Category Archives: Resources

Textbook Reserves

Are your textbook bills overwhelming you?


Did you know that the Nielsen Library has copies of some textbooks in the Reserves Collection?

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To see if we have your textbook, search the library catalog by course number or professor.

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Reserves are kept at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library, and can be checked out for 1 hour.

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Unfortunately, we don’t have copies of all textbooks.

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If there’s a particular text you’re looking for, ask your professor about putting it on reserve for your class.


Professors – do your students a favor and put a copy of your text on reserve. Check our Reserves Information for Faculty webpage for all the details.

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New at Nielsen

Welcome and Welcome Back!!

We spent the summer hard at work making all kinds of improvements in the Nielsen Library, and we hope you’re as excited as we are.

Improved Study Spaces

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All individual study rooms got a fresh coat of paint, new desks, new chairs, and new lamps. A huge shout-out to Karen Melgares, Jordan Gortmaker, and Ronnie Medina for all their hard work.

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There’s also lots of new yoga balls and whiteboards throughout the building. Feel free to move them around – it’s your library!

New Collections and Resources


We’ve added popular books and popular DVDs to our collection, along with phone and MacBook chargers for use in the library.


Our reserves section has been completely cleaned up and rearranged. Textbooks are now organized by course instead of professor.

color printerchromeboxesThere’s a new color printer in the second floor computer lab, and Chromebox computers for searching the catalog and databases.


Speaking of databases…we’ve added new electronic databases, including ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

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Plus…this fall we’ll be introducing our technology collection, with tablets, eReaders, a smartwatch, a GoPro, and much more!

New Interfaces

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Our Research Guides, Catalog, and Blog all got major facelifts this summer. All of them have a responsive web design so they’re easier to use on mobile devices.

New Services and Events

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We’re introducing a personal librarian program, in which every incoming student is paired with a librarian to provide individual help with research and library services. We’re also increasing the number of events at the library, starting with a game night on September 5.

New Look


We’re re-branding and orange is our signature color. And we have lots of cool new stuff to give away. Look for orange signs in the library and around campus.

Coming Soon

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We are extremely excited to announce that after more than two years of sitting forlornly in the corner, the coffee cart will be reopening this fall!

We’ll also be getting a piano on the second floor for after hours events and the occasional concert during low-traffic times. Don’t worry, we promise not to make a racket during finals week.

The Nielsen Library is YOUR library

Nearly all of these changes are a direct result of YOUR feedback! We really do listen to what you have to say, so let us know what you’re thinking.

Comment on our Facebook page, send us a Tweet, comment on this blog, fill out our online suggestion form, or use the suggestion box on the third floor, answer our weekly whiteboard questions, or just stop and talk to us.

How to Access Mental Measurements Yearbook

Mental Measurements Yearbook is a database of information on evaluations and tests in business, education, leadership, and psychology. To access the database, click here.

Access to Mental Measurements Yearbook is limited to 4 users at a time. If you are unable to access the database, you may need to wait and try again later. Out of respect for others, please be sure exit the database when you are finished.

If you are on-campus you should be automatically connected. If you are off-campus you will need to enter your Adams State username and password. Please see our off-campus login page or call the reference desk at 719-587-7879 if you are having difficulty.

Mental Measurements Yearbook, along with the rest of the library’s databases, can also be accessed by clicking the Articles and Databases link on the Nielsen Library website. Here you can find our most popular databases, recommended databases by subject, and an alphabetical listing of all our databases.

For a Limited Time – Stream PBS Documentaries!

Want to watch one of Ken Burns’ productions on the West?  Or see Season one of the PBS series Craft in America?  The PBS Video Collection brings over 200 documentaries directly to your computer.  Browse by discipline, series, title, or look up producers.  These videos are available for streaming right now for all Adams State University faculty, staff and students.  This trial will last until June 21, 2014.  If you wish to make this a permanent offering of the library, let us know!

Should the Federal Government Increase its Investment in Early Learning Programs?

This April’s Congressional Digest discusses the history and current status of funding for preschool programs.  Find out more about those who argue for an expansion of preschool programs, and those who feel expanding such programs will detract from what is currently available.  Access to Congressional Digest is available to all on campus, and off-campus students, faculty, and staff.