Monthly Archive for April, 2009

AIRS and $1M cut

With the probable loss of $1 million from State funding gained and used in 2008 to help with the costs of making online database products available to schools and libraries, the AIRS (Acquisition of Information Resources Statewide) Committee has been working to determine how this loss will impact the upcoming AIRS statewide database renewal.  The Committee is negotiating with OCLC and EBSCO to create a new, smaller package at a reasonable price.  Please be assured we are doing our best to provide as much quality content as possible for the variety of libraries we serve while being mindful about limited budgets.  The Committee is also pursuing other ways to reduce costs in addition to reducing content.

We understand that libraries need to know what to expect in terms of content and pricing as soon as possible.  We plan to send out renewal information by mid-May.  If you have questions, please feel free to email me at  If your library currently participates in the AIRS statewide database package, thank you for contributing to a service that benefits Colorado residents statewide.

Michelle Jeske
Chair, AIRS Committee

Like Coming Home

Stratton Public LibraryI had the pleasure of visiting the Stratton Public Library last week (in between snowstorms), and I was struck by how familiar the library seemed. Located in a former church building, The Stratton Public Library was bright, cheery, and well organized (of course). Continue reading ‘Like Coming Home’

Google Profiles

Google Profile

Want people to actually be able to find you when they google you up? 🙂

I was just reading the “American Libraries Direct” newsletter and saw this about Google Profiles.
Danny Sullivan writes: “Ever searched for yourself on Google and come away dissatisfied, especially if someone else you share a name with seems to dominate the results? Ever looked for someone else and been disappointed that you couldn’t find the person you wanted? Google’s new Profile Results that launched April 21 aims to correct both problems.”

Google’s description, “A Google profile is simply how you present yourself on Google products to other Google users. It allows you to control how you appear on Google and tell others a bit more about who you are. With a Google profile, you can easily share your web content on one central location. You can include, for example, links to your blog, online photos, and other profiles such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and more. You have control over what others see.”

Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want

OCLC has done it again – come out with another great report.  This report focuses on areas where librarians and end users share or have differences in their perceptions of the importance of elements in the online catalog.  ANOTHER MUST READ REPORT of the same quality as “From Awareness to Funding”.
Continue reading ‘Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want’

Rain, Sleet and Snow & Librarians

Librarians arrived from near and far (through rain, sleet, snow and even thunder!) to the CLiC Spring Workshops at CSU-Pueblo last week. Keynote speaker, George Needham – V.P of OCLC, wowed the breakfast morning crowd on Thursday with new discoveries from the latest OCLC report From Awareness to Funding. The two day event offered librarians 50 sessions to choose from, and had the campus buzzing with library talk. We overheard one CSU student curiously asked another student what the heck was going on in the ballroom. The response -“I don’t know, I think a bunch of old people are taking classes”.  Well, we may be a graying profession but there were plenty of exciting ideas, plans, and sharing happening in Pueblo. If you attended the Spring Workshops, we’d love to hear from you. Just click on the Comment button.

60-Second Update…

“Libraries & the Economic Recession” is the latest LRS 60-Second Survey. Take a minute—literally—to tell us how the recession has changed what’s happening at your library.


If you are so inclined, share this link with colleagues and library listservs. Please!

Read about the results of the first 60-Second Survey “The Value of an MLIS to You” on the LRS blog at:


Unsung Heroes

Today I had the pleasure of taking a tour to the dark side of the Rawling library (Pueblo City-County Library District). Sounds ominous, but not really.  Al Perea, PCCLD’s Facilities Superintendent, and I traveled to the bowels of the library, and actually the roof top too! He showed me just what it takes to keep the library comfortable (heat & air-wise) and safe (fire- ouch!). Al and his crew have many projects in the hopper, and they even have the talent to do their own woodwork. These folks are operating behind the scenes, and without their constant diligence Pueblo City-County Library District would not be a comfortable or cozy place to visit. So, if you happen to pass your maintenance person in a hallway, give them kudos for a job well done. More pics.

New Guidelines for Donating to State Prison Libraries

Colorado’s youth and adult correctional facility libraries are the information centers for their residents.  The State Library’s Institutional Library Development team works hard to ensure residents have quality materials to:

  • support efforts toward self-improvement and successful reintegration into society
  • increase literacy levels
  • promote reading as a constructive use of leisure time
  • teach effective use of libraries

Assistance in helping us meet these goals is greatly appreciated.  To help the public donate useful materials, there are new guidelines for Department of Corrections libraries.

For more information about how you can donate to any state institutional library, contact Camden Tadhg, acquisitions and youth institutions consultant at the State Library.

Community Connections Inclusivity Bulletin

On behalf of Jean Heilig:

This year’s major effort of the Colorado State Library’s Special Populations Committee is Community Connections. The project continues with a call for recruiting members, the introduction of a seventh statewide partner, involvement with the Denver Foundation Inclusiveness Project, and resources for any library or school working with with immigrants from Somalia.

View complete bulletin (PDF)

Ross and CLiC Chicks

Ross and CLiC Chicks  Time for a bit of levity?  If you haven’t seen Ross and CLiC Chicks dance to COKAMO from the CLiC Spring Workshop, check it out at: