Monthly Archive for October, 2010

Did you miss it?

Not only was there jivin’ and groovin’ happening at this past Rural & Small Library Conference, there were tons of great workshops too. If you missed the fun, you can access some of the handouts and presentations not only from this year’s conference but years past as well.

Not a User of the Colorado Virtual Library? You Will Be!

Or at least we hope you’ll give it a shot, once the dust settles.

When the Colorado Virtual Library (CVL) was launched over a decade ago, it was a new and exciting resource, unlike anything available in the Colorado library community at that time. But times have changed, and we regret to confess, the CVL hasn’t. The way that we use the internet and the kinds of tools available to us are changing at a breakneck pace, and the rate of change is only accelerating. It’s with all of this in mind that we’re approaching a complete redesign of the CVL.

Our Approach

While technical decisions are still in the works, we know we’ll be building an ever-changing collection of content modules (more on that in a minute!) around a central core of heavily-used library services such as AskColorado’s awesome 24/7 reference service, SWIFT interlibrary loan (soon with more patron-initiated functionality!), and access to valuable digital collections. Those content modules will be developed on an as-needed basis, allowing us to be more responsive to your needs and those of your patrons. Continue reading ‘Not a User of the Colorado Virtual Library? You Will Be!’

Did You Know? – JeffCo!

I saw a notice recently about a library awareness campaign running from the Jefferson County Public Library. This is interesting advocacy strategy and one more way to help drive traffic to the library’s site. After a period of several weeks, the library will post a survey testing the knowledge its visitors, with an opportunity to win gift cards worth $70. You’ll find more detail, plus learn some things about the library at the DYK page.

OITP Seeks Nominations for Best Library Practices Using Cutting-Edge Technology

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is once again soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

Last year, OITP’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee launched the “cutting-edge” contest to showcase libraries that serve their communities with novel and innovative methods and to provide the library community with some successful models for delivering quality library services in new ways.

Christine Lind Hage, chair of the subcommittee, said the wide response to the 2009 call was so inspiring, the subcommittee knew another contest was in order. Last year, three libraries were cited for their outstanding work.

“These winners showed that libraries of all sizes can do innovative projects that are worthy of replication across library types,” Hage said.

“With all the creative technological work being done in libraries, I’m sure that this year we’ll see some exciting apps, projects or services that we’ll want to showcase.”

Nominations should be sent to the American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 1st Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 or to ainouye@alawash.org by November 1, 2010.  Details for the nomination process are available on the OITP website.

Libraries mean Business!

Short Article in Wall Street Journal on Oct 17th
Libraries Offer Free Resources
By Jonnelle Marte

Exerpt: “Looking for free financial resources? Go to the library.

Many libraries offer free access to financial websites that require paid subscriptions. Others provide free financial-literacy programs.

One site is Morningstar.com, where library patrons can access analysts’ research on stocks and mutual funds and other portfolio tools. The accounts at the libraries are similar to Morningstar’s Premium memberships, which cost $179 annually, but don’t include the ability to save a personal portfolio or sign up for alerts.”

CALCON- an lluminating Success!

Hi praise for the Colorado Association of Libraries 2010 Conference. Aside from tons of inspiring workshops, keynote speakers, and author visits this year CAL was just plain fun! Wish I could show you  pics of the hootin’ and hollerin’ that took place at Battle Decks Friday night, but we were having too much fun to even think about snapping shots. We did manage to grab some conference photos for your enjoyment, though. Mark your calendar for the next CAL Conference (Oct. 13-15th 2011) at the same gorgeous hotel – Embassy Suites in Loveland. Kudos to the conference planning committee. You rock!

2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey Now Open

Letters have been sent to public school libraries throughout the state announcing the opening of the 2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey. It can be accessed at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. The data gathered in the annual school library survey provides library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting. Login information is included in the letter, but if you haven’t received your letter and would like to get started, feel free to call LRS at 303-866-6900 to get your information.