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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’

Results Are In! – Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey

The 2011-2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS) study results are in and all the various resources based on the data are now available to you and your libraries.
Of particular interest:

Many thanks to all the libraries that participated in the study!

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.


DEADLINE: Friday, January 31, 2012

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

Changes in E-rate for Libraries

I recently attended an excellent e-rate webinar presented by WebJunction. Even if you have applied for e-rate in the past, I would highly recommend viewing the archived webinar because there have been several changes to the e-rate process.

For instance, certified technology plans are only required for those seeking Priority 2 services. If you are applying for telecommunications or Internet access only, you are no longer required to submit a technology plan for certification. (Although no longer required for all libraries, technology planning is a crucial part of an organizations strategic planning, and highly recommended). Continue reading ‘Changes in E-rate for Libraries’

2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey Launched

Each year, the American Library Association and the Center for Library & Information Innovation, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, surveys a national sample of public libraries regarding their Internet connectivity and computing access resources. The 2010-2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study survey (PLFTAS) is now open and survey announcement postcards should be arriving at libraries this week.

The survey portal is www.plinternetsurvey.org – respondents can find FAQs and other support, and then head to “start survey.”  That is also where you will find the 4 issue briefs (Broadband, Community Access, E-government, and Employment), as well as state summaries for Employment and E-government. The survey closes November 5, 2010.

Why participate in this survey? Continue reading ‘2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey Launched’

Plinkit: Library Web Sites Made Easy

Colorado Supreme Court Law Library I am thrilled to announce the launch of two new Plinkit libraries. Please offer a warm welcome to the Salida Regional Library and the Colorado Supreme Court Law Library!

Over 20 public libraries in Colorado are using Plinkit to provide 24/7 online access to their library catalog, as well as to other online resources, a calendar of events, information about their services and much more. Plinkit is also being used by special and school libraries.

Learn more about what Plinkit can do for your library, sign up, or contact us for more information.

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/

2010 Summer Reading Mini-Grants

Summer Reading 2010 – Mini-Grants application

Deadline;  Friday, January 29, 2010

Applications for Colorado Statewide Summer Reading program Mini-Grants are now available  NEW! this year is an online application form at http://surveys.lrs.org/respond.php?sid=73 
Library sites/branches may apply individually.  There may be a limited number of grants given this year, so apply early and write your outcomes-based
evaluation (OBE) statement carefully.

Application criteria:
• Your library jurisdiction completed the 2009 SRP report
• If you received a 2009 Mini-Grant, you completed your 2009 report.
• You have registered for the 2010 SRP “Make a Splash” or “Make Waves” at www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/SummerReading/register.htm
• Local match of $50 per mini-grant.  (yup, I know this is up from last year…)
• Priority will be given to non-metro, small and medium-sized rural/small town libraries.

When in doubt… ask for help.  Contact Patricia Froehlich at 303-866-6908 or Froehlich_p@cde.state.co.us.

Help Your Public Library and Register to Win an Amazon Kindle

Fill-out the Annual “Internet Survey”
The 2009 National Survey of Public Library Computer and Internet Access is web-based and can be access at http://survey.pnmi.com/. The survey has two parts: 1) questions relevant to library branches, and 2) questions related to library jurisdictions.

Help Your Library
By providing data about advocacy, impacts, benefits, and challenges of public access Internet services in public libraries you will help inform and educate stakeholders at the local, state and national levels about the issues and needs your library faces in providing public computer and Internet access services and resources.

Continue reading ‘Help Your Public Library and Register to Win an Amazon Kindle’

2009-2010 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey

The 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access survey conducted by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Center for Library & Information Innovation at the University of Maryland is now available for completion.

Your participation in the survey is extremely important, and directly impacts the ability of ALA and others to advocate on behalf of public libraries and the tremendous contribution public libraries make to  their communities through their public access Internet services and resources. Data from the study appeared most recently in USA Today in a discussion of how public libraries help job seekers.

The survey is open through November 6, 2009.  You will need an ID number, which you may look up on the website. Questions regarding the survey should be directed to support@plinternetsurvey.org or 301-405-9445. Continue reading ‘2009-2010 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey’