Monthly Archives: October 2014

Presentation Practice Rooms

Do you have a big presentation coming up and need a place to practice? Did you know you can reserve any of the Nielsen Library’s classrooms?


Classrooms may be reserved for presentation practice, group study, and more!

Rooms 315 and 316 have computers and SMARTboards, and room 317 has a computer and portable projector. You can also reserve the Cooper Room, which has a conference table and large screen TV with HDMI hookup.

The Cooper Room must be reserved in advance, but classrooms can be  used anytime they’re not reserved by another group. For more information, see our Room Reservations page. Email Stacy Taylor to reserve a room.


What You Need to do to Vote in Colorado

Voting is your opportunity to have a say in the leaders and the laws that govern us. Here’s some information on how to vote in November’s midterm elections.

Registering to Vote

Registering to vote is the all-important first step in participating in the voting process.

In order to register to vote in Colorado, people must be:

  • United States citizens
  • Residents of Colorado* for at least the 22 days leading up to election day (Tuesday, November 4, 2014)
    • Non-Colorado residents can consult their home state for voter registration information. You might consult your home state’s information if you’re attending ASU, but you still consider your family’s address in another state to be your permanent address.
  • At least 18 years of age on election day
  • Not serving a sentence of confinement, detention or parole for a felony conviction

*If you aren’t already a Colorado resident, review the residency requirements and prerequisites for any financial aid or scholarships you may have before you consider registering to vote in Colorado.

How to register to vote:

  • At the Nielsen Library Reference Desk
  • At the Alamosa County Clerk and Recorder’s office, 8999 Independence Way in Alamosa
  • If you have a current Colorado driver’s license or ID card, online here!


Colorado voters can vote either by mail-in ballot or in person.

To receive a mail-in ballot by mail, you need to register to vote by Monday, October 27.

Completed mail-in ballots must be received (not postmarked) by the Alamosa County Clerk and Recorder by 7pm on election day, Tuesday, November 4. You might want to try and get your mail-in ballot in the mail by the week before the election. If you think you might be too late, you can drop it off:

Mail-in ballots can be dropped off by election day in the provided envelope at:

If you plan to vote in person, you can register to vote any time up until election day.

If you vote in person, you’ll need an acceptable form of identification.

The polling place (where in-person voting happens) for Alamosa County is the Alamosa County Clerk and Recorder’s office. NOTE: the Clerk and Recorder’s office has moved and this information is not reflected on the website. The new location is at 8999 Independence Way.

Not sure how you’ll get down there?

Adams State University’s Campus Elections Engagement Project will provide transportation to and from the polling place from 10am to 7pm on election day. Shuttles will depart from and arrive to the cul-de-sac in front of the Student Union Building (SUB). (The U-shaped driveway right by the big Grizzly statue.)

If you’re still unsure about anything related to registering to vote or voting, check with:

Like Free Journal Articles?  Celebrate Open Access Week!

Ever click on the PDF for a journal article you want, only to find it you must pay a fee to access it?  Open Access is a movement supported by libraries, publishers, and individuals who would like to erase those fees, making research available to everyone.


Journals that participate with open access standards provide some or all articles for free (Gold Open Access) and researchers who participate in open access standards provide free prints or preprints of their article in an online repository (Green Open Access).  For an example of Gold Open Access please see the Public Library of Science journals.  For example of Green Open Access search the vast theses and articles deposited in MIT’s institutional repository D-Space.

Technology Lending Now Available at Nielsen Library

Curious about Chromebooks? Ever wonder what it’s like to read on a Kindle? Unsure about the smartwatch phenomenon? The Nielsen Library now has a wide variety of different gadgets and devices for you to check out.


We have tablets, eReaders, a Chromebook, smartwatch, smartpen and more! Most devices check out for 2 weeks, so you can try before you buy or just get more familiar with the latest technologies.

The library also has laptops, headphones, and phone chargers. All technology can be checked out from the circulation desk on the first floor.

For more information, including a complete list of devices and lending policies, see our Technology Collection webpage.

“The Other Wes Moore”: Upcoming Events at Nielsen Library

Wes Moore Discussion PosterHave you read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, the 2014-2015 ASU Common Reading book selection yet? If not, there’s still time to read it before author Wes Moore visits Adams State on October 24th. The Nielsen Library has three copies on reserve – you can request them at the circulation desk.

The Nielsen Library will be hosting two events in recognition of Wes Moore’s visit:

On Tuesday, October 21, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, we will be hosting a book discussion on the first floor. Come ready to share your thoughts about The Other Wes Moore!

On Friday, October 24, 7:30pm, we will host an author Wes Moore Poster-1reception and book signing on the second floor of the library. This reception directly follows Wes Moore’s talk in Carson Auditorium at 6:00pm.

Refreshments will be served at both events.