Monthly Archive for April, 2011

AIRS Announces 2011-12 Statewide Package

Posted on behalf of Linda Sturgeon, AIRS Chair—–
The AIRS Committee (Acquisition of Information Resources Statewide) has negotiated with OCLC and EBSCO to provide selected databases covering general, business and K-12 information at a special Colorado statewide rate.
For the coming fiscal year (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012), the statewide package of databases has been finalized. Details about the FY11-12 program are available on the AIRS web site. The AIRS Committee was able to keep pricing stable for FY2011-2012 even while many libraries with shrinking budgets were forced to drop out last year and may be dropping out during the coming year.

Red Feather Lakes Community Library Receives 2011 Outstanding Public Library/Public Health Partnership Award

The Red Feather Lakes Community Library (RFL) received one of three awards for its public library/public health partnership with the 9Health Fair. The award, sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, is offered to recognize public libraries that have had successful public library/public health partnerships involving health information. Recipients receive a $200 cash award.

RFL Community Library has partnered with the 9Health Fair since 2005. The 9Health Fair is Colorado’s largest nonprofit, volunteer-driven health fair program promoting health awareness through free and low-cost health screenings and education programs.

The library is an active partner in the annual event serving as an addition fair location for health screenings and providing research and computer support for participants conducting health and medical research. In addition, the library offers free health programming to community members.

Without RFL Community Library’s partnership with the 9Health Fair, many of the current services, screenings and health stations would not be available. Two years ago the fair was able to offer free PAP screenings at the Red Feather medical clinic during the 9Health Fair. The average person screened had not had a PAP screening in over eight years, and if they did not have a doctor, follow-up was offered at the clinic. Without the ability to expand additional screenings to the library, the PAP screenings would not have been possible.

SAVE THE DATE: Free Online Cancer Resources Session

Spotlight! on NLM Resources -Wed. April 27 , 1:00 Mountain Time, 2:00 Central Time

Is there an “epidemic” of cancer?   How can you find out more?   Tune in and learn about multiple sites with content about basic information, topic searches, support, statistics, registries, treatment,  and more.
Taking the one-hour class and completing the exercises and class evaluation makes you eligible to receive 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. This online training is FREE.

Register online at (registration is not required but is appreciated)

Virtual Classroom URL:

Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone, Login: as a guest with your first and last name.  Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.

Captioning will be provided.

Unable to attend? Visit archived Spotlight sessions at

Online Twitter Directory for Libraries – Add Your Name!

The State Library has put together a Twitter directory for the Colorado library and education community, and we invite you to add your Twitter username to the list.

This directory is an online version of the content that was previously kept in an ever-growing spreadsheet, for those of you who remember it. Anyone on that spreadsheet has automatically been added to the new directory.

Please check out the directory and look for your Twitter username. If you don’t see it, you may add it by following the Submit an Account link at the top of the page. To edit or remove your information from this directory or to pass on any comments or suggestions, please email Michelle Gebhart. And don’t forget to search for colleagues; this new site makes it easy to search by username or category.Twitter-Icon

More resources on Twitter can be found on the Colorado State Library website, and for “newbies,” the Colorado Libraries 2.0 website offers a Twitter tutorial.