Archive for the 'Innovation' Category

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
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- or Joanna Nelson-

CSL in Session – Lead from Where You Are


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’

Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries (SPELL)

The Colorado State Library held a great webinar on December 12, 2013 presenting the findings from SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries), our year-long research project funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant.

SPELL LogoThe webinar archive and presentation slides are now available: View the webinar archive and slides to find out research-based, effective strategies to reach low-income parents of children ages birth through 3 with an early literacy message using best practices from existing programs and literature, along with input from parents themselves. The webinar was presented by Dr. Mary Stansbury and Dr. Duan Zhang of the University of Denver, in partnership with the Colorado State Library.

The project report, along with the blueprint that libraries and other organizations will be able to use to help put the findings into practice, will be available soon on the SPELL website; stay tuned right here for updates.

We welcome your feedback on the webinar, the SPELL research findings, and next steps for the project; please share your questions, comments and suggestions here or contact Beth Crist, Youth and Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library at or 303-866-6908.



Using Blogs for Professional Development

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

Information is available everywhere.  Blogs are a great way to stay abreast of new information that keeps us up-to-date on all the latest news related to job search, the library profession, and the work world in general. The easiest way to aggregate this information is to use RSS feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s an easy way for you to keep up with news and information that’s important to you, and helps you avoid the conventional methods of browsing or searching for information on websites. 

Below are some blogs that you might find useful.  Please add any blogs to the comments that you find useful.

Still Time to Apply for the MPLA Leadership Institute!

The 9th MPLA (Mountain Plains Library Association) Leadership Institute will again be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan. Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years of experience in leadership development and is the Past President of the American Library Association. She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program.

The Institute will be held April 27 – May 2, 2014 in Estes Park. Colorado.

Criteria for applicants:

  • Employed in a library organization in MPLA’s 12-state region
  • Current member of one of MPLA’s 12 affiliated state library associations
  • Minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progressive experience
  • Record of experience that demonstrates leadership potential
  • Expected continued contribution to the profession
  • A thoughtfully completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation

Interested? Visit the MPLA website for more details and application instructions, or read past attendee testimonials. Applications are due November 1, 2013!

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