Monthly Archive for August, 2008

AIRS Databases Fall Training Schedule

Whether your library subscribes to the AIRS EBSCO database package or not, we’d like to invite you to attend one or more of the upcoming webinars in September and October.  There will be general sessions to help you learn more about the AIRS package and the new EBSCO interface.  Sessions are geared toward different types of libraries.  There will be several database specific webinars to provide indepth information on databases such as Academic Search Premier, Consumer Health Complete, and Science Reference Center.  All webinars are taught by knowledgeable EBSCO training staff.  Don’t worry if you can’t make a particiular webinar, CLiC and EBSCO will work to archive the sessions on the CLiC website so you may view them at your convenience.  A schedule of the webinars can be found in LEO,  Just Browse by Organization “AIRS”.  No preregistration is required and directions to access the webinar are included in each LEO event entry.

EBSCO trainers will also come to your library to conduct training.  This may be scheduled with your CLiC consultant.

Each of these training opportunities is FREE and we hope you will take advantage of as many as you can.  Your questions may be directed to Lisa Priebe at CLiC,, 303.422.1150.


Durango Days 2008!

Join Us In Beautiful Durango!
Durango Days is a 2-day CAL Continuing Education event at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, on September 18-19. The program schedule is great. Check it out.  Register now at

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Pueblo Town Hall Meeting

Group discussions, heart-felt comments, and a class act presentation from our state library leaders made the Pueblo Town Hall Meeting an event certainly worth attending. The future of libraries was the theme of the day, with librarians putting their heads together to shake around some exciting ideas. Community mindedness came across strong and clear, with a glimpse of the potential libraries have to make a difference in the lives of people. If you missed this event (see photos), there are five more Town Hall Meeting scheduled. Come share your stories and ideas.

Got Library Lit?

Today is the last day for you Colorado libraries to subscribe to Wilson’s Library Literature.

H.W. Wilson

You certainly don’t want your library staff to be out of touch when it comes to–

Automation • Care & Restoration of Books • Cataloging • Censorship • Circulation Procedures • Classification • Copyright • Education for Librarianship • Electronic Searching • Government Aid • Indexing • Information Brokers • Internet Software • Library Associations & Conferences • Library Equipment & Supplies • Literature for Children & Young Adults • Personnel Administration • Preservation of Materials • Public Relations • Publishing • Rare Books • Reference Services • Web Sites

Just go to the CLiC website and and click on the “Sign up/Renewal link” under News.

hi-fi sci-fi library

Saw this on the LibraryMan Blog. Take a look! Fair warning though…you’ll be be singing the tune all day long! I definitely recognized some of the backup singers; I’ll bet you will too.

Here’s what LibaryMan had to say, “As far as I am concerned, what the world needs is a collection of ‘hi-fi sci-fi libraries.’ And I was so excited about this idea that I just had to sing it out loud!”

Check the LibraryMan blog for background information.

RFID – more than just check out

For folks who already have RFID, or for those who are contemplating it, you may want to read this short article. Ideas beget ideas. Mashing it up once again.

MPLA Professional Development Grants

Are you a member of the Mountains and Plains Library Association?  If so, check out this great opportunity to get a professional development grant.  The deadline to submit individual grant requests this year is December 3, 2008.

For complete information and link to application form see
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ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver – Jan 23–28, 2009


Oh come on, I hear you saying – that’s not ’til January! But trust me, there’s a committee already hard at work planning the festivities. Colorado Association of Libraries and Denver Public Library will be sharing a booth to let those out of state librarians know how wonderful Colorado libraries are. Interested in working at the booth? Send me an email.

Also in the works is a preconference and a reception for Camila Alire. More information will be coming your way (would I leave you in the dark?) as they are finalized.

Web site evolution

As some may know, the Colorado State Library’s web site and its parent site, Colorado Department of Education, has for a long time needed a serious interfacelift. I’ve only been at the state library for 21 months (so I may be wrong about this), but I understand that the site has been entrenched in its late 90s-style design for nearly a decade. Yikes.

I’m happy to report that the site has evolved (is now upright and ambulatory) and has become better organized! This is largely due to the coordinated efforts of Marcus Johnstone (CDE) and Michelle Gebhart and Sharon Morris (both from the Library Development Unit within CSL). These are three people who really know how to get things done.

Check out the new site and let any of us at the state library know your suggestions for improving things.

COSPL awarded IMLS Bookshelf

The Colorado State Publications Library is a recipient of The IMLS Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books, DVDs, and online resources. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.
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