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Reflections of CALCON15

Posted on behalf of Sarah Greenberg, Director of Library Resources, Grand County Library District

CSLLogo-CMYK-VAs 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’

Colorado State Library Scholarships Available for PLA 2016!

CSLLogo-CMYK-VThe 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!

Funding Available for Continuing Education!

Posted in behalf of the ALA Learning Round Table


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

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

The Colorado State Library Announces CALCON15 Scholarships for Students and Small/Rural Library Staff

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.CSLLogo-CMYK-V

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

Please forward any questions to Christine Kreger at

What Do Makerspaces, Technology Training, and Customer Service Have In Common?

Library Creation and Learning CenterAside from being hot topics in libraries, (or rather because they are hot topics), the State Library has updated and added to the content available on the Library and Creation and Learning website.

We still offer the wonderful self-paced learning modules on Customer Service, and Technology Training, we have also added archived webinars and additional resources.

The Makerspace content has also been updated, offering information and resources on maker programming, funding, 3D printing, and digital creation software.

In the next several months, we will be adding new content areas to the site, so if you have not visited the Library creation and learning website, or it has been a while, we invite you to stop by! Don’t forget to check out the Continuing Education Calendar to see what learning events are on the horizon!


FREE Library Continuing Education for July

Another great selection of free continuing education opportunities curated by the Wyoming State Library!



Wednesday, July 1 (9-10 am)

Cardboard Conundrum: Why a Small University Library Has Grown a Monthly Board Game Night (Nebraska Library Commission)

One Saturday each month about 50 people gather at Concordia University’s Link Library to play board games. That might sound banal in a higher education setting or Luddite in this age of ever-increasing technology. Since 1995, however, a grand renaissance in board game design is providing games that are intellectually stimulating, artistically engaging, educationally valuable, and socially exciting. Hear how a modern board game event in the library offers outreach to the students, faculty and community. Learn what resources we use to develop and promote the event. If you believe that fun has no place in the library, do not attend this session.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:


Wednesday, July 1 (10-11 am)

Leadership Development Simple Truths: The Power of a Situational Approach (American Management Association)

Build Strong Work Relationships to Boost Team Performance To improve the level of engagement and performance among team members, managers must master the art of flexing their leadership style to increase the quality and quantity of their conversations with the people they lead. During this webcast, you’ll learn the timeless truths and proven practices of the most widely-used leadership model in the world.  Look at the ways managers—new and experienced alike—can improve the way they connect and communicate with others to improve performance.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:


Wednesday, July 1 (11-12 pm)

Creative Thank You’s: Boost Donations with an Attitude of Gratitude (4Good)

Creating long-lasting relationships and inspiring donors to give again and again is not as easy as you might think. What do donors want? It’s simple really: to feel truly appreciated with a heartfelt thank you. However, it’s deceptively simple. Why? You want your donors to feel really, really good. And you want them to remember that feeling. How can you create a lasting glow? How can you go beyond the standard show of thanks and create a gratification strategy that makes donors feel valued and motivated to keep giving? Join us for this interactive, 60-minute webinar to discover how to show gratitude in a way that knocks your donors’ socks off and gets them to keep giving to your nonprofit.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: Continue reading ‘FREE Library Continuing Education for July’

Minding Your Own Business: Library services for businesses and entrepreneurs

CSLinSessionPlease join us for our next CSL in Session, Minding Your Own Business: Library services for businesses and entrepreneurs on Thursday June 25 from 12 – 1 PM (Mountain Time).

Libraries are often great at meeting the individual needs of their patrons, both inside the library and out. But, how well are we serving the businesses in our communities? Come join us for a discussion on the different ways libraries can serve the businesses and entrepreneurs who live and work on our communities. Learn and share ideas about making your library the go-to resource for business people in your community.

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



My Experience at the REFORMA Mini Conference

Posted on behalf of Amy Halbach, Colorado State Library REFORMA Mini-Conference Scholarship Recipient.CSLLogo-CMYK-V

What an informative conference! I am so glad I had the opportunity to go. I am a graduate student and this was my first library conference. I left the conference feeling refreshed and ready to make changes in my own library. The first presentation on Buying Books in Espan͂ol was informative and engaging. I left knowing what types of books are the most important to buy for the Spanish Speaking population in the Denver-Metro area. I also left with the knowledge on the best websites to search when looking for popular books and authors in Spanish speaking countries around the world.

The last session on Multicultural Children’s Literature in Picture Books was also very informative and I immediately started analyzing many of the books in my school library for correct representations of different cultures.

Awesome conference filled with librarians who were enthused to be sharing their knowledge and resources with all of the attendees!

Reflections on the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop!

CSLLogo-CMYK-VPosted on behalf of Amanda Langdon, Colorado State Library 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop Scholarship Recipient

First, I wanted to thank the Colorado State Library for their generous scholarship, allowing me to attend the Paralibrarian Spring Workshop in Boulder. This was my second continuing education program since entering the field, and it was so much better than the first! At both, I was one of very few academic librarians, so a bit of effort had to be put into finding ways to apply the wealth of information provided to my specialized field. CAL’s workshops, however, were far more academic-friendly, and more universally applicable. The greatest challenge was deciding which of the sessions to attend: they all sounded interesting and useful!

The morning began with a tasty catered cold breakfast and registration, followed by three amazingly enthusiastic keynote speakers from Pine River Library. They talked about the challenges they’d faced, how they’d overcome them, and how they’d worked with hard-won grant monies to develop their community services beyond anyone’s expectations. Continue reading ‘Reflections on the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop!’