The Library Seismic Retrofit is in the final stretch. The outside is done but there are a few more tasks to take care of inside including abatement and the addition of sprinkler systems and LED lights. Taking advantage of the building closure this spring, sprinklers will be added to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd floors, and new LED lights will help to make the Library a brighter and more sustainable learning environment. Access Services (temporarily relocated in the ground floor Library 25) will continue to ship laptops, lab kits, and other resources to students during spring semester. Due to the abatement work, the Library’s print books, CDs, DVDs, and most periodicals will be unavailable between December 15 through approximately the end of February.
In January 2021, the Library will become a member of the HathiTrust. This service will provide ebook access to approximately 80% of the print books in our collection. Links to HathiTrust will be added to our library catalog, and we will provide SkillShops on the latest great resources available to you for spring semester. Additionally, we plan to continue to borrow books from other libraries and send them to you, subject to the available operations at the other libraries during the pandemic.
We are looking forward to our grand reopening of the HSU Library in the Fall of 2021 when we will be able to show you all the wonderful changes that have been made to improve the spaces and services.
Other news about HSU Library:
- We recently added 27 more etextbooks to the list of ebooks HSU Library subscribes to so students don’t have to purchase these textbooks. Check out our catalog to see if your textbook is free online @HSULibrary.
- By late December, a new book return box will be installed at the Library Circle since the book return at the main entrance will be closed during the sprinkler project. If you need to return items in other ways, please contact us. Equipment checked out to current and spring students will be automatically renewed and due May 28, 2021.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions, or need assistance. Find ways to contact us at http://library.humboldt.edu/about/contactus.html or telephone 707-826-3431.
We wish everyone a wonderful new year and good health!
Cyril Oberlander Dean,
Join us Thursday, December 12th at 5pm for a pre-finals de-stress and have fun in a game of drawing and guessing what the word is. The game (skribbl.io) works best on a computer browser (you can play on a browser on your phone, but it's not formatted to fit the screen). During this session, you will also hear some tips from a librarian about where to get help for research, if you still need support, plus some other information that you might find useful while you finish your final assignments.
Join HSU's PC Gaming Club in creating the campus and library in the world of Minecraft! Started by Wildlife senior Sarah Kanga Livingstone (who helped bring the flight simulator to the Library) and supported by Enrollment Management and IT, this interactive world is open to the HSU community and beyond.
Want to learn more and help build? Read about the project and follow the links at Minecraft: Humboldt State Edition.
The Library was fortunate to receive ODEI grant funding this year to develop "a program of acquisitions that will enhance the Library’s collection of contemporary scholarship and creative works related to diversity, equity, and inclusion." In the spirit of inclusion, we seek participation from across campus and welcome your recommendations for titles to purchase. Submit recommendations for books and videos through this Google form. Selections will be finalized in January and we will showcase the materials throughout the spring. Thank you for helping to create a more inclusive and diverse library.
This is the time of year when the therapy dogs come to visit but since we're all virtual, we are inviting EVERYONE to share their pets online.
Show off your pet or a photo of a loved animal on Friday, December 4th at 1pm. No pet, no problem - join us anyway as we use this time to destress together!
Other helpful campus resources:
Jerry and Gisela Rohde have generously donated to create the Rohde Library Scholar Internship, supporting paid internships for HSU students working with HSU Press and Special Collections. The Rohdes will work with student interns interested in publishing or researching local history collections, giving interns hands-on learning experiences in those areas.
For more information on how you can sponsor an intern or donate to the HSU Library, see Giving to the Library.
- Discovering Humboldt with Yelp
- Getting Involved at HSU
- Tenant Rights
- Ixcanul Film Screening
- Database Dive: Exploring HSU Databases
- Paying for College: Scholarships and Grants
- How to Organize (Advocacy)
- How Credit Cards Work
- Resume 101 Workshop
- Nurture Your Nature
- Shameless Sexual Health
- Drip like Honey - An Empowerment Journey
- Relfection Friday
- Reading for Understanding
- Interviewing Tips and Tricks
- School to Prison Pipeline
- Feeling Left out of the FUNgus
- Love Yourself to the Cottege Core
- Let's Talk about Diabetes
- Calfresh & Medi-Cal 101
- Green Burial: Options & Aspirations
- Addressing COVID Realities in Humboldt
In this L4HSU workshop, offered Monday 11/16 @ 1pm and Friday 11/20 @ 12pm, you will learn helpful tips including how to make your Yelp reviews more prominent in the algorithm. You will also learn how contributing to review sites like Yelp benefits Humboldt County tourism. See Discovering Humboldt: Getting Humboldt County on the Map & Social Media for more information.
Facilitated by Annika Slattery
This year's theme for the 22nd Annual Campus & Community Dialogue on Race was Global Justice for Black Lives: Examining the Past and Reimagining the Future.
Last week over 900 people attended and participated in workshops, round tables, book circles, and more. This Saturday, November 7th, will be the keynote address with Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric.
BTW, free copies of the book are still available by filling out this request form.
See the CDOR website for more information.
Join us in looking for and sharing wonderful places in Humboldt County. This presentation/workshop on Google Maps focuses on writing reviews and the benefits from contributing photos, reviews, and other information.
Facilitated by Annika Slattery
November 3rd is rapidly approaching. Check out these upcoming online events and workshops before casting your vote in this year’s election.
In the first full week of October, students will have opportunities to ask questions of candidates for Congress and the California State Senate in two town halls organized by the Associated Students Lobby Corps. State Senator Mike McGuire will meet with the HSU community on Monday, October 5 at 4pm while Jared Huffman will meet with the HSU community on Thursday, October 8 at 3pm. Both town halls will be moderated by Dr. Aaron Donaldson from the Department of Communication. Students can attend these events through the following links:
- Monday, October 5 at 4pm: Town Hall with State Senator Mike McGuire
- Thursday, October 8 at 3pm: Town Hall with Congressman Jared Huffman
The Library is offering voter education SkillShops beginning on Friday, October 2. One SkillShop will focus on researching the California state ballot initiatives while the other will cover voting down-ballot on elected officials and initiatives at the local and state level. Each workshop will be offered multiple times and will be held on Zoom. You can register for these SkillShops by clicking on the links below. Each link will list the days and times that the SkillShop is offered and you can choose to attend one or more sessions:
- Researching The California State Ballot Initiatives (10/2 @ 12pm, 10/13 @ 4pm, 10/29 @ 3pm)
- Down-Ballot Voting (10/7 @ 4pm, 10/16 @ 3pm, 10/26 @ 4pm)
The Humboldt County Library, as part of their Vote Smarter campaign, is offering the following online programs. Please pre-register on the Google form and you will be emailed a Zoom invite with the event link:
- Monday, October 5 at 7pm: The Pros and Cons of Propositions, with the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County
- Saturday, October 17 at 3:30pm: How to Vote in the time of COVID-19, with Kelly Sanders from the Humboldt County Elections Office
- Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30pm: Making Informed Choices When Voting Locally, with Garrett Purchio from the Humboldt State University Library
Additionally, the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement and OLLI's Brown Bag Lunch Presentations will be offering the following workshop. Read more about it and RSVP here.
- Monday, October 12 at 12pm: November Election Issues with the League of Women Voters
SkillShops, 50-minute co-curricular workshops, are facilitated by faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders on campus. Want to offer a SkillShop? Fill out the proposal form and we will help you set it up. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
L4HSU (The LifeLong Learning Lounge) has been the summer version of SkillShops - free learning events open to and conducted by campus and community members. It was so popular this summer that we are extending it into the school year! These sessions are more informal, can last longer than 50 minutes, and are open to everyone via Zoom. Use this proposal form to submit your event or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Already offering workshops that fit either of these criteria? We want to help you advertise them to the community! We can also offer zoom training, co-facilitators to assist during your sessions, and other services to help.
Synchronous SkillShops will be starting in September but the online ones are now available to take anytime and can be assigned by faculty. Learn Research Basics, How to Cite Sources, How to Read Scholarly Articles, and how to use various software like Camtasia, WordPress, and InDesign, to name just a few. More are being added during the semester.
We look forward to continuing to work with the campus and community and are grateful for all the past support of these programs that are helping them to grow and become important to facilitators and attendees alike.
Created by HSU students, Citing Insights is "a powerful web application designed to streamline assessment of students' information literacy and other skills. With Citing Insights, you can easily upload a student papers, the citations are detected and links to discovery tools make it easy to evaluate the sources. Discovery tools include Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, and a Library's Alma Primo. Citing Insights is designed to automate using or editing AAC&U Information Literacy Value Rubrics, and other assessment rubrics, for assessing the student papers. You can also add annotation, and provide students feedback, or provide accrediting bodies with detailed assessment reports." (github)
On August 12, 2020, the Humboldt State University Library announces the release of version 1.0 of the open source software, Citing Insights. Over the past 18 months, thanks to the support of HSU and the California State University Graduation Initiative 2025, undergraduate students have developed Citing Insights, innovative and powerful software designed to streamline assessment of student learning, and enabling inter-rater reliability norming and analytics.
After extensive research and analysis with faculty and librarians, Citing Insights was released in beta on March 14, 2020, featuring: streamlining assessment of information literacy and other key competencies, automated citation detection and sources discovery, rubric tools for the evaluation of sources of citations used in student papers, and customizable assessment rubrics for the overall paper and citations. Citing Insights streamlines assessment of student papers by enabling the user to upload one or a set of student papers, detecting citations in the paper, and enabling one click access to the sources of citations via Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, or a library’s discovery system. Thanks to feedback from alpha and beta testing, the Citing Insights team streamlined the interface and added powerful new features, including group assessments and inter-rater reliability norming and analytics. Now, with group functionality, users and members of your group can evaluate the papers and citations using the built in Information Literacy or Critical Thinking Value rubrics from the AAC&U, or customize and share rubrics for program assessments. Scores and annotations are saved and can be retrieved by group or by paper. These results can be downloaded in CSV format. If you are interested in evaluating Citing Insights as an assessment tool, details are available at https://github.com/hsu-library-project-x/citing-insights-version1.
HSU Library internships and project-based student employment provide powerful learning opportunities designed to solve challenges faced by higher education and community. One of the key questions for the Citing Insights project is how can we make assessment easier? We answered that question with the completion of the first phase. The next phase is to take what we learned from assessing student papers, and develop software to support student research and writing. You can help support this endeavor. To learn more about HSU Library Scholar Internships and projects, please visit http://library.humboldt.edu/about/lsinternships or contact Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean at email@example.com.
What is next for the Citing Insights Team? They will present this software to library conferences and to the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, looking for opportunities to further develop this innovative technology and encourage adoption. Congratulations Liz, Kyle, Ben, Cindy, Mitchell, and HSU Library!
The Citing Insights Team: Liz Lujan, Computer Science ‘20, Kyle Smith, Computer Science ‘20, Ben Miller, Computer Science ‘19, Cindy Batres, Art ‘20, and Mitchell Walters, Computer Science ‘19.
Physical textbook checkouts will not be available Spring 2021, however, we are trying to provide online access to as many textbooks and course materials as possible. Please check the Course Reserves list to see if your textbook is already online and available. If you don't see your course, use the Course Reserve Request Form to request your book. See the Students Continuity Planning Guide for more information.
We will work with you to get online access to your course materials. There are three options for making course materials available through the library at this time:
- eBook requests (which the library purchases)
- Accessible scans of textbook chapters (the Accessibility Resource Center can scan up to 15% of a textbook, or more if the instructor presents permission from the publisher).
- Assistance finding free, online open educational resources to replace your textbook (support from Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean)
The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of the following tenure-track librarians:
- Tim Miller, Digital Media & Learning Librarian
- Garrett Purchio, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science Librarian
- Kimberly Stelter, First Year Experience & Student Success Librarian
If you have experience working with Tim, Garrett, or Kimberly, we invite you to share your feedback with the committee.
Please address your comments to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and submit using your HSU email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include Feedback on [Name] in the subject line.
Deadline for receipt is 5pm, Wednesday, August 19th, 2020.
Although the Library building will be closed through Fall 2020, current HSU students, staff, and faculty can request library resources not available online to be sent via mail.
The Academic & Career Advising Center (ACAC) VIRTUAL FRONT DESK is NOW OPEN Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm, via Zoom.
The ACAC Front Desk staff is available to answer your academic and career related questions, schedule appointments with our advisors, assist with Handshake, and much more!
Go to https://humboldtstate.zoom.us/j/97010890619 or bookmark the ACAC website for easy access to the ACAC Virtual Front Desk Zoom link.
Virtual Drop-in Advising for HSU Students:
Drop-in for a quick session with an ACAC Advisor or Peer Advisor. Request a "Drop-in" via email at email@example.com, by popping into the Virtual Front Desk, or by completing Virtual Drop-In Advising Form.
Drop-ins are handy for the following services: Quick Resume Review, Cover Letter Review, Basic DARS Review, How to Declare a Major or Minor, How to Change Your Advisor, Navigating Handshake Job Database, GE Questions, Federal Work-Study, Transferring Courses for Credit at HSU, Withdrawal and Educational Leave
ACAC looks forward to assisting you!
Streaming for FREE in July:
- Albacore Tuna: The Tale of a Fish, a documentary about Humboldt’s fishery is now available online free for viewing. The film by local media producers Jennifer Bell & Jessica Eden, examines the history and health of Eureka’s tuna fleet through interviews and video from sea.
- Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America focuses on the world’s asylum & refugee situation and the journeys of LGBTQ people escaping persecution in their homeland. (Note: available through July 12th only)
Titles streamed by Kanopy are available either directly from the library catalog or from the HSU Kanopy interface linked above.
- After Stonewall
- Becoming Johanna
- Gen Silent
- Race Power of an Illusion
- The Great White Hoax
- Color Adjustment
- Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
- 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez
Campus lectures by HSU faculty and visiting speakers are available: Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, Campus/Community Dialogue on Race keynote speakers, Kieval Lectures, and many others are available from this archival repository.
Google Media Library A to Z
A searchable video database is now available for all faculty and staff located in Google Share Drive. The database is called Google Media Library A to Z Captions Only, and it's a collection of captioned videos that have been digitized for use in coursework. The database can be accessed via the Canvas home page. A short tutorial can be found at https://hsu.link/GoogleAtoZMediaLibrary
- The American Archive of Public Broadcasting is a multi-station archive of a lot of PBS material from years back. It's a good place to start if you are looking for a streaming option for something you have on VHS.
- PBS LearningMedia is a free streaming platform specifically for educators. There are many clips from a ton of programs. You might not find that full episode of NOVA but you might find the clip that you actually want to use.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. KEET-TV has numerous programs uploaded to this archive as well. For example you can watch Chinese Experience in Humboldt County.
Responding to Teachers' Request for Access to Documentaries - For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, this isn’t possible with schools closed. So at their request, we have made a selection of our documentary features and series available on the Netflix US YouTube channel. See the full list of documentary films and series below.
Each title also has educational resources available, which can be used by both students and teachers - and we’ll be doing Q&As with some of the creators behind these projects so that students can hear from them firsthand.
We hope this will, in a small way, help teachers around the world.
Note these documentaries are currently available in English. Subtitles in more than a dozen languages will be available later this week. Also if you are a parent or teacher, please check the ratings so that you can make informed choices for your students and children.
- 13th (Film) - The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. Please find educational resources here.
- Abstract (Series - Season 1) - Abstract: The Art of Design takes you beyond blueprints into the art, science, and philosophy of design. The series goes inside the minds of the world’s greatest designers, showcasing the most inspiring visionaries from a variety of disciplines whose work shapes our culture and future. Please find educational resources here.
- Babies (Series - select episodes) - Filmed over the course of three years, Babies is a landmark series that explores the miracle of the first full year of life through the pioneering work of leading scientists from across the globe. The series examines the epic journey every person embarks on, from helpless new-born to independent toddler. Following the life-changing adventures of 15 international families and featuring the latest research from eminent scientists who share their personal journeys of discovery into the infant mind, the series is filled with the exciting uncertainty of parenting, exploring each major milestone of development like never before. From the first bond a baby shares with its parents, to learning to feed, sleep through the night, crawl across the room, speak their first words, and discover the world around them – right up to those first steps of toddlerhood. Please find educational resources here.
- Chasing Coral (Film) - Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long. Please find educational resources here.
- Explained (Series - select episodes) - In partnership with Vox Media Studios and Vox, this enlightening explainer series will take viewers deep inside a wide range of culturally relevant topics, questions, and ideas. Each episode will explore current events and social trends pulled from the zeitgeist, touching topics across politics, science, history and pop culture -- featuring interviews with some of the most authoritative experts in their respective fields. Educational resources coming soon.
- Knock Down the House (Film) - Four exceptional women mount grassroots campaigns against powerful incumbents in Knock Down the House, a galvanic and inspiring look at the 2018 midterm elections that tipped the balance of power. When tragedy struck her family in the middle of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts as a bartender to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn't know what to do with the anger she felt about America's broken health care system. Cori Bush, a registered nurse and pastor, was drawn to the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. A coal miner's daughter, Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer from the environmental effects of the coal industry. Please find educational resources here.
- Our Planet (Series) - Narrated by Sir David Attenborough This eight-part series will explore the unique and precious wonders of our natural world from the creators of the award-winning series Planet Earth. In partnership with World Wildlife Fund, Our Planet combines stunning photography and technology with an unprecedented, never-before-filmed look at the planet's remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants. The ambitious four-year project has been filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, with over 600 members of crew capturing more than three and a half thousand filming days, and will focus on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America. Please find educational resources here.
- Period. End of Sentence. (Short) - In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. Period. End of Sentence. — a documentary short directed by Rayka Zehtabchi — tells their story. For generations, these women didn't have access to pads, which lead to health problems and girls missing school or dropping out entirely. But when a sanitary pad machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering the women of their community. They name their brand “FLY,” because they want women “to soar.” Their flight is, in part, enabled by the work of high school girls half a world away, in California, who raised the initial money for the machine and began a non-profit called “The Pad Project.” Please find educational resources here.
- The White Helmets (Short) - A Netflix original short documentary, set in Aleppo, Syria and Turkey in early 2016. As the violence intensifies, The White Helmets follows three volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war, all the while wracked with worry about the safety of their own loved ones. Moving and inspiring, The White Helmets (directed by Academy Award®–nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara) is both a snapshot of the harrowing realities of life for ordinary Syrians who remain in the country, and a humbling portrait of the power of the human spirit. Please find educational resources here.
- Zion (Short) - Zion is a gripping portrait of Zion Clark, a young wrestler born without legs who grew up in foster care. Clark began wrestling in second grade against his able-bodied peers. The physical challenge became a therapeutic outlet and gave him a sense of family. Moving from foster home to foster home, wrestling became the only constant thing in his childhood. The Netflix original documentary short is directed by Floyd Russ. Please find educational resources here.
Some Netflix Original educational documentaries are available for one-time educational screenings. To find out which titles are available for educational screenings, go to the "Only On Netflix" section of media.netflix.com. From here, navigate to "All Alphabetical."