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State Library Staff Recognized by American Correctional Association

The State Library is lucky to have its Institutional Library Development team, some of whom serve as “Regional Librarians” to the  Colorado Department of Corrections.  This team was just recognized by the American Correctional Association (ACA) as Best in the Business“!
Check out the article in the June/July 2012 issue of Corrections Today magazine.  The article, “Prison Libraries Make A Difference in Colorado,” is also one of the few that is featured directly on the ACA website.
Note: A former member of the team, Diana Reese, retired on June 30 after 22 years of service, and what a way to go!


(from left: Diana Reese, Diane Walden, and Eva Hallock)

Apply Now for a 2012 Summer Reading Mini-Grant

Public libraries may now apply for a 2012 Summer Reading mini-grant! The Colorado State Library will award a limited number of mini-grants of $200 each for public libraries to support, enhance, and promote the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) statewide summer reading themes in their local communities.

The themes for 2012 are “Dream Big – READ!” (children), “Own the Night” (teens), and “Between the Covers” (adults). Priority will be given to libraries below 10,000 Legal Service Area population and libraries in non-metro locations. Per IMLS guidelines, the mini-grant funding should be spent on books.
Summer Reading 2012
To be eligible for a 2012 mini-grant, libraries must have submitted the 2011 summer reading report AND be registered for the 2012 statewide summer reading themes.

APPLY NOW!

DEADLINE: Friday, January 31, 2012

Questions:
Beth Crist, 303-866-6908
Youth & Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library

Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!

The State Library offered 6 interactive, informative youth services workshops in Rifle, Eagle, Pueblo, Englewood, Boulder, and Dolores in October and November. A total of 132 attendees (an unfortunately timed snowstorm near Pueblo lessened attendance) from 47 library jurisdictions came to learn about the 2012 summer reading program and early literacy, and to network with colleagues.

Kathy Barco, Children’s Librarian at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System in New Mexico, presented the lively morning session highlighting the 2012 summer reading program theme of night time at all 6 sessions. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) members Jana Ackerman, Lisa Chipouras, Laura Baldassari-Hackstaff, Melissa Depper, and Becky Campbell offered informative, useful afternoon sessions on early literacy, including an overview of the newly revised Every Child Ready to Read program.

Handouts from the workshops are available, including Becky Campbell’s early literacy presentation. Continue reading ‘Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!’

Deadline Extended for 2011-12 Colorado School Library Survey

The deadline for completing the 2011-12 Colorado School Library Survey has been extended to November 30, 2011. Participation by all public school libraries is vital!

We have made substantial revisions to the survey based on respondents’ comments to better reflect the current state of school libraries, and we look forward to getting the input of all Colorado public school librarians! The data gathered in the annual school library survey provides library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting.

For questions regarding the survey, or to obtain your username and password, feel free to call Library Research Service at 303-866-6900 or email lrs@lrs.org to get your information.

New Online Learning Series: CSL In Session

The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce a new online learning series, CSL In Session. The series is made up of free, hour-long virtual classes on a broad range of topics, delivered once a month. These won’t be your standard information-dump-style “webinars” – we’re planning interactive online classes where participation is central to the learning, and where learners go away with distinct takeaways that can be immediately applied in your libraries and in your professional lives.

We’re kicking off with:
Taking Off the Blinders: Customer Service Lessons from Other Industries
Wednesday, November 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Description: Be honest. How often do you look ONLY at other libraries for examples of customer service strategies and enhancements? This session will broaden your view, drawing together ideas, lessons and examples of customer service strategies from non-library industries and organizations. When it comes to brick-and-mortar and online services alike, libraries MUST look beyond their own backyards to ensure future success and to better serve their communities—or risk irrelevance. Continue reading ‘New Online Learning Series: CSL In Session’

2011-12 School Library Survey Now Open

Letters have been sent to public school libraries throughout the state announcing the opening of the 2011-12 Colorado School Library Survey.

The Library Research Service (LRS) has made substantial revisions to the survey based on respondents’ comments to better reflect the current state of school libraries, and looks forward to getting the input of all Colorado public school librarians!

The data gathered in the annual school library survey provides library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting. Login information is included in the letter, but if you haven’t received your letter and would like to get started, feel free to call LRS at 303-866-6900 or email lrs@lrs.org to get your information.

New CVL Is Right Around The Corner

After more than a year of hard work by the Networking & Resource Sharing team of the State Library, the new Colorado Virtual Library (CVL) will be launched sometime during the week of 10/10 with 3 content collections (and more to come):

  • Colorado Histories
  • Tech Help
  • Tools for Tough Times

There is much more work to be done, because the CVL will never truly be done. It is designed to be ever-changing, evolving, and improving. We hope you love it, but of course are open to constructive criticism.

Stay tuned!

LSTA Grants Awarded

The Colorado State Library has awarded grants totaling almost $200,000 to 1 library consortium, 1 BOCES, 1 school district, 1 academic library, and 6 public libraries for innovative projects designed to improve library services and life?long learning.

The proposals are funded through the federal Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) allocation to the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado State Library.  All grants addressed a goal in the long?range plan that states: “Colorado students and adult learners will receive services from libraries and librarians that support educational achievement and lifelong learning.”

Complete List of Awarded Projects (PDF)

CTBL Celebrating 80 Years

At today’s Patron Open House the Colorado Talking Book Library will celebrate 80 years of service and the anniversary of the program. Patrons are served locally through a national network of 113 cooperating libraries. The network is connected through the Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). In the beginning there were just 19 libraries across the country and Colorado was one of the original libraries.

Throughout its history, the NLS program has undergone countless technological changes, rotating through various types of records before switching to cassette tapes in 1969. In 2009, it began offering a digital system that allows for downloading audio books via the internet.

Some interesting facts:

  • The 33 ½ rpm record was first developed for the NLS program before going commercial.
  • The first talking book recorded was Woodrow Wilson’s biography of George Washington.

Happy anniversary to CTBL!

Colorado State Library Awards 71 Summer Reading Mini-Grants

The Colorado State Library announced today that 71 public library sites across the state will receive statewide summer reading program mini-grants. Each participating library site will receive $200 to put toward purchasing books related to the 2011 themes: “One World, Many Stories” (children) and “You Are Here” (teens).

2011 Summer Reading Program Mini-Grant Recipients

View the complete list of recipients