Digital Media Lab Open House 10/18
DML Open House

You are invited to the HSU Library's Digital Media Lab Open House on Tuesday, October 18th from 11:00-12:00. This will be a time to explore the Lab and the equipment available to all students/staff/faculty for video/audio projects. There have already been some neat projects and SkillShops!

360 Video outside the Library during a SkillShop - click & drag to view

We will have a variety of equipment on-hand for you to try out and see in action. The library has been checking out the new digital media equipment for the past month and it has all been very popular- with over 100 checkouts already!

Depending on what is available next Tuesday, we will have the following for you to explore:

Please stop by to say hello and to take a look at what we have to offer. This event is open to everyone, so please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested!

See you Tuesday!

Andrea Wulf, Book of the Year Author, 10/24
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

Attend a free talk by Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, on Monday, October 24.  Tickets are available from CenterArts and more information can be found on the Library's Book of the Year website or in the large glass display case off the Library Lobby.

Call for Authors!

Humboldt State University Press is seeking faculty interested in publishing open-access textbooks. Thanks to grant funding from CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$), Humboldt State University Press will pay $1,500 for accepted and published manuscripts. HSU Press will provide copy-editing and graphic design services, and manage peer-review for accepted titles.

Manuscripts can be on any topic, however preference will be given to textbooks that will be ready for publication by Fall 2017 and that are likely to be adopted across multiple institutions. The publication will be hosted as a freely available online textbook at Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University under a creative commons license to be determined by the author. Please see the submission guidelines for more details. In addition, we can provide limited services to assist authors with publication through print-on-demand, with royalties assigned at the author's discretion.

Free online textbooks support lower educational costs for students while promoting the great work of HSU faculty. Come be a part of the future of academic publishing and student learning.

In order to be considered, proposals must be received by October 30, 2016, and must include the following:

  1. Manuscript in entirety
  2. Abstract (limit 300 words)
  3. Cover Letter (limit two pages) including purpose, scope, approach, key features, target readers, usefulness for students, impact on teaching and learning, what differentiates the publication from others in the marketplace, and selected style guide
  4. C.V. for all authors
  5. Previous publication history (if applicable) of any of the text, including online, in journals, through books publishers, etc.

Please submit your manuscript online at

If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Morgan at or (707) 826-5602.

New Student Publication Celebration!
Telling Cuentos - Join us in celebrating the publication of CouRaGeous Cuentos: A Journal of Counter Narratives

Celebrate the publication of CouRaGeouS Cuentos: A Journal of Counter Narratives, submissions of creative writing works by students in the Ethnic Studies 107: Chican@/Latin@ Lives class and published by the HSU Press.

Festivities begin at 4pm on Thursday, October 6 in the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor. Printed journals will be on sale for cash only. For more information about the journal, contact the CRGS Department at (707) 826-4329 and for more information about HSU Press, contact Kyle Morgan at (707) 826-5602.

Banned Books Week
Stand Up for Your Right to Read - Read a Banned Book badge

Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 25 - October 1, by joining the Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights and the Library as we host a Banned Books Read-Out in the Library Lobby on Wednesday, September 28 from 3-5pmRegister now to guarantee a participation slot!

Need ideas?  Go to the HSU Library's Banned Books Week website for more information including the list of most challenged books for 2015, videos, and infographics. See the display in the wall case by the 1st floor restrooms running through October 3. Check out a book on the truck by the display or find one on the lists and Stand Up for Your Right to Read.

Tom Killion Art Talk + Poetry Reading
Artwork by Tom Killion

Capturing the beauty of the California coast through exquisite woodcut prints and prose, California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History is a new traveling exhibition appearing at HSU’s Reese Bullen Gallery from Sept. 1 to Oct. 8. California-born artist Tom Killion is well known for his four decades of work in the medium of woodcut printmaking. Killion uses Japanese carving tools, papers, and his own adaptation of the traditional key-block process to create relief prints of landscapes. Killion currently resides in Point Reyes, CA and recently released his newest text, also entitled California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History, through Heyday Books in the summer of 2015. The exhibit, based on this book, was originated by the artist and the San Francisco Public Library and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy.

The Reese Bullen Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 12 to 5 p.m., Thursday 12 to 7 p.m., Friday 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 to 2 p.m., with free admission to exhibits and events. To accompany the exhibit at HSU, an artist talk by Tom Killion with poetry readings by Jerry Martien and Jim Dodge will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the HSU Authors Hall, located on the second floor of the HSU Library. A reception will follow in the Reese Bullen Gallery.

See more examples of Tom's art and read more at the Humboldt State Now article.

Take a Brain Break in the Library Brain Booth
collage of various people taking a brain break

Take an intentional brain break in the University Library. There are two Library Brain Booth sessions offered weekly on a drop-in basis this semester: Wednesdays 10am-Noon in Library 114 and Thursdays 1pm-3pm in Library 208. We hope you'll join us. Visit our libguide to learn more and see this great article in the Flapjack Chronicle!

Book Reading by David Mohrmann
David Mohrmann

XOCOMIL is a story that begins and ends at Lake Atitlan. It travels from traditional Mayan villages through the war-torn mountains of Guatemala, from cornfields in Kansas through the jungles of Vietnam. It is about simple lands full of complex intrigues. David Mohrmann taught in Theater Film and Dance at HSU and is a trained practitioner in "Theatre of the Oppressed." Join us in the Library Fishbowl on Friday, September 9 from 3-4:30pm for this book reading and discussion.

Library Scholar Interns Wanted!
HSU Library Scholar Internship information

This internship offers three students an opportunity to work in the Scholarly Communications Office to build the first open-access platform for HSU faculty and students. Over the course of one semester, students will:

  • Create faculty profiles
  • Manage copyright
  • Publish scholarly works
  • Promote scholarship
  • Work in the open access platform Bepress

For more information about the internship and how to apply, please visit the HSU Library Intership page or contact the Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Librarian Kyle Morgan at

Application deadline is August 29 at 9am.

Math Lab & Writing Studio in New Location!
1st floor library map

The Learning Center is excited to launch the Math Tutoring Lab and Writing Studio in their new locations on the first floor of the Library. 

The Math Tutoring Lab will open on Tuesday, August 30.

The Writing Studio will open on Tuesday, September 6.

The Science Tutoring Lab will continue to operate out of Lower Library 55 / Mad River Room and opens on Sunday, August 28.

The Learning Center welcomes your feedback as they refine the space.

Welcome Back Open House Thursday
HSU Library Presents Welcome Back Open House

Join us Thursday, August 18 from 3-4:45pm in the Library Lobby for refreshments and peruse the numerous tables full of information. See what new items can be checked out (hint - GoPro!). Learn about textbooks on reserve. Talk to the people who can help with Moodle and meet the friendly Tech Help Desk folks. Find out what the Digital Media Lab is all about. Get a copy of the new SkillShops schedule and learn how they can help students. Get hands-on with the Brain Booth and get excited with the numerous special events to be held in the building like IdeaFest and UnConference.

Plus get updated on all the physical changes to the building inside and out occurring with the Seismic Retrofit Project.

We'll see you there!

Further Conversations around Where Do We Go From Here Webinar
Further Conversations around Where do we go from here?

Join us for the rebroadcast of this webinar facilitated by Dr. Shaun Harper and Dr. Lori Patton Davis as our individual and collective voices are brought together to discuss strategies for creating change within our families, campuses, and communities. Click here for a flyer to share.

If you are unable to attend, you can watch the webinar here.

New and Changing Library Faculty

Please help welcome to the Library, Gabby Fuentes, Brianne Hagen, Kyle Morgan, and Kimberly Stelter and please join us as we congratulate Carly Marino and Tim Miller on their new positions!  More information...

New Seismic Retrofit Project Newsletter
HSU Library Seismic Retrofit Newsletter

Want a quick read on what's happening with the HSU Library Seismic Retrofit Project?  The November newsletter contains a student report and is now available!

You can also read the October newsletter, both produced by library staff member Bernie Fosnaugh.

Read more details about the changes that have occurred and will occur at Tranforming HSU's Library and the Library Seismic Retrofit Project. While plans are always subject to change, the most current information from campus facilities can be found here.

Database News: WestLaw Campus Research & LexisNexis Academic

The Humboldt State Library is pleased to announce the availability of WestLaw Campus Research, provided beginning in June through the CSU Chancellor's Office. WestLaw is a premier research service for news, business, and law-related information.

Beginning in July 2016, access to LexisNexis Academic will no longer be provided. This resource is no longer included in the electronic collections available through the Chancellor's Office.

Any questions regarding this change can be directed to the Collection Development Librarian, George Wrenn. Librarians are available to help with this database transition and with searching WestLaw.

Congratulations to Carly Marino!
Carly Marino

After being a temporary librarian for several years, Carly is now the official tenure-track Special Collections Librarian and will continue her great work with Library Scholar Interns, processing and curating special collections, and helping with the exciting changes coming to the third floor!  Congratulations, Carly!

Maasai Dictionary Newest Publication from the Press @ Humboldt
Maasai Dictionary Cover Art

This dictionary of English-to-Maa (the language of Maasai peoples of Kenya and Tanzania) was written and compiled by Charles Richmond. It is one of the earliest Maasai dictionaries. The dictionary was developed from 1935 until 1951 while Charles lived in the back country of Kenya colony, East Africa as a subject of the King of England. His stay there began as a Captain in the King’s African Rifles, in which position he fought alongside tribal chiefs in northern Kenya and Ethiopia against the Italian dictator, Mussolini during WWII. Subsequent to his military service, he returned to England to study theology and to be ordained as a minister in the Church of England. He then returned to the Maasai and Samburu tribes of central and northern Kenya colony near Lake Rudolph, as a missionary.

Read more on Humboldt Now, listen to an interview on KHSU with Cal Poly Humboldt President Emeritus Rollin Richmond and publication specialist Claire Reynolds, and download a free copy from the Press @ Humboldt.

Summer Library Newsletter Now Available!
Check Out the Library Summer 2016 Newsletter

It was a busy spring semester in your library!  Read about and see photos from the ever-expanding IdeaFest that included student works from Theatre, Film, and Dance along with over 100 research posters. SkillShops are over for the academic year but they will be back, and with more partnerships from campus entities, they will be increasing in scope and frequency for 2016/17.  This summer, please join us for L4HSU events that include mini book circles, technology training, film screenings, campus walks, and much more. The 2016/17 HSU Book of the Year will bring an exciting author to talk about the forgotten father of environmentalism - Alexander Von Humboldt. And read about the Library Interns who delivered archive material to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

All this and more can be found in the HSU Library's Summer Newsletter. Check it out online or pick up a copy around campus.

Call for Submissions
Call for submissions

ideaFest: Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative Works and Research from Humboldt State University is an annual journal that showcases the work of faculty, staff, and students at Humboldt State University. The journal is edited by a rotating review board and is meant to showcase the diversity of scholarly and creative output at Humboldt State University. The journal accepts work in multiple genres and from across all disciplines and enables Humboldt State University researchers to connect with audiences worldwide and efficiently communicate findings with a sense of timeliness. The journal is an outgrowth of Humboldt State University’s IdeaFest, a day-long event which celebrates the collaborative research and creative projects of faculty and students from across campus.

XOCOMIL- Book Reading by David Mohrmann, May 6 in Fishbowl
image of XOCOMIL book by David Mohrmann

David Mohrmann will read from his novel, XOCOMIL on Friday, May 6 from 12-2pm in the Library Fishbowl.  

XOCOMIL spans what many historians term the “Guatemalan Civil War.” That, unfortunately, does not include the USA involvement, or begin to describe how it was experienced by the oppressed indigenous Maya.

The story begins and ends at Lake Atitlán. It travels from traditional Maya villages through the war-torn mountains of Guatemala; from cornfields in Kansas through the jungles of Vietnam; from pot-filled hills in northern California through the psychedelic haunts of San Francisco to the ruins, and magic mushrooms, of southern Mexico. It is about simple lands full of complex intrigues. And hope. Always hope.

Atitlán is translated by some as, “Where the rainbow gets its colors”--by others as, “The place where water gathers.” In either case, a good name for a lake. It is a thousand feet deep. It hides a lot. But its surface reflects a world of human behavior that often taints the beauty of this magical place.

Xocomil is a word unique to Atitlán. It refers to the lake’s strong afternoon wind. Originally it meant, “The demon’s fury.” Since the invasion of Spaniards and Catholicism, however, some converted Maya have taken it to mean, “The wind that carries away sin.”

Regardless of meaning, the Xocomil blows nearly every day. Sometimes with fury.

David Mohrmann received his bachelor's degree in Social Psychology at the University of California in Santa Barbara. After receiving an MFA in Dramatic Writing, he became a member of the Theater, Film and Dance Department at Humboldt State University. He wrote and produced more than 10 plays, but his most significant contribution was in the area of political street theater as a trained practitioner in “Theatre of the Oppressed.” He retired early so that he could get back to writing fiction. His stories have also appeared in Toyon, Brink, The Battered Suitcase, and The Furnace Review.