Fred Korematsu Day - Jan. 30

HSU will observe the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution with a documentary film OF CIVIL WRONGS & RIGHTS. The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion of the history of Japanese American World War II internment camps by Prof. Christina Accomando and Prof. Michihiro Clark Sugata on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 5pm in Library's Fishbowl.

The public is invited. Fred Korematsu was an average 23-year-old California native working as a shipyard welder. But when he refused to obey Executive Order 9066, which sent 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry into internment campus, he became something extraordinary -- a civil rights champion. This film follows Korematsu's story from the moment he first resisted confinement to the hard-won victory he finally achieved 39 years later, with the help of a new generation of Japanese-American activists seeking vindication and the assurance that such a terrible injustice would never occur again. This observance marks the state of California's decision in 2010 to designate January 30 as the annual anniversary honoring Korematsu for his lifelong fight for civil rights. In the years before Korematsu's death in 2005, he served on the Constitution Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee. The project is a think tank that advocates rule of law and criminal justice programs.

Hour of Code This Week!

Join Tim Miller in the Scholars Lab on the Library's 3rd floor Monday-Friday, December 4-8, at 5pm to celebrate the global Hour of Code.  From the basics of coding to creating video games and virtual reality, every night will be a different project. Food and drinks will be provided to help you stay motivated at this busy time of the year.

  • Monday, 12/4: Learn the basics of building websites with HTML & CSS
  • Tuesday, 12/5Learn the basics of JavaScript, a useful programming language for the Web
  • Wednesday, 12/6: Code Playgrounds and creating your own website or web app
  • Thursday, 12/7: Learn how to create 3D models using Tinkercad
  • Friday, 12/8: Creating in 3D for the web using A-frame
Paws for Doggy Therapy
petting dog

Meet the teams from Therapy Dogs International bringing their wonderful dogs to campus for your enjoyment.  Take a break from studying or reward yourself after your final to relax with a retreiver, love a lab, hug a husky, or pet a pug.  They are here for you to enjoy!  Come to the Library Lobby on Monday, December 11 from 1-2:30pm or Tuesday, December 12 from 6:30-8pm.

Apply to be an Intern in Special Collections!
Students working in the Humboldt Room

The Library's Special Collections invites current students to submit an application for the Humboldt State University Library Scholar Internship. This internship offers students an opportunity to work with the Humboldt Room and Redwood National Park to gain valuable experience processing collections, creating finding aids, and designing both physical and digital exhibits. Applications are due December 15 for the spring semester.

Wildlife Senior Student Posters 12/7
Wildlife Senior Student Poster Session

Come see what interesting research the senior wildlife students conducted!  Posters will be displayed outside the Fishbowl on the 2nd floor from 4-6pm on Thursday, December 7th.  Cookies and refreshments will be served.

Nosferatu at the Library
Nosferatu film poster

Get into the Halloween spirit and join us on Thursday, October 26 from 5-6:40pm in the Library Fishbowl (2nd floor) for a free showing of Nosferatu.

More Laptops Available to Check Out!
New Chrome Laptops available to checkout

Your Library has added 20 more laptops for a total of 34 now available to borrow!  

No computer stations available in the Library? Check out a laptop to get your work done!

Need to take a laptop to class?  Borrow one for up to 4 hours!  

Laptops include the same software found on any Library computers and allow wireless printing to printers throughout the building.

Thank you to those who donated to the Humboldt Loyalty Fund and enabled these purchases to help students be successful!

Storytime and Trick or Treating Tuesday!
October Fun in the Library

There are lots of fun events happening in your library this month!  Here are just a few:

SkillShops continue with an Escape Room during Open Access Week October 23-26 from 5-5:50pm. Open all the locks to get proof that a mad scientist is up to something in this 50-minute Escape Room. Maximum of 6 people per group. (Note: all sessions are full, watch for future events)

Scary Stuff Trivia Night is back in the Library Lobby on Sunday, October 29 from 5-6pm. Get a team together or play by yourself on this Halloween Themed Trivia Night.

"Scary" Storytime and Trick or Treating comes to the Library on Tuesday, October 31 from 3-5pm. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to bring their children to Trick or Treat with the librarians and to listen to Halloween or Fall storytime in the Lobby.

Book Talk: Hiking Humboldt Tonight @ 6:30pm
Hiking Humbldt: 10 Extraordinary but Little Known Walks in Humboldt County

Ready to find a new favorite place to go for a walk? Hear tales from the trail as Rees Hughes talks about walking in Humboldt County and shares images to inspire (and inform!) your next hike. All walks featured appear in the book, Hiking Humboldt Volume 2: 101 Shorter Day Hikes, Urban and Road Walks.

These include walking the 0.4 mile long Loleta Tunnel, exploring Lacks Creak and Schoolhouse Peak/Lyons Ranch, walking the Ft. Seward Road or the Dyerville Loop Road, finding fossils on the Centerville Beach to Fleener Creek Loop, and more.

Join us on Thursday, October 12 from 6:30-8pm in the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor.

Global Road Warrior Database Available
Global Road Warrior

Through the generous donation of an HSU alumnus, the Library is now providing access to the database Global Road Warrior.  

Global Road Warrior offers reliable, up-to-date information on countries around the world, including country facts, travel essentials, and extensive coverage of culture, history, and language. Articles are easily cited though the "Cite this Document" feature.

The publisher, World Trade Press, has been publishing country information since 1993.

Stand Up for Your Right to Read!
Banned Books Week Sept. 24-30: Words Have Power

Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 24-30, by joining the Journalism & Mass Communication Department and the Library as we host a Banned Books Read-Out in the Library Lobby on Wednesday, October 4 from 4:30-6:30pm.  Register now to guarantee a participation slot!

Need ideas? Go to the HSU Library's Banned Books Week website for more information including the link of most challenged books for 2016, videos, and infographics.  See the display in the wall case by the 1st floor restrooms running through October 2. Find a book on the list and Stand Up for Your Right to Read!

Need a Replacement ID?

You no longer need to go to the cashier's window to prepay for a replacement ID card!  The Library can charge your account so you can pay online or at the Student & Business Services Building at your convenience.

ID services are available at the Library Checkout Desk Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and weekends 12-9pm.

For more information, see the ID Services webpage.

General Reference/Instruction Library Temp Pool Open

The Humboldt State University Library invites applications for a full-time, through May 28, 2018, temporary Instruction & Research Librarian to provide outstanding instruction and reference services. In collaboration with the Coordinator of Instruction and Reference and the Instructional Working Group, this position will provide creativity in the design and delivery of library programs designed to support undergraduate success. The emphasis of this position is to support serving the general education, freshman/sophomore courses, workshops, and international students. For more information , see General Reference/Instruction Librarian (Job #7227).

First review September 28, 2017.

Call for Evaluation of Librarian Katia Karadjova
Katia Karadjova

The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of tenure-track Librarian Katia Karadjova, Librarian for the College of Natural Resources & Sciences.

If you have experience working with Katia, we welcome your feedback. 

  • Submit written comments addressed to: Library Faculty Personnel Committee, Library, Humboldt State University, One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521. Deadline: 5 P.M., Tuesday, September 19th.
  • Email the Committee Chair at Deadline: 5 P.M., Tuesday, September 19th (please include “Katia Karadjova” in the subject line.)

Thank you.

Library Brain Booth Space Now Open!
Brain Booth area on 2nd floor

An area on the 2nd floor of the Library has been set up for the Brain Booth - an informal, experiential space to learn about the mind-body connection and optimize learning.  Studies have shown how important taking intentional brain breaks can have on students' academic success and now we have the space and tools to help with that.

In this space you will find FitDesks (exercise bikes with mounted desks allowing users to read or use a device while pedalling), books and DVDs of interest, meditation space, and areas to use equipment that can be borrowed from the Checkout desk.  Check out a biofeedback machine, virtual reality goggles, or light and sound therapy equipment to use in the Brain Booth area. Instructions are provided and people are encouraged to explore the area and contents.

Read more about the Brain Booth or contact Katia Karadjova for more information.

Toyon Wants Your Work!

The Toyon Multilingual Journal of Literature and Art wants your submissions. All writers and artists are welcome and you do not need to be an HSU student to see your work in Toyon. Run by students since its inception in 1954, Toyon exists to encourage creative writing in Humboldt County and to provide hands-on learning opportunities in literary publishing for Humboldt State University students.  Many noteworthy authors, including Raymond Carver and Jim Dodge, made their first publications through Toyon before achieving greater acclaim.  You could be next!

Please follow the submission guidelines and get your work in by September 30, 2017.

Do You Know the DML?

The HSU Digital Media Lab (DML) is here to help you create video, audio, photo, and web-based projects. We have equipment to borrow, including cameras, microphones, virtual reality, 3D scanner, and many accessories. We also have computers with production and editing software available to all students, all day.

The DML also offers workshops to learn about the equipment and programs needed to create your projects- from 3D scanning to zines. Through regular SkillShops and special events, the DML is the place on campus to learn about digital media. Interested in creating digital projects? Not sure where to start? Looking for some inspiration?

The DML is the place to get new ideas, get your hands on great equipment and software and learn about new tools. Contact us to learn more or to set up a one-on-one tutoring session. Tim Miller, Digital Media & Learning Librarian:, x4959.

See the Digital Media Lab Research Guide for more information and start creating today!

Get Research Help 24/7!
24/7 Service

Not sure how to cite a web resource at 2am? Need to find some peer-reviewed articles after the research help desk has closed? Use our 24/7 chat service!. You will get professional assistance with your question day or night.

Silent Study Sundays
Silent Study Sundays

You've asked for silent study spaces and you've got it!

Room 208 is reserved on Sunday for all day silent study.  Use of the room is first come, first served and it's up to you to ensure it stays a silent study space during th escheduled time.

Questions? Contact Kimberly Stelter at

Publish Your Work in the ideaFest Journal!
ideaFest Journal - publish your research article or creative work in a peer-reviewed journal Deadline: September 29th

HSU undergraduates, graduates, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to publish their research articles or creative works in a peer-reviewed jounal produced by the Humboldt State University Press.  See the ideaFest Journal website for submission guidelines or email for more information. Deadline is September 29th for the 2017 volume.