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.

Tunes@2 April 3, 2015

nolan smithIt’s that time again! Put down whatever you’re working on this Friday at 2:00pm and head over to the second floor of the Nielsen Library for Tunes@2.

This month’s event features music student Nolan Smith. He will be performing mostly acoustic, all original songs that will be featured on his upcoming EP this June. Nolan’s music is greatly influenced by jazz. He hopes you enjoy what you hear and encourages everyone to like his Facebook page  to keep up with his activities.

Tunes@2 happens every first Friday near the library coffee cart. Start your weekend off right –with good music, good coffee, and good company.

tunes at 2

Cesar Chavez Week

The Adams State University Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement Center (CASA) is hosting a variety of events this week in honor of Cesar Chavez week.

Don’t miss Cesar Chavez Movie Night, with David Guerrero, this Friday, April 3 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the library.

Other events include: Cesar Chavez Poster 2015

A Pool Tournament will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Loft, located on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Winners will be awarded prizes from the ASU Bookstore.

The Noche de Familia Horno Cookout Fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the ASU CASA Center, 101 Faculty Drive. Guest speakers will include Arnold Salazar, Freddy Jaquez, and Kiko Martinez. Call 719-587 7880 for more information or to purchase tickets.

The Lifeway’s Lecture Series continues with Pasion Sobre Agua, by Sarah Parmar, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in McDaniel Hall room 201.

Board Games Now Available

Want to have your own game night with your friends? We now have board games available for you to check out!

Games can be checked out for one week and are available at the circulation desk.

The settlers of Catan
Playing cards (2 decks)
Connect 4
Apples to apples
A game of thrones
Cards against humanity (2 copies)
Cards against humanity: first expansion
Cards against humanity: second expansion

Book Madness

You’ve heard of March Madness, but this year the Nielsen Library is doing Book Madness!

We’ve selected 64 books in 4 divisions for you to vote on. Fill out your ballot by the bracket on the first floor of the library and put it in the ballot box. Or fill out our online ballot.

We’ll tabulate the results at the end of each week and the winning books will move on to the next round.

Include your name and email address on your ballot if you wish to be entered in a drawing for a copy of the winning book. Please limit yourself to one vote per round.

Earth, Water, and Sky Lecture Series

Earth Water Sky2Join the Nielsen Library and Adams State Adventure Program (ASAP) for an exciting spring lecture series! Learn about our endlessly fascinating world. This series offers something for everyone: from fishing and hiking, to bat management and unidentified flying objects.

Our diverse group of guest speakers include Adams State students and staff, the United States Forest Service, and independent writers and researchers.

Each talk is free and open to the public and will take place from 6:00-7:30 pm in the second floor library lounge. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your curiosity and a friend or two!
Full schedule as follows:

1. Wed, Mar 4: Curt Howell: Earth, Water, and Sky: A Call and Response

2. Tues, Mar 10: Deacon Aspinwall: Fly Fishing Around the San Luis Valley: the Zen,
Aesthetics, and Conservation of Chasing Trout

3. Wed, Mar 18: Jake Moberly: Walking the Camino de Santiago

4. Thur, Mar 19: Kristi and Andrew Yates: A Thru Hike: Finding Peace, Love, and
Adventure on the Appalachian Trail

5. Thur, Apr 9: Marilyn Loser: The Challenge and Joy of Gardening in the San Luis

6. Thur, Apr 23: Randy Ghormley / USFS: Ecology and Management of Bats in the
San Luis Valley

7. Thur, Apr 30: Sandra Wagner: Early Aquaculture on the Upper Rio Grande

8. Tues, May 5: Chris O’Brien: The Mysterious San Luis Valley