Monthly Archive for March, 2013

Colorado Recognizes 14 Highly Effective School Libraries

The Colorado Department of Education posted this press release today.  Please join me in congratulating these innovative schools and these fabulous library professionals.

Colorado established competencies and resources to guide planning and assessment of school libraries based on twenty years of research.

At a time of shrinking school budgets and reductions in staff, we advocate for schools to maintain a strong school library including teacher-librarians who collaborate on instruction and inspire student engagement through technology, creativity, and critical thinking.  More than ever, these are our heroes of learning and change in schools.

ILEAD USA Kicks Off March 26, 2013! Join us for the Keynotes Online!

We’re now just days away from the kickoff of ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover), the multi-state initiative to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program.

Building on two extremely successful cohorts held in 2010 and 2011, this year Illinois participants will join participants from Colorado, Utah, Ohio and Iowa. Sessions will be held simultaneously in each of the five states.  The first of the three sessions runs from March 26-28, 2013. Continue reading ‘ILEAD USA Kicks Off March 26, 2013! Join us for the Keynotes Online!’

A fool in the eyes of the law?

As Lincoln said, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Likewise, a person who relies on legal information found through a simple Google search may not be using the best source.

The law can be tricky but the database doesn’t have to be. Join us for a free webinar on Legal Information Reference Center.

You don’t have to be a lawyer to be interested in knowing more about many top consumer-interest areas of law, including: business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, immigration and travel, patents, copyright and trademarks, wills and estate planning, rights and disputes.

Learn to navigate this database on Thursday, March 21 from 10am-11am

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Teen Tech Week Idea- Teen Tech Squad

This week is Teen Tech Week (March 10-16), a week designed to connect teens with technology resources available within their public libraries.

A great idea for connecting with teens is the concept of the teen tech squad. Teen patrons volunteer their time and offer tech support services to other library users. Teen Tech Squad Explained

Another great idea is to have teens create how-to videos to be featured on the library’s website, focusing on anything from word processing to email, or even how to check out e-books from the library as in this Overdrive tutorial. This could be a great way for libraries that received BTOP equipment to put it to good use!

How does your library connect teens and technology?

Advance your EBSCOhost skills

Join us for a free webinar:  Advanced EBSCOhost using Academic Search Premier & MasterFILE Premier

This session is designed for those who want to get the most of the EBSCO search experience.  We’ll use the EBSCOhost interface to explore advanced search strategies, using guided style search boxes and field codes and learn how to use limiters for detailed searching.  We’ll access publications and create journal and search alerts.  Users will learn how personal folders can benefit both staff and patrons/students.

When:  March 13, 2013; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Colorado ILEAD USA Participants Announced

Library staff across Colorado embraced the challenge and applied for ILEAD USA! We are proud to announce Colorado’s ILEAD USA participants!

Correcting Job Performance – Windsor, CO

Geez, it’s March already! Don’t miss Beth Jones’ Correcting Job Performance supervisory class on March 12th @ the Clearview Library District in Windsor, CO (9:30 am – 2:30 pm).
Three simple steps to help staff better understand your expectations, their responsibilities, and the consequences of non-compliance, for the job. This hands-on workshop is designed to prepare you to:

Set expectations
Coach to motivate
Document performance
Discuss disciplinary action

$40/day. Lunch and snacks included register here.