Monthly Archive for June, 2010

Are Colorado property taxes high?

“The business-supported Tax Foundation lists Colorado 6th best for business among all 50 states in its 2010 Business Property Tax Index. (Factoring in all taxes, Colorado ranked 13th best in the Tax Foundation’s overall Business Tax Climate Index.)

Residential property taxes in Colorado are low. According to the Tax Foundation the property tax levied on the average Denver home is 0.53% of home value. In comparison Los Angeles is 0.50%, Cheyenne 0.65%, Miami 0.90%, Bergen County, New Jersey 1.63% and Dallas 2.12%.  Colorado homeowners enjoy low property tax rates.”

Source: Colorado Municipal League

Libraries report increased use of e-government, job resources; reduced operating hours

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report finds America’s public libraries posted gains in several key areas of technology deployment. Libraries nationwide report they’ve seen an increase in public use of online services, particularly to support job seeking and e-government transactions, and have made some gains in adding public computers and improving Internet connections available to patrons.  However, snowballing funding cuts at state and local levels are forcing thousands of libraries to literally lock away access to these resources as they reduce operating hours.”  Read more here

The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the ALA, can be found online at

CSL and CLiC Cooperative Initiatives

CLiC and the Colorado State Library wish to announce that they are entering into several new cooperative initiatives to assure continuity of statewide services.

While sparked by BCR’s closure coming later this year and the transition to LYRASIS, these cooperative initiatives also arose as opportunity.  CLiC and the State Library, two key library service organizations, see this as a time to become more coordinated and interconnected, ultimately to provide even better services to Colorado libraries.

In practice, CLiC will replace BCR’s previous role by assisting the State Library in two ways: one, by providing limited fiscal and human resources functions; and two, providing new physical space for servers running Plinkit, AskColorado, SWIFT, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, and other Colorado Virtual Library services.  CLiC’s role will be to provide organizational support for these excellent services, which will continue to be managed and operated by State Library personnel.

Leaders within both organizations agree: the more we work together to support each other’s services, the better we can serve Colorado libraries and library patrons throughout the state.

Eugene Hainer                                                              Valerie Horton
Colorado State Library – CDE                                  Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)

La Junta Makes a Big Splash!

The Woodruff Memorial Library in La Junta is making a big splash this year with hundreds of children signed up and attending the Summer Reading Program. Each year the staff decorates the the library in fantastic style. This year boasts a real live boat, fabric galore, tinted windows, stuffed animals everywhere, and a Tiki house to pick up prizes. And boy do they have the prizes – a Sony Reader, a jar full of coins, pool passes, and so much more. Kids are certainly reading tons of books, which is exactly what the staff had in mind. Congratulations on a terrific program, Woodruff!

NASA Space Science Workshop

On behalf of Keliann LaConte, Education Department, Lunar and Planetary Institute:

Connect children and youth with your library’s space science resources! Join us for a FREE NASA-supported workshop designed to help you bring space science to your programs through hands-on activities.

Harmony Library
4616 South Shields
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
September 2-3, 2010

“Explore! Hero Moon” will acquaint you NASA’s investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon. Discover our scientific, cultural, and personal understanding of Earth’s nearest natural neighbor. Scientists and educators from the NASA Lunar Science Institute and the Lunar and Planetary Institute will share space science information, resources, hands-on activities, and demonstrations developed specifically for you to infuse into your programs with children and youth ages 8 to 13 and their families.

The workshop is FREE. A $150 stipend is available for 30 participants. A stipend request form will be emailed to participants on a first-come-first-accepted basis.

Space is limited! Register by July 16, 2010.

View flyer (PDF)

“Make a Splash” Summer Reading Fun

We couldn’t resist posting these fun photos from Kathy Barco at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System. Like most public libraries in Colorado, they are doing the “Make a Splash” summer reading program theme.

Jellyfish & Fish Big Jellyfish
Kathy says these jellyfish “are making a big hit with staff and customers!” Continue reading ‘“Make a Splash” Summer Reading Fun’

VuFind at Marmot

CJ O'Hara, Keith Dedman, Mark Noble

After 3 guys worked on it part time for 3 months, the Western Slope Libraries Catalog is now live. We started with open source VuFind, developed at Villanova U and first implemented in Colorado by CSU.

This month the team is fine-tuning relevance ranking, correcting links to electronic books, evaluating new catalog enrichment options, and developing an admin console to support a variety of  configuration options for our multi-type consortium.

This summer Marmot will work with members to brand, configure, and launch library-specific flavors of the catalog. Academics and schools should all be ready in time for fall term; publics will launch throughout the summer.

We’re certainly taking advantage of the openness of open source to do cool things for library users that no sane vendor would want to do in a commercial product. Give us a call at 970-242-3331 to hear more about it.

CSL Announces Online Town Hall Meetings

FY10-11 LSTA Grant Project Discussion
(RSVP to Melissa Carlson by Friday, June 17th)

  • Monday, June 21st at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
  • Wednesday, June 23rd at 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Bring your questions regarding potential projects addressing this year’s LSTA 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.”

The session will begin with a 10 minute overview of this year’s LSTA grant application and timeline. After answering your questions we will open up the session to discuss your project ideas. We can address your technology concerns; tell you if your project fits this year’s goal; help determine if your project is feasible; and much more! Come prepared for a lively discussion! Continue reading ‘CSL Announces Online Town Hall Meetings’

Businesses promote library

Hats off to local artist, Mary Jean Fowler, who created a paper Mache frog, which is now  displayed in the local grocery store (Charlies) in La Veta, CO . The frog encourages folks  to visit the public library. What a wonderful display of cooperation and collaboration between local business people and the library. Thanks go to Library Director, Sandy Hackbarth, for submitting this photo and other photos of figures throughout the town.

Summertime Fun!

Visited some libraries yesterday. Discovered what they are up to – Making a Splash! If you have photos you’d like to share – email them to . We’ll put them up on the Colorado Libraries Blog Flickr site. We wanna see your pics!