Posted on behalf of Sarah Greenberg, Director of Library Resources, Grand County Library District
As libraries expand with streaming video, 3-D printers, and makerspaces, some of us with shrinking budgets and limited space are feeling left behind. Fortunately, CALCON 2015 opened my eyes to some of the small and inexpensive things we can do at our libraries to open doors for our patrons. Things like offering healthy snacks to help feed our kids who might be growing up hungry. Or making sure that all staff know how to handle basic tech questions, so patrons feel comfortable asking anyone for help with an eBook. Even weeding your collection to maintain a reputation for currency and reliability can help to build a relationship of trust between a library and its patrons.
One of my favorite sessions, presented by Lindsay Roberts and Andrea Reveley, discussed how to obtain and make use of patron feedback. My library already has a guest book at each branch, which has been a wonderful source of (largely positive) patron thoughts and comments. Roberts and Reveley suggested using a “Sorry Log” to track patron complaints, noting that this method allows you to tally the number of complaints about different services or areas. They used the example of students requesting double-sided printing, circulation desk staff noting these in the “sorry log,” and the tech department realizing the extent of the requests and implementing a change. And this change began with a simple paper and pencil! Continue reading ‘Reflections of CALCON15’
Posted on behalf of Sharon Bassist, Colorado State Library CALCON Scholarship Recipient
Hello! I am Sharon Bassist, the new Program Coordinator for the Clear Creek County Library District; Idaho Springs and Georgetown for those of you unfamiliar with the area. I was one of the Colorado State Library CALCON 2015 Small/Rural Library Scholarship recipients! Because I was honored with a scholarship, I get the opportunity to write my first blog post, so if this is not your normal post, that would be why! This is also my first CALCON as I am new to the library field. I have all sorts of new opportunities with my new job and I love it!
I really enjoyed my CALCON experience! The keynote speakers were very enjoyable. Ryan Warner from CPR and Salvador Avila were my favorites. Who knew that learning to be a DJ could be incorporated with STEM programs and offered after school at the library?? That is thinking outside the box at its most creative, SO COOL!!!
I was able to take full advantage of the conference and really did learn so much. My favorite session was “Walk This Way: Taking Storytime Out of the Library.” StoryWalk was an entirely new concept to me and I am planning on bringing it to life in our county. Having libraries in two different towns grants me the opportunity to execute this idea in different forums. I am also excited to incorporate it with the Wellness theme for the Summer Reading Program for 2016. We are small mountain towns and can offer this walk/storytime as a hike around the waterfall, a walk down the main streets with the stories in store fronts and on a walk from the library to the local park. I did attend many different sessions, but this one was the most memorable and one that I feel I have the opportunity to bring to life in our county.
Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to go to CALCON and learn about the wonderful world of libraries. I hope to be able to attend this conference again in the future to continue my love for learning and creating. Who knows, if this blog goes well, you may hear from me again when I get my StoryWalk into place!
The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce that we are offering four (4) PLA 2016 conference registration scholarships! Our goal is to develop leaders within the Colorado library community by helping library staff who might not otherwise be able to attend the 2016 PLA Conference in Denver April 7 – 9, 2016.
Anyone who is a CAL or PLA member currently working in a public library in Colorado, and not already registered for the conference is eligible to apply. Because we are looking to develop leaders throughout the library community, there are no requirements for minimum or maximum work experience.
For more information and details on how to apply, check out our scholarship information on the Library Creation & Learning Centers website!
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 email@example.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!
… 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/
Thanks 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.
The Colorado State Library is Pleased to Announce our CALCON15 Scholarships!
Please join us in congratulating Sharon Bassist, Program Coordinator at the Clear Creek County Library District; Charlene Blakeley, Director of the Kiowa County Public Library District; and Sarah Greenberg, Director of Library Resources at the Grand County Library District and MLS student at Emporia State University!
Posted on behalf of Gene Hainer
The implementation team with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is seeking input from partners via a survey located here on what to consider as the state’s WIOA plan is developed. Should take 1-3 minutes. Public libraries and community colleges are potential partners because of resources, programming, and training provided to job seekers or adult learners.
See this webinar for details on WIOA and libraries. One area to consider reinforcing in the survey comments is if WIOA funds to the state could be applied to a statewide license for things like Learning Express, or similar tools that could be made available to all libraries and residents to assist with career and job training.
Did you miss out on the inaugural Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) this past summer? Well, now’s your chance to be a part of the #RIPLeffect. RIPL instructors will be offering a full day preconference at PLA 2016 in Denver: Think, Do, Show: Practical Techniques for Analyzing, Using, and Visualizing Data to Improve Practice and Demonstrate Impact.
Learn more about the PLA Preconference!
The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce that we are offering four (4) CALCON15 registration scholarships. Our goal is to develop leaders within the Colorado library community by helping students and staff from small/rural libraries who might not otherwise be able to attend the annual conference, participate in CALCON 2015.
We are offering 2 full conference registration scholarships to students, currently enrolled in an MLS/MLIS program; and 2 full conference registration scholarships to staff who work in small/rural libraries in Colorado. Applications are due by 5 PM on Monday August 31, 2015, and recipients will be notified by Monday September 14, 2015.
You can learn more about these scholarships and access the application materials at http://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calcon15-scholarships.
Please forward any questions to Christine Kreger at firstname.lastname@example.org.