Library News

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.

Call for Evaluation for George Wrenn
Librarian George Wrenn

Students, Faculty, Staff, and interested members of the community:

Librarian George Wrenn is applying to be promoted to Full Librarian this year and we could use your help.

If you have experience working with George, 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: 5pm, Wednesday, October 26th.
  • Email the Committee Chair at Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday, October 26th (please include “George Wrenn” in the subject line.)
  • Visit Library Room 206, from 3 to 4pm on Wednesday, October 19 or October 26th to meet with a representative of the Committee. Note: Student input must be in writing.

Thank you from the Library Faculty Personnel Committee.

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

HSU faculty are invited to participate in an HSU Sustainable Learning workshop November 21st, 9am-Noon 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

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

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.

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.