SkillShops Feedback Wanted!

SkillShops bannerWe are planning for Spring SkillShops (50-minute co-curricular workshops) and would love feedback from you!

Students, please fill out this very short survey to let us know your thoughts as we transition back to in-person SkillShops. Will you be attending via Zoom, face-to-face, or would you like the choice? Also, what kind of topics would you like to see offered?

Faculty, please fill out this short survey so we best meet your needs.

Want to know more about SkillShops? Please check out the SkillShops guide where you can find information about what we offer, including the self-paced Canvas SkillShops.

Love in the Valley - Documentary

Promo flyer for Project Rebound Humboldt State Presents Love in the Valley w/ Lonnie Anderson - a short documentary on Tuesday, December 14th at 6pmLove in the Valley: A Documentary on indigenous Albuquerque artist Lonnie Anderson

Join Project Rebound HSU for a special guest lecture presentation from artist Lonnie Anderson on Tuesday, December 14th at 6pm.

For more than 25 years, indigenous Albuquerque artist Lonnie Anderson has been performing inspirational acts of art and creativity on Valentine's Day for his wife, Anne. Anderson, affectionately dubbed “The King of Valentine’s Day” by news outlets, showcased some of his creations during LOVE: Valentine Art, an exhibition at the South Broadway Cultural Center earlier this year. The film was featured in the 46th American Indian Film Festival and Lonnie will be guest lecturing on personal experience of overcoming struggle and his work through art and healing with currently and formerly incarcerated youth and individuals.

Zoom registration

Facilitated by Tony Wallin, Programs Coordinator Project Rebound, HSU

New Gratitude & Mindfulness SkillShop!
Wellness & Stress Management with the Brain Booth

Join us for a special workshop and learn about gratitude and mindfulness and how they can help your mental wellbeing and academic success!

Zoom registration

Workshops take place at 12pm and 2pm on Wednesday, November 17th and will continue on the last Wednesday of each month during spring semester . You will not be able to use the registration link from the ongoing Wellbeing & Stress Management Brain Booth SkillShops to join these gratitude and mindfulness sessions, so please register using the link above!

Learn more at the Library Brain Booth, which seeks to introduce the Humboldt State community to international scientific research on the effects of mindfulness, attention, and contemplation through hands-on tools and activities in an experiential setting.

Facilitated by Megan Boucher, Library Brain Booth

Campus/Community Dialogue on Race (Oct. 25-29)
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The Campus & Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at Humboldt State University that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change.

The vision of Campus & Community Dialogue on Race is to achieve racial, social, and environmental justice. The program's purpose is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression. In addition, students can earn a unit of credit in ES 480, Campus & Community Dialogue on Race. This year's theme is Dismantle & Heal: Building Coalition Against Forced Division.

Celebrating 23 years of CDOR, this year's Dialogue will run from October 23 (Sat) through October 29 (Fri) featuring Hari Kondabolu and Dr. Lisa Nakamura.

Go to the CDOR Events Calendar to read more about the workshops and register!

It's Banned Books Week!
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Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2, 2021) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

This year's theme is "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

(from ALA's Banned & Challenged Books website)

Read more at the Banned Books Week libguide.

New Special Collections Website!
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After much hard work from our library web team, HSU Library Special Collections has launched its new website.

The new site is an update from the previous website to a more user friendly design, and has migrated to the URL: Make sure to update your links! It’s also in-line with the university style guidelines, mirroring other HSU websites, and has a rotating header of historical photographs from HSU Special Collections. If you would like to learn more about a specific featured photograph, there is additional information under the “About” section in the drop down menu.

The accordion style search menu takes users to all of the Special Collections items in the Library catalog, has the ability to search the Digital Archives site that houses our digitized collections, and to search HSU finding aids from the Online Archive of California. All 13,000 digital photographs have migrated to a new Humboldt State Digital Archive making searching and finding historic Humboldt images even easier. We look forward to making more digital content available in the near future.

Special Collections hopes this new site will make finding items in our collections easier, and assist student and community researchers. If you have any questions, please contact for more information.

Weekly Wellbeing & Stress Management SkillShops

flyer for brain booth's skillshop on wellbeing and stress management The Brain Booth presents weekly SkillShops on Wednesdays 12-12:50pm and 2-2:50pm to learn about wellbeing and stress management.

Zoom registration

Find out more about the Library's Brain Booth at where you can find online resources and see what will be available when the building opens up again.


We are Diversifying Our Collection!

graphic of bookplate for ODEI grant funded purchasesThanks to your feedback and requests, we've added even more titles to support diversity and inclusion.  The research guide Diverse Collections - Recent Acquisitions highlights these additions and is updated periodically as new titles become available.

We thank the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for supporting library collection development in 2020-2021. Look for the ODEI bookplate in our catalog for items purchased with ODEI grant funds and please continue to make suggestions!

Get books through CSU+, now using CSU and SUNY libraries

image of book going into mailbox with Golden Gate bridge in background. Text is CSU+ & SUNY Two of the largest public university systems in the US are collaborating to get you books! CSU+ a way to get books quickly and for free! CSU+ is now expanding beyond our CSU libraries. Materials will come to us from NY if they aren't available in CA. bottom image of book going into mailbox with New Yorkc City skyline in backgroundLibrary services expanded via new partnership!

The libraries of the two largest public university systems, CSU and SUNY, are partnering to provide you library materials. This expansion of CSU+ means that if a book you request can't be sourced by one of the Cal States, then a partner from NY within the SUNY system will help out. Students, staff, and faculty can utilize CSU+ to get library books quickly and for free!

While the library collections remain closed, the resource sharing service is here to acquire books for you from our library partners.

With questions related to this service please contact

Fall Course Materials
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Do you plan to require course materials for Fall 2021? The HSU Library can check to see if materials are available to purchase in an eBook format.

The ARC can scan up to 15% of a textbook so get your requests in!

Make purchase and scanning requests with this form.

Have you thought about using an Open Educational Resource or lower cost options for your course instead of a commercial textbook? There are many free online resources through Open Educational Resources. Email to speak with a librarian who can help you locate OER that might work for your class.


New First-Year or Transfer Student? Get a Tablet!
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New first-year and transfer students are eligible for an iPad, free to use through the completion of your degree.

Sign up now!

HSU is participating in CSUCCESS (California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success) and are providing:

  • 64 GB iPad Air (iPad Air - Apple)
  • Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (iPad Keyboards - Apple)
  • Apple Pencil 2nd Generation (Apple Pencil - Apple)
  • Excellent technology support from the Technology Help Desk

Note: With a keyboard attachment and pencil, this technology bundle is comparable to a laptop.

Read more, including FAQs at and register by August 27th.

An Information Technology Services (ITS) representative will connect with you soon after to schedule a pick-up date and time or arrange for your iPad to be shipped to you. You can contact them directly at 707-826-HELP (4357) or email

We Have a New Blog!
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If you've been in the Library, you know our love of whiteboards. (OK, Cyril's love of whiteboards, but we have discovered how truly useful they are, too!)  Students use them to study, play, and create. We use them to direct, inform, and interact.

As a way to share more information between newsletters, we introduce you to Our Whiteboard, a new Library blog!

Contributions will be written by staff, faculty, students, and administrators, keeping you informed on the lastest Library and library-related happenings. Check out our first article about L4HSU, still offering free, online workshops through August 14th!

Have questions or want to suggest something for us to write about? Want to write something for the Library blog? Contact us at

10 Video Streaming Tips & Recommendations
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Have some time on your hands? Check out these 10 video streaming tips and recommendations from the HSU Library:

Kanopy Streaming


Titles streamed by Kanopy are available either directly from the library catalog or from the HSU Kanopy interface linked above to HSU community. Those titles for which we do not hold streaming rights could be requested by filling in a request form. This form would appear on your screen and forwarded to a staff member for consideration. Given our limited funds, we emphasize study and research needs when making purchase decisions.

Google Media Library A to Z

A searchable video database Google Media Library A to Z is available for all faculty and staff located in Google Share Drive. It's a collection of captioned videos that have been digitized for use in coursework. The database can be accessed via Canvas.

A short tutorial can be found at



Netflix Educational Videos YouTube Channel provides some videos to those without subscription.

Humboldt Digital Scholar/CSU Scholarworks

Campus lectures by HSU faculty and visiting speakers including Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, Campus/Community Dialogue on Race, and many others are available from this archival repository.


PBS Learning Media POV Documentary Watch Club

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting: 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: 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


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 in addition to their YouTube Library.

ALA/FMRT hosted Digital Video Collections Guide

This guide includes licensed and freely available quality online resources.

Wabash Lily Library Open Streaming Video Collection

Offers quality, freely accessible collections of online video.


These feature films could only be used individually, rather than for the classroom, but in some cases it could avoid the dilemma of students who don’t have subscriptions to Prime, Hulu, etc.

National Theatre Collection (Bloomsbury's Drama Online)

Free trial thru August 1, 2021. The National Theatre Collection makes the best of British Theatre available worldwide to libraries, schools, universities and the wider education sector. The Collection is available on Bloomsbury’s award-winning digital library Drama Online.

Archivist & Digital Publishing Specialist Wanted
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The Library is looking for an Archives and Digital Publishing Specialist (LSIII) to support the work of the Special Collections and the Scholarly Communications Offices. This is an internal search and more information can be found at Job #21-18. Deadline to submit application materials is Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Humboldt Asian Histories & Futures Panel
Humboldt Asian Histories & Futures Panel a reading, panel, & community conversation organized by HAPI May 14 5-6:30pm cosponsored by L4HSU, the Clarke Historical Museum, & the Eureka Chinatown Project

Humboldt Asian Histories & Futures: a reading, panel, and community conversation organized by HAPI

Join us on Friday, May 14 from 5-6:30pm. Zoom registration here.

In this program, community members, historians, and local artists come together to remember Humboldt’s Chinese expulsions and their reverberations today. The 90-minute event features a reading from Chinese American poet Daryl Ngee Chinn, a background of the anti-Chinese exclusions and expulsions in Northern California from historian Jean Pfaelzer, and a panel discussion about contemporary challenges the Asian community faces in Humboldt. We hope that the open discussion can spark conversations around what racial solidarity and support can look like today and into the future.

Organized by HAPI (Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity)
Co-sponsored by the HSU Library (L4HSU), the Eureka Chinatown Project, and the Clarke Historical Museum

Are you artistic? The Eureka Chinatown Project is looking for a muralist for the Eureka Chinatown: Lost & Found Mural. Read more about it here.

In addition, HAPI would like to learn about the northcoast community and invite you to fill out a short survey to help shape HAPI's priorities and focus. Thank you!

Participants' Bios

Ali Ong Lee, M.A., M.S., is a Chinese and Vietnamese writer and project manager for nonprofits. She relocated to Humboldt for both love and less expensive warehouse space, in 1998. One of her children is a fifth generation San Franciscan with roots in Toisan, while the other is a fifth generation Eurekan. Ali is currently working to preserve open space and agricultural land by serving on the Humboldt Local Agency Formation Commission as its Public Member. She collaborates with local grassroots activists reclaiming space at the Eureka Chinatown Project and with Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity.

Daryl Ngee Chinn is a poet, poet teacher, bookmaker, and editor. His book and book-related publications include Soft Parts of the Back (University of Central Florida, 1989); artist books; collaborative books; self-published chapbooks; and school and statewide poetry anthologies in Nevada and California. He published his first book of poems and color photographs in 1973 and has worked or volunteered for poetry teaching and related activities including fundraising, board membership, and mentoring. He was a founding member of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild and served as Humboldt County Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools.

Jean Pfaelzer is a Professor of English, Asian Studies, and Women and Gender Studies at University of Delaware. She is author of Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans, which made the New York Times 100 Best Books of the Year, consulted for "1882: The Chinese Exclusion Act" on PBS, and is currently working on The Stolen People: A History of Slavery in California and the American West (Yale University Press). She speaks on issues of immigration on NPR, Pacifica, CNN, CSPAN, and CTGN. Jean has taught at Humboldt State University and UC San Diego and was director of the National Labor Law Center.

Brieanne Mirjah is the organizer of the Eureka Chinatown Project, which started as a passion project to help raise AAPI awareness and culture in our community. She is of Chinese and West Indian descent and believes we can all do our part to make a difference. As she expects her first baby in June, it is important to her that she helps create a community where everyone feels welcomed, especially those that have historically not been welcomed here in Humboldt. In her day job, Brieanne works in non-profit fundraising and marketing for the Breast & GYN Health Project in Arcata.

Marylyn Paik-Nicely was the Director of the MultiCultural Center at Humboldt State University (HSU) for almost 20 years. She has always described her work at the MCC as a “job made in heaven just for me!” Social justice programs, community building, cultural celebrations, mentoring students, leadership development, exploration of identity and so much more shaped Marylyn’s life forever. She retired from HSU in 2015 and loves having time with her three grandchildren. Marylyn is a “Founding Mother” of Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI), on the Board of Directors of Humboldt Area Foundation, and an active participant of the Eureka Chinatown Project. Marylyn is a third generation Okinawan/Korean born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii.

Chisato (Chisa) Hughes (organizer) is a half-Japanese filmmaker who grew up in Humboldt County and recently returned during Covid to work on a documentary here. The film asks questions about ghosts and placemaking today, looking at the history of the expulsions in the county and the Chinese people that continued to live here surreptitiously despite the threat of white violence. Chisa is an artist and organizer with HAPI (Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity), and hopes to be part of building racial solidarity here in Humboldt.

Read up on the Library with the Spring Newsletter
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Check out the Spring 2021 Library Newsletter featuring articles on:

  • Discovering Humboldt
  • Circulation on the Go
  • Add a Dash of Library to Spice up Your Teaching and Learning
  • Project-based Learning: Citing Insights
  • Course Reserves
  • Building Bridges & Connecting Communities
  • Upcoming Events: Fred Korematsu Day, Authors Celebration, and ideaFest


Stress Less Events Through May 9th
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Register for workshops on:

Good luck on your finals! Congratulations to all graduates!

ideaFest 2021!
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HSU's 8th annual ideaFest symposium was May 3-7, 2021, but you can still watch the presenters, listen to the performances, and peruse the posters by entering Platform Q.


Last Call to Submit to ideaFest!
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During the week of May 3-7th, the 8th Annual ideaFest Symposium will be hosted online through a new site called “Platform Q.” HSU students, staff, and faculty can still participate in ideaFest by sharing their research & creative activities in the following ways:

  • Online registration deadline for ideaFest is this Friday April 23rd, 2021. Participants can submit their projects online at You can submit digital posters or pre-recorded video presentations (including artistic performances, photography, digital art presentations, and more!)
  • If your classes have live zoom presentations already scheduled for the week of May 3-7th and you’d like them to be “featured events” in ideaFest to draw in a broader audience let us know! Email Erika Andrews at with the details of your research presentations, talks, live events, performances, etc. and we can cross-promote them in Platform Q that week.
  • 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 31, 2021. For more information about ideaFest Journal contact Kyle Morgan at

If you or your students are interested in presenting, registration for ideaFest 2021 is now open! Click Here for more information or to sign up. This will be a great venue to display previously presented professional posters or multimedia presentations at this campus-wide research & creative activities symposium.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs by emailing Sally Hang at

Feedback needed for Librarian Leah Gazan
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The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the periodic evaluation of temporary CPS Librarian, Leah Gazan.

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

Your comments should be address to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and sent via an HSU email to

The deadline is noon on Monday, April 26, 2021.

Thank you!