Meet New Reserves & Event Support Xandra Gradine

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

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

Student Feedback Needed for Amanda Dinscore and Morgan Barker

The Library Faculty Personnel Committee welcomes your assistance in the evaluations of tenure track librarians Amanda Dinscore and Morgan Barker. If you have experience working with Amanda or Morgan, we invite you to share your feedback with the Committee.

Amanda Dinscore, Librarian for the College of Professional Studies Morgan Barker, Sustainability Librarian

Amanda Dinscore (she/her)
Librarian for the College of Professional Studies

Morgan Barker (she/her)
Sustainability Librarian

Please address your comments to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and submit via your campus email to Please include Feedback on [name] in the subject line.

The deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Thank you!

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)

ideaFest Journal is Hot Off the Press at Cal Poly Humboldt

cover of ideaFest Journal Volume 6 2022 The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt is pleased to announce publication of the latest ideaFest Journal: Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative Works and Research from Cal Poly Humboldt!

Read this volume and earlier ones for free through Digital Commons or purchase a printed copy.

Submissions for the next volume are being accepted now - submit here - and be sure to check out ideaFest at the end of spring semester.

The Listening Ear is in the Library!

Listening ear suggestion boxThe Library Diversity & Social Justice Team would like to hear from you!

Find the listening ear and answer these prompts:

What do libraries mean to you?
¿Qué significan las bibliotecas para ti?

What makes you feel welcome in the Library?
¿Qué te hace sentir vienvenido/a/x en la Biblioteca?

Write down your answers and drop them into the ear!

Thank you for your participation!

Faculty - Time to Get Your Textbooks on Reserve for Spring!

Access to textbooks and other required readings is essential to student success in our courses. However, that access is not always available, as these items can sometimes be prohibitively expensive for our students to access. Cal Poly Humboldt Library's Textbook on Reserves Program helps to improve student success on campus by providing free, easy access to textbooks and other required readings. Our Course Reserves Collection includes physical books, eBooks, and other course materials available for free check out to students enrolled in those classes. Learn more about our program by clicking here.

Faculty & Instructors: now is the time to get your requests for textbooks in for the Spring 2023 semester! We can accept instructor copies, will place books from the Library stacks on reserves, and we can purchase new texts as well, both physical and digital. Get your request in by Tuesday, January 3rd to give us the best opportunity to have materials available for students by the time instruction begins.

Course Materials on Reserve Request Form

Meditation on Mondays at the Brain Booth!

Brain Booth presents Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Joshua Nelson Monday @ 3pm, Library room 208Join Joshua Nelson on Mondays at 3pm in Library 208 to learn meditation practices to mitigate stress, improve concentration, and improve awareness. No prior meditation experience is necessary.

For more information, see the Brain Booth at the Library or contact Joshua at

Campus & Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) Oct. 24-28

flyer for CDOR speaker  Cornelius MinorCal Poly Humboldt’s 24th annual Campus & Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) will take place Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 28. This year’s theme is Truth Telling for Liberation.

CDOR was established in 1998 when former President Bill Clinton challenged universities and communities across America to hold critical forums on race. Cal Poly Humboldt responded to the call and held its first dialogue on race on the first floor of The J, with approximately 80 people in attendance. Ever since, CDOR has been committed to creating safe spaces for this important annual dialogue to continue and to evolve.

This year, CDOR will present keynote speaker Dr. Cornelius Minor whose latest book, We Got This, explores ways to create more equitable school spaces, will present Teaching in the Age of Impossible via zoom, along with featured speaker Udodiri Okwandu, a doctoral candidate and a Presidential Scholar at Harvard University who will present Moving from Racism and Medicine: Reconciling the Past and Present via zoom.

flyer for CDOR speaker Udodiri OkwanduAdditional keynote speakers were invited by the College of the Redwoods (CR), thanks to the collaboration with Dr. Kintay Johnson, Director of Multicultural & Equity Center at CR. Saul Flores will present The Walk of the Immigrants focusing on advocacy, social good, and complex intersections of the Latinx community and Na Eun “Jiggy” Yoon, who is a youth motivational speaker, high-performance coach, and creator of WITHIN academy. They will appear in person on CR campus and via zoom.

Additionally, students, staff, faculty, and community members will present various workshops during the week, including a staged reading of Twilight: Los ANgeles, 1992 which is part of Rooted & Rising Staged Reading Series, collaboration between the Umoja Center and CPH Theatre Arts Program that spotlights Black playwrights and Black stories.

For more information visit
Events Calendar at

Fall Library Newsletter Now Available

cover of Cal Poly Humboldt Library's Fall 2022 Newsletter

Check Out the Library, Cal Poly Humboldt's Newsletter is out with the Fall 2022 edition. Read about innovation at the Cal Poly Humboldt Library, plus new people, services, and collections:

  • Innovation & Makerspace @ Cal Poly Humboldt Library
  • The Press Offers Free eBook Downloads of Fiction Titles
  • Two New Librarians Join the Cal Poly Humboldt Library Team
  • The Brain Booth is Back
  • Library Welcomes Back Open House!
  • Welcome to the New Makerspace
  • SkillShops Help Students Take Control of their Academic Careers
  • Stay Connected with Us Through Social Media
  • The Brian D. Tripp Papers
  • Events: CDOR, Fred Korematsu Day, Authors Celebration
  • Voter Education at Cal Poly Humboldt
Indigenous Peoples' Week Oct 10-17

Cal Poly Humboldt's 29th annual Indigenous Peoples’ Week (IPW) honors Native American history, culture, and art and focuses on issues that impact Indigenous communities. It will be held Monday, October 10th through Monday, October 17th.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first adopted in 1992 in the city of Berkeley, California in place of Columbus Day. The recognition brings awareness to the injustices that took place against Native Americans as a result of Columbus’s false narrative of “discovering America.”

IPW events are coordinated by Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program, which has supported Native American Indian students for more than 50 years.

See the full schedule of events at

Looking for Study Space in the Library?

photo of groups studying with individuals studying in the backgroundLooking for a quiet study area? Need an individual or group study space? You can find all kinds of space to meet your needs in the Library. Get more information at Finding Study Space in the Library.

In addition to the spaces, all other rooms are available for use unless reserved, as shown by the schedule posted outside the door. Please help yourself to a room as long as use is compatible with Library functions and does not interfere with normal Library operations.

We are constantly striving to make the best possible spaces to ensure student success, including collecting and analyzing seating use, and encourage comments and suggestions on how to do so.

24/7 Chat Reference Now Available!

Try the library's new 24/7 Chat for Research HelpTry the Library's new 24/7 chat for research help. Chat with a librarian and get help with your research - anytime of the day or night!

Learn more at

Raspberry Pi MeetUp Hour

Raspberry Pi MeetUp Hour Thursday 7-8pm in the MakerspaceJoin us in the Makerspace, 2nd floor of the Library, on Thursdays from 7-8pm to create a project with a Raspberry Pi.

Everyone welcome to learn and create! Contact for details or with any questions.

You're Invited to the Library Ribbon Cutting, Wednesday, September 21st

cal poly humboldt library ribbon cutting save the date september 21 2022 3-5pm more details to follow all are welcome refreshments providedThe University Library invites the Cal Poly Humboldt campus community and the Arcata community to the Library ribbon cutting ceremony event.

On Wednesday, September 21 at 3pm on the steps of the Library, we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony where Provost Jenn Capps, Library Dean Cyril Oberlander, and Associated Students President Juan Giovanni Guerrero will speak about the reopening of the Library, the remarkable collaboration by all that made this milestone possible and what it means to our students.

Following the ribbon cutting, come inside the Library and take a self-guided passport tour of all four floors and rediscover your favorite places. See what spaces have changed, the new services we provide and what remains ever a classic. Start your tour in the newly renovated lower level, home to vital student support services and make your way all the way to the third floor where Special Collections and the Center for Teaching & Learning support researchers and teachers. During your journey be sure to explore the digital dissection table, the Makerspace, the augmented reality sandbox, the flight simulator and the Brain Booth, as well as, the Learning Center, The Press, and the Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Hall.

As you travel around the Library enjoy coffee, cookies and brownies and fill your passport with stamps from our eight student-inspired spaces to be eligible for a Library souvenir that will remind you why the Cal Poly Humboldt Library is a favorite destination for all.

Makerspace Open House!

flyer for Library Makerspace Open House September 8, 1-4pmJoin us to try out a few maker projects, learn about the equipment we have in the space and other tools you can use in-house or borrow to take home, and about programming that will be available this semester. Partners across campus joining us for tabling include ROSE, CCAT, Brain Booth, and YES.

Activity stations will include: Button Making, Collage and Zines, Virtual Reality Collaborative Drawing, circular knitting, and more!

Read more about the new Makerspace or contact for details or with any questions.

Meet Resource Sharing & Acquisitions Support Specialist Rawan Almakhloog

photo of Rawan AlmakhloogCal Poly Humboldt graduate and former library student assistant, Rawan Almakhloog, has joined the Library staff as a Resource Sharing and Acquisitions Support Specialist. That means she can help you find the resources you need through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries in the CSU and around the world!

Read more about Rawan on the Library blog, Our Whiteboard.

Career Clothing Closet Now Open!
image of shirts and jackets on hangers

Did you know that you can get FREE gently-used career clothing at the Academic and Career Advising Center? The Career Clothing Closet is now open in the lower level of the Library Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm.

This service is available to all Cal Poly Humboldt students with a current student ID. If you are unable to visit the Closet during regular open hours, please email to arrange an appointment.

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 the Sustainability Librarian Morgan Barker

photo of Morgan BarkerPlease welcome Morgan Barker, Cal Poly Humboldt's new Sustainability Librarian!

Morgan joins us from the Center for Teaching & Learning and you can read more about her on Our Whiteboard Blog.


OneSearch Updates

We are updating OneSearch, the library's discovery layer and catalog, to help you more easily meet your research goals. Cal Poly Humboldt Library's collections are now available in a one-stop search experience, making this the easiest way to discover our local, unique resources. OneSearch is your place to find books (both physical and digital), CDs and DVDs, articles, microfilm, local history, and more. We've updated the experience to begin your search of all of Humboldt's materials, with the option to expand your search to include materials from other libraries worldwide that you can request, free of charge to current students, faculty, and staff.

For more information about how to use OneSearch, get search tips, and request materials from other libraries via Resource Sharing, and more, visit our OneSearch Help Guide: