Nielsen Library prepares space for Information Commons

(05-14-2009)

A hot espresso, a cozy chair, and spectacular views - are a great way to begin studying for a test or a relaxing way to review notes for an upcoming presentation. The Adams State College Nielsen Library recently created this atmosphere in the Information Commons area, located on the second floor.

According to Dianne Machado, director of the library, the campus library is staying ahead of the trend as more libraries across the nation move away from the traditional desk chairs and tables and provide a "living room" style ambience for patrons.

Last summer, she and all of the library staff removed the collection of government documents, ordered new furniture and contracted with Adam Daniels, That Coffee Guy, to sell coffee and tea drinks. Paul Mascarenas, reference librarian, said finals week was the unofficial opening and students appreciated the new space.

"We have laptops available for check-out," Mascarenas said. The Information Commons desktops has a variety of programs including the Adobe Creative Suites, Adams State Associated Students and Faculty members can check out laptops to use in the commons.

The southern and northern windows provide natural light and views of campus and Rex Field. Jenna Bohnen, sophomore human performance and physical education major, said it is easier to study in the library without the distractions of her dorm room. "I really enjoy looking out over the stadium." Bohnen is a track and field student athlete.

The remodeling was made possible through the new capital fee recently passed by Adams State students in the spring 2008 semester. Nielsen Library hours through June 14 are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Fridays, and closed weekends. The library is closed for major holidays. Daniels will begin selling his espressos and other drinks once the fall semester begins on August 24.

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By Linda Relyea