Fall 2015


Student Experience Inspires Library Gift

Malcolm Buchanan’s bequest will help support the Library.

TO MANY, THE HSU LIBRARY is a place to study and to collaborate. For Malcolm Buchanan (‘50 English), it shaped his life.

Buchanan, who worked at the Library while a student at Humboldt State College, recently left the Library a $200,000 bequest. He passed away in December 2014 at the age of 88.

“Our college experience often guides our whole life, and this was certainly the case for Malcolm,” says longtime friend Ken Fish. “He would be so happy this money was going to HSU. It was always his wish.”

After graduating from Humboldt State, Buchanan became a high school English teacher and later a librarian for the Newport Mesa Unified School District in Costa Mesa, Calif. Buchanan’s passion was helping students, so after retiring he took a position as a librarian at UC Irvine assisting students in the library with research.

His bequest will help update the Helen Everett Reading Room and third floor student study spaces to support collaborative learning, digital scholarship, and showcases for student research.

HSU students will also receive unique hands-on learning experiences under the Library’s Special Collections and Scholarly Communications programs. They will work with rare and unique collections, and curate digital exhibits that highlight research projects and regional history. They will also have a chance to design, lay out, and edit materials for the Humboldt State University Press, which launches this fall.

“His gift recognizes the importance of a library in academic experiences and shaping the future of students,” says Cyril Oberlander, dean of the University Library.