Friday Grab Bag, September 4, 2020

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.

In case you missed it, this week we had some exciting news to share. After years of exploring and discussing new software solutions for the SWIFT program, we have chosen to migrate SWIFT libraries to INN-Reach and connect with Prospector. The Colorado State Library and the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries are excited to provide this opportunity for our library community and the communities you serve.  By partnering with the Alliance to connect SWIFT members to the Prospector network, we are greatly expanding the resource sharing landscape. If you have any questions about what this means for your library, contact Lori Smith at

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Work It

Have a resume that opens the door for interviews, but can’t seem to land the job? Join Jefferson County Public Library on September 8 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm for Accelerate Your Career: Interviewing for Success. Learn how to display confidence to a potential employer by preparing succinct answers to the most commonly asked questions. Explore ways to answer those “tough” questions and discover how to “wow” the interviewer.

High Plains Library District hosts a Resume Workshop on September 9 at 1:00 pm. This class will explain the necessary resume features for your industry, provide curial “do’s and don’ts” of resume building, and give you tips and tricks to make your resume stand out.

As the coronavirus pushes much of the world of work online, your professional digital presence has become vitally important. The networking platform LinkedIn is undoubtedly the largest professional network in the world. Learn the benefits of LinkedIn for Job Seekers with Arapahoe Public Library on September 17 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm. In this training you’ll learn how to create a dynamic, eye-catching profile and how to build your online network to connect with people who can help expand your career. This training is for people of all skill levels, experience and industries.

Local History

Celebrate the humanities in Southwest Colorado with History Live Durango events throughout September. Organized by the Southwest Colorado Humanities, this year’s program schedule will feature a diverse mix of  lectures, live storytelling, historical radio programs, and more. Most events will be virtual, and in-person events will be organized with proper safety measures.

Join Clearview Library District us in September for a series of fascinating interviews with four local residents who have deep roots in the Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley communities. The series kicks off on September 8 at 6:30 pm with Capturing a Generation: Tom Macy. A Windsor native, Tom has led a very storied life that is tightly entwined with Windsor and the community.

Museums and Libraries in the News

COVID-19 could mean the end for about 1/3 of museums across the US | KDVR
A recent study shows 33% of museums surveyed are on the brink of closing for good due to the impacts of COVID-19. Museums with more outdoor attractions have fared better.

Little free libraries to focus on books teaching anti-racism | Aspen Daily News
Six new “little libraries” built in Aspen are meant to bolster education and conversation around anti-racism work.

2020 Library Design Showcase | American Libraries
The year’s most impressive new and renovated libraries include Colorado’s very own Lyons Community Library. The new building opened its doors on the anniversary of the 2013 flooding that destroyed the original structure.

Tread Of Pioneers Museum Receives Historic Town Records From CU Boulder Archives | Steamboat Magazine
The historic records of the Steamboat Springs Town Company collection were recently gifted to the Tread of Pioneers Museum where they will now be preserved and made accessible to the public.

Learning for All

Basics of Collection Photography | September 9  @ 12:00 pm
Accurate photography is essential for preservation, access, and care of collections. This webinar is an introduction to basic practices for collection photography. This webinar aims to give participants the tools needed to: Set up or improve a photography space; Select equipment, tools, and software; Capture images; Select archival file formats; Record metadata; Recognize and address common issues when photographic collections.

Developing a Digital Inclusion Response to COVID-19 | September 17 @ 12:00 pm
As COVID-19 has exacerbated the digital divide for vulnerable communities, the need to jointly address access to internet, devices, digital literacy training, and other barriers to digital participation has become critical.This facilitated workshop is designed for leadership in state and local government, schools, nonprofit and community organizations, companies, libraries, and other organizations that provide or have the capability to provide internet, device, or digital literacy training solutions.

Everyday Library Leadership Series: Positive Influence: Earning Trust and Respect | September 21 @ 12:00 pm
Why is positive influence the most valuable tool that any leader can wield? Positive influence is more important than power and authority. This workshop provides an introduction to Rapport, Information, and the Active Model for improved flexibility in communication, and increased investment in workplace relationships.

Everyday Library Leadership Series: The Organizational Map: What’s Different About Leadership | September 21 @ 1:00 pm
How is leadership different from management, supervision, and professional and technical work? Why do years of successful workplace experience not automatically translate into leadership expertise? Join this webinar to find out how to spend more time at the leadership level, take productive risks, and better identify leadership skills in others.

Everyday Library Leadership Series: Library Leadership Ethics | September 21 @ 2:00 pm
Develop, follow and share your own code of ethics, learn to walk the talk, and help your workplace develop a code of ethics that is practiced in word and deed. This workshop provides an introduction to  Library Leadership, and covers the basic principles of transparency, privacy, fairness and access to information.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Join Mesa County Libraries on October 7 at 6:00 pm  for a VIRTUAL Vintage Toys w/ Artist in Residence Evan Curtis. Enjoy a virtual tour of 970West Artist in Residence Evan Curtis’ toy collection, then hop on  Zoom to discuss the history and importance of toys in an artist’s life! Check our MCL’s YouTube Channel, Facebook Page, and Instagram TV for the video release before the Zoom discussion begins. Registration required. All ages welcome.

Basalt Regional Library wants to add musical joy to the season with Music From the Library: Lenore Raphael Quartet The quartet, Lenore Raphael, jazz piano, Steve Hobbs, vibes, Hilliard Green, bass, and Jesse Simon, drums, will play tunes from the Great American Songbook including blues, ballads, and up tempo classics. The concert will be televised on Grass Roots TV September 24 at 5:30 pm.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Trauma-Informed Skills for Online Learning Acceleration Webinar

CSL in Session: How Rude! The Price of Incivility in the Workplace

  • September 15 @ 12:00 pm
  • Free!
  • No registration required

Girls Who Code Colorado Webinar

  • September 16 @ 4:00 pm
  • Register at: GWC Colorado

State Publications Blog

Colorado Virtual Library

BIG News About SWIFT!
After years of exploring and discussing new software solutions for the SWIFT program, we have chosen to migrate SWIFT libraries to INN-Reach and connect with Prospector.

RMPBS – Learn With Me At Home
Rocky Mountain PBS is providing a new season of Colorado Classroom that will feature daily literacy, science, and math lessons for K-3 children and their families.

Free Online Learning Opportunities for September
Once again, the Wyoming State Library has curated a fantastic list of free online learning opportunities for September! Happy learning!

Are you thinking of making a change this year in your job?  Check out Library Jobline for hot new library employment opportunities.

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