Library News

2023 ideaFest Registration Now Open!

ideaFest enter your research or project flyerThe Office of Research, Cal Poly Humboldt Library, and Marketing & Communications would like to invite you to participate in the 10th Annual ideaFest! Students, faculty, & staff from Cal Poly Humboldt will showcase research, live performances, creative projects, and more! The 2023 ideaFest will be held on Friday, May 5th.

Register here

This will be a great venue for students to display previously presented professional posters or multimedia presentations at this campus-wide research & creative activities symposium.

The deadline to register for ideaFest is Monday, April 24, 2023. Please note that MarCom will be available to print posters free of charge prior to the event. If you have any questions please contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs Foundation at (707) 826-4189 or email

We Want Your Book Suggestions!

flyer for call for diverse STEM books

We are excited to announce that the Cal Poly Humboldt Library has been awarded a grant from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to support the acquisition of STEM-related resources that include the perspectives, experiences, and achievements of BIPOC, Female, LGBTQ, and other historically marginalized groups.

This effort is in keeping with the Library’s long-standing commitment to providing spaces and collections that are inclusive, relevant, and culturally responsive to the diverse population of students, staff, and faculty that make up our campus community.

Do you know of a book from a STEM-related field that you would like to recommend to help diversify the Library’s collection? You can participate by submitting a recommendation online, or by coming into the Library and submitting a written suggestion. Look for a display in the Library lobby coming soon!

Go to or scan this QR code to submit your book recommendations! 

Contact with any questions or concerns.

Thesis & Project Formatting Help

flyer for thesis and project formatting workshopLearn how to meet formatting and accessibility requirements for your master’s thesis or project on Thursday, April 20th from 6-7pm in Library 121. This is your opportunity to talk with the person who will be reviewing your master's thesis or project.

Please take the Canvas training course ahead of time ( and bring any questions you might have. There are also drop-in office hours most Tuesdays from 3-5pm at the Library lobby reference desk.

Register here

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Celebrate Pi Day with the Library!

photo of blueberry pie with text Pi Day Tuesday, March 14 Humboldt Scholars Lab / Library, 3rd floorA mathematical and gourmet constant at the Cal Poly Humboldt Library is celebrating Pi Day with local pies and engaging conversations. Please join us for an opportunity to celebrate the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Let us know or share your recommended inspiring or fun book or movie on the topic of mathematics like those mentioned below. We will also have trivia and brief presentations about the 3D Digital Herbarium project and the Humboldt GIS Data Archive project.

We hope to see you in the Humboldt Scholar Lab, 3rd floor, on March 14 at 1:59pm to celebrate Pi Day by eating delicious pie! 

In the meantime, please enjoy these recommendations:

Please RSVP at so we get enough pies!

Open Education Week March 6-10

Open Educaitonal Week flyerCelebrate Open Education Week March 6-10, and learn about maximizing the power of the internet to make education more affordable, accessible, and effective with Open Educational Resources (OER) Sustaninable Learning. Find available OERs for your discipline or learn how to create your own.

Read about the Cal Poly Humboldt's Sustainable Learning Program as we work to reduce the need for costly textbooks through peer-reviewed open textbooks, online teaching and learning materials, and textbooks on reserve.

New Weekly Makerspace MeetUps!

graphic of Library makerspace meetupsMeet other makers with a variety of interests and skill levels at the Makerspace MeetUps. These are informal working times connected to a maker topic where you can chat with a student assistant in the makerspace, work on an existing project you've started, or get inspired by what other people are working on in the space. Ask the Makerspace Student Assistants to help get you started if you're new to the topic of the MeetUp, or share what you know about the topic with others.

  • Music Production, Mondays, 4-6pm
  • Practicing Stitch Craft, Thursdays, 2-4pm
  • All the Small Things: Making Miniature, Fridays, 2:30-4pm
  • Green Screen MeetUp (Library 120, first floor) on Friday 2/24 and 3/10 from 1-2pm

*MeetUps are not scheduled for Spring Break Week (3/13-3/17)

Thank You Authors!

group photo of authors from cal poly humboldt library's 9th annual authors celebration

We love our authors and we love our readers!
Congratulations and thank you for celebrating with us at our 9th Annual Authors Celebration on February 14, 2023.

It's never too late to submit your work!  Published articles, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, poetry, recordings, musical compositions, theses, special projects, posters, and more, are accepted. Search for yourself in the Authors & Publications List and send us any corrections, links, or additions.

More information on the Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Hall website with this year's photos coming soon!

Social Justice Summit 2023

flyer for social justice summit 2023The Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Center presents the 29th Annual Social Justice Summit, March 1-3, 2023.

The Social Justice Summit is an educational and safe space that allows us to question and challenge the narratives instilled within us. Our purpose is to amplify BIPOC, queer, disabled, and other intersectional voices and experiences and to hold safe & compassionate spaces for dialogue.

The theme for this year's event is Surviving & Thriving, a changed version of the phrase “thrive, not survive.” Marginalized students generally live in a state of survival where they simply exist without being able to flourish, creating and worsening mental health conditions. Thriving is growth, flourishing, and prospering- the standard of living that everyone should have. This year's theme will discuss these topics, how they can co-exist, provide opportunities for thriving, and more.

Speakers include Dr. Melina Abdullah and PJ Raval, plus a drag panel, and many more events Wednesday through Friday. See the full schedule at

Student Feedback Needed for Librarian

The Library Faculty Personnel Committee welcomes your assistance in the evaluations of Cataloging Librarian Lucy Ingrey.

If you have experience working with Lucy, we invite you to share your feedback with the Committee.

Please address your comments to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and submit via your Humboldt email to

Please include "Feedback on Lucy Ingrey" in the subject line.

Deadline for receipt is Friday, March 17, 2023.

Thank you!

Green Screen Meetup

Green Screen Meetup Interested in learning how to use a green screen? Come by The Studio (Library 120) on Fridays from 1-2pm for drop in green screen lessons where you can learn how to shoot and edit a green screen scene for any video project. No equipment or experience necessary. Email any questions about the event to

Scheduled dates: February 24 and March 3 (more dates may be added and/or time may change after Spring Break)

Pieces of Our Lives Exhibit

Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI) will share the exhibit, Pieces of Our Lives: Family Artifacts from Behind Barbed Wire, returning to the Cal Poly Humboldt Library for the 3rd time. The exhibit will be up February 14-26, 2023,  in recognition of the Day of Remembrance (February 19th, the signing of EO 9066). It explores the social and personal impact of the mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. On display in the large case off of the lobby will be family objects from the Humboldt County Japanese American Community who were either forcibly removed from their home and incarcerated as children or whose grandparents, mothers, fathers, uncles and aunts were imprisoned in incarceration camps during WWII. There will be ten large banners about the ten camps and different aspects about the camps in the Library's Nordstrom Lobby.

Additional events of interest:

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30pm in the Great Hall (CCC260) - Akemi Kochiyama, grandaughter of civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, will speak on The past, present, and future of solidarity between Black and Asian communities

Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4pm by the Library's large case exhibit - Pieces of Our Lives: Family Artifacts from Behind Barbed Wire - family members will share stories about the artifacts and answer questions

For more information, see

MSBR Meditation at the Library!

Join Josh Nelson on Tuesdays at noon in Library 208 (by the Brain Booth) for free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Meditation. Sessions run February 28th to April 25, excluding Spring Break Week.

Drop-in to learn how to mitigage stress, improve concentration, and improve awareness. No prior experience necessary.

Learn more from the Brain Booth libguide.

International Education Week - Feb. 6-10

photo of display case containing International Education Week itemsInternational Education Week runs Monday, February 6 through Friday, February 10, 2023. There are 37 events scheduled, including featured speakers, a keynote speaker, faculty research presentations, informational sessions on study abroad, the Peace Corps, and the State Department, and interesting evening events like Diaspora Day, International Film Night, and Global Dance night! The theme this year is Global Futures: Envisioning a Sustainable, Equitable, and Transcultural Tomorrow

The Welcome Ceremony and Flag Parade is at noon on Monday, February 6 on the SAC Quad. You can see more flags in the Library's 2nd floor and a great exhibit in the large case on the 1st of country flags hung in library

Keynote speaker Dr. Lonny Brooks will speak to, "Leveraging our Ancestral Intelligence with Afrofuturism: Searching for our undiscovered stories with the Megascope" on Tuesday, February 7 from 5-7pm in the Great Hall and includes refreshments!

Daytime events are in the Library Fishbowl (LIB209) and evening events are in Goodwin Forum (NHE102). See the full schedule of IEW events here and enjoy the poster of daily highlights.

Celebrate Authors and Readers on February 14th!

photo of Authors Hall and cakes for celebrationOn Valentines Day, Cal Poly Humboldt celebrates the 9th Annual Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Celebration at the Library. We love authors and we love readers!

The Office of the Provost and Library invite you to join us to celebrate the Cal Poly Humboldt Authors who have published works in 2022, including over 600 authored works published by The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt. We will also enjoy cake, sparkling cider, and trivia plus an opportunity to win the Staff Council Cookbook 2020-2021.

Hear from guest author and alumna Meg Godlewski, Cal Poly Humboldt class of 1987. Meg has been practicing the craft of journalism since her undergrad days beginning at KHSU when she broke the news of the Challenger explosion to Humboldt County. Enamored with aviation since childhood, her goal was to find a career that combined both aviation and journalism. Meg spent 10 years as a broadcast journalist while she learned to fly. She then spent 15 years as a reporter at General Aviation News, a national publication, while she earned her pilot certificates through multi engine instructor rating. Today, she is the Technical Editor of the internationally known FLYING Magazine and specializes in simulation instruction helping aspiring aviators to acquire the skills they need to be safe in the skies.

Hear about The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt and our goal to provide opportunities for every student to publish before they graduate. All authors are welcome to share about their works during the open mic following the event.

9th Annual Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Celebration February 14, 2023 from 3 - 4pm, will be located on the 2nd floor of the Cal Poly Humboldt Library, in the Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Hall. Event details at

Free Textbooks on Reserve!

photo of shelves holding reserve booksTextbook prices giving you sticker shock? Did you know that the Library maintains a reserve collection of over 1000 course textbooks and required readings? Physical and electronic copies are available for you to borrow free from the Cal Poly Humboldt Library. Check out physical textbooks for short-term loans in-person or browse digital textbooks at your convenience!

Search for your course:

Learn more:

Can't find your course or text? Students, staff, and faculty, can request textbooks for us to purchase. Simply use the form:

Questions? E-mail

Fred Korematsu Day 2023

This year we will mark Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution with an in-person Cal Poly Humboldt campus visit from poet, multi-disciplinary artist, and community activist traci kato-kiriyama (they+she; based on unceded Tongva land in the south bay of Los Angeles). 

The public event will be Monday, January 30 at 5pm in the Native American Forum (16th and Union).

You are also invited to join the Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders (HAPI) to welcome traci kato-kiriyama with a casual HAPI HOUR on Sunday, January 29 from 2-3:30pm in the CPH Goodwin Forum. Parking is free on Sunday and light snacks will be provided.

traci kato-kiriyama's most recent book is the stunning Navigating With(out) Instruments - poetry, micro essays, notes to self (Writ Large Press, 2021).

For more information, please check these out!

This event will be facilitated by Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza, Ph.D., Department of Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies (CRGS) with partnership from the Ethnic Studies Council, Cal Poly Library, Department of English, ADPIC, and Humboldt Asians & Pacfic Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI).

Meet New Information Resource Specialist Tammy Zavinski

photo of Tammy ZavinskiPlease join us in welcoming Tammy Zavinski, the new Information Resource Specialist in the Library's Cataloging and Acquisitions Unit.

Read more about Tammy on Our Whiteboard, the Library's blog.

Have you Published this Year? Then You're an Author!

photo of "I'm an author!" name tagWe love our Cal Poly Humboldt Authors and celebrate them every February 14th in the Authors Hall, Library 2nd Floor!

Did you publish in 2022 or before?  Do we have you on the Authors & Publications Lists? If not, please fill out the form letting us know that you are an author! If you are already on the list, thank you and feel free to add more titles or correct the information that we have.

Books, journal articles, music scores, CDs, DVDs, and other published items are eligible for entry. Links to publications are greatly appreciated and added. Thank you to all who have submitted their work and please keep them coming!

More information can be found on the Authors Hall website at

Meet New Reserves & Event Support Xandra Gradine

You've seen them around campus but now Xandra Gradine is the new Reserves and  Events Support Specialist for the Library!photo of Xandra Gradine

Read more about their extensive educational background, interests, and more on Our Whiteboard, Cal Poly Humboldt's Blog.

The Otters are Online!

photo of otter sculpture Na:'ndiyay-ch'e' (return: she [girl] came back [home])

Peruse the otter sculptures created for the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative in Cal Poly Humboldt Digital Archives. This celebration of otters consisted of 3-foot sculptures, decorated by a variety of artists, displayed throughout Humboldt and surrounding counties, and then auctioned off to support otter studies and student internship projects. See 4 images of each of the 108 beautiful sculptures.

(photo of Na:'ndiyay-ch'e' (return: she [girl] came back [home]) by Melitta Jackson)