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Library News (last 6 months)

Tom Gage Book Reading - 4/25

Dr. Tom Gage
Dr. Tom Gage, OLLI Instructor and Professor Emeritus in English will be reading and signing his new book Gülen’s Dialogue on Education: a Caravanserai of Idea and another book, Ottoman Mosaic from 2 to 3:30pm on Friday, April 25 in the Library Fishbowl. A significant influence of this book derives from the HSU graduate course in the Masters Degree in the Teaching of Writing, the course he taught from 1977 to 2000 in the English department. Since its publications, he has given readings and signing at the University of Toronto, Canada; the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin; and at the National Press Club, the site of a November Georgetown University Conference, at which he was a featured speaker. In May 2013, his American Prometheus, an enhanced iBook available on iPads, was awarded two silver awards at the New York City Book Expo.

2014-04-16 to 2014-04-25


Two-Spirit Acts Reading - 4/18

Jean O
The HSU Library cordially invites you to a reading by Dr. Jean O'Hara, Kerri Malloy, Marissa Lopez & Everardo Cuevas on Friday, April 18, from 2 to 3:30pm in the Library Fishbowl (Room 209). They will read from TWO-SPIRIT ACTS: QUEER INDIGENOUS PERFORMANCES, which was edited by Dr. Jean O'Hara. In this collection of short but powerful two-spirit plays, characters dispel conventional notions of gender and sexuality while celebrating Indigenous understandings. With a refreshing spin, the plays touch on topics of desire, identity, and community and they humorously tackle colonial misunderstandings of Indigenous people.

2014-04-02 to 2014-04-19


Cesar Chavez Day Closure 3/31

Cesar Chavez
The HSU Library and campus are closed for Cesar Chavez Day on Monday, March 31.

2014-03-27 to 2014-03-31


Undergraduate Research Symposium

library staff pushing book truck
On Thursday, March 27th, the HSU Library will host the Undergraduate Research Symposium showcasing some of the fascinating undergraduate research going on across campus. The poster session will be March 27th from 5-7pm in the Library First Floor next to the cafe. Please contact CAHSS Librarian Chris Salvano for additional information.

2014-03-17 to 2014-03-28


Book of the Year - Community Reception with Jim Dodge

Jim Dodge
College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University will host a community reception for 2013/14 Book of the Year author Jim Dodge on Friday, March 28th, 7-8:30 pm, at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. Jim Dodge grew up in Texas, Wyoming, southern California, and Labrador. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Since 1995, Jim has been a faculty member in the English Department at Humboldt State University. Refreshments will be provided.

2014-03-17 to 2014-03-28


Mid-Day Matinee - Films from the Library Vault

student looking at microfiche
Look back at HSU’s history by viewing archival gems from the Library’s Special Collections on Friday, March 28th, 12-2 pm, in the Library Fishbowl, L209. Video selections will feature campus departments, students, and faculty spanning the decades. Many of these films have recently been digitized through the California Light and Sound Project. The final film is an encore screening of the HSU Centennial documentary celebrating the people and spirit of Humboldt State, directed by HSU Alum Benjamin Bettenhausen (‘07, Physics). Come for an afternoon of HSU history through film, and see how much the campus has changed or remained the same over the years. Refreshments will be provided! This is part of the Library's Centennial Showcase Celebration.

2014-03-08 to 2014-03-28


Library Spring Break Hours

spring break
The Library's Spring Break hours start Saturday, March 15. Please see the Library Hours webpage for details or this flier for a printable copy.

2014-03-07 to 2014-03-23


Longer Weekend Hours

Starting Friday, February 28, the HSU Library will be open until 9:45pm on Fridays and Saturdays! See the Library Hours calendar for more information and watch for even more open hours for prefinals and finals!

2014-02-26 to 2014-04-30


Mid-Day Matinee - Local Film Shorts

Local Film Shorts - Ugliest Fountain in the World
HSU Library is showcasing some of the local short films to celebrate HSU's Centennial Celebration on Friday, March 7th, 12-1:30pm, in L114. Three short films will be screened: UGLIEST FOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD (WITHOUT A DOUBT), by Jensen Rufe (’99) HSU grad, THE HARRIERS by Dean Munroe (‘68) and David Phillips (‘69) HSU grads, and ARCATA FROM DAWN TILL DUSK by Prof. Ann Alter. Refreshments will be provided! This is part of the Library's Centennial Showcase Celebration.

2014-02-20 to 2014-03-07


Dr. Barbara Curiel Book Release Party

Dr. Barbara Curiel
Join us in celebrating Dr. Barbara Curiel, Professor of Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies and English on Friday, March 7 from 3-4:30 pm in the Library Fishbowl, L209. Dr. Curiel is the winner of 2012 Philip Levine Prize. Her new book Mexican Jenny and Other Poems was just published by Anhinga Press. CRGS, English, Celebracion Latina, and the Library are joining to host a poetry reading, Q & A, and refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing!

2014-02-20 to 2014-03-07


A Look Back at the HSU Library - Centennial Speaker Joan Berman

librarian helping patron in book stacks
Joan Berman will introduce the HSU Library exhibit The Evolution of Information, featuring photographs and objects from the Library's Special Collections on Wednesday, March 12th, 5-6:30 pm, in the Library Fishbowl, L209. She will discuss the HSU Library's rich history and developing future as its academic, cultural, and research methods shift through time. This presentation will begin in the Library Fishbowl and then move to the Library lobby for a guided tour of the exhibit. Joan has worked as a librarian at HSU for over 40 years and became head of Special Collections in 1997.  This is part of the Library's Centennial Showcase Celebration.

2014-02-20 to 2014-03-12


The Evolution of Information - HSU Library Exhibit Opening

looking in the card catalog
When the University was founded in 1913, Humboldt State provided a library to its students and faculty. This exhibit will feature the changing nature of information over the past 100 years. From books to e-journals, the library has provided the foundation of scholarly research for a century. Join the library in celebrating this exhibit opening on Wednesday, March 5th, 3-5pm, in the Library Lobby. There will be refreshments and door prizes! This is part of the Library's Centennial Showcase Celebration.

2014-02-14 to 2014-03-31


Four Perspectives On Joseph Campbell

Cyrus Smith
In celebration of HSU’s centennial year, the Reese Bullen Gallery invites the community to celebrate the return of seven HSU alumni artists and attend an exhibition that highlights their achievements a decade after graduation, Ten Years Out. One of the artists Cyrus Smith has created an installation which is part of his FOUR PERSPECTIVES ON JOSEPH CAMPBELL. Joseph Campbell Library Revisited Ongoing Installation will run through Mar. 8. Three other components include, The Joseph Campbell Conversation Series Pt. 1 Depictions of David with Heather Madar at 5pm, Feb 18 in RBG; Conversation Series Pt. 2 Myth, War, and Peace with William Herbrechtsmeier at 3pm, Feb. 21 in RBG; and The Joseph Campbell Music Experience: A Live Performance at 7pm, Feb. 22 in the Creamery Building. Check them out!

2014-02-12 to 2014-03-08


HSU Library Internship

The HSU Library is currently accepting applications for an internship position for the Fall 2014 semester.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in the SJSU SLIS graduate program in library and information science, with a demonstrated emphasis (i.e. via course work) in academic librarianship preferred. Graduate students from historically underrepresented groups, as defined by the American Libraries Association, Spectrum Program, are especially encouraged to apply.

Complete information at HSU Library Internship.

2014-01-24 to 2014-04-10


Library Workshops!

Sign up today for Monday evening workshops during Spring Semester.  Topics include: Evaluating Websites, Understanding Call Numbers, Finding Scholarly Articles, Using eBooks, and Zotero Citation Management.

2014-01-17 to 2014-04-30


Register for a Zotero Workshop

These hands-on workshops will introduce students, faculty and staff to the free citation management tool Zotero. Workshops are held in Library Lab 121.  Pre-registration is required for the workshop that will cover importing citations, creating your own reference libraries, exporting bibliographies, and using a wide variety of citation styles.

2014-01-17 to 2014-04-20


Fred Korematsu Day 1/29

Fred Korematsu
California's Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties is the first day in U.S. history named after an Asian American.  It is celebrated every January 30th on Mr. Korematsu's birthday.  Fred Korematsu was a national civil rights hero, who argued that the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII was unjust.  He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.  Multicultural Center and the Library are co-hosting HSU's 2nd annual Fred Korematsu Day on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 5-8pm in the Kate Buchanan Room.  Two documentaries, Unfinished Business and Pilgrimage will be screened.  After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with former internees and their family members.  There will be button and origami making as well. This is a free event. We hope you can join us!

2014-01-17 to 2014-01-29


Copyright in the Classroom 1/17

All Rights Reserved Copyright
This 1-hour workshop at 10am on Friday, January 17th will highlight some of the notable exceptions and limitations to copyright for educators in an academic setting. Come and get an introduction to some decision-making tools that can help you decode the rights granted to you by copyright laws. Students, staff, and faculty welcome - please register for this event!

2013-12-12 to 2014-01-17


From the Archives: Snow Days

Founders hall covered in snow

In case you missed it, the library recently posted images from the university's archives onto Facebook. The photographs are from 1989 when the campus was closed because it snowed. The photographs were taken by Alumn Cheryl Conner.

For more historical images of campus, visit the Humboldt Room on the third floor of the library.

2013-12-12 to 2014-01-26


Library Break Hours

The HSU Library will have limited hours December 21 - January 20 for semester break.  Please see the Library Hours webpage for a complete listing or this printable flier.

2013-12-06 to 2014-01-20


Library Prefinals/Finals Hours

person studying
Extended prefinals/finals hours start Wednesday, December 11. Please see the Library Hours webpage for details or this flier for a printable copy. Good luck on your finals!

2013-12-02 to 2013-12-20


Expanded Weekend Hours

Expanded weekend hours for the HSU Library
Starting Saturday, November 30, through Sunday, December 8, the HSU Library will be open more hours on the weekends! Saturday hours will be 10am-7:45pm and Sunday hours will be 10am-10:45pm. See the Library Hours calendar for more information and watch for even more open hours for prefinals and finals!

2013-11-22 to 2013-12-08


Library Computer Cleaning 11/25-27

computer cleaning

ITS will be closing labs & areas in the Library to clean computer stations & printers on the following days:

  • Monday, Nov. 25 - L121 & L310
  • Tuesday, Nov. 26* - L122
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Public area stations

Each closure should only take 2-3 hours.  Please use other computers in the library during that time.  Thank you for your cooperation.

*Note:  Wireless access will not be available on campus on Tuesday, Nov. 26

2013-11-22 to 2013-11-27


Wireless Unavailable November 26

no wifi

The demand for wireless access across campus has grown exponentially, and ITS needs to shut the wireless network down for approximately 8 hours in order to increase capacity. To minimize the number of wireless users impacted, work is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26th.

From 8:30am to 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 26th 2013, all official campus wireless networks will be offline.

Internet and network access will only be available via the wired network during this time.

Once the wireless networks have been reactivated, all devices will need to be re-registered on the campus wireless network.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Technology Help Desk at,, or (707) 826-HELP (4357).

2013-11-20 to 2013-11-26


For the Love of a Book November 21

book art
FOR THE LOVE OF A BOOK workshop will take place in the Library Fishbowl (Room 209) 4:30-6:30pm, Thursday, 11/21.  In this hands-on art making session, participants will learn how to make a miniature book and will leave the workshop with one or more original books!  If you wish, bring small photos (no larger than 2x2 inches), poems, favorite quotes, beads, shells, or ribbon.  Prof. Patty Yancey from Education Dept. (and a mixed-media visual artist) will be providing instruction and materials.

2013-11-20 to 2013-11-21


Manuel Paul Lopez Reading 12/4

Manuel Paul Lopez
Manuel Paul Lopez will read from his work in the Library Fishbowl (Room 209) on Wednesday December 4 at 3pm. The event's co-sponsors are the HSU Library and CRGS and is part of the English Department's Visiting Writers' Series. Manuel Paul López was born and raised in El Centro, California, and received degrees from the University of California, San Diego and San Francisco State University. He is a CantoMundo fellow and was recently awarded a Creative Catalyst Fund grant from the San Diego Foundation in 2012, making him 1 of 15 inaugural fellows. His work has been published in Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingue, The Bitter Oleander, Hanging Loose, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA, among others, and anthologized in Roque Dalton Redux (Cedar Hill Publications). His first book Death of a Mexican and other Poems was published by Bear Star Press in 2006, and was awarded the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. His new collection, The Yearning Feed, won the University of Notre Dame Press 2013, Ernest Sandeen Prize for Poetry. With his wife, he lives in San Diego, California. Check out his poem 1984 on YouTube. Refreshments will be provided.

2013-11-15 to 2013-12-04


Library Thanksgiving Break Hours

The Library and Research Help Desks have limited hours during the Thanksgiving Break, November 24-29.  The campus and Library will be closed November 28 and 29.

2013-11-12 to 2013-11-29


International Education Week 11/18-11/22

HSU will celebrate international education and exchange Nov. 18-22 during International Education Week. Now in its 12th year at HSU, the annual event includes an international fashion show, lectures, a keynote speaker and panels on studying, living and working abroad. The week kicks-off with an opening ceremony, featuring a drum and dance performance by Samba da Alegria and an international flag parade at noon on the UC Quad on 11/18. There will be a display of international flags in the Library following the opening ceremony. The flags represent the international students who attend HSU.

2013-11-12 to 2013-11-22


Veterans Day Closure

Remember Veterans
The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. 

2013-11-01 to 2013-11-11


HSU History: Did You Know?

Items donated by Madonna

Madonna donated stage equipment and props to HSU's Theater Arts department?

Assorted items from Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl?” world tour made its way to Humboldt State University via Paris, France in 1987. Negotiations for the gift were set in motion by HSU Alumn Dave Knopf, a professional roadie who had been a part of Madonna’s stage crew during the tour. In conversations with Madonna’s staff over what to do with unwanted equipment after the tour ended, Knopf suggested donating materials to his alma mater… and the rest is history!

Included in the donation were platforms, stairs and a portable stage, projection screens, Levelor blinds, scrims, black drapes, a treadmill, 10 remote-controlled cutouts of gangsters, and a teddy bear with a black lace garter.

Citation: Humboldt State News Releases, Special Collections Department, Humboldt State University Library.

2013-10-24 to 2013-11-07