Updates: Looking forward to fall at Auraria Library

Auraria Library will be making improvements and changes over the summer and into the fall to better support our faculty and students.

Things are getting noisy and dusty but not for long. Good things are coming!  Track our progress with photos of the building renovations.  

What can you look forward to? Updates to our Building, Services, and Resources


Summer Renovations
Renovation projects occurring this summer and into the near future to create learning spaces best suited to the needs of students will include:

  • Distributing the current computer commons throughout the Library’s first floor and adding additional desktop computer stations on the second floor
  • Creating new spaces and resources to share and create knowledge:
    • Constructing the Discovery Wall, a large-scale, innovative, and interactive digital display wall
    • Creating a physical space for Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library
  • New furniture on the first floor, mostly in the form of group and individual computer pods, which will greatly increase electrical outlet access
  • Transfer of bound journals to second floor and to off-site storage (see “Scanning Service” below for more information)
  • Testing of an express service point

Future Renovations
Auraria Library will receive funding from the state this year, which will enable renovation projects into the fall and beyond. Updates will include:

  • Remodel of the Ask Us desk, which will incorporate research help, circulation, and technology assistance
  • New courtyard furniture to provide additional seating and shade structures
  • Move of MSU Denver’s Access Services to the Plaza Building, allowing the creation of a physical research portal space for Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library
  • Restroom remodel on second floor
  • More seating in the second floor Quiet Zone
  • Remodeled Special Collections area on second floor



Research Help Desk
On July 1, the current Research Help Desk will be relocated to the Ask Us Desk to streamline services for patrons. Research Help will maintain its accessibility via the chat service, phone, email, and in-person appointments with librarians: http://library.auraria.edu/services/researchhelp

Instruction Updates
Entry-level English composition courses will now be taught via online tutorials, creating capacity for our instruction librarians to deliver more personalized and customized service to faculty and students, including:

  • Discipline-specific instruction ­– Request librarian instruction for specific topics and subject areas.
  • Classwork customization – Faculty may ask a librarian to customize a set of resources for their LMS course shells or face-to-face classes, including research assignments and activities to meet learning objectives.
  • Protect valuable class time – Students can take the tutorials any time, any place, which doesn’t detract from valuable class time.
  • Class visits ­– Faculty may invite a librarian to their classes to discuss research challenges and evaluate results.
  • GoToMeeting – Librarian-mediated workshops will allow for live and interactive online instruction for which students can “drop in” for classes, share screens, ask questions, and learn best strategies.
  • Quick and focused tutorials – Most videos are only three-four minutes, which students can take on an as-needed basis at their convenience.

Scanning Service (For full-text articles from bound journals at Pascal)

To make more space on the first floor for collaborative student study space and to enable building renovations, some changes will be made to our bound journal collection:

  • Most of our bound journals will move to the second floor
  • Some journal titles will move to Pascal, an offsite holding facility shared with other academic libraries
    • Faculty and students can access bound journal articles from Pascal quickly and digitally by requesting a scanned article from within the catalog



New and Expanded Collections and Tutorials
Look for new and expanded collections and tutorials this fall, including:

  • Substantial increases in Project Muse and Jstor full-text journal holdings
  • New, professionally-created, research tutorials
  • More Industry Reports on specialized and global industries
  • The full-text of hundreds of plays online
  • Many new videos added to the Counseling and Therapy Videos collection
  • Dozens of print reference titles upgraded to digital format  - plus hundreds of new titles from Credo Literati and Oxford
  • Significant additions of streaming music and documentary video titles



Posted by: 
K Brown