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  • Banned Books Week is Sept. 27 - Oct. 3. Michener Library will have a display near the first floor Main Desk. Stop by to learn more about challenged books, and about your freedom to read.
  • Need to find a data set? See ICPSR, the world's largest archive of computer-readable social science data. An ICPSR Workshop was held on 9/21 at 2:30 pm, Michener 335.
  • We have a subscription to the citation management system, RefWorks. After setting up your personal account, you can store citations, format bibliographies, and more.
  • Members of the UNC community can access all Chronicle of Higher Education content from 1989-present.


  • The Libraries Instructional Services Department has been recognized by the Association of College and Research Libraries as one of 5 university library programs in the country that illustrates best practices in pedagogy.
  • The University Libraries are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the university with a special exhibit from October 2 - November 4.
  • Reserve a study room online!


  • DSM-5 now available online!  The much anticipated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition was released in print earlier this summer; now the online version is available as well.
  • Early English Books Online now available! Access nearly every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America from 1473-1700.


  • Join us for The Greatest Generation Read-In, honoring the men and women who served our country during World War II, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 11am-1pm
  • Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Don't forget to vote! See this online elections guide for information on voting in Weld County, including materials on the candidates, parties, and ballot issues.
  • Beets, Baseball, and Beyond
    The current exhibit in Michener Library's Mari Michener Gallery chronicles Hispanic baseball and the beet industry in Greeley and the Front Range. Find out more
  • Michener turns 40!
    Join us this Friday, Nov. 2, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Michener Library's naming and dedication.
  • You can now print wirelessly in Michener Library! Ask at the reference desk or call UNC IT at 970-351-4357 for assistance.
  • The Libraries are always acquiring new resources to support your research. Check out these recently added electronic resources.
  • Join us for the Banned Books Week Read-in!
    When: Tuesday, October 2, 11am-1pm
    Where: Michener Library
  • Documentary Film Series - Spring 2012
    The Michener Library Film Series continues! Come by the News Room at noon on Wednesdays during Spring Semester. Click here for monthly themes and details about upcoming films.


  • Provide input on the Libraries' project to withdraw print volumes of titles duplicated in JSTOR. For more information, see http://libguides.unco.edu/JSTORproject.
  • The first Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado is now available online at http://journals.sfu.ca/urjnc/index.php/urjnc.
  • University Libraries' TXT a Librarian service is now available. Send a quick, simple message of up to 160 characters to 970-335-9993, and a librarian will answer your question. More information at Ask a Librarian.
  • University Libraries is hosting a People@Work documentary film series in the Michener Library News Room on the 4th Thursday of each month. Call 970-351-2562 for details.


  • The UNC Faculty Senate adopted an Open Access Resolution with the goals of broadly disseminating scholarship and promoting deposit of scholarly work in UNC’s institutional repository, Digital UNC.
  • The Libraries will observe Banned Books Week, September 25 - October 2.
  • Take a look a photos on Flickr from a variety of library-sponsored activities.
  • Four computers in the Information Commons on the main floor have been updated by campus IT.  Upgrading these computers to the Windows 7 operating system and the Internet Explorer 8 browser ensures that software will be properly supported when it is rolled out across campus. 
  • Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea," which was adopted as the 2009-10 book for first-year UNC students, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Butler-Hancock Hall.
  • Connie Willis, an award-winning author regarded as one of the world’s premier science fiction writers, will speak and sign copies of her new book, "Blackout," during a reception 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Michener Library.


  • University Libraries, along with Teresa Sellmer from the School of English Language and Literature, will hold a discussion of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson on October 20, 3:30-4:30 in the Michener Library Gallery area. Tea and cookies will be provided.
  • University Libraries is celebrating Open Access Week, October 19-23.
  • To maintain library resources and avoid cancellation of library subscriptions for journals and databases, the Board of Trustees approved a library fee effective with this academic year. The library fee is to be used to cover inflationary costs for print and online materials in  the University Libraries collections plus limited funding for new resources. In the past the total cost for the University Libraries collections has been paid from tuition revenue and support from the state. These sources alone  are no longer sufficient to provide the library resources needed to support the curricular and research needs of the university community.  
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson was selected for both the First Year Student Common Reading and the High Plains Library District Community Read. Librarians have created an accompanying research guide for resources on education and culture in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University,  will  give a presentation on author rights related to copyright entitled “ Who will control faculty scholarship, or, will your book be in Google?”  on Tuesday, April 21, from 1-2 p.m. in the Panorama Room at the University Center.  Copyright and author rights are becoming increasingly important in the evolving digital environment of faculty scholarship.  As Duke’s Scholarly Communications Officer, Kevin’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty , administration, and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing.  The presentation is sponsored by the University Libraries and the Graduate School. 
  • The School of English Language and Literature and University Libraries are sponsoring the 2009 Women’s HERstory Month Read-In. The UNC Read-In will be on March 25, 2009 from 11AM - 2PM at Michener Library in the Gallery. Members of the UNC community will read aloud works by women authors. We invite you to join us as we share these works.
  • Women's Reverence for the Earth: Fact &Fiction, an exhibit by freelance illustrator and former UNC student Eris Klein, will be set up in Michener Library. Books associated with women artists and artistic expression about women, as well as goddess-related fiction and scholarship are included. The exhibit will be up for the month of March - Women’s History Month. A reading series continues on Thursdays through April at 6:30 PM.
  • The English Education Program of the School of English Language and Literature, in conjunction with the School of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and University Libraries is joining over one million readers participating in the Twentieth National African American Read-In. The event is sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE (the National Council of Teachers of English). The UNC Read-In will be on February 25, 2009 from 11AM -2PM at Michener Library. Members of the UNC community will read aloud works by African American writers. We invite you to join us as we share these wonderful works.
  • The TV in the Michener Library's first floor News Room is now showing news programming, as well as a news feed and updates about library and campus events.
  • 75 Summers: UNC's Little Theatre of the Rockies, an exhibit celebrating the 75-year history of the Little Theatre of the Rockies, will be on display from January 12 to February 13 in the Mari Michener Gallery. The exhibit includes a number of items from the Libraries' Archival Services collection.


  • Stop by Michener Library's first floor "News Room", near the Access Services Desk. You'll find current issues of newspapers, news magazines, a selection of other popular magazines, and television news.
  • Confused by all the choices, advertising, and news about the coming election? UNC Librarians have brought together information to help you wade through the people, issues and spin, so you can make your own decisions. Check out our Guide to Voting & Elections (http://libguides.unco.edu/VotingElections) – and share the link with your friends!
  • University Libraries expresses support for intellectual freedom by holding annual readings of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week. This year, readings will be held daily in Michener Library between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. during the week of September 29-October 3.  To see a partial list of books that have been banned or challenged, please see http://free2read.pbwiki.com.
  • University Libraries will join the High Plains Library District in participating in the Big Read 2008, from September 21 through October 31. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Big Read pulls the community together to read, discuss, and celebrate one book. This year's book is the science fiction classic Fahrenheit 451. Stop by the Michener Library Reference Area to pick up a reader's guide, a list of events, and a free copy of the book while supplies last. Watch for details about a book discussion to be held at Michener Library.
  • University Libraries will host an open house to welcome new and returning faculty to campus!  Please mark your calendars for Cheese & Chat 2008, on Thursday, September 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Michener Mezzanine @ Michener Library.  We invite all faculty to join us for real food, real people, and a look at your real <and virtual> library.
  • Did you take our survey about social software and libraries in May?  Six lucky students were drawn at random to win iTunes gift cards as our way of saying “Thanks for your help with the survey!” Again, many thanks for helping us learn what you think of Facebook, MySpace, SecondLife, IM technologies, and libraries.
  • Information about copyright is now available on the Libraries web site. The pages were developed by the University Libraries Scholarly Communication Committee.
  • The Access Services area on the first floor of Michener Library will be renovated during the summer. Circulation and Interlibrary Loan will be temporarily located on the lower level of Michener.


  • Our librarians have been busy creating "LibGuides" - our research guides in a new format - for a wide variety of subject areas. Click for a list, and see if there's one that will help you get started with your library research.
  • Please join us on Monday October 1 at 7 PM in Michener Library for readings by UNC professors and a discussion of intellectual freedom from Jamie LaRue, author of the book The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges.
  • Read aloud from a banned or challenged book for us! As part of our observance of Banned Books Week, we're holding readings October 1-5 from 9:30 to 3:00 in the Michener Library Reference Area.
  • Meeting with a group to study? Check out one of our technology-equipped group study rooms in Michener Library. For more information, see our Computing and Studying in the Libraries web page.
  • Did you know that you can contact the Michener Reference Desk by Instant Messaging, Monday-Friday 10 AM-2PM? Click on "Ask a Librarian".
  • Learn about the library on your lunch hour! Join us for a "Library Quicky" and find out how to search the library catalog and an article index. Sign up at the Michener Library Reference Desk.
  • The UNC Libraries will participate in the Weld County Reads program during September and October. Free copies of the book (Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima), reader's guides, and a list of follow-up activities are available in the Michener Library Reference Area.
  • The Libraries will once again sponsor the Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature discussion series.
  • The University Libraries Assessment Committee would like to say Thank You to the more than 1,100 people who responded to the LibQual+TM survey over the past three weeks. We’re having a quick event in the Michener Gallery from 12:15 to 12:45 on Tuesday, 24 April to announce the prize winners. We’ll analyze the survey results over the coming months, so that Libraries Administration can use participant feedback in the planning process later this year. Thanks again for telling us what you think!
  • We are pleased to present Sandra Rios Balderrama, our spring Diversity Visiting Scholar, speaking on Tuesday April 17, from 1:30 to 3:00 in Lindou Auditorium.
  • Stop by Michener Library throughout March to see the Women's History Month display in the Reference Area.
  • A reception for the photography exhibit Robert Vavra Presents James Albert Michener will be held in Michener Library's Mari Michener Gallery on Friday, February 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m. This event is part of the 2007 Michener Celebration.


  • Join us on Friday December 1 at 12:30 on Michener Library's first floor for a holiday concert presented by the UNC Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Galen Darrough and sponsored by the Friends of the UNC Libraries.
  • Learn about Banned Books Week in Michener Library, September 25 - 29. An exhibit will feature many books that have been banned or challenged, including selections from the American Library Association's list of 100 most frequently banned or challenged books of 1990-2000. Listen to members of the UNC community reading selections from banned or challenged books.
  • Join us for our reading and discussion series, "Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature - Identity and Imagination".
  • JSTOR's Arts & Sciences I Collection has been added to the Libraries' collection of online journals.
  • Work took place over the summer to completely redesign the Libraries web site and The Source library catalog.
  • The Pharos Print System from UNC's Information Technology department is now in effect campus-wide. Students are given $8 of free prints to begin the year and may charge more prints to their student accounts or a credit card. Non-UNC patrons must purchase a Print Card.
  • Authentication, or login, will be required to use most computers in Michener and the Skinner Music Libraries, as well as other campus computer labs, by fall semester. This will help to ensure priority access for UNC affiliated patrons as well as security for the campus network.
  • The first issue of a new newsletter from the UNC Libraries is now available. Read Library Letters here.
  • The UNC Libraries will celebrate National Library Week April 3-8 with a display in the Michener Library Reference Area.
  • Michener Library will host a University Authors and Artists Reception during Academic Excellence Week. Please join us for the reception, which will be held on Tuesday April 4 at 4 p.m. in the Mari Michener Gallery.


  • Banned Books Week is September 24 through October 1. Stop by the Michener Library Reference area to see our display featuring many of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990 to 2000. The University Libraries supports principles outlined by the Library Bill of Rights (American Library Association), the Freedom to Read Statement (American Library Association and Association of American Publishers), and the Freedom to View Statement (American Film and Video Association).
  • You'll see some changes in Michener Library. All reference and circulation services will be offered at the first floor Reference desk and Circulation desk. Newly reconfigured service points on the lower level and 2nd floor will offer directional assistance for finding materials in the collections.
  • We are pleased to announce that the videotape and DVD collections, located on the 2nd floor, are now open for browsing. You are invited to stop in, browse the shelves, and check out one of the many items in this collection.
  • The University Libraries is conducting an assessment survey using LibQUAL+, an assessment tool that will allow comparison with peer institutions. The online survey will be open for responses from Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 15. Faculty, students, and staff will receive an email message with a link to the survey. There is also a link on the Libraries web site. Your participation will help the Libraries better serve the UNC campus.
  • An exhibit called Tip & Mitten: The Making of a Successful Reading Series is currently on display on the lower level of Michener Library at the entrance to the Archival Services Department. Occupying one display case, the exhibit was curated by Bette Rathe, Education Librarian. Tip & Mitten was one of the titles in the enormously successful elementary reading book series created in the 1950s by UNC faculty members Paul McKee, Annie McCowen, M. Lucile Harrison, and Elizabeth Lehr and published by Houghton-Mifflin. The exhibit can be seen whenever the Michener Library is open.


  • Stop in and join us for coffee near the main entrance to Michener Library. Our new coffee cart serves coffee, hot chocolate, and even chai tea, as well as muffins and other snacks. (The coffee cart is closed during the summer.)
  • Have you checked out our Current Reading Collection? We have an easy-to-browse collection of approximately 400 new fiction and general interest non-fiction books on the first floor of Michener Library. During Spring 2004, we conducted a survey about the use of this collection.
  • Faculty can now place course materials on Electronic Reserve, with access through The Source, our online catalog.


  • During Spring 2003, the UNC Libraries conducted a survey of faculty, staff, and students using LibQUAL+, an online questionnaire developed by the Association of Research Libraries.
  • Online Virtual Reference - AskColorado is an online "virtual reference" service provided by librarians from over 40 Colorado libraries. The service is available 24 hours a day. UNC librarians provide 7 hours each week of reference assistance through the service, but it is available at all hours to the UNC community.
  • Look for the new furniture in Michener Library. This summer, new chairs were added on the first floor, and tables and chairs were added in the alcoves and other areas on the third floor.
  • Check out our collection of current and popular fiction and nonfiction books located in the Current Reading Area, a comfortable area on Michener Library's first floor next to the Mari Michener Art Gallery. Books circulate for 3 weeks.