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Auraria Library's instruction services: learn of the many options

Faculty, check out the revamped Library Instruction Services site designed to highlight new and existing instructional opportunities available through the Library to give your students a jumpstart with research skills.

You'll learn about

  • Library instruction sessions alligned with curriculum goals
  • English Composition instructional services and course tools
  • The many available video tutorials and assessments
  • Course guides customized for classes
  • Library classroom access
  • And more!

Auraria Library renovating & innovating

Didn't visit the Auraria Library in the Summer of 2013?  Then you missed miles of "caution" tape; strangely empty areas awaiting furniture, equipment and materials; and lots of people wearing hard hats! Check out these photos of the building renovations to see what we mean.

Changes in place for the start of the semester include:

  • No more crowded computer clump! Computers are now available throughout the first and second floors
  • Comfortable computer "pods" for the main floor with some designed for individual use and others conducive to collaborative use. Both significantly increase electrical outlet access.
  • The unveiling of the Discovery Wall, a large-scale interactive digital display wall created for teaching, learning, and innovation.
  • The brand new Adaptive Technology Room (on the Library's second floor, room 205), now available for reservation and use by students, faculty, and staff with disabilities and affiliated with the campus.)
  • Additional new seating on the Library's first floor.
  • Most VHS videos are now on browseable first floor shelving for student viewing within the Library and faculty check-out.  High use VHS videos and all DVD's remain housed behind the Ask Us Desk.

There's much more to come!  The Library was awarded $4 million dollars by the State of Colorado Long Bill
to assist with overall building design costs and additional improvements, including a remodel of the second floor restroom; relocation of Special Collections; creation of better wayfinding and signage within the Library; improvement of first floor "Main Street" projects; and purchase of new shelving.

Check Building News for regular updates on building renovations.

Streamlined service at the Library

Research/Tech Help/Ask Us merger

To decrease waiting times, streamline services, and maximize personnel availability, assistance with research questions and technology has merged with existing Ask Us Desk services. 

Additionally, an Express Service point adjacent to the Ask Us Desk and close to the front door will be staffed to help with self-check-outs, check-ins offering a receipt (such as for Reserves materials), and directional questions.

Users will now go to Ask Us for most service needs, including check-out/check-in of books, laptops, calculators and Reserves, Prospector and Interlibrary Loan materials - as well as reference and tech issue questions.  Those checking out books can skirt lines completely using the Self-Check-Out machines.

A Research Bar has been created across from the Ask Us Desk where information experts can assist students with no distractions.

Research Help will also continue to be available through the chat service, phone, email, and in-person appointments with librarians: Keep an eye out as well for more "roving" helpers throughout the Library!

Coming in summer 2014: Redesign of Ask Us Desk physical space

The first year of merged services will allow the Library to tweak space and service needs.  After this pilot period, look for an entirely new desk area created to best accomodate the new merged service area by summer 2014.

Faculty: share your research!

Faculty members - you've worked hard researching and writing. Scholarly Communications Librarian Jeffrey Beall shares ideas and supplies practical steps on how to best optimize access to your research. 

Take a look - the follow-up is easy.

New & expanded collections & databases

Recently acquired or enhanced resources include:

18th & 19th Century Century Newspapers & Periodicals. Full text access to  newspapers, ebooks, and documents from the 1700's and 1800's including the African American Newspapers collection; Frank Leslie’s Weekly; Godey’s Lady’s Book; The Liberator; National Anti-Slavery Standard; The Revolution; and more.

Academic Charts Online.  Measures the impact of music across countries and cultures.  It enables evidence-based research across all genres from pop to classical, jazz, and world music.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Earth and Space Index (EASI). Searchable online access to the AGU  EASI journals in the Wiley Online LIbrary.

Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. This online collection of Colorado newspapers has two new titles. It now includesThe Camp Hale Ski-Zette and Blizzard newspapers, unique U.S. WWII Army publications from the 10th Mountain Division.

Credo Literati. This collection can be a great starting point for undergraduate research.  Users can find thousands of concise full-text subject overviews and frequently will be subsequently linked to Topic Pages leading to web-based and Library-supplied collections of articles, ebooks and more.  A "mind map" tool  helps users see connections to related topics. Video research tutorials are also part of the Credo Literati platform.

Drama Online. Find full-text plays from both iconic and contemporary playwrights which can be downloaded or printed. Additionally, online scholarly works and practical guides in this collection provide writings on playwrights and theatre-related topics  Locate plays by title, playwright, genre, cast size, and number of scenes. Monologues are easily identified and production rights information is attached  to every play.

International Historical Statistics.  Use to find economic, financial, and social statistics for worldwide countries and territories, often spanning centuries and beginning as early as 1750.

IBISWorld Industry Market Research. Global and specialized U.S. Industry Reports have been added to this well-used collection.

Material Connexion. The online equivalent of a "samples/materials library," providing access to information/images of building materials helpful for designers of all disciplines - industrial, furniture, packaging, graphics, fashion, interior design, landscape architecture, and transportation. Product descriptions are written by engineers and designers and the content is continuously updated. Emphasis on sustainability and green products and materials.

Rand State Statistics. Contains numerous statistical databases covering a large number of subject areas: business & economics, community, education, energy & environment, government finance, health & socioeconomic, and population & demographics.

Social Explorer Professional .  Use Social Explorer to visually explore demographic data.  Though not new to the Library this semester, Social Explorer was "re-launched" over the summer with new features and functionality.


Look for details soon on even more added resources including the expansion of journal holdings in Project Muse and JStor, and the addition of the New York Review of Books online, Naxos Jazz, Business Decision Academic, and ePatai.

Digital delivery of bound journal contents

Bound journals still in the Library?
Though the Library is dedicated to offering research materials in high-quality digital formats, not all resources have an online equivalent available. As a result, the Library has retained needed journals in bound volume format.

Previously, the Library rejected the idea of placing lesser-used bound journal volumes in the Pascal remote facility, knowing title discovery was limited to Prospector and that the titles would not show up in the Auraria Library catalog. Additionally, the borrowing turnaround time was unacceptably long.

Fast forward to present day and "Virtual Pascal"
The problems related to moving bound journal volumes to Pascal have dissolved.

Now, bound journals can reside in Pascal and not only do they appear in the Auraria Library catalog and discovery search engine, but articles can be requested from those journals and delivered digitally in a few hours. This process is similar to an interlibrary loan request, though the option to order a scanned version of the article will appear right on the catalog record representing the journal title the user is seeking. The borrowing process will be obvious. Additionally, users can  still borrow the physical volume from Pascal if they wish to browse it for any reason.

The result of moving some of the Library's bound journals to Pascal?

  • Quick delivery of many articles in pdf format not yet available online or too expensive to buy in a digital format.
  • More room in the busy Library building
  • Additional collaborative study space on the Library's first floor

Are any bound journals left in the Library?
Yes, bound journals, as well as periodicals in microform formats are on the second floor of the Library.  The Library does not have enough space in the Pascal facility to move all the bound journal volumes but will continue to seek digital equivalents for print volumes.

Streaming video collections expand even more

Your access to online videos through the Library's collections continues to grow. New additions include:

  • Docuseek2.  More than 300 streaming video documentaries from such in-demand distributors as Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films, Terra Nova Films and others, on topics in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, and professional studies.
  • Counseling and Therapy Videos. A new "volume" was added to this popular online collection of videos available for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling.
  • Filmakers Library.  You'll find 100 new documentaries available covering multiple subject areas, increasing the collection to more than 1,000 videos.  The Films on Demand collection, now with more than 8,000 videos, also continually grows.
  • BBC Shakespeare Plays. Includes these plays: All's Well that Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Henry IV – Parts 1 & 2, Henry V, Henry VI – Parts 1, 2, & 3, Henry VII, Julius Caesar, King John, King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Pericles, Richard II, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus & Cressida, Twelfth Night, and Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Learn more about the Library's streaming/other video offerings here.