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
flyer for Friday October 4, 2019, INRSEP/CNRS Student Research Symposium

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!
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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
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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!

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.

Student Feedback Needed for Evaluation
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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
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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!
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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
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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.