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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?

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Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!

The State Library offered 6 interactive, informative youth services workshops in Rifle, Eagle, Pueblo, Englewood, Boulder, and Dolores in October and November. A total of 132 attendees (an unfortunately timed snowstorm near Pueblo lessened attendance) from 47 library jurisdictions came to learn about the 2012 summer reading program and early literacy, and to network with colleagues.

Kathy Barco, Children’s Librarian at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System in New Mexico, presented the lively morning session highlighting the 2012 summer reading program theme of night time at all 6 sessions. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) members Jana Ackerman, Lisa Chipouras, Laura Baldassari-Hackstaff, Melissa Depper, and Becky Campbell offered informative, useful afternoon sessions on early literacy, including an overview of the newly revised Every Child Ready to Read program.

Handouts from the workshops are available, including Becky Campbell’s early literacy presentation. Continue reading ‘Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!’

Join us for the last NRS Roadshow of the season!

Don’t be left out in the cold! Join us for the last NRS Roadshow of the year at the Ignacio Community Library on Thursday September 15, 2011 from 8 AM -12 PM.

Registration is required by September 9, 2011.

What is a roadshow you ask?

 Simply a really fun way to network with your library peers, learn more about unique library services (Plinkit, AskColorado/AskAcademic,SWIFT, Colorado Historic Newspapers, Colorado Virtual Library), and eat free food!

Can you think of a better way to spend a fall morning?

Still curious? Check out the pictures of past roadshows on Flickr!  You won’t be able to resist!

Youth Services Workshops – Register Now!

Registration for the 2011 Youth Services Workshops is now open. Public librarians, school librarians, and those interested in youth services programming are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Register now! (Please register at least 1 week in advance.)

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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.

Youth Services Workshops – Register Now!

Registration for the 2010 Youth Services Workshops is now open. Public librarians, school librarians, and those interested in youth services programming are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Register now! (Please register at least 1 week in advance.)

Download flyer (PDF)


  • 2011 statewide summer reading programs, presented by Kathy Barco: “One World, Many Stories” (children) and “You Are Here” (teen) OneWorldManyStories
  • Lunch and  networking 
  • Table talks: issues and discussions
  • Update on State Library youth services initiatives
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NoveList meets VuFind at Marmot

We’ve done a nice job integrating NoveList content with the new “VuFind at Marmot” OPAC. Take a look at Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
“Similar Titles” in the upper right is NoveList content in the OPAC, right where readers can use it, instead of parked off on the side in some database of titles that may or may not be in this library catalog.
“Also in this series” shows this title’s position in a series. Most importantly, this is a proper series list from the NoveList database rather than an attempt by OPAC software to make the best of series data which is typically dicey in even the best bibliographic records.
“Similar authors”, under jacket art on the upper left, is more NoveList content.
These NoveList features are now available to open source developers like us as the “NoveList Select” add-on product. We’re still working on the print function, so a page like this will print nice instead of goofy. Watch for that improvement in a couple weeks.

VuFind at Marmot

CJ O'Hara, Keith Dedman, Mark Noble

After 3 guys worked on it part time for 3 months, the Western Slope Libraries Catalog is now live. We started with open source VuFind, developed at Villanova U and first implemented in Colorado by CSU.

This month the team is fine-tuning relevance ranking, correcting links to electronic books, evaluating new catalog enrichment options, and developing an admin console to support a variety of  configuration options for our multi-type consortium.

This summer Marmot will work with members to brand, configure, and launch library-specific flavors of the catalog. Academics and schools should all be ready in time for fall term; publics will launch throughout the summer.

We’re certainly taking advantage of the openness of open source to do cool things for library users that no sane vendor would want to do in a commercial product. Give us a call at 970-242-3331 to hear more about it.

Delta inmates hear the Call of the Wild and get the Blues

Even inmates got involved this month in Delta County Libraries’ The Big Read. Inmates read and discussed Jack London’s Call of the Wild, facilitated by Delta Correctional Center librarian Robert Pride.  The finale to DCC’s Big Read was a performance by Blues musician and occasional mountain man Harry Harpoon, in town to perform at the Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum.  More than 50 inmates filled the library to be entertained by Harry’s steel guitar, harmonica-infused Blues and captivated by his stories of life on the road.  Harry Harpoon performs at Mountain Man rendezvous and Blues festivals around the West.

Library Courier Driver Saves Four Lives!

From the Grand Junction’s Daily Sentinel, April 15, 2010. 

Excerpt: “Redlands resident Ken Goss just shrugs, not terribly impressed by decisions he made on the Colorado River that put him briefly in a hospital and might have saved a family of four outside Moab.  “I had to,” Goss replied, when asked why he chose to jump in the icy river to help a father, mother and two young children, ages 11 months and 3 years, who had flipped their raft Friday afternoon near Utah Highway 128, roughly 15 minutes east of Moab. “There was just no way I was going to be able to throw anything at them that far out,” Goss said. Goss, 38, a former firefighter in his native Pennsylvania and now a driver for Sentinel Express, a delivery service provided by The Daily Sentinel, was headed west around 2 p.m. with family on a day trip when he said he caught a glimpse from the roadway of an overturned raft.”

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