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Finals Week at Nielsen


Whether you’re cramming hard or need a break, here’s what’s going on at the Nielsen Library during Finals Week:

Extended Hours:
Open until 2am
Sunday, May 10 – Thursday, May 14

Paws and Relax Therapy Dogs:
Monday, May 11: 6pm-7pm
Tuesday, May 12: 6pm-7pm
First floor lobby

Coloring and Crafts:
All week long at the Finals Survival Table on the second floor

The K2 Coffee Lounge will be open until 2am, serving up coffee, tea, and more!
Come to the reference desk and get a voucher for a free hot beverage between 8pm-2am.

Quiet Zones:
1st floor = Collaborative Zone
2nd floor = Quiet Zone
3rd floor = Silent Zone
Create your own Silent Zone with earplugs

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.



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:

Local author will speak on Fremont’s fatal expedition at Nielsen Library

Fremont's Fatal Fourth

The Adams State University Nielsen Library continues its mission to provide stimulating presentations for campus and community. Stuart Bryan, local author of Fremont’s Fatal Fourth Expedition (1848-1849), will discuss the purpose and disastrous outcome of famed western explorer John C. Fremont’s winter trek through Southern Colorado as well as his own efforts to retrace Fremont’s path.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the library second floor lounge. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Bryan, a retired science teacher from Monte Vista High School and a longtime resident of the San Luis Valley, received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of New Mexico. Fremont’s Fatal Fourth Expedition is the end result of over twenty years of research and writing.

For more information call the Nielsen Library at 719-587-7187.

Euromonitor Passport – New Business Database Trial

The Nielsen Library is trialing Euromonitor International’s Passport, a comprehensive resource for global market analysis that includes industry, country, and regional reports, extensive statistics, and consumer and company market share data. The trial will runs through March 31, 2014. 

…and after you trial this electronic business database, be sure let us know what you think!


Naxos Music Library – Trial Resource

The Nielsen Library is trialing Naxos Music Library through December 31. Naxos is the world´s largest online classical music library, offering streaming access to more than 89,780 CDs with more than 1,306,500 tracks, standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month. The library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogs plus the complete catalogs or selected titles from over 378 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month. Classic pop and rock music as well as Chinese orchestral music are also represented. Learn more about Naxos Music Library here.

Also available via this trial:

After you trial this electronic resource, let us know what you think!

Get In-Depth Reports on Current Events with CQ Researcher


Have a paper due on the pros and cons of women in the military?


Need authoritative background on the legalization of marijuana in the United States?


Try using CQ Researcher!

Published by the Congressional Quarterly, CQ Researcher gives in depth background information on current events.

Trial ends at the end of September.

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Wireless Printing Comes to Adams State

ASU’s Computing Services implemented a new printing system over the summer, which allows students and staff to print directly from a laptop. You can send documents to over 20 printers around campus, including the printers in both of the library’s computer labs.

To print wirelessly, you’ll need to login to, select a printer, upload your document, and then release the print job.

For complete instructions, view Computing Services How-To Page, or ask one of the librarians at the reference desk.

Some New Faces This Fall

If you’re a returning student, you may notice some new faces in the library this fall.

Stacy Taylor filled the position of Emerging Technologies Librarian in late April. She’ll be maintaining the Nielsen Library’s website and managing the library’s social media presence. Stacy relocated from the Chicago area.

Jordan Gortmaker joined our team in mid-July as our Circulation Supervisor. He will be overseeing the work-study students at the circulation desk. Jordan recently got his Masters Degree from the University of Colorado Denver and moved here from the Denver area.

Carol Smith will be taking over as our library director in September. She will be joining us from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, where she has been working as a Technology Initiatives Librarian.

We’ve also had three staff members retire recently. Glenda Geu, Technology and Acquisitions Librarian, retired last July. Murleen Goodrich, a library technician in the periodicals department, retired in late April. Our director, David Goetzman, officially retired at the end of June, but is helping out part-time until Carol Smith takes over.

We’ll miss our retirees, but we’re excited about our new hires and the fresh ideas they’ll bring with them.