Monthly Archive for October, 2011

Workforce Recovery at the CAL Conference

On behalf of Sarah Koehn Frey, Director, Northern Saguache County Library District:

On October 13 I attended a preconference workshop at the CAL conference entitled “Project Compass:  Libraries at the Front Lines of Workforce Recovery”.  The presenter was Jennifer Pratt, who is the Chief of Library Development for the State Library of North Carolina.

Jennifer navigated through enough of the Project Compass website to really pique our interest.  I need to do much more searching to find all that is available there, but I’m happy to know about this resource and can direct patrons to it.  During the presentation I was sitting beside Maria DeHerrera of the Costilla County Library District.  She and I represented 2/3 of the three poorest counties in Colorado, so we were especially interested in how our libraries can be of help to our unemployed patrons. Continue reading ‘Workforce Recovery at the CAL Conference’

New Online Learning Series: CSL In Session

The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce a new online learning series, CSL In Session. The series is made up of free, hour-long virtual classes on a broad range of topics, delivered once a month. These won’t be your standard information-dump-style “webinars” – we’re planning interactive online classes where participation is central to the learning, and where learners go away with distinct takeaways that can be immediately applied in your libraries and in your professional lives.

We’re kicking off with:
Taking Off the Blinders: Customer Service Lessons from Other Industries
Wednesday, November 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Description: Be honest. How often do you look ONLY at other libraries for examples of customer service strategies and enhancements? This session will broaden your view, drawing together ideas, lessons and examples of customer service strategies from non-library industries and organizations. When it comes to brick-and-mortar and online services alike, libraries MUST look beyond their own backyards to ensure future success and to better serve their communities—or risk irrelevance. Continue reading ‘New Online Learning Series: CSL In Session’

Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS)

60% is the magic number!

A magic percentage for public libraries, really. “How is it magic,” you ask. It is the response rate each state must reach in order to have state-level reports from the National Survey of Public Library Funding and Technology Access (PLFTAS). Reports like the State Briefs found here.

Want to be part of the magic?

  1. Take the survey here
  2. Look up you library’s survey id here
  3. More information here Continue reading ‘Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS)’

2011-12 School Library Survey Now Open

Letters have been sent to public school libraries throughout the state announcing the opening of the 2011-12 Colorado School Library Survey.

The Library Research Service (LRS) has made substantial revisions to the survey based on respondents’ comments to better reflect the current state of school libraries, and looks forward to getting the input of all Colorado public school librarians!

The data gathered in the annual school library survey provides library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting. Login information is included in the letter, but if you haven’t received your letter and would like to get started, feel free to call LRS at 303-866-6900 or email lrs@lrs.org to get your information.

New CVL Is Right Around The Corner

After more than a year of hard work by the Networking & Resource Sharing team of the State Library, the new Colorado Virtual Library (CVL) will be launched sometime during the week of 10/10 with 3 content collections (and more to come):

  • Colorado Histories
  • Tech Help
  • Tools for Tough Times

There is much more work to be done, because the CVL will never truly be done. It is designed to be ever-changing, evolving, and improving. We hope you love it, but of course are open to constructive criticism.

Stay tuned!

Colorado Teen Literature Conference – SAVE THE DATE!

The Colorado Teen Literature Conference (CTLC) is currently in the planning stages (and I’m helping!).  Here’s your official SAVE THE DATE notice.

The event will be held on the Auraria campus on March 31, 2011, 8:30am-3:45pm.  Registration opens February 1st and closes March 11th. Keynote authors are Maggie Stiefvater and Todd Mitchell!

More information:

Armed for the 21st Century: Highly Effective School Librarians Lead the Way

How can school librarians have a positive impact on student growth and achievement? What strategies and tools will enable them to get there?

The Colorado Dept. of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) are partnering to offer two workshop opportunities (as well as an opportunity for six $100 scholarships to cover registration and a substitute for the day).

Workshop Date/Locations:

LSSIRT & CLiC partner of offer full scholarships

A New Round of Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards Offered by LSSIRT and Six States, Trish Palluck, Chair of the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) announced today that LSSIRT is offering another round of financial assistance to library support staff applying for certification in the American Library Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program.  The LSSC Program offers library support staff the opportunity to achieve recognition for their existing skills and knowledge, to gain new skills and knowledge, and to enhance their library’s service to the public.  Six states are also participating:  The Colorado Library Consortium, Idaho Commission for Libraries, State Library of Louisiana, Mississippi Library Commission, Oregon State Library, Washington State Library, and the Wyoming State Library.  (see details) or read further. Continue reading ‘LSSIRT & CLiC partner of offer full scholarships’