Monthly Archive for August, 2009

Spring is just around the corner — Consider presenting at a CLiC Spring Workshop — Call for Presenters



The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) invites submissions for presentations at our Spring Workshops in 2010 in the following locations:

Grand Junction, March 1 & 2

Fort Collins, April 8

Pueblo, April 15 & 16


Continue reading ‘Spring is just around the corner — Consider presenting at a CLiC Spring Workshop — Call for Presenters’

Report for 2009 Summer Reading

For all libraries that held a 2009 summer reading program (whether you used the “Be Creative” / “Express Yourself” themes or did your own theme):

Please complete the 2009 Summer Reading Report.

If you have questions, contact Michelle Gebhart at the Colorado State Library, 303-866-6894.

It’s all about Communication

Laughter could be heard trickling down from the 4th floor of the Rawlings library in Pueblo as we finished up the final supervisory class titled Interpersonal Communications. Since 26 of us spent the last three years working towards our supervisory certificates, we thought we deserved a howling good time. Lisa Barbeau, of Mountain State Employers Council, provided that and much more. Lessons about communication were learned mainly through stories and personal reflection. One activity had us creating a tower out of straws and a balloon. Oh and some tape, lots of scotch tape. Although the activity was suppose to be about communicating, some of us just couldn’t suppress the urge to compete.  Congratulations 2009 Supervisory Class Graduates!

On NPR: Spanish Peaks Library District

An uplifting and celebratory radio spot on NPR’s All Things Considered was broadcast last Saturday, focused on the opening of Walsenburg’s new public library. Give it a listen at: (scroll down and look for the story “High-Tech Library Gleams in Colorado Town”).  If you can’t access the audio, read the transcript.

The story features interviews with Library Director Monica Birrer, former Library Research Service Director Keith Curry Lance, and Douglas County Library District Director Jamie LaRue.

The best part of the story, in my opinion, are the comments of a nine-year-old patron of the library!

Author Fest of the Rockies

As always, Margaret Morris and the Friends of the Manitou Springs Public Library have been hard at work creating interesting ways to support the library and connect with the community.

Author Fest of the Rockies is another terrific example!

The event features education and training workshops, contests, keynote presentations and much more. Be sure to check out the schedule; the diversity of topics is excellent!

Proceeds for two-day event, featuring more than “50 published authors, editors, coaches, Internet marketing experts, illustrators, poets and publishers from throughout the state of Colorado” will benefit the Manitou Springs Public Library and contribute to its plans for expansion. Check it out at:

Playing around with library cards

I subscribe to the PLA Blog

This interface makes searching and browsing FUN!  Sure, that may seem an easy task when you have a sweet MS Surface table to work with, but consider of all of the other interfaces at your library.  The reference desk.  Signs.  The catalog.  All of these are interfaces. How can you create a fun, playful, curiosity-envoking user experience at your library WITHOUT some awesome high-end technologies?”

What do you think about it? Would you or your patrons be interested in something like this at your library?

Order READ Lapel Pins for Summer Reading Now!

You may now place your order for READ pins for the 2010 “Make a Splash @ Your Library” and “Make Waves @ Your Library” summer reading programs.

The Colorado State Library (CSL) received an incredible number of votes for this year’s pin, but one of the designs was the clear winner.
READ Pin for 2010 Summer Reading Program

Following the same procedure as previous years, CSL will place a large pin order and would be glad to “piggyback” and add your order to ours. This is a great way to promote next year’s programs and, as you can see below, placing a large order will make it cost effective for all of us.

Pricing details:
0 – 9,999 = $0.63 ea.
10,000+ = $0.58 ea.
NOTE: Add $5 shipping & handling charge for orders being shipped outside of Colorado. Continue reading ‘Order READ Lapel Pins for Summer Reading Now!’

True Comment Control

As I’ve worked with several libraries on the development of their web presence and in particular on approaches to building community online, the question of moderating, and even allowing, public comments on blog postings and other content items often comes up.

“Should we keep our blog/content closed to comments?”
“How do we handle negative or inappropriate comments if we keep it open?”
“Have you seen the kind of thing that gets posted to [whatever news site]?!”

Last week, David Lee King posted a great piece on his blog about his library’s approach to comments, which came into play recently when the library decided to start charging late fees. In “Dealing with Comments on your Website,” he notes that allowing comments is taking control the conversation – by correcting misinformation, responding directly to people if appropriate, and hosting the conversation rather than having it take place somewhere else. Good ideas are also included in comments left by other librarians about their own experiences, policies and more.

If this is an issue you’ve considered at your library, or on your own personal blog or website, I recommend taking a quick read through David Lee King’s post.

It’s Showtime! @ Your Library

Cinematic programming can be a phenomenal way to promote library services and the library as a fun interactive community gathering space. Many libraries here in Colorado show films either as part of a seasonal event or throughout the year. Some libraries operate these events as an extension of their Collection Development department, have committees to oversee and staff the events or even have one lone devotee who manages the entire affair. Most libraries have a blanket license, most commonly from Swank, also know as Movie Licensing USA, to avoid any copyright infringement. Featuring films can draw attention to the diversity of our collections and our residents and emphasize our value to the public. These less traditional events have the unique ability to attract current, new and lapsed library customers. While each library varies in it’s approach to film exhibition, the results are the same. Happy families and individuals gleaning enjoyment and stimulation from the library. Continue reading ‘It’s Showtime! @ Your Library’

Colorado Marketing Campaign for Libraries – Code Name: Butterfly

The Colorado State Library (CSL) is leading the development of a statewide marketing effort that focuses on the power of libraries to transform lives and that captures the hearts, minds and support of Colorado residents.

The purpose of the campaign is to ensure the future of libraries statewide and build the Colorado library brand by increasing awareness of the transformational aspects of libraries and the positive impact libraries have on their communities. The spirit of the campaign will be courageous, humorous, and the final messages will be delightful and unexpected.

The CSL management team has convened an advisory committee of statewide library representation and together we are working with Barnhart Communications, the same firm that worked on the Wyoming campaign.

I will post updates at this blog and welcome your comments as we move forward.  To find out more, please visit:

Debbi MacLeod, of the Colorado State Library, is the project lead.  Please direct questions to her or comment here.