Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Are you visible or invisible?

I just finished reading Jamie LaRue’s article in the November 2010 issue of Library Journal.  Jamie discusses the reasoning behind why librarians need to be invisible as well as visible. Our funding and the future of libraries depends upon it. By the way, Jamie has his own blog – MYLIBLOG that is certainly worth checking out.

More from ARSL/ABOS Scholarship Winners

We couldn’t resist posting these rave reviews of the ARSL/ABOS conference from Nan Davenport, Wetmore Community Library:

“I came home from the ARLS-ABOS conference so motivated and excited and full of ideas from the many brilliant minds that I had the privilege to mingle with for three days!  Every class I went to was first rate.  The only complaint I had was that they were too short!  Shelly Drumm really opened my eyes to the huge impact technology has had and the vastly different way it is perceived by those who grew up with it and those of us who did not (I totally related to the monk being taught about the use of a book as opposed to the scroll!).  Pat Wagner’s and Vanessa Uribe’s presentations on dealing with people and providing excellent customer service made a real impact on me.  Excellent tools that can be used everywhere- home, work, and play!  Karol Sacca is an amazing presenter! I could have listened to her all day!  She must have been an absolutely remarkable teacher.  I can’t wait get my hands on some of the fascinating young adult books she shared with us!  I feel totally recharged and energized to touch my community more efficiently in the best job there is in the world – being a small town librarian!

Deadline for Completing the 2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey is November 30th

The deadline for completing the 2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey is November 30, 2010. Participation by all public schools in Colorado is vital! The results of the survey provide library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting.

For questions regarding the survey, or to obtain your username and password, feel free to call Library Research Service at 303-866-6900 or email

ARSL-ABOS Conference Scholarship Winners

In August, the Colorado State Library welcomed applications for $250 scholarships to attend “Magic in the Mile High City”: the joint Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) and Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) Conference in Denver, October 14-16. The scholarships were intended to cover the cost of registration for the 10 individuals chosen.

The winners were staff from the following libraries:

  • Conejos County Library District
  • Costilla County Public Library
  • Delta County Libraries
  • Lamar/Prowers County Bookmobile
  • La Veta Regional Library District
  • Park County Public Library
  • Pine River Public Library District
  • Red Feather Mountain Library District
  • Wetmore Community Library
  • Windsor-Severance Library District

One of the scholarship requirements was that each recipient write a brief blog about why their attendance at the ARSL-ABOS conference would significantly impact their library and community.  The blog entry might also contain information about a great session they attended, a meaningful networking opportunity, or anything else the attendee may have taken home with them.

Some blog excerpts:

“Attending the ARSL/ABOS joint conference in Denver for the first time afforded a number of experiences, but the primary impression was that of opportunity: the opportunity to meet a number of peers from far-flung geographies… and to find that their problems and successes were at times the same as ours and in other instances uniquely different. It was the opportunity to debate nuts-and-bolts issues such as handling tourist library usage in smaller, recreation-oriented rural towns. And, it provided the opportunity to listen to, and sometimes meet, fine speakers and leaders in the library world including Colorado’s own Pat Wagner and Jamie LaRue. ”  -Creed Kidd, Red Feather Lakes Community Library

“I learned there are many ways to do outreach in your library, from doing job resume assistance to having a pot-luck centered around a culture your community has not yet experienced! It all makes a difference to them and you.  People don’t always know how to ask for help or admit they need it. If you have a caring staff that is trained to reach out and meet that needs of the community you serve, you are rich in friends and your community will be changed for the better.  We are leaders even when we don’t realize it.  We serve because we love what we do.  The patrons aren’t the only ones who walk away with a smile when we help them meet their need(s). ”  -Sheri Eirhart, Lamar/Prowers County Bookmobile

Traveling Exhibit of Interest to Rural & Small Libraries

On behalf of Sonja Plummer-Morgan, Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, Presque Isle, Maine:

The ALA Public Programs Office is pleased to announce three new traveling exhibits focusing on Jewish artists who have contributed to the culture of America and the world through their lives and work. Public, academic and special libraries, including museum libraries and Jewish community centers are invited to apply by January 24.

The exhibits were developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture and ideas, and the ALA Public Programs Office, with funding from Nextbook.  The national exhibit tours have been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the David Berg Foundation and the Nash Family Foundation, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.

Libraries are invited to apply to host a traveling exhibition on one of three subjects: Continue reading ‘Traveling Exhibit of Interest to Rural & Small Libraries’

New 60-Second Survey: Privatization of Public Libraries

Recently, the New York Times published an article about the privatization of public libraries. This article described the trend in some communities to turn over the management of public libraries to private organizations. In response to this article, library staff engaged in spirited online discussions about whether libraries should be privatized.

Taking notice of these discussions, Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library has launched a new 60-Second Survey to get your opinions about privatization. Do you think privatization is a good option for libraries? How would it impact library collections, services, staff, and patrons? You tell us.

Please take the 60-Second Survey on the Privatization of Public Libraries, and pass this on to your colleagues—locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Colorado Teen Literature Conference

On behalf of Nikki Van Thiel, Teen Information Services Librarian, Columbine Library – Jefferson County Public Library:

The 23rd Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference (CTLC) will be held at the University of Colorado – Denver’s Auraria Campus on Saturday, April 2, 2010, with keynote speaker Pete Hautman (author of All-in, Godless, How to Steal a Car, Invisible, No Limit, Rash, the upcoming Blank Confession and others). This popular event is generously sponsored by Metropolitan State College of Denver, the University of Colorado-Denver, the Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS), Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Young Adult Advocates in Libraries (C’YAAL), REFORMA Colorado, and Fleetthought.

We are currently accepting proposals for program sessions at the conference. This is an excellent opportunity to try your hand as a presenter or moderator of a discussion panel.  Traditionally this forum has been a terrific event for networking and learning about best practices for working with our teen populations. Continue reading ‘Colorado Teen Literature Conference’

Flip Cameras, Upcoming Webinars, and More From TechSoup

This information on Flip Video cameras and upcoming webinars was taken from the November TechSoup for Libraries newsletter. To get the latest TechSoup news, visit their website and enter your email address under Subscribe to TechSoup. They also offer an RSS feed.

Flip Camera Donation Program
Public libraries are using lightweight, pocket-sized Flip Video cameras to collect community stories, record library events, and share knowledge. The camera’s one-button operation and a flip-out USB arm allows staff or volunteers with little technical experience to record, edit, and upload quality high-definition video to the web. The bundle includes two UltraHD 260 video cameras and one tripod for an admin fee of $175.
Want some great examples of how to use Flip cameras in your library? Continue reading ‘Flip Cameras, Upcoming Webinars, and More From TechSoup’

We Need Your Patron-Centered Tech Training Materials!

Hello Colorado Libraryland!

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Next Generation Colorado Virtual Library will be in part a showcase and a repository of some of the amazing stuff you’re doing across Colorado. In order to highlight your greatness, we need to find out about and grab whatever it is you’re creating out there in libraryland. To that end, we’ll be asking you to send us your content periodically, so that we can tweak it, web-ify it, and present it to the world. The first module we’re tackling is technology training, and we want the best technology training material libraries in Colorado have to offer!

What We Want

We trust you know what your patrons need better than we do, so we plan to devise content areas once we take a look at what gets submitted. We have some ideas (see “More on ‘Content’” below!), Continue reading ‘We Need Your Patron-Centered Tech Training Materials!’

Spanish Peaks Celebrates New Wesite!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the Spanish Peaks Library District to the Colorado Plinkit community!

Spanish Peaks launched their new Plinkit website on election Tuesday, to offer their patrons 24/7 access to the information, and tools they need. Website features include access to the library catalog, library events and online resources. Additionally, the Library Return on Investment Calculator helps market the value of library services to their users.

For more information about Plinkit, and how this website creation and hosting service run by the Colorado State Library can benefit your library, visit  or contact Christine Kreger at