Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Seeking Input: Prisoners’ Right to Read Statement

Correctional librarians work in a unique environment where, similar to school and some special libraries, “appropriate content” is mandated by a non-library parent agency.   Most guiding professional documents are outdated, insufficient, or not applicable.

To fill that gap, Diane Walden, member of the Institutional Library Development team at Colorado State Library, and Ray James, Research Specialist (Texas) have crafted “Prisoners’ Right to Read: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.”

“Prisoners’ Right to Read” will provide correctional librarians with an intellectual freedom values statement tailored to their unique work environment and guidelines for aligning program outcomes and goals with those values.

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Plinkit: Library Websites Made Easy

Horizon Middle School LogoI am thrilled to announce that the Horizon Middle School  in Colorado Springs is Colorado’s first public school Plinkit site as part of our Plinkit Expansion Pilot Project (PEP)! The Colorado State Library is currently investigating the need for website creation and hosting services for public school libraries in Colorado.

Like its public library counterparts, Horizon Middle School is now able to offer its students improved access to the online catalog and library account information, library databases and homework resources, and much more! Continue reading ‘Plinkit: Library Websites Made Easy’

2010-2011 Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries

The Colorado State Library has announced competitive grants for fiscal year 2010-2011 through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program, designed to distribute federal funds to eligible school, public, academic or special libraries. Total amount awarded during this funding period will be approximately $300,000.

For the purpose of this grant, libraries must meet the following LSTA 5-year plan combined goal:
“Colorado libraries will provide services to support educational achievement and lifelong learning of Colorado residents, people with disabilities, ethnic populations, institutional residents, and those underserved by libraries.”

For more information, visit the State Library’s LSTA page.

Books fixed, librarians happy

Librarians arrived in droves with their sadly mangled books tucked under their arms or stashed in book bags. Their mission – get those books back on the shelves! Kary Barth from Kapco Inc. conducted a three hour book repair workshop sponsored by CLiC and hosted by the Pueblo City-County Library District. Librarians left with grins and newly repaired books.

CALC Summit 2010 Registration Closes May 14th

THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR CALC SUMMIT 2010: “Collaborate Like You Mean It!” is May 14thRegister Here.  

A draft of the CALC Summit 2010 conference program is now available online, including program and poster descriptions Here.

We still have room in our two preconferences on 1) creating digital videos for you library and 2) technology for non-techies.  The preconferences are open to all types of library staff.  Register Here.

AspenCat Adds Seven More Libraries to Union Catalog

The ASCC Consortium wishes to announce we have successfully loaded another 7 libraries into AspenCat.  The AspenCat union catalog now has 220,000 items.  In March, the 8 pilot libraries borrowed 454 items from each other making for very happy patrons (see comments below).  To search the Koha-based system, go to:

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Libraries as job centers

A radio spot that aired today on Colorado Matters, a program broadcast through Colorado Public Radio, is worth a listen. This feature highlights examples from throughout public libraries. Visit Libraries as Job Centers, but don’t stop with the synopsis, which doesn’t do the radio feature justice. After the feature, you’ll hear a great joint interview with Mary Stansbury (DU) and Megan Kinney (DPL).

Seriously, give it a listen.

News from the ALA Elections

Following the ALA elections? All ALA division and roundtable results are now available as a PDF at