Meet College of Professional Studies Librarian Amanda Dinscore

Amanda Dinscore, the new College of Professional Studies Librarian, joins the library staff on August 15th to help with your research and instructional needs.

Read more about her on Our Whiteboard Blog and please welcome her to campus!

New Resources to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!

The Library is very pleased to provide new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) resources to support research in Ethnic Studies and other disciplines. Explore 200 years of Indigenous print journalism, 70+ years of the African-American owned L.A. Sentinel weekly newspaper, the history of race relations, records related to Japanese-American incarceration during WWII, and more in the following databases:

  • Ethnic Diversity Source
  • American Indian Histories and Cultures
  • American Indian Newspapers
  • Race Relations in America
  • Historical Newspapers - Los Angeles Sentinel, 1934-2005
  • History Vault - Japanese American Incarceratoin, Records of the War Relocation Authority 1942-1946

Read more about these valuable resources available through the Cal Poly Humboldt Library on the blog, Our Whiteboard.



New Blog Post: Library Scholar Internships

Library Scholar interns lead projects such as researching and writing for the web, curating exhibits and engagement programs, creating presentations, and text layout and digitization for the Press@Humboldt. Students benefit from project-based learning and undergraduate research opportunities that produce hands-on learning in Special Collectins, Digital Media, or Scholarly Communication.

Read more in our blog at Library Scholar Internships: Experiential Learning in the Library.

Meet Library Staff Rio Nicholson

Check out our newest blog post on Rio Nicholson, the new Access Services Support Specialist working with Course Reserves, events, and more!

Go to Our Whiteboard for more information about our other fabulous staff, new items in your library, and other exciting news.

Community and Innovation at Cal Poly Humboldt Library

Cyril Oberlander, Dean of the Cal Poly Humboldt Library shares the Library's transformation into a place with more than books during this OLLI Brown Bag Lunch Presentation on May 16, 2022. Take a virtual tour to see how smart space changes have increased the use and popularity of the University Library and hear what other exciting things are happening here! Some examples from the slideshow are below:

Transformation of the 3rd floor, north, after seating study

photo of library 3rd floor space in 2015 and 2018 showing differences

Images of other interactive areas found in the building: Flight Simulator, Anatomage Table, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality

Images of other things found in the building: Flight Simulator, Anatomage Table, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality areas

For more information about OLLI and their Brown Bag Presentations go to

Free Summer Learning with L4Humboldt!

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Formerly L4HSU, L4Humboldt is excited to host in-person summer workshops, running June 6th-July 29th, 2022, offering fun opportunities to connect with the campus and community. L4Humboldt is short for LifeLong Learning Lounge at Cal Poly Humboldt and the theme continues with "Building Bridges & Connecting Communities." This is a campus and community social learning opportunity where people come together, share their knowledge, play while learning, and make meaningful connections with each other during the summer. Anyone can offer a workshop during this summer series of workshops!

Submit your proposal at

Previous workshop titles included:

  • Found and Recycled Art and Creativity Session
  • Me & Whiteness
  • Bullet Journaling 101
  • Leadership Tool Kit
  • Uke Jam
  • Rockin’ HSU
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Leader as Coach
  • Historical Walking Tour

Workshops will be offered in-person Monday - Friday for one hour from 12pm-1pm or 1pm-2pm, or for two hours from 12pm-2pm. If you would like to schedule something outside of those hours, please contact us at

An Evening All About the Pacific Crest Trail with Rees Hughes

flyer for Crossing Paths book reading and discussionNew Date - Wednesday, May 25th, 5:30-7pm!


Rees Hughes, co-editor of CROSSING PATHS: A PACIFIC CREST TRAILSIDE READER will celebrate the release of this book, talk about the trail, and show a few photos, read a couple of stories, and answer questions. .

This event is sponsored by the Cal Poly Humboldt Library.


Parking Permit will be required. For more info:

For the latest campus covid restrictions, please visit:

For other questions, please email Kumi at or call (707) 826-5656.

Therapy Dogs are Coming!

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Come paws for a study break and see the dogs from Therapy Dogs International on Monday and Tuesday, May 9 & 10, from 1-2:30pm in front of the Library.

ITEPP Students & Staff create MMIWG2 Awareness Display

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Visit the impactful display created by ITEPP students and staff bringing awareness to the community and in honor of the families of Missing & Murdered, Indigenous Women, Girls & Two Spirit People.

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Missing & Murdered, Indigenous Women, Girls & Two Spirit People informational sign Students Alesha Manriquez, Cassandra May, Char Valencia,with ITEPP staff Advisor Marlette Grant-Jackson


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To learn more about MMIWG2 in Northern California, please check out TO’KEE SKUY’ SOO NEY-WO-CHEK’.

Watch Rosali Fish's TEDxYouth@ Seattle Talk: Running for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

CouRaGeouS Cuentos Vol. 5 Release Celebration

flyer for Courageous Cuentos Volume 5 release celebration Wednesday April 27CouRaGeouS Cuentos: A Journal of Counternarratives has published Volume 5 and want you to join in the celebration on Wednesday, April 27 from 4-5:30pm via Zoom and 6-7pm in person in the Library Fishbowl, L209.

There will be live readings, music, raffles, and more. Celebrate the writers, artists, and production team virtually and in-person and then conclude the night at the Chicano Batman concert at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Purchase tickets at Arcata Theatre Lounge.

Relax with a Rock Painting Party

Rock Painting Party 3rd floor of Library April 28th 5-7pm Presented by the Library MakerspaceIt's a Rock Painting Party on Thursday, April 28th, 5-7pm on the 3rd floor of the Library!

Hang out in the Library Makerspace for a little rock painting, to talk about maker projects, and to destress with a makerspace student assistant.

We'll provide the rocks and paint.

Bring yourself and a friend, the more the merrier! You can also bring your own rock(s) if you have a particular project in mind.

Learn more about the Library Makerspace at or contact

The Teapot Show

Come by the large glass case to the left of the main Library lobby to see The Teapot Show! These whimsical creations by students in Cal Poly Humboldt's ceramics class will be on display until April 18th. Don't miss them! (Click on image for larger version)

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ideaFest 2022 is Here!
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What is ideaFest?

Held throughout the Library building on Friday, May 6th from 3pm-5pm, it is an afternoon celebrating research and creative projects from Cal Poly Humboldt's students, staff, and faculty. There are posters to peruse, students to talk with, live music and dance to enjoy, and much, much more! Check out the website for resources to get you prepared, the schedule of events as they takes shape, past photos and participants.

I've registered for the event but I want to share my project more widely!

  • As a now published author - submit your information to the digital Authors Hall!
  • Submit your poster for publication in Humboldt Digital Commons. Browse previous submission here.
  • Publish your research paper in the ideaFest Journal, an annual, peer-reviewed journal showcasing ideaFest works. Deadline to submit publication proposals is December 31, 2022. For more information about ideaFest Journal contact Kyle Morgan at

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to ideaFest!

Read more on Humboldt Now ideaFest: A Celebration of Humboldt's Scholarly and Creative Talents

Looking for 2 New Librarians!
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The Cal Poly Humboldt Library is looking for two librarians to join us during this exciting time of change:

Both are full-time, 12-month, tenure-track positions. Review of applicants start April 15, 2022. Click on the links above for more information including how to apply.

Thank you Jerry and Gisela Rohde!

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Jerry and Gisela Rohde have created three endowed charitable funds to support staff positions in the Library's Special Collections, The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt, and OLLI for over $2 million. This is in addition to their previous donations which pays for student internships in the Library and OLLI.

As writers and teachers, they have numerous ties with the Library and OLLI. Gisela worked in Periodicals for almost 30 years and Jerry has used the archives for his many presentations and their multiple books. Both have been teaching classes on hiking, history, and more through OLLI for the past 20 years. The Library will also be the beneficiary of Jerry's extensive archives, the Rohde Research Papers Collection, that will continue to educate future students and scholars.

Read more about this impactful gift at Local Couple Donates $2 Million to Cal Poly Humboldt.

Project Rebound 3rd Annual Reentry Forum Presents Reginald Dwayne Betts
banner with 3 panels - first panel Reginald Dwayne Betts: Felon: An American Washi Tale Wednesday April 20th 6:30pm-8:30pm Great Hall 260, next panel image of Reginald Dwayne Betts, next panel image of FISC and Project Rebound logos

Project Rebound at Cal Poly Humboldt presents the 3rd Annual Reentry Forum: Let's Talk About Mass Incarceration with several workshops in March and April and Reginald Dwayne Betts in person on April 20th in the Great Hall.

Click on links below for more information and to register*:

  • Wednesday, March 23 @ 6:30pm: Jimmy Santiago Baca, Chicano-American Poet (in the Great Hall, but please register in advance)
  • Monday, April 11 @ 6pm: Abolition Ecologies with Dr. Renee Byrd (via Zoom, register for Zoom link)
  • Wednesday, April 13 @ 6pm: Project Rebound SW Students & Alumni Panel (via Zoom, register for Zoom link)
  • Wednesday, April 20 @ 6:30pm: Reginald Dwayne Betts: Felon: An American Washi Tale (in the Great Hall, but please register in advance)

*Registration for in-person events is requested to assess attendance size and in case we need to contact you. Thanks!

Student Newspaper Digital Archives Now Available!

The Cal Poly Humboldt Library recently completed the Student News Digital Archive. This project makes available on Digital Commons all editions of two award-winning student newspapers: The Lumberjack and El Leñador. The editions for the two newspapers span 1929 to December 2021. Future editions of each publication will be added at the conclusion of each semester.

Click on the links above to access the archives for each publication. Use the search bar on the left side of the screen to search through the digitized editions of each publication. Alternatively, you can browse based on year of publication. All editions available in the archives can be downloaded free of charge. No login is required to access these archives. Due to limitations with the scanning and quality of the microfilm, not all text will be searchable.

Thanks to everyone that made this project possible. A special thank you goes to the library student assistants that worked on the project: Kayla Garcia, Lisa Salcido, Veronica Koomson Maiden, Danielle Kirkland-Shatraw, Reanne Meighan, and Adam Mellot.

If you have questions or would like additional information, contact College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian Garrett Purchio at

2022 Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution

This year's Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties event will take place via zoom on Thursday, January 27 from 3:00 to 4:30pm. Stan is the coauthor of Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California and Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. He is the co-editor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley (1996) and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography (1988). His essays have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and academic journals and anthologies. He co-curated the traveling exhibits Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake and Wherever There’s a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California. He is a co-chair of Okaeri, a group of LGBTQ+ identified Japanese Americans, and he is also a co-curator of Seen and Unseen: Queering JA History Before 1945 online exhibit about LGBTQ+ Japanese American history.

Zoom registration

Facilitated by Christina Hsu Accomando, Ph.D., Department of English, and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies (CRGS) and Michihiro C. Sugata, Ph.D, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Justice Studies at Humboldt State University with partnership from Asian Desi Pacific Islanders Collective (ADPIC), Student Life, HSU Library, and Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity.

8th Annual Authors Celebration Continues all Week!

Informational Panels Continue for the 8th Annual Authors Celebration

Please note: recordings of the main event and the week-long panels will be available at Watch for the links being added soon!

Join us in celebrating Cal Poly Humboldt students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have published in 2021! 

This year we are expanding the celebration with hour-long virtual panels of people sharing knowledge about writing, publishing, and marketing.

  • Tuesday, 2/15 @ 12pm: How to Market a Fiction or Non-Fiction Book
    • Cyndy Phillips (publisher at SequoiaSong Press)
    • Lonny Grafman (author of To Catch the Rain and To Catch the Sun)
    • Kathy Wollenberg (author of Far Less)
    • Maximillian Heirich (author of Azure Adventures)
  • Tuesday, 2/15 @ 3pm: Polishing Your Publication: Redwood Roots Digital Magazine - Join Redwood Roots staff members for a workshop that focuses on developing and workshopping future submissions to the digital magazine. This workshop will be a crash course in conceptualizing your work, developing content, and publishing your story. You will leave this workshop better prepared to articulate your community-based learning projects for potential publication with Redwood Roots Digital Magazine.
  • Wednesday, 2/16 @ 12pm: How to Self-Publish or Publish with The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt - Learn how to publish a book with The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt, publish an article with a Press affiliated journal, or publish a book on your own
    • Kyle Morgan, Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Librarian, Press @ Humboldt
    • Sarah Godlin, Archivist and Digital Publishing Specialist, Press @ Humboldt
    • Aaron Laughlin, Publishing Specialist, Press @ Humboldt
  • Thursday, 2/17 @ 12pm: How to Write a Non-Fiction Book
    • Erika Andrews (Author of Toyon: Seven Decades of Student Driven Publishing and YES: 50 Years of Community Building)
    • Jerry Rhode (Author of Both Sides of the Bluff and Humboldt Bay Shoreline)
    • Nick Malloy (Author of Geospatial Concepts and Essential Modeling Techniques for Geospatial Analysis Using ArcGIS)
  • Friday, 2/18 @ 12pm: Hosting a Journal at Cal Poly Humboldt: A Panel Discussion

Did YOU publish in 2021? Submit your information now!

We are excited to unveil our new list of Authors & Publications by Humboldt faculty, staff, students, and alumni currently under development. If you don't see your information, please submit the form or contact us at

More information about the Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Hall and Annual Celebration available at

Meditation Room Moved to SJEIC

The Library's Meditation Room was removed during the Seismic Retrofit Project, however, a Prayer/Meditation Room is now available on the 2nd floor of SJEIC (Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Center formerly Multicultural Center) located in Balabanis House #55, on the south side of the Library.

Find out more information on the SJEIC Resources webpage.