Tag Archive for 'Colorado State Library'

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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Next CSL in Session – Tending the Garden of Innovation


  • Does everyone have the potential to be innovative?
  • What does it take to cultivate your own creativity?
  • What tools could you use to stimulate the growth of new ideas from the group you’re working with?
  • What are three key tools to ensure that your project is grounded in fertile soil?

Please join us as Jane Martel, Customer Experience Coordinator for the Arapahoe Library District shares practical information and tips for harnessing your inner innovator!

The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website. No registration is necessary!

Next CSL in Session: Wildly Successful Meetings: Impossible Dream or Easy Peasy Reality?

  • CSLinSessionWith: Sharon Morris
  • When: 04/17/2014 | 12:00p – 1:00p, Mountain Time
  • Where: CSL in Session



So… you have to run a meeting and you want it to awesome…or at least not as bad as those meetings that people walk out of saying, “What a waste of time.” Join this interactive session!

Sure, we will start by kvetching about what goes wrong in meetings, but by the end you will have practical and easy techniques for meetings. You will get tips for planning so that everyone is focused and the content is relevant, facilitating so that you bring out the best in everyone in the room, and be able to come to consensus about where you are heading.

Bring your own success stories and strategies too, because with CSL in Session, everyone shares expertise.

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’

AskColorado – 8 years of quality, virtual reference

Kris & Sharon celebrate 8 years of AskColorado/Ask Academic with chocolate decadence.

AskColorado/AskAcademic celebrates 8 years of successful 24/7 virtual reference today! Current Director of Library Development at the State Library, Sharon Morris, launched AskColorado in 2003. Since that time, AC/AA Coordinator Kris Johnson has grown the service to become the AskColorado/AskAcademic Virtual Reference Cooperative. Many libraries and librarians have worked collaboratively with Kris to grow AC/AA into what it is today; its success is as much a tribute to them as to the State Library staff who coordinate the service.

Kris states, “We believe in our organization, and we continue to embrace and accept member feedback in a collaborative environment–all with the goal of improving service to patrons. We look forward to the current year with anticipation, and wonder what new changes and challenges lie ahead.”

Plinkit wins Project of the Year

As they say, “Woot!”

The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) recently honored the Colorado State Library’s Plinkit service with its “2009 Library Project of the Year Award” at the association’s annual conference in November.

This award recognizes a creative and innovative project which furthers library service within the state of Colorado. Continue reading ‘Plinkit wins Project of the Year’

Public Libraries & Web Technologies – New Report Released

The Library Research Service is proud to announce the release of our most recent Closer Look Report, “U.S. Public Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies.”  In the spring of 2008, we visited the websites of nearly 600 public libraries in the United States, including all Colorado public libraries, looking for the presence of web technologies, including those identified as “Web 2.0”.  This report details our findings about what public libraries are doing on the web, and the characteristics that “early adopters” share.

Find the report, and a Colorado-specific Fast Facts report, on the report page:  http://www.lrs.org/public/webtech

Colorado State Library Update

Gene Hainer has compiled an update of Colorado State Library initiatives and activities.

Current CSL Funding Initiatives

  • Broadband – Round 2 of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) should be available by December. The CSL will work with libraries on a proposal to create regionally-based mobile computer labs for library and community use. Continue reading ‘Colorado State Library Update’

Are You An Online Learner? Yes!

Online Learner
Someone who takes advantage of 24 x 7 online training through I’m An Online Learner, a subsidized program offered by the Colorado State Library and CLiC

Online Learners:

  • Access hundreds of WebJunction self-paced courses in technology, library service, and management
  • Improve work skills and performance without leaving their desk
  • Pay $10 per course
  • Earn a certificate of completion for successful completion
  • Have access to the course material for one year

Learn More at:  I’m An Online Learner or through the State Library or CLiC websites

Testimonial:  Ross Callender, CLiC Regional Consultant,

I took the Web Graphics class.  I appreciated that I could focus on the chapters that were important to me and since it was all online, I could complete them on my schedule.

60-Second Update…

“Libraries & the Economic Recession” is the latest LRS 60-Second Survey. Take a minute—literally—to tell us how the recession has changed what’s happening at your library.

Survey: http://surveys.lrs.org/respond.php?sid=56

If you are so inclined, share this link with colleagues and library listservs. Please!

Read about the results of the first 60-Second Survey “The Value of an MLIS to You” on the LRS blog at: http://www.lrs.org/blog/viewitem.php?post=281.