Monthly Archive for February, 2008

CLiC Spring Workshops in Greeley and Pueblo

Registration is now closed for CLiC’s Spring Workshop in Grand Junction BUT there is still time to sign up for Greeley and Pueblo!

Workshops will have a minimum of 4 concurrent sessions and each time slot will address information for school, public and academic library staff.

Please note that at each location, on the first day, an entire track will be devoted to “Essential Learning for School Librarians.” ANYONE may join these sessions recognizing there will be a School emphasis. School librarians are encouraged to also attend the second day.

Scholarships are available to attend.

Please click here for more information and the application form.

10 Ways to Collaborate in 2008

WebJunction is a great place to find anything library related. The 10 Ways to Collaborate in 2008 webinar caught my eye so I signed up. What fun! Gathering people and their ideas from various geographic areas is a certainly a smart idea. It was inspiring to hear what other libraries are doing by collaborating with each other.
The presenter was a huge fan of wikis, another collaboration tool Wikipedia is a fine example. She firmly believes that librarians should be using wikis as a way to archive good ideas as well as collaborate with each other. For instance, one idea is to get a bunch of librarians to share their great programming ideas (presenter info. too) and put it on a wiki. That way other librarians don’t have to reinvent the wheel; they can use what someone has done and tweak it to their liking. Check out what some Florida librarians are doing at their libraries.
Another suggestion is to take 15 minutes out of your day to discover something new and share it with a colleague. The entire theme of the webinar was SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. All of us have something to share, so, I am starting off by sharing the web address to WebJunction’s calendar of webinars.
Maybe a title will catch your eye, and just maybe you will be inspired to share your adventure with a friend or a colleague.
Top Five Best Ideas I gleaned from the Webinar

  • Tap into local talent – keep that info. on file or on web site (wiki)
  • Create joint grants for projects or programming
  • Get directors together every couple of months. Cut to the chase – put those things up on a wiki (forgo round robin info). Focus on collaboration instead.
  • Instant message colleagues for quick communication
  • Take 15 minutes out of your day to discover something and then share it.