Monthly Archive for July, 2010

It’s not very often that you can travel to Westcliffe, one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado, and meet in such a fantastic library with such an amazing group of library folks. The SEADs (SouthEast Area Directors) group meets quarterly and shares best practices and finds solutions to problems that face all library directors. Marty Frick, the director of the West Custer County Library District, led us through her art-filled library that was humming with locals. Folks in the photo from left to right include Kathy Knox, Nan Davenport, Sandy Hackbarth, Jane Besel, Jon Walker, Sue Keefer, Jeff Donlan, Judy Van Acker, Gene Hainer, Monica Birrer, Sandy Messick, Gypsy Kelso, Marty Frick and Sheila Henry.

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StoryBlocks: A New Tool To Build Early Literacy Skills

The Colorado State Library announces the launch of  www.storyblocks.org, StoryBlocks image
an online video collection featuring  one-minute songs and rhymes for babies, toddlers and preschool children in both English and Spanish. Filmed in partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS, librarians throughout Colorado share successful activities as well as literacy tips. Parents, child care providers and others will discover ways to engage very young children in fun and playful interactions that also build healthy brain development.

StoryBlocks.org is a project of the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), an advisory group to the State Library. CLEL received a federal grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create the videos and Web site. The goal is to build awareness and to encourage parents and others to engage with children from birth on early language and pre-literacy skills. The methods used in the videos are based on brain and child development research that show the impact that songs, rhymes and stories have on very young children. Continue reading ‘StoryBlocks: A New Tool To Build Early Literacy Skills’

LSSC Accepting Applications for Course Subsidies

“For release: July 29, 2010

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is accepting applications for 55 subsidies of $200 from LSSC Candidates to enroll in and complete LSSC-approved courses. Candidates who receive a subsidy award will receive a $200 reimbursement after they pay for, and complete, an LSSC-approved course.

Continue reading ‘LSSC Accepting Applications for Course Subsidies’

Splashes at the Canon City Public Library

Kids and adults as well had a splashing good time at the Canon City Public Library this past Saturday. The library is conducting  phenomenal programs for this year’s 2010 Summer Reading Program. An added bonus this year is that the Canon City Farmers Market is located right in front of the library. The really good news is that are lots of folks walking past the library and discovering a hidden treasure.

ALA adopts Prisoners’ Right to Read

On June 29th, the American Library Association adopted the Prisoners’ Right to Read: an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. This important action by the association asserts basic information access rights to all incarcerated individuals. Diane Walden, senior consultant in the Institutional Library Development unit of the Colorado State Library, was the primary drafter of this exceptional document. A year-and-a-half in the making, she guided the document through its many drafts and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee’s approval process. Diane crafted a powerful document that will support those working in libraries serving the incarcerated for years to come.

Erica MacCreaigh, also a senior consultant in the Institutional Library Development unit, states, “I think The Prisoner’s Right to Read will prove itself the single most powerful document in the English language for correctional librarians. It carries a weight of authority not found in other writings about correctional libraries. As such, it should prove a substantial asset to anyone striving to uphold the fundamental principles of librarianship in an environment designed to oppose them.”

Help Prevent Summer Loss

The work you do to support your readers with the Summer Reading program is a great outreach to the community. But did you know that it also makes a difference in students’ reading abilities and ultimately—test scores?

What is summer loss?
The idea of students slipping in their reading abilities is called “summer loss.” The concept is based, in part, on the research of James Sangil Kim, Ed.D., assistant professor of education at Harvard University. Dr. Kim’s research suggests that while many students’ reading skills diminish over the summer months away from school, students who read a minimum of eight high-interest books at their Lexile level over the summer can achieve similar gains in reading growth as students who attend summer school.

How your actions help
Durham Public Schools in North Carolina have implemented a Lexile program based on Dr. Kim’s research with success. Watch a 4-minute video about how the program boosted their summer reading success. And here’s how the Durham County Library implemented the Lexile-based program with reading lists that could easily be replicated through WorldCat.org lists (rather than having to build a specific page on your Web site.) Continue reading ‘Help Prevent Summer Loss’

Free Library Subscriptions to “care ADvantage” (Alzheimer’s disease) magazine

On behalf of Melissa Austen, National Events Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering free library subscriptions to care ADvantage, a quarterly publication for caregivers and individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses.

Each issue of care ADvantage presents articles written by top experts in their respective fields, offering valuable information and insight into a wide range of timely topics from the medical and practical to the emotional and inspirational.

Over 200 public libraries nationwide have subscribed thus far, and we would love to extend an invitation to you to join them in providing this magazine so patrons who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses can have greater access to the information and support that is available to them. We would also greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word to other libraries across the nation, if possible.

Every library in your system can each receive one free issue per quarter, with no end date to their subscription. Please call 866-AFA-8484, Ext. 111 or email Melissa Austen to subscribe or to request a sample copy of the magazine.

NoveList meets VuFind at Marmot

We’ve done a nice job integrating NoveList content with the new “VuFind at Marmot” OPAC. Take a look at Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
“Similar Titles” in the upper right is NoveList content in the OPAC, right where readers can use it, instead of parked off on the side in some database of titles that may or may not be in this library catalog.
“Also in this series” shows this title’s position in a series. Most importantly, this is a proper series list from the NoveList database rather than an attempt by OPAC software to make the best of series data which is typically dicey in even the best bibliographic records.
“Similar authors”, under jacket art on the upper left, is more NoveList content.
These NoveList features are now available to open source developers like us as the “NoveList Select” add-on product. We’re still working on the print function, so a page like this will print nice instead of goofy. Watch for that improvement in a couple weeks.

Nance Nassar, Hero for School Libraries, Retires

After nearly nine years as a dedicated leader for school libraries in Colorado, Nance Nassar is retiring.

Nance, in her roles at the Colorado State Library as School Library Senior Consultant, has contributed much to Colorado.

Some highlights:

Nance is as extraordinarily talented as she is humble so this list would be longer if she let me go on.  Suffice it to say, we are overwhelmingly grateful for the work and dedication Nance has made on behalf of the students in Colorado, as well as educators, administrators, and library staff.  She has been a vital part of the Colorado State Library staff and integral to activities in the Colorado Department of Education.  She will be missed by so many people in the education/library communities.  She will wrap up her time at CDE/State Library in August 2010.

In showing our gratitude for Nance, please take a moment to email her, thank her for something that made a difference to you, and wish her well.

Losing Libraries site

On behalf of Gene Hainer:

Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal Editor-in-Chief, has asked me to bring this site to your attention if you haven’t already seen it: www.LosingLibraries.org.

Reduced hours in Boulder and Lafayette, and the closures in Aurora are listed, as is the BHAG advocacy initiative.

The prominent “Report Cuts” button allows sending of newspaper stories and annotations…and to report successes. The site seems geared toward public libraries, but doesn’t appear to restrict inclusion of layoffs, reductions, or closures in other types.

I encourage you to keep the site updated as changes happen in your library. While no one wants to flaunt bad news, showing an accurate picture is important as Colorado braces for further budget battles locally, and at the state level.

Once the site is more fully populated, Library Journal will send out press releases to major media around the country.

Thank you for your help on this.