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Finals Week De-Stressing Resources

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As we enter Finals Week, you may be looking for ways to de-stress before, during and after. The following list is a partial compilation of library, campus, and external resources to help you unwind.
Good luck with your finals!

Library Resources

  • Brain Booth - The Library Brain Booth is an informal, experiential space to learn about the mind body connection, reduce stress and optimize learning.
  • Makerspace - A space dedicated to making, the Makerspace offers online resources on topics including getting started with knitting and crochet.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video - Stream films and documentaries for free. Use your HSU username and password to access.
  • Naxos Music Library - Stream individual songs and entire albums from genres including classical, jazz, opera, and more. Use your HSU username and password to access.

Campus Resources

External Resources

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Wrapping up the Seismic Retrofit - Installing Sprinklers

The Library Seismic Retrofit is in the final stretch. The outside is done but there are a few more tasks to take care of inside including abatement and the addition of sprinkler systems and LED lights. Taking advantage of the building closure this spring, sprinklers will be added to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd floors, and new LED lights will help to make the Library a brighter and more sustainable learning environment. Access Services (temporarily relocated in the ground floor Library 25) will continue to ship laptops, lab kits, and other resources to students during spring semester. Due to the abatement work, the Library’s print books, CDs, DVDs, and most periodicals will be unavailable between December 15 through approximately the end of February.

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In January 2021, the Library will become a member of the HathiTrust. This service will provide ebook access to approximately 80% of the print books in our collection. Links to HathiTrust will be added to our library catalog, and we will provide SkillShops on the latest great resources available to you for spring semester. Additionally, we plan to continue to borrow books from other libraries and send them to you, subject to the available operations at the other libraries during the pandemic.

We are looking forward to our grand reopening of the HSU Library in the Fall of 2021 when we will be able to show you all the wonderful changes that have been made to improve the spaces and services.

Other news about HSU Library:

  • We recently added 27 more etextbooks to the list of ebooks HSU Library subscribes to so students don’t have to purchase these textbooks. Check out our catalog to see if your textbook is free online @HSULibrary.
  • By late December, a new book return box will be installed at the Library Circle since the book return at the main entrance will be closed during the sprinkler project. If you need to return items in other ways, please contact us. Equipment checked out to current and spring students will be automatically renewed and due May 28, 2021.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions, or need assistance. Find ways to contact us at http://library.humboldt.edu/about/contactus.html or telephone 707-826-3431.

We wish everyone a wonderful new year and good health!

Cyril Oberlander Dean,
University Library

 
It's the Final Stretch

The Learning Center is offering a Final Stretch calendar full of events including Guided Review sessions, tutoring, Writing Studio hours, and drop-in Study Week Planning sessions with the academic peer coaches.

Check them out to get help so you can finish strong!

 
De-Stress with Skribbl.io!

Join us Thursday, December 12th at 5pm for a pre-finals de-stress and have fun in a game of drawing and guessing what the word is. The game (skribbl.io) works best on a computer browser (you can play on a browser on your phone, but it's not formatted to fit the screen). During this session, you will also hear some tips from a librarian about where to get help for research, if you still need support, plus some other information that you might find useful while you finish your final assignments.

 
Help Build the Library!
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Join HSU's PC Gaming Club in creating the campus and library in the world of Minecraft!  Started by Wildlife senior Sarah Kanga Livingstone (who helped bring the flight simulator to the Library) and supported by Enrollment Management and IT, this interactive world is open to the HSU community and beyond.

Want to learn more and help build? Read about the project and follow the links at Minecraft: Humboldt State Edition.

 
Help the Library Diversify the Collection

The Library was fortunate to receive ODEI grant funding this year to develop "a program of acquisitions that will enhance the Library’s collection of contemporary scholarship and creative works related to diversity, equity, and inclusion."  In the spirit of inclusion, we seek participation from across campus and welcome your recommendations for titles to purchase. Submit recommendations for books and videos through this Google form. Selections will be finalized in January and we will showcase the materials throughout the spring. Thank you for helping to create a more inclusive and diverse library.

 
Pet Parade - 12/4 @ 1pm

This is the time of year when the therapy dogs come to visit but since we're all virtual, we are inviting EVERYONE to share their pets online.

Show off your pet or a photo of a loved animal on Friday, December 4th at 1pm. No pet, no problem - join us anyway as we use this time to destress together!

Other helpful campus resources:

 
Thank you Jerry & Gisela Rohde!

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have generously donated to create the Rohde Library Scholar Internship, supporting paid internships for HSU students working with HSU Press and Special Collections. The Rohdes will work with student interns interested in publishing or researching local history collections, giving interns hands-on learning experiences in those areas.

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

 

 
Library Workshops Continue!

Skills4HSU workshops continue into December!  Here are the workshops still to come via Zoom (see complete calendar) and don't forget to check out the online ones available anytime:

  • Discovering Humboldt with Yelp
  • Getting Involved at HSU
  • Tenant Rights
  • Ixcanul Film Screening
  • Database Dive: Exploring HSU Databases
  • Paying for College: Scholarships and Grants
  • How to Organize (Advocacy)
  • How Credit Cards Work
  • Resume 101 Workshop
  • Nurture Your Nature
  • Shameless Sexual Health
  • Drip like Honey - An Empowerment Journey
  • Relfection Friday
  • Reading for Understanding
  • Interviewing Tips and Tricks
  • School to Prison Pipeline
  • Feeling Left out of the FUNgus
  • Love Yourself to the Cottege Core
  • Let's Talk about Diabetes
  • Calfresh & Medi-Cal 101
  • Green Burial: Options & Aspirations
  • Addressing COVID Realities in Humboldt

 

 
Discovering Humboldt with Yelp

In this L4HSU workshop, offered Monday 11/16 @ 1pm and Friday 11/20 @ 12pm, you will learn helpful tips including how to make your Yelp reviews more prominent in the algorithm. You will also learn how contributing to review sites like Yelp benefits Humboldt County tourism. See Discovering Humboldt: Getting Humboldt County on the Map & Social Media for more information.

Zoom Registration

Facilitated by Annika Slattery

 
HSU Press Does it Again!

Humboldt State University Press continues to publish peer-reviewed research journals, fiction and non-fiction books, and now three more open-access textbooks: Spanish 1: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture; The American LGBTQ Rights Movemeent: An Introduction; and Geospatial Concepts: The Fundamentals of Geospatial Science to help make learning affordable.

Read more at Humboldt State Now and check out other open access textbooks and other HSU Press Collections.

 
Campus & Community Dialogue on Race

This year's theme for the 22nd Annual Campus & Community Dialogue on Race was Global Justice for Black Lives: Examining the Past and Reimagining the Future.

Last week over 900 people attended and participated in workshops, round tables, book circles, and more. This Saturday, November 7th, will be the keynote address with Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric.

BTW, free copies of the book are still available by filling out this request form.

See the CDOR website for more information.

 
Interested in joining a Transfer Student Organization?

Are you a transfer student and looking for ways to stay connected and engaged?

Are you interested in joining other transfer students as part of an organization/club?

Take this brief survey from Clubs & Organizations. Thanks!

For more information, reach out to Molly Kresl (Molly.Kresl@humboldt.edu).

 
Discovering Humboldt!

Join us in looking for and sharing wonderful places in Humboldt County. This presentation/workshop on Google Maps focuses on writing reviews and the benefits from contributing photos, reviews, and other information.

Facilitated by Annika Slattery

See the Discovering Humboldt webpage for more information and join us for a workshop on Friday, October 16 @ 11am or Tuesday, October 20 @ 12pm.

 
Be a Smart Voter - Learn about Candidates & Ballot Initiatives!

November 3rd is rapidly approaching. Check out these upcoming online events and workshops before casting your vote in this year’s election.

In the first full week of October, students will have opportunities to ask questions of candidates for Congress and the California State Senate in two town halls organized by the Associated Students Lobby Corps. State Senator Mike McGuire will meet with the HSU community on Monday, October 5 at 4pm while Jared Huffman will meet with the HSU community on Thursday, October 8 at 3pm. Both town halls will be moderated by Dr. Aaron Donaldson from the Department of Communication. Students can attend these events through the following links:

The Library is offering voter education SkillShops beginning on Friday, October 2. One SkillShop will focus on researching the California state ballot initiatives while the other will cover voting down-ballot on elected officials and initiatives at the local and state level. Each workshop will be offered multiple times and will be held on Zoom. You can register for these SkillShops by clicking on the links below. Each link will list the days and times that the SkillShop is offered and you can choose to attend one or more sessions:

The Humboldt County Library, as part of their Vote Smarter campaign, is offering the following online programs. Please pre-register on the Google form and you will be emailed a Zoom invite with the event link:

  • Monday, October 5 at 7pm: The Pros and Cons of Propositions, with the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County
  • Saturday, October 17 at 3:30pm: How to Vote in the time of COVID-19, with Kelly Sanders from the Humboldt County Elections Office
  • Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30pm: Making Informed Choices When Voting Locally, with Garrett Purchio from the Humboldt State University Library

Additionally, the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement and OLLI's Brown Bag Lunch Presentations will be offering the following workshop. Read more about it and RSVP here.

  • Monday, October 12 at 12pm: November Election Issues with the League of Women Voters

 

 
Renewing and Returning Library Materials

The HSU Library has temporarily suspended overdue fines as of March 18, 2020. View your account to see what you have checked out, verify the due dates, and renew, if allowed.

For items borrowed through InterLibrary Loan prior to the pandemic, check the due date in your InterLibrary Loan Account. The due dates may be sooner than HSU Library’s extended due date. To see what you have borrowed and to renew items (where possible) go to the “View” section on the left hand side of the screen and select “Checked Out/ Renew Items.”

To return items:

  • If you are near the HSU campus, please use the drop box at the Library circle. The one near the building entrance is currently unavailable.
  • If you are near another CSU campus, check out their procedures for returns and return it there. They will forward items to us.
  • If these options are not available, mail it to us at HSU Library, 1 Harpst St., Arcata, CA 95521. Contact us and we will send you a prepaid shipping label so you can send the item(s) back free of charge.

Questions? Please contact us at libcirculation@humboldt.edu.

 
Propose a SkillShop or L4HSU Event!

SkillShops, 50-minute co-curricular workshops, are facilitated by faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders on campus. Want to offer a SkillShop?  Fill out the proposal form and we will help you set it up.  Please contact skillshops@humboldt.edu for more information.

L4HSU (The LifeLong Learning Lounge) has been the summer version of SkillShops - free learning events open to and conducted by campus and community members. It was so popular this summer that we are extending it into the school year!  These sessions are more informal, can last longer than 50 minutes, and are open to everyone via Zoom.  Use this proposal form to submit your event or contact us at l4hsu@humboldt.edu for more information.

Already offering workshops that fit either of these criteria?  We want to help you advertise them to the community!  We can also offer zoom training, co-facilitators to assist during your sessions, and other services to help.

Synchronous SkillShops will be starting in September but the online ones are now available to take anytime and can be assigned by faculty.  Learn Research Basics, How to Cite Sources, How to Read Scholarly Articles, and how to use various software like Camtasia, WordPress, and InDesign, to name just a few. More are being added during the semester.

We look forward to continuing to work with the campus and community and are grateful for all the past support of these programs that are helping them to grow and become important to facilitators and attendees alike.

 
Citing Insights 1.0 Released!

Created by HSU students, Citing Insights is "a powerful web application designed to streamline assessment of students' information literacy and other skills. With Citing Insights, you can easily upload a student papers, the citations are detected and links to discovery tools make it easy to evaluate the sources. Discovery tools include Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, and a Library's Alma Primo. Citing Insights is designed to automate using or editing AAC&U Information Literacy Value Rubrics, and other assessment rubrics, for assessing the student papers. You can also add annotation, and provide students feedback, or provide accrediting bodies with detailed assessment reports." (github)

On August 12, 2020, the Humboldt State University Library announces the release of version 1.0 of the open source software, Citing Insights. Over the past 18 months, thanks to the support of HSU and the California State University Graduation Initiative 2025, undergraduate students have developed Citing Insights, innovative and powerful software designed to streamline assessment of student learning, and enabling inter-rater reliability norming and analytics.

After extensive research and analysis with faculty and librarians, Citing Insights was released in beta on March 14, 2020, featuring: streamlining assessment of information literacy and other key competencies, automated citation detection and sources discovery, rubric tools for the evaluation of sources of citations used in student papers, and customizable assessment rubrics for the overall paper and citations. Citing Insights streamlines assessment of student papers by enabling the user to upload one or a set of student papers, detecting citations in the paper, and enabling one click access to the sources of citations via Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, or a library’s discovery system. Thanks to feedback from alpha and beta testing, the Citing Insights team streamlined the interface and added powerful new features, including group assessments and inter-rater reliability norming and analytics. Now, with group functionality, users and members of your group can evaluate the papers and citations using the built in Information Literacy or Critical Thinking Value rubrics from the AAC&U, or customize and share rubrics for program assessments. Scores and annotations are saved and can be retrieved by group or by paper. These results can be downloaded in CSV format. If you are interested in evaluating Citing Insights as an assessment tool, details are available at https://github.com/hsu-library-project-x/citing-insights-version1.

HSU Library internships and project-based student employment provide powerful learning opportunities designed to solve challenges faced by higher education and community. One of the key questions for the Citing Insights project is how can we make assessment easier? We answered that question with the completion of the first phase. The next phase is to take what we learned from assessing student papers, and develop software to support student research and writing. You can help support this endeavor. To learn more about HSU Library Scholar Internships and projects, please visit http://library.humboldt.edu/about/lsinternships or contact Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean at cyril.oberlander@humboldt.edu.

What is next for the Citing Insights Team? They will present this software to library conferences and to the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, looking for opportunities to further develop this innovative technology and encourage adoption. Congratulations Liz, Kyle, Ben, Cindy, Mitchell, and HSU Library!

The Citing Insights Team: Liz Lujan, Computer Science ‘20, Kyle Smith, Computer Science ‘20, Ben Miller, Computer Science ‘19, Cindy Batres, Art ‘20, and Mitchell Walters, Computer Science ‘19.

 
Find Your Textbook Online!

Students
Physical textbook checkouts will not be available Spring 2021, however, we are trying to provide online access to as many textbooks and course materials as possible.  Please check the Course Reserves list to see if your textbook is already online and available. If you don't see your course, use the Course Reserve Request Form to request your book. See the Students Continuity Planning Guide for more information.

Faculty
We will work with you to get online access to your course materials. There are three options for making course materials available through the library at this time:

  1. eBook requests (which the library purchases)
  2. Accessible scans of textbook chapters (the Accessibility Resource Center can scan up to 15% of a textbook, or more if the instructor presents permission from the publisher).
  3. Assistance finding free, online open educational resources to replace your textbook (support from Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean)

Please see the Faculty Continuity Planning Guide for more information and use the Course Reserve Request Form to submit eBook and textbook scan requests.

 
Student Feedback Needed for Librarian Evaluations

The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of the following tenure-track librarians:

  • Tim Miller, Digital Media & Learning Librarian
  • Garrett Purchio, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science Librarian
  • Kimberly Stelter, First Year Experience & Student Success Librarian

If you have experience working with Tim, Garrett, or Kimberly, we invite you to share your feedback with the committee.

Please address your comments to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and submit using your HSU email to lfpc@humboldt.edu.

Please include Feedback on [Name] in the subject line.

Deadline for receipt is 5pm, Wednesday, August 19th, 2020.

Thank you.

 

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