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.

L4HSU is Underway!
July L4HSU Calendar of workshops

The Library Lifelong Learning Lounge is in full swing and has lots of exciting upcoming events!  Join us this summer for technology training, teaching tolerance webinars, book circles, musical performances, and campus walking tours.  There will be workshops on book repair and print screening in June and July.  Learn the history of modern Olympic games to get you ready for the Rio Summer Olympics and participate in the very popular Japanese Tea Ceremony.  All this and more is open to campus and community members.  Check out the calendar and register now to reserve your spot or print off the new schedule for July.

Summer Library Newsletter Now Available!
Check Out the Library Summer 2016 Newsletter

It was a busy spring semester in your library!  Read about and see photos from the ever-expanding IdeaFest that included student works from Theatre, Film, and Dance along with over 100 research posters. SkillShops are over for the academic year but they will be back, and with more partnerships from campus entities, they will be increasing in scope and frequency for 2016/17.  This summer, please join us for L4HSU events that include mini book circles, technology training, film screenings, campus walks, and much more. The 2016/17 HSU Book of the Year will bring an exciting author to talk about the forgotten father of environmentalism - Alexander Von Humboldt. And read about the Library Interns who delivered archive material to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

All this and more can be found in the HSU Library's Summer Newsletter. Check it out online or pick up a copy around campus.

HSU Sustainable Learning 2016 Workshops
OER Open Educational Resources

Faculty and lecturers are invited to register by May 12 for one of three workshops (May 20, May 31, or June 1) on Sustainable Learning and become eligible for a Professional Development Award of $300.  Please see the HSU Sustainable Learning website for more information including results from the Fall 2015 project.

Call for Submissions
Call for submissions

ideaFest: Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative Works and Research from Humboldt State University is an annual journal that showcases the work of faculty, staff, and students at Humboldt State University. The journal is edited by a rotating review board and is meant to showcase the diversity of scholarly and creative output at Humboldt State University. The journal accepts work in multiple genres and from across all disciplines and enables Humboldt State University researchers to connect with audiences worldwide and efficiently communicate findings with a sense of timeliness. The journal is an outgrowth of Humboldt State University’s IdeaFest, a day-long event which celebrates the collaborative research and creative projects of faculty and students from across campus.

XOCOMIL- Book Reading by David Mohrmann, May 6 in Fishbowl
image of XOCOMIL book by David Mohrmann

David Mohrmann will read from his novel, XOCOMIL on Friday, May 6 from 12-2pm in the Library Fishbowl.  

XOCOMIL spans what many historians term the “Guatemalan Civil War.” That, unfortunately, does not include the USA involvement, or begin to describe how it was experienced by the oppressed indigenous Maya.

The story begins and ends at Lake Atitlán. It travels from traditional Maya villages through the war-torn mountains of Guatemala; from cornfields in Kansas through the jungles of Vietnam; from pot-filled hills in northern California through the psychedelic haunts of San Francisco to the ruins, and magic mushrooms, of southern Mexico. It is about simple lands full of complex intrigues. And hope. Always hope.

Atitlán is translated by some as, “Where the rainbow gets its colors”--by others as, “The place where water gathers.” In either case, a good name for a lake. It is a thousand feet deep. It hides a lot. But its surface reflects a world of human behavior that often taints the beauty of this magical place.

Xocomil is a word unique to Atitlán. It refers to the lake’s strong afternoon wind. Originally it meant, “The demon’s fury.” Since the invasion of Spaniards and Catholicism, however, some converted Maya have taken it to mean, “The wind that carries away sin.”

Regardless of meaning, the Xocomil blows nearly every day. Sometimes with fury.

David Mohrmann received his bachelor's degree in Social Psychology at the University of California in Santa Barbara. After receiving an MFA in Dramatic Writing, he became a member of the Theater, Film and Dance Department at Humboldt State University. He wrote and produced more than 10 plays, but his most significant contribution was in the area of political street theater as a trained practitioner in “Theatre of the Oppressed.” He retired early so that he could get back to writing fiction. His stories have also appeared in Toyon, Brink, The Battered Suitcase, and The Furnace Review.

Wildlife Seniors Research Poster Session
Humboldt Bay goose

Come and see over 50 great wildlife research projects seniors have completed on Friday, May 6 from 4-6pm outside the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor.  Light refreshments will be served.

Affordable Learning Solutions Day

Faculty, lecturers, and instructors, are encouraged to come to the Library Fishbowl on May 3rd from 1:30-3pm for refreshments and discussions of strategies and tools that reduce the cost of a college education at Humboldt State University. Dr. Leslie Kennedy, Director of Affordable Learning Solutions in the Academic Technology Services department at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, will share information about Affordable Learning Solutions and AB798.

Cyril Oberlander, University Library Dean, will review results of the HSU Sustainable Learning initiative, and discuss how you can participate in paid professional development opportunities on 5/20, 5/31 or 6/1. More information and last year's participants can be found at HSU Sustainable Learning.

Finding free or low-cost high-quality textbooks and educational resources is a major issue for students, given that the average cost of textbooks per year is about $1,200. Please join us for a conversation about strategies to reduce the cost of a college education without sacrificing the quality of educational resources.

Register now to reserve your spot!

Special Collections Librarian Campus Interviews

The campus community is invited to join the HSU Library in welcoming two candidates for the position of Special Collections Librarian:

  • Lorraine Dong, April 21
  • Carly Marino, April 25

From 10-10:50am in the Library Fishbowl, each candidate will give a 40-minute teaching demonstration, followed by 10 minutes for questions.  The campus is invited to attend in the role of a student.  There will also be a meeting with campus staff and library partners from 11:10-11:50am, also in the Library Fishbowl.

Please use the following feedback forms:

Please contact Sarah Fay Philips, Search Committee Chair, if you have any questions.


Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian Campus Interviews

The campus community is invited to join the HSU Library in welcoming four candidates for the position of Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian on April 7, 8, 12, and 20.

Each candidate will give a 20-25 minute presentation on the topic What are the most important contributions that libraries can make to the future of Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship? There will be 30 minutes following each presentation for questions.

Please submit feedback on the candidates using these forms:

  • Joshua Beatty: Thursday, April 7, 10-10:50am, Fishbowl <-- new location
  • Dillon Wackerman: Friday, April 8, 10-10:50am, Fishbowl <-- new location
  • Kyle Morgan: Tuesday, April 12, 10-10:50am, Fishbowl
  • Sara Lee: Wednesday, April 20, 10-10:50am, Fishbowl

Please contact George Wrenn, Search Committee Chair, if you have any questions.


Watch Campus Lectures on HDS
HDS Humboldt Digital Scholar Logo

Humboldt Digital Scholar is an archive that collects and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students of Humboldt State.

You can watch Mei Mei Evans’ recent talk, Shakti Butler’s staff/faculty workshop, Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, Kieval Lecture Series, and other campus lectures on HDS at

IdeaFest is Coming April 22!
ideaFest picture with buttons, sticker, new journal

Join us on Friday, April 22 for music, dance, drama, posters, presentations, and more. Between noon and 3, walk through the area outside the Fishbowl, 2nd floor, to see more than 100 students and faculty produced posters showcasing their research.  A reception with refreshments and informal presentations runs from 3-5:30pm.  Be inspired by the type of research and creative work that's possible at HSU. Pictures from last year are available on the campus' Flickr account.

Last Klamath Film Friday April 29
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.

Toyon Release Party March 24
AJ McGough, Fiction Editor; Janelle Adsit, Faculty Advisor; Angela Comptom, Managing Editor Toyon during HSU Authors Celebration, February 12, 2016

Toyon is back at it again with an exciting forthcoming issue. Volume 62 includes a diverse range of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and translation. New this year is a Multilingual Award, given to the best work in translation, Spanish, or multiple languages. This year’s release party--held 5:30-7pm on Thursday, March 24 in the Great Hall--features a bilingual reading, recognizing the ever growing array of writers submitting in multiple languages.

And since our submissions so often come from writers who attend Humboldt, every volume of Toyon has been showcased in the University Library’s Authors Hall, presenting decades of work by Humboldt’s citizens and students. Library Scholar Interns who have served on the Toyon staff are busy creating an online archive of the older volumes and researching Toyon’s remarkable history. Back issues and the 2016 issue will now be indexed in Humboldt Digital Commons.

We hope you’ll pick up a free copy of the 2016 edition of Toyon in Founders Hall 201 to celebrate the work that the Toyon student editors, writers, and artists have accomplished this year! Copies will be available beginning on March 24.

To find out more, visit

[Written by Angela Compton, English Major and Toyon Managing Editor]

Faculty: Print Reserves is going paperless!

As part of the Library’s continued efforts to improve services and streamline processes, the old paper Reserve Request form is being discontinued and the online Google form introduced last fall is taking over. The Google Print Reserve Request form can be accessed on the Course Reserves page (easily accessed under "Services" from the Library's homepage). You can complete the form in the comfort of your office or home, and then drop off your Reserve items at the Library Circulation Desk (or send them via campus mail or a willing student).  Library staff will pull Library-owned items.  Contact the Checkout Desk at 826-3431 for assistance.

You can also contact Noelle Simon, ONCORES/Reserves Coordinator, at 826-4401 if you have any questions.

Teaching & Learning Luncheon - March 23, 1-2pm in Fishbowl
David Sleeth-Keppler, School of Business

Join us for the next Teaching & Learning Luncheon: Students are People First by David Sleeth-Keppler, School of Business, on Wednesday, March 23 from 1-2:30 in the Library Fishbowl.

Who are our students really? What motivates them on a deeper level? We approach these questions using insights from two recent all-student surveys, using a personality and lifestyle profiling tool called VALS or Values and Lifestyles. Learn about the different personality profiles of our students, followed by actionable recommendations for breaking down barriers to success.

Please RSVP for lunch to

Looking for Career & Research Experience On Campus?

Join us in the Library Fishbowl on Wednesday, March 9 from 3-5pm, for 2 excellent panels and a post session to learn about gaining experience on campus through research and internship opportunities. Refreshments will be provided. 

Sponsored by Academic & Career Advising Center, HSU Library, and Office of Research, Economic, & Community Development.

See schedule, panel members, and register at

Faculty Development World Café

HSU Faculty are invited to discuss what faculty development should look like at HSU.

Join us for a discussion to develop ideas for a Teaching and Learning Center, and to determine the future of faculty development at HSU. We want your voice.

  • Monday, March 7, 2016, 2:30-4pm (Refreshments) Library Fishbowl (209)
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 12-1:30pm (Pizza served) Library Fishbowl (209)
  • Friday, March 11, 2016, 1:30-3pm (Refreshments) Library Collaboration Lab (205)

HSU Faculty Development World Café will be facilitated by Julie Alderson and Cyril Oberlander, please RSVP by sending an email to:

Humboldt Digital Scholar Survey

Our Library is participating with stakeholders from other CSU campuses to investigate next-generation institutional repository platforms. The plan is to replace the DSpace platform that delivers the Humboldt Digital Scholar Open Access Repository with a more robust, flexible, user-friendly platform over the next two years.

As part of this process the ScholarWorks planning group is inviting faculty and staff who use Humboldt Digital Scholar (our instance of ScholarWorks) to let us know what features they would like to see maintained and enhanced, and for those who have hesitated to use ScholarWorks, what new features would be useful for them. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

The survey will be available until March 11. Please forward this invitation to any others who might be interested. We appreciate your input.