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More CALCON 2014 Reflections

Posted on behalf of Kristy Scott, La Vista Correctional Facility Library Tech II, CALCON 2014 Small/Rural Scholarship Winner CALCON

This was my first ever CALCON. Let me first start by saying thank you. What an awesome experience! There were so many creative and educational ideas available to put to use in our own little piece of libraryland.

The staff was amazing and extremely helpful. The brochure gave accurate information on what was available, where it was available, and when it was available. The food was wonderful! The coffee, water, and sodas seemed to have an endless supply. The luncheons provided were scrumptious and the servers were very gracious at removing our unwanted plates. I thoroughly enjoyed the speakers and listening while we feasted on our meal. Corinne Hill was very pleasant to listen to as well as educational about getting what you want for your library and making things happen even when presented with obstacles. Continue reading ‘More CALCON 2014 Reflections’

Don’t Forget! Research Institute for Public Libraries Scholarship Opportunity

ripl_logoAre you interested in learning how to use data for decision making, strategic planning, and demonstrating the impact of your library? Do you work in a Colorado public library, or are you a current MLIS student interested in working in a public library? Then we hope you will consider applying for a scholarship for next summer’s Research Institute for Public Libraries:

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 hands-on, intensive workshops about: Continue reading ‘Don’t Forget! Research Institute for Public Libraries Scholarship Opportunity’

CALCON 2014 Reflections

Posted on behalf of Zoraya Salas, Bilingual Library Associate for the High Plains Library District, CALCON 2014 Student Scholarship Winner


Wow, my first day at CALCON and I was met with an enthusiastic staff at registration.  Taking a glance through the CAL conference booklet, there is so much to anticipate with the many interesting sessions to choose from.  With a little patience, they were able to navigate me to my first session.  I must admit, comfortable shoes and plenty of writing utensils are a must!  My first session was: Marketing Reference Services at an Academic Library-Just do it!  Though I work at a public library, as a grad student, I am interested to know how to allure students to our repositories from afar.  Thanks Lindsay and Kimberly for your innovating research.

What excitement! My first CALCON and there is so much to see, listen to, and learn.  Many interesting discussions along with engaging peers from Colorado keep the day from never-ending.  Many of us had the pleasure of listening to Corrine Hill and her challenges at Chattanooga Public Library, which she has carved into an innovating library, full of passionate individuals just like her.  She discussed the importance of keeping what belongs in today’s libraries and letting go of what doesn’t work.  Ms. Hill is on the mission to provide a library environment that is home for all and her work is just beginning. Continue reading ‘CALCON 2014 Reflections’

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.

Save the Date! Research Institute for Public Libraries – Summer 2015

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?

The Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) will bring together people from across the country (rural, suburban, and urban public libraries) in a sequestered environment in Colorado Springs, Colorado for intensive, experiential learning. From July 27-30, 2015, participants will learn in hands-on workshops topics such as: Continue reading ‘Save the Date! Research Institute for Public Libraries – Summer 2015’

Denver Mini Maker Faire Recap

The State Library hosted a booth at the Denver Mini Maker Faire this past weekend, and were joined by the Aurora Public Library, Arapahoe Library District, the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), Douglas County Public Libraries, and Jefferson County Public Libraries. Everyone brought something along for attendees to play with, and it was a blast!

Everyone loved Aurora’s marble roller coaster, made with just cardstock and tape, particularly the younger set. You can find the kit online, and each of the Aurora branches will be building their own to coincide with summer reading.

The Occulus Rift that Arapahoe brought was certainly the biggest draw, with a line most of the day both Saturday and Sunday. However, people loved playing with all of our tech, and making buttons and LED badges to wear.

We also happened to be just across from the Denver Public Library’s “Toy Hack,” which lead to some inventive, and at times disturbing, creations.

Overall, the Maker Faire was a great opportunity to get to talk to people about what libraries are offering in the way of new technology and makerspaces, and we were able to have fun while doing it!

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!

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!

ILEAD USA Application Deadline is Fast Approaching!

Seven days! This is a nudge, a reminder about the approaching application deadline for participation in ILEAD USA…

If you’re one working on an application to be a program attendee (iLeader), it’s not too late to gather up others for your team (or align with a team seeking an additional member). You CAN DO IT!

Team applications are important. Why are we requesting that interested individuals form teams before the application process? You’ll find that answer here, in our FAQ entry.

Need help finding team members?

ILEAD USA is about taking risk, pushing yourself. Show us you’re made of the right stuff!

All applications for iLeaders (team members), mentors, and instructors are due Friday December 14, 2012! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

We always welcome your questions.

ILEAD USA is Looking for Inspiring Instructors!

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”– William Arthur Ward

  • Do you have skills in technology, managing change, project management and/or leadership?
  • Would you find it rewarding to share your expertise with others?
  • Are you able to convey knowledge to others in an exciting interesting way that helps them retain and build on the content?

Help inspire the next generation of library leaders in Colorado! Apply to be an instructor for ILEAD USA! We are looking for inspirational instructors to teach leadership and/or technology classes.

We are still working on the curriculum for this program, but you can view a list of possible classes on our website. We are open to recommendations for classes as well, so share your thoughts with us in your application!

In addition to sharing your knowledge and expertise with library staff across 5 states, instructors will have the opportunity to network with library leaders, and attend many of the other leadership and technology sessions.

Applications are due December 14, 2012. Feel free to contact Christine Kreger with any questions at 303-866-6046 or!