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’
The Colorado Teen Literature Conference (CTLC) is currently in the planning stages (and I’m helping!). Here’s your official SAVE THE DATE notice.
The event will be held on the Auraria campus on March 31, 2011, 8:30am-3:45pm. Registration opens February 1st and closes March 11th. Keynote authors are Maggie Stiefvater and Todd Mitchell!
I am excited to announce that registration is now open for the BEST Conference (Broadband, E-rate, Sustainability and Technology) to be held on August 25 & 26, 2011 in beautiful Breckenridge Colorado. The registration form and a draft of the agenda can be found on the BEST website. Check back often as we continue to add details about the sessions and speakers!
Thanks to a Gates grant, registration, lodging, food and travel will be covered for one staff member per library (2 staff members may attend if your library serves a population of 100,000 or more). We will make the hotel reservations for you based on the registrations received. Continue reading ‘BEST Conference Registration Open!’
This was written by ARSL/ABOS conference scholarship winner Sandy Hackbarth (La Veta Public Library) about the State Library’s own Shelly Drumm!
“She started with a slide of a DU Business School ad: “The top 10 jobs of 2015 don’t exist today.” Then, over the next hour, Shelly Drumm gave me a glimpse of a future for public libraries, particularly small, remote public libraries, that I can actually believe in. This is a topic I’ve really been struggling with – I just haven’t been able to buy the idea that if La Veta’s library becomes the ‘center of the community’ then we will remain relevant to our citizens. And it’s pretty obvious that books and DVDs aren’t going to keep public libraries relevant much longer either. So I worried that I’d lost the faith – I figured that 10 years from now the most important function of La Veta’s library would be hosting Yoga classes for 80 year olds.
Shelly’s ARSL 2010 Conference presentation – 21st Century Librarianship – stretched my imagination, giving me a look at what’s already possible and a hint of where that might lead for my library. Continue reading ‘Shelly Drumm at ARSL/ABOS Conference’
We just received this blog post from Erica Rose, Head of Outreach Services at the newly renamed Clearview Library District (Windsor). She discuses not only the ARSL/ABOS conference, but also Clearview’s new Mobile branch.
“I am passionate about Outreach work and the power that it holds for our libraries. My work in Outreach has led me to believe that Library Outreach is our most powerful PR and our best and most efficient means of serving the masses. So with all of my enthusiasm for this work continually bubbling up, it was so uplifting to attend a gathering of people who share this love and passion for Outreach work. I believe our success in Outreach work is dependent upon thinking outside of the box, looking for dynamic new approaches, and an unwavering ability to roll with the punches. It refreshed my spirit to sit next to individuals that share these quirky personality traits with me and to partake in conversations that focus on ways that we can push through barriers and boundaries. Continue reading ‘Even more from ARSL/ABOS Scholarship Winners’
We couldn’t resist posting these rave reviews of the ARSL/ABOS conference from Nan Davenport, Wetmore Community Library:
“I came home from the ARLS-ABOS conference so motivated and excited and full of ideas from the many brilliant minds that I had the privilege to mingle with for three days! Every class I went to was first rate. The only complaint I had was that they were too short! Shelly Drumm really opened my eyes to the huge impact technology has had and the vastly different way it is perceived by those who grew up with it and those of us who did not (I totally related to the monk being taught about the use of a book as opposed to the scroll!). Pat Wagner’s and Vanessa Uribe’s presentations on dealing with people and providing excellent customer service made a real impact on me. Excellent tools that can be used everywhere- home, work, and play! Karol Sacca is an amazing presenter! I could have listened to her all day! She must have been an absolutely remarkable teacher. I can’t wait get my hands on some of the fascinating young adult books she shared with us! I feel totally recharged and energized to touch my community more efficiently in the best job there is in the world – being a small town librarian! “
In August, the Colorado State Library welcomed applications for $250 scholarships to attend “Magic in the Mile High City”: the joint Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) and Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) Conference in Denver, October 14-16. The scholarships were intended to cover the cost of registration for the 10 individuals chosen.
The winners were staff from the following libraries:
- Conejos County Library District
- Costilla County Public Library
- Delta County Libraries
- Lamar/Prowers County Bookmobile
- La Veta Regional Library District
- Park County Public Library
- Pine River Public Library District
- Red Feather Mountain Library District
- Wetmore Community Library
- Windsor-Severance Library District
One of the scholarship requirements was that each recipient write a brief blog about why their attendance at the ARSL-ABOS conference would significantly impact their library and community. The blog entry might also contain information about a great session they attended, a meaningful networking opportunity, or anything else the attendee may have taken home with them.
Some blog excerpts:
“Attending the ARSL/ABOS joint conference in Denver for the first time afforded a number of experiences, but the primary impression was that of opportunity: the opportunity to meet a number of peers from far-flung geographies… and to find that their problems and successes were at times the same as ours and in other instances uniquely different. It was the opportunity to debate nuts-and-bolts issues such as handling tourist library usage in smaller, recreation-oriented rural towns. And, it provided the opportunity to listen to, and sometimes meet, fine speakers and leaders in the library world including Colorado’s own Pat Wagner and Jamie LaRue. ” -Creed Kidd, Red Feather Lakes Community Library
“I learned there are many ways to do outreach in your library, from doing job resume assistance to having a pot-luck centered around a culture your community has not yet experienced! It all makes a difference to them and you. People don’t always know how to ask for help or admit they need it. If you have a caring staff that is trained to reach out and meet that needs of the community you serve, you are rich in friends and your community will be changed for the better. We are leaders even when we don’t realize it. We serve because we love what we do. The patrons aren’t the only ones who walk away with a smile when we help them meet their need(s). ” -Sheri Eirhart, Lamar/Prowers County Bookmobile
On behalf of Nikki Van Thiel, Teen Information Services Librarian, Columbine Library – Jefferson County Public Library:
The 23rd Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference (CTLC) will be held at the University of Colorado – Denver’s Auraria Campus on Saturday, April 2, 2010, with keynote speaker Pete Hautman (author of All-in, Godless, How to Steal a Car, Invisible, No Limit, Rash, the upcoming Blank Confession and others). This popular event is generously sponsored by Metropolitan State College of Denver, the University of Colorado-Denver, the Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS), Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Young Adult Advocates in Libraries (C’YAAL), REFORMA Colorado, and Fleetthought.
We are currently accepting proposals for program sessions at the conference. This is an excellent opportunity to try your hand as a presenter or moderator of a discussion panel. Traditionally this forum has been a terrific event for networking and learning about best practices for working with our teen populations. Continue reading ‘Colorado Teen Literature Conference’
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)