Book Reading by David Mohrmann
David Mohrmann

XOCOMIL is a story that begins and ends at Lake Atitlan. It travels from traditional Mayan villages through the war-torn mountains of Guatemala, from cornfields in Kansas through the jungles of Vietnam. It is about simple lands full of complex intrigues. David Mohrmann taught in Theater Film and Dance at HSU and is a trained practitioner in "Theatre of the Oppressed." Join us in the Library Fishbowl on Friday, September 9 from 3-4:30pm for this book reading and discussion.

Library Scholar Interns Wanted!
HSU Library Scholar Internship information

This internship offers three students an opportunity to work in the Scholarly Communications Office to build the first open-access platform for HSU faculty and students. Over the course of one semester, students will:

  • Create faculty profiles
  • Manage copyright
  • Publish scholarly works
  • Promote scholarship
  • Work in the open access platform Bepress

For more information about the internship and how to apply, please visit the HSU Library Intership page or contact the Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Librarian Kyle Morgan at

Application deadline is August 29 at 9am.

Math Lab & Writing Studio in New Location!
1st floor library map

The Learning Center is excited to launch the Math Tutoring Lab and Writing Studio in their new locations on the first floor of the Library. 

The Math Tutoring Lab will open on Tuesday, August 30.

The Writing Studio will open on Tuesday, September 6.

The Science Tutoring Lab will continue to operate out of Lower Library 55 / Mad River Room and opens on Sunday, August 28.

The Learning Center welcomes your feedback as they refine the space.

Welcome Back Open House Thursday
HSU Library Presents Welcome Back Open House

Join us Thursday, August 18 from 3-4:45pm in the Library Lobby for refreshments and peruse the numerous tables full of information. See what new items can be checked out (hint - GoPro!). Learn about textbooks on reserve. Talk to the people who can help with Moodle and meet the friendly Tech Help Desk folks. Find out what the Digital Media Lab is all about. Get a copy of the new SkillShops schedule and learn how they can help students. Get hands-on with the Brain Booth and get excited with the numerous special events to be held in the building like IdeaFest and UnConference.

Plus get updated on all the physical changes to the building inside and out occurring with the Seismic Retrofit Project.

We'll see you there!

Further Conversations around Where Do We Go From Here Webinar
Further Conversations around Where do we go from here?

Join us for the rebroadcast of this webinar facilitated by Dr. Shaun Harper and Dr. Lori Patton Davis as our individual and collective voices are brought together to discuss strategies for creating change within our families, campuses, and communities. Click here for a flyer to share.

If you are unable to attend, you can watch the webinar here.

L4HSU: Special Collections Showcase
Special Collections Showcase Friday, July 29 11-12pm

Join the Library Scholar Interns as they showcase some of the materials found in the Library's Special Collections. With over 92 different collections available to choose from, each intern will offer a different assembly of items that they have found especially interesting or significant.  Learn some secrets the 3rd floor holds!

See the L4HSU calendar entry for more information and sign up now!

New and Changing Library Faculty

Please help welcome to the Library, Gabby Fuentes, Brianne Hagen, Kyle Morgan, and Kimberly Stelter and please join us as we congratulate Carly Marino and Tim Miller on their new positions!  More information...

New Seismic Retrofit Project Newsletter
HSU Library Seismic Retrofit Newsletter

Want a quick read on what's happening with the HSU Library Seismic Retrofit Project?  The November newsletter contains a student report and is now available!

You can also read the October newsletter, both produced by library staff member Bernie Fosnaugh.

Read more details about the changes that have occurred and will occur at Tranforming HSU's Library and the Library Seismic Retrofit Project. While plans are always subject to change, the most current information from campus facilities can be found here.

Database News: WestLaw Campus Research & LexisNexis Academic

The Humboldt State Library is pleased to announce the availability of WestLaw Campus Research, provided beginning in June through the CSU Chancellor's Office. WestLaw is a premier research service for news, business, and law-related information.

Beginning in July 2016, access to LexisNexis Academic will no longer be provided. This resource is no longer included in the electronic collections available through the Chancellor's Office.

Any questions regarding this change can be directed to the Collection Development Librarian, George Wrenn. Librarians are available to help with this database transition and with searching WestLaw.

Congratulations to Carly Marino!
Carly Marino

After being a temporary librarian for several years, Carly is now the official tenure-track Special Collections Librarian and will continue her great work with Library Scholar Interns, processing and curating special collections, and helping with the exciting changes coming to the third floor!  Congratulations, Carly!

Maasai Dictionary Newest Publication from Humboldt State University Press
Maasai Dictionary Cover Art

This dictionary of English-to-Maa (the language of Maasai peoples of Kenya and Tanzania) was written and compiled by Charles Richmond. It is one of the earliest Maasai dictionaries. The dictionary was developed from 1935 until 1951 while Charles lived in the back country of Kenya colony, East Africa as a subject of the King of England. His stay there began as a Captain in the King’s African Rifles, in which position he fought alongside tribal chiefs in northern Kenya and Ethiopia against the Italian dictator, Mussolini during WWII. Subsequent to his military service, he returned to England to study theology and to be ordained as a minister in the Church of England. He then returned to the Maasai and Samburu tribes of central and northern Kenya colony near Lake Rudolph, as a missionary.

Read more on Humboldt State Now, listen to an interview on KHSU with HSU President Emeritus Rollin Richmond and publication specialist Claire Reynolds, and download a free copy from Humboldt State University Press.

L4HSU is Underway!
July L4HSU Calendar of workshops

The Library Lifelong Learning Lounge is in full swing and has lots of exciting upcoming events!  Join us this summer for technology training, teaching tolerance webinars, book circles, musical performances, and campus walking tours.  There will be workshops on book repair and print screening in June and July.  Learn the history of modern Olympic games to get you ready for the Rio Summer Olympics and participate in the very popular Japanese Tea Ceremony.  All this and more is open to campus and community members.  Check out the calendar and register now to reserve your spot or print off the new schedule for July.

Summer Library Newsletter Now Available!
Check Out the Library Summer 2016 Newsletter

It was a busy spring semester in your library!  Read about and see photos from the ever-expanding IdeaFest that included student works from Theatre, Film, and Dance along with over 100 research posters. SkillShops are over for the academic year but they will be back, and with more partnerships from campus entities, they will be increasing in scope and frequency for 2016/17.  This summer, please join us for L4HSU events that include mini book circles, technology training, film screenings, campus walks, and much more. The 2016/17 HSU Book of the Year will bring an exciting author to talk about the forgotten father of environmentalism - Alexander Von Humboldt. And read about the Library Interns who delivered archive material to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

All this and more can be found in the HSU Library's Summer Newsletter. Check it out online or pick up a copy around campus.

HSU Sustainable Learning 2016 Workshops
OER Open Educational Resources

Faculty and lecturers are invited to register by May 12 for one of three workshops (May 20, May 31, or June 1) on Sustainable Learning and become eligible for a Professional Development Award of $300.  Please see the HSU Sustainable Learning website for more information including results from the Fall 2015 project.

Call for Submissions
Call for submissions

ideaFest: Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative Works and Research from Humboldt State University is an annual journal that showcases the work of faculty, staff, and students at Humboldt State University. The journal is edited by a rotating review board and is meant to showcase the diversity of scholarly and creative output at Humboldt State University. The journal accepts work in multiple genres and from across all disciplines and enables Humboldt State University researchers to connect with audiences worldwide and efficiently communicate findings with a sense of timeliness. The journal is an outgrowth of Humboldt State University’s IdeaFest, a day-long event which celebrates the collaborative research and creative projects of faculty and students from across campus.

Wildlife Seniors Research Poster Session
Humboldt Bay goose

Come and see over 50 great wildlife research projects seniors have completed on Friday, May 6 from 4-6pm outside the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor.  Light refreshments will be served.

XOCOMIL- Book Reading by David Mohrmann, May 6 in Fishbowl
image of XOCOMIL book by David Mohrmann

David Mohrmann will read from his novel, XOCOMIL on Friday, May 6 from 12-2pm in the Library Fishbowl.  

XOCOMIL spans what many historians term the “Guatemalan Civil War.” That, unfortunately, does not include the USA involvement, or begin to describe how it was experienced by the oppressed indigenous Maya.

The story begins and ends at Lake Atitlán. It travels from traditional Maya villages through the war-torn mountains of Guatemala; from cornfields in Kansas through the jungles of Vietnam; from pot-filled hills in northern California through the psychedelic haunts of San Francisco to the ruins, and magic mushrooms, of southern Mexico. It is about simple lands full of complex intrigues. And hope. Always hope.

Atitlán is translated by some as, “Where the rainbow gets its colors”--by others as, “The place where water gathers.” In either case, a good name for a lake. It is a thousand feet deep. It hides a lot. But its surface reflects a world of human behavior that often taints the beauty of this magical place.

Xocomil is a word unique to Atitlán. It refers to the lake’s strong afternoon wind. Originally it meant, “The demon’s fury.” Since the invasion of Spaniards and Catholicism, however, some converted Maya have taken it to mean, “The wind that carries away sin.”

Regardless of meaning, the Xocomil blows nearly every day. Sometimes with fury.

David Mohrmann received his bachelor's degree in Social Psychology at the University of California in Santa Barbara. After receiving an MFA in Dramatic Writing, he became a member of the Theater, Film and Dance Department at Humboldt State University. He wrote and produced more than 10 plays, but his most significant contribution was in the area of political street theater as a trained practitioner in “Theatre of the Oppressed.” He retired early so that he could get back to writing fiction. His stories have also appeared in Toyon, Brink, The Battered Suitcase, and The Furnace Review.

Affordable Learning Solutions Day

Faculty, lecturers, and instructors, are encouraged to come to the Library Fishbowl on May 3rd from 1:30-3pm for refreshments and discussions of strategies and tools that reduce the cost of a college education at Humboldt State University. Dr. Leslie Kennedy, Director of Affordable Learning Solutions in the Academic Technology Services department at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, will share information about Affordable Learning Solutions and AB798.

Cyril Oberlander, University Library Dean, will review results of the HSU Sustainable Learning initiative, and discuss how you can participate in paid professional development opportunities on 5/20, 5/31 or 6/1. More information and last year's participants can be found at HSU Sustainable Learning.

Finding free or low-cost high-quality textbooks and educational resources is a major issue for students, given that the average cost of textbooks per year is about $1,200. Please join us for a conversation about strategies to reduce the cost of a college education without sacrificing the quality of educational resources.

Register now to reserve your spot!

Special Collections Librarian Campus Interviews

The campus community is invited to join the HSU Library in welcoming two candidates for the position of Special Collections Librarian:

  • Lorraine Dong, April 21
  • Carly Marino, April 25

From 10-10:50am in the Library Fishbowl, each candidate will give a 40-minute teaching demonstration, followed by 10 minutes for questions.  The campus is invited to attend in the role of a student.  There will also be a meeting with campus staff and library partners from 11:10-11:50am, also in the Library Fishbowl.

Please use the following feedback forms:

Please contact Sarah Fay Philips, Search Committee Chair, if you have any questions.


Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian Campus Interviews

The campus community is invited to join the HSU Library in welcoming four candidates for the position of Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian on April 7, 8, 12, and 20.

Each candidate will give a 20-25 minute presentation on the topic What are the most important contributions that libraries can make to the future of Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship? There will be 30 minutes following each presentation for questions.

Please submit feedback on the candidates using these forms:

  • Joshua Beatty: Thursday, April 7, 10-10:50am, Fishbowl <-- new location
  • Dillon Wackerman: Friday, April 8, 10-10:50am, Fishbowl <-- new location
  • Kyle Morgan: Tuesday, April 12, 10-10:50am, Fishbowl
  • Sara Lee: Wednesday, April 20, 10-10:50am, Fishbowl

Please contact George Wrenn, Search Committee Chair, if you have any questions.