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AskColorado/AskAcademic 10th Anniversary

On Monday, September 2, 2013, AskColorado/AskAcademic (ASK) marked its tenth anniversary. Since September 2, 2003, ASK librarians have quietly and efficiently fielded over 370,000 sessions with K-12 students, college students, business researchers, military personnel, and many other information seekers. Many of our libraries are celebrating today with cake, and we’re posting photos at our Facebook page:

Recent comments from customers highlight the information niche filled by the ASK services:

My librarian not only helped me find the article I needed, she taught things about the database that will better help me find exactly what I need in the future. Great job! (AskAcademic)
This is a great service, and not only would I use it again I am a teacher that would recommend this to students to use to help with research! (AskColorado)
It's 6:30 a.m. and my question was answered by a "real" person. I'm impressed! (AskColorado)

The ASK service has worked with citizens from every county in Colorado on a wide range of questions spanning the gamut from homework help for kids, to what to read next, to assistance finding medical or legal information. Recent research questions include:

I'm trying to find some articles from the magazine Biometrics, but I don't know where to start looking. Can you help? (AskColorado)
Does the government or state control animal rabies testing? (AskColorado)
Where can I find annotated bibliographies on educating non-violent felony offender? (AskAcademic)
I need to cite three outside sources, which provide credible and appropriate support for my point of view. Can you help me find some? (AskAcademic)

The following libraries are founding members of our organization, and ten-year, continuing members, which means they've been with us since the beginning! We think these libraries deserve special recognition and a round of applause:

  • Adams State University, Nielsen Library
  • Aims Community College, Kiefer Library
  • Auraria Library
  • Aurora Public Library
  • Bud Werner Memorial Library (E. Routt LD, Steamboat)
  • Colorado Christian University Library
  • Colorado State Library
  • Colorado State Publications Library (Referral Library)
  • Elbert County Library District
  • Jefferson County Public Library
  • Lamar Public Library
  • Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado at Denver, Ancschutz Medical Campus (Referral Library)
  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library (Broomfield)
  • Colorado Mesa University, Tomlinson Library
  • Montrose Regional Library District
  • National Indian Law Library (Referral Library)
  • Pitkin County Public Library
  • Salida Regional Library (Southern Chaffee County Regional Library District)Security Public Library
  • Sterling Public Library
  • Summit County Library
  • Western State University, Savage Library
  • Westminster Law Library, University of Denver (Referral Library)

We wish we could highlight all our member libraries, instead, please consider checking out our current list of our members here.

ASK is a member-based organization that operates on a model similar to NRP: We're grant and member funded and supported. Thank you to all Colorado librarians, who, over the years, have helped us to make AskColorado and AskAcademic the high quality, personalized service that it is today.  If you would like to learn more about our organization, including how to join, check out this webpage.

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