Monthly Archive for March, 2009

George Needham and “From Awareness to Funding”

I have been reading this OCLC study, going to presentations on it, and doing a few of my own. I keep learning new things and getting great ideas for others who have read this study. George Needham has been coming to Colorado for the CLiC Spring Workshops to talk about this study.  After his very insightful and thought-provoking presentation, we have a break out discussion. In Greeley, George joined us for that discussion too.  Very lively. Some of my notes are below.

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Power Libraries Program Application – Open Until Tuesday 3/31

The Power Libraries Program application has been re-opened, and will remain open until 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 31st.

Please contact me with any questions.

Power Libraries Program Applications – Deadline Will Be Extended

Due to the inclement weather and other extenuating factors, the Power Libraries Program application deadline will be extended. Since some of our staff is not available today because of the snow, I don’t have the details yet.

More information to come on when the application will re-open and for how long.

Note: I am back in the office now, so please direct any questions to my work phone (303-866-6894) or work e-mail (

Reminder: Power Libraries Program Applications Due TODAY, 3/26/09

Just a reminder that applications for the Power Libraries Program are due today, March 26, 2009.

Note: since many of you are experiencing trouble faxing your signature page (this comes at the end of the application) due to snow, staff being out on spring break, etc., please just send the signature page as soon as possible. If that means next week or first thing the week after, that’s fine.

Please contact me with any questions. I am not sure if CDE will be leaving early because of the snow, so just in case, my personal e-mail is, and my cell phone is 720-366-2349,

Library Trend – Library and Work Force Partnerships

The Trinidad newspaper The Times Independent printed “Libary, Workforce Center unite to aid job seekers” By Nancy Ellis.  Continue reading ‘Library Trend – Library and Work Force Partnerships’

Live from Greeley

A crowd of 11 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!

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Is the economic crisis effecting your library? Do you need some assistance?

We need your input!

From Gene Hainer:

As the state explores the various funding streams associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) we are seeking your input to determine needs and possible uses of ARRA funds in Colorado libraries.“You can help by answering the questions at Please try to respond by *March 30*. It should take 5-10 minutes.

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Answering the Call

In response to the CoPLA membership meeting at the CAL conference, the CoPLA board has moved forward on your suggestions.  Here are our proposed goals for 2009.
The CoPLA board will be promoting and supporting events relating to the OCLC report: From Funding to Awareness .  On the CoPLA website we have a link (halfway down the page) to Cathy De Rosa’s PowerPoint presentation at the ALA midwinter Conference. That was a great preconference!
The board will also concentrate on making sure that sessions are offered at the CAL conference that cover topics the COPLA members suggested at the membership meeting (Friends Groups, communication strategies, finance advice, marketing and educating the community).

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Twittering in the Colorado Library Community

Last week I sent out a message on Libnet asking who was using Twitter. The responses I received have been compiled into a spreadsheet for anyone who is interested. There are Twitter users from Colorado cities, public libraries, schools, and museums, as well as other State Libraries, national organizations, local, state and federal government, and more. Thanks for the wonderful response! Colorado has a growing Twitter community and I can only see it getting bigger and becoming more useful to us all over time.

Results in Excel
Results in PDF
If you would like to be added to or removed from this list of Twitter users, please email Michelle Gebhart.

A library that delivers

Librarian, Babette Reeves, has a very clever way to get books to preschoolers in Alamosa, CO.– she hand delivers them. Storybox Special , an early literacy project, is actually a train filled with children’s books located at the Southern Peaks library. Each month Babette visits a family daycare home to make sure young children have a chance to hold a book.  This Storybox Special project was featured on the Reading Rockets website – a site funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Babette, by the way, has a blog she posts to regularly called the The Passionate Librarian.