Atkinson Family Library Scholar Internship

Glen Atkinson, a Humboldt State College Alumni, endowed the Atkinson Family Library Scholar Internship to support student research and skills that will provide lifelong value. One student each semester will be an Atkinson Family Library Scholar and dedicate their project-based learning within Special Collections, Digital Media Lab, Scholarly Communications, or Instruction.

Special Collections serves as a unique space for the acquisition and preservation of the University and Humboldt County history. To communicate this history, Special Collections aims to provide access to these collection materials to a wide research audience that ranges from Cal Poly Humboldt student and faculty, to the general public.

To sample our unique collections, we encourage you to visit the Special Collections website and stop by our location at Library Room 303.

About Glen Atkinson

graduation photo of Glen AtkinsonThe “new” library opened the last year Glen Atkinson was on campus, 1962. These were the days before internet searches, downloading documents, or even photocopies were available. Glen appreciated the open stacks that allowed him to browse books and journals, something that is more difficult to do in large universities.

“Humboldt State College provided a solid background for me to pursue graduate school and then an academic career,” Glen said. “That was not my career goal when I entered college but I was inspired by my own experience at HSU to continue my education. That provided an extraordinary quality of life for me and my family. This realization made me grateful and is a major reason we want to give something back.”

Glen visited with a group of interns who were bringing together the 50-year history of Redwood National Park, a subject of interest to the Northern California population and potentially a wider audience.

This partnership was made possible by Glen meeting with the Office of Philanthropy to determine where his interests matched the needs of the campus, rather than simply writing a check.

Glen’s giving will enable future Library Scholar Interns to learn through projects integrated with academic study. This will provide students skills that will be valuable in their careers. The overall goal is to make the Library a facility to support and encourage student and faculty research.

“I hope our small contribution will help others discover and achieve their career goals,” said Glen. The appreciation Glen has received from campus officials has convinced him and his wife that their gift can make a big difference.

Outstanding Student Projects

  • HSU Marching Lumberjacks Online Archive by Veronica Perez (Spring 2019) - documents the student-run scatter band's 50-year history.
  • Discovering Humboldt by Annika Slattery (Spring 2020) - puts Humboldt County on the map. This project is helping to increase and enhance information about the region’s recreational and educational opportunities and will serve to support both the tourism economy, student retention at Cal Poly Humboldt based on a sense of belonging to the community, and supports digital information literacy skills; and the Library is about connecting people and information.

For more information on how you can sponsor an intern or donate to the Cal Poly Humboldt Library, see Giving to the Library.