On behalf of Sarah Koehn Frey, Director, Northern Saguache County Library District:
On October 13 I attended a preconference workshop at the CAL conference entitled “Project Compass: Libraries at the Front Lines of Workforce Recovery”. The presenter was Jennifer Pratt, who is the Chief of Library Development for the State Library of North Carolina.
Jennifer navigated through enough of the Project Compass website to really pique our interest. I need to do much more searching to find all that is available there, but I’m happy to know about this resource and can direct patrons to it. During the presentation I was sitting beside Maria DeHerrera of the Costilla County Library District. She and I represented 2/3 of the three poorest counties in Colorado, so we were especially interested in how our libraries can be of help to our unemployed patrons. Continue reading ‘Workforce Recovery at the CAL Conference’
On behalf of Rochelle Logan:
It has been quite a few years since CAL conducted a survey to ask you if the association is meeting your needs. With the Board in the midst of writing a strategic plan, we decided it was time to put our finger on the pulse and find out what you want from CAL. Not only are we looking for feedback from our members, but non-members as well. Please take 5 minutes to answer this short questionnaire. It is very important that we hear from you as we plan for our future.
The State Library’s booth at CAL in November 2009 had the theme “Libraries: A Place of Endless Possibilities”. Visitors were encouraged to share their stories by writing them, typing them or telling them (to our flip cameras).
Now you can read or listen to the fantastic stories of your colleagues and celebrate the many ways libraries transform lives.
- Listen to some of the library stories on our YouTube channel
- Read the rest of the stories on our presentations page from CAL ’09
Libraries. A place of endless possibilities. The heart of many stories.
Two people meet in nonfiction and fall in love. A boy finds salvation in his local library and becomes the first in his family to attend college. A suburban mother of four relies on the library’s expert reference service to start her own business, and later is named “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
Come visit the State Library’s booth at the CAL exhibit hall to share YOUR story! You can write it, type it, or tell it (we will have flip cameras). Read fantastic stories of your colleagues and celebrate the many ways libraries transform lives.
Need more reason? Submit YOUR story and become eligible to win one of these fabulous prizes!
State Library at CAL schedule (PDF)
The Colorado State Library will have a variety of pre-conferences and workshops at the 2009 CAL Conference. Don’t forget to stop by our booth on Friday and Saturday in the Exhibits Area. We would love to:
- * Share with you the latest services and resources we can offer Colorado libraries
- * Hear how libraries have transformed your lives
CSL at CAL 2009 – Schedule (PDF)
The current global economic crisis has affected everyone, including nonprofits like the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL). Some people are making tough choices about association memberships and conference attendance. Continue reading ‘CAL Board Update’
We nurture communities, connect people, cultivate ideas, provide inspiration, and tickle the imagination.
Come to the Colorado State Library booth at the 2009 CAL Conference and tell us how libraries have transformed your life. We can attest as to how they have transformed our lives!
View our “library love stories” (PDF)
CAL’s Colorado Library Instruction Interest Group held its August Brown Bag at the University of Denver’s Penrose Library.
The meeting began with lunch and a meet and greet with librarians from around the state. Attendees were treated to a tour of Penrose Library; the tour highlighted the rare book collection and the Research Center. The August Brown Bag was another great opportunity for instruction librarians to come together and share best practices! Continue reading ‘CAL’s Colorado Library Instruction Group Brown Bag & Meeting’
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is excited to invite you to our first annual meeting!
Since our organization began in early 2008, we have been a small but determined organization working to strengthen children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy. We have had a chance to work on some very cool projects and are now poised to grow in size and influence. We welcome your interest and involvement!
The meeting will include:
* A session on what early literacy programs and services look like at public libraries across Colorado – gather ideas for your library and share your own ideas with others!
* Time to meet and network with other Colorado library staff interested in early literacy
* A reception honoring our first LSTA grant recipients for all their hard work and early literacy efforts
* How you can get involved with CLEL committees, current projects, and our new LSTA grant
* An overview of the CLEL resources available to help you in your community: our member network, website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter presence Continue reading ‘CO Libraries for Early Literacy Annual Meeting Invitation’
The Institute for Museums and Library Services recently released its list of June 2009 grant recipients (http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/061709b_list.shtm). One of these awards is a nearly $1M grant to Denver Public Library (principal investigator is DPL’s Kristen Svendsen); grant partners include REFORMA-Colorado, the Colorado Association of Libraries, and the University of Denver. The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of librarians with the skills and knowledge to serve linguistically and culturally diverse communities. The money will be used to pay full-tuition and scholarships for 18 students to obtain their master’s degrees at the University of Denver’s library school. (This is the 3rd such grant received by DPL; it is known locally as “Leaders III”.)
Continue reading ‘Colorado Benefits from IMLS Grant’