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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/

Next CSL in Session – Tending the Garden of Innovation

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  • Does everyone have the potential to be innovative?
  • What does it take to cultivate your own creativity?
  • What tools could you use to stimulate the growth of new ideas from the group you’re working with?
  • What are three key tools to ensure that your project is grounded in fertile soil?

Please join us as Jane Martel, Customer Experience Coordinator for the Arapahoe Library District shares practical information and tips for harnessing your inner innovator!

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

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!

Why Google Glass is the 51st Shade of Grey

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Google Glass is a wearable computer that a user wears like (ultra-chic) eyeglasses. The screen is a small cube in the upper right-hand corner of the device, visible only to the wearer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can interact with the Internet via voice commands.

Many libraries across the country have bought this technology including Colorado’s Arapahoe Library District.

A benefit of having Google Glass is that it promotes makerspace’s culture of innovation.  On the other hand, it is an early technology which can be pricy for many libraries.

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Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced

Posted on behalf of Jacqueline Murphy, Colorado State Library

Inspired by the importance of shifting perceptions of libraries, a group of Colorado library marketers and directors have developed a bold new campaign designed to reintroduce our Colorado libraries to their communities through  a week long celebration September 14-20, 2014. The statewide effort is designed for libraries of all types and sizes to “shake things up” in their community in a way that fits their resources and identity (both staff- and dollar-wise).  It could be as simple as a cupcake maker station-stand in front of the library, or as elaborate as installing a Camp Happiness (Anythink) site at the DMV!

To participate, get creative ideas and receive updates leading up to the celebration week, sign up at http://getoutsidethelines.org/
Stay tuned and have fun!

Libraries Are Posting, but Is Anyone Listening?

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Scanning library job titles and duties it becomes apparent that libraries across the nation are investing heavily in a social media presence.  According to Library Journal’s Survey on Public Library Marketing Methods and Best Practices, 86 percent of libraries said they were using social media.  However, 48 percent of libraries surveyed said they weren’t measuring their efforts at all.  This disconnect of creating content without measuring its effectiveness does nothing to improve a library’s social media presence.

Here are the 4 of the most important ingredients for viral content: Continue reading ‘Libraries Are Posting, but Is Anyone Listening?’

2014-15 CAL Leadership Institute!

Looking for ways to grow your leadership skills?  Look no further than the CAL Leadership Institute(CALLI).

The CAL Leadership Institute develops leaders within CAL and the Colorado Library Community.  During the year-long Institute participants engage in personal discovery and growth through a series of workshops, online discussions, relationships with peers, and mentors.  A recent graduate said:

“My experience in CALLI was a catalyst for professional growth.  The readings, activities, and discussions had a dramatic effect on my day-to-day work as a library team member.   The leadership training played a big role in my career opportunities.  Most memorable are the friendships and collegial connections I made statewide.  CALLI made me a better, and happier librarian.”

The Institute begins September 2014.  Applications are due April 11.

For more information and to apply please visit the CAL website or contact Elizabeth Kelsen Huber- ehuber@dclibraries.org or Joanna Nelson- jonelson@ppld.org.

CSL in Session – Lead from Where You Are

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Building upon leadership research, Sharon Morris will introduce a handy tool for identifying your unique leadership strengths. During this interactive session you will have the opportunity to reflect on leadership activities, share your thoughts, learn from others, and feel more empowered to use your natural abilities to lead – regardless of your position in a library.

Learn more about this leadership learning event at the CSL in Session website!

Streaming Storytime and Other Events

Recording programs and events for archival purposes and to share with members of your community likely seems like a less than revolutionary idea. But what about live-streaming events so that people in your community, throughout the state, and possibly around the world could join in?

Recently, the Pueblo City-County Library has decided to embark on streaming their programs, with their storytime as their pilot program! (Future videos will be hosted on the Pueblo website.)

One Book 4 Colorado streamed an author event with David Shannon last May, and schools and other library sites were able to join in, even if they couldn’t make it to the packed event at Anythink. Plans are in the works to stream this year’s One Book events, and possibly library events around Literacy Week.

How has your library used technology to reach a broader audience? Could live-streaming be a way you could reach new and different patrons?

Colorado Libraries Helped Rock Hour of Code

Hour of Code 6In honor of Computer Science Education Week , a challenge was issued to learners of all ages to participate in an Hour of Code to in order to show how easy and fun coding can be!  The response was overwhelming as students, educators and libraries helped contribute to well over 600,000,000 million lines of code.

Many Colorado libraries also participated. Here are some of the programs that were offered during Computer Science Education Week! Continue reading ‘Colorado Libraries Helped Rock Hour of Code’




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