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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’

MY CALCON15 Experience

Posted on behalf of Sharon Bassist, Colorado State Library CALCON Scholarship Recipient CSLLogo-CMYK-V

Hello! I am Sharon Bassist, the new Program Coordinator for the Clear Creek County Library District; Idaho Springs and Georgetown for those of you unfamiliar with the area. I was one of the Colorado State Library CALCON 2015 Small/Rural Library Scholarship recipients! Because I was honored with a scholarship, I get the opportunity to write my first blog post, so if this is not your normal post, that would be why! This is also my first CALCON as I am new to the library field. I have all sorts of new opportunities with my new job and I love it!

I really enjoyed my CALCON experience! The keynote speakers were very enjoyable. Ryan Warner from CPR and Salvador Avila were my favorites. Who knew that learning to be a DJ could be incorporated with STEM programs and offered after school at the library?? That is thinking outside the box at its most creative, SO COOL!!!

I was able to take full advantage of the conference and really did learn so much. My favorite session was “Walk This Way: Taking Storytime Out of the Library.” StoryWalk was an entirely new concept to me and I am planning on bringing it to life in our county. Having libraries in two different towns grants me the opportunity to execute this idea in different forums. I am also excited to incorporate it with the Wellness theme for the Summer Reading Program for 2016. We are small mountain towns and can offer this walk/storytime as a hike around the waterfall, a walk down the main streets with the stories in store fronts and on a walk from the library to the local park. I did attend many different sessions, but this one was the most memorable and one that I feel I have the opportunity to bring to life in our county.

Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to go to CALCON and learn about the wonderful world of libraries. I hope to be able to attend this conference again in the future to continue my love for learning and creating. Who knows, if this blog goes well, you may hear from me again when I get my StoryWalk into place!

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 http://ripl.lrs.org/

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!

 

PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

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: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

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:  http://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

 

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: https://4good.org/explore/latest/webinars 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.

 

 

The REFORMA Mini Conference

Posted on behalf of Lisa Hughes, 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!

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!’




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