Monthly Archive for May, 2011

New Fast Facts on the state of library jobs in Colorado

There appears to be more competition than ever for Colorado’s library jobs, based on recent activity on

A new Fast Facts about the jobs posted on the site over the past four years has just been published.  Colorado’s Library Job Climate : 2007-2010: Insights from (PDF) highlights trends in total job postings, salaries, degree requirements, and the most popular jobs from the site. Job postings are up slightly from 2009, but drastically more people are viewing them, and part-time, temporary positions continue to replace full-time, permanent ones.

New 60-Second Survey: What is the Value of an MLIS to you?

On behalf of the Library Research Service:

In 2008 Library Research Service (LRS) launched our first 60-second survey, “What is the Value of an MLIS to You?,” in response to lively discussions about this topic on various listservs. Close to 2,000 library professionals weighed in, with over 1,000 leaving thoughtful comments about the MLIS degree. Three years later, as libraries and the environments in which they serve continue to change and evolve, LRS wondered how has the value of an MLIS fared?

LRS has launched a new 60-Second Survey on the value of an MLIS to you. Do you feel your MLIS degree was/is worth the time and money invested in it? If asked today, would you recommend pursuing an MLIS degree? You tell us.

Take the 60-Second Survey on the Value of an MLIS Degree to You

Please pass this on to your colleagues-locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Marmot Council elects Executive Board

May 11, 2011

The Marmot Council of twenty library directors elected four new members to the Marmot Executive Board. Eve Tallman (Director of Mesa County Public Library District) continues in the role of Treasurer. New Board members include President Barb Brattin (Director of the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride); Vice President Nancy Gauss (Director of the Savage Library at Western State College); Gayle Gunderson (Director of the Fowler Library at Colorado Christian University); and Sherry Holland (School Librarian in Steamboat Springs School District).

About Marmot

The Marmot Library Network (, based in Grand Junction (CO), is a non-profit organization providing information technology services to public, academic, and school libraries. Marmot hosts software and a database shared by 20 institutions comprising 90 library sites in Colorado; and provides internet, hardware, and software support services.

Libraries Need Community Attachés

On behalf of Jamie Hollier, BTOP Coordinator, State Library:

In addition to being a librarian, I am also a partner in an online marketing company that manages the online presence of its clients. This includes SEO.

As a part of the SEO industry, all of us at Commerce Kitchen love SEOmoz; they are always sharing new research and innovation, they are ethical (in an industry that is often marred by a lack of ethics), and they create and foster community within the industry. See, sounds like a librarian’s dream company, right?

So, when SEOmoz posted new openings last week I had to give them a long hard look even though I am in no way looking for a new job. I just had to see what a company I respect was looking for in their people and their positions.

What I found was a posting that I wish I saw with a library name attached to it. The post was for a Community Attaché:

Awesome Job #6: Community Attaché Continue reading ‘Libraries Need Community Attachés’

Courier Update 2011 – Get all the latest news about the Colorado Library Courier, straight from the source!

Valerie Horton, Executive Director and Kira Zimmerman, Courier Manager, will present a free webinar about upcoming courier pricing changes, new money-saving delivery options for Kansas and Missouri libraries, and courier best practices and tips.

 When: Thursday, May 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
What: A webinar presentation and Q&A session
Where: Visit the “Lunch Lessons with CLiC” page on 5/12 for the link to join the webinar –

If you have any questions about this webinar, please contact Kira Zimmerman at  or 303-422-1150.

Hope to see you there!   Robin Dean, Continuing Education Coordinator

Protecting Cultural Collections – FREE Workshops

Register now for a FREE two-part workshop on Protecting Cultural Collections, available in both Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Topics include disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Ft. Collins: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – Colorado State University, Morgan Library
  • Colorado Springs: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – University of Colorado, Kraemer Family Library

Part 2: Response & Recovery – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Ft. Collins: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 – Colorado State University, Morgan Library
  • Colorado Springs: Thursday, July 28, 2011 – University of Colorado, Kraemer Family Library

Sponsored by: Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)
Instructor: Julie Page, Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program and WESTPAS

Continue reading ‘Protecting Cultural Collections – FREE Workshops’

Colorado Adds SIX Movers & Shakers!

It’s 2011, and Colorado has added SIX new Movers and Shakers to the ranks, for a total of 20. This annual honor is sponsored by Library Journal. Congratulations to:

“For ten years now, Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers has been spotlighting librarians and others in the library field who are doing extraordinary work to serve their users and to move libraries of all types and library services forward. We’re proud to recognize their achievements—and to encourage you to be inspired by their vision and optimism and turn their ideas into fodder for your own innovative work,” says Library Journal.

Still time to fill out CLiC survey

Only one week left to fill out our tri-annual membership survey on how CLiC is doing. If you haven’t answered the survey, there is still time. Go to:

 The survey is broken into sections: CLiC overall, courier, continuing education, cooperative purchases, AspenCat, and consulting/communication. So you can fill out the section where you interact most often with CLiC.

Thank you for your participation! Valerie