Colorado Experience : Sand Creek Massacre

November 29, 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre near Fort Lyon, Colorado.  PBS Colorado Experience ( http://www.rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience/ ) will highlight the events in the November 27th episode.  Reaction at the time was mixed, as you will discover in these articles, starting with praise for the soldiers and shifting over time.

Big Indian Fight!
Rocky Mountain News
December 7, 1864

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Historic Beauty Ads

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Aging and Adult Services section produces a Healthy Lifestyles eNewsletter for each month.  The newsletter has links to Monthly awareness topics related to general and aging health. If you’re looking for health tips, be sure to check it out.  As November is Healthy Skin Month, we thought it would be fun to look back at historic skin care and beauty ads.

Many a Lady
Fort Morgan Times
February 19, 1885

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More CALCON 2014 Reflections

Posted on behalf of Kristy Scott, La Vista Correctional Facility Library Tech II, CALCON 2014 Small/Rural Scholarship Winner CALCON

This was my first ever CALCON. Let me first start by saying thank you. What an awesome experience! There were so many creative and educational ideas available to put to use in our own little piece of libraryland.

The staff was amazing and extremely helpful. The brochure gave accurate information on what was available, where it was available, and when it was available. The food was wonderful! The coffee, water, and sodas seemed to have an endless supply. The luncheons provided were scrumptious and the servers were very gracious at removing our unwanted plates. I thoroughly enjoyed the speakers and listening while we feasted on our meal. Corinne Hill was very pleasant to listen to as well as educational about getting what you want for your library and making things happen even when presented with obstacles. Continue reading ‘More CALCON 2014 Reflections’

Colorado Experience : The Smaldones

Organized crime was a fixture in many urban areas throughout the United States in the early 20th Century. This week on Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado Experience ( http://www.rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience/ ), they delve into the history of the Smaldones Crime Family. The Smaldones, along with the Roma and Carlino families, were significant players in Colorado. To read news of their actions, and attempts to stop them, please visit:

Colorado News Briefs
Fort Collins Courier
October 11, 1922

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The Knee Bone’s Connected to the ….. Toxicology Resources from the National Library of Medicine You Just Might Need!

The Knee Bone’s Connected to the ….. Toxicology Resources from the National Library of Medicine You Just Might Need!

November 14, 2014

Have you ever had a customer or student inquire about environmental resources, what may be toxic in our geographic environment or even a home environment? Or what about lead in the soil? Or which careers may have hazardous exposures? These are just a few of the Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.questions you may receive since our lives are filled with chemical exposures.

How can you learn more? Well, the National Library of Medicine provides a host of free resources for just these purposes, through its Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal (http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro.html). Take a look at just a few of the resources mentioned here.

LactMed: http://lactmed.nlm.nih.gov A database of more than 900 drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. For example, a young mother may wish to know if she can take aspirin while breastfeeding. By simply doing a search on aspirin, she can find that it is “best avoided during breastfeeding.”

TOXMAP: http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov/toxmap/ A Geographic Information System that uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore Toxic Release Inventory, (TRI) on more than 650 toxic chemicals. Is your community noted on this map? Also available is information on the Superfund program, part of a Federal government effort to clean up land in the U.S. that has been contaminated by hazardous waste.

Haz-Map: http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov An occupational toxicology database that links job tasks to occupational diseases and their symptoms. Want to know more, for example, about risks to hairdressers or child care workers? More than you want to know!

Household Products Database : http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ Human health effects information on more than 12,000 brand-name consumer products from landscape and yard to personal care to pesticides to pet care. Find the chemical make-up (maybe you have an allergy!), check for manufacturers, learn about first aid and how to dispose of the product safely. For a real challenge, find what ingredient is in acne scrub and toilet bowl cleaner!

Tox Town: http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov An interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances and environmental health risks. Tox Town is highly interactive, with graphics, animation, and sound to add interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public’s health. For example, in the Farm location, click on the cat and hear the cat meow. Then explore information on pets. Recommended for high school and college students, educators, and the concerned public.

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER®): http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov Provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. How about recommending this to the emergency responders in your city? It’s easily downloadable to a mobile device.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/ Health information resources and informatics research related to disasters of natural, accidental, or deliberate design. Learn what you should have on hand in your home for emergency preparedness. And if this isn’t enough, try this for lots more databases! Enviro-Health Links: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro.html

For more information contact: Dana Abbey, MLS Health Information Literacy Coordinator National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region Dana.abbey@ucdenver.edu.

Ottoman Empire Declares Holy War

For several centuries, the Ottoman Empire had been the meeting point of the Western and Eastern worlds. At the start of World War I, rising tensions and their geographical location made neutrality difficult.  On November 14, 1914, the Ottoman Empire declared a Holy War against the allied forces.

Great Britain Issues Formal Declaration of War Against Turkey
Daily Journal
November 5, 1914

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How the Election Affects Libraries and What We Can Do About It

You are invited to attend this virtual meeting hosted by the  Colorado Association of Special Libraries:  Topic: How the election affects libraries and what we can do about it

Speaker: David Sanger, co-chair of the CAL Legislative Committee

When: Friday, December 12, from 12-1pm MT

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Anyone is welcome to attend this informational session.  Please share this information far and wide.

Colorado Experience : NORAD

This week on PBS Colorado Experience (rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience) is an inside look at NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD is a joint service of the United States and Canada, with early roots in the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). To read more early news about NORAD, please visit:

Air Defense Chief In Aspen For Visit Over Weekend
Aspen Daily Times
August 15, 1957

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Veterans’ Service Bureau

Veterans Day 2014 will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 11th.  Veterans Day first started as Armistice Day, celebrated on the first anniversary of the armistice from World War I in 1919.  During World War II, newspapers began publishing the Veteran’s Service Bureau columns, which were a combination of government information and advice for veterans. Read on to learn more about services to veterans in WWII.

Veterans’ Service Bureau
Surplus Property for Vets
Aspen Daily Times
August 30, 1945

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Don’t Forget! Research Institute for Public Libraries Scholarship Opportunity

ripl_logoAre you interested in learning how to use data for decision making, strategic planning, and demonstrating the impact of your library? Do you work in a Colorado public library, or are you a current MLIS student interested in working in a public library? Then we hope you will consider applying for a scholarship for next summer’s Research Institute for Public Libraries:

The Colorado State Library is offering up to 15 full scholarships to the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) in July 2015. This national event, hosted by the Colorado State Library and CLiC, will offer three days of hands-on, intensive workshops about: Continue reading ‘Don’t Forget! Research Institute for Public Libraries Scholarship Opportunity’




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