Monthly Archive for October, 2015

Funding Available for Continuing Education!

Posted in behalf of the ALA Learning Round Table

APPLY NOW FOR THEPAT CARTERETTE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT

There’s nothing like attending a library conference or workshop to spark new interest, excitement and motivation in a library employee. That’s why Pat Carterette, a former Staff Development specialist, was always in the forefront of encouraging people to sign up, go…learn something new!

In her memory and to help further that legacy, the Learning Round Table of the American Library Association is offering the Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant. The grant winner will be awarded up to $1,000 to attend a continuing education event. Monies can be used to cover registration, travel, lodging or other expenses.

How can you win? Simply fill out the online application before March 1, 2016.

Supplemental letters of support and other materials can be emailed to: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, Learning Roundtable/Pat Carterette Scholarship Committee Chair, at chakalaausperk@gmail.com

The grant award will be announced at a Learning Roundtable meeting at ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June, 2016. The scholarship money can be used anytime in 2016-2017.

In honor of Pat’s spirit of learning, apply today!

 

Mark your calendar for RIPL 2016!

ripl_logoAre you…

… a public librarian, administrator, or other staff 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 your organization in making data-based decisions?

…eager to develop a peer network  to support your research and evaluation efforts?

Launched in 2015, the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) brings together people from across the country (rural, suburban, and urban public libraries) for an intensive, participatory learning experience. Offered by the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Library Consortium, this year’s institute will take place September 30-October 3, 2016 in Denver, CO. Participants will learn about topics such as:

  • designing outcome-based evaluation of programs and services
  • assessing the needs of your community
  • techniques for tracking public library data and using these data for planning, management, and proving worth to your community
  • using data and stories to demonstrate library impact
  • aligning research efforts with national initiatives such as Edge Benchmarks, the Impact Survey, and Project Outcome

Mark your calendar! Enrollment opens January 26, 2016 – and only 100 participants will take part in this immersive learning experience.

Find out more at http://ripl.lrs.org/

The 2015 Legislative Blue Book is Now Available in Audio

CSLLogo-CMYK-VThanks to the efforts of the staff and volunteers at the Colorado Talking Book Library, the Colorado Legislative Blue Book is now available as an MP3. You can also access a PDF version of the Blue Book on the Colorado Talking Book website as well.