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.
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.
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!
- 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.
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.
Humboldt Digital Scholar is an archive that collects and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students of Humboldt State.
You can watch Mei Mei Evans’ recent talk, Shakti Butler’s staff/faculty workshop, Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, Kieval Lecture Series, and other campus lectures on HDS at http://humboldt-dspace.calstate.edu/
- Climate Change Goes to the Movies with Mei Mei Evans (03-09-2016)
- Understanding White Culture as a 21st Century Leadership Skill with Shakti Butler (03-04-2016)
- Sustainable Futures Speaker Series 
- Kieval Lecture Series 
Join us on Friday, April 22 for music, dance, drama, posters, presentations, and more. Between noon and 3, walk through the area outside the Fishbowl, 2nd floor, to see more than 100 students and faculty produced posters showcasing their research. A reception with refreshments and informal presentations runs from 3-5:30pm. Be inspired by the type of research and creative work that's possible at HSU. Pictures from last year are available on the campus' Flickr account.
The HSU Book of the Year Committee is pleased to announce the BOOK OF THE YEAR FILMS SERIES titled KLAMATH FILM FRIDAYS. This will be your opportunity to see Battle for the Klamath (2/5), A River Between Us (3/25), and Return of the River (4/29). The screenings will take place in the Library's Fishbowl (Room 209) each month this semester, followed by a Q & A and a brief discussion about the cultural, environmental, and political impacts on the Klamath River. This film series ties in with Through the Eyes of Native Tribes: Stories of the Klamath River on display in HSU’s Goudi’ni Gallery (January 28 through February 20). This series is hosted by the HSU Library, Klamath Connection, and the Native American Studies Department.
Toyon is back at it again with an exciting forthcoming issue. Volume 62 includes a diverse range of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and translation. New this year is a Multilingual Award, given to the best work in translation, Spanish, or multiple languages. This year’s release party--held 5:30-7pm on Thursday, March 24 in the Great Hall--features a bilingual reading, recognizing the ever growing array of writers submitting in multiple languages.
And since our submissions so often come from writers who attend Humboldt, every volume of Toyon has been showcased in the University Library’s Authors Hall, presenting decades of work by Humboldt’s citizens and students. Library Scholar Interns who have served on the Toyon staff are busy creating an online archive of the older volumes and researching Toyon’s remarkable history. Back issues and the 2016 issue will now be indexed in Humboldt Digital Commons.
We hope you’ll pick up a free copy of the 2016 edition of Toyon in Founders Hall 201 to celebrate the work that the Toyon student editors, writers, and artists have accomplished this year! Copies will be available beginning on March 24.
To find out more, visit http://www.toyonliterarymagazine.org.
[Written by Angela Compton, English Major and Toyon Managing Editor]
As part of the Library’s continued efforts to improve services and streamline processes, the old paper Reserve Request form is being discontinued and the online Google form introduced last fall is taking over. The Google Print Reserve Request form can be accessed on the Course Reserves page (easily accessed under "Services" from the Library's homepage). You can complete the form in the comfort of your office or home, and then drop off your Reserve items at the Library Circulation Desk (or send them via campus mail or a willing student). Library staff will pull Library-owned items. Contact the Checkout Desk at 826-3431 for assistance.
You can also contact Noelle Simon, ONCORES/Reserves Coordinator, at 826-4401 if you have any questions.
Join us for the next Teaching & Learning Luncheon: Students are People First by David Sleeth-Keppler, School of Business, on Wednesday, March 23 from 1-2:30 in the Library Fishbowl.
Who are our students really? What motivates them on a deeper level? We approach these questions using insights from two recent all-student surveys, using a personality and lifestyle profiling tool called VALS or Values and Lifestyles. Learn about the different personality profiles of our students, followed by actionable recommendations for breaking down barriers to success.
Please RSVP for lunch to Cyril.Oberlander@humboldt.edu
Join us in the Library Fishbowl on Wednesday, March 9 from 3-5pm, for 2 excellent panels and a post session to learn about gaining experience on campus through research and internship opportunities. Refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by Academic & Career Advising Center, HSU Library, and Office of Research, Economic, & Community Development.
See schedule, panel members, and register at http://humboldt.libcal.com/event.php?id=1089574.
HSU Faculty are invited to discuss what faculty development should look like at HSU.
Join us for a discussion to develop ideas for a Teaching and Learning Center, and to determine the future of faculty development at HSU. We want your voice.
- Monday, March 7, 2016, 2:30-4pm (Refreshments) Library Fishbowl (209)
- Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 12-1:30pm (Pizza served) Library Fishbowl (209)
- Friday, March 11, 2016, 1:30-3pm (Refreshments) Library Collaboration Lab (205)
HSU Faculty Development World Café will be facilitated by Julie Alderson and Cyril Oberlander, please RSVP by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Library is participating with stakeholders from other CSU campuses to investigate next-generation institutional repository platforms. The plan is to replace the DSpace platform that delivers the Humboldt Digital Scholar Open Access Repository with a more robust, flexible, user-friendly platform over the next two years.
As part of this process the ScholarWorks planning group is inviting faculty and staff who use Humboldt Digital Scholar (our instance of ScholarWorks) to let us know what features they would like to see maintained and enhanced, and for those who have hesitated to use ScholarWorks, what new features would be useful for them. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.
The survey will be available until March 11. Please forward this invitation to any others who might be interested. We appreciate your input.
Using WordPress to deliver Open Educational Resources (OER) for Sustainable Learning at HSU by Nicholas Malloy, Geography
Since it started in 2003, WordPress has become the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. Millions of websites use WordPress as a content management system (CMS). It is easy to learn, easy to use, and completely free. In this briefing, Nicolas Malloy will discuss how to use WordPress to deliver open educational resources (OER) to your students. See these links for more details of Geospatial Concepts: Geospatial Institute & HSU Sustainable Learning.
Please RSVP for lunch to Cyril.Oberlander@Humboldt.edu
Click on the Computer Availability link on the right side of the Library's homepage and you'll see a map showing the computer stations on any of the 3 floors and whether they are in use or available. The map is refreshed every 30 seconds.
The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of our temporary librarians:
- Lucy Ingrey, Cataloging Librarian
- Carly Marino, Special Collections Librarian
- Tim Miller, Librarian for the College of Professional Studies
If you have experience working with Lucy, Carly, and/or Tim, we invite you to share your feedback with the LFPC.
You may contact us in one of three ways:
- Submit written comments addressed to: Library Faculty Personnel Committee, Library, Humboldt State University, One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521. Deadline: 5 P.M., Thursday, February 25th.
- Email the Committee Chair at George.Wrenn@humboldt.edu. Deadline: 5 P.M., Thursday, February 25th (please include the librarian's name in the subject line.)
- Visit Library Room 109A (Next to InterLibrary Loan), from 1:30 to 3 P.M. on Thursday, February 25th to meet with a representative of the Committee. Note: Student input must be in writing.
Thomas King is an award-winning Canadian-American novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His many books include the novels Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water; two short story collections, One Good Story, That One (Minnesota, 2013) and A Short History of Indians in Canada (Minnesota, 2013); nonfiction, The Truth About Stories (Minnesota, 2005); and the children's books A Coyote Columbus Story, Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote's New Suit, and A Coyote Solstice Tale. King edited the literary anthology All My Relations and wrote and starred in the popular CBC radio series, The Dead Dog Café. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2004. He has taught Native literature and history and creative writing at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph and is now retired and lives in Guelph, Ontario. He is an advocate for First Nations causes. He is a Cherokee on his father's side and Greek on his mother's side. In 2003, King was invited to give the Massey Lecture in Canada, the first person of aboriginal descent to be chosen. Please join us on Thursday, March 3 from 1-2pm in the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor. This event is hosted by English, Native American Studies, and the HSU Library.
This FREE annual event is open to campus and community members alike. Sponsored by the Academic and Career Advising Center, Center for International Programs, the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, the College of eLearning and Extended Education, the International Advisory Committee, Library, the Multicultural Center, and the Global Connections Club, this week offers a variety of fun and interesting events:
- Keynote speaker, featured lectures and presentations
- Panel discussions on current events and global topics
- Workshops on studying, working and living abroad
- Food, fun and more from around the world
- A unit of credit is available for attending this event.
Many of the events are being held in the Library's Fishbowl, L209 on the 2nd floor but see the IEW calendar for a complete list of presentations by students, staff, and faculty.
Alexander von Humboldt as Digital Scholarship
What do you know about Alexander von Humboldt?
Join us for a discussion of Alexander von Humboldt and the potential for creating Digital Humboldt, a digital scholarship project about the works of Alexander Humboldt, and connections we can make with our learning, research, and scholarship.
Please RSVP Cyril.Oberlander@Humboldt.edu