Monthly Archives: April 2015

Food for Fines is Back!

Clean out your pantry and clear your library fines at the same time!

Bring non-perishable food items to the Nielsen Library from April 27 – May 15. Each food item waives one $5 library fine, and there is no limit. All food will be donated to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley.

This program does not apply to replacement charges for lost items.

Food for Fines Flyer (1) copy

‘Gram while you cram

Get ready for the Nielsen Library’s first ever Instagram contest: ‘Gram while you cram!

We know you’re hard at work cramming for finals. Snap a study selfie and send it to us for the chance to win the exclusive right to reserve study room 215 during finals week.

Here’s how it works:

  • Follow @nielsenlibrary on Instagram
  • insta squareSnap a selfie – wherever you study, however you study. It doesn’t have to be in the library.
  • Upload it to Instagram and tag it #studyselfie and @nielsenlibrary
  • We’ll draw one random winner from all the selfies uploaded before 11:59 p.m. on May 9.
  • The winner will get the exclusive right to reserve group study room 215 (normally non-reservable) during finals week.
  • We’ll also pay to have a large pizza delivered to the room at a time of your choosing.

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.

Cancelled On-Campus Session One: Monday, April 27, 12-1 p.m., Nielsen Library 304
Pizza provided

Cancelled On-Campus Session Two: Tuesday, April 28, 6-7 p.m., Nielsen Library 304
Pizza provided

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.
Sign up for this focus group

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Taylor at 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?”

The library of the future?


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.