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Free SIPA Services and Grants Webinar

Do You Know About SIPA?

SIPA ( stands for the Statewide Internet Portal Authority.  SIPA was formed by the Colorado General Assembly to provide efficient and effective e-Government services for Colorado government entities and their citizens through the use of modern business practices and innovative technology.

Some of the services they provide – at free or discounted cost – include, but are not limited to:
– Payment Processing
– Event Registration
– Websites on
– Google Apps for Government

SIPA also offers micro-grants to help you improve and streamline services that will assist in providing more information and technology online to citizens. In the past, these grants have been used for everything from scanners to funding historic newspaper digitization.

Briana Milligan from Colorado’s SIPA will share the possibilities and power of working with SIPA. She’ll also tell us more about their upcoming fall grant cycle.

Join us at 12:00 on October 9th to learn more about what SIPA and SIPA’s grants can do for your library and community.  This webinar will be hosted  by Christine Kreger and Mary McCarthy of the Colorado State Library.

Webinar access:

K-12 School Partnership Funding

Call for Applications (CFAs):

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under contract with the National Library of Medicine, announces the availability of K-12 School Partnership funding.

The MCR plans to fund four awards up to $1,500 in Option Year 3 (May 2014-April 2015):

  • Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.
  • Recipients will be notified by October 7, 2014.
  • Projects must be completed by April 30, 2015.


The purpose of this award is to support new projects or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, medical/hospital, or academic health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) involving National Library of Medicine health and/or science information that can serve as a model for other partnerships.

Examples of projects include:

  • Partnerships to provide access to health information to support health and/or science curriculum.
  • Partnerships to conduct innovative health and/or science information outreach programs.
  • Partnerships to benefit community access to health information.
  • Partnerships to improve access to health information for underserved/vulnerable populations.


Partners must be an NN/LM MCR Full or Affiliate member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by entering a zip code in the NN/LM Member Directory. Not a member, sign up today, it’s free.

Allocation of Funds

Reimbursements will be made to project leader upon receipt of invoice(s). Indirects and overhead are not allowable.


Quarterly and final reports are required.


Apply online.


If you have questions regarding this award, contact Dana Abbey or Monica Rogers, MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinators.


E-Rate Training Available

Posted on behalf of DeLilah Collins, E-grants and Education technology, Colorado Department of Education

There is still time to register for 2014-2015 E-rate funding year training sessions.

CDE is pleased to offer beginner and advanced training sessions for the 2014-15 E-rate funding year. Training is available for all E-rate applicants and service providers.

The Beginning training session is designed to introduce new applicants to the E-rate process. This training will go over the history of E-rate, application process, and form completion. Applicants are encouraged to bring forms completed in previous years and documentation to complete the form 470 application.

The Advanced session will cover topics new proposed form 470 & 471 in addition to eligible services, contracts, funding issues, appeals and CIPA. If there is a specific topic of interest, be sure to add that topic when completing the registration form.

Greeley – High Plains Library
2650 W. 29th Street
Greeley, CO 80631

  • December 12 – Beginners
  • December 13 – Advanced

Metro – Mile High United Way
Founders Room
2505 18th Street
Denver, CO 80211

  • December 16 – Beginners
  • December 17 – Advanced

Grand Junction – Basil T. Knight Building
596 North Westgate Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81505

  • January 28 – Beginner
  • January 29 – Advanced

Questions? Contact DeLilah Collis at or 303-866-6850.

Results Are In! – Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey

The 2011-2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS) study results are in and all the various resources based on the data are now available to you and your libraries.
Of particular interest:

Many thanks to all the libraries that participated in the study!

2012-13 LSTA Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries

DUE: August 1, 2012

The Colorado State Library has announced competitive grants for fiscal year 2012-2013 through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program, designed to distribute federal funds to eligible school, public, academic or special libraries. Total amount awarded during this funding period will be approximately $300,000.
For the purpose of this grant, project activities must focus on either community/outreach services or youth services in one or more of the following areas: Continue reading ‘2012-13 LSTA Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries’

First issue of “YS News” now available

Check out the first issue of the new monthly newsletter for youth services librarians! YS News will feature articles on learning development, summer reading updates, timely tidbits like grant opportunities and interesting resources, children’s and teen literature news, and an exchange of what’s going on in CO libraries.

See the first issue here (PDF)

Would you like to see a topic covered in the newsletter? Want to share info about your programs? Or perhaps contribute an article? Contact the State Library’s Youth & Family Services Consultant, Beth Crist, 303-866-6908.

Apply Now for a 2012 Summer Reading Mini-Grant

Public libraries may now apply for a 2012 Summer Reading mini-grant! The Colorado State Library will award a limited number of mini-grants of $200 each for public libraries to support, enhance, and promote the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) statewide summer reading themes in their local communities.

The themes for 2012 are “Dream Big – READ!” (children), “Own the Night” (teens), and “Between the Covers” (adults). Priority will be given to libraries below 10,000 Legal Service Area population and libraries in non-metro locations. Per IMLS guidelines, the mini-grant funding should be spent on books.
Summer Reading 2012
To be eligible for a 2012 mini-grant, libraries must have submitted the 2011 summer reading report AND be registered for the 2012 statewide summer reading themes.


DEADLINE: Friday, January 31, 2012

Beth Crist, 303-866-6908
Youth & Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library

Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS)

60% is the magic number!

A magic percentage for public libraries, really. “How is it magic,” you ask. It is the response rate each state must reach in order to have state-level reports from the National Survey of Public Library Funding and Technology Access (PLFTAS). Reports like the State Briefs found here.

Want to be part of the magic?

  1. Take the survey here
  2. Look up you library’s survey id here
  3. More information here Continue reading ‘Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS)’

FY11-12 LSTA Grant Project Discussion Webinar

Bring your questions regarding potential projects addressing this year’s LSTA goal:

“Colorado students and adult learners receive services from libraries and librarians that support educational achievement and lifelong learning”

The session will begin with a 10 minute overview of this year’s LSTA grant application and timeline. After answering your questions we will open up the session to discuss your project ideas. We can address your technology concerns; tell you if your project fits this year’s goal; help determine if your project is feasible; and much more! Come prepared for a lively discussion!

  • Tuesday, June 21st at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 22nd at 9:00AM – 10:30AM

RSVP to Jean Heilig at, 303-866-6731, by Monday, June 20th. Identify which session you will be attending. You will be provided with login information. Attendance is limited to 25 people per session. Additional sessions will be planned as needed.

See the State Library’s LSTA page for more information

AIRS Announces 2011-12 Statewide Package

Posted on behalf of Linda Sturgeon, AIRS Chair—–
The AIRS Committee (Acquisition of Information Resources Statewide) has negotiated with OCLC and EBSCO to provide selected databases covering general, business and K-12 information at a special Colorado statewide rate.
For the coming fiscal year (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012), the statewide package of databases has been finalized. Details about the FY11-12 program are available on the AIRS web site. The AIRS Committee was able to keep pricing stable for FY2011-2012 even while many libraries with shrinking budgets were forced to drop out last year and may be dropping out during the coming year.