Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Managing Difficult Patrons with Confidence: A Blended Learning Opportunity

Last fall, the Colorado State Library and CLiC started a program called I’m an Online Learner.  This program allows library staff in Colorado to take online courses through WebJunction, including LE@D courses, at a 75% discount – only $10 each!

We’re now offering a free blended learning opportunity to add value to the I’m an Online Learner program. I’ll be working with Eileen McCluskey from High Plains Library District to offer two facilitated online discussions for library staff taking the WebJunction LE@D course “Managing Difficult Patrons with Confidence.”  Staff who register for the WebJunction course will participate in the first online discussion on May 11, 2010. They’ll then have two weeks to complete the online course, and we’ll have a second online discussion May 25, 2010.

This free facilitated discussion allows for more learner interaction (and thus learning!) than the asynchronous course provides alone, since participants will be able to share procedures, policies, approaches and experiences with their Colorado library colleagues.  If you’re interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to participate in I’m an Online Learner with the free online facilitated discussions, please see details below.

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Plinkit: Library Web Sites Made Easy

Colorado Supreme Court Law Library I am thrilled to announce the launch of two new Plinkit libraries. Please offer a warm welcome to the Salida Regional Library and the Colorado Supreme Court Law Library!

Over 20 public libraries in Colorado are using Plinkit to provide 24/7 online access to their library catalog, as well as to other online resources, a calendar of events, information about their services and much more. Plinkit is also being used by special and school libraries.

Learn more about what Plinkit can do for your library, sign up, or contact us for more information.

Delta inmates hear the Call of the Wild and get the Blues

Even inmates got involved this month in Delta County Libraries’ The Big Read. Inmates read and discussed Jack London’s Call of the Wild, facilitated by Delta Correctional Center librarian Robert Pride.  The finale to DCC’s Big Read was a performance by Blues musician and occasional mountain man Harry Harpoon, in town to perform at the Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum.  More than 50 inmates filled the library to be entertained by Harry’s steel guitar, harmonica-infused Blues and captivated by his stories of life on the road.  Harry Harpoon performs at Mountain Man rendezvous and Blues festivals around the West.

Add A “Save Libraries” Twibbon to your Social Network Pics

We encourage Colorado library staff and friends valerie with twibbonto add a “Save Libraries” Twibbon to social networking sites.  It’s easy and quick.  Log on to Facebook, then go to:  Follow the handful of instructions on the page.

Here’s the link for Twitter:

We can practice advocacy for libraries every day in small ways, please join us in this effort to keep libraries out front and center!

Valerie Horton and Susan Burton win

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ellen Fockler, Chair
Mountain Plains Library Association Awards Committee
Washoe County School District, Reno, NV
(775) 682-5550

Date: April 20, 2010

Valerie Horton and Susan Burton win
Mountain Plains Library Association
Unsung Hero Award

Valerie Horton, Executive Director of the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) and Susan Burton, Executive Director of the Kansas City Metropolitan Library & Information Network (KCMLIN), are the winners of the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) 2010 Unsung Hero Award. The award is given for their development of COKAMO a low cost Interlibrary Loan and physical delivery service between Colorado, Missouri, and some libraries in Kansas and Wyoming. Continue reading ‘Valerie Horton and Susan Burton win’

Learn More about Library Technology and/or Video Creation

Hotel registration for the CALC Summit 2010 – Collaborate Like You Mean it – has been extended until April 23.  Register for only $99 tax-free, hotel prices increase significantly April 24th

Did you know that the CALC Summit 2010 pre-conference workshops. . .
– Are relevant to library staff from any type of library?
– Are open to people who don’t plan to attend the 2010 Summit?
– Only cost $40 each?
The workshops will be held May 19 at Red Rocks Community College. Interested? Read on for session descriptions and registration information!

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Apply for the CAL Leadership Institute

  • Want an opportunity to hone your leadership skills?
  • Have an interest in meeting other people in Colorado libraries?
  • Seeking a new challenge?

Consider applying for the 2010-2011 CAL Leadership Institute!

Who:  Any CAL member

What:  In person and online exploration of leadership including self discovery, leadership skill development, and networking.  Year- long institute provides a variety of activities and content.

When:  Start as a pre-conference to CAL in October 2010 and to through October 2011 (see calendar at CAL website)

Where: In person quarterly for 1 1/2 day or 2 days and online activities in the other months.

How:  Apply by May 31, 2010 – See (bottom of page) for details and the application.

Topics include personal strengths, leadership skills, faciliation, project management, communication, advocacy, change management, ethics, and wild card (topics decided by the participants).

Library Courier Driver Saves Four Lives!

From the Grand Junction’s Daily Sentinel, April 15, 2010. 

Excerpt: “Redlands resident Ken Goss just shrugs, not terribly impressed by decisions he made on the Colorado River that put him briefly in a hospital and might have saved a family of four outside Moab.  “I had to,” Goss replied, when asked why he chose to jump in the icy river to help a father, mother and two young children, ages 11 months and 3 years, who had flipped their raft Friday afternoon near Utah Highway 128, roughly 15 minutes east of Moab. “There was just no way I was going to be able to throw anything at them that far out,” Goss said. Goss, 38, a former firefighter in his native Pennsylvania and now a driver for Sentinel Express, a delivery service provided by The Daily Sentinel, was headed west around 2 p.m. with family on a day trip when he said he caught a glimpse from the roadway of an overturned raft.”

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Learning From a Pro

Last night I witnessed an impressive piece of fundraising. It happened at the American Mountaineering Museum’s Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala, which was almost single-handedly organized and run by my colleague and museum operations manager, Sarah Wood.

The event was well-attended (about 200 people), and included names such as American mountaineer Ed Viesturs and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. At the beginning of the event, Sarah welcomed everyone and engaged in other niceties with the audience. She recapped the museum’s first two years of operations.  Continue reading ‘Learning From a Pro’

Help us test out social networking

A group in Colorado is testing our social networking – can we make Facebook trends go viral?  If you’re on Facebook, please help us by joining the following trends:

TIME TO BE CREATIVE: What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of the word: LIBRARY? Change your status to whatever word you thought of.

Join this group:
I’ll Bet I Can Find 1,000,000 People Who Think Libraries Are Important!/group.php?gid=110609512299912

 Thanks, Valerie