Monthly Archive for June, 2011

FY11-12 LSTA Grant Project Discussion Webinar

Bring your questions regarding potential projects addressing this year’s LSTA goal:

“Colorado students and adult learners receive services from libraries and librarians that support educational achievement and lifelong learning”

The session will begin with a 10 minute overview of this year’s LSTA grant application and timeline. After answering your questions we will open up the session to discuss your project ideas. We can address your technology concerns; tell you if your project fits this year’s goal; help determine if your project is feasible; and much more! Come prepared for a lively discussion!

  • Tuesday, June 21st at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 22nd at 9:00AM – 10:30AM

RSVP to Jean Heilig at, 303-866-6731, by Monday, June 20th. Identify which session you will be attending. You will be provided with login information. Attendance is limited to 25 people per session. Additional sessions will be planned as needed.

See the State Library’s LSTA page for more information

7 Tips for Better Presentations

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

It seems like my life is full of webinars, presentations, and trainings these days. I have been on both sides of quite a few of these in the last few months and I am currently working on the final touches for a presentation tomorrow while also starting to rough out my talks for ALA. I guess you can say I have presentations on the mind.

The thing about all these presentations that has been prevalent in my mind is how many of them are just bad and how much I don’t want my presentations to be one of those sucky ones. Let’s face it, we have all had to sit through presentations that made you think “Oh man, I chose the WRONG session…” These sessions may even have good ideas and tips in them but those ideas are so buried under bad delivery that there is no real value there at all.

Here are a few tips I am always reminding myself of when preparing a presentation.

  1. Practice what you preach: If you are giving a workshop on classroom instruction and covering things like active learning, integrate active learning into your workshop as well.
  2. Use your slides (prezi, etc.) as visual cues for your points: There is very little benefit to attending a webinar where people are reading you their slides. You can do that from anywhere. Additionally, people connect with what they are learning in different ways, so provide them visual stimulation that supports your points. Continue reading ‘7 Tips for Better Presentations’

Colorado Library is chosen for ALA’s Let’s Talk About It Program

Congratulations to Gilpin County Public Library!
GCPL was the only library in Colorado and one of only 50 across the country selected by ALA for the “Let’s Talk About It” program. In ALA’s words, “Let’s Talk About It” is a reading and book discussion program model launched on a nationwide level for libraries by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982. The program model involves reading a common series of books selected by a nationally known scholar, and discussing them in the context of a larger, overarching theme.” This year’s theme is Making Sense of the American Civil War and will focus on different facets of the Civil War experience.
A complete list of the winning libraries is at

BEST Conference Registration Open!

I am excited to announce that registration is now open for  the BEST Conference (Broadband, E-rate, Sustainability and Technology) to be held on August 25 & 26, 2011 in beautiful Breckenridge Colorado. The registration form and a draft of the agenda can be found on the BEST website. Check back often as we continue to add details about the sessions and speakers!

Thanks to a Gates grant, registration, lodging, food and travel will be covered for one staff member per library (2 staff members may attend if your library serves a population of 100,000 or more). We will make the hotel reservations for you based on the registrations received. Continue reading ‘BEST Conference Registration Open!’

Congrats Trinidad!

The Carnegie, Computers, and Community Commitment – Jane Besel

While the remodeling and renovations are not 100% done, the staff is completely ready to welcome you back to the Carnegie Public Library. The graceful old grand dame has reopened! Come and enjoy our spacious and gracious new appearance. Remember, you will need to bring your library card! (Leave your cell phone, food, and beverages at home or in the car, please.) We offer free Wi-fi, so bring your own laptop; public computers are not available at this time. The History Room is open but all of its resources have not yet been returned. However, your public library is opening an annex: The Carnegie Public Library’s Public Computing Center will be opening later this month. Because our historic old building does not have adequate space for the size and scope of the computing center, the new CPLPCC will open in the Scenic West Properties building at 132 East Main Street. The Carnegie received grant money ($30,000!) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to purchase the necessary hardware and software, as well as the funds to provide basic computer training classes at no cost to library patrons. Also, a computer that meets all of the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act will be installed at the computing center. Unfortunately, grants do not provide funds for staffing. Volunteers are essential to operate the PCC. If you have technology skills and can commit to donating several hours per week, please call Cherie Kollander at the Library (719 846 6841) or contact Library Director Jane Besel at Please use the subject line “Computer Center Volunteer.”