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Rethink. Reinvent. Rejuvenate. Library Makeovers – Registration is Open!

The Colorado State Library cordially invites you to attend a unique workshop on how to implement a library makeover within a wide range of budgets.

When was the last time your library had a makeover?  Do users find your physical space inviting? Are print usage statistics declining? Join international Retail and Library Consultant Kevin Hennah for an information rich workshop on update your library’s look. Continue reading ‘Rethink. Reinvent. Rejuvenate. Library Makeovers – Registration is Open!’

2015 Kraemer Copyright Conference

Need to learn more about copyright and how to navigate it in the library world? Register for the 2015 UCCS Copyright Conference! The conference is FREE, and open to staff from public, academic, school, and special libraries!

When: June 1 & 2, 2015

Where: The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918

Learn more and register for the conference!


It’s All About Choice, Baby! Flipping the Professional Development Model for Librarians

CSLinSessionJoin us for our next CSL in Session: It’s All About Choice, Baby! Flipping the Professional Development Model for Librarians on Thursday February 26 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (Mountain Time).


  • Does the professional development you provide for your staff elicit more groans than cheers?
  • Would you rather offer professional development that is useful and engaging?

After years of experimenting, we found a PD model that is more dynamic, offers more choices, and encourages leadership from within the group you are coaching, mentoring, etc. Using a combination of the flipped model and the workshop model, we created PD that puts our librarians in control of their own learning. Come learn how we did it and how to replicate it with your staff, in your own library or library district!

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


Even More CALCON 2014 Reflections

Posted on behalf of Jen Hillebrandt,  Youth Services Coordinator for the Gunnison County Library District, CALCON 2014 Small/Rural Scholarship Winner

CALCONSo, CALCON.  It’s been weeks now, but I’m STILL utilizing so much from that information packed 3 days (or was it 4? Sheesh there was ALOT going on!)  You know how you have those days, weeks, months perhaps, of feeling like the hamster on the wheel, or Bill Murray in Groundhog Day where you’re just in a rut with work?  ANOTHER toddler storytime?  “Yes, we have Unbroken.  Yes, I’ll put it on hold for you.”  “The bathroom’s around the corner.”  “No, you can’t shoot your popgun in the library (true story).”  Well, as much as I hate to admit it, it was happening to me this fall. Perhaps it was SRP burnout.  Or the change of the seasons.   Or the fact that the Broncos lost to the Seahawks, AGAIN.  Anyhoo, I was doing the whole “what-am-I-doing-with-my-life-should-I-really-keep-working-at-the-library-aren’t-I-supposed-to-BE-more?” thing.  Right.  And then I attended CALCON.  Wow.  Makerspaces and programming and marketing, oh my!   Activism and questioning and freedom, oh my.   Networking and brainstorming and POSSIBILITIES, oh my.  Not to mention those desserts!

My top three picks, or AHA! moments are as follows: Continue reading ‘Even More CALCON 2014 Reflections’

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.

A Nagging Feeling

It’s there, in the back of your mind, the feeling that you missed something. You can’t quite put your finger on it and maybe it’s keeping you up at night.  You continue to ask yourself “what could it be?”… did I forget to pay the cell phone bill, pick up the dry cleaning, send a thank you note?Survey

Wait! Did you neglect to complete the Continuing Education (CE) Needs Assessment being sponsored by the State Library and CLiC?

If indeed you did forget…or postpone to when you “had the time” the time is now!

The survey closes on October 3 and we REALLY do need you to give us your opinion…not to mention that there are PRIZES!

So don’t delay, we’re waiting to hear from you.

CSL in Session – It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of your School Librarian Awesomeness!


We invite you to attend our next CSL in Session: It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sharing Evidence of your School Librarian Awesomeness! – Wednesday September 24, 2012 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

  • How do you provide concrete, measurable evidence for abstract concepts like leadership and instructional best practice?
  • How can you provide this kind of evidence without adding to an already jam-packed workload?
  • Why is it so important that school librarians do this?

Attendees at this session will learn practical answers to these questions and more. You will walk away knowing how and why to prove your awesomeness!

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

Using Data to Serve your Community Webinar

meeting_10Join us to hear the directors of the Denver Public Library, the High Plains Library District, the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, and the Poudre River Public Library District discuss how they are using community data to make decisions about services in their libraries. You will learn about the specific tools these libraries are using and the impact data analysis has on their service.

When: Tuesday September 23, 2014 from 12 – 1 PM Mountain Daylight Time


No registration is required to attend.

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Help Us (and help yourselves)!

SurveyDo it for the kids. Or the animals. Or as penance for sneaking the last chip from the party bowl.

Whatever makes you feel guilty, think about it RIGHT NOW, and then pay back some good karma by doing a good thing. How simple could that be?

Easy. Just fill out our survey (15 minutes if you’re a speed reader and a speed clicker, double that time if you’re being thoughtful). And then your conscience will be clear!

What survey you ask? Well, the State Library and CLiC want to learn more about your Continuing Education (CE) needs. “Hoo boy, that sounds exciting (not),” you think. Hey now, did we promise that this was going to be easy?!

Oops, guess we did. Ok, so we’ll stick with that story…

Listen, we REALLY do need you to give us your opinion, to help us better understand “learning needs” and “training gaps” and other jargon-y kinds of CE stuff. Any staff member from any library in Colorado (public, school, academic, or special) can respond! Multiple responses from each library are welcome. The survey should be completed by Friday October 3, 2014.

Still not motivated? Ok, then we’ll amp things up. We have additional incentives, and they don’t involve physical intimidation. We HAVE PRIZES!

Yup, we’ll bribe you. Respond by OCT 3, 2014 and YOU will be entered to win ANY NUMBER of incredible prize packages! No, we’re not lying about this. We HAVE PRIZES.

So, whether it’s out of the goodness or greediness of your heart, or out of straight-up-guilt, PLEASE fill out the survey.