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Brain Booth in the HSU Library

The Library Brain Booth is an informal, experiential space to learn about the mind body connection, reduce stress and optimize learning.

The Library Brain Booth in Presentations

Peer-reviewed conferences

The Society for College and University Planning SCUP 2018 Annual Conference, July 2018, Nashville, TN.

The European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL) 2017, September 2017, St. Malo, France.

Other presentations

ACRL Contemplative Pedagogy Interest Group (Dreaming, Questioning & Practicing Together: The Brain Booth Initiative) , March 17, 2021, Zoom

The HSU Teaching & Learning Innovation Showcase, April 2017, Humboldt State University (HSU), Arcata, CA.


The Library Brain Booth in Publications

Peer-reviewed publications

Article: Karadjova, K.G. & Towse, A. (HSU Student) (2020). Recent Trends in Mindfulness and Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education: The Brain Booth Initiative in CARL 2020: Embracing Courage, Candor, and Authenticity collection. 

Book Chapter: Karadjova, K.G. (2019). Mindfulness Experiences at the Library Brain Booth in the ALA book Recipes for Mindfulness in Your Library: Supporting Resilience and Community Engagement‚Äč

Article: Karadjova, K.G. (2018). Mindfulness and Gamification in the Higher Education Classroom: Friends or Foes?, The International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'18), June 2018, Valencia, Spain.

Article: Mourer, M.M. & Karadjova, K.G. (2017). Dare to Share the Silence: Tools & Practices of Contemplative Pedagogy in a Library Brain Booth, in S. Kurbanoglu et al. (Eds.), (2017) Information Literacy in the Workplace. Communications in Computer and Information Science, Springer

The Library Brain Booth in the News

February 27, 2018 The Lumberjack 

January 2, 2018 in American Libraries

September 14 on KIEM TV 

September 22 on The HSU Flapjack Chronicles

September 26 in the Fall 2016 Library Newsletter

September 27 on KHSU's Campus Connection with HSU President Rossbacher

October 1 in the HSU Parents & Family Newsletter

October 7 in Humboldt State NOW

February 3 in Humboldt State NOW

February 16 in California State University, Go to CSU 

Promote the Brain Booth!

  • Share your ideas. You can propose an activity, provide feedback about your experiences, offer suggestions about how we might spread the word, and more. 
  • Facilitate a special session. Are you a meditation teacher? Yoga instructor? Hypnotherapist? Massage therapist? Philosopher? Artist? We would be happy to support your volunteer service in our Library. Please note that HSU is a public university and has no religious affiliation.
  • Partner with us. If you're a faculty member interested in exploring contemplative pedagogy, we'd love to hear from you. If you or your undergraduate/graduate students are interested in exploring research around mindfulness or contemplation, we'd be happy to support your scholarship.
  • Donate materials. We're currently in need of Nintendo Wii games and floor cushions & mats for meditation, but we would appreciate being in contact with you if you have possible items for donation.

Interested in any of the above, or something else to share? 

Send an email to Katia (Natural Resources & Sciences Librarian) katia@humboldt.edu and include Brain Booth in the subject line.

The Best Part!

"The most rewarding part about the Brain Booth has been to see the transformation of students from when they first walk in to when they leave. A majority of students come in looking stressed out and gloomy. After trying out the activities that the Brain Booth has to offer they walk out with a smile on their face and look renewed and energized. It feels good to be able to contribute to the wellbeing of the community."

Justina Madrigal, The Brain Booth Student Assistant


  • Spread the word. Tell your friends and colleagues about the Library Brain Booth. Invite someone to join you on your next visit.
  • Social Media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter  If you take a picture/video of yourself or your friends (with their permission, of course!) in the Library Brain Booth, use #hsubrainbooth so we can like and share your posts with others. 
  • Download and post flyer. Use any of the flyers below for posting on a bulletin board in your residence hall or on your office door, etc.