September 2021

Banned Books Week banner graphic from ALA September 26-October 2, 2021
Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2, 2021) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
This year's theme is "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
(from ALA's Banned & Challenged Books website)
Read more at the Banned Books Week libguide.
Monday, September 27, 2021 to Sunday, October 3, 2021

screenshot of new Special Collections website
After much hard work from our library web team, HSU Library Special Collections has launched its new website.
The new site is an update from the previous website to a more user friendly design, and has migrated to the URL: Make sure to update your links! It’s also in-line with the university style guidelines, mirroring other HSU websites, and has a rotating header of historical photographs from HSU Special Collections. If you would like to learn more about a specific featured photograph, there is additional information under the “About” section in the drop down menu.
The accordion style search menu takes users to all of the Special Collections items in the Library catalog, has the ability to search the Digital Archives site that houses our digitized collections, and to search HSU finding aids from the Online Archive of California. All 13,000 digital photographs have migrated to a new Humboldt State Digital Archive making searching and finding historic Humboldt images even easier. We look forward to making more digital content available in the near future.
Special Collections hopes this new site will make finding items in our collections easier, and assist student and community researchers. If you have any questions, please contact for more information.
Friday, September 3, 2021 to Friday, December 31, 2021

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