Sustainable Travel Workshop
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Did you know that your travel can leave a significant impact on a destination and the people who live there? This workshop will explore a variety of practical ways we can become more responsible tourists and still have a fun vacation!

Learn more at the Sustainable Travel Workshop on Wednesday, November 13th 3:30-4:15 in the Library Fishbowl, brought to you by the Sustainable Tourism Class.

Veterans Day Closure
Veterans Day Honoring All Who Served

The Library and Campus will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day.

Humboldt History Digitization Day
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Your History Matters! Celebrate & Preserve It @ HSU Library

Community members are invited to digitally preserve their individual, family, or special histories. In celebration of American Archives Month, HSU Library Special Collections is hosting Humboldt History Digitization Day on Saturday, November 16th from noon to 4pm in the Special Collections research room on the third floor of the HSU Library.

You can digitize your documents and photographs using HSU Special Collections scanners, store them on hard-drives or flash-drives, or share them through social media. A technician and archivist will be on site to teach and assist everyone with the digitization process.

Join us - Please RSVP at

  • Sign up for a 20-minute digitization slot.
  • Prioritize 10 items to scan - a great starting point for digitizing and learning about archiving.
  • If you have your own flash-drive or hard-drive, please bring it, or we can provide a flash-drive. Supplies are limited.


  • Please be aware of copyright that limits what you can scan. If you created it, that means you have the copyright; if it was a photograph from a photography studio, you need their permission. We can explain more when you are here.
  • Don’t digitize personal information like addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers. That’s information that should stay private.
  • Materials should be able to lie flat on a scanner.  Fragile items are not recommended. 

Bring 10 items like these examples

  • Single or multi-page documents such as newsletters or smaller maps
  • Flat documents such as letters and posters up to 8 ½” x 11”
  • Photographs up to 8 ½” x 11”

Digitization Day will not include the following at this time

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Film
  • Large rolled panoramic photographs, maps, or posters
  • 3D Objects

Humboldt History Digitization Day is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Competitive Grant by the California State Library to promote historical preservation and digitization as a facet of digital literacy.

Celebrate the Brain Booth's New Space!

Join us to celebrate the Brain Booth's new expanded space on Thursday, November 7th from 3-4pm on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Campus & Community Dialogue on Race 11/4-11/8
Poster for CDOR reading: Campus & Community Dialogue on Race November 4-November 8, 2019 Free and Open to the Public Dismantling & Deconstructing to Build

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. This year's Dialogue will run from November 4 – November 8, 2019, with the theme DISMANTLING & DECONSTRUCTING TO BUILD.

Information about keynote speakers, workshops, and other events that are free and open to the public can be found on the CDOR website.  

Film Showing & Discussion: C.S.A.
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The HSU History Department invites you to a discussion of the mockumentary C.S.A. Confederate States of America presented by Paul Geck on Thursday, October 17 @ 5:30pm in the Library Fishbowl.

This film, directed by Kevin Willmott "examines an alternate world in which the Confederates won the American Civil War to establish the Confederate States of America -- a land that celebrates the practice and institution of slavery and racism. Kevin Willmott is an American film director and screenwriter at well as a professor of film at the University of Kansas. He is known for work focusing on black issues and has collaborated with Spike Lee, with whom he shared an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman."

Part of the movie will be show to facilitate a historical discussion of the stated objectives of the southern states that actually seceded in 1860. What were the Confederate States really fighting for in the United States Civil War, and what victories did they achieve in the 20th century even though their rebellion was put down.

Native Voices Traveling Exhibit
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As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, the HSU Library is hosting the traveling exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness for a six-week loan this fall, September 23 through November 20.

Native Voices exhibit explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land, and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today. This exhibit is sponsored by the HSU Library, Department of Social Work, Student Health & Wellbeing Services, J.S. National Library of Medicine, and American Library Association.

Opening reception is scheduled for 2-3pm, Tuesday, October 15th in the Library Lobby.

Then join the NAS department for a short film and discussion on California Indian History, Wednesday, October 16 at 1pm in Library 317.

See the links below for more information about this exhibit:

California Indian History Short Film & Discussion
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You are invited to a short film and discussion on California Indian History presented by Native American Studies in collaboration with the Native Voices Traveling Exhibit.

The film will be shown on Wednesday, October 16th at 1pm in Library 317.

Don't forget to attend the opening reception for the Native Voices Traveling Exhibit on Tuesday, October 15th at 2pm in the Library Lobby.

Internship Week Offerings
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The HSU Academic & Career Advising Center (ACAC) and Library SkillShops invite you to Internship Week workshops October 21-23.  Download the flyer for more information and then register for any of the classes listed below:

Monday, October 21

Tuesday, October 22

Wednesday, October 23

Thursday, October 24

In addition, the Career Clothing Closet will be open Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm in Gist Hall 120 with a wide selection of FREE professional clothes.

ideaFest Journal Volume 3 is out!
ideafest journal front cover volume 3

The 3rd volume of HSU's own peer-reviewed journal, the IDEAFEST JOURNAL, has been published by HSU Press!  This annual journal showcases the work of faculty, staff, and students at Humboldt State University and is an outgrowth of HSU's ideaFest, a day-long event that celebrates the collaborative research and creative projects of faculty, students, and staff from across campus.

Submissions of articles and posters for Volume 4 are now being accepted. Deadline is January 6, 2020.

For more information about submissions and to download a free copy of the full issue or individual articles, see

The World "The Way We Saw It" Exhibition Opening
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Please join us for the Humboldt State University Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) Photography Project, The World ‘The Way We Saw It’, Exhibition Opening October 7, 3-4:30pm, 2nd floor of the Behavioral & Social Sciences Building.

The Exhibition Opening was preceded by a Call for Photographic Entries providing an opportunity for all WLC students and faculty to submit a photograph for consideration. From the photos submitted, 30 were chosen by the WLC Community to be displayed during the exhibition.

The exhibited photos will remain on display for the duration of the academic year during which time all WLC faculty and their students will have the opportunity to view and be inspired by the photographs while using them in course assignments across the WLC curriculum to produce writings in their target language of study. At the end of the term, the exhibited photos, along with selected WLC student writings in different languages, will be preserved and published in a book curated at the HSU Digital Commons. The book will be also available for purchase in print (non-profit) through Amazon as The World “The way we saw it” WLC Fall 2018 and The World “The way we saw it” WLC Spring 2019 books. One of the main goals of this instructionally related program funded by CAHSS is to foster a nurturing space for building a more inclusive community and cultivate sense of belonging.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served after the official opening of the exhibition.

We look forward to welcoming you in person on Monday, 7th of October, 2019.

INRSEP/CNRS Student Research Symposium
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Please join us for an afternoon of scientific research presentations by students in the College of Natural Resources and Science on Friday, October 4 from 12pm-4pm, 2nd floor of the Library.

Poster viewing and displays will be available 12-4pm

Oral presentations in the Fishbowl from 2-4pm.

Topics include: Effects of Wildlife, Tricostate Moss, Lipid Transfer Protein, Mt. Shasta Lava Flow and much more!

This event is hosted by the Indian Natural Resources, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP), the College of Natural Resources & Sciences (CNRS), and the University Library.

Book Talk: Sold My Soul for a Student Loan
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Join us in the Library Fishbowl on Monday, October 7 at 2pm to hear Daniel T. Kirsch talk about his book, Sold My Soul for a Student Loan.

With unprecedented student debt keeping an entire generation from realizing the "American Dream," this book sounds a warning about how that debt may undermine both higher education—and our democracy.

American higher education boasts one of the most impressive legacies in the world, but the price of admission for many is now endless debt. As this book shows, increasing educational indebtedness undermines the real value of higher education in our democracy. To help readers understand this dilemma, the book examines how student debt became commonplace and what the long-term effects of such an ongoing reality might be. Sold My Soul for a Student Loan examines this vitally important issue from an unprecedented diversity of perspectives, focusing on the fact that student debt is hindering the ability of millions of people to enter the job market, the housing market, the consumer economy, and the political process.

Among other topics, the book covers the history of consumer debt in the United States, the history of federal policy toward higher education, and political action in response to the issue of student debt. Perhaps most importantly, it explores the new relationship debtor-citizens have to the government as a result of debt, and how that impacts democracy for a new generation.

Daniel T. Kirsch, PhD, earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and now teaches at California State University, Sacramento. He is a proud member of the American Association of University Professors and the California Faculty Association. His work includes his dissertation "Southie versus Roxbury: Crime, Welfare, and the Racialization of Massachusetts Gubernatorial Elections in the Post-Civil Rights Era" and contributions to the Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. He resides in Woodland, California with his family. This is his first book.

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.

Josh Ferrell to speak in Fishbowl
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Josh Ferrell, TV Producer of "No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain," CNN's "Parts Unknown," and the National Geographic Channel, and a graduate of HSU (Journalism '05) presents Food and Travel Journalism: Compelling Storytelling in Digestible Portions on Friday, September 27 at 1pm in the Library Fishbowl.

Presented by the Departments of Journalism & Mass Communication, Anthropology, and the HSU LIbrary, this discussion and reception are free and open to the public.

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!

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!