Monthly Archive for February, 2013

Reference book give-away for academic libraries

At the Denver Public Library, librarians in our Reference and Books and Borrowing departments are in the process of evaluating and weeding our collection.  Over the past few months they have identified a number of volumes that  might be a better fit for an academic library collection.  While some of the items are quite old, all are in good condition.  I’ve listed bibliographic information for a number of these items and sets below.  If you would like to add any of them to your collection, please contact me via email or phone and I can ship them to you through the Colorado Library Courier at your earliest convenience.  Also, please feel free to contact me with any questions or requests for additional information. Continue reading ‘Reference book give-away for academic libraries’

Western Slope Supervisory Classes

Hey all! Beth Jones, from Red Feather Services, will be conducting four supervisory classes in four different on the Western Slope. Attend one or attend all. These events are sponsored by the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC). A certificate from CLiC will be electronically available after each class. Below are the classes being offered starting in April. Reserve your seat now!
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CLiC Offers Library Support Staff Certification Enrollment Assistance Awards

The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) is offering 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 employees a new career path in the library profession and the opportunity to achieve recognition for their experience, enhance library service, and increase skills and knowledge in areas like the foundations of librarianship, technology, and communication.

The LSSC Program is funded by a grant to ALA from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services, and managed by the ALA-Allied Professional Association.

Through LSSC, CLiC will offer FOUR Enrollment Assistance Awards (EAA) this spring.  CLiC will match these LSSC Awards giving a full scholarship to four applicants.  CLiC will offer FOUR additional partial Enrollment Assistance Awards.   The awards are for $175, one-half of the LSSC registration/application fee.  Those receiving partial awards will be asked to pay the remainder of the registration fee with their own funds or funds obtained from other sources.  ALA-APA has offered EAAs in the past and with the ending of the federal grant that supports them, these will be the last Awards offered under this grant.

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It is the duel of the century!

In this corner we have the Lynx Training Team, and in the other corner, EBSCO’s Points of View database. Who will be the victor?

Weighing in with a considerable arm length (information reach), the Points of View Research Center brings a balance of materials from all sides of an issue. This resource includes more than 1,300 main essays on more than 290 topics! Can the Lynx Training Team tame this interface? Watch this epic bout and find out!

Join us for this online webinar on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am.

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What’s So Important About February 1st?

Glad you ASKed!

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Today is a birthday/anniversary or sorts for AskColorado/AskAcademic (ASK.) It’s not THE anniversary of the first day we started fielding questions (which is Sept. 3), but AN anniversary…three years to be specific:

Three years ago we changed quite a few things in our organization: We moved to a non-library vendor software and we branded AskAcademic and created a new website. These changes were biggies, but  starting our own After-Hours service was the most significant change. We went from using a vendor-based staffing service employing librarians around the country, to operating our very own service staffed by librarians in Colorado. We started with six librarians and have since grown the service to fifteen. All money stays in the state and we now have an in-house crew of expert virtual reference staffers.

Our librarians have answered a tremendous number of questions over the past three years (and the six before that.) Here are some stats:

AfterHours Librarians, Sessions Fielded:

  • 2010: 6588
  • 2011: 8445
  • 2012: 9015
  • TOTAL: 24,048

AskAcademic Librarians Sessions Fielded:

  • 2010: 1687
  • 2011: 1773
  • 2012: 3075
  • TOTAL: 6535

Public Librarians, Sessions Fielded:

  • 2010: 22273
  • 2011: 17579
  • 2012: 15317
  • TOTAL: 55169

It’s been a great three years! Member libraries: Be watching for cake on September 3rd when we mark our 10th anniversary.

–Kris Johnson, State Library