Monthly Archive for April, 2013

Peer Learning in South Africa, Part 1

In April, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Global Libraries hosted a meeting in Cape Town for those working on public computer centers and libraries throughout the world. Deborah Jacob, Director of Global Libraries launched the event with inspiring statements like “libraries allow us all to be heroes” and libraries are about “social change, human promise, and the possibility inside all of us.”  She stated that the Global Libraries role is to scale what libraries do well, research promising practices, measure results including making changes, build partnerships, and provide advocacy and policy support.

The numbers are really staggering in that over the most recent ten years working in ten countries, BMGF have developed 12,964 libraries adding 48,866 workstations and training 20,011 staff and 1.5+ library users. In many areas, these are the first libraries in the communities. Continue reading ‘Peer Learning in South Africa, Part 1’

Anythink expands “The Studio” to Wright Farms

I am pleased to announce that Anythink has extended its teen program “The Studio” to its Wright Farms location. The “grand opening” is Friday, May 3rd from 4-7 pm. Refreshments will be served. Be sure it check it out!

Anythink Wright Farms is located at 5877 E. 120th Ave, Thornton, CO

Oh the things that can be done with an LSTA grant!

Every year the State Library is involved with providing LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grants to various libraries in the state. The funds are awarded in October and I am thinking six months later a shout out to few of the 2012 recipient libraries for the implementation of some cool programs might be in order.

The Anythink Library-Brighton branch has created a special area filled with truly amazing technology for its teens called “The Studio”. The Studio contains a 3-D printer (I must say, very cool), a digital photography lab with multiple SLR cameras for use (as someone who eagerly awaited my tax return in 2012 to spend $600 on my SLR camera, this is fantastic), sewing machines and supplies for crafts and textile projects. They also offer social media classes for those teens unfamiliar navigating Facebook and Twitter.

The Aurora Public Library had its teen population in mind as well and created a Library Teen Center at its Mission Viejo branch. The goal of the library was to provide a meeting place for teens that was safe and offered “literacy and tutoring opportunities”. Additionally, the library is offering special classes for the teens every Wednesday at 4pm. There are different programs that rotate throughout the month, the staples being cooking, crafts, gaming, and computer programming (this class alone seems like a worthwhile offering, as it could very well encourage a career trajectory in a field where well-paid jobs will continue to be in abundance).

The Bemis Library also developed a space for teens. “Teen Zone” consists of “two large restaurant-style booths and counter height tables”. This seems like a very innovative way to have the Teen Zone seem inviting to the age group. I recall many a day spent drinking coffee in a booth as a teen, however, it was of course not located in a library, which had it been, would certainly have made my mother more at ease with my whereabouts. Needless to say, the community’s teens are encouraged  to come “hang out”. The library was able to purchase a larger selection of teen oriented books and magazines, as well as video games.  Special monthly programs are also available.

The Garfield County Libraries had a special need for the use of their LSTA grant, as budget cuts were such in the county, the elementary school aged students were no longer able to attend school on Fridays. The county, with help from the grant, is now able to provide special study sessions in (on a rotating basis) “art, science, music, reading, writing, math and history” each Friday at its various branches . They have titled the educational program “The 5th Element” and caters specifically to kindergarten through 4th grade. And they provide snacks!

The Conejos Library District’s LTSA grant equipped the library with the opportunity to provide access to, an “online continuing education” program that offers over 500 classes. The link can be found towards the bottom of their website ( and all that is needed is a current Conejos library card and valid email.

The High Plains Library District also received a grant for “Tablet Technologies” and admittedly…I cheated here, as I have a friend who works as a paraprofessional with the District and was kind enough to write a blurb regarding how they have used their grant (thank you Micaela Sanchez!):

You and iTime

Starting in February, HPLD began piloting a new storytime called You and iTime at Farr Regional Library, Erie Community Library and our new Kersey Library. You and iTime blends traditional literacy-based family storytime with tablet technology to create a new bonding experience for families. It is an interactive and experience-based program that incorporates the five practices of Every Child Ready to Read with traditional print materials and tablet technology. The goal of our program is to demonstrate that caregivers can use tablet technology appropriately as a way to play and learn with children without disregarding the traditional objectives of library storytimes. You and iTime’s combination of stories, music and technology will allow children and adults to explore books, play creatively, move around and have fun together!

Along with our books, music and other activities, various apps have been chosen for use in our storytime and are all educational and literacy based programs that allow us to encourage interaction and learning between the children and adults. For example, one of the apps that we have built into You and iTime is called Puppet Pals. This app allows children and adults to create, record, and view their very own story. Visit to watch some of the creative stories our participants have produced.

You and iTime is currently a pilot program that HPLD is testing and will run through September. We are excited about the potential of this new storytime and hope that our patrons will join us to see how much fun reading and learning together can be!

I never cease to be amazed at the innovative and creative ways the state’s libraries are reinventing themselves, even with budget constraints. It is certainly a transitional but also potentially exciting time to be a library!

Additional dates for the disaster preparedness classes

Additional dates have been added to the Disaster Preparedness classes:

July 17, 2013

9am – 4pm

First Presbyterian Church in Glenwood Springs

This date and time covers the Prevention & Preparedness aspect

August 14, 2013

9am – 4pm

First Presbyterian Church in Glenwood Springs

This date and time covers the Response and Recovery aspect

For more details and contact information, please see the post below entitled:

ARE YOU READY? Testing Your Disaster Plan

Open Position with High Plains Library board

The High Plains Library District has a position available on its board for someone able to represent the Erie-Frederick-Firestone area incorporating the north by Hwy 66, the east by Hwy 85 and west by Weld County’s border with Boulder County.

The deadline for the application is May 13th. Please contact Janine Reid at 970-506-8563 or Gail Craig at 970-506-5666 / for more information.

Colorado Connecting to Collections Workshop

The Collection Guardianship:  Preservation Policy Development session will be presented at the CWAM – SRMA Conference on Friday, April 26, 1:45 – 5:30:  Golden, Colorado.

Conference Information at CWAM:

Presenters: Leigh Grinstead, Digital Services Consultant, LYRASIS Thomas Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS

Workshop Description:

As an outgrowth of a 2009 CWAM pre-conference seminar, this workshop will build on a sustaining the culture of preservation by offering training for traditional and digital preservation policy development.  The training is open to organizations of all sizes, as well as professionals at all levels, who are interested in preservation of collections. Whether you are counting and inventorying your collection for the first time or expanding the number of digital items your organization holds, this session will assist you in policy development.


Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response, and decision-making in all types of libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage environments.  When possible, institutions will be encouraged to send a minimum of two attendees so they can work together on the disaster response activities.

Participants will:

•          Build knowledge of preservation planning and gain an understanding of the components required for a strong preservation plan.

•          Learn to develop a preservation plan meeting the needs of one’s organization.  Attendees will leave with a draft preservation plan in hand, stored on a flash drive.

Cost: No charge to CWAM conference attendees.

ARE YOU READY? Testing Your Disaster Plan

Additional information was left out from the last post on the ARE YOU READY workshop – WESTPAS is conducting this workshop.

Will your disaster plan work in a real disaster situation?  It’s better to find answers now than after a disaster has occurred! Attend this scenario-based and collaboration workshop to help heritage institutions – libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, etc. – improve disaster preparedness and response for collections.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Colorado Springs, Colorado: University of Colorado, Kraemer Family Library. This workshop is free.

Register with WESTPAS.

When possible, send 2-3 participants from your institution to work together on disaster preparedness activities:

•   Staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness

•   Administrator and/or manager responsible for the building/collection

•    Key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible for decision-making

Learning Outcomes:

  • Help you assess your vulnerabilities
  • Test your plan using a scenario table top exercise
  • Explore how collaborations can help you respond to a disaster
  • Build a shared vision for regional disaster preparedness

Posted on behalf of Dana EchoHawk. Questions? Contact Dana at

Upgrades and Expansions

Change is in the air. Upgrades and expansions are on the horizon.

The Pitkin County Library is hoping to expand its facility, despite a budget shortfall, to accommodate their growing needs as a technological hub within their community. The library is in serious need of a self-checkout system that does not trigger the building’s alarm system and is also hoping to meet the dramatically increased demand for e-resources and materials. They are still in the brainstorming phase, but hope to have a solution soon.

Links to the article in full can be found below:

1000 books read? You betcha!

1000 books read. By age five. Is it possible? The Park County library district knows it is indeed possible.

In Friday, April 12th’s issue of Park County’s The Flume, an article by Lauren Van Dusen, highlights a new program being instituted at all of the county’s libraries. This week the county will launch its new pre-K reading program. The program has an incredible goal of reading 1000 books to a child before kindergarten. The program offers mini-goals of 100 with a sticker incentive for each 100 reached and a book bag, key chain and certificate for reaching 1000. It may seem like a daunting goal, but every book read to the child counts, whether during the library storytime, at a daycare provider’s or even if a grandparent reads to them. We (the Colorado State Library) are quoted in the article as stating, “Without much effort on the parents’ part, reading together with a child is quality time that can develop into a lifetime love of reading”.  Indeed! It can happen. Therefore, Park County is encouraging all parents in the area to visit their local library and sign up.

For more details, the article in full can be found here:

East Routt Library District Celebrated

Steamboat Today in Steamboat Springs published a very celebratory and gracious article their Sunday, April 14th issue, about the East Routt Library District and its increased importance to the community in the last few years.

Apparently in 2005, the newspaper advised the community not to vote for a $29 million dollar, 20 year initiative to expand the library’s resources as well as the building itself. The community decided differently and passed the initiative. In 2008, the new library opened. In the last 7 years the library has become a “true community meeting place.” The article gives much deserved kudos to the library staff and board members for, doing what many libraries around the country are doing, and reinventing themselves as more of a community center than a simple library, thus remaining viable in this digital age.

A special thank you to the Steamboat Today staff for the validation and recognition!

To see the article in full, click on the link below: