Tag Archive for 'collaboration'

Closure of a Chapter in Colorado Library History

Today marks the end of the Colorado State Library’s involvement in the Colorado Ask Virtual Reference service.  We began the service more than 11 years ago, and it served the state well for all of those years.

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We Need Your Patron-Centered Tech Training Materials!

Hello Colorado Libraryland!

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Next Generation Colorado Virtual Library will be in part a showcase and a repository of some of the amazing stuff you’re doing across Colorado. In order to highlight your greatness, we need to find out about and grab whatever it is you’re creating out there in libraryland. To that end, we’ll be asking you to send us your content periodically, so that we can tweak it, web-ify it, and present it to the world. The first module we’re tackling is technology training, and we want the best technology training material libraries in Colorado have to offer!

What We Want

We trust you know what your patrons need better than we do, so we plan to devise content areas once we take a look at what gets submitted. We have some ideas (see “More on ‘Content’” below!), Continue reading ‘We Need Your Patron-Centered Tech Training Materials!’

Not a User of the Colorado Virtual Library? You Will Be!

Or at least we hope you’ll give it a shot, once the dust settles.

When the Colorado Virtual Library (CVL) was launched over a decade ago, it was a new and exciting resource, unlike anything available in the Colorado library community at that time. But times have changed, and we regret to confess, the CVL hasn’t. The way that we use the internet and the kinds of tools available to us are changing at a breakneck pace, and the rate of change is only accelerating. It’s with all of this in mind that we’re approaching a complete redesign of the CVL.

Our Approach

While technical decisions are still in the works, we know we’ll be building an ever-changing collection of content modules (more on that in a minute!) around a central core of heavily-used library services such as AskColorado’s awesome 24/7 reference service, SWIFT interlibrary loan (soon with more patron-initiated functionality!), and access to valuable digital collections. Those content modules will be developed on an as-needed basis, allowing us to be more responsive to your needs and those of your patrons. Continue reading ‘Not a User of the Colorado Virtual Library? You Will Be!’

Online Continuing Education

A FREE continuing education opportunity is now being offered nationally from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

LD 502b: Everyone Wins – When School and Public Libraries Cooperate! (National Version)

In this course, librarians will gain increased knowledge of school and public library cooperation. Participants will learn about best practices for school and public library cooperation, models of partnership and the best resources for further exploration and development. A special feature of this course is a series of recorded interviews with leaders in school and public library cooperation, providing participants with the opportunity to learn directly from their colleagues.

LD 502b: Everyone Wins – When School and Public Libraries Cooperate! (National Version) will be available beginning on January 15, 2010 and will be available indefinitely.

This version of the course is unmoderated and open to all library staff.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/online/ld502b/

Call for Papers: Collaborate Like You Mean It!

Collaborate Like You Mean It Confernce.  Papers Due date: February 12, 2010

The Colorado Academic Library Consortium Summit planning committee seeks proposals for presentation and poster sessions for the fourth CALC Summit.  The Summit will be held at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel (6th Ave & Union) on May 20-21, 2010. 

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Free Web 2.0 Training for Librarians and Staff

Colorado Libraries 2.0 LogoWant to use Web 2.0 to communicate instantly and effectively? What about collaborating in real time, sharing photos, videos, and documents, or using other tools to increase productivity?

We all know that Web 2.0 tools are essential for communicating and creating in today’s fast-paced world. If there are tools that you or your staff want to learn more about, or if you just need to brush up on the basics, please visit the Colorado Libraries 2.0 website.

Colorado Libraries 2.0 is a FREE learning program to help library staff become familiar with Web 2.0 tools. The program is designed in modules associated with categories of tools:

1. Communication
2. Collaboration
3. Visual Communications
4. Personal Learning Environments (PLE)
5. Productivity Tools
6. A capstone project – Your PLE

Additional modules will be available in 2010.

Join with others from your library to get the most from the program !

Colorado Libraries 2.0 was created by Reach – Leading Learning in Libraries – a group of library staff members committed to sharing continuing education opportunities with others.

Call for Presentations

Library Consortium Summit planning committee seeks proposals for presentation and poster sessions for the fourth CALC Summit. The Summit will be held at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel (6th Ave & Union) on May 20-21, 2010.

Collaborate Like You Mean It!
We’ve all heard that collaboration is important, but how can academic libraries forge lasting, effective partnerships both within and outside their institutions? What makes some partnerships succeed, and others fail?

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Library Trend – Library and Work Force Partnerships

The Trinidad newspaper The Times Independent printed “Libary, Workforce Center unite to aid job seekers” By Nancy Ellis.  Continue reading ‘Library Trend – Library and Work Force Partnerships’

Collaborative Librarianship – new online journal

A new online journal, Collaborative Librarianship, launched at ALA Midwinter.  The editorial team of the journal is Colorado-based with  Ivan Gaetz, Dean of the Libraries at Regis University, as managing editor.  We have an international advisory board covering all types of libraries.  We’re seeking articles on any topic related to collaboration – the journal’s focus includes schools, public, academics and special libraries.  Please check out the first issue of the journal at http://www.collaborativelibrarianship.org/index.php/jocl/index.

Valerie Horton

“Better Library Instruction” Workshops

Nance Nassar of the Colorado State Library is holding another round of her “Better Library Instruction” workshops.  This year they focus on the new “Standards for the 21st Century Learner” and how to strategically integrate them into lessons taught collaboratively. She will also help participants learn to use technology to build advocacy in their schools.

Teacher librarians, classroom teachers, specialists, and anyone else who is interested is invited to attend.

There will be 12 all-day workshops around the state:

  • Thursday, October 23, 2008:  ALAMOSA
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2008:  LA JUNTA
  • Thursday, October 30, 2008:  BRUSH
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2008:  LOVELAND
  • Thursday, November 20, 2008:  DENVER
  • Thursday, December 4, 2008:  WESTMINSTER
  • Thursday, December 11, 2008:  CASTLE ROCK
  • Tuesday, January 13, 2009:  STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2009:  GRAND JUNCTION
  • Thursday, February 5, 2009:  PUEBLO
  • Friday, February 6, 2009:  COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2009:  GLENWOOD SPRINGS

Be sure to register at least one week in advance! Registration opens Wednesday, October 1, 2008, and is $25 per person (this includes the cost of breakfast, lunch, and materials). We hope to see you there!