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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Poets at Auraria


By Sommer Browning

Ramon Del Castillo

What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than to discover some of the poets that teach and work here at Auraria? Here are some of our very own poets with links to their projects, magazines, presses, journals, books, and poems.  Check them out! 

Poet Ramon Del Castillo is Full Professor and Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department at MSU Denver. His latest book of poetry is Tales from a Michoacano. You can read one of his poems on the Colorado Poets Center website.

Mark Rockswold, an English instructor at CCD and MSU Denver, is an editor and co-founder of SpringGun Press, an independent poetry and fiction press, online magazine, and digital art repository here in Denver. SpringGun’s latest books of poetry are V : WaveTercets / Losing L’una by Stephanie Strickland and the obligatory garnish argument by Meg Ronan. You can read his poems in the forthcoming issue of Salt Hill Journal.

Sara ReneeSara Renee Marshall teaches English at MSU Denver. She’s the author of the chapbook, Affectionately We Call This The House (Brave Men Press, 2013) and she co-founded the online literary journal The Volta. In the fall she will attend the University of Georgia’s PhD program in Creative Writing. Read three of her poems in The Feminist Wire.

Diminishing House

Nicky Beer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UC Denver. Her book of poems, The Diminishing House, is published by Carnegie Mellon University Press (2010). She has received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Read her poem “The Plagiarist.” (Please watch for alumni, students, Nicky Beer, and other AHEC faculty poetry on the Auraria Library's Discovery Wall during the month of April.)

Brian Barker is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UC Denver. He is the author of The Black Ocean (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition, and of The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006). Check out his poem “Dog Gospel”.

Eric BausYou can read some of Eric Baus’s work in Octopus. He teaches English at MSU Denver and is the author of four books of poetry, including Scared Text which won the Colorado Prize for Poetry (Colorado State University Press, 2011). A new book, The Tranquilized Tongue, is forthcoming from City Lights as part of the Spotlight Series.

Robert Snyderman teaches English at MSU Denver. In addition to being a founding editor of The Corresponding Society, a poetry press and literary journal, he is a playwright and poet. You can read his work the journal Poor Claudia.

Leslee Wright

Dr Leslee R Wright teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at MSU Denver. She writes short stories and poetry. You can read her recent poetry in Tampa Review Online.

MSU Denver’s Professor of English Renee Ruderman is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Certain Losses (Main Street Rag Press). You can read her recent work in Borderlands Texas Poetry Review and I-70 Review.

Brian Dickson, author of several poetry collections, is an Associate Professor of Developmental English at CCD. His poem “When a City Sleeps” can be read at the Colorado Poets Center website.

Eryn Green

MSU Denver’s Eryn Green won the 2013 Yale Series of Younger Poets award for his book ERUV. Look for his book this spring. You can read some of his work in Coconut.

Charlotte Annie teaches at CCD and MSU Denver. She’s a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

The Saint of Letting Small Fish GoEliot Khalil Wilson, who teaches all manner of creative writing and literature courses at UC Denver, won the 2003 Cleveland State Poetry Prize for his first book of poems, The Saint of Letting Small Fish Go. His second book, This Island of Dogs, is forthcoming in October 2014. He has won prizes from the Poetry Society of America as well as fellowships from the NEA and the Bush Foundation. Read three of his poems in Numéro Cinq.

Kate Harrington is a poet and teacher at CCD. She has her MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.



Sommer Browning


About the author: Sommer Browning is a librarian at Auraria Library and the author of BACKUP SINGERS, a collection of poems, Either Way I'm Celebrating, a collection of poems and comics, The Presidents (And Other Jokes), a joke book, and various chapbooks. She runs the Bad Shadow Affair, a reading series in Denver, and with Tony Mancus she founded Flying Guillotine Press, a small poetry chapbook press. She is also a member of the poets’ theater troupe GASP. You can read a few of her recent poems in Bomb



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The Auraria Library joined the Knowledge Unlatched Initiative

Knowledge Unlatched
Auraria Library is joining other libraries and publishers in collaborating towards a sustainable open future for specialist books by becoming a Charter Member of a new open access pilot program called Knowledge Unlatched (KU).  This collaborate initiative aims to make a collection of books available to Library users on open access licenses through funding from hundreds of libraries. 

What Does This Mean to Auraria Library Users?
More open access resources will be available through the Auraria Library website. Today, twenty KU pilot collection titles are available open access from the Skyline Catalog. To see forthcoming e-book titles, visit the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection title list.

…Interested in learning more about Knowledge Unlatched?



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Auraria Library’s Matthew Mariner has a new book out!


Managing Digital Audiovisual Resources: A Practical Guide for Librarians

The book is available through Amazon or Google Book.
Mattew Mariner


About Author: 
Matthew Mariner is the Head of Special Collections and Digital Initiatives here at Auraria. He has a Master of Historic Preservation degree from the University of Florida (Go Gators!), where he worked for several years digitizing all kinds of neat stuff. Currently Matt is looking for similarly neat things to preserve and digitize here on campus. Future projects: tracing the origins of iconic GIFs from the infancy of the World Wide Web; figuring out how to assemble a gigantic database of historic preservation imagery; and digitizing anything he can get his hands on.

The demand from library users for audiovisual materials and remote access combined with the unceasing deterioration and inaccessibility of many audiovisual formats requires libraries to adapt their collections to meet current and future demands. While this changing landscape of digitization and resource management may seem daunting, it represents an opportunity to bolster a library’s relevancy and competitiveness.
Managing Digital Audiovisual Resources fills a gap as a single concise guide for real world basics, broad concepts, and practical needs from technologies to collections to promotion. The easy-to-read book is geared towards the ongoing management of digital audiovisual resources, presenting real world scenarios and ways to think through balancing all of the many factors and needs for these collections, dealing with limited resources, materials with different levels of significance, materials facing different levels of preservation risk, factors for decision making, and resources for other options. 
The book takes a procedural and example-rich approach to the management of digital audiovisual resources. It covers:
  • the selection of resources for digitization;
  • how to manage digitization of physical audiovisual collections;
  • how to select the best platforms for preservation and presentation; and,
  • how to market collections once they are accessible.
Among other useful features, this guide will provide readers with:
  • Illustrated digitization workflows;
  • Comprehensive lists and illustrated descriptions of equipment and formats;
  • Real-world case studies;
  • Common U.S. copyright situations; and
  • Resources for further study and assistance.


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What happened the day you were born?


What were the breaking news stories on that auspicious day you arrived in the world? 

Find out through the Library’s current or historic newspaper collections. 

When you search these local, national, and international newspapers you can limit your search to the day of your birth.

Or...just search these collections by topic words when using content from news articles is a good choice for your paper or presentation.  The many options range from newspapers like the London Times with articles back to 1785, to collections like Ethnic Newswatch, with articles in Spanish and English.  And there are many more.

Find you need advice on maneuvering these collections?  Take advantage of virtual or f2f help options here.


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Come Check Out the Discovery Wall!


The Auraria Library Discovery Wall is a resource designed to showcase, disseminate and curate academic content created by the Auraria Campus community. The Discovery Wall may be utilized by Auraria Campus Faculty, Staff and Students to enhance traditional learning and teaching in a purposeful manner through digital video and interactive applications.

February on the Discovery Wall:

In Celebration of Black History Month…
“African American Voice of Denver”
an oral video history project

The three interviews presented are part of a series of 20 oral history video interviews that are currently being shot and edited by students in Dr. David Jackson’s African-American Studies Class at MSU Denver.

Featuring Interviews with: 

Project funded by: Metropolitan State University of Denver, Department of Africana Studies, Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library, Metropolitan State University of Denver, College of liberal Arts and Sciences

Project Produced by: Auraria Campus Media Center

Project Producers: David W. Jackson III, Dave Kinney, Terri Nelson

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Welcome Back! The Auraria Library is here to support your success.


Spring Semester means new beginnings! The Auraria Library would like to offer a warm welcome both to new and to returning students.

Here you will find some useful information to help you Kick-Start a new semester:

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Closed Captioning Now Available on the Library's Tutorials

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You may have noticed that the Auraria Library offers video tutorials to help you when it’s research time.  We are pleased to announce that these videos are now captioned!

Simply click on this link to get help starting your academic research. 

Our tutorials cover a variety of topics, including how to use the library’s databases, how to know the difference between primary and secondary sources, and how to use correct citation formats in your assignments.

-Cara Reimann, graduate assistant in Research & Instruction

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Love Using Lexis Nexis to Find Law & News? See the Upgrade!

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LexisNexis Academic has regional, national, and international news articles; laws and other legal resources for the U.S. and beyond; TV and radio transcripts; company financials and more.  Learn about new ways to search this popular database.

The new LexisNexis Academic interface was released on Monday, December 23. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Earnrolyn "Lynn" Smith, J.D., MILS,, Information Professional Consultant, LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions

NOTE: Some users have reported that their Advanced Options drop down looks distorted, i.e., stretched out to the right and beyond the boundary of the Advanced Options box.  This problem will be addressed if you clear your browser cache and close and re-open your browser.

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Tuesday Online Workshops - find help without coming in!


Stuck with a research problem?  Do you need tips on beginning or expanding your research?

 Drop in to the webinar and ask a librarian!  


Weekly sessions | Tailored to meet your needs

every Tuesday  |  NOON - 1:00pm  |  beginning January 28th


How do I join?  Click on the meeting link below, download the app, and enter the meeting ID.  

Please join my meeting:

Meeting ID/access code :885-190-053  

All you need is a computer with internet access and speakers.


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Check This Out: the Library's new spaces, services, and collections


See Check This Out to see what's up at the Library

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