Archive for the 'IT' Category

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’

ILEAD USA @ CAL Conference

Stop by the State Library booth (Oct 18 & 19) at the Colorado Association of Libraries annual conference to visit with us about ILEAD USA, an exciting technology & leadership training program!

Why put “buy a copy” links in the OPAC?

Current OPAC version features Tattered Cover etc.

In the 1990s, when web developers realized how easy and cool it was to include links to Amazon in the public catalog, ILS vendors promoted this feature. A few libraries adopted it, and even made money from Amazon for click-thru sales. But most libraries objected to “commercials” on the web pages of a public institution.

Fast forward to 2012: Douglas County and Marmot have reimplemented this still-controversial feature. The objections are familiar, but a landscape that includes ebooks is rapidly changing. This feature deserves a new lease on life.

#1 Libraries connect readers to writers. Does it really matter whether we help people find books on library shelves or on bookstore shelves, so long as we’ve performed a valuable advisory service along the way?

Continue reading ‘Why put “buy a copy” links in the OPAC?’

BEST Conference Registration Open!

I am excited to announce that registration is now open for  the BEST Conference (Broadband, E-rate, Sustainability and Technology) to be held on August 25 & 26, 2011 in beautiful Breckenridge Colorado. The registration form and a draft of the agenda can be found on the BEST website. Check back often as we continue to add details about the sessions and speakers!

Thanks to a Gates grant, registration, lodging, food and travel will be covered for one staff member per library (2 staff members may attend if your library serves a population of 100,000 or more). We will make the hotel reservations for you based on the registrations received. Continue reading ‘BEST Conference Registration Open!’

Marmot Council elects Executive Board

May 11, 2011

The Marmot Council of twenty library directors elected four new members to the Marmot Executive Board. Eve Tallman (Director of Mesa County Public Library District) continues in the role of Treasurer. New Board members include President Barb Brattin (Director of the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride); Vice President Nancy Gauss (Director of the Savage Library at Western State College); Gayle Gunderson (Director of the Fowler Library at Colorado Christian University); and Sherry Holland (School Librarian in Steamboat Springs School District).

About Marmot

The Marmot Library Network (, based in Grand Junction (CO), is a non-profit organization providing information technology services to public, academic, and school libraries. Marmot hosts software and a database shared by 20 institutions comprising 90 library sites in Colorado; and provides internet, hardware, and software support services.

Changes in E-rate for Libraries

I recently attended an excellent e-rate webinar presented by WebJunction. Even if you have applied for e-rate in the past, I would highly recommend viewing the archived webinar because there have been several changes to the e-rate process.

For instance, certified technology plans are only required for those seeking Priority 2 services. If you are applying for telecommunications or Internet access only, you are no longer required to submit a technology plan for certification. (Although no longer required for all libraries, technology planning is a crucial part of an organizations strategic planning, and highly recommended). Continue reading ‘Changes in E-rate for Libraries’

Flip Cameras, Upcoming Webinars, and More From TechSoup

This information on Flip Video cameras and upcoming webinars was taken from the November TechSoup for Libraries newsletter. To get the latest TechSoup news, visit their website and enter your email address under Subscribe to TechSoup. They also offer an RSS feed.

Flip Camera Donation Program
Public libraries are using lightweight, pocket-sized Flip Video cameras to collect community stories, record library events, and share knowledge. The camera’s one-button operation and a flip-out USB arm allows staff or volunteers with little technical experience to record, edit, and upload quality high-definition video to the web. The bundle includes two UltraHD 260 video cameras and one tripod for an admin fee of $175.
Want some great examples of how to use Flip cameras in your library? Continue reading ‘Flip Cameras, Upcoming Webinars, and More From TechSoup’

OITP Seeks Nominations for Best Library Practices Using Cutting-Edge Technology

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is once again soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

Last year, OITP’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee launched the “cutting-edge” contest to showcase libraries that serve their communities with novel and innovative methods and to provide the library community with some successful models for delivering quality library services in new ways.

Christine Lind Hage, chair of the subcommittee, said the wide response to the 2009 call was so inspiring, the subcommittee knew another contest was in order. Last year, three libraries were cited for their outstanding work.

“These winners showed that libraries of all sizes can do innovative projects that are worthy of replication across library types,” Hage said.

“With all the creative technological work being done in libraries, I’m sure that this year we’ll see some exciting apps, projects or services that we’ll want to showcase.”

Nominations should be sent to the American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 1st Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 or to by November 1, 2010.  Details for the nomination process are available on the OITP website.

2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey Launched

Each year, the American Library Association and the Center for Library & Information Innovation, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, surveys a national sample of public libraries regarding their Internet connectivity and computing access resources. The 2010-2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study survey (PLFTAS) is now open and survey announcement postcards should be arriving at libraries this week.

The survey portal is – respondents can find FAQs and other support, and then head to “start survey.”  That is also where you will find the 4 issue briefs (Broadband, Community Access, E-government, and Employment), as well as state summaries for Employment and E-government. The survey closes November 5, 2010.

Why participate in this survey? Continue reading ‘2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey Launched’

StoryBlocks: A New Tool To Build Early Literacy Skills

The Colorado State Library announces the launch of, StoryBlocks image
an online video collection featuring  one-minute songs and rhymes for babies, toddlers and preschool children in both English and Spanish. Filmed in partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS, librarians throughout Colorado share successful activities as well as literacy tips. Parents, child care providers and others will discover ways to engage very young children in fun and playful interactions that also build healthy brain development. is a project of the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), an advisory group to the State Library. CLEL received a federal grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create the videos and Web site. The goal is to build awareness and to encourage parents and others to engage with children from birth on early language and pre-literacy skills. The methods used in the videos are based on brain and child development research that show the impact that songs, rhymes and stories have on very young children. Continue reading ‘StoryBlocks: A New Tool To Build Early Literacy Skills’