Monthly Archive for December, 2009

New 60-Second Survey: e-readers

Recently, news outlets and blogs have been busy deriding and celebrating the recent ascension of e-readers. The growing popularity of this new format has come with murmurs about the death of paper books and some even surmise that as technology advances libraries will cease to exist!

Taking notice of the chatter, Library Research Service (LRS) has decided to survey librarians on the matter. This new 60-Second Survey asks your opinions on e-readers and how you think they will transform reading. Will e-readers be the demise of the paper book? What will libraries circulate? What is the future of the book? You tell us.

Click here to take the 60-Second Survey

Rochelle Logan, CAL President 2010: December News

We all have moments in our life when we take time to reflect and be grateful. For me those times were on my 30th birthday, 40th birthday – OK you get the idea. As I received the gavel last month and became CAL President, it seemed like a good time to reflect on how I got here and what I want to accomplish in the next year. As you might expect, I had worked on many CAL committees and on the Board, always getting involved in something with the Association since I was a library school student. I enjoy association work because it stretches me in ways I wouldn’t always get in my regular job. I find it interesting to work with colleagues from other types of libraries whether we are discussing intellectual freedom, legislative issues or literacy. Our association provides many opportunities for this type of interaction. Continue reading ‘Rochelle Logan, CAL President 2010: December News’

CAL Marketing Committee News (December 09)

By Cortni O’Brien, Marketing Committee Member, Eagle Valley Library District

The CAL Marketing Committee met on December 2 at the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock. We were pleased to be joined by our new CAL President, Rochelle Logan. Throughout the next year, the Marketing Committee will work closely with Logan and 2010 Conference Chair Stephen Sweeney to help market and brand the CAL Conference. The December 2 meeting was the first planning session for this effort.

The Marketing Committee presented two sessions at the 2009 CAL Conference. Both “Building a Brand” (pre-conference session) and “Socializing Your Library: Tweets, Blogs & More” (conference workshop) were well attended, and we look forward to participant feedback. Continue reading ‘CAL Marketing Committee News (December 09)’

AASL Conference Sets Record-Breaking Attendance

From JoAnn Perry, CAL’s AASL Representative

A record breaking 3,950 school librarians, educators, exhibitors, and guests attended the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 14th National Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina Nov. 5 – 8, to discuss key issues that impact our nation’s school libraries.

Dedicated solely to the needs of school library media specialists, the AASL National Conference is the largest gathering of school librarians in the nation. “The conference has given thousands of school librarians the opportunity to share strategies and best practices in the teaching and learning process,” said AASL president Cassandra Barnett. “Charlotte has provided us with a national platform to discuss the needs of our increasingly tech-savvy students and the future of the 21st century learner.” Continue reading ‘AASL Conference Sets Record-Breaking Attendance’

E-rate Training Announcement

(Posted on behalf of DeLilah Collins–E-rate Coordinator–Colorado Department of Education)

The Colorado Department of Education will hold a one day beginner E-rate training session on December 14, 2009 from 9am to 4pm.  The training session will cover the basics of E-rate from the history of E-rate to completing forms.  This training is open to anyone new to E-rate. Continue reading ‘E-rate Training Announcement’

AspenCat is Up and Running – Libraries Unite!


The ASCC Consortium’s new integrated library system, Koha hosted by Liblime debuted last week. The new AspenCat catalog currently includes records from the seven pilot libraries.
Send out a big congratulations to:
Akron Public Library
Dolores Public Library
Manitou Springs Public Library
Nederland Community Library
Ouray Public Library
Wellington Public Library
West End Schools: Nucla and Naturita
They all worked extremely hard over the last several months and their diligence shows!
AspenCat includes over 100,000 items that are readily available to any patron in the participating communities. AspenCat will be growing to nearly 700,000 records from 22 more libraries by September 2010.
AspenCat can be viewed at

Plinkit wins Project of the Year

As they say, “Woot!”

The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) recently honored the Colorado State Library’s Plinkit service with its “2009 Library Project of the Year Award” at the association’s annual conference in November.

This award recognizes a creative and innovative project which furthers library service within the state of Colorado. Continue reading ‘Plinkit wins Project of the Year’

WebJunction’s Online Help Desk

I recently posted about WebJunction’s TechAtlas, a great technology planning tool for libraries, but did you know that inside TechAtlas is a tool that allows libraries to create an online help desk to stay on top of computer problems within the library? Check out the archived webinar  about Event Tracker at WebJunction!

Marketing Campaign Update

The State Library led Colorado campaign for libraries has been selected! No longer will we need to say “Butterfly Project.”  The advisory committee met with the marketing firm yesterday and selected the campaign platform “Beyond Words.”

The brand promise: Colorado Libraries are places of active adventure—where you can engage in new ideas, new experiences and new frontiers.

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.

For background information on this campaign, please see:

Stay tuned for the development of the campaign…