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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.

Reference Desk Position Available

The Reference Department in the Nielsen Library seeks a dependable and motivated graduate student or mature upperclassman to help staff the reference desk during professionally staffed hours and to assist patrons when regular staff is not present. Student workers will provide reference service in an effective, timely, and courteous manner. Students must be available to work for at least two semesters. Evenings and weekends may be required.

Duties include:

  • Provide reference assistance to library patrons. If unable to answer question, call on reference librarian.
  • Assist users with the online catalog, print materials, and electronic databases.
  • Provide patrons with directional information in locating materials and services.
  • Answer telephone reference questions or refer callers to reference librarian on duty.
  • Assist patrons in finding information and in learning how to conduct research and to find information on their own.
  • Sorts reference books, non-reference books and current periodicals, loads on book trucks, and shelves reference books.
  • Other duties as assigned

Please email your resume to Stacy Taylor at by January 30, 2015

Research on the Run (The Librarians are Coming!)

roaming 1 copyWith finals fast approaching the library staff is hitting the road and heading to a building near you.

From December 8 – December 15 librarians will have tables set up in various buildings around campus.

We’ll be there to help with research, citations, looking up books…any service we normally provide at the reference desk.

Stop by and ask us anything!

Monday 12/8
1:30pm-3:30pm: East Campus, West Entrance
3pm-5pm: Business, South Entrance Lobby

Tuesday 12/9
1pm-3pm: McDaniel, North Side Lobby
3pm-5pm: Porter, East Entrance
6pm-8pm: McDaniel Computer Lab

Wednesday 12/10
6pm-8pm: SUB Computer Lab

Thursday 12/11
10am-12pm: McDaniel, North Side Lobby
1pm-3pm: SUB, South Entrance Lobby

Friday 12/12
1pm-3pm: Business, South Entrance Lobby

Monday 12/15
1pm-3pm: Porter, East Entrance

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.