Yes, Reference Help is Available!
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Research help is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Do you have a question? Need help finding a book, journal article, or searching a database?

Ask a Librarian!  Email or call (707) 826-3418 for main desk, (707) 826-3419 for Special Collections. Leave a message that is forwarded to librarians. Replies are usually given within 24 hours, except holidays and weekends.

And watch for the new chat system coming Fall 2020.



L4HSU: Building Bridges & Connecting Communities
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This summer's L4HSU (LifeLong Learning Lounge) has truly become a community event. Partners from the Master Gardners of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, Sequoia Park Zoo, plus on-campus departments like the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Extended Education, and more, have joined the HSU Library to host free virtual workshops under the theme Building Bridges & Connecting Communities, June 15th-August 7th

Have an idea for a workshop?  Proposals are still being accepted! Past events have included book circles, film screenings, technology trainings, racial equity workshops, games, and rock painting. will provide tech help and set up Zoom sessions, plus help you get the word out!

Check the calendar as new workshops are still being added.


Borrowing Extended!
Borrowed Library Items Due August 31st

Need more time to return the books you borrowed? We’ve extended due dates until August 31st. Check your library account (linked in your student portal) to see what you’ve borrowed. You can still make contactless returns in the book drops at the Library.

Library's Spring Newsletter is Available
HSU Library Check Out the Library Spring 2020 Newsletter

Please see the latest Library Newsletter for Spring 2020.  In it, we share:

  • Some of the many ways we helped students, faculty, and staff finish the semester
  • How you can help document the experience of quarantine in Humboldt County and contribute to the Library's Archive Project
  • How you can continue to learn through online SkillShops
  • A celebration of ideaFest 2020
  • How to stay connected to the Library through social media
  • Projects that are giving back to the community
  • And coming soon - L4HSU, our expanded summer program!
Add to the Student Tourism & Travel Guide Project
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We invite you to help us with this Student Tourism &Travel Guide project!

Celebrating tourism and travel during the current crisis is challenging because it’s critical to stay at home, but celebrating tourism from home can be very worthwhile. Our project goal is to make it easy for HSU students and visitors to find information about our area. This goal has become increasingly important to help the future economic recovery for our area. An article written by Shomik Mikherjee entitled “Millions of dollars lost: Humboldt County tourism industry waiting out COVID-19" in the Times-Standard on April 12, 2020, shares that Humboldt County lost over $29 million in business revenue, lost 1,693 jobs, and 11 local businesses due to the pandemic (as of published date). HSU Library Scholar Interns tourism and travel research can help our economic recovery and you can, too.

Interested in helping?  Add your reviews of places you know and love to celebrate Tourism & Travel Week. Here are some tips for sharing information that helps us all discover and grow to love Humboldt County:

  • Use your social media to share information about your favorite sights with the tag #TourismHumCo this helps us gather information for our guide. Add #spiritoftravel #nttw20 to participate in the national celebration.
  • Consider adding information or your reviews for some of the favorites shared by students by taking the Tourism & Travel HumCo Challenge. Go to Student Tourism & Travel Guide for more information about the project and how you can help by adding reviews, photos, and tags.

If you want to know more about or support Library Scholar Internships, please visit the Library Scholar Internships page.

Thank you!

ideaFest 2020!

We are all excited for the opportunity to support the dissemination of research & creative works at Humboldt State University through a virtual symposium this year! We have many activities planned this week for students, staff, and faculty to participate in the celebration. Welcome to ideaFest 2020!

Full Schedule of Events for ideaFest Week:

  • Monday May 4, 2020
    • Digital Gallery Viewing open all week long! To see this year’s poster presentations Click Here!
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Brain Booth Meditation Hour with Therése Scott. Join us for a session of Somatic meditation!
      Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 919 8144 9011
      Katia G. Karadjova, Brain Booth Librarian
    • 12:00 - 1:00pm: A Celebration of Art, Education, and Partnerships with Local Schools.
      Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 91099240325
      James Woglom, Art 498S, Spring 2020
    • 1:00 - 2:00pm: Live Featured Student Presentations
      Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 98749152039
      • Cameron Miller: A Geospatial Inventory of the Jacoby Creek Forest & Potential for Restoration Thinning
      • Chant’e Catt: Humboldt Tenant Landlord Collaboration Assessment
      • Henry Solares, Travis Cunha, Casey McCullough, Leonard Henderson, Mary Virnoche: Major-Based Peer Mentoring: A Process Evaluation of a 14 Department Program Scale Up
      • Mishell Lopez Kirk: The Effectiveness of A Matter of Balance on Rural Community Dwelling Veterans and Non Veterans
      • Valetta Molofsky: Cultural Starvation: Out of the Ashes We Rise
      • Courtney Perry: Effects of a Dual-Task Paradigm on Tandem Gait Performance After Concussion
      • Sondra Schwetman – HSU Sculpture Walk 2020
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
    • Friday Morning: HSU Artifact Project (Jolien Olsen's English 103 Class)
      Check back for updates
      Presentations by Jolien Olsen and Kimberly Stelter
    • 1:00-1:50pm: HSU Applied Ecological Restoration Research Symposium
      Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 925 6096 5458
      Alison O’Dowd, ESM 455, Spring 2020
    • 2:00-3:00pm: Legacy Project Presentations
      Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 301463614
      Beth Wilson, ECON 490, Spring 2020
    • 4:00- 5:00pm: Live Featured Student Presentations
      Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 98749152039
      • Samuel Lipiec, leanna Spoelstra, Dr. Alison Holmes: Building Support for Study Abroad at HSU
      • Sarah Holden: A Symbol of Hope: An Ethnographic Analysis of Religion and Disaster following the Camp Fire
      • Carrie Aigner, Nina Egbert, Brianna Roque, Heather Reynolds, Corinne Tighe, Kimberly Vazquez: Examining Stigma as a Predictor of Formal vs Informal Help-Seeking Among College Students
      • Holli Pruhsmeier: Avian Occurrence Data Extraction Using Python Programming
      • Adam Grimmitt: The Effect of Turn Angle and Turn Frequency on the Energetic Cost of Running
      • Cade Freels, Carla P. Quintero, Samantha A. Anger, Joshua Maldonado, Will Gannett, Ruth Saunders: Scaling Resistance with Channel Length for Carbon Nanotube Networks

This year’s virtual ideaFest is sponsored by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Marketing & Communications, HSU”s Center for Community Based Learning, and the HSU Library in collaboration with the Colleges.

Charging the Final Stretch
Charging the Final Stretch

The Learning Center pairs up with CAPS to help you get through the last stretch of assignments and finals!

Charging the Final Stretch Online Workshop
Tuesday, May 5, 4-5 pm

Studying and finishing classes virtually isn't easy, but you don't have to do it alone. Join the Learning Center and CAPS for an online, interactive workshop to help you finish strong.

  • Learn motivational strategies
  • Set end-of-semester goals
  • Create a schedule to get to the end
Making Animated Gifs Online Workshop
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Join us Friday, May 1st from 1-1:50pm for this online live workshop that will teach you how to turn images into animated gifs using Giphy. No previous experience necessary. All are welcome!

Register at

Docuseek Earth Day 2020 Film Festival - Free Streaming
Happy Earth Day

Docuseek is offering 12 amazing documentaries on sustainability & environmental justice through Friday, May 1. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and enjoy this free streaming offer that includes new films as well as popular classics. But it's only for one week. Enjoy NOW!

Having problems accessing Google Scholar?
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First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian Kimberly Stelter has created this short and easy-to-follow video that will help you get free access to full-text articles through Google Scholar.

And please use if you need any help!

Welcome to ideaFest 2.0!
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In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the 7th Annual ideaFest Symposium will now be hosted online in a variety of digital platforms. Students, staff, and faculty can still participate in the spirit of ideaFest by disseminating & sharing their research & creative activities in the following ways:

  • We are extending the online registration for ideaFest 2.0 to May 1, 2020. Participants can continue to submit their project abstracts online at Presenters will have their abstracts published here.
  • Registered participants will be encouraged to publish their projects/posters online at Humboldt Digital Commons. Then, during the week of May 4-8th, Humboldt State University will be highlighting examples of the research & creative works submitted to Humboldt Digital Commons.
  • Anyone from the HSU community can also submit their academic essays or research articles for the next issue of ideaFest Journal, HSU’s own peer-reviewed academic journal. The deadline to submit your publication proposals is December 23, 2020. For more information about ideaFest Journal contact Kyle Morgan at

This year’s ideaFest 2.0 is sponsored by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Marketing & Communications, and the HSU Library in collaboration with the Colleges. We are all excited for the opportunity to support the development and dissemination of research & creative activities at Humboldt State University.

Next year, we look forward to hosting the 8th Annual ideaFest in-person to once again connect our campus community to the scholarly research, creative arts, and performances here at Humboldt State University.

For information about project submissions, contact Sally Hang at

Making Animated Gifs Online
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This online live workshop, Tuesday, April 14th @ 3pm will teach you how to turn images into animated gifs using Giphy. No previous experience necessary. All are welcome! Register for the session at:

Finding Resources Online through the HSU Library
Learn how to navigate OneSearch and connect your Google Scholar account to HSU's resources so that you can access scholarly articles and other research materials online for free. Join our Zoom session on April 8th at 3pm-3:50pm for a live demonstration with time for practice and questions. You will need to register in advance for this meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information .

Learn how to navigate OneSearch and connect your Google Scholar account to HSU's resources so that you can access scholarly articles and other research materials online for free. Join our Zoom session on April 8th at 3pm-3:50pm for a live demonstration with time for practice and questions. You will need to register in advance for this meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We are Online!

Dear Campus Community,

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the HSU Library, including the Library Cafe, will close on Friday, March 27 at noon until further notice. We remain committed to supporting your learning and growth and will continue to offer several remote resources and services, listed below:

You can also find a full list of resources and services the Library offers.

  • Computer Resources
    • Students who have technology needs should submit a help ticket to ITS here.
    • Laptops: The library has a limited number of Chromebook computers available for students long term checkout. To have a laptop shipped to you while they last, please email and include your name, student ID#, and mailing address.

Please call the ITS Help Desk (707) 826-4357 or for technical support.

  • Remote Instruction, Learning & Working
    • Keep Teaching: Center for Teaching & Learning support to faculty for alternative modes of instruction.
    • Keep Learning: Center for Teaching & Learning resource on how students can prepare for remote learning.

Also please note overdue fines have been suspended until June 1. The date is subject to change if needed.

Thank you for your understanding. Please email the Library at or call (707) 826-3431 and leave a message if you need assistance. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Cyril Oberlander
HSU Library Dean

Virtual Brain Booth Drop-in Hours!
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At the Brain Booth, our purpose is to help students manage stress, optimize learning, and promote overall wellness. In this time of major changes, we are working on finding new ways to support our campus community through Virtual Brain Booth Hours.

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12 pm the Brain Booth Student Assistants will be going live on Instagram to share ways of how you can manage stress at home. Join us to start a conversation on how to cope with this crisis and be our best selves overall.

The Brain Booth Student Assistants will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am-3 pm to answer questions and speak individually for “virtual drop-in hours.”  Email us at or dm us at @hsubrainbooth on Instagram to start a conversation with an assistant.  We are here to help!

Stay safe,
Katia & the Brain Booth Student Assistants

HSU Library Launched Citing Insights Software on Pi Day
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On Pi Day, March 14, 2020, Humboldt State University Library announced the release of Citing Insights, open source software designed to streamline the assessment of student papers. Five HSU undergraduate students working at HSU Library have successfully developed this powerful and unique software for information literacy and other assessments.

Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean shared, “Thanks to one-time funding from the California State University Graduation Initiative 2025 and the support of HSU, we employed amazing students to build Citing Insights. This software provides much needed automation to support assessment of information literacy and other competencies, including the evaluation of sources of citations used in student papers featuring standard or customized rubrics.”

What can Citing Insights do? It streamlines assessment of student papers. Just upload one or a set of papers, and Citing Insights automatically detects the citations in the paper, enabling one click access to the sources of citations via Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, or a library’s discovery system. You can also evaluate the paper and citations using the built in Information Literacy or Critical Thinking Value rubrics from the AAC&U, or create and edit your own rubrics, and even add annotations. Lastly, you can output the results for assessment, or provide feedback to students.

HSU faculty, librarians, and staff contributed feedback during several software sprints and alpha testing of this innovative prototype during fall semester. Thanks to everyone’s feedback, the Citing Insights Team; Cindy Batres, Elizabeth Lujan, Ben Miller, Kyle Smith, and Mitchell Waters, are sharing Citing Insights with the world on this Pi day, with a planned full version release this May. You can find and download Citing Insights Beta at:

HSU Library internships and project-based student employment opportunities are designed to empower effective learning to solve challenges faced by higher education and the community at large. One of the key questions for Citing Insights is how can we make assessment easier. The first phase of development for Citing Insights answers that question by reducing the workload of assessment. Once the full version is released, the next version of Citing Insights will support students research and writing; answering our second key question: how can we assist student research and writing anytime and anywhere? Building this tool will be as ambitious as the supporting assessment with automation software.

Ben Miller … “This experience at the library improved our ability to work in teams, develop a product to meet client needs, and expanded our knowledge – we had to acquire new programming languages, learn project management and agile development skills… working at the library was an invaluable experience.”

The Citing Insights team and Cyril Oberlander, Dean of the Library, will co-present Citing Insights and student software development projects, at the American Library Association Annual Conference (LITA program) in Chicago June 2020, showcasing the importance of engaging students in solving grand challenges. Cyril adds “I am excited to see the additional features planned for the Version 1 release, advancing assessment features for groups and adding inter-rater reliability norming and analytics will significantly make assessment easier and more powerful. Libraries are innovative engines in higher education, as we engage students in project-based learning, we provide practical and powerful strategies to rapidly prototype, test, effectively iterate, and thereby shape the future of higher education.”

For more information, please contact Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean at:

CANCELLED - California Tsunami Week: Kamome & Sister City Project
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This event has been postponed and may possibly be presented during L4HSU this summer.

The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home by Lori Dengler and Amya Miller is the first publication from the Humboldt State University Press. HSU emeritus Professor Lori Dengler will present this special event to highlight California Tsunami Week. Discover the sequence of extraordinary events that began with a great earthquake, followed by a tsunami and the voyage of a small boat called Kamome. This presentation will walk you through what happened and how Kamome became a miracle boat, bringing out the best in people and showing that acts of kindness really do matter. Amy Uyeki, illustrator of this wonderful book will share her animated film for the first time at HSU.

CANCELLED - Food Documentaries & Oh SNAP!
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This event will be rescheduled for Fall Semester

HSU Library, Oh SNAP!, and two filmmakers, Jessica Eden and Jennifer Bell, invite you to join this fun evening of films and food.

GOING WITH THE GRAIN describes the resurgence of locally grown grains in Humboldt County including wheat and quinoa. Learn from several entrepreneurs how they have incorporated local grains into their products.

COASTAL FOODS: SOWING THE SEEDS OF SUSTAINABILITY explores Humboldt's coastal local food movement including Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSAs), Native community health, and how important young people are to the future of local foods.

Come meet the filmmakers, learn about Oh SNAP!, and eat delicious local food! This is a FREE event.

"Food for Thought" is a DreamMaker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts. These films recognize the outstanding work of local food enthusiasts. Come celebrate our community and food connections!  

Help Make the Library a Better Place!
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Let us know what you think about how the Library can be better for you and the HSU campus and community. Tell us about your experiences here in the library and help us advocate for change in identifying and addressing issues around diversity and equity for other HSU students, staff, and faculty, as well as the local community. Your participation is fully voluntary and information will be kept confidential.

There are three ways you can participate:

We look forward to hearing what you have to say and hope to be able to turn your thoughts into actions here at the HSU Library. Thank you in advance for your participation!

For more details and links, visit

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
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Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism on Wednesday, March 4 from 12-3pm in the Library Lab 121. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. We'll have a computer lab for you to work in and suggestions for pages to edit, but you can also bring your laptop and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

This year the Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon is happening as a workshop for the Humboldt State University Social Justice Summit. For more information events on the schedule visit:

Pre-register for this event at:

Contact Kimberly Stelter at for more information.