Welcome Back Open House
Welcome Back Open House

Come find out the latest information about your Library and library partners while meeting wonderful people and enjoying yummy refreshments. Pick up a passport and visit all the tables to win prizes!

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Japanese Tea Ceremony - June 27, 2018
Holly at Tea Ceremony

Enjoy a demonstration of the ancient and mysterious art of Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and learn about the Eureka-Kamisu Sister City association, presented by Harvey II and the Horai Center, Wednesday, June 27, from 12-1pm in the Library Fishbowl.  Limited seating is available, so register now!

Cha-no-yu, is a cultural practice with roots in Zen Buddhism, involving the ceremonial preparation and consumption of powdered green tea, or matcha.

The Horai Center is a DreamMaker program of the Ink People Center for the Arts of Eureka, Calif. Our mission is to to increase understanding, harmony and cultural exchange through the study and promotion of Japanese arts and culture, especially Cha-no-yu (the Tea Ceremony) and Chado (The Way of Tea).

The Horai Center is also involved in promoting the Eureka-Kamisu Sister City association. This relationship was originally founded in 1991 with the port city of Kamisu on Japan's east coast and offers an opportunity for the two cities to gain valuable benefits through exchanges of art, culture, education, and commerce.

Harvey II is an independent scholar in the field of experimental history. He has been a practitioner of Chado since 1984. He is an instructor of the Urasenke style of Japanese Tea Ceremony.

How ideaFest Helps Our Students

Please enjoy this short video illustrating the many benefits of participating in HSU's annual ideaFest held in April.  Also, check out HSU's Flickr site for more photos of past events!

Seismic Edition of the Library Newsletter Now Available!
Students say We love the library because...

The Seismic Edition of the Library's Newsletter is out with a description and maps of the relocations happening for 2018/19. There are also several links to more information about the Seismic Retrofit Project.  In addition, get a taste of the exciting programming  being offered through L4HSU this summer, and read a few comments from students who say "We love the library because..."


Learning Center Moving This Summer
The Learning Center is moving to the Campus Events Field

The Learning Center is moving to the Campus Events Field during the summer of 2018 for the Library Seismic Retrofit.  All regular tutoriing services will be available in the new temporary spaces during the 2018/19 academic year.  Please see the Learning Center's website for more information.

Faculty - Have you joined the Sustainable Learning Program yet?
Affordable Learning Solutions

Over the past 2 years, the switch to open education resources and more affordable classroom materials has saved HSU students over $1 million and counting!  Learn how you can be a part of the exciting and valuable program by attending a 3-hour workshop (lunch included) on Tuesday, May 15th or Thursday, May 17th from 12-3pm.  Participants will also receive a $300 stipend thanks to a CSU Affordable Learning Solutions grant.

Register at and see the HSU Sustainable Learning webpage for more information.

L4HSU Launch Lock-In Thursday, 6/7
L4HSU Lock-in Launch June 7

This summer's L4HSU (Library Lifelong Learning Lounge) starts with a Lock-in Launch on Thursday, June 7th at 9:45am.  Join us for part or all day of this fun and interesting event focusing on communication.  There will be videos, discussions, activities, tweeners, music, and lunch in the Library Fishbowl.

Starting the following week, staff, faculty, students, administrators, and community members are invited to join the Library Lifelong Learning Lounge (L4HSU). This summer's theme is Communication with a focus on both Personal and Professional Communication. In addition, each week we will have a variety of Wisdom Wednesday offerings for other topics for personal growth such as ukelele jams, escape rooms, rock painting, role playing games, Japanese tea ceremony, and much, much more. Check out the calendar for several discussions on microagressions, racial identity, and adversity.  Michael Le shares his love for data with the Data Democracy series on Fridays and Jessica Citti saves grandma with commas.  Get the lastest on the campus dog policy with Kevin O'Brien before he retires and help build community with the 2-part Day of Solidarity.  With so much being offered, you are bound to find something of interest.

L4HSU supports the personal and professional development needs of all HSU community members and runs June 11 - July 27, 2018.

Contact Sarah Fay Philips with any questions.

Can Emu Really Sing Jambo? New Book from HSU Press!
Can Emu Really Sing Jambo? flyer

South Bay and Pine Hill Schools' music teacher Peter Jain (son of retired HSU librarian Betty Jain) has written a bilingual children's book with illustrations from South Bay and Pine Hill students.  Come celebrate Can Emu Really Sing Jambo?/ ¿Puede Emu Cantar Realmente Jambo?, published by HSU Press, at three free events:

For Everyone:

  • Thursday, May 3, 7-8:30pm - A dramatization of the book by elementary school students, accompanied by songs especially written for the occasion, followed by a book signing at South Bay Elementary School, 6077 Loma Avenue, Eureka.
  • Friday, May 11, 5:30-7pm - A reading and signing accompanied by live music and free snacks, at Wrangletown Cider Company, 1350 9th Street, Arcata.

For Kids:

  • Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-8pm - A playful reading and book signing accompanied by live music at the Humboldt County Library's "Family Fun Night Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 1313 3rd Street, Eureka.

50% of sale proceeds go to the art, music, and library programs at South Bay and Pine Hill Schools.  Read more on Humboldt State Now: HSU Press Presents Bilingual Children's Book.

1-IN-10 Video Showcase
1 in 10 bring change video showcase!

Please join us as a team of students in HSU's Media Production Department showcases their video series entitled "1-IN-10," which aims to raise awareness across campus about students with disabilities and accessibility issues here at HSU. This includes interviews with students, faculty, and staff.

"One in Ten students at HSU lives day to day with a disability."

Learn more about how you can support the 1 in 10 on Friday, May 4th from Noon to 1pm in the Library Fishbowl.

Refreshments provided.

Funding provided by the California Lottery Project.

Prefinals & Finals Weeks Stress Reducers
girl reading a book - "Did you know that reading for just 6 min a day can reduce stress levels by 68%"

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Wildlife Senior Student Research Symposium
Wildlife Senior Student Research Symposium Friday, May 4th 4-6pm HSU Library 2nd floor

Join us for the Wildlife Senior Student Research Symposium on Friday, May 4th, 4-6pm outside of the Library Fishbowl on the 2nd floor.  Come see what interesting research the senior wildlife students conducted.  Cookies and refreshments will be served.

Special Collections Instruction Librarian Wanted
students researching in the HSU Library's Special Collection space

Humboldt State University Library seeks a creative, collaborative, and enthusiastic Special Collections Instruction Librarian. The successful candidate will design hands-on instruction incorporating primary source material into course curricula from a variety of disciplines, with additional support for the Native American Studies and History departments. Included in this work is some collection processing during off-peak instruction time. This temporary 10-month position carries faculty rank. Early career applicants are encouraged to apply. Please view the Job Description: Library (Pool Job #7227) for complete details about the duties of the position.

HSU Library offers opportunities to be creative in instruction and programming, and encourages librarians to develop projects related to their individual goals. Check out our Annual Report to learn how the Library is fostering and supporting scholarship, creativity, and innovation on campus. On March 1, 2018, the Special Collections moved to a beautiful new reading room designed to support instruction and digitization projects. This is a great opportunity to be part of a team of librarians, interns, and students dedicated to sharing collections related to northwestern California.

Humboldt State is a public institution and part of the 23-campus California State University system. HSU has over 7,500 students and offers a wide array of academic choices, with 51 majors and 12 graduate programs in three Colleges. Faculty members are among the top teachers and researchers in their fields. Programs in natural resources and sciences are nationally known, while visual and performing arts are also popular areas of study. Throughout the curriculum, students find a long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Humboldt State is surrounded by one of the most beautiful natural environments in the world—with ancient redwood forests, pristine coastline and wild rivers.

First review of applications will begin on May 14th and will be accepted until the position closes. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2018.

Application instructions:

Submit your application by email to:
Subject Line: University Library (Job #7227)
Submit by mailing application materials to:
University Library (Job #7227)
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Phone: 707-826-3441

Poetry Open Mic, Wed 4/25 @ 5pm

Join us as we continue to celebrate National Poetry Month!  Read or listen to all genres of poetry in the Library Lobby on Wednesday, April 25th at 5pm, while enjoying complimentary coffee and snacks. 

Bao Phi Poetry Reading & Book Signing, Monday 4/30 @ 3pm
Bao Phi headshot

Join us in the Library Fishbowl on Monday, April 30th from 3-5pm for a poetry reading and book signing by Bao Phi.

Bao Phi has two acclaimed volumes of poetry, Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, as well as a 2017 children's book, A Different Pond, and numerous recordings, including Refugeography and The Nguyens. In addition to his creative work, he is the Program Director of the Loft Literary Center, where he created a spoken word series that won the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Anti-Racism Initiative Award. This event is sponsored by Departments of English, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Library Dean Cyril Oberlander, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, ADPIC, and Quynh & John Schafer.

Poetry Reading by Zev Levinson, Wednesday 4/18 @ 7pm
Song of Six Rivers poetry and photograph by Zev Levinson

Local author, poet, and educator Zev Levinson explores the colorful history, rich diversity, and stunning geography of the Humboldt Bay/Six Rivers region through a blend of lyrical poetry and archival photography in his new book, Song of Six Rivers.  Join us on Wednesday, April 18th at 7pm in the Library Fishbowl as we continue to celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library.

For more information, see HSU Press' 1st Fiction and Poetry publication: Song of Six Rivers by Zev Levinson and the Humboldt State Now article, Poetic, Vivid Exploration of North Coast History.

Closed for Cesar Chavez Day, 3/30
Cesar Chavez

The HSU Library and campus will be closed on Friday, March 30th, in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

Book Reading by Bryan Radzin, Friday 4/13 @ 6pm
Bryan Radzin holding one of his books

Setting goals comes easy for most folks, but accomplishing them is another thing altogether. Bryan Radzin, a graduate of Humboldt State University and local resident has accomplished his goal of publishing a book each year by his birthday in July. For seven consecutive years, this goal has been successfully met. Radzin’s first three books were precursors to his novel, Search for Truth…the seeker begins and his latest book titled Search for Truth…A rude awakening originates in the south, dealing with a lot of racial issues and a new president, based on #45. The fifth sequel is currently in the working stages, due out summer 2018. The series will contain seven books in total. For more information go to his website at

Please join Bryan in the Library Fishbowl, 6-8pm on Friday, April 13th for a book reading, discussion, and signing!

New Special Collections Space Now Open!

The new Special Collections room was opened with a trumpet fanfare and ribbon cutting on March 1st.  Please enjoy the photos taken at the event and come to the 3rd floor to see it in person!



Prefinals Brain Booth Hours Added
students using the virtual reality viewers

The Multicultural Center is hosting the Brain Booth on Friday afternoons from 2-3pm in Library 208.  Drop-ins on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30pm are also available.

During prefinals, additional drop-in hours are available Tuesday, May 1st from 3-4pm and Thursday, May 3rd from 2-4pm.

Everyone is welcome to try out biofeedback, sound and light therapy, VR goggles, coloring, meditation, and other activities that promote international brain breaks and support emotional self-regulation and singular thoughtful focus.  Read more about the many benefits in the Brain Booth research guide.

Global Cafe takes you to Yemen, Wednesday 4/25 @ 4pm
Global Cafe

Have you ever wanted to learn about the culture of other countries and taste their traditional foods? Come to the Global Cafe, sponsored by HSU Clubs & Activities and Associated Students, catered by Dining Services, and held in the Library Fishbowl: 

  • Germany - February 21st, 2-3pm
  • Pakistan - March 6th, 5-6pm
  • Italy - March 21st, 4-5pm
  • Japan - April 3rd, 4:30-5:30
  • Vietnam - April 18th, 4-5pm
  • Yemen - April 25th, 4-5pm

For more information, contact the Clubs office at 826-3776 or