Graduate Students Needed for Library Focus Groups

NOW ON SALEYour opinion counts! The Nielsen Library is looking for ways to enhance services for graduate students, both on-campus and off. Focus groups help us to improve our existing services and develop new services to suit our users’ needs. Past focus groups have directly led to library improvements such as new study room furniture and extended hours for finals. We want to know how we can improve our services for graduate students.

On-Campus Session One: Monday, April 27, 12-1 p.m., Nielsen Library 304
Pizza provided
Sign up for this focus group

On-Campus Session Two: Tuesday, April 28, 6-7 p.m., Nielsen Library 304
Pizza provided
Sign up for this focus group

Off-Campus Focus Group: An online discussion group will be open for the month of May
$20 Amazon gift cards provided
Students must contribute a minimum of one initial reply and one follow-up for all 9 questions to be eligible for the gift card.
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If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Taylor at staylor@adams.edu or 719-587-7572.

Nielsen Library to go Analog Only

The Nielsen Library is excited to announce that we have begun the transition to an analog only collection.

Many libraries these days are acquiring more and more electronic resources like databases and ebooks, and some have even gone so far as to get rid of their print collections. We’ve decided to buck the trend and go in the opposite direction.

“We want to reestablish the old paradigm that libraries are quiet buildings full of books,” said library director Carol Smith, “What better way to do that than by getting rid of everything else?”

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Some of the exciting changes you can expect to see in the coming months include:

  • the library computer labs being turned into quiet reading rooms
  • a WiFi free library building
  • the cancellation of all online journals and ebooks
  • the return of the card catalog

“The internet just isn’t reliable,” reported learning and engagement librarian Geoff Johnson, “just this morning I saw reports about the existence of the Force, Microsoft Office for Cats, and a stuffed Panda with artificial intelligence. Even this very blog post seems a bit sketchy.”

Electronic resources librarian Nicole LeBoeuf could not be reached for comment.

Students who would like to know more about evaluating websites and finding reliable sources should contact a librarian.

Tunes@2 April 3, 2015

nolan smithIt’s that time again! Put down whatever you’re working on this Friday at 2:00pm and head over to the second floor of the Nielsen Library for Tunes@2.

This month’s event features music student Nolan Smith. He will be performing mostly acoustic, all original songs that will be featured on his upcoming EP this June. Nolan’s music is greatly influenced by jazz. He hopes you enjoy what you hear and encourages everyone to like his Facebook page  to keep up with his activities.

Tunes@2 happens every first Friday near the library coffee cart. Start your weekend off right –with good music, good coffee, and good company.

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Cesar Chavez Week

The Adams State University Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement Center (CASA) is hosting a variety of events this week in honor of Cesar Chavez week.

Don’t miss Cesar Chavez Movie Night, with David Guerrero, this Friday, April 3 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the library.

Other events include: Cesar Chavez Poster 2015

A Pool Tournament will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Loft, located on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Winners will be awarded prizes from the ASU Bookstore.

The Noche de Familia Horno Cookout Fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the ASU CASA Center, 101 Faculty Drive. Guest speakers will include Arnold Salazar, Freddy Jaquez, and Kiko Martinez. Call 719-587 7880 for more information or to purchase tickets.

The Lifeway’s Lecture Series continues with Pasion Sobre Agua, by Sarah Parmar, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in McDaniel Hall room 201.

Board Games Now Available

Want to have your own game night with your friends? We now have board games available for you to check out!

Games can be checked out for one week and are available at the circulation desk.

The settlers of Catan
Playing cards (2 decks)
Checkers
Connect 4
Apples to apples
Chess
Jenga
A game of thrones
Cards against humanity (2 copies)
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Cards against humanity: second expansion

Book Madness

You’ve heard of March Madness, but this year the Nielsen Library is doing Book Madness!

We’ve selected 64 books in 4 divisions for you to vote on. Fill out your ballot by the bracket on the first floor of the library and put it in the ballot box. Or fill out our online ballot.

We’ll tabulate the results at the end of each week and the winning books will move on to the next round.

Include your name and email address on your ballot if you wish to be entered in a drawing for a copy of the winning book. Please limit yourself to one vote per round.

Earth, Water, and Sky Lecture Series

Earth Water Sky2Join the Nielsen Library and Adams State Adventure Program (ASAP) for an exciting spring lecture series! Learn about our endlessly fascinating world. This series offers something for everyone: from fishing and hiking, to bat management and unidentified flying objects.

Our diverse group of guest speakers include Adams State students and staff, the United States Forest Service, and independent writers and researchers.

Each talk is free and open to the public and will take place from 6:00-7:30 pm in the second floor library lounge. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your curiosity and a friend or two!
Full schedule as follows:

1. Wed, Mar 4: Curt Howell: Earth, Water, and Sky: A Call and Response

2. Tues, Mar 10: Deacon Aspinwall: Fly Fishing Around the San Luis Valley: the Zen,
Aesthetics, and Conservation of Chasing Trout

3. Wed, Mar 18: Jake Moberly: Walking the Camino de Santiago

4. Thur, Mar 19: Kristi and Andrew Yates: A Thru Hike: Finding Peace, Love, and
Adventure on the Appalachian Trail

5. Thur, Apr 9: Marilyn Loser: The Challenge and Joy of Gardening in the San Luis
Valley

6. Thur, Apr 23: Randy Ghormley / USFS: Ecology and Management of Bats in the
San Luis Valley

7. Thur, Apr 30: Sandra Wagner: Early Aquaculture on the Upper Rio Grande

8. Tues, May 5: Chris O’Brien: The Mysterious San Luis Valley

Seed to Seed

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The Nielsen Library’s new Seed to Seed Library provides the Adams State University campus and the greater San Luis Valley community with FREE, organic, non-GMO vegetable and flower seeds. The Seed to Seed Library also provides information, resources, and workshops to help gardeners of all skill levels grow healthy, locally adapted food.

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Seeds are available at the Nielsen Library’s first floor circulation desk and can be checked out just like books, but without the due dates or overdue fines. You don’t have to be faculty, staff, or a student of Adams State University in order to use the library. Any member of the community has borrowing privileges – just bring in a photo ID and we’ll issue you a library card.

After harvesting your plants, we encourage you to collect some seed and return it to the library for future gardeners to enjoy. Over time, the entire community will be helping to develop locally adapted seed for our challenging San Luis Valley growing climate

To learn more about how the seed library works, visit http://libguides.adams.edu/seedtoseed

Join us for our Seed Library Kickoff Event!seeds of time

The Seed to Seed Library will be debuted on Friday, February 20th at the Nielsen Library. Join us from 5:00pm – 8:00pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony, a short talk about seed saving, a community seed exchange, a showing of the documentary Seeds of Time, and a film discussion.

Yummy locally grown food will be served. Hope to see you there!

Learn more about gardening and seed saving in the San Luis Valley.

To improve your gardening skills, we also encourage you to attend one of the many 2015 workshops and events being led by our program co-sponsors and community partners.

That Librarian With the Beard

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By now you’ve probably seen him around campus, at the reference desk, orchestrating library events, or even teaching in your classes. That Librarian With the Beard, aka Geoff Johnson, is our new Learning and Engagement Librarian.

Geoff, a Denver native, joined us last October from the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked as the Research Help Coordinator and taught a number of ESL classes. He got his library degree at Simmons College in Boston, and can do a wicked awesome Boston accent on request.

geoff front copyGeoff’s primary responsibilities at Adams State include teaching LS 225 and other library instruction sessions, coordinating library events, and staffing the reference desk. He is an avid homebrewer, a Broncos fan, and owns a dog that doesn’t understand how to be a dog. He and his wife, Kristine, moved to Alamosa last fall and are enjoying the town, the university, and the mule deer.

Geoff reports that the last time he shaved his beard it was “a horrible mistake” so you can count on him being That Librarian with the Beard for many years to come.