Colorado State Library at CALCON 2020

CALCON, the annual conference of the Colorado Association of Libraries, is going virtual this year on September 10-12. Visit CALCON2020 to view full event details.

As in previous years, Colorado State Library staff members will present sessions throughout the conference, ranging in topics from the future of libraries, to playing well with other, to identifying and addressing community needs. See the schedule below for details.

This year CSL is also supporting CALCON’s new Trustee Track, which includes program sessions targeted at public library boards (for both district and non-district libraries), as well as general conference keynotes, awards, lunches, and networking opportunities. A highlight of daily events in the Trustee Track can be found here: 2020 CALCON Trustee Track

Colorado State Library Sessions

See the full schedule.


8:30 – 11:30
Trend Scanning, the Pandemic, and the Future of Libraries –
Speakers: Miguel Figueroa, Sharon Morris – Sponsored by the Colorado Library Consortium

The School Library Crisis: Harnessing Your Power to Survive and Thrive! –Speakers: John Chrastka, Sharon Morris, Linda Hofschire, Becky Russell, Nicolle Davies

1:30 – 2:30
Let’s Connect: Learn more about the new CAL Mentorship Interest Group
Speakers: Rose Nelson, Christine Kreger, Donna Walker, Bailey Wallace, Padma Polepeddi

2:45 – 3:45
Breaking Down Barriers: Computational Thinking for Teens
Speakers: Catherine Boddie, Beth Crist, Claire Ratcliffe

4:00– 5:00
When a Kid Needs More Help: Libraries as Key Connectors for Homeless Youth and Families
Speakers: Sharon Morris, Joanna Rendon, Sarah Wolfe, Kerry Wrenick


10:30 – 11:30
Creating Engaging Spaces & Activities: Lessons from Beyond Library
Speakers: Beth Crist

Our Library Future: Like Lightning – Bright, Fast-Moving, & Potentially Terrifying
Speakers: Lu Benke, Kieran Hixon, Christine Kreger, Rose Nelson, Tiffanie Wick, Sara Wright

1:15 – 2:15
Into the unknown: Two data dilettantes & an analyst venture into the messy process of evaluation
Speakers: Britt Bloom, Katie Fox, Rebecca Philipsen

Trustee Talk: Idea Sharing & Information Exchange
Speakers: Crystal Schimpf

 2:30 – 3:30
Playing Well with Others – At Work
Speakers: Christine Kreger, Kieran Hixon, Sharon Morris

Public Libraries and the 4 Day School Week – and New Pandemic School Schedules
Speakers: Beth Crist, Maria Kramer

4:00 – 5 :00
Census! What is it good for? (Absolutely Everything!)
Speakers: Kerri-Ann Rowe, Chris Brown, Samantha Hager, Allan Van Hoye

Future Ready Babysitter Training for Tweens and Teens
Speakers: Becky Van Den Berg, Kate Brunner


Protecting Patron Privacy: Customer Service
Speakers: Crystal Schimpf, Lauren Seegmiller, Austin Mullenix

10:15 – 11:15
How to Identify, Prioritize & Tackle Community Needs
Speakers: Christine Kreger, Katie Fox, Kieran Hixon

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