New Press Puts Library Resources Within Reach
HUMBOLDT STATE’S LIBRARY is making good on its commitment to expand access to education with the launch of the Humboldt State University Press and the Sustainable Learning Program.
The library’s new academic press showcases HSU research and scholarship, including books, journals, conference proceedings, data sets, and open textbooks, in both print and electronic formats. “Launching Humboldt State University Press offers authors an open access publishing platform to reach their readers and to showcase the high-quality work of our authors, researchers, and scholars,” says Cyril Oberlander, HSU Library Dean.
The press’ first publication was The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome, Geology Professor Lori Dengler’s story of a Japanese fishing boat that washed up on the shores of Del Norte County two years after the devastating March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Dengler worked with co-author Amya Miller and illustrator Amy Uyeki on the book.
Other publications include a Maasai dictionary by former HSU President Rollin Richmond’s father, Charles Richmond, and the forthcoming titles American Prometheus (a memoir); Pinetum Brittanicum (reprint); Survey of Communication Study (open textbook by Department of Communication Professors Laura Hahn and Scott Paynton), and HSU’s student literary journal, Toyon.
In order to help educators identify low-cost but high-quality course materials, the library hosted a series of workshops focused on free or inexpensive educational resources. The workshops are part of the Sustainable Learning Program, which looks to reduce the need for pricey textbooks.
As part of the program, the Library is partnering with the campus bookstore and other departments at HSU. Research shows there is a demand for affordable educational materials. More than 65 percent of surveyed students said they have skipped purchasing textbooks because of costs, and nearly three in four students said they’ve shared textbooks with classmates. One in five students has dropped a class due to textbook costs.