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Health Insurance Literacy Tools, or “What good is it if I don’t know what I’m doing?!”

Navigating health insurance can be a difficult and confusing process for even the most experienced of us. For someone who has never had insurance before and never needed to navigate the health care system, it can be overwhelming. A patient cannot benefit from having insurance if they do not understand their benefits, or how to access services. This includes people who are unsure of where to go for services, how to make an appointment, or how to prepare for their visit with a health care provider.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services oversees the From Coverage 2 Care initiative. This initiative aims to help people with new health care coverage to understand their benefits and connect with primary care and preventative services to improve their health. They offer an 8-step resource guide for patients including sections, “Know Where to go for Care,” with the companion consumer tool “Differences Between Your Provider’s Office and the Emergency Department, ” “Make an Appointment,” and “Next Steps After Your Appointment,” among others. These resources are all available in English and Spanish. They also offer an 11-part series of videos covering the same topics that are available to watch online or download. These are also offered in both English and Spanish. These From Coverage 2 Care resources and additional promotional materials, sample tweets, and badges are available at:

Additionally, CMS has supplemental information for special populations, including glossaries in multiple languages, list of substance abuse and mental health services and providers, tools on enrollment for immigrants and refugees, multimedia resources and more. View the list of categories and select by topic here:

CMS has more than just consumer health tools, they also offer a large collection of technical assistance resources on eligibility, enrollments, tax credits, exemptions, training materials for navigators and much more. Available at:

The Internal Revenue Service also offers a guide on the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act titled, “Health Care Law: What’s New for Individuals and Families.” It includes a list of forms and publications that can be used for preparing a tax return, as well as a glossary of terms, information about qualifying for an exemption and the new premium tax credit. It is available in several languages and can be found at:

Dana Abbey, MLS
Health Information Literacy Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Next CSL in Session – Tending the Garden of Innovation


  • 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!

State Library Staff Recognized by American Correctional Association

The State Library is lucky to have its Institutional Library Development team, some of whom serve as “Regional Librarians” to the  Colorado Department of Corrections.  This team was just recognized by the American Correctional Association (ACA) as Best in the Business“!
Check out the article in the June/July 2012 issue of Corrections Today magazine.  The article, “Prison Libraries Make A Difference in Colorado,” is also one of the few that is featured directly on the ACA website.
Note: A former member of the team, Diana Reese, retired on June 30 after 22 years of service, and what a way to go!

(from left: Diana Reese, Diane Walden, and Eva Hallock)

AskColorado/AskAcademic Holds First UnWorkshop

Following the popular ‘unConference’ model, AskColorado/AskAcademic (ASK) held its first UnWorkshop on Oct. 13th. Unconferences are loosely structured gatherings in which participants drive the content. Forty librarians attended, and loosely wrangled by members of the ASK Quality Assurance Committee, introduced themselves and offered topics for discussion and learning. Participants then gathered in small groups and discussed topics such as how to effectively assist students when classes log into the service; best practices for working with college students; managing excitable customers, and more.

ASK has held an annual workshop for the past seven years, but this was the first unworkshop. While new to participants, the majority were excited about the format. Continue reading ‘AskColorado/AskAcademic Holds First UnWorkshop’

Colorado Teen Literature Conference – SAVE THE DATE!

The Colorado Teen Literature Conference (CTLC) is currently in the planning stages (and I’m helping!).  Here’s your official SAVE THE DATE notice.

The event will be held on the Auraria campus on March 31, 2011, 8:30am-3:45pm.  Registration opens February 1st and closes March 11th. Keynote authors are Maggie Stiefvater and Todd Mitchell!

More information:

Vote Now for the 2012 Summer Reading READ Pin Design

Here’s your chance to give us your opinion about the 2012 summer reading READ pin design!

The summer reading theme for 2012 is nighttime.

  • Children’s slogan:  Dream Big – Read
  • Teen slogan:  Own the Night
  • Adult slogan:  Between the Covers

We need your responses by Friday, July 29th, 5pm.

New Fast Facts on the state of library jobs in Colorado

There appears to be more competition than ever for Colorado’s library jobs, based on recent activity on

A new Fast Facts about the jobs posted on the site over the past four years has just been published.  Colorado’s Library Job Climate : 2007-2010: Insights from (PDF) highlights trends in total job postings, salaries, degree requirements, and the most popular jobs from the site. Job postings are up slightly from 2009, but drastically more people are viewing them, and part-time, temporary positions continue to replace full-time, permanent ones.

New 60-Second Survey: What is the Value of an MLIS to you?

On behalf of the Library Research Service:

In 2008 Library Research Service (LRS) launched our first 60-second survey, “What is the Value of an MLIS to You?,” in response to lively discussions about this topic on various listservs. Close to 2,000 library professionals weighed in, with over 1,000 leaving thoughtful comments about the MLIS degree. Three years later, as libraries and the environments in which they serve continue to change and evolve, LRS wondered how has the value of an MLIS fared?

LRS has launched a new 60-Second Survey on the value of an MLIS to you. Do you feel your MLIS degree was/is worth the time and money invested in it? If asked today, would you recommend pursuing an MLIS degree? You tell us.

Take the 60-Second Survey on the Value of an MLIS Degree to You

Please pass this on to your colleagues-locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Protecting Cultural Collections – FREE Workshops

Register now for a FREE two-part workshop on Protecting Cultural Collections, available in both Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Topics include disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Ft. Collins: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – Colorado State University, Morgan Library
  • Colorado Springs: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – University of Colorado, Kraemer Family Library

Part 2: Response & Recovery – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Ft. Collins: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 – Colorado State University, Morgan Library
  • Colorado Springs: Thursday, July 28, 2011 – University of Colorado, Kraemer Family Library

Sponsored by: Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)
Instructor: Julie Page, Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program and WESTPAS

Continue reading ‘Protecting Cultural Collections – FREE Workshops’

Online Twitter Directory for Libraries – Add Your Name!

The State Library has put together a Twitter directory for the Colorado library and education community, and we invite you to add your Twitter username to the list.

This directory is an online version of the content that was previously kept in an ever-growing spreadsheet, for those of you who remember it. Anyone on that spreadsheet has automatically been added to the new directory.

Please check out the directory and look for your Twitter username. If you don’t see it, you may add it by following the Submit an Account link at the top of the page. To edit or remove your information from this directory or to pass on any comments or suggestions, please email Michelle Gebhart. And don’t forget to search for colleagues; this new site makes it easy to search by username or category.Twitter-Icon

More resources on Twitter can be found on the Colorado State Library website, and for “newbies,” the Colorado Libraries 2.0 website offers a Twitter tutorial.