Webinar: The Confounding Promise of Community: Why it Matters More Than Ever for Student Success
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Join us 11am - Noon, Thursday, Sept. 19 in Library Fishbowl! What is the role of community—as a concept, an outcome, and an entity—in a liberal education, and how can community contribute to student success? How do students experience community, on and off campus? This webinar will examine emerging definitions of community, ongoing efforts to create inclusive pathways for engagement, and ways community-based practices can advance inclusive excellence. From multiple institutional perspectives, presenters will explore how a collective understanding of community can shape a commitment to equity and student success.

There will be time for Q&A during the webinar.

Create in the Library Makerspace!
flyer for library makerspace meet up and make hour every thursday 5-6pm

The new Library Makerspace on the 3rd floor is now open for your creating pleasure!  There are longer open hours, but during Meet Up and Make Hour there will be a librarian and other makers available in the makerspace to chat about projects, ideas, and troubleshooting for all kinds of maker topics. Bring your own project or work on something you discover in the makerspace. Once a month, the meet up will focus on a specific maker topic connected to a SkillShop offered from 4-4:50pm before the Meet Up and Make hour. You don’t have to attend the SkillShop to join us for the meet up.

Note: There will not be Meet Up and Make Hour on 9/12 or 11/28. The last meet up for Fall 2019 semester will be 12/12.

Webinar: Telling the American Story with the U.S. Census: Teaching with Real Data

Join us for this webinar in the Library Fishbowl on Tuesday, October 1 from 11am-12pm.

Census data tells the American story. By exploring how the United States has changed--and is changing--students and researchers are not only able to examine large demographic and geographic shifts, but also intimate personal histories and changing neighborhoods. How have Harlem's demographics shifted since 1900? Which cities saw the greatest demographic change due to the Great Migration? Where have traditional immigrant communities thrived, and where are more recent immigrants choosing to settle?

Professor Rebecca C. Hyde shows how students can tell these stories and more using Social Explorer, a data visualization and mapping tool currently enhancing over 350 research libraries in the U.S. With the census in the news daily, this is a timely webinar for all data and social science librarians, and for anyone interested in examining the patterns that emerge from massive, longitudinal data sets.

Presenter Rebecca Hyde is an Associate Professor and Research & Instruction Librarian at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library. Rebecca has spent nearly twenty years working in Federal Depository Libraries and exploring the secret life of the U.S. Census. She works extensively with students and researchers to help them fully utilize the power of Census data for historical and current population analysis. Before joining the faculty at Saint Louis University in 2011, Rebecca worked at the University of California, San Diego and Northwestern University.

Author David Holper Book Reading
Author David Holper Reading Event September 11 6pm Library Fishbowl

The City of Eureka's Poet Laureate for 2019/2020, David Holper, will read from his book, The Bridge: Poems, on Wednesday, September 11 at 6pm in the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor.  Book signing will follow. Join us!

Webinar: Addressing Marginalization

Webinar: Addressing Marginalization: Redirecting Strategies of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Workplace - 8/28 (W) 11-12, Fishbowl.

With the increased attention that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have received in recent years, research reports show that the diversity of boards has not increased and seems unlikely to change anytime soon based on current recruitment practices. Where are we lacking in our DEI efforts? Join us on Wednesday, August 28th, 11 - Noon in the Library Fishbowl to unpack key complex issues related to addressing marginalization in our oganizations, including welcoming different lived experiences and creating sense of belonging.

Webinar:Addressing Marginalization: Redirecting Strategies of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Workplace will explore:

  • A landscape understanding of common diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • Strategies for addressing underlying causes of a lack of diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • A systems thinking lens for designing processes and structure-oriented strategies to DEI
  • Deconstructions of key DEI concepts, and discussion of their applications in social impact

This webinar is free, and is open to everyone.

Taiko Swing Humboldt Planning Meeting
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First planning meeting @ HSU on Tuesday, 8/27, 5:30-7:30pm in Library Fishbowl

What is Swingposium?

Swingposium is a tribute to big band music and swing dance set in a mess hall at a WWII Japanese American incarceration camp, where guests become part of the narrative from the inside. This event is coming to Humboldt in January 2020.

For more information, see

Library Welcome Back Open House
flyer for Welcome Back Open House thursday, August 29 3-5:30pm in Library Lobby

Celebrate the new school year with the HSU Library at our Welcome Back Open House on Thursday, August 29th, 3-5:30pm in the Library Lobby.

See all the equipment you can check out (digital cameras, laptops, graphing calculators, VR goggles), the partner services available (tutoring and writing help through the Learnng Center, help from the Tech Help desk, SDRC, and more) and meet the amazing people who provide these services both in the LIbrary and elsewhere on campus.

There will be fun activities and refreshments available.  See you there!

Did you Know you can Reserve a Display Case?

Space is available to set up displays - first-come, first-served!

Cases available for reserving:

Check the Case Reservation Calendar for dates, complete an application, then create a display to advertise your club, organization, special event, etc.!

Questions? Contact the Library Administration Office in L108 or at 826-3441.

Library Makerspace Open House
flyer for Library Makerspace Open House 9/3 4-7pm

Join us for a variety of events on Tuesday, September 3rd on the 3rd floor of the Library as we unveil the new Library Makerspace across from Special Collections.

  • 4-5pm: Learn about Virtual Reality (VR) and make your own app (no experience needed)!
  • 5-6pm: Open lab to make, play with VR and Augmented Reality, and get connected with other makers
  • 6-7pm: Make a Zine (DIY magazine)

You don't have to be an artist or computer scientist to create in the makerspace. Anyone can make! Stop by the makerspace anytime to try things out/experiment, talk about your ideas or projects, or even just hang out.

Student Feedback Needed for Evaluation
photos of Brianne Hagen, Carly Marino, Kyle Morgan

The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of the following tenure-track librarians:

  • Brianne Hagen, Discovery & Metadata Services Librarian
  • Carly Marino, Special Collections Librarian & Archivist
  • Kyle Morgan, Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian

If you have experience working with Brianne, Carly, or Kyle, we invite you to share your feedback with the Committee.

You may contact the Committee in the following ways:

  • Submit written comments addressed to: Library Faculty Personnel Committee, Library, Humboldt State University, One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521. Deadline: 5pm, Thursday, August 22, 2019.
  • Email the Committee at Deadline: 5pm, Thursday, August 22, 2019.  (Please use your HSU email and include Feedback on [Librarian Name] in the subject line.)

Thank you.

The Learning Center is Back!
flyer advertising Learning Center services

The Learning Center has moved back to the library and will be offering their free services to HSU students, including tutoring for:

They also offer the Writing Studio and workshops on academic skills plus the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program to help our students succeed.

Welcome back Learning Center!

Check out the Monthly Newsletter from HR
screenshot of July 2019 HR Newsletter

Have you seen all the training and professional development offered in Human Resources monthly newsletters?  With links and descriptions for online courses and on-campus workshops, recommended articles and books, videos and tech tips, the monthly newsletter is full of information for all employees at HSU. Subscribe to get it delivered to your mailbox every month or add the Training and Professional Development website to your favorites to check periodically.

L4HSU - Last week!

It has been another successful summer for L4HSU and there are still more workshops being offered through Friday, August 16th.  These 1-hour long workshops will have you thinking, engaging, and helping to build a stronger community. 

Check the calendar, sign up or drop in, and we hope to see you soon!

Welcome New Librarians

Three faculty librarians are joining the HSU Library this summer! Please welcome...

Leah Gazan will serve as the College of Professional Studies Librarian. Ms. Gazan holds an MLISc from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and is currently completing a master's degree in educational psychology. Her thesis research focuses on open educational resources and academic librarians’ professional identity and practice. As Instruction Librarian at Leeward Community College, Leah implemented student centered approaches to information literacy instruction, and as Information Services Assistant at the John A. Burns School of Medicine Health Sciences Library, she instituted a "Brain Breaks" program where members of the medical school community used the library as a relaxing and creative space. Leah Gazan will join us July 31, 2019.

Garrett Purchio will serve as the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian. Garrett Purchio is the Teaching and Learning Librarian at Humboldt State University. A graduate of the San Jose State University School of Information, Garrett is passionate about preparing students for academic, professional, and personal success. He is excited to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and others in capacities that create dynamic learning experiences and promote a commitment to lifelong learning. Garrett Purchio will join us July 31, 2019.

Kimberly Stelter will serve as the First Year Experience & Student Success Librarian. Ms. Stelter earned her MLIS from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis in Special Collections. Her research interests include co-curricular learning experiences that promote lifelong learning, gamification, and makerspaces. Kimberly has held several instruction and research librarian positions at Humboldt State University Library. In her current position, she has collaborated with first year courses and STEM Place Based Learning Communities to incorporate information literacy into the curriculum. She is eager to collaborate with new and existing courses and learning communities across the disciplines and to provide co-curricular programming to support student success throughout college, particularly for first years, transfers, and students transitioning into their second year. Kimberly Stelter will start in the new position on July 1, 2019.

Please join us in welcoming Leah, Garrett, and Kimberly!  Suggestions for their introduction to campus and campus programs or departments, can be made to Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean at or 707-826-3441.

Librarian Leah Gazan Librarian Garrett Purchio
Librarian Kimberly Stelter
Leah Gazan,
College of Professional Studies Librarian
Garrett Purchio,
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian
Kimberly Stelter,
First Year Experience & Student Success Librarian


Lumberjack Newspaper Archives Online!
The Lumberjack Digitization Project poster for ideaFest 2019

Thanks to librarian Garrett Purchio and students Adam Mellott, Danielle Kirkland-Shatraw, Reanne Meighan, and Veronica Koomson-Maiden, you will soon be able to look back at Humboldt State University history online thanks to the Lumberjack Newspaper Digitization Project!

Humboldt State University’s student newspaper has published continuously since 1929. The newspaper has been known as The H.S.T.C. Rooter (1929-1930), The Humboldt Lumberjack (1930-1951) and The Lumberjack (1951-present). The newspaper is produced by students in the HSU Journalism and Mass Communication Department. Stories, images, and multimedia content appear on the Lumberjack Newspaper website.  Physical copies are maintained in Special Collections and Archives and on microfilm located outside of the Periodicals Office.

Once this project is done, nearly 90 years of campus and community coverage will be accessible and searchable online through Humboldt Digital Scholar. 


Last Wacky Sock Wednesday!
Wacky Sock Wednesdays @ 2pm in Library Lobby

Everyone is invited to join in Wacky Sock Wednesdays at 2pm in the Library Lobby.

Join in the summer fun and wear your wackiest socks - they don't have to match!  

Last day to show off your wacky socks is Wednesday, August 21st - don't miss out!

Spring 2019 GIF Winner
winner of GIF contest

Congratulations to Christopher DeTar - winner of the Spring 2019 GIF Contest with his "Back in my day laws were more bearable" entry! This was the result of two SkillShops - Finding Historical Photos and Making Animated Gifs.

See all entries and watch for more contests to come in the future.

2019 Sculptures are Here!
cover for 2019 Sculpture Catalog

Enjoy the amazing sculptures on display throughout the Library building now until graduation, May 18th.

Pick up a printed catalog or use this electronic version (pdf) to learn more about the art pieces.

There will be guided walks before and after ideaFest at 12pm and 5pm.  Meet in the Library Lobby to participate.

Activities for Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness flyer with listing of events

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!  Your mental health is important, and it is good to take care of it! Peer Health Educators have events for you to take care of yourself in the weeks preceding finals! Some of these events will be mild quiet zones so you can study while participating at the same time. Studying is a form of self-care as long as you do so in a healthy way.

Embroidery (Thursday, May 2nd 1-3 pm in LIB 114) Release your stress by creating art using needlework! And validating messages. No skill is required and all materials will be provided!

Bring Your Own Mug Tea (Tuesday, May 7th 3-5 pm in LIB 114) Relax while studying with some complimentary tea (please bring your own mug)! We will have information on the various types of tea, and you can bring home your own mix as well. This will be a mild quiet zone to allow for studying during this time.

Bob Ross Style Painting (Wednesday, May 8th 11 am-1 pm in Goodwin Forum NHE 102) Release your stress by creating art using paints! And validating messages. No skill is required and all materials will be provided!

Kinetic Sand (Wednesday ,May 8th 2-4 pm in LIB 114) Sometimes you can get overwhelmed while studying, and that’s alright. Having a hand in kinetic sand or making a little sand castle gives your mind a break that it needs. This will be a mild quiet zone to allow for studying during this time.

Origami (Thursday, May 9th 3-5 pm in LIB 114) Release your stress by creating art using paper! And validating messages. No skill is required and all materials will be provided!

Meditation Cake Walk (Friday, May 10th 1-3:30 pm in the UC Quad) Walk along a meditative path and bring peace to yourself. The music will stop and if the number you land on gets called, then you win a cupcake or another dessert of your choice!


Yoga & Relaxation - RWC 125

  • Wednesday, May 8th 6-7pm
  • Thursday, May 9th 7-8pm
  • Friday, May 10th 6-7pm

Chair Massages - Library Lobby

  • Monday, May 6th 10am-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 7th 10am-1:30pm
  • Thursday, May 9th 10am-1pm
  • Monday, May 13th 1pm-3:30pm
  • Thursday, May 16th 10am-12:30pm
Summer Internships available at the Northcoast Environmental Center
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The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) is looking for interns for the summer. Applications are being accepted for Special Projects, Coastal Programs, Zero Waste, EcoNews Archive & EcoNews Journalism internships until May 20th.

Read more about the NEC at and get information about the internships and how to apply at