Monthly Archive for February, 2009

EBSCO Training

Learn about the state AIRS database products through this archive of hands-on EBSCO training sessions and live webinars. Additional online resources to help you or patrons learn and use the databases more effectively are available FREE for download and viewing.

Orientation signage for patrons

Estes Park Library trail signI saw some clever signage at the Estes Park Public Library recently. Trail patterns in the carpet lead patrons to various parts of the library. When journeying past the information desk, an explorer will encounter a trail marker, with guidance to key landmarks inside as well as beyond the building!

On the second floor of the library, I found some creative uses of historic postcard imagery. What a great inspiration for lampshades! Check out our Flickr site for more photos of this site visit.

Learning 2.0: a Colorado Conversation

Learning 2.0 Logo

I had the pleasure of attending the Learning 2.0: a Colorado Conversation unconference at Heritage High School last Saturday, where I had the opportunity to interact with educators and IT staff from schools throughout Colorado (as well as Nebraska, Montana, and even Australia participated virtually).

The entire unconference was filled with the spirit of sharing, the presentations were thought provoking, and the high school student panel discussion on technology was enlightening. Continue reading ‘Learning 2.0: a Colorado Conversation’

School Libraries Count!

AASL has just launched the third annual longitudinal study “School Libraries Count!” All K-12 schools, public and private, are invited to participate on a voluntary basis. Past participant’s continued involvement is crucial when examining trends over time, as well as new participants so that an accurate reflection of the U.S. educational demographics are represented. The survey may be accessed at The survey deadline is March 12.

Getting in on Video

At the beginning of the year, I read a few blog postings that described the enormous growth in online video viewing (e.g., Stephen’s Lighthouse, NewTeeVee) – U.S. Internet users are watching 40% more video online than they did a year ago. And of more than 12.5 million videos watched online in November 2008, more than 40% were viewed on YouTube. It seems smart that libraries would be promoting our programs, services and resources on YouTube and other online video-sharing sites.
Continue reading ‘Getting in on Video’

2009 Summer Reading Mini-Grants Awarded

The Colorado State Library awarded 70 Mini-Grants of $175 each to public libraries to support and promote the 2009 “Be Creative” and/or “Express Yourself” Summer Reading Program in their local communities. Priority was given to libraries below 10,000 Legal Service Area (LSA) population and libraries in non-metro locations.

Visit the Summer Reading Web site for the following:

  • Complete list of recipients
  • Google Map of recipients

Live from Grand Junction

A crowd of 19 popped into the Open Source Peep Show. We are taking a peek at some open source products, and having a discussion on how we can incorporate open source software into our daily lives. You too, can view some of the software we are looking at. Oh by the way, the crowd says hi!

Community Connections Inclusivity Bulletin

On behalf of Jean Heilig:

This year’s major effort for the Special Populations & Issues Committee of the Colorado State Library is Community Connections.  A key component of the project is establishing relationships with statewide partners, organizations that serve or are comprised of diverse populations.  In this bulletin’s spotlight are two organizations that bring a wealth of resources to the state, as well as libraries of all types. 

View complete bulletin (PDF)

Small but Mighty!

To some folks, Kim, Colorado—population: 66—may seem like a bit of a one-horse town. The downtown consists of one small store/gas station/café known as the Kim Outpost; the closest public library is 56 miles away; and it is not unusual for students to travel over 30 miles one way through the southeastern Colorado plains to attend Kim Elementary and High School.

Continue reading ‘Small but Mighty!’

Red Feather Lakes Community Library’s New Website

Red Feather Lakes Community Library HomepageRed Feather Lakes Community Library launched a brand new website today!

In addition to browsing the library’s online catalog, patrons can access the latest library news; check out upcoming events, view an online photo album for the library, and even access Red Feather’s Facebook account! Continue reading ‘Red Feather Lakes Community Library’s New Website’