Monthly Archive for December, 2013

Unusual Stuff to Borrow

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Libraries today are lending more than books to their patrons.  These unusual items are a fun way for libraries to connect to the users of their community while satisfying the library mission.  Additionally, these items bring reluctant users into the building to take advantage of our other services.  Some of the astonishing and unique items include:

This is just a small sampling of what is out there. What other libraries are offering fun and unique items? Be sociable…share your ideas!

NRS within CSL is hiring a Digital Experience Consultant

Do you love and live for Drupal? Enjoy planning web-based solutions? Revel in the nitty-gritty of web design while working with a smart, dedicated team of library professionals?
The Colorado State Library is looking for someone with these traits and the expertise to work on user experience design, Drupal front-end website development, content management and strategy, and more. If you’re ready to apply your skills toward shaping current and future online library services into something people want to use, then check out the details and apply by January 13, 2014.

For more details:

2nd Annual New Professional Interest Group Hiring Workshop

Posted on behalf of the CAL New Professional Interest Group

Bring your career questions to the second annual New Professionals Interest Group Hiring Workshop, held this year at DU’s beautiful Anderson Academic Commons! The Workshop will feature a panel of hiring managers from public, academic, and special libraries.

A networking boxed lunch will follow the panel discussion. After lunch, join us for two 45-minute breakout sessions facilitated by new professionals in the field, with insights from our panelists.

The same breakout sessions will be offered at both time slots so you’ll have the chance to swap topics. We hope you’ll leave with fresh insights for your career!

When: February 8, 2014 from 11 AM – 3 PM

Anderson Academic Commons at University of Denver
2150 E Evans Ave
Denver, Colorado  80208

More information and registration is available on the CAL website!

Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries (SPELL)

The Colorado State Library held a great webinar on December 12, 2013 presenting the findings from SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries), our year-long research project funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant.

SPELL LogoThe webinar archive and presentation slides are now available: View the webinar archive and slides to find out research-based, effective strategies to reach low-income parents of children ages birth through 3 with an early literacy message using best practices from existing programs and literature, along with input from parents themselves. The webinar was presented by Dr. Mary Stansbury and Dr. Duan Zhang of the University of Denver, in partnership with the Colorado State Library.

The project report, along with the blueprint that libraries and other organizations will be able to use to help put the findings into practice, will be available soon on the SPELL website; stay tuned right here for updates.

We welcome your feedback on the webinar, the SPELL research findings, and next steps for the project; please share your questions, comments and suggestions here or contact Beth Crist, Youth and Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library at or 303-866-6908.



Using Blogs for Professional Development

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Information is available everywhere.  Blogs are a great way to stay abreast of new information that keeps us up-to-date on all the latest news related to job search, the library profession, and the work world in general. The easiest way to aggregate this information is to use RSS feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s an easy way for you to keep up with news and information that’s important to you, and helps you avoid the conventional methods of browsing or searching for information on websites. 

Below are some blogs that you might find useful.  Please add any blogs to the comments that you find useful.

DPL’s ideaLab has proven to be awesome!

DPL’s ideaLab for its’ teens has been a better than expected success. So much so they are needing to expand and while they have the room, they are lacking the funds. An initial fundraiser via online donations is going on through today (  For more information about the awesome program, be sure to view video below!