Monthly Archive for December, 2010

And the survey says…

The e-reader survey closed with 112 people responding in these categories – 60% public libraries, 24% school libraries, and 16% academic libraries.
88% of people responding said that they would be interested in purchasing an e-reader device within the next year or two.

The bar chart explains which e-reader devices people are thinking about purchasing. Nook=Purple, Sony Reader =Salmon, iPad =Gold, Kindle = Blue .
Continue reading ‘And the survey says…’

Volunteer Opporunity: CDE Comprehensive Literacy Plan, Birth-Grade 12

Are you interested in partnering with CDE in the development of the State Comprehensive Literacy Plan? Interested volunteers click here to be directed to the state plan website where you will find the complete the application.

The Colorado Department of Education’s comprehensive literacy team is creating an external literacy team that consists of key literacy leaders from across stakeholder groups, including LEAs, higher education, existing boards, community organizations and committees. This team will provide recommendations for the outline of the state plan and feedback and recommendations regarding the draft state literacy plan.

Candidates will complete an online application which will include copying and pasting a current resume into the application. Volunteers will need to become familiar with CDE’s “Forward Thinking” and Colorado Literacy Framework documents. In addition, the selected external team experts will have proven records of success in literacy as determined by resumes and history in working with literacy projects within the state. Continue reading ‘Volunteer Opporunity: CDE Comprehensive Literacy Plan, Birth-Grade 12’

Authors’ Festival Connects Kids With Nationally Known Writers

On behalf of Dodie Ownes, registrar, Authors’ Festival

An exciting new event is being introduced this year in conjunction with the 2011 CCIRA Literacy Conference. The Authors’ Festival puts young people in grades 2-10 in direct contact with nationally known authors to talk about writing. The featured authors are Mike Thaler (Librarian from the Black Lagoon), Liz Scanlon (All the World), Alan Sitomer (Hip Hop High School), and local favorite Dom Testa (The Galahad series).

There will also be time for book signings, and registration for the Authors’ Festival includes a ticket for the Young Writers Award Luncheon featuring Colorado’s own Janet Stevens and her sister Susan Stevens Crummel, who will have you laughing with their hilarious take on what it’s like to be sisters.

Time and place: Marriott Denver Tech Center,  Saturday February 5, 8am-1pm

Registration: Open to the public, $20 for each child participating or adult accompanying. There must be one adult for every four children attending. Space is limited to 150 participants.

Register Now (PDF)
Deadline is January 10, 2011

Shelly Drumm at ARSL/ABOS Conference

This was written by ARSL/ABOS conference scholarship winner Sandy Hackbarth (La Veta Public Library) about the State Library’s own Shelly Drumm!

“She started with a slide of a DU Business School ad: “The top 10 jobs of 2015 don’t exist today.”  Then, over the next hour, Shelly Drumm gave me a glimpse of  a future for public libraries, particularly small, remote public libraries, that I can actually believe in. This is a topic I’ve really been struggling  with –  I just haven’t been able to buy the idea that if La Veta’s library becomes the ‘center of the community’ then we will remain relevant to our citizens. And it’s pretty obvious that books and DVDs aren’t going to keep public libraries relevant much longer either.  So I worried that I’d lost the faith – I figured that 10 years from now the most important function of La Veta’s library would be hosting Yoga classes for 80 year olds.

Shelly’s ARSL 2010 Conference presentation – 21st Century Librarianship – stretched my imagination, giving me a look at what’s already possible and a hint of where that might lead for my library.  Continue reading ‘Shelly Drumm at ARSL/ABOS Conference’

eDiscover the Classics

eDiscover the Classics –

Libraries can download 500 cleaned up MARC records for the most popular Project Gutenberg titles for their library catalog.  This project was a joint effort by the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) and Douglas County Libraries.  In an effort to provide inexpensive eReader content through a library catalog, the partners downloaded nearly 500 popular Gutenberg ebooks.  The records were extensively cleaned up both electronically through Marcives, Inc and manually by local catalogers. 

 The records can be downloaded into any library catalog. Check it out at: eDiscover the Classics website

Understanding Genetic Conditions

“If one of my parents or another close family member has cancer, does that mean I will eventually inherit that diagnosis too? That is a common question and to assist with answering that and many other questions about genetics and cancer, I recommend an excellent resource.  Genetics Home Reference (GHR) is a free product created and managed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (the world’s largest medical library,) Bethesda, MD and is a consumer-friendly online resource to genetic conditions.  The user may browse more than 500 genetic conditions, diseases and syndromes.  They also may search in Genes by symbol, full name, group or classification in its databank of more than 700 genes.  Information about the 23 pairs of chromosomes may be found and for each specific one they provide content to answer such questions as  “What is that chromosome and how are changes in it related to health conditions;  is there a standard way to diagram that chromosome?” They present a diagram beneath to illustrate.  They also provide answers to questions such as “What is DNA; what is a chromosome; what is mitochondrial DNA and can changes in chromosomes affect health and development?”

Other features in GHR include a handbook with sections such as Cells and DNA, How Genes Work, Gene Therapy and many more.  The Glossary contains an alphabetical directory of hundreds of definitions related to genetic conditions.  In addition they feature a Resource and Patient Support web page that has general interest links to websites including genetics education, Human Genome Project, policy/ethics and health literacy.  Health professionals may find links under Resources to the NCI’s PDQ: Cancer Genetics Overview, Gene Tests, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), PubMed Medical Genetics Searches, and much more.  Patients and families may click on links to websites such as Ask the Geneticist and the Genetic Alliance’s Understanding Genetics: A Guide for Patients and Professionals.

If one does a simple search of the alphabetical list under “Conditions” and click on “breast cancer,” they will find a description of the disease, its frequency, specific genes related to the disease such as BRCA1, BRCA2, PTEN, STK11, TP53 and others, with a direct link from each gene symbol to its web page with detailed information.  They also provide information on breast cancer inheritance and links for web pages on the diagnosis, management or treatment of breast cancer.  A simple search, in the search box at the top, on “cancer,” brings up 695 results including condition summaries, specific genes, definitions, chromosome summaries, and gene summaries all related to cancers.  Clicking on the “Genetic Conditions” tab at the top on the home page and then clicking on “Cancers” in their list of diseases by categories, results in a large list of genetic related cancers.

Patients, consumers and health professionals will find this a rich resource for learning about genetic conditions. The National Library of Medicine has a wealth of databases and electronic resources (All Free!) for health professionals and the public: .  For questions about Genetics Home Reference (GHR) or NLM’s other biomedical resources, contact Dana Abbey at 303-724-2110 or

Announcing Blue Sky Express

The Colorado Library Courier is pleased to announce an expansion to our statewide courier service.  Starting in January 2011, Blue Sky Express will link Colorado’s courier to most Kansas libraries.  Blue Sky Express is similar to our highly successful COKAMO delivery service with Missouri libraries.  COKAMO saved Colorado libraries $140,000 in USPS shipping cost last year.

The EXTRA GOOD NEWS is that Blue Sky Express is both cheaper to run and faster than COKAMO.  Blue Sky Express will run 5 days a week!   The only cost to participating libraries is for extra high volume charges if the items you ship via Blue Sky Express increase the total you ship on the Colorado Library Courier by more than 3,000 items in a year.

All current COKAMO members will automatically be included in Blue Sky Express.  Instructions on how to set up OCLC are forthcoming.

For non-OCLC libraries, you can ship to any participating library on the Kansas Courier.  All Kansas libraries will be added to the Courier Management System so you can find libraries and print labels as needed.   We also believe with the help of the State Library that we can link SWIFT to Kansas’ statewide ILL system (KICNET) by the end of 2011.

Resource Sharing continues to thrive and grow in Colorado!

Valerie Horton
Executive Director
Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)

Even more from ARSL/ABOS Scholarship Winners

We just received this blog post from Erica Rose, Head of Outreach Services at the newly renamed Clearview Library District (Windsor). She discuses not only the ARSL/ABOS conference, but also Clearview’s new Mobile branch.Clearview Mobile Library


“I am passionate about Outreach work and the power that it holds for our libraries.  My work in Outreach has led me to believe that Library Outreach is our most powerful PR and our best and most efficient means of serving the masses. So with all of my enthusiasm for this work continually bubbling up, it was so uplifting to attend a gathering of people who share this love and passion for Outreach work.  I believe our success in Outreach work is dependent upon thinking outside of the box, looking for dynamic new approaches, and an unwavering ability to roll with the punches.  It refreshed my spirit to sit next to individuals that share these quirky personality traits with me and to partake in conversations that focus on ways that we can push through barriers and boundaries. Continue reading ‘Even more from ARSL/ABOS Scholarship Winners’