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.

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!

Extended Prefinals / Finals Hours
list of hours for December 11-20

Extended Library hours to help you get to finals week start Wednesday, December 11th.

ideaFest 2020 Registration Now Open!
ideaFest Friday May 8, 2020 logo

The Office of Research, HSU Library, and Marketing & Communications would like to invite you to participate in the 7th Annual HSU ideaFest! More than 400 Students, Faculty, & Staff from HSU will showcase research, performances, creative projects, and more!

HSU's 2020 ideaFest will be held on Friday, May 8th. If you or your students are interested in presenting, registration for ideaFest 2020 is now open! Click Here for more information or to sign up. This will be a great venue for students to display previously presented professional posters or multimedia presentations at this campus-wide research & creative activities symposium.

The deadline to register for ideaFest is Friday April 3, 2020. Please note that MarCom will be available to reprint your poster should you need to prior to the event.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs at (707) 826-4189 or email Sally Hang at

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!
cover graphic for ideaFest Journal

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.

Makerspace is the New Happening Place!
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Did you know that there's a 3D printer on the 3rd floor? You can find it in the Makerspace across from Special Collections where students, staff, and faculty can print for free Tuesdays-Saturdays 5pm-7pm.

The Makerspace also has art supplies, LEGOs, a flight simulator, augmented reality sandbox, Oculus Rift Virtual Reality goggles and computer, PC and Macs with software to help you design your 3D project, and much more available anytime the Library is open.  Every Thursday is the Meet Up and Make Hour from 5pm-6pm where you can gather with other people to work on projects or learn new skills.

Come on up to the 3rd floor and join us!

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

Help Make the Library a Better Place!
Help the Library be Better banner

Let us know what you think about how the Library can be better for you and the HSU campus and community. Tell us about your experiences here in the library and help us advocate for change in identifying and addressing issues around diversity and equity for other HSU students, staff, and faculty, as well as the local community. Your participation is fully voluntary and information will be kept confidential.

There are three ways you can participate:

  • Survey (5 minutes) options:
  • Focus Groups will be held on November 12, 13, 18, & 19 for one hour. Register now at
  • World Cafe group dialogues will be held later this Fall and early Spring 2020 (80 minutes)

We look forward to hearing what you have to say and hope to be able to turn your thoughts into actions here at the HSU Library. Thank you in advance for your participation!

For more details and links, visit

Sustainable Travel Workshop
flyer for Sustainable Travel Workshop

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.
flyer for CSA, Confederate States of America film showing and discussion

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
flyer for Native Voices traveling exhibit

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
flyer for film and discussion

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
flyer for Internship week 2019 from ACAC

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