History Day February 11

Each February, students in 4th grade through high school compete in Humboldt County History Day, held at Humboldt State University. Through the rigorous process of researching and preparing creative and original History Day projects, students learn and analyze issues, ideas, people, and events in history and apply that knowledge to their projects. The projects must reflect this year’s National History Day theme which is "Taking a Stand in History."

Come early to the Library to see posters, websites, videos, and more.  History Day events will be on the 2nd floor from 8am-1pm

For more information and History Day 2017 resources, please visit

Canvas Drop-In Training This Week!
HSU Faculty Canvas Spring Migration

The HSU Canvas Project Team is hosting all-day, drop-in support to help faculty set up their courses in the Canvas LMS. Come by for 15 minutes or 3 hours. No registration is necessary but bring your laptop/mobile device and course materials.

Canvas Spring Migration Week is January 17-20 from 8am to 5pm in Library 310. Enjoy cookies and coffee.

For more information, contact or 826-4461.

Librarian Positions Available

Full-time tenure-track faculty applications for Librarian for College of Professional Studies and Digital Media & Learning Librarian will have first review on January 25, 2017.

Applications for a temporary full-time position for General Reference & Instructional Librarian will have first review on January 12, 2017.

Join the wonderful staff and faculty at the HSU Library!  More information can be found on the Academic Personnel Services website.

Book Launch Gathering, Feb. 8 at 7:30pm
Richard Edward Benoit, Author of Pinch of Powder

Author Richard Edward Benoit will read from his book A Pinch of Powder in the Fishbowl from 7:30pm to 8:30pm on Wednesday, February 8, followed by a discussion and a book signing. A Pinch of Powder is the first book in the Pulvology series. Dr. Benoit studied chemistry and biology in college. He went on to get a doctorate in dental surgery. While working in Guatemala, he was captivated by a local story and felt it needed to be recorded. And so began his love of writing. Let's gather in the Fishbowl to celebrate this book launch!

Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties Jan. 30

HSU will observe the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution with documentary films and a discussion of the history of Japanese American World War II internment camps on Monday, Jan. 30 at 4pm in Library's Fishbowl. The public is invited. The documentaries are "Pilgrimage" directed by Tadashi Nakamura, "Days of Waiting" directed by Steven Okazaki, and "Children of the Campus" directed by Stephen Holsapple. This observance marks the state of California's decision in 2010 to designate January 30 as the annual anniversary honoring Korematsu for his lifelong fight for civil rights. In the years before Korematsu's death in 2005, he served on the Constitution Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee. The project is a think tank that advocates rule of law and criminal justice programs.

Feedback Needed for Librarians
Brianne Hagen, Carly Marino, Marissa Mourer, Kyle Morgan

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

  • Brianne Hagen, Metadata & Cataloging Librarian
  • Carly Marino, Special Collections Librarian & Archivist
  • Marissa Mourer, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian
  • Kyle Morgan, Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian

If you have experience working with Brianne, Carly, Marissa, or Kyle, 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: 3pm, Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
  • Email the Committee Chair at Deadline: 3pm, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (please include “Feedback on [Librarian Name] in the subject line.)
  • Visit Library Room 109A (Next to InterLibrary Loan), from 1 to 2:30 P.M. on Monday, December 12th to meet with a representative of the Committee. Note: Student input must be in writing.

Thank you.

Call for Textbook Authors
Call for textbook authors

As part of our effort to support lower educational costs and promote the great work of faculty, HSU Press is seeking faculty interested in publishing open-access textbooks. Thanks to grant funding from CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$), Humboldt State University Press will pay $1,500 for accepted and published manuscripts. HSU Press will provide copy-editing and graphic design services, and manage peer-review for accepted titles. Submission deadline has been extended to January 3, 2017.

For more information, go to or contact the Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Librarian Kyle Morgan at

Trilingual Poetry Reading 12/6

Please join us for the HSU Trilingual Poetry Reading being held on Tuesday, December 6th at 6pm in the Library's Fishbowl, L209.

Enjoy the sharing of poetry in Spanish, English, and Spanglish.

Library Scholar Interns Wanted in Special Collections & DML
Special Collections Room

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 half a semester, students will have hands-on experience in special collections, archives, public history, and museum studies as a profession.  Deadline Friday, December 9.

The Digital Media Lab encourages interested students to apply for a new Digital Media Student Internship. DML interns will work with and assist other students on developing digital media projects, primarily video, audio, photo and web-based projects. This semester-long internship will provide interns with hands-on experience creating a variety of digital media projects as well as learning design-thinking approaches to planning projects. Deadline Friday, December 23.

For more information including application process and samples of past work, see the Library Scholars Internships webpage.

Teaching & Learning Monthly Luncheon 12/1
Soc 480 with Professor Meredith Williams

Teaching & Learning Monthly Luncheon, Thursday, December 1, 12:00-1:00pm
End of the Semester Strategies: Reconnect, Review, Reflect

Greetings Faculty!

Please join us for lunch in the Library's Fishbowl (second floor, L209). This is a supportive space for faculty to discuss, share, and apply learning and teaching ideas, concepts, and practices in support of student success. In this session, we will provide examples of how to end your semester with reconnection, review, and reflection of learning. Join your colleagues and learn about the following:

  • Reconnnecting with "Five Memorable Finales in Five Minutes" with Deidre Pike
  • Reviewing with a "hands-on" spatial thinking game with Amy Rock
  • Reflecting on learning goals with Christine Dobrowolski

Please RSVP for the lunch by November 29, 2016: Registration

The HSU QOLT* Team
(*HSU Quality Learning and Teaching Best Practices Guide)

For more information, see the Center for Teaching & Learning website.

Ian Haney Lopez Keynote on Humboldt Digital Scholar!
Ian Haney Lopez

Ian F. Haney Lopez spoke at Humboldt State University on November 3, 2016, as part of the 2016 annual Campus Dialogue on Race. Are coded racial statements--so-called "dog whistle" statements--imperiling the middle class and efforts to realize social justice? The keynote address tackles this question and more. Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, Professor Ian Haney Lopez explored the fundamental connection between the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the Republican Party's increasing reliance on white voters, and the destabilization and decline of the middle class. Putting the use of race in the 2016 presidential campaign into a larger historical context, Haney Lopez asked where we go from here.

Watch it now:  Anger and Politics: Exploring the Connections between Race, Democracy, and Economic Inequality

Campus Dialog on Race 10/31-11/4
Campus Dialogue on Race

Campus Dialogue on Race is happening this week!  Pick up a schedule in the Library or check it out online to see the impressive line-up of speakers and workshops being held throughout campus this week.

Benjamin Madley: An American Genocide (CDOR)
An American Genocide by Benjamin Madley

The HSU Library, along with Campus Dialogue on Race, the Native American Studies Department, and other campus partners brought An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe author Benjamin Madley to Humboldt State University November 2nd and 3rd.

Listen to the KHSU interview here -

Wednesday November 2nd:

Thursday November 3rd:

Thank you to those providing funding and support: Campus Dialogue on Race, Centers for Academic Excellence, College of eLearning and Extended Education, College of Professional Studies, English Department, History Department, ITEPP, Joyce Lopes, Native American Studies Department, Sofia Pereira, RISS, University Library.

For more information, see the Campus Dialogue on Race website and please share this poster.

Andrea Wulf, Book of the Year Author, 10/24
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

Attend a free talk by Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, on Monday, October 24.  Tickets are available from CenterArts and more information can be found on the Library's Book of the Year website or in the large glass display case off the Library Lobby.

Undergraduate Scientific Research Symposium 10/19
Undergraduate Scientific Research Symposium 10/19

Please join us for an afternoon of scientific research presentations by undergraduate students in the College of Natural Resources & Sciences.  Learn more about plant-insect ecology, astronomy, elk in Humboldt, and much more!  Outside of the Fishbowl on the 2nd floor, you can see poster presentations and have casual conversations with student presenters from noon until 2pm with oral presentations in the Fishbowl from 2-4pm. Come see what your fellow students are doing in the science fields!

Digital Media Lab Open House 10/18
DML Open House

You are invited to the HSU Library's Digital Media Lab Open House on Tuesday, October 18th from 11:00-12:00. This will be a time to explore the Lab and the equipment available to all students/staff/faculty for video/audio projects. There have already been some neat projects and SkillShops!

360 Video outside the Library during a SkillShop - click & drag to view

We will have a variety of equipment on-hand for you to try out and see in action. The library has been checking out the new digital media equipment for the past month and it has all been very popular- with over 100 checkouts already!

Depending on what is available next Tuesday, we will have the following for you to explore:

Please stop by to say hello and to take a look at what we have to offer. This event is open to everyone, so please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested!

See you Tuesday!

HSU Sustainable Learning Workshop - January 12th!

HSU faculty are invited to participate in an HSU Sustainable Learning workshop January 12th, 9am-Noon or 1-4pm and qualify for a $300 professional development award. As part of the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions, we know that making a college education more affordable for students is important for their success. If you want to learn how to find high-quality free online educational resources, free library ebooks, or affordable textbook options from the bookstore, please RSVP at

Interested in learning more? Please visit HSU's OER Guide.

Call for Authors!

Humboldt State University Press is seeking faculty interested in publishing open-access textbooks. Thanks to grant funding from CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$), Humboldt State University Press will pay $1,500 for accepted and published manuscripts. HSU Press will provide copy-editing and graphic design services, and manage peer-review for accepted titles.

Manuscripts can be on any topic, however preference will be given to textbooks that will be ready for publication by Fall 2017 and that are likely to be adopted across multiple institutions. The publication will be hosted as a freely available online textbook at Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University under a creative commons license to be determined by the author. Please see the submission guidelines for more details. In addition, we can provide limited services to assist authors with publication through print-on-demand, with royalties assigned at the author's discretion.

Free online textbooks support lower educational costs for students while promoting the great work of HSU faculty. Come be a part of the future of academic publishing and student learning.

In order to be considered, proposals must be received by October 30, 2016, and must include the following:

  1. Manuscript in entirety
  2. Abstract (limit 300 words)
  3. Cover Letter (limit two pages) including purpose, scope, approach, key features, target readers, usefulness for students, impact on teaching and learning, what differentiates the publication from others in the marketplace, and selected style guide
  4. C.V. for all authors
  5. Previous publication history (if applicable) of any of the text, including online, in journals, through books publishers, etc.

Please submit your manuscript online at

If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Morgan at or (707) 826-5602.

New Student Publication Celebration!
Telling Cuentos - Join us in celebrating the publication of CouRaGeous Cuentos: A Journal of Counter Narratives

Celebrate the publication of CouRaGeouS Cuentos: A Journal of Counter Narratives, submissions of creative writing works by students in the Ethnic Studies 107: Chican@/Latin@ Lives class and published by the HSU Press.

Festivities begin at 4pm on Thursday, October 6 in the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor. Printed journals will be on sale for cash only. For more information about the journal, contact the CRGS Department at (707) 826-4329 and for more information about HSU Press, contact Kyle Morgan at (707) 826-5602.

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