My Experience at the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop

CSLLogo-CMYK-VPosted on behalf of David Kling, Colorado State Library 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop Scholarship Recipient

This was my first conference, and I was so fortunate to be able to attend. I met new friends and learned many things. Most importantly, it opened my eyes to a whole world of library goodness to steal from and share with.

Our keynote speakers were three “awesometacular” librarians, Karen, Becky, and Liz, from Pine River Library. They presented on what makes a good library, and the key takeaway from the presentation was the value of stealing…ideas, of course. They talked about where to steal ideas from. The Internet is a great source. For instance, if you haven’t yet liked ALA Think Tank on Facebook, you’re really missing out! I’ve only been a member since the conference, but I’ve already seen all kinds of crazy and wonderful events discussed there that I never would have thought of myself. Library Laser Tag, anyone? Do yourself a favor and like ALA Think Tank on Facebook for your daily dose of library inspiration brought straight to your feed! Continue reading ‘My Experience at the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop’

The REFORMA Mini Conference

Posted on behalf of Lisa Hughes, Colorado State Library REFORMA Mini-Conference Scholarship Recipient.CSLLogo-CMYK-V

What an informative conference!  I am so glad I had the opportunity to go.  I am a graduate student and this was my first library conference.  I left the conference feeling refreshed and ready to make changes in my own library.  The first presentation on Buying Books in Espan͂ol was informative and engaging.  I left knowing what types of books are the most important to buy for the Spanish Speaking population in the Denver-Metro area.  I also left with the knowledge on the best websites to search when looking for popular books and authors in Spanish speaking countries around the world.

The last session on Multicultural Children’s Literature in Picture Books was also very informative and I immediately started analyzing many of the books in my school library for correct representations of different cultures.

Awesome conference filled with librarians who were enthused to be sharing their knowledge and resources with all of the attendees!

My Experience at the REFORMA Mini Conference

Posted on behalf of Amy Halbach, Colorado State Library REFORMA Mini-Conference Scholarship Recipient.CSLLogo-CMYK-V

What an informative conference! I am so glad I had the opportunity to go. I am a graduate student and this was my first library conference. I left the conference feeling refreshed and ready to make changes in my own library. The first presentation on Buying Books in Espan͂ol was informative and engaging. I left knowing what types of books are the most important to buy for the Spanish Speaking population in the Denver-Metro area. I also left with the knowledge on the best websites to search when looking for popular books and authors in Spanish speaking countries around the world.

The last session on Multicultural Children’s Literature in Picture Books was also very informative and I immediately started analyzing many of the books in my school library for correct representations of different cultures.

Awesome conference filled with librarians who were enthused to be sharing their knowledge and resources with all of the attendees!

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regional Meetings – South Central Colorado

Posted on behalf of Lee Wheeler-Berliner, WIOA Project and Change Manager for the Colorado Workforce Development Council.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 16th for a discussion on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and what it means for South Central Colorado. Representatives from the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services will be present to share information and answer questions. WIOA calls for the strategic alignment of services across many programs as well as a shared planning process, and this meeting will outline how your program can get involved.

The meeting will be held from 10 am – 12 pm at the San Luis Valley Development Resource Group, 610 Spate Ave, 2nd Floor Conference Room, in Alamosa, CO. Please rsvp through RSVP. Visit http://www.colorado.gov/cwdc/regional-meetings to learn more. Specific questions regarding this event can be sent to Betty Velasquez or Lee Wheeler-Berliner. We look forward to seeing you on June 16th!

Reflections on the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop!

CSLLogo-CMYK-VPosted on behalf of Amanda Langdon, Colorado State Library 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop Scholarship Recipient

First, I wanted to thank the Colorado State Library for their generous scholarship, allowing me to attend the Paralibrarian Spring Workshop in Boulder. This was my second continuing education program since entering the field, and it was so much better than the first! At both, I was one of very few academic librarians, so a bit of effort had to be put into finding ways to apply the wealth of information provided to my specialized field. CAL’s workshops, however, were far more academic-friendly, and more universally applicable. The greatest challenge was deciding which of the sessions to attend: they all sounded interesting and useful!

The morning began with a tasty catered cold breakfast and registration, followed by three amazingly enthusiastic keynote speakers from Pine River Library. They talked about the challenges they’d faced, how they’d overcome them, and how they’d worked with hard-won grant monies to develop their community services beyond anyone’s expectations. Continue reading ‘Reflections on the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop!’

Italy Declares War

At the start of World War I, Italy took the interesting step of declaring itself neutral. They had traditionally been allies with Germany and Austria-Hungary, and many expected them to join the conflict with them.  After much deliberation with both sides, Italy declared war against Austria-Hungary on May 23, 1915, entering the war on the side of the Allies. Visit the following articles to read more about their deliberations and preparations for war.

Important Development In Situation In Italy Expected At An Early Date
Fort Collins Weekly Courier
April 30, 1915

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National Apple Pie Day

May 13 is National Apple Pie Day, a celebration of a classic American dessert. Filled with cream cheese, covered in ice cream, or topped with sharp cheddar cheese this staple has been around since the 15th century. Read on to find some creative recipes and stories about this favorite treat.

How to Make a Deep Dish Apple Pie
Daily Journal
July 8, 1898

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Victory in Europe

Seventy years ago today, Victory in Europe Day (V-E) was officially celebrated in the United States and Great Britain (May 9th in Russia). This marked the official surrender of German forces, ending the six year war in Europe.   Communities throughout Great Britain and North America celebrated with religious services and patriotic gatherings. The war in the Pacific wasn’t over, but the threat of Nazi Germany had ended. To read news of the time, please visit:

Europe: Defense Pockets
Aspen Daily Times
May 3, 1945

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Parents in Public Libraries: Moving from parent involvement to parent engagement and empowerment

CSLinSessionJoin us for our next CSL in Session, Parents in Public Libraries: Moving from parent involvement to parent engagement and empowerment on Thursday May 28, 2015 from 12:30 – 1:30 Mountain Time.

Parents come to our libraries every day for our collections, programs and services. They bring their children to the library, participate in programs specifically geared for parents like early literacy classes, and sometimes are involved in other ways like volunteering.

How can we take this important involvement to a new level to increase parent buy-in of library services, actively seek parent input into children’s and parenting services, and empower parents to be more actively involved in their children’s reading and education?

Even better, how can we encourage them to promote the library to other parents?

Join us for this interactive session where we will explore ways to move parent involvement to parent engagement, hear examples from public libraries and other organizations successful in engaging and empowering parents, and share your own experiences and ideas on the topic.

We’ll also discuss the possibilities of parent ambassador programs and parent advisory boards in public libraries. This is not a traditional lecture-type webinar; come prepared to actively participate in the conversation!

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

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

Reflections on the 2015 REFORMA Colorado Mini-Conference

Posted on behalf of Rocio Rowland, Colorado State Library REFORMA Mini-Conference Scholarship Recipient.

On Friday May 1st, 2015 I went to a session titled “Buying books en Espanol: Collection Management of Spanish Language Materials in Public Libraries” as part of the 2015 Mini-Conference.

As a Cataloger, this was, from all the presentations, the one closest to my everyday work. In addition, the case study that Mrs. Hem Lee presented was from Jefferson County Public Library, the system that I work for.

For me this was like seeing the other side of the coin. I have been working in Collections at Jefferson since 2002 but I have always been a Cataloger, and for me it was interesting to find out about all the other parts. How do they select the titles? Who are the vendors? What are the selection policies? For me it has been kind of a mystery, all the selection and acquisition processes and when I received Spanish language materials to catalog I always wondered why or how this title was selected in the first place.

Thanks to this conference all my questions were answered, now I have a better idea how that part of the Collections works. It was interesting to see the numbers, the selection process, the resources, etc. I am happy that I attended the Conference and now all those parts of the Collection process are not a mystery to me.




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