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!

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.

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.

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.

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
NEC Logo

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

Paws & Relax with Therapy Dogs
Paws & relax with therapy dogs Tuesday, May 14, 1:30-3pm on Library Lawn and Tuesday, May 8 6:30-8pm in Library Lobby

Stress relief comes in many shapes and sizes! Find the friendly, furry faces from Therapy Dogs International and get some puppy love on Tuesday, May 14th, 1:30-3pm in front of the Library on the lawn.

Join us for ideaFest 2019!

IdeaFest is happening Friday, May 3rd, 2-5pm on all floors of the Library!

Come see what students and faculty have been working on, the answers they’re seeking, and what they’ve uncovered. And, get a glimpse of the type of research and creative work that’s possible here at HSU. You’ll be impressed!

Open gallery viewing of the posters will start at 12:00pm. The reception will be held 2:00-5:00pm on the 1st-3rd floors of the Library. In addition to poster presentations, there will be music, dance, art, and theatre performances.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Marketing & Communications, and the HSU Library, in collaboration with the Colleges.

Earth Week Events April 22-26

Associated Students and their partners bring you Earth Week, April 22-26th: Building Resilience in a Time of Crisis.  

There will be film screenings, workshops, poster presentation, bike ride, and many more activities plus a keynote address by David Cobb to kick things off.

See the full schedule at

17th Annual Women of Color Conference
flyer for WOCC

Gamma Alpha Omega, Health Education, and Associated Students present the 17th Annual Women of Color Conference on Friday, April 19th.  The theme for this year's conference is Community Health and Wellbeing.

Check in at the UC Quad from 12pm-1pm and check out the various groups tabling, get a free chair massage in the Library Lobby from 11:30am-1pm, enjoy numerous workshops, and cap it off with keynote speaker La Loba Loca in the Kate Buchanan Room at 5pm.

Get more information from the full schedule and flyer.  Register in advance here.  You can also find more information from the WOCC Facebook page and Event page

Photo Exhibit: The World "The Way We Saw It"
flyer for photo exhibit

You are invited to view the inspiring and creative works from the language students at HSU and Arcata High School on Friday, May 3rd, 2-5pm during ideaFest (HSU Library) and Friday, May 10th, 6-9pm at Arts Arcata (Feuerwerker Bldg, 854 9th St.)  This exhibit, The World "The way we saw it,"  showcases photographs from around the globe and writings in different languages, committing precious moments to memory. "This is our world! This is the way we saw it!"

Global Cafe takes you to Palestine!
Global Cafe Palestine flyer

Come hear a presentation about the life in Palestine and the United States from Professor Leena Dallasheh who came from Palestine.

Wednesday, April 24th from 4-5pm in the Library Fishbowl.

There will be food!

Animated Gif Contest!
flyer for animated gif contest

Have you ever wondered how to make an animated gif? Learn this important skill, use historical photos, and then enter to win the Library's Animated Gif Contest!

Take librarian Louis Knecht's SkillShop on Finding Historical Photos offered:

And attend librarian Garrett Purchio's SkillShop on Making Animated Gifs offered:

Submit an original gif using an image from Special Collections by 11:59pm on Friday, April 19th and you could win a fabulous prize!

Submit your entry to Teaching and Learning Librarian Garrett Purchio at, including the name of the collection you retrieved the image from, and the photo ID number.  Winner(s) will be notified by email on Tuesday, April 23.

Contact Garrett for more information.

Awa-Odori Dancers from Japan Monday, April 29th
poster for Awa-Odori Dancers

Sixteen Awa Odori dancers from Japan will perform their traditional dance, 5-6pm on Monday, April 29th in Kate Buchanan Room. These dancers are coming with the help of Japan Consulate in San Francisco, and the performance is free. They will be performing at Shasta College on 4/25 (Thu), and at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Redding on 4/27 (Sat). These dancers will be making a special trip to HSU to share their energetic and fun dance with the help of local Japanese community. The Awa Odori (dance) Festival is held usually from August 12 -15 as part of the Obon Festival in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island in Japan. Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan and attracts over million tourists each year. Performers wear traditional obon dance costumes and chant and sing as they dance. This is a once in the lifetime opportunity to witness this dance outside Japan, and here on the northcoast.

Enjoy these additional resources about Awa Odori: