Poetry Reading by Zev Levinson, Wednesday 4/18 @ 7pm
Song of Six Rivers poetry and photograph by Zev Levinson

Local author, poet, and educator Zev Levinson explores the colorful history, rich diversity, and stunning geography of the Humboldt Bay/Six Rivers region through a blend of lyrical poetry and archival photography in his new book, Song of Six Rivers.  Join us on Wednesday, April 18th at 7pm in the Library Fishbowl as we continue to celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library.

For more information, see HSU Press' 1st Fiction and Poetry publication: Song of Six Rivers by Zev Levinson and the Humboldt State Now article, Poetic, Vivid Exploration of North Coast History.

Closed for Cesar Chavez Day, 3/30
Cesar Chavez

The HSU Library and campus will be closed on Friday, March 30th, in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

Book Reading by Bryan Radzin, Friday 4/13 @ 6pm
Bryan Radzin holding one of his books

Setting goals comes easy for most folks, but accomplishing them is another thing altogether. Bryan Radzin, a graduate of Humboldt State University and local resident has accomplished his goal of publishing a book each year by his birthday in July. For seven consecutive years, this goal has been successfully met. Radzin’s first three books were precursors to his novel, Search for Truth…the seeker begins and his latest book titled Search for Truth…A rude awakening originates in the south, dealing with a lot of racial issues and a new president, based on #45. The fifth sequel is currently in the working stages, due out summer 2018. The series will contain seven books in total. For more information go to his website at

Please join Bryan in the Library Fishbowl, 6-8pm on Friday, April 13th for a book reading, discussion, and signing!

New Special Collections Space Now Open!

The new Special Collections room was opened with a trumpet fanfare and ribbon cutting on March 1st.  Please enjoy the photos taken at the event and come to the 3rd floor to see it in person!



Prefinals Brain Booth Hours Added
students using the virtual reality viewers

The Multicultural Center is hosting the Brain Booth on Friday afternoons from 2-3pm in Library 208.  Drop-ins on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30pm are also available.

During prefinals, additional drop-in hours are available Tuesday, May 1st from 3-4pm and Thursday, May 3rd from 2-4pm.

Everyone is welcome to try out biofeedback, sound and light therapy, VR goggles, coloring, meditation, and other activities that promote international brain breaks and support emotional self-regulation and singular thoughtful focus.  Read more about the many benefits in the Brain Booth research guide.

Global Cafe takes you to Yemen, Wednesday 4/25 @ 4pm
Global Cafe

Have you ever wanted to learn about the culture of other countries and taste their traditional foods? Come to the Global Cafe, sponsored by HSU Clubs & Activities and Associated Students, catered by Dining Services, and held in the Library Fishbowl: 

  • Germany - February 21st, 2-3pm
  • Pakistan - March 6th, 5-6pm
  • Italy - March 21st, 4-5pm
  • Japan - April 3rd, 4:30-5:30
  • Vietnam - April 18th, 4-5pm
  • Yemen - April 25th, 4-5pm

For more information, contact the Clubs office at 826-3776 or

Seeking Faculty Librarian (12-month, Temporary)
ideaFest on the 2nd floor

Humboldt State University Library seeks a forward-thinking, service and team-oriented Teaching and Learning Librarian who is interested in instruction and programming for undergraduate student success. This temporary 12-month position carries faculty rank. Early career applicants are encouraged to apply. Please view the Job Description: Library (Pool Job #7227) for complete details about the duties of the position.

HSU Library offers opportunities to be creative in instruction and programming, and encourages librarians to develop projects related to their individual goals. If you are interested in collaborating with librarians, faculty, students, and staff in support of teaching, learning and research this may be the job for you. Check out our Annual Report to see what HSU Library has done to foster a community that supports scholarship, creativity, and innovation on campus.

Humboldt State is a public institution and part of the 23-campus California State University system. HSU has over 7,500 students and offers a wide array of academic choices, with 51 majors and 12 graduate programs in three Colleges. Faculty members are among the top teachers and researchers in their fields. Programs in natural resources and sciences are nationally known, while visual and performing arts are also popular areas of study. Throughout the curriculum, students find a long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Humboldt State is surrounded by one of the most beautiful natural environments in the world—with ancient redwood forests, pristine coastline and wild rivers.

Application instructions:

Submit your application by email to:
Subject Line: University Library (Job #7227)
Submit by mailing application materials to:

University Library (Job #7227)
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Phone: 707-826-3441

LSSIII - Evening/Weekend Coordinator Wanted

Join the fabulous staff at the Humboldt State University Library!

This Library Services Specialist III position provides supervision of library oprations and services to students and faculty during evening and weekend hours. 

Read the job announcement and complete the application process by March 2, 2018.

Library Cafe becomes the Fencing Cafe on Saturdays!
Take a stab at the new HSU Fencing Cafe on Saturdays 11am-2pm

The Library Cafe turns into the HSU Fencing Cafe on Saturdays from 11am-2pm, with bagels, cream cheese, and coffee provided by the HSU Fencing Club!

Come find out about this fun club and enjoy some refreshments!

Student Lunch & Learn 2/13
Student lunch & learn Tuesday February 13 12-2pm in Scholars Lab

This pizza-fueled event is designed to provide an open space for students to share their Canvas, Library, and Learning Center experiences. Come learn more about available student resources and Canvas LMS features in student-led mini workshops.  There will be free pizza, prizes, and raffles, including a chance to win a pair of Beats Solo 3 headphones.

Happening Tuesday, February 13th from 12-2pm in the HSU Scholars Lab on the 3rd floor of your Library.

100th SkillShop added to Calendar!
Getting Started with Inkscape February 20th 4-4:50pm in Library 121

Your Library and campus partners offer 50-minute FREE workshops in various categories to introduce and develop skills in important areas for student success.  Go to the SkillShops calendar to see what's there and take advantage of this great opportunity!

Tim Miller's How to Design: Create Buttons with Inkscape is the 100th SkillShop submitted this semester but it's not the last to be offered so check the calendar often.  Upcoming SkillShops include numerous Peer Health Education subjects like Making Friends, dealing with stress, sex ed, healthy eating on a budget, and moreACAC offers help with resumes, interviews, and job searchingCAPS offers numerous ways to handle anxiety, conflicts, and finding focus. Librarians are offering help with research skills, building a time budget, questioning authority, and understanding financial credit.

There is a SkillShop for everyone and they are only 50 minutes and free!  Read more about SkillShops, including how to become a Skilled Learner and earn a certificate.


Do I have to buy my textbook?
Textbooks at the bookstore

Thanks to the outstanding work of Access Services, students shopping at the campus bookstore can check to see if the Library carries their textbooks on reserve before making a purchase. Students will see a QR code attached to textbooks that the Library carries. Students can use their smartphone to scan the QR code to see a list of all of the textbooks available on reserve at the HSU Library.

Textbooks on Reserve is a program that allows HSU students to borrow a textbook from the Library for two hours at a time. The students can complete the necessary reading and then return the book at no charge. This enables students to complete their assigned readings without encumbering expensive textbook costs.

To see if your textbooks are on reserve at the Library, visit the Course Reserves page to see a list of the courses for which the Library carries the course materials.  

We Love HSU Authors & Readers!
HSU Authors Hall with cakes

The Humboldt State University Library and the Office of the Provost are delighted to host the Annual HSU Authors Celebration of scholarly and creative works published by HSU Authors. A great day to recognize and congratulate faculty, emeriti, staff, students, and alumni for their recent scholarship and creative works.

Please join us Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Authors Hall, HSU Library 2nd Floor, to celebrate HSU Authors published in 2017. Cake & refreshments will be served.

Have you published in 2017? Please let us know, we want to recognize and celebrate your accomplishment, as well as, cite your work in our virtual collection, as well as, host your work in the HSU Authors Hall. For more information and to see past celebrations go to the HSU Authors Hall website.

Evaluation of temporary librarians
The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of the following temporary librarians:
  • Kelly Hangauer: College of Professional Studies Librarian
  • Lucy Ingrey: Infromation Resources Librarian
  • Garrett Purchio: Special Collections & Archives Project Librarian
  • Kimberly Stelter: First Year Experience Reference & Instruction Librarian
If you have experience working with these librarians, the LFPC welcomes your feedback. You may contact us in one of two ways:
  • Submit written comments addressed to: Library Faculty Personnel Committee, Library, Humboldt State University, One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521Deadline: 3pm
    Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
  • Email the Committee at​: lfpc@humboldt.eduDeadline: 3pm, Wednesday February 28, 2018 (please include “Feedback on [Librarian Name] in the subject line.)


Last Call: Register for HSU ideaFest
Presenters at ideaFest

Do you have a ground-breaking research project that the campus should know about? Do you want to impress your peers? Submit a proposal for HSU ideaFest, an all-day showcase of student, faculty, and staff research at Humboldt State University.

To submit a proposal, visit the ideaFest website. You can submit as an individual or with a group. The deadline to submit is Monday, March 26.

Need help making your poster? There will be two 50-minute Skillshops dedicated to poster making for ideaFest: Friday, March 23 @ 3pm and Thursday, March 29 @ 4pm. Sign up now and learn how to get it printed for free!

This annual event brings the campus together for a celebration. Join us on Thursday, April 19 with a reception and presentations from 3pm to 5pm. In addition to this celebration of research and creativity at HSU students can submit their poster to Humboldt Digital Scholar and propose a paper for inclusion in ideaFest: Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative Works and Research from Humboldt State.

Fukiko Oguchi Marshall Reception

PINK PETAL SKY, a vibrant acrylic triptych, is now on display in our Helen Everett Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the Library. We will celebrate this new installation with Fukiko Oguchi Marshall on Tuesday, January 30 from 3-5pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Fukiko Oguchi Marshall is a longtime resident of Humboldt County and is well known as the previous owner of several Japanese restaurants. She attended California College of Arts and Craft in Oakland in the 1960's. This artwork was recently on display at the Black Faun Gallery in Eureka. We'd like to thank the artist for loaning this wonderful artwork to the Library.

After this reception, please join us for the 4th annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in the Library Fishbowl from 5-7pm for the screening of Of Civil Rights And Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story.

To Catch the Rain Book Release

To Catch the Rain by Lonny Grafman will be the next release from HSU Press. The work chronicles communities around the world that have utilized local resources to harvest rain water. The book includes instructions and illustrations on how you too can become a rain harvester.


Lonny Grafman is a lecturer in the HSU Environmental Resources & Engineering Department. He describes To Catch the Rain on his Kickstarter page as, “a book for people looking to build a future together.”

Special Collections Grand Opening Today!

The HSU Library invites the campus and community to attend the grand opening of the new space for Special Collections. This event will take place on March 1st from 3-5pm on the third floor of the Library. Guest speakers, interactive presentations, guided tours, and other activities will mark the launch of this new space. Refreshments and food will be served outside of the room. All are welcome.

For additional information about the grand opening, contact Special Collections Librarian Carly Marino. Learn about one librarian's generous commitment to Special Collections that is making this new research space possible.  

Federal Resumes - Last Fall SkillShop on 12/14

Sign up now for the last SkillShop being offered this fall and learn how to navigate the complicated application process of federal jobs and internships.  Join Kristina Hunt from ACAC in Library 114 from 4-4:50pm on Thursday, December 14.

Scholarly Communications Student Assistant Position Available
Scholarly Communications Student Assistant Position available

The Library's Scholarly Communications Office seeks a student assistant for the management and format review of graduate theses. May also include work on Scholarly Communications and Humboldt State University Press related projects.

Must be meticulous and be able to work Independently.

Pay is $11 hour for 10 hours per week.

To apply, please submit:

  • Resume
  • Contact information for 2 references
  • Cover letter of less than a page addressing:
    • Why you are interested in the job
    • Your qualifications
    • How this job would benefit your academic or professional career

Send to by December 18, 2017.