Monthly Archive for October, 2014

Happy Birthday Jonas Salk

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” – Dr. Jonas Salk

100 years ago today, Jonas Salk was born in New York. Dr. Salk was able to create an injectable vaccine for polio or Infantile Paralysis, a muscle wasting or paralysis disease.  Read on to learn more about the early days of the vaccine.

Thanks to the Google doodle of the day for inspiration.

Join The Fight Against Polio
Douglas County News
December 31, 1953
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We Asked, 462 Responded!


The Colorado State Library and CLiC would like to thank each and every one of the 462 library staff members who took the time to fill out the recent Continuing Education Needs assessment! 

We are still sifting through the wealth of data you generously provided about your library training needs and gaps, but here are a few initial highlights! (Click on the image to enlarge.)



You can also view a map of responses from across the state! (Zoom in for greater detail)

Over the next several weeks, we will dig deeper into the data to uncover specific needs by library type, library size and location, library staff position, and such to assess how the State Library, CLiC, and the larger library community can best address these needs. We will continue to share what we find moving forward.

Additionally, CLiC drew the names of 4 lucky prize pack winners, who have all been contacted. Thanks again to all who participated!

WWII Stocking Drives

No sooner had nylon stockings been invented, but the War drives starting calling for old silk and nylon stockings.  Silk stockings were used in artillery, while nylon was recycled into parachutes. Women were called upon to do their part, not hoard, and donate their stockings to the war effort.

Victory vs. Luxury
Record-Journal of Douglas County
May 22, 1942

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Nylon Stockings First Sold

Nylon stockings were first sold to the U. S. public on October 24, 1939. They were advertised as being made out of Du Pont Wonder Yarn, and were billed as a replacement for more expensive silk stockings.  Du Pont failed in their bid to copyright nylons, and soon nylons were made available from different companies. To read about the early days of nylons, please visit some of these articles.

Nylon Stockings
Aspen Daily Times
May 16, 1940
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MacArthur Returns

In March 1942, General Douglas MacArthur was forced to abandon the U. S. fortress in the Philippines during World War II. At the time he vowed, “I shall return.”  October 20, 1944 is the 70th anniversary of the day MacArthur returned with his troops to the Philippines, declaring on the radio, “People of the Philippines, I have returned.”

War News Is Bad
Steamboat Pilot
February 19, 1942

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

“Liberty’s too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I’m free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn’t, I can, and my children will.” – Jefferson Smith

75 years ago today, Frank Capra debuted a film about a naive man who is sent to Washington as a Senate appointee.  James Stewart starred as Jefferson Smith, Boy Ranger, who learns the realities of politics in the nation’s capital. Read on to enjoy a little Hollywood gossip of yesteryear around this political hit.

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Research Institute for Public Libraries – Scholarship Opportunity for Coloradans

The Colorado State Library is offering up to 15 full scholarships to the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) in July 2015.  This national event, hosted by the Colorado State Library and CLiC, will offer three days of ripl_logohands-on, intensive workshops about:

  • Evaluation design and implementation
  • Data collection and use for strategic planning
  • Measures for reporting library impact
  • Tips for aligning research efforts with national initiatives such as Edge Benchmarks and the Impact Survey

The ideal candidate for this scholarship is:

  • Interested in getting started using data for savvy and strategic planning.
  • Looking for both inspiration and instruction in a hands-on, participatory environment.
  • Seeking to learn about outcomes and how to measure library impact.
  • Committed to leading his/her organization in making data-based decisions.
  • Eager to develop a peer network to support research and evaluation efforts.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

a) employed by a public library in Colorado OR
b) a Colorado resident either enrolled in a Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) program or a 2015 MLIS graduate at the time of the institute (this opportunity is most appropriate for students intending to work in public libraries)

Special consideration will be given to applicants working in small or rural libraries and/or those working with underserved populations. However, staff working in any Colorado public library and/or Colorado residents enrolled in an MLIS program are encouraged to apply for scholarships.

For more information and to apply, please visit the RIPL website. Scholarship applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, November 14, 2014.

Colorado Experience : Colorado’s Cold War

October 16 on Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado Experience you can view Colorado’s Cold War, examining the impact of Rocky Flats and the atomic age on Colorado.  Early news items about the facility often referred to it as an atomic energy plant or atomic plant, not as the site of a factory for plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons.  You can read more about the nuclear appropriations and mentions of Rocky Flats in the following articles:

Truman Announces U. S. Will Add Hydrogen Bomb to Arms Program; Major Housing Plan Is Envisioned
Aspen Daily Times
February 16, 1950

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CSL in Session – Bonding with Your Community: How to Craft Your Library Story


We invite you to attend our next CSL in Session: Bonding with Your Community: How to Craft Your Library Story! – Wednesday October 22 12-1 PM (MDT). Our presenters will be Jim Duncan and Elizabeth Kelsen Huber from the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC).

“It was a pleasure to burn.” So starts Fahrenheit 451, with a frightening glimpse into a dystopian future — where a fireman’s only calling is to torch books.

As a library staff member, did these two sentences elicit a visceral response in you? That’s the power of story. Hook, entice, engage. And in many libraries, opportunities are missed daily — to capture moments, experiences and impacts.

In this CSL In Session class, attendees will discuss WHY libraries should be telling stories, along with strategies and tools for using stories as a way to bond with their communities.

The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below. No registration is necessary!

Antwerp Falls to the Germans

In late September 1914, the Germans began bombarding the fortified city of Antwerp in Belgium.  Antwerp was under siege for almost two weeks, while Belgian and British troops struggled to deal with the heavy artillery fire from the Big Bertha howitzer gun. On October 10, 1914, the Belgians raised the white flag and Antwerp fell to the Germans.

Germans Claim Big Gains at Antwerp Having Silenced Three Forts
Fort Collins Weekly Courier
October 9, 1914
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