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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!’

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!’

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.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

 

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’

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’

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.

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

Where: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/librarydevelopment/

No registration is required to attend.

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

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  • 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′

CSL in Session – Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections

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We invite you to attend our next CSL in Session, Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections   –Tuesday June 17, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

As libraries seek to redefine themselves in a new information age, libraries must develop strategies for engaging with the community. Traditional programs and services are no longer sufficient; libraries must be creative in building community relationships to help frame positive community growth. Learn how three diverse library systems met the challenge of engaging with their communities to create dynamic connections and develop meaningful partnerships that added value to the library AND the community.

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!

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/




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