Battle of Bannockburn

On September 18, 2014 voters in Scotland are at the polls to determine whether or not to become an independent nation. Ireland gained Home Rule on September 18, 1914. 2014 is also the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, fought during the First War of Scottish Independence.

Notes About War
Daily Journal
March 12, 1896

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Irish Home Rule

On September 18, 2014, Scotland is facing a vote to become independent from the United Kingdom. On September 18, 1914, Irish Home Rule was approved after years of efforts, and a portion of Ireland seceded from the United Kingdom. While the Home Rule vote passed and received royal assent in 1914, Irish Home Rule was not established until 1920 due to WWI.
Home Rule Inevitable
Carbonate Chronicle
February 6, 1911

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Announcing the recipients of the Colorado State Library CALCON 2014 Scholarships

I am thrilled to announce the recipients of the Colorado State Library CALCON 2014 Scholarships!

The Small/Rural Scholarships were awarded to Jennifer Hillebrandt, Youth Services Coordinator for the Gunnison County Library District and Kristy Scott, Library Technician II for the Colorado Department of Corrections La Vista Correctional Facility.

The Student Scholarship was awarded to Zoraya Salas, Bilingual Library Associate for the High Plains Library District. Zoraya is working on her MLIS at the University of Southern California.

Please join me in congratulating all of our scholarship recipients!

2014 LSTA Recipients

CSL has now determined who the lucky participants of the 2014 grants are. Eight fantastic projects were chosen for the grants. I have listed below who those recipients are and what they plan on doing with their grant  monies. Congrats!

 WHO: Mesa County Libraries 

WHAT: Mesa County Libraries Business Connect

Mesa County Libraries will be partnering with both the Business Incubator Center and the Colorado Small Business Development Center to provide services to entrepreneurs and small business owners  by offering education of the resources available to them within the library, including research skills, website expectations and use of social media.


WHO: Explorer Elementary in Colorado Springs

WHAT: Collaborating Young Authors 

Explorer Elementary School will be instigating  a program that will apply Makerspace philosophy to writing, as well as establishing best practices for the integrated curriculum and tools.


WHO: Poudre River Public Library


Poudre River Public Library will be establishing at Maker Space at the Northside Aztlan Center that will focus on Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and  Math to encourage the community’s low-income and Latino youth as a place to congregate after -school.


 WHO: Denver Public Library

WHAT: Carrito Librito-The Little Book Cart 

The Denver Public library will be facilitating outreach to the Latino community, specifically ages birth-three, using an ice cream type push card containing books, information about DPL, crafts  and snackables.


WHO: Jefferson County Public Library

WHAT: JCPL Digital U

Jefferson County Public Library will be partnering with Senior Resource Center, Bridges to Opportunity and Metro West Housing Solutions to provide  mobile kits of laptops and digital devices to be circulated (along with library staff ) amongst the six branch libraries, senior centers, community centers, and the county’s homeless shelters to facilitate teaching much needed technology skills.


WHO: Montrose Regional Library District

WHAT: Linking Latinos to the Library

The Montrose Regional Library District, in an effort to address the needs of it’s Latino community will be hosting a Dia de los Meurtos celebration, offering citizenship classes, ESL classes and  training, computer classes as well as other classes of interest (TBD) to the Latino community.



WHO: Pueblo City-county Library District

WHAT: Operation Integration: Language, Literacy & Learning

PCCLD is expanding it’s existing service of providing bilingual (English/Spanish) literacy, computer/digital training and language development classes from 40 to 60 adult students.


WHO: Pine River

WHAT: Heritage Hub

Pine River Library, in cooperation with the Pine River Senior Center,  will provide a program to teach seniors to digitally record and preserve their personal histories



Oceanic Liner Sinks

Oceanic was an ocean liner, part of the famous White Star Line.  During World War I, Oceanic was commissioned into service in the Royal (British) Navy.  On September 8, 1914, the ship Oceanic wrecked on the coast Scotland. The mysterious circumstances were not revealed by the government at the time, and the story was put out that the Germans had sunk the Oceanic.  Years later, it was revealed that the crew had run the ship aground in fair weather, but the truth would have further lowered wartime morale.

Oceanic on Her Maiden Trip
Telluride Journal
September 9, 1899

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CSL in Session – It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of your School Librarian Awesomeness!


We invite you to attend our next CSL in Session: It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of your School Librarian Awesomeness! – Wednesday September 24, 2012 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

  • 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?
  • Why is it so important 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!

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!

Using Data to Serve your Community Webinar

meeting_10Join us to hear the directors of the Denver Public Library, the High Plains Library District, the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, and the Poudre River Public Library District discuss how they are using community data to make decisions about services in their libraries. You will learn about the specific tools these libraries are using and the impact data analysis has on their service.

When: Tuesday September 23, 2014 from 12 – 1 PM Mountain Daylight Time


No registration is required to attend.

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Eiffel Tower Turns 125

One of the best-known attractions in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower opened to the public 125 years ago in March 1889.  Throughout the summer of 1889, attendees at the World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle), used the base of the Tower as the entrance to the fairgrounds.  The Fair itself was held in Paris as part of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

The Great French Tower
Buena Vista Democrat
April 14, 1887


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Help Us (and help yourselves)!

SurveyDo it for the kids. Or the animals. Or as penance for sneaking the last chip from the party bowl.

Whatever makes you feel guilty, think about it RIGHT NOW, and then pay back some good karma by doing a good thing. How simple could that be?

Easy. Just fill out our survey (15 minutes if you’re a speed reader and a speed clicker, double that time if you’re being thoughtful). And then your conscience will be clear!

What survey you ask? Well, the State Library and CLiC want to learn more about your Continuing Education (CE) needs. “Hoo boy, that sounds exciting (not),” you think. Hey now, did we promise that this was going to be easy?!

Oops, guess we did. Ok, so we’ll stick with that story…

Listen, we REALLY do need you to give us your opinion, to help us better understand “learning needs” and “training gaps” and other jargon-y kinds of CE stuff. Any staff member from any library in Colorado (public, school, academic, or special) can respond! Multiple responses from each library are welcome. The survey should be completed by Friday October 3, 2014.

Still not motivated? Ok, then we’ll amp things up. We have additional incentives, and they don’t involve physical intimidation. We HAVE PRIZES!

Yup, we’ll bribe you. Respond by OCT 3, 2014 and YOU will be entered to win ANY NUMBER of incredible prize packages! No, we’re not lying about this. We HAVE PRIZES.

So, whether it’s out of the goodness or greediness of your heart, or out of straight-up-guilt, PLEASE fill out the survey.


President Wilson’s Awful Summer

Summer 1914 was a particularly trying time for President Woodrow Wilson.  Here you’ll find articles about some of what he was facing during that time including: a railroad strike, a banking crisis, the start of WWI in Europe, and 100,000 penniless tourists trapped in Europe by the war.  In the middle of all of this, his wife passed away.

Railroad Trainmen Vote To Go On Strike Unless R. R. Companies Yield To Terms
Fort Collins Weekly
July 17, 1914

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