As the new year begins, it’s a great time to take a look at the many excellent professional development opportunities in Colorado. We are so fortunate to have such a wealth of opportunities in this state for youth services library staff. Not all of the events have dates yet but those will be announced over the next few months. If you know of another opportunity of interest, please share it by contacting Beth Crist, Youth & Family Services Consultant, at Crist_B@cde.state.co.us.
CATS (Children and Teen Services Division of the Colorado Association of Libraries) Winter Workshop
- Monday, January 30, Library 21c, Colorado Springs
- An excellent line-up of sessions and networking opportunities focused on a diverse array of children and teen services topics, and registration is open! Also, save the date for the CATS Spring Meeting on April 14 in Durango (it’s free!).
- Learn More: https://catsig.wordpress.com/
CCIRA (Colorado Council International Reading Association) 2017 Conference on Literacy
- February 1-4, Denver Tech Center
- This conference focuses on literacy-related topics primarily for educators of K-12 students; topics include reading, writing, digital literacy, STEM, student engagement, and more. Registration is open!
- Learn more: http://www.ccira.org/ccira-conference.html
2017 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference
- March 17-18, Denver
- This conference is designed to meet the professional development needs of early childhood practitioners while at the same time providing a forum for community advocates to learn, share, and network. Registration is open!
- Learn more: http://www.ecconference.com/
CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) Spring Workshops
- March 20-21: Grand Junction; March 31: Fort Morgan; April 24-25: Pueblo
- These workshops, intended for all types of library staff, include many youth services related topics as well as sessions on customer service, leadership, intellectual freedom, and more. Registration is open!
- Learn more: http://www.clicweb.org/training-and-education/clic-workshops/springworkshops
Colorado Teen Literature Conference
- April 1, Denver
- The mission of the Colorado Teen Literature Conference is to promote and celebrate teen literature focusing on significant authors, their writing, and methods for incorporating this literature in teaching and in library outreach programs. Both teens and adults are welcome! Registration opens February 6; mark your calendar as this one fills up fast!
- Learn more: http://coteenlitconf.wixsite.com/ctlc
REFORMA Colorado 2017 Mini-Conference
- May 2017, Denver
- This mini-conference is always an exciting time to learn about library services to Latinos and Spanish-speaking communities and to network with like-minded library staff. And right now there’s a call for session proposals.
2017 LENA Early Language Conference
- September 12-14, Vail
- Solving the early language crisis means reaching all the adults who impact a child’s life: parents, caregivers, and educators. To connect these touchpoints, we are convening experts in social change, education, healthcare, funding, and research at a multi-disciplinary colloquy in Vail, Colorado. Conference attendance is by invitation only; to request an invitation, please submit your request via the LENA Conference 2017 RSVP Form.
2017 CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference
- September, Denver Metro area
- This conference—the only one of its kind in the country—focuses on library services to support young children and their families. Watch for details about this exciting, unique opportunity to learn and network with others passionate about early literacy.
- Learn more: http://www.clel.org/
CALCON 2017 (Colorado Association of Libraries)
- October 12-14, Loveland
- CALCON is Colorado’s largest event for staff from libraries of all types and sizes throughout the state. It’s a great opportunity to learn and explore, meet new people, meet with vendors, network, and have fun! And there are always plenty of youth services related topics. The conference has a call out for session proposals.