Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Technology Planning

I attended a great webinar yesterday as the snow fell sponsored by WebJunction on Technology Planning with TechAtlas. TechAtlas is a free tool that libraries can use to develop and write technology plans. Public libraries applying for e-rate funds beyond basic telephone service are required to submit a technology plan. This hour-long webinar is a great introduction into technology planning. I highly recommend viewing the archived webinar.

Have other questions about technology plan requirements for e-rate? Visit the Colorado State Library online, or contact me (Christine Kreger) by phone (303-866-6946) or e-mail.

Colorado State Library Update

Gene Hainer has compiled an update of Colorado State Library initiatives and activities.

Current CSL Funding Initiatives

  • Broadband – Round 2 of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) should be available by December. The CSL will work with libraries on a proposal to create regionally-based mobile computer labs for library and community use. Continue reading ‘Colorado State Library Update’

CAL Board Update

The current global economic crisis has affected everyone, including nonprofits like the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL).  Some people are making tough choices about association memberships and conference attendance. Continue reading ‘CAL Board Update’

Libraries: a Place of Endless Possibilities

We nurture communities, connect people, cultivate ideas, provide inspiration, and tickle the imagination.

Come to the Colorado State Library booth at the 2009 CAL Conference and tell us how libraries have transformed your life. We can attest as to how they have transformed our lives!

View our “library love stories” (PDF)

Facebook Privacy – TechTuts from CSL

Many of us are now on Facebook, and use it for a variety of purposes. Some in the library world use Facebook primarily for professional purposes, to build relationships with colleagues or as a way to promote ourselves professionally. Many others use Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends. I’m in this latter group, though I do have many colleagues as Facebook friends as well. My life isn’t particularly scandalous but I still appreciate having boundaries between the personal and professional. Facebook privacy settings help me set and maintain these boundaries.

This basic tutorial shows those unfamiliar with Facebook privacy and other settings how to control the content seen by different friends on your Facebook pages.

Continue reading ‘Facebook Privacy – TechTuts from CSL’

Youth institutions library staff furloughed for a day

Gwen Henderson Book Repair WorkshopLibrary staff from youth correctional and mental health institute facilities recently participated in a Youth Staff Training Day, sponsored by the Institutional Library Development unit of the Colorado State Library and held at the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock.  CSL youth institutions consultant and event organizer Teresa Allen stated, “These library staff work exceptionally hard every day in a stressful environment, isolated from others who do what they do.  The opportunity for them to get together to receive training tailored to their needs is invaluable.” Participants had lively discussions and took advantage of several special workshops.  To make their well-read books last longer, Gwen Henderson (PPLD) shared her favorite book repair techniques.  And Jill Jarrell, formerly of PPLD, shared 60 great reads to encourage literacy among young adult boys.  Finally, attendees were inspired by Mark Hoog’s Conscious Leadership presentation to encourage their incarcerated and institutionalized students to develop and pursue their unique gifts and talents.  As one attendee stated, “I was blown sideways!” 


Track your meds – online

Posted on behalf of Dana Abbey.

Did you know that adults in the U.S. average 11.5 prescriptions per year, and persons over 60 average 15.6? Pillboxbeta, provides an easy way to visually identify an unknown tablet or capsule medication based on imprint, shape or color.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is developing two free online tools to assist in identifying and tracking prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Continue reading ‘Track your meds – online’

Library Mashups: Exploring new ways to deliver library data

This past Tuesday and Wednesday 31 people gathered during lunch to hear Nicole Engard the editor of “Library Mashups”, explain what mashups are, how they can be used, shared examples from libraries and how to create a mashup using Yahoo Pipes.  If you missed either lunch time webinar the archives are available on the CLiC website under Continuing Education, Webinar Archives.

November Workshop Opportunities – “Standards Galore!”

November is just around the corner and there are two “Standards Galore!” workshops you don’t want to miss:

  • *Monument, COTuesday, November 10th
    (please attend this one if you can’t make it to the Colo. Springs workshop on Friday, December 11th)
  • *Brush, COThursday, November 12th


Continue reading ‘November Workshop Opportunities – “Standards Galore!”’

Register Now for 2010 Summer Reading

READ Pin for 2010 Summer Reading ProgramREGISTER NOW for the 2010 Statewide Summer Reading Programs! The themes are Make a Splash @ Your Library (children) and Make Waves @ Your Library (teens).

Registration entitles you to the following free materials:

  • *A program manual which contains children’s and teen activities, as well as a disc with graphics for both programs;
  • * A basic kit of children’s incentive materials which includes posters, bookmarks, certificates, and stickers (will be sent in spring 2010); and
  • * A basic kit of teen incentive materials which includes posters, bookmarks, reading records, and temporary tattoos (the teen basic kits are available to the first 100 registrants only, and will be sent in spring 2010).


  1. Public libraries must register by library jurisdiction and not by individual branches. Please appoint one person to register for all branches in your jurisdiction, and request sufficient materials for all.
  2. Please ensure that you have completed your reports for the 2009 summer reading program and for the 2009 mini-grants (if you received one). Libraries that have not completed these reports will not be eligible for 2010 materials.