help with Moodle and meet the friendly Tech Help Desk folks. Find out what the Digital Media Lab is all about. Get a copy of the new SkillShops schedule and learn how they can help students. Get hands-on with the Brain Booth and get excited with the numerous special events to be held in the building like IdeaFest and UnConference.

Plus get updated on all the physical changes to the building inside and out occurring with the Seismic Retrofit Project.

We'll see you there!

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 Fall '16 classes. 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 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. In Fall semester 2015 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.

Further Conversations around Where Do We Go From Here Webinar
Further Conversations around Where do we go from here?

Join us for the rebroadcast of this webinar facilitated by Dr. Shaun Harper and Dr. Lori Patton Davis as our individual and collective voices are brought together to discuss strategies for creating change within our families, campuses, and communities. Click here for a flyer to share.

If you are unable to attend, you can watch the webinar here.

L4HSU: Special Collections Showcase
Special Collections Showcase Friday, July 29 11-12pm

Join the Library Scholar Interns as they showcase some of the materials found in the Library's Special Collections. With over 92 different collections available to choose from, each intern will offer a different assembly of items that they have found especially interesting or significant.  Learn some secrets the 3rd floor holds!

See the L4HSU calendar entry for more information and sign up now!

New and Changing Library Faculty

Please help welcome to the Library, Gabby Fuentes, Brianne Hagen, Kyle Morgan, and Kimberly Stelter and please join us as we congratulate Carly Marino and Tim Miller on their new positions!  More information...

Database News: WestLaw Campus Research & LexisNexis Academic

The Humboldt State Library is pleased to announce the availability of WestLaw Campus Research, provided beginning in June through the CSU Chancellor's Office. WestLaw is a premier research service for news, business, and law-related information.

Beginning in July 2016, access to LexisNexis Academic will no longer be provided. This resource is no longer included in the electronic collections available through the Chancellor's Office.

Any questions regarding this change can be directed to the Collection Development Librarian, George Wrenn. Librarians are available to help with this database transition and with searching WestLaw.

Congratulations to Carly Marino!
Carly Marino

After being a temporary librarian for several years, Carly is now the official tenure-track Special Collections Librarian and will continue her great work with Library Scholar Interns, processing and curating special collections, and helping with the exciting changes coming to the third floor!  Congratulations, Carly!

Maasai Dictionary Newest Publication from Humboldt State University Press
Maasai Dictionary Cover Art

This dictionary of English-to-Maa (the language of Maasai peoples of Kenya and Tanzania) was written and compiled by Charles Richmond. It is one of the earliest Maasai dictionaries. The dictionary was developed from 1935 until 1951 while Charles lived in the back country of Kenya colony, East Africa as a subject of the King of England. His stay there began as a Captain in the King’s African Rifles, in which position he fought alongside tribal chiefs in northern Kenya and Ethiopia against the Italian dictator, Mussolini during WWII. Subsequent to his military service, he returned to England to study theology and to be ordained as a minister in the Church of England. He then returned to the Maasai and Samburu tribes of central and northern Kenya colony near Lake Rudolph, as a missionary.

Read more on Humboldt State Now, listen to an interview on KHSU with HSU President Emeritus Rollin Richmond and publication specialist Claire Reynolds, and download a free copy from Humboldt State University Press.