Monthly Archive for September, 2009

Youth Services Workshops – Registration Deadlines This Week & Next

The deadlines to register for the Youth Services workshops in the Western Slope area are this Wed-Fri:
–Durango workshop on 10/7 – REGISTER TODAY, 9/30/09
–Delta workshop on 10/8 – REGISTER THURSDAY, 10/1/09
–Vail workshop on 10/9 – REGISTER FRIDAY, 10/2/09

The Front Range-area workshop deadlines are next Wed-Fri:
–Greeley workshop on 10/14 – REGISTER WEDNESDAY, 10/7
–Pueblo workshop on 10/15 – REGISTER THURSDAY, 10/8
–Westminster workshop on 10/16 – REGISTER FRIDAY, 10/9

Visit for more information and to register.

Please contact Michelle Gebhart, 303-866-6894, if you have questions.

Early Literacy Resources Aplenty at CLEL Website

CLEL web siteColorado Libraries for Early Literacy have a new look to their website: and plenty of new resources. Comment on the blog, find great research on early literacy, discover new books and storytime techniques.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy continues to work toward insuring that all parents and child care providers read, sing, and play with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Literacy enhanced storytimes and parent tips for pre-literacy skills are available at

Help Your Public Library and Register to Win an Amazon Kindle

Fill-out the Annual “Internet Survey”
The 2009 National Survey of Public Library Computer and Internet Access is web-based and can be access at The survey has two parts: 1) questions relevant to library branches, and 2) questions related to library jurisdictions.

Help Your Library
By providing data about advocacy, impacts, benefits, and challenges of public access Internet services in public libraries you will help inform and educate stakeholders at the local, state and national levels about the issues and needs your library faces in providing public computer and Internet access services and resources.

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Great Expectations: Preparing High School Students for College Level Research

October 20, 2009

Panel Discussion
Are our high school students prepared for college level research? What are the expectations?
This will be a panel discussion presentation with college and high school librarians, instructors and students.
Come participate in this lively discussion. Bring your questions, concerns and ideas!

Introductions: Gwen Giddens – Director, Learning Resource Services, Colorado Springs School D11
Facilitator: Teri Switzer – UCCS Dean, Kraemer Family Library
Panel Members: Sue Byerley – Associate Professor UCCS Library, Steve Lawson – Colorado College, Humanities Liaison Librarian, Christine Schein – Discovery Canyon High School Librarian, Victor Santiago – German/Spanish Teacher at Air Academy High School, Thomas J Napierkowski – UCCS English Professor
5:30 – 6:00: Networking (coffee and cookies)
6:00 – 7:15: Panel Discussion
7:15 – 7:30: Audience Questions

Audience: Librarians, instructors, school administrators, parents…everyone interested in students’ success is welcome!

Please click on the registration link.
Registration is not required but appreciated for an attendance count.
Sponsored by CAL – Colorado Springs Area Interest Group and CLiC

For registration information:

Mayor provides library building

What if your Mayor just gave you a library building? That is what happened in the city of Mekelle Ethiopia. Mayor Feseha Zerihun has provided a building for Ethiopian Books for Children and Educational Foundation (EBCEF) to establish a children and youth library. The city of Mekelle has also offered four other locations in surrounding subcities of Mekelle for branch libraries. What made the Mekelle case more incredible was that EBCEF didn’t even ask for the building, but they are thrilled by the offer. Click here more information about EBCEF and libraries in Ethiopia.

Tech & Learning Top Stories For Schools

Here are some school-related stories from Tech & Learning magazine. They may be useful for integrating technology into the classroom, providing guidelines with how to use the technology, and more.

For more information, visit the Tech & Learning home page, or find them on Facebook or Twitter.


From Rep. Middleton’s ( newsletter.

THURSDAY, 9/24, 11AM
DENVER – Each year the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) Legislative Committee recognizes legislators for exemplary work benefiting libraries in Colorado.  This year the award is being presented to Representative Karen Middleton of Aurora.

“We are honoring Rep. Middleton because of her continued support of libraries through the years,” said Jody Howard, President of the Colorado Association of Libraries.  “We especially want to thank her for her work on the sponsorship and passage of the 2009 Library Law.” (HB 1072**)


A revolution in Rangeview: Anythink

You may have missed the September 12 official unveiling of the Rangeview Library District’s latest (some would call radical) movement away from its traditional library brand into a new style.

AnythinkAnythink(tm) “celebrates imagination, play and interactivity.” In the official Anythink announcement, you’ll note a decidedly strategic absence of the tried-and-tired verbiage and emphasis typical of library press releases. Included is a YouTube-hosted “Anythink Branimation.” Pop on over to the site; this is an innovative and bold direction for Rangeview Library District, well worth watching.

Libraries awarded grants for key projects

The dust has settled on the 2009-10 LSTA grants to libraries process. With the economy in the state wobbly and libraries doing all they can to scrape by, it’s not surprising that $792,285 worth of grant proposals were submitted, competing for the $400,000 allocated to Colorado through the Library Services and Technology Act.

Teams of grant reviewers, composed of librarians of all types from throughout Colorado, scrutinized every word within each proposal. For a library or library service organization to prepare a top-notch proposal is no small feat, and reviewers took their task just as seriously.

The breadth of proposals, both in terms of content and reach in Colorado, was impressive.  All grants awarded addressed the long-range goal “that Colorado’s residents will be able to access resources and services electronically through libraries to meet their information and learning needs.”

A list of 10 grants awarded for 2009-10 follows below. For more information about the LSTA grant submission and review process, your questions are welcomed by Jean Marie Heilig, LSTA Grant Coordinator (

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Plinkit Wins National Award

The Plinkit Collaborative, a national cooperative organization behind the Plinkit web site hosting system, has received an achievement award from the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Colorado State Library is one of four founding members of the Plinkit Collaborative. Continue reading ‘Plinkit Wins National Award’