The Colorado State Library CALCON15 Scholarship Recipients!

The Colorado State Library is Pleased to Announce our CALCON15 Scholarships! CSLLogo-CMYK-V

Please join us in congratulating Sharon Bassist, Program Coordinator at the Clear Creek County Library District; Charlene Blakeley, Director of the Kiowa County Public Library District; and Sarah Greenberg, Director of Library Resources at the Grand County Library District and MLS student at Emporia State University!



Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Partner Survey

Posted on behalf of Gene Hainer

The implementation team with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is seeking input from partners via a survey located here on what to consider as the state’s WIOA plan is developed. Should take 1-3 minutes. Public libraries and community colleges are potential partners because of resources, programming, and training provided to job seekers or adult learners.

See this webinar for details on WIOA and libraries. One area to consider reinforcing in the survey comments is if WIOA funds to the state could be applied to a statewide license for things like Learning Express, or similar tools that could be made available to all libraries and residents to assist with career and job training.

Be a part of the #RIPLeffect: Come to our PLA preconference!

ripl_logoDid you miss out on the inaugural Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) this past summer? Well, now’s your chance to be a part of the #RIPLeffect. RIPL instructors will be offering a full day preconference at PLA 2016 in Denver: Think, Do, Show: Practical Techniques for Analyzing, Using, and Visualizing Data to Improve Practice and Demonstrate Impact.

Learn more about the PLA Preconference!

The Colorado State Library Announces CALCON15 Scholarships for Students and Small/Rural Library Staff

The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce that we are offering four (4) CALCON15 registration scholarships. Our goal is to develop leaders within the Colorado library community by helping students and staff from small/rural libraries who might not otherwise be able to attend the annual conference, participate in CALCON 2015.CSLLogo-CMYK-V

We are offering 2 full conference registration scholarships to students, currently enrolled in an MLS/MLIS program; and 2 full conference registration scholarships to staff who work in small/rural libraries in Colorado. Applications are due by 5 PM on Monday August 31, 2015, and recipients will be notified by Monday September 14, 2015.

You can learn more about these scholarships and access the application materials at

Please forward any questions to Christine Kreger at

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!


State Grants for Libraries Funding Announcement

CSLLogo-CMYK-VThe Colorado State Library is excited to announce that the State Grants for Libraries funding is available for 2015-2016. Not only was the funding renewed by the State Legislature, but it increased from $2.0 million to $2.5 million because we were able to demonstrate strong accountability and even stronger impact. Many thanks to all of the grantees who provided stories of benefits in your communities and the effective advocacy of so many.

The reach of the State Grants for Libraries has grown from 290 grantees in 2013 to 301 grantees last year. We hope to continue to increase the reach this year. The application process is easy – a 2 page eligibility form. The guidelines and eligibility forms are now posted on the State Grants for Libraries website. Eligibility forms are due September 10, 2015.

With the increase in funding this year, you’ll see a bump in the grant amounts. The projected funding amounts are posted on the website. With these funds, grantees can purchase books, e-books, database subscriptions, and other educational resources. You can read about all the creative and impactful use of funds by previous grantees on the website, which may inspire you to start a wishlist now!

Please contact Susan Burkholder at with any questions you have. And don’t forget to return your Eligibility Form by September 10!

FREE Library Continuing Education for July

Another great selection of free continuing education opportunities curated by the Wyoming State Library!



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:


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:


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: 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.



My Experience at the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop

CSLLogo-CMYK-VPosted on behalf of David Kling, Colorado State Library 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop Scholarship Recipient

This was my first conference, and I was so fortunate to be able to attend. I met new friends and learned many things. Most importantly, it opened my eyes to a whole world of library goodness to steal from and share with.

Our keynote speakers were three “awesometacular” librarians, Karen, Becky, and Liz, from Pine River Library. They presented on what makes a good library, and the key takeaway from the presentation was the value of stealing…ideas, of course. They talked about where to steal ideas from. The Internet is a great source. For instance, if you haven’t yet liked ALA Think Tank on Facebook, you’re really missing out! I’ve only been a member since the conference, but I’ve already seen all kinds of crazy and wonderful events discussed there that I never would have thought of myself. Library Laser Tag, anyone? Do yourself a favor and like ALA Think Tank on Facebook for your daily dose of library inspiration brought straight to your feed! Continue reading ‘My Experience at the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop’

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!