Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Libraries are Screwed!

“Libraries are screwed”, says Eli Neiburger Associate Director IT and Production at the Ann Arbor Library District. Luckily, he has a lot more to say about the future of libraries in his presentation at Library Journal’s E-book Summit. A very concise and thorough paragraph (from Librarian In Black) explaining his views can be found here. Trot off to read that and then come back and post your thoughts. Will libraries morph, or go the way of the dinosaurs?

Youth Services Workshops – Register Now!

Registration for the 2010 Youth Services Workshops is now open. Public librarians, school librarians, and those interested in youth services programming are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Register now! (Please register at least 1 week in advance.)

Download flyer (PDF)


  • 2011 statewide summer reading programs, presented by Kathy Barco: “One World, Many Stories” (children) and “You Are Here” (teen) OneWorldManyStories
  • Lunch and  networking 
  • Table talks: issues and discussions
  • Update on State Library youth services initiatives
  • Summer Reading manuals and Highsmith catalogs Continue reading ‘Youth Services Workshops – Register Now!’

Audio files for the Colorado Blue Book

Each election cycle CTBL records the Blue Book published by the Colorado Legislative Council. We have posted the 2010 MP3 files on our website as a resource to our patrons and any other Colorado resident who may be interested in listening. The files can be found at:

Shining a Light on E-rate!

Are you feeling sluggish? Slow connectivity got you down? Never fear! There are some exciting changes happening to the E-rate Program.

Register  for the CAL Shining a Light on E-rate preconference session on Thursday October 7th from 9 am-noon, and learn how your library can apply for e-rate funds to increase your connectivity, how to navigate the application process, how to prepare technology plans, and more! Continue reading ‘Shining a Light on E-rate!’

2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey Launched

Each year, the American Library Association and the Center for Library & Information Innovation, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, surveys a national sample of public libraries regarding their Internet connectivity and computing access resources. The 2010-2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study survey (PLFTAS) is now open and survey announcement postcards should be arriving at libraries this week.

The survey portal is – respondents can find FAQs and other support, and then head to “start survey.”  That is also where you will find the 4 issue briefs (Broadband, Community Access, E-government, and Employment), as well as state summaries for Employment and E-government. The survey closes November 5, 2010.

Why participate in this survey? Continue reading ‘2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey Launched’

Podcasts for Consumer Health

Are you always on the go? Now your health information can go with you – anywhere, anytime. On average, we spend over 100 hours a year commuting to and from work. Add to that time spent waiting in line, airport delays, and inclement weather and the hours of your day dwindle. Don’t fret! These time vacuums provide a great opportunity to learn about health topics by listening to a podcast.

Podcasting is a method of accessing audio programs over the Internet. They can be played on your computer, or downloaded to a portable device such as an MP3 player or iPhone. There are numerous quality podcasting sites for health information: from medical topics, to fitness, to nutrition. Podcast are a great way to conveniently catch up on current health news, get motivated in your exercise program, or learn a new recipe. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has a news series titled Healthcare 411. This weekly podcast – in English and Spanish – focuses on evidence-based information, and features consumer-friendly health news.

Duke University Medical Center Library has compiled consumer/patient health information related podcasts – including National Public Radio’s NPR: Your Health Podcast.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute offers podcasts on heart disease, insomnia, obesity, high blood pressure, and more!

The National Institutes of Health sponsors NIH Radio, a 24-hour audio news service broadcasting the latest in health research and news in English and Spanish.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS HealthBeat podcasts provides health promotion and disease prevention tips five days a week.

The United States Department of Agriculture offers one minute MyPyramid audio podcasts to help you make better food choices throughout the day.

Visit ( for other health podcasts from the U.S. Government.

Dana Abbey, MLS

Colorado State Library Wins 4 Awards from CAL

The Colorado Association of Libraries awarded the Colorado State Library the Library Community Partnership Award, Jean Maio Award for Excellence in Adult Literacy, and the Library Advocate Award. Projects include the first remotely-hosted integrated library catalog and circulation software in a U.S. prison system, StoryBlocks, and Nicolle Steffen, director of the Library Research Service, was also awarded the Colorado Association of Libraries President’s Award.

Congratulations to Nicolle, Diana, Patricia, and others who were involved in these excellent projects!

View full press release (PDF)

Super Summit

Lunch & Learn Super Summit: Public Library Directors (free!)

Now’s your chance to witness six public library directors answer surprise questions on-the-fly. Sit back, enjoy your lunch and watch the spectacle unfold…

Lunch & Learn Super Summit: Public Library Directors

Friday, September 24 at Noon

Philip S. Miller Library

100 S. Wilcox

Castle Rock, CO 80104

Featuring: Shirley Amore (Denver Public Library), Kari Baumann (Elbert County Library District), Jamie LaRue (Douglas County Libraries), Eloise May (Arapahoe Library District), Bob Pasicznyuk (Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA), and Marcellus Turner (Jefferson County Public Library).

Presented by the Douglas County Libraries New Professionals Committee. The Committee will select the surprise questions.

The panel will have five minutes to consider the questions, and 45 minutes to discuss.

Free. Please bring your own lunch.

RSVP requested:

Bring along your friends! Promote the event! A flier is available for download at

AskColorado Celebrates Seven Years, Nears 300,000 Questions

This Thursday AskColorado is celebrating its seventh anniversary. Since Sept. 2, 2003, AskColorado, your statewide cooperative virtual reference service, has quietly and efficiently answered nearly 300,000 questions from students, parents, business owners, military personnel, and other residents of Colorado. Thank you to all Colorado librarians, who, over the years, have helped us to make AskColorado the high quality, personalized service that it is today. Continue reading ‘AskColorado Celebrates Seven Years, Nears 300,000 Questions’