MacArthur Returns

In March 1942, General Douglas MacArthur was forced to abandon the U. S. fortress in the Philippines during World War II. At the time he vowed, “I shall return.”  October 20, 1944 is the 70th anniversary of the day MacArthur returned with his troops to the Philippines, declaring on the radio, “People of the Philippines, I have returned.”

War News Is Bad
Steamboat Pilot
February 19, 1942

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

“Liberty’s too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I’m free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn’t, I can, and my children will.” – Jefferson Smith

75 years ago today, Frank Capra debuted a film about a naive man who is sent to Washington as a Senate appointee.  James Stewart starred as Jefferson Smith, Boy Ranger, who learns the realities of politics in the nation’s capital. Read on to enjoy a little Hollywood gossip of yesteryear around this political hit.

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Research Institute for Public Libraries – Scholarship Opportunity for Coloradans

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 ripl_logohands-on, intensive workshops about:

  • Evaluation design and implementation
  • Data collection and use for strategic planning
  • Measures for reporting library impact
  • Tips for aligning research efforts with national initiatives such as Edge Benchmarks and the Impact Survey

The ideal candidate for this scholarship is:

  • Interested in getting started using data for savvy and strategic planning.
  • Looking for both inspiration and instruction in a hands-on, participatory environment.
  • Seeking to learn about outcomes and how to measure library impact.
  • Committed to leading his/her organization in making data-based decisions.
  • Eager to develop a peer network to support research and evaluation efforts.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

a) employed by a public library in Colorado OR
b) a Colorado resident either enrolled in a Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) program or a 2015 MLIS graduate at the time of the institute (this opportunity is most appropriate for students intending to work in public libraries)

Special consideration will be given to applicants working in small or rural libraries and/or those working with underserved populations. However, staff working in any Colorado public library and/or Colorado residents enrolled in an MLIS program are encouraged to apply for scholarships.

For more information and to apply, please visit the RIPL website. Scholarship applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, November 14, 2014.

Colorado Experience : Colorado’s Cold War

October 16 on Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado Experience you can view Colorado’s Cold War, examining the impact of Rocky Flats and the atomic age on Colorado.  Early news items about the facility often referred to it as an atomic energy plant or atomic plant, not as the site of a factory for plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons.  You can read more about the nuclear appropriations and mentions of Rocky Flats in the following articles:

Truman Announces U. S. Will Add Hydrogen Bomb to Arms Program; Major Housing Plan Is Envisioned
Aspen Daily Times
February 16, 1950

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CSL in Session – Bonding with Your Community: How to Craft Your Library Story


We invite you to attend our next CSL in Session: Bonding with Your Community: How to Craft Your Library Story! – Wednesday October 22 12-1 PM (MDT). Our presenters will be Jim Duncan and Elizabeth Kelsen Huber from the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC).

“It was a pleasure to burn.” So starts Fahrenheit 451, with a frightening glimpse into a dystopian future — where a fireman’s only calling is to torch books.

As a library staff member, did these two sentences elicit a visceral response in you? That’s the power of story. Hook, entice, engage. And in many libraries, opportunities are missed daily — to capture moments, experiences and impacts.

In this CSL In Session class, attendees will discuss WHY libraries should be telling stories, along with strategies and tools for using stories as a way to bond with their communities.

The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below. No registration is necessary!

Antwerp Falls to the Germans

In late September 1914, the Germans began bombarding the fortified city of Antwerp in Belgium.  Antwerp was under siege for almost two weeks, while Belgian and British troops struggled to deal with the heavy artillery fire from the Big Bertha howitzer gun. On October 10, 1914, the Belgians raised the white flag and Antwerp fell to the Germans.

Germans Claim Big Gains at Antwerp Having Silenced Three Forts
Fort Collins Weekly Courier
October 9, 1914
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Colorado State Library at CALCon2014!

We’ll be at CALCon, and we want to see you there! State Library staff are presenting on a variety of topics, in addition to our booth. Here’s a list of the what and when of State Library presentations, along with the track each presentation fits in; there’s something for everybody!

Transitioning from Sage on the Stage to More Engaging Adult LearningTraining
Sharon Morris, Becky Russell, and Christine Kreger
Thursday October 16, 2014 3:30-4:14 PM
Do you present at conferences and webinars?  Do you want your learners to be more engaged in their learning around your topic?  Come to this session to learn and share techniques for experiential and collaborative learning.  This session includes interactive learning, so be ready to engage and walk away with some ideas for creating presentations which engage adult learners.
Unearthing Seed Money  – Advocacy
Jean Heilig
Friday October 17, 2014 11:30 – 12:15 PM
Discover how to locate and apply for grant funding that will turn your project into a reality! We’ll use quote-unquote real life examples to practice writing affective goals, objectives, activities and timeline.

Meet the MakersMakerspaces
Ashley Kazyaka
Friday October 17, 2014 11:30 – 12:15 PM
Go behind the scenes of Colorado’s makerspaces and meet the makers! Get inspired by their use of new technologies and discover new creative ways to engage with your library’s patrons. Learn about trends happening in local makerspaces, how to get involved with the maker community, and meet experts that want to help bolster your library’s creative programming. You’ll hear about their current projects and get the opportunity to ask how to make making happen in your community. Even if you don’t have a makerspace in your library, this is a great chance to learn what it’s all about.

Fundraising that WorksAdvocacy
Sharon Morris (Facilitator), Eleanor Glover, Amy McBride, Elizabeth Kelsen Huber, and Dee Fowler
Friday October 17, 2014 1:45 – 2:30 PM
Have you ever wondered how to fundraise for your library? How do you get started? A panel consisting of representatives from four diverse libraries (Denver Public Library, Montrose Regional Library District, Pikes Peak Library District, CLiC) will be available to answer your questions. Take full advantage of this unique opportunity and come with questions for this interactive session. We anticipate this being a popular topic so if you have the time, join us after at the hotel bar for more conversation about fundraising.

If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It! Tell Your Library’s Story with a Data-Filled Elevator SpeechAdvocacy
Linda Hofschire and Meghan Wanucha
Friday October 17, 2014 3 – 4:45 PM
Circulation, program attendance, website visits these are just a few of the statistics you are already gathering at your library. But how do you take these data and turn them into effective advocacy? In this interactive session, learn how to develop an elevator speech about your library, use statistics and stories to add value, and tailor the message to various stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to draft an elevator speech and share it with others if desired. You are encouraged to bring any statistics you collect about your library for use in drafting your speech.

Outside the Lines: Libraries ReintroducedGet Out
Jacqueline Murphy, Stacie Ledden, Amber DeBerry
Saturday October 18, 2014 9-9:45 AM
Inspired by the importance of shifting perceptions of libraries, a group of Colorado library marketers and directors developed a bold new campaign designed to reintroduce out Colorado li¬braries to their communities through a week long celebration in September 2014. The statewide effort was designed for libraries of all types and sizes to “shake things up” in their community and highlight how the library is relevant to it, by hosting at least one event that fit the library’s resources and identity. Come learn how they did it, and how you can be a part of the action going forward.

Dewey or Don’t We? Transitioning to a Bookstore ModelGet Schooled
Becky Russell, Holli Buchter, and Logan MacDonald
Saturday October 18, 2014 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Have you heard about “The Bookstore Model” and wondered what all the fuss is about? Are you ready to ditch Dewey in some or all of your collection but feel intimidated? Join us as Logan MacDonald from Anythink Libraries, and Holli Buchter, Media Services Coor¬dinator for the St. Vrain School District share their experiences with going Deweyless. Both of these presenters have taken a different approach to this concept in their libraries, and they look forward to sharing their insight, process and challenges in this endeavor.

Leading From Where You AreLeadership
Sharon Morris
Saturday October 18, 2014 11:30 – 12:15 PM
Do you feel you have leadership potential but wonder how to lever¬age it? This interactive session is for you! Building upon leadership research, Sharon Morris will introduce a handy tool for identifying your unique leadership strengths. You will reflect on and plan for ways to show up as a leader and feel more empowered to use your natural abilities to lead regardless of your position in a library.

Consultants: Hire, Do-It-Yourself, or State Library?Stewardship
Christine Kreger, Ann Kling, Janine Reid, Carson Block, Elizabeth Kelsen-Huber
Saturday October 18, 2014 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Strategic Planning, Salary Surveys, Technology Audits, Re-branding, Facilities, are just some of the areas where hiring a consultantmay be the way to go. But, can you do it yourself? Should you do it yourself? Join us for a discussion with Carson Block, Technology Consultant; Janine Reid, Executive Director of the High Plains Library District; Ann Kling, Director of the Clearview Library District; Jacqueline Murphy Christine Kreger from the State Library and Elizabeth Huber from CLiC to look at the pros and cons and costs of working with consultants, find¬ing and working with consultants and more.

How to Keep Your Library Out of Hot Water - Stewardship
Jacqueline Murphy and Chris Brogan
Saturday October 18, 2014 1:45 – 2:15 PM
Libraries have been sued over banning of patrons and meeting rooms, and sometimes struggle in their intergovernmental rela¬tions with their cities and counties. How can your director, board and staff join forces to keep your library out of the courtroom and the headlines, so you can focus on premier library service? Join us for best practices for key governance, fiscal, policy and legal issues such as e-media checkout, internet safety, unattend¬ed children in the library, firearms, open meetings and records, library appointments and banning patrons.

It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of Your School Librarian Awesomeness! – Leadership
Becky Russell and Dr. Laura Summers
Saturday October 18, 2014 1:45 – 2:15 PM
How do you provide concrete, measurable evidence for abstract concepts like leadership and instructional best practice? How can you provide this kind of evidence without adding to an already jam-packed workload? And most importantly, why is it so im¬portant that school librarians do this? Attendees at this session will learn practical answers to these questions and more. You will walk away knowing how and why to prove your awesomeness!

Colorado Experience : The Dust Bowl

Rocky Mountain PBS focuses on Colorado History in their Colorado Experience program, For the October 9, 2014 episode, Colorado Experience is highlighting how the Dust Bowl impacted one Colorado family. To read more about the Dust Bowl in Colorado, please visit:

Welcome Rains Are Causing Rejoicing
Steamboat Pilot
June 1, 1934

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Manufacturing Day

October 3, 2014 is the third annual Manufacturing Day in the United States, promoting the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy.   You can read more about Manufacturing Day here and here.

In Colorado, we’ve had many factories through the years, from sugar to cigars, fruit canning to box making. Read on to learn about some of our historic Colorado manufacturing plants.

Press Clippings
Aspen Daily Times
September 13, 1895

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Free SIPA Services and Grants Webinar

Do You Know About SIPA?

SIPA ( stands for the Statewide Internet Portal Authority.  SIPA was formed by the Colorado General Assembly to provide efficient and effective e-Government services for Colorado government entities and their citizens through the use of modern business practices and innovative technology.

Some of the services they provide – at free or discounted cost – include, but are not limited to:
- Payment Processing
- Event Registration
- Websites on
- Google Apps for Government

SIPA also offers micro-grants to help you improve and streamline services that will assist in providing more information and technology online to citizens. In the past, these grants have been used for everything from scanners to funding historic newspaper digitization.

Briana Milligan from Colorado’s SIPA will share the possibilities and power of working with SIPA. She’ll also tell us more about their upcoming fall grant cycle.

Join us at 12:00 on October 9th to learn more about what SIPA and SIPA’s grants can do for your library and community.  This webinar will be hosted  by Christine Kreger and Mary McCarthy of the Colorado State Library.

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