Monthly Archive for April, 2014

How Technology Does Not Get You Your Heart’s Desire

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

“We’ve amplified the virtues, necessity, promise, and potential of technology so much that we are perilously close to forgetting what it was all about in the first place: helping teachers to teach and students to learn.”
OPINION: Ban “Digital” Learning | EdSurge News

Scanning the titles from any media outlet, they proclaim the death of the library, bookstore, and many other face-to-face interactions. Mary Cullinane, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Chief Content Officer, believes that we should ban “digital” learning.  She believes that technology has over-promised and under –delivered in many areas.

She points out that the schools that are successful in the adoption of technology invest a significant amount of time, energy and resources through the implementation of the curriculum, including extensive teacher training and technical support.
Her solution is that educators should look at scientific and educational research rather than investing in technology to improve student success.

Do you believe that technology is just another tool that could revolutionize education or should we go back to basics? Share your thoughts here!

Why Google Glass is the 51st Shade of Grey

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

Google Glass is a wearable computer that a user wears like (ultra-chic) eyeglasses. The screen is a small cube in the upper right-hand corner of the device, visible only to the wearer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can interact with the Internet via voice commands.

Many libraries across the country have bought this technology including Colorado’s Arapahoe Library District.

A benefit of having Google Glass is that it promotes makerspace’s culture of innovation.  On the other hand, it is an early technology which can be pricy for many libraries.

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Next CSL in Session: Wildly Successful Meetings: Impossible Dream or Easy Peasy Reality?

  • CSLinSessionWith: Sharon Morris
  • When: 04/17/2014 | 12:00p – 1:00p, Mountain Time
  • Where: CSL in Session



So… you have to run a meeting and you want it to awesome…or at least not as bad as those meetings that people walk out of saying, “What a waste of time.” Join this interactive session!

Sure, we will start by kvetching about what goes wrong in meetings, but by the end you will have practical and easy techniques for meetings. You will get tips for planning so that everyone is focused and the content is relevant, facilitating so that you bring out the best in everyone in the room, and be able to come to consensus about where you are heading.

Bring your own success stories and strategies too, because with CSL in Session, everyone shares expertise.

Our “Highly Effective School Libraries” Recognized!

Posted on behalf of Becky Russell, Colorado State Library

On April 9, 2014, the Colorado Board of Education and Commissioner Hammond will recognize 22 schools for their highly effective school library programs. Today’s school libraries are places where collaboration, active learning and inquiry are encouraged and practiced. They make a positive impact on the lives of their staff, communities, and most importantly, their students. These are the hallmarks of the honorees.

“Twenty-first century skills are an essential component in education today, and effective school libraries and librarians are critical links for attaining these skills,” said Eugene Hainer, assistant commissioner and state librarian. “Students can benefit from the district’s support of these highly effective programs and the staff in the honored libraries.”

State and national studies conducted over the past two decades show that students in schools with endorsed librarians score better on standardized achievement tests in reading, compared with students in schools without endorsed librarians. For a complete list of the study visit

Congratulations to the following libraries and their librarian. And feel free to view pictures from the recognition ceremony!

Acres Green Elementary – Tracie King

Arvada High School – Tara McJunkin

Bergen Meadows Elementary & Bergan Valley Elementary – Teri Schuch

Centennial Middle School  – Jonathan Georgitis

Columbine Hills Elementary – Laura Reiman

Edgewater Elementary – Heidi Floyd

Foothills Elementary & Green Mountain Elementary– Lesa Higgins

Hackberry Hill Elementary – Julie Anderson

Howbert Elementary – Lisa Schott

Mandalay Middle School – Katherine Dockerty

Mountain Ridge Middle School – Pete Vincelette

Poudre High School – Krista Brakhage

Semper Elementary – Tammy Langeberg

Sierra Middle School – Stephanie Meurer & Jennifer Milstead

Southern Hills Middle School – Regina Hoskins

Summit Cove Elementary – Shelly Wasson

Summit Middle School – Susan Arrance

Wellington Middle School –  Mary Swanson

Werner Elementary – Pamela Thompson