Teaching & Learning Luncheon & Forums Feb. 4
Digital Thoreau

Please welcome Dr. Paul Schacht, Professor at SUNY, on Thursday, February 4 in the Fishbowl for a series of teaching and learning forums:

12-1:30pm - Digital Thoreau & Digital Scholarship / Digital Humanities in the Classroom - incorporating digital learning in the classroom using different technologies. Lunch is included so please RSVP to

2-3pm - Accreditation Self-Study Collaboration Using a Wiki

3:30-5pm - Bootstrapping Collaboration - using free and low-cost tools for collaboration and engagement of students and faculty. 

What's New for Spring 2016?

Welcome back!  There were several changes made during the break that we hope will make the Library even more welcoming and useful for the campus community.  Some are still in progress but we hope you find the new spaces and other changes beneficial.

  • The online floor maps have been updated to highlight areas of quiet and group study on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Quiet Zone signs have been posted at the stacks reminding people to keep their voices down as they enter those areas. The Silent Study room is gone for this semester but will return in another location. 
  • A Collaboration Lab was created in L205 (the former silent study room) for smaller classes and workshops. The equipment and furniture in there will make that a popular space.
  • The periodical shelving along the west windows outside the CoLab has been removed and new group study areas have been created with power!
  • The current newspapers and periodicals have been moved down to the area by the Library Cafe, making them more prominent and adding to the casual atmosphere.
  • The oversized books from the Case Collection have been moved into their own section after the Zs and are now available for use.
  • The Presidents' photographs were combined and moved to the hallway by the first floor restrooms.  We now have our own Hall of Presidents!
  • There are new and longer loan periods for library materials!  You can now borrow a movie for a week!
  • Librarians can now be found outside of the Library for reference help: Katia Karadjova is at INRSEP (south end of campus) on Fridays 11am-1pm and Tim Miller is at African American Center for Academic Excellence (NHE 206) on Tuesdays 1-3pm.
  • There are a lot of new SkillShops being offered during the semester. Check out the calendar and register now!
  • Please welcome the new College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Librarian, Marissa Mourer.

And the biggest change so far - the Technology Help Desk moved to the south wall of the 1st floor where helpful people will be more visible and better able to serve your tech needs.

These changes are part of the Library's Seismic Retrofit Project - a 2-year project that will see many more changes happening to the inside and outside of the building.  Pick up or read online the Library's Spring Newsletter for more information about these exciting times.

New CAHSS Librarian Hired

Marissa Mourer starts her new position in the Library on January 11, 2016, but you've probably seen her around campus in her role as the Director of Orientation and Preview Programs since 2010. Besides coordinating large events and flipping the freshmen registration experience, she has taught first-year experience courses; facilitated technology & information literacy workshops for students, staff, and faculty; and taught weekly trainings for over 50 students annually. Marissa has also worked as a part-time reference and instructional librarian at the HSU Library, where she has focused on creating peer mentorship opportunities and providing Library Instruction for English Composition and Public Speaking courses.

Her research interests include hands-on learning spaces that embrace the spectrum of physical, cultural, and cognitive diversity; student- and faculty-driven digital storytelling; and serving distance learners. Marissa holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Humboldt State University, a graduate certificate in community building and a master’s in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a master’s in library science from the University of Arizona.

Please welcome Marissa Mourer, our new Librarian to CAHSS.

Fall Prefinal/Finals Extended Hours

Extended prefinals/finals hours start Wednesday, December 9.  Please see the Library Hours webpage for details or this flier for a printable copy. Good luck on your finals!

Hour of Code
Hour of Code

As part of Computer Science Education Week and the national "Hour of Code" movement, the HSU Library is hosting a week-long series of fun coding events for anyone looking to take a break from the rigors of finals preparations. Join us in the Fishbowl (2nd floor) from 5-6pm, Dec. 7-11. We will also provide snacks and drinks. To see a full list of workshops, visit the event calendar. You can also preview the courses and learn more about coding with our guide on Creating for the Web.

Need Help De-Stressing?
KEVA Maple plank set

New manipulative by the Library Cafe - KEVA Planks!  Use your imagination or get ideas from the booklet or webpage to build structures, create contraptions, and more.

Special Collections Interns Wanted!
Special Collections Fall Interns 2015

Love the library? Want to work on exciting projects with unique and rare material? 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 in the Humboldt Room and gain valuable experience with archives, manuscripts and rare books. Over the course of one semester, students will have hands on experience in special collections, archives, public history, and museum studies as a profession.

Students will receive 2-3 course credits and a $500 scholarship upon completion.

Applications are accepted until Friday, December 4th. See the Special Collections Library Scholar Internship webpage for more information.

Research. Edit Wikipedia. Enjoy Pizza
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in the Library Fishbowl

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on Tuesday, Dec. 1st in the Library Fishbowl, 5-7 pm. Beginners welcome. Sponsored by the History Club. Bring laptop, power cord & edit ideas.

More information.

Tsunami Debris Exhibit
Tsunami Debris Exhibit

In coordination with the release of Humboldt State University Press' first publication, The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home, there is an exhibit in the lobby giving information on the boat, tsunami debris, and tsunamis. Enjoy the exhibit and celebrate the story with us on November 19 from 4:30-6pm in the Library Fishbowl.

In addtion, there is an origami relaxation station set up across from the display where you can create beautiful folded paper objects.  Instruction books and paper are provided. 

Faculty Librarian for CAHSS Campus Visit

The campus community is invited to join the HSU Library in welcoming three candidates for the position of Librarian to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences on October 27, 30, and November 5.

Each candidate will give a 20-minute presentation to a small class of students on one of the frames from the “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” The instruction will be followed by 30 minutes for the candidate to answer questions about their approach and why they chose to organize their instruction in this manner.

Each candidate will also meet with staff of the library and library partners for approximately 45 minutes.

Please submit feedback on the candidates using these forms:

  • Julia Glassman, October 27, Student presentation: 10-10:50, Library Lab 121 / Staff meeting: 11:15-12pm, Library Fishbowl (L209)
  • Amanda Meeks, October 30, Student presentation: 10-10:50, Library Fishbowl (L209) / Staff meeting: 11:15-12pm, Library Fishbowl (L209)
  • Marissa Mourer, November 5, Student presentation: 1-1:50, Library Lab 121 / Staff meeting: 9:45-10:30am, Library Fishbowl (L209)

Please contact Sarah Fay Philips, Search Committee Chair, if you have any questions.

Meet & Relax @ the LEGO® Table
Play in the Library

Play and creative work can help improve memorization, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Take a study break and tap into your creative work with this fun distraction located outside the Library Café.  Watch for other puzzles and games throughout the semester.

The programs conducted by Humboldt State are not affiliated, sponsored, or endorsed by LEGO® Education or the LEGO® Group. LEGO®, the LEGO® logo, the Brick, DUPLO®, and MINDSTORMS® are trademarks of the LEGO® Group. ©2012 The LEGO® Group.

Humboldt Digital Scholar Video Streaming
Screen capture of streaming service

A new video streaming service is now available if you click on the "View in browser" link found right below the downloadable video link. There are over 100 campus lectures and events available in the HSU Campus Lectures & Special Events community. Check it out.  Just click on the "View in browser" link below the video download entry.

Write Nights
Sunday night Write Nights at the HSU Library

The Writing Studio is available to support HSU students with all aspects of writing Sunday evenings on the main floor of the library in the Information Commons. Stop by if you would like help organizing your essay, crafting a thesis statement, brainstorming your ideas, checking your citations, or any other writing issues! First-come, first-served. Details:

Headphones, Calculators, Laptops & More Available to Check Out at the Library
Check it Out! Items available for check out at Library Circulation.

You can now borrow headphones, calculators, and laptops, in addition to Kindles and whiteboard markers, from the Checkout Desk in the HSU Library. Loan periods vary and most items are "Library Use Only" but you can take a calculator to class if you need to.

Suggestions for other items to check out are welcome.

Black Lives Matter Libguide
Talking Back: thinking feminist, thinking black by Bell Hooks

The materials listed on the Black Lives Matter Sociology Research Guide were compiled by the workshop presenters, Dr. John Johnson and Renée Byrd, who presented Black Lives Matter: How should HSU respond to the clarion call for justice? during the Institute for Student Success on August 18, 2015.

The research guide is intended to provide readers/attendees with a starting point for elevating awareness around issues of racism, police brutality, and mass incarceration in the United States. Many of the items listed are accessible for free and available through the library.

Salmon is Everything
Salmon is Everything book

The first event for HSU's Book of the Year: Salmon is Everything is a staged reading on Sunday, August 30 at 2pm in the Van Duzer Theatre.  This is event is free and open to the public.  The program will be followed by a talk by the book's author, Theresa May.

Library has a Tumblr site!
Founders Hall

Special Collections summer interns created a Tumblr site featuring material from the Humboldt Room. Everyone is welcome to check it out and help spread the word. The HumLib tumblr will be used by interns in future semesters, so keep checking back for updates.

Learn About & Touch Scientific Instruments!
Robert A. Paselk Scientific Instrument Museum Display

Join Richard Paselk on Wednesday, August 12, as he shares the early use of instruments in science and navigation and their portrayal in art as well as why he designs and creates replicas. Attendees will be able to try out a variety of his replica instruments.

There will be a PowerPoint presentation in addition to the replicas/models and a few art prints.

The talk will be based on his recent library museum display seen in the online version.

Welcome Back Open House Aug. 19

Join us on Wednesday, August 19 from 3-4:45 in the Library Lobby.  Come see what's going on in the Library and celebrate a new school year with us!  Refreshments will be provided.

Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers Fridée Matinée July 10
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers

In this love letter to "the stinking rose," documentarian Les Blank interviews garlic fanatics of all stripes, from cooks to members of garlic appreciation societies. The film, (a lip-smacking foray into the history, consumption, cultivation and culinary/curative powers of the stinking rose) features internationally renowned chef Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse, and a flavorful musical soundtrack. In 2004 ‘Garlic’ was one of 25 films, selected by The Library Of Congress, to be added to the National Film Registry list of films to be preserved in perpetuity.  Watch it free on Friday, July 10 from 12-1 in the Library Fishbowl (L209).