Student Feedback Needed for Temporary Librarians

The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of our temporary librarians:

If you have experience working with Lucy, Carly, and/or Tim, we invite you to share your feedback with the LFPC.

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., Thursday, February 25th.
  • Email the Committee Chair at Deadline: 5 P.M., Thursday, February 25th (please include the librarian's name in the subject line.)
  • Visit Library Room 109A (Next to InterLibrary Loan), from 1:30 to 3 P.M. on Thursday, February 25th to meet with a representative of the Committee. Note: Student input must be in writing.

Thank you.

Conversation with Thomas King

Thomas King is an award-winning Canadian-American novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His many books include the novels Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water; two short story collections, One Good Story, That One (Minnesota, 2013) and A Short History of Indians in Canada (Minnesota, 2013); nonfiction, The Truth About Stories (Minnesota, 2005); and the children's books A Coyote Columbus Story, Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote's New Suit, and A Coyote Solstice Tale. King edited the literary anthology All My Relations and wrote and starred in the popular CBC radio series, The Dead Dog Café. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2004. He has taught Native literature and history and creative writing at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph and is now retired and lives in Guelph, Ontario. He is an advocate for First Nations causes. He is a Cherokee on his father's side and Greek on his mother's side. In 2003, King was invited to give the Massey Lecture in Canada, the first person of aboriginal descent to be chosen. Please join us on Thursday, March 3 from 1-2pm in the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor.  This event is hosted by English, Native American Studies, and the HSU Library.

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.


Digital Humboldt - Teaching & Learning Luncheon Feb. 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... March 4, 11-2pm

Check out the schedule of talks and 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. 

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 have been 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 was 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 moved 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Faculty Librarian for CAHSS Campus Visit

The campus community is invited to join the HSU Library in welcoming three candidates for the position of Librarian to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences on October 27, 30, and November 5.

Each candidate will give a 20-minute presentation to a small class of students on one of the frames from the “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” The instruction will be followed by 30 minutes for the candidate to answer questions about their approach and why they chose to organize their instruction in this manner.

Each candidate will also meet with staff of the library and library partners for approximately 45 minutes.

Please submit feedback on the candidates using these forms:

  • Julia Glassman, October 27, Student presentation: 10-10:50, Library Lab 121 / Staff meeting: 11:15-12pm, Library Fishbowl (L209)
  • Amanda Meeks, October 30, Student presentation: 10-10:50, Library Fishbowl (L209) / Staff meeting: 11:15-12pm, Library Fishbowl (L209)
  • Marissa Mourer, November 5, Student presentation: 1-1:50, Library Lab 121 / Staff meeting: 9:45-10:30am, Library Fishbowl (L209)

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

Meet & Relax @ the LEGO® Table
Play in the Library

Play and creative work can help improve memorization, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Take a study break and tap into your creative work with this fun distraction located outside the Library Café.  Watch for other puzzles and games throughout the semester.

The programs conducted by Humboldt State are not affiliated, sponsored, or endorsed by LEGO® Education or the LEGO® Group. LEGO®, the LEGO® logo, the Brick, DUPLO®, and MINDSTORMS® are trademarks of the LEGO® Group. ©2012 The LEGO® Group.

Looking for a Computer?

You can now check the LabStats maps that shows the availability of the computers on all three floors of the library and is refreshed every 30 seconds. You can also borrow a laptop from the Checkout Desk for up to 4 hours, if one is available.