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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.

Who Says History has to be Dull?

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, has an extensive History of Medicine Collection.   No surprise there.  But did you know about some of these gems from the new “Circulating Now” blog?

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  • There’s a story in “Circulating Now,” about President Garfield following his assassination.   As he lay dying he longed to go to the seashore.  A specially equipped train was outfitted, with gauze wrapped around the exterior of his train car, to reduce the amount of dust, as the President was transported to Elberon, New Jersey.   However, his train lacked the power to make the final ascent to Franklyn Cottage, where he would be staying.  Townspeople, realizing the issue, joined together to push the train car to the top of the hill, where Garfield died a few days later.
  • Before there was PTSD there was shell shock and combat fatigue and Gene Kelly’s “Combat Fatigue Irritability.” This short film was made during World War II as a “naval training film,” while Kelly, the renowned dancer/actor was serving in the U.S. Navy. First screened in 1945, it focused on “combat fatigue,” a category that eventually gave rise to our term, “post-traumatic stress disorder. “ Kelly’s daughter, Kerry Kelly Novick reflects on her father in a March 12, 2014 posting.
  • More than a colorful image of the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America, this poster offers a serious public health message: “Some moms and dads who drink too much are alcoholics, and they have a disease called alcoholism. If you want to learn more … ask someone you trust.”  This series of posters produced with Marvel Comics remind us of the importance of reaching and promoting bravery, strength, and resilience among children and youth living in families with alcoholism.
  • A recent posting dated March 17, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, is titled Famine Ships.  It chronicles, a brief history of the Irish potato famine, and the subsequent death and immigration of Irish people reducing the population of Ireland from about eight million in 1841 to six million in 1952.  Famine ships were designed to have eight persons to a bunk (four upper and four lower) with one hour of deck time for passengers.  Landlords often paid the fare for tenants in order to clear the land for grazing of sheep and cattle, a more lucrative option. 

And these are just a few of the postings on this most interesting, historical resource.   You can sign up to receive notifications of new posts on e-mail at:

And for more on the History of Medicine, from the National Library of Medicine, see:


2014-15 CAL Leadership Institute!

Looking for ways to grow your leadership skills?  Look no further than the CAL Leadership Institute(CALLI).

The CAL Leadership Institute develops leaders within CAL and the Colorado Library Community.  During the year-long Institute participants engage in personal discovery and growth through a series of workshops, online discussions, relationships with peers, and mentors.  A recent graduate said:

“My experience in CALLI was a catalyst for professional growth.  The readings, activities, and discussions had a dramatic effect on my day-to-day work as a library team member.   The leadership training played a big role in my career opportunities.  Most memorable are the friendships and collegial connections I made statewide.  CALLI made me a better, and happier librarian.”

The Institute begins September 2014.  Applications are due April 11.

For more information and to apply please visit the CAL website or contact Elizabeth Kelsen Huber- or Joanna Nelson-

The Dummies Guide to Online Portfolios

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

Many large libraries receive 300 applications to fill one job.  Although many libraries will still require a resume or CV, an online portfolio is a great supplement to the application process.  An online portfolio is a great way to distinguish yourself from the crowd.  A portfolio gives you more control over the types of materials and how it is packaged.  Online portfolios also display parts of your personality.

An online portfolio can be a great way to keep track of your accomplishments, professional development, presentations, and activities.  Often an online portfolio can include more visual elements or a lengthier explanation that is not normally found on a resume or CV such as articles, reports, PowerPoint presentations and links to blog entries. Additionally, visual materials can be presented like photography, illustrations, handouts, and ad campaigns.  It is also a great place to describe in more detail your role and skill set within a project.

Many employers now Google their prospective employees.  An online portfolio is a great way to have more control of your online identity.  With the advances in technology, it is now easy and affordable (free in most cases) to create your own online portfolio.  To find portfolio examples, just Google the terms ‘portfolio’ and ‘librarian.’


  • Audrey Barbakoff – Adult services librarian
  • Ellyssa Kroski – Writer / Editor / Speaker / Librarian / Instructor / Consultant
  • Cristy Moran – Associate Instructor / Circulation/ Service Area supervisor of the Miami Dade College Medical Campus Library
  • Starr Hoffman – Academic Librarian

Further Reading
Punch Up Your Portfolio by Katie Dunneback –This article gives you tips and examples of what to include in an online portfolio.

CSL in Session – Lead from Where You Are


Building upon leadership research, Sharon Morris will introduce a handy tool for identifying your unique leadership strengths. During this interactive session you will have the opportunity to reflect on leadership activities, share your thoughts, learn from others, and feel more empowered to use your natural abilities to lead – regardless of your position in a library.

Learn more about this leadership learning event at the CSL in Session website!

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!

Still Time to Apply for the MPLA Leadership Institute!

The 9th MPLA (Mountain Plains Library Association) Leadership Institute will again be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan. Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years of experience in leadership development and is the Past President of the American Library Association. She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program.

The Institute will be held April 27 – May 2, 2014 in Estes Park. Colorado.

Criteria for applicants:

  • Employed in a library organization in MPLA’s 12-state region
  • Current member of one of MPLA’s 12 affiliated state library associations
  • Minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progressive experience
  • Record of experience that demonstrates leadership potential
  • Expected continued contribution to the profession
  • A thoughtfully completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation

Interested? Visit the MPLA website for more details and application instructions, or read past attendee testimonials. Applications are due November 1, 2013!

Veteran’s Health Information Resources

Veterans and their family members need reliable health information resources sensitive and pertinent to their needs. They are unique community members with unique life events and experiences. Many of the skills and coping mechanisms veterans developed during service may prove counterproductive or misunderstood in civilian life. This, in addition to physical injuries and mental health issues, can make readjustment challenging for the individual, family members, and health providers.

Military Health Issues

Our nation’s nearly 24 million veterans have greater rates of obesity and diabetes, and over one-third suffer from arthritis. And suicide rates among veterans are 7-8 times higher than the general population – 1 nearly every 65 minutes.[i] Military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan[ii] survived wounds in numbers far greater than in previous wars – some 48,000 – due to advances in body armor, combat medicine, and improved evacuation procedures. However, the injuries sustained – traumatic brain injury, amputation, blindness, spinal cord injuries, and burns – require sophisticated, comprehensive, and often lifetime care. Mental health issues, like post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), are being reported in high numbers of returning service members. Veterans sustaining injuries from these two wars were more than twice as likely as those uninjured to have difficulty readjusting to civilian life, and nearly half stated strains in family relationships and frequent outbursts of anger.[iii]

Access to Care

Access to healthcare after deployment can be an additional challenge. Veterans are not automatically eligible for Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. Eligibility is based on veteran status, service-related disabilities, income level, and other factors. Even if an individual is eligible, barriers such as proximity to a VA facility and cost-sharing requirements may affect the likelihood of seeking care in the VA system. By the end of 2010, 2.15 million service members had been deployed, and of those returning:

·         23% suffered from mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)

·         20% from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

·         37% from depression

·         39% reported problems with alcohol[iv]

And a recent Institute of Medicine report found that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experienced inconsistencies in screening and treatment for these physical and mental health issues.

Rural veterans face additional health care challenges for a variety of reasons, including unequal access to higher quality services, shortages in qualified health professionals, lower incomes, and limited transportation options. On average, rural Veterans travel between 60-120 minutes for inpatient care, and 30-90 minutes for primary care. Forty percent of the nation’s veterans live in rural areas; three-fourths of rural veterans are over the age of 55.[v]


Nearly 1 in 7 homeless adults are veterans, with another 1.5 million at risk of homelessness. PTSD, depression, TBI, substance abuse, low incomes, unemployment, and difficulty reintegrating into society after long and repeated tours of duty contribute to this surge in homelessness. The Open Doors ( program, initiated to end homelessness by 2015, reported a 17% reduction in 2012. This program, a collaboration of 19 United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) member agencies, works to increase stable and affordable housing, provide opportunities for employment and improve access to healthcare.


Libraries are trusted institutions in the community. Library staffs are often members of the communities they serve and understand the diverse information needs of their customers. The National Library of Medicine’s health information resource MedlinePlus ( provides information about libraries ( in your community that offer consumer health resources and assistance.


There are many government sponsored and non-profit organizations serving the needs of veterans and their families. The Veterans Health resource guide ( provides a wealth of information for veterans, family members, care givers, and health providers. This guide has information on military health and exposures, clinical care information, insurance and benefits, recommended reading, and policy information. A few of the resources are highlighted below:

Amputee Coalition

The nation’s leading organization on limb loss, offering education, support and advocacy.  Provides information on what amputees might experience the first 12 months after limb loss, prosthetics, skin and tissue care, and physical therapy.

Military Families Resource Center

From the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This sites focus is the mental health of the veteran, spouse, partner, children and caregivers. Information on how to talk with children about deployment and reintegration, how to deal with media coverage of conflicts, and the needs of returning service members.

Women Veterans Health Care

Women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population. The Department of Veterans Affairs has several initiatives to improve services for women veterans.  This site proves information on health care services for women including reproductive care, rehabilitation, mental health, and treatment for military sexual trauma.


MedlinePlus has over 900 health topics, including military health. Resources for coping with deployment and separation, illness and injuries, the mental health effects of military service, and family issues.


Dana Abbey, MLS, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, University of Colorado Health Sciences Library,

Terri Ottosen, MLIS, AHIP, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library,


[i] Department of Veteran Affairs. Kemp, RN PhD, Janet, and Robert Bossarte, PhD. “Suicide Data Report, 2012.” (2013): N. pag. Web. 01 Aug. 2013. <>.

[ii] Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the name for the war in Afghanistan. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) is the name of the conflict in Iraq that began on March 20, 2003, and ended on December 15, 2011. On September 1, 2010, Operation New Dawn (OND) became the new name of OIF (Secretary of Defense Memorandum, February 17, 2010).

[iii]“War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era.” Social and Demographic Trends. Pew Research Center, 05 Oct. 2011. Web. 01 Aug. 2013. <>.  

[iv] Committee on the Assessment of Readjustment Needs Of Military Personnel, Veterans, And Their Families. “Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan: Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families.” Institute Of Medicine, 2013. Web. 01 Aug. 2013. <>.

[v] Skupien, PhD, M.S., R.N, Mary Beth. “The Health Needs of Rural Veterans.” FORUM: Translating Research Into Quality Health Care For Veterans. Department Of Veterans Affairs, Oct. 2010. Web. 01 Aug. 2013. <>.

Colorado ILEAD USA Participants Announced

Library staff across Colorado embraced the challenge and applied for ILEAD USA! We are proud to announce Colorado’s ILEAD USA participants!

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