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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.

Teaching & Learning Luncheon - March 9, 1-2pm in Fishbowl

Using WordPress to deliver Open Educational Resources (OER) for Sustainable Learning at HSU by Nicholas Malloy, Geography

Since it started in 2003, WordPress has become the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. Millions of websites use WordPress as a content management system (CMS). It is easy to learn, easy to use, and completely free. In this briefing, Nicolas Malloy will discuss how to use WordPress to deliver open educational resources (OER) to your students. See these links for more details of Geospatial Concepts:  Geospatial Institute & HSU Sustainable Learning.

Please RSVP for lunch to

Find an Open Computer
Computer Availability link on homepage

Click on the Computer Availability link on the right side of the Library's homepage and you'll see a map showing the computer stations on any of the 3 floors and whether they are in use or available.  The map is refreshed every 30 seconds.

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.