How Technology Does Not Get You Your Heart’s Desire

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

“We’ve amplified the virtues, necessity, promise, and potential of technology so much that we are perilously close to forgetting what it was all about in the first place: helping teachers to teach and students to learn.”
- OPINION: Ban “Digital” Learning | EdSurge News

Scanning the titles from any media outlet, they proclaim the death of the library, bookstore, and many other face-to-face interactions. Mary Cullinane, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Chief Content Officer, believes that we should ban “digital” learning.  She believes that technology has over-promised and under –delivered in many areas.

She points out that the schools that are successful in the adoption of technology invest a significant amount of time, energy and resources through the implementation of the curriculum, including extensive teacher training and technical support.
Her solution is that educators should look at scientific and educational research rather than investing in technology to improve student success.

Do you believe that technology is just another tool that could revolutionize education or should we go back to basics? Share your thoughts here!

Why Google Glass is the 51st Shade of Grey

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Google Glass is a wearable computer that a user wears like (ultra-chic) eyeglasses. The screen is a small cube in the upper right-hand corner of the device, visible only to the wearer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can interact with the Internet via voice commands.

Many libraries across the country have bought this technology including Colorado’s Arapahoe Library District.

A benefit of having Google Glass is that it promotes makerspace’s culture of innovation.  On the other hand, it is an early technology which can be pricy for many libraries.

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Next CSL in Session: Wildly Successful Meetings: Impossible Dream or Easy Peasy Reality?

  • CSLinSessionWith: Sharon Morris
  • When: 04/17/2014 | 12:00p – 1:00p, Mountain Time
  • Where: CSL in Session



So… you have to run a meeting and you want it to awesome…or at least not as bad as those meetings that people walk out of saying, “What a waste of time.” Join this interactive session!

Sure, we will start by kvetching about what goes wrong in meetings, but by the end you will have practical and easy techniques for meetings. You will get tips for planning so that everyone is focused and the content is relevant, facilitating so that you bring out the best in everyone in the room, and be able to come to consensus about where you are heading.

Bring your own success stories and strategies too, because with CSL in Session, everyone shares expertise.

Our “Highly Effective School Libraries” Recognized!

Posted on behalf of Becky Russell, Colorado State Library

On April 9, 2014, the Colorado Board of Education and Commissioner Hammond will recognize 22 schools for their highly effective school library programs. Today’s school libraries are places where collaboration, active learning and inquiry are encouraged and practiced. They make a positive impact on the lives of their staff, communities, and most importantly, their students. These are the hallmarks of the honorees.

“Twenty-first century skills are an essential component in education today, and effective school libraries and librarians are critical links for attaining these skills,” said Eugene Hainer, assistant commissioner and state librarian. “Students can benefit from the district’s support of these highly effective programs and the staff in the honored libraries.”

State and national studies conducted over the past two decades show that students in schools with endorsed librarians score better on standardized achievement tests in reading, compared with students in schools without endorsed librarians. For a complete list of the study visit

Congratulations to the following libraries and their librarian. And feel free to view pictures from the recognition ceremony!

Acres Green Elementary – Tracie King

Arvada High School – Tara McJunkin

Bergen Meadows Elementary & Bergan Valley Elementary – Teri Schuch

Centennial Middle School  – Jonathan Georgitis

Columbine Hills Elementary – Laura Reiman

Edgewater Elementary – Heidi Floyd

Foothills Elementary & Green Mountain Elementary– Lesa Higgins

Hackberry Hill Elementary – Julie Anderson

Howbert Elementary – Lisa Schott

Mandalay Middle School – Katherine Dockerty

Mountain Ridge Middle School – Pete Vincelette

Poudre High School – Krista Brakhage

Semper Elementary – Tammy Langeberg

Sierra Middle School – Stephanie Meurer & Jennifer Milstead

Southern Hills Middle School – Regina Hoskins

Summit Cove Elementary – Shelly Wasson

Summit Middle School – Susan Arrance

Wellington Middle School -  Mary Swanson

Werner Elementary – Pamela Thompson

Library News you may have missed March 2014

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Links to some interesting library news this month!

What news do you have? Share your library stories here!

Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced

Posted on behalf of Jacqueline Murphy, Colorado State Library

Inspired by the importance of shifting perceptions of libraries, a group of Colorado library marketers and directors have developed a bold new campaign designed to reintroduce our Colorado libraries to their communities through  a week long celebration September 14-20, 2014. The statewide effort is designed for libraries of all types and sizes to “shake things up” in their community in a way that fits their resources and identity (both staff- and dollar-wise).  It could be as simple as a cupcake maker station-stand in front of the library, or as elaborate as installing a Camp Happiness (Anythink) site at the DMV!

To participate, get creative ideas and receive updates leading up to the celebration week, sign up at
Stay tuned and have fun!

Who Says History has to be Dull?

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, has an extensive History of Medicine Collection.   No surprise there.  But did you know about some of these gems from the new “Circulating Now” blog?

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  • There’s a story in “Circulating Now,” about President Garfield following his assassination.   As he lay dying he longed to go to the seashore.  A specially equipped train was outfitted, with gauze wrapped around the exterior of his train car, to reduce the amount of dust, as the President was transported to Elberon, New Jersey.   However, his train lacked the power to make the final ascent to Franklyn Cottage, where he would be staying.  Townspeople, realizing the issue, joined together to push the train car to the top of the hill, where Garfield died a few days later.
  • Before there was PTSD there was shell shock and combat fatigue and Gene Kelly’s “Combat Fatigue Irritability.” This short film was made during World War II as a “naval training film,” while Kelly, the renowned dancer/actor was serving in the U.S. Navy. First screened in 1945, it focused on “combat fatigue,” a category that eventually gave rise to our term, “post-traumatic stress disorder. “ Kelly’s daughter, Kerry Kelly Novick reflects on her father in a March 12, 2014 posting.
  • More than a colorful image of the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America, this poster offers a serious public health message: “Some moms and dads who drink too much are alcoholics, and they have a disease called alcoholism. If you want to learn more … ask someone you trust.”  This series of posters produced with Marvel Comics remind us of the importance of reaching and promoting bravery, strength, and resilience among children and youth living in families with alcoholism.
  • A recent posting dated March 17, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, is titled Famine Ships.  It chronicles, a brief history of the Irish potato famine, and the subsequent death and immigration of Irish people reducing the population of Ireland from about eight million in 1841 to six million in 1952.  Famine ships were designed to have eight persons to a bunk (four upper and four lower) with one hour of deck time for passengers.  Landlords often paid the fare for tenants in order to clear the land for grazing of sheep and cattle, a more lucrative option. 

And these are just a few of the postings on this most interesting, historical resource.   You can sign up to receive notifications of new posts on e-mail at:

And for more on the History of Medicine, from the National Library of Medicine, see:


Can I Use Someone Else’s Work?

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Search engines such as Google have given individuals the opportunity to easily find images for blog posts, library guides, and PowerPoint presentations.  But does this access allow an individual to legally repost or manipulate an image?  The answer often depends on copyright’s fair use doctrine.

The Atlantic wrote an article about two teenagers who run a twitter account called @HistoryInPics.  This account reposts photographs of celebrities and events from the past.  Often, the photographs aren’t given credit to the original source nor are the copyright holders paid for the image. Furthermore, the ability to easily repost an image or content to Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter blurs the legality of copyright in a digital medium. Continue reading ‘Can I Use Someone Else’s Work?’

Libraries Are Posting, but Is Anyone Listening?

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Scanning library job titles and duties it becomes apparent that libraries across the nation are investing heavily in a social media presence.  According to Library Journal’s Survey on Public Library Marketing Methods and Best Practices, 86 percent of libraries said they were using social media.  However, 48 percent of libraries surveyed said they weren’t measuring their efforts at all.  This disconnect of creating content without measuring its effectiveness does nothing to improve a library’s social media presence.

Here are the 4 of the most important ingredients for viral content: Continue reading ‘Libraries Are Posting, but Is Anyone Listening?’

A Culture for Innovation

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Libraries could take a cue from their corporate cousins and provide time and resources to dream up the next big idea.  The 20% rule allows 20% of a worker’s time to be spent on a project of their choice.  The benefits to both the company and workforce are decreased turnover, sparking creativity, and encouraging innovation.

3M allows all of its employees 15-20% of their time to work on their own projects and this allowed two scientists to create an indispensable office product. Spencer Silver was trying to create a strong adhesive for use in the aerospace industry. By accident, the adhesive was much weaker than expected.  However, the adhesive had two unique features.  It could be peeled away without leaving residue and it was reusable.  12 years later, fellow 3M scientist Arthur Fry applied the weak adhesive developed by Silver to the back of piece of paper and Post It Notes were created.  Post-it note sales are estimated to total $1 billion a year.  Not bad for a side project. Continue reading ‘A Culture for Innovation’

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