2006-07 Vol. 2

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HSU Learning Commons
Humboldt College in China
More Digital Content from the Humboldt Room
"How the Ink Feels"
Logon at Library Public Computers
Web Redesign Feedback Needed
Visit Our New Suggestion Blog

New Library Databases



You are invited to participate in an interactive session to help shape the future HSU Learning Commons, which will be Friday, April 27, 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Forum.  All ideas and HSU staff, students, and faculty are welcome.   A light lunch will be served. If you can't attend the meeting, you can contribute your ideas via the Moodle page which has been created to facilitate the conversation.


But what is a Learning Commons?   It is intended to be an integrated, user-centered environment that provides access to the full range of resources supporting teaching, learning, and research.  Essentially, the Learning Commons will be a centralized place that supports all students (and faculty) in all of their learning endeavors. At our meeting, we will be discussing this idea in the context of what kinds of services/support would a student need to complete her/his assignments.



Ray Wang, Social Sciences/Documents Librarian and Chair of Information Services, returns to the Library from a semester long special assignment to establish a Humboldt College in China.  In one of the international exchange agreements signed last summer by HSU and XISU (Xian International Studies University), the two universities agreed to set up a collaborative academic program where HSU students can do their study abroad programs and Chinese students can come to study at HSU.  Named as Humboldt College on the campus of XISU, the program has enrolled its first class of 26 students and is expecting two HSU students in Spring 2007.



"Northwestern California Forest Communities" was the title of a recent exhibit in the Library.  This exhibit highlighted several collections from the Humboldt Room which have been scanned and made available online, including the 1921-22 Belcher Atlas of Humboldt County and photographs and maps of the company towns of Crannell and Samoa.  Not to worry if you missed the exhibit as all this and more is on the website: http://library.humboldt.edu/humco/holdings/ncfc.htm.





The Library in a collaborative effort with the English and Art Departments will feature an exhibit of letterpress broadsides that illuminate poetry and prose selections by well-known writers.  The pieces are collaborations among printer, writer, artist, calligrapher, illustrator and papermaker.  This exhibit is made possible by the Friends of William Stafford, a non-profit organization dedicated to continuing the legacy and spirit of William Stafford by providing an ongoing education in literature, particularly in poetry, in ways that will reach a broad community of readers and writers.

An opening reception will be held on April 20, 3-4:30 pm in the Library's Fishbowl, Room 209.




The Library will be implementing a requirement for user logon at all of our public computers in the near future.  We will be using the same system of HSU Logon ID and password that is now in use for the computing labs, interlibrary loan and databases from off campus.  For quick access to library resources only, users may log in using “public” as the user id and “HSU Library 123” as the password.    For more complete access, log in as yourself and please, remember to log out when you are done.



The HSU Library is redesigning its website with a goal of having a new website ready for Fall 2007. As a user of the website your input is critical. If you would like to provide feedback to us as test pages are developed please give us your email address using the Library Web Redesign Feedback Form.



The Library now has a blog where suggestions received through the Suggestions/Comment Form are posted along with responses from Library staff. The blog also allows for further comments from Library users on suggestions and responses. You can find it linked at the bottom of the Library's homepage. We welcome your suggestions, comments, and ideas about ways we can improve the Library.



Through its Electronic Core Collection program, the CSU Chancellor’s SEIR Office spends central funds to help provide important library databases.   SEIR also negotiates lower prices for databases that HSU Library must buy using local funds.  Thanks to these central programs, HSU can now offer the following new electronic resources this spring:

--JSTOR Expanded Access

jstorThe CSU System has purchased expanded access for campus users of JSTOR, as part of its Electronic Core Collection program. HSU students and faculty now can use Arts & Sciences I-IV, the A&S Complement, and the Health & General Sciences portions of JSTOR. This means that the backfiles of important journals such as Art Journal, Science, PNAS, and many more will now be available through the HSU Library's Journal & Newspaper Finder or the findit link in HSU Library databases.

--Blackwell Online Journals

Blackwell Online Journals Blackwell Synergy Premium Journals is a new HSU subscription providing full text access to over 750 peer-reviewed Blackwell Publishing Journals from 1997 to the present. These journals can be found by using the Journal & Newspaper Finder, by following the findit linking in subject databases, or by searching directly in the Blackwell Synergy Premium Journals database.


GenderWatchGenderWatch is a full-text database that focuses on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With its archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of an important historical perspective on the evolution of the women's movement and the changes in gender roles. HSU access is funded by the CSU system through its Electronic Core Collection program.


amsHSU students and faculty can now use the more robust AMS version of MathSciNet. MathSciNet is a database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for the mathematical sciences literature.

--Sage Journals Online

sageThe HSU Library has converted its cluster of print Sage subscriptions into online access to more than 440 online journals from the social science, scientific, medical, professional, and business disciplines. Coverage is 1999 to current.  You can find titles from Sage Journals Online using the HSU Library Journal and Newspaper Finder or by using the findit button within HSU Library databases.


March 8, 2007