Japanese American Internment Pop Up Museum & Taiko Swingposium
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Each year on January 30, HSU observes the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. This year, a pop-up museum of WWII internment camp artifacts will be on display on the first floor of the HSU Library from January 14-27, 2020. There will be originally designed banners explaining the history of the Japanese American incarceration camps, artifacts and ephemera collected from camp survivors, as well as books and posters will be on display in various exhibit cases and the lobby. Visitors can learn about the experiences of Japanese American families incarcerated in the WWII internment camps by perusing this pop-up museum featuring family objects and photos from camp, belonging to local Humboldt County Japanese American residents whose family members were interned.

San Jose Taiko will be coming to Humboldt with their exciting performance of SWINGPOSIUM ON THE ROAD. They will provide a 30-minute stage performance followed by a Q & A in Van Duzer Theater at 7pm, Thursday, Jan. 30. THis performance is free and open to everyone. Q & A will address constitutional rights and the laws eroded that protected people of color, different ethnicities or religions. We hope to foster dialogue around human and civil rights, and honor the resilience of the Japanese Americans who endured illegal mass incarceration. This performance is funded by HSU Library and HSU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Swingposium will transport audiences back to the days of World War II and tell the story of big bands in the Japanese American incarceration camps. It is a celebration of the big band music that was a source of hope in the camps and a connection to the outside world. There will be additional performances in the community from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1. For more information, plus a sample of the Swingposium, see

For more information contact, voice mail at 707-633-3155. See also

Additional Performances Information:

Four public performances will be presented: a free public performance Jan. 30 at the Humboldt State University Van Duzer Theater and three ticketed performances on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Bayside Community Hall, 2297 Jacoby Creek Road. Tickets for the Bayside performances are $10, and will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 4 at and Wildberries Market in Arcata. All events have been coordinated by Taiko Swing Humboldt, a project of the Humboldt Folklife Society.

On Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., in observance of the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, a 30-minute performance followed by discussion will be presented in the Van Duzer Theater. This performance is free to the public, funded by the HSU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the HSU Library Foundation. The week prior to Jan. 30, banners explaining the history of the Japanese American incarceration camps and artifacts and ephemera collected from camp survivors will be displayed in the HSU Library lobby.

The three Bayside Community Hall performances will begin with a 30-minute “talk story” before audience members are immersed in a 90-minute Swingposium living history experience at the dance. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to these performances on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 1, at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Because attendees are “at the dance,” the audience will be standing for the duration of the performance, with only limited seating available upon request for persons with limited mobility. For more information, email, call 707-633-3155 (voice mail) or go to @taikoswinghumboldt on Facebook.

Webinar: Telling the Story of Our Social World with Data
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Data provides students with a granular view of the world around them. Understanding the world with data is critical to the social sciences, especially because many students tend to assume that opinions, not data, will determine their educational experience. It is by exploring and visualizing data in the social sciences that students and researchers can gain meaningful insights into the problems and challenges which human societies face today.

How has economic inequality affected minorities in the U.S.? How have demographic shifts over time impacted the growth of American cities? How many people are opting to not get married in the U.S. and how does that impact the population going forward? How to examine these and other topics with data forms the crux of this webinar offered on Tuesday, January 21, 11am-12pm in the Library Fishbowl.

Dr. Quentin Kilpatrick, an instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will lead this webinar and discuss how he brings real-world data to life for his students in the social sciences. Using Social Explorer, Dr. Kilpatrick tells the story of American society. Learn how he integrates storytelling with data using Social Explorer in the courses that he teaches. Social Explorer is a premier data visualization and mapping tool, currently enhancing the research experience in over 400 academic libraries in the U.S. This is a timely webinar for all data and social science librarians, and for anyone interested in examining the social world today with data.

Quentin Kilpatrick is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Florida State University. His research interests are focused on the environmental and personal factors that shape stress exposure, mental health, and health behaviors in the transition from adolescence through adulthood. His research has examined how stress impacts the mental and physical health of individuals across social statuses of age, gender, race/ethnicity, and nativity. He currently splits his time between teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University and working in theater productions in New York.

Webinar: Changing Motivations for Philanthropy and Their Impact on Funding
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Nonprofits often solely appeal to donors’ compassion to inspire giving. But emerging research in the philanthropic sector raises concerns that donor empathy as a primary cause of giving may be declining, driven by donor burnout, and overtaken by other reasons. Is this an actual trend, one that manifests across all donor segments? And if so, what might this mean for nonprofits?

This webinar on Wednesday, January 22 from 11am-12pm in the Library Fishbowl will explore changing motivations for philanthropy, changes over time in charitable giving, and possible generational differences in approaches to philanthropy. This program Will Further Explore:

  • Insights into key motivations for giving, based on new research
  • Practical strategies to implement in response to potentially changing giving motivations
  • Understandings of generational differences in giving, and what these means for your organization
Library Scholar Internship on Tourism & Travel
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Are you interested in the tourism and travel industry? Apply to be a Library Scholar Intern!

HSU Library is seeking two Library Scholar Interns to work as a team on a Tourism & Travel Project that runs from February to May 20, 2020. This paid internship provides a stipend of $500 upon the completion of the internship project, consisting of:

  • developing an exhibit May 5-11 and an event for National Tourism Day on May 7
  • performing research and gathering information and data about tourism and travel for Humboldt County
  • developing a resource guide.

Team roles and duties will be tailored to the talents and interests of the interns.

In addition to developing a resource guide, the Library Scholars will:

  • Maintain an internship log, including experiences and challenges that they encountered over the course of their project. Meet together at least one hour each week.
  • Perform research and interviews to gather resources, develop a resource guide and suggested resources on tourism and travel, eco- and edu- tourism, and other related resources.
  • Gather information from a variety of sources - web pages, news sources, interviews, etc, - to understand the tourism and travel interests at HSU and in the region.
  • Evaluate existing travel apps and how Humboldt County is represented.
  • Write a brief reflection of the internship.

HSU students will work individually and as a team to gain hands-on experience researching, evaluating resources, and developing a resource guide of recommended readings for tourism and travel.

For more information or to apply, please send a brief resume, availability schedule, and brief cover letter expressing your interest for this unique opportunity to Cyril Oberlander, Dean of HSU Library at by Friday, January 31, 2020..

Makerspace is the New Happening Place!
Library Makerspace Meet Up and Make Hours Monday - Saturday 12-2pm and 5-7pm

The Library Makerspace is open for use at any time, but sometimes you need a meeting time to get other makers together. Starting Spring semester, during Meet Up and Make Hours, Monday through Saturday 12-2pm & 5-7pm, you can meet with a librarian the first hour, or with other makers (like yourselves), or work on self-directed projects. 

Come to Meet Ups to chat about projects, ideas, and troubleshooting for all kinds of maker topics, or just to get connected with other people interested in being creative. Some Meet Ups will feature maker-related SkillShops with time to work on a related project or practice skills that you explored in the SkillShop. Other Meet Ups will be thematic or open for free play.

Thursdays from 12-2pm, join us for the fiber craft focused meet up Stitching Together.

See the Makerspace guide for more event information and come on up to the 3rd floor and join us!

Semester Break Hours 2019-2020
Semester break hours for 2019/2020

Semester break beings Saturday, December 21.  Please see the Library Hours webpage for details.

Learning Center Gets You Ready for Finals!
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The Learning Center is there for you to help prepare for finals.  There will be light snacks, raffle prizes, and more at the following events on the first floor:

  • Monday, Dec. 9, 5-8pm - The One Where We Kick-off Study Week
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 5-8pm - The One When We have a Physics Power Hour & Mission to Math
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5-8pm - The One Where We have a Chem Crunch
  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 5-8pm - The One Where We have a Bio Bonanza
  • Friday, Dec. 13, 10am-2pm - The One Friday Before Finals
Therapy Dogs are Back!

Therapy Dogs International will bring their canine companions to the Library Lobby for your enjoyment during Finals Week on Monday, Dec. 16 from 2-3:30pm and Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 6:30-8pm in the Library Lobby

It has been clinically proven that through petting, touching, and talking with animals, blood pressure is lowered, stress is relieved, and depression is eased. Take a break from studying or reward yourself after your final and relax with a retriever, love a lab, hug a husky, or pet a pug. They are here for you to enjoy!

Note: These trained and certified dogs will be the only animals allowed. Please leave your pets at home.

Stress Less Week
Peer Health Education Presents Stress Less Week flyer with activities Monday 12/9 through Thursday 12/19

Peer Health Education presents numerous events and activities to help you get through the end of the semester!

Monday, Dec. 9

  • Chair Massages, Library Lobby @ 10am-1pm
  • Drop-in Destress Activity, UC Quad @ 12-3pm
  • "The Joy of Painting": Bob Ross Painting Tutorial, RWC 124 @ 6-8pm

Tuesday, Dec. 10

  • Chair Massages, Library Lobby @12:30-2:30pm
  • Health Info: On-the-go!!, UC Quad @ 12:30-3:30pm (free snacks)
  • "These Cookies Sleigh": Cookie Decorating Activity, RWC 124 @ 3-5pm

Wednesday, Dec. 11

  • Chair Massages, Library Lobby @ 4-6pm
  • Put Yourself First: How-to De-stress, UC Quad @ 12-3pm
  • "Weave your way out of this mess": Embroidery, RWC 124 @ 1-4:30pm

Thursday, Dec. 12

  • Yoga with Sasha, RWC 125 @ 1-2pm
  • DIY Snowflake, UC Quad @ 12:30-3:30pm
  • "Crafting in a Winter Wonderland, Library 114 @ 7-9pm

Friday, Dec. 13

  • Trivia: Essential Oils + Raffle!!, UC Quad @ 12-2pm
  • "Cupcakes & Chill": Join us for some cookies and tea, RWC 108 (drop-in lounge) @ 3-5pm

Finals Week - Chair Massages in Library Lobby

  • Monday, Dec. 16 @ 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 @ 9:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, Dec. 19 @ 9:30am-1:30pm

PLUS Therapy Dogs International will be bringing their therapy dogs to the Library Lobby

  • Monday, Dec. 16 @ 2-3:30pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 @ 6:30-8pm

And the Brain Booth is open on the 2nd floor with multiple items to help you reduce stress and optimize your learning!

Tim McKay Postcard Collection Display

Ever wondered what amazing images are popularized to help depict the California Pacific Northwest?

Postcards are a tremendous way of communicating landmarks, natural landscape, cityscapes, artwork, and tourist attractions to a larger populace through correspondence with friends, family, and penpals. The Tim McKay Postcard Collection currently on display outside HSU Library Special Collections serves as a way to follow “Tim McKay’s lifelong interests in the natural world and in the ways that people and communities use their surroundings for livelihood and solace.” (Tim McKay Postcard Collection Finding Aid)

As an environmental advocate, writer, scholar and historian, Tim McKay dedicated a majority of his life to the natural world that beautifies Humboldt County and the complexities of reducing human impact in the region. Through his persistence in environmental conservation and drive for knowledge, Tim McKay served as executive director for the Northcoast Environmental Center for three decades until his passing in 2006. The legacy that McKay leaves behind embodies advocacy in many prominent local issues related to environment and community including PG&E’s Humboldt Bay nuclear facility, expansion of Redwood National Park, California’s first Wilderness bill, the Siskiyou Mountains and its infamous G-O Road, and National Forest management. (Biography by Susie Van Kirk, 2009)

Themes and imagery that range from the Prairie Creek Roosevelt Elk to the forest clear cutting beside lumber mills provide a pictorial narrative that help relate Tim McKay’s career in local environmental advocacy to the postcards on display. Come up to the third floor and check out these postcards on display for yourself!

This display was curated and made possible by Drew Ahlberg.

ideaFest Journal - Submit today!
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You're already doing the work for class. Now share it out! Get a peer-reviewed publication to your name! Publish in HSU's own peer-reviewed journal. Submit your article today at Deadline: January 6, 2020. Remember: You only regret the opportunities that you didn't take.

Wildlife Seniors Poster Symposium Fall 2019
Wildlife Senior's Research Poster Session Friday December 6th 2019 4:30-6:30pm 2nd floor HSU Library (outside the fishbowl) open to all! Cookies and refreshments served

The Wildlife Senior Students Poster Session will be held on Friday, December 6th, from 4:30-6:30 pm in Authors Hall at the library (2nd floor). We will have about 60 graduating students presenting on their research.

As always, you are welcome to stop by and see what interesting research the senior wildlife students conducted and to congratulate them on their achievements.

Light refreshments will be served.

Wellbeing Resources Training (I CAN HELP)
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The Student Health & Wellbeing Services present a free workhop - Wellbeing Resources Training for Faculty, Staff and Students - on Thursday, November 14th from 9-11:30am in the Library Fishbowl.

Learn how to better understand suicide risk and key prevention helping skills

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.

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.