Open Education Week – What’s going on Near You!

Open Education Week (#OEWEEK) takes place March 4-8 and celebrates the global Open Education Movement. The Colorado OER Council hopes to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide by participating in various activities throughout the week, and invites you to join in! Faculty, students, staff and OER advocates are […]

Deadline for CALCON Session Proposals is Coming Soon!

Colorado Association of Libraries Presenting is great for professional development, helping to build strengths in interpersonal communication, presentation skills, and more. But even beyond that, it’s an opportunity to share experiences, tips and techniques with colleagues across the state. So whether you’ve never presented, or it’s your 5th time, think about the awesome things you’ve accomplished […]

Grants Available for Colorado Teen Literature Conference in April

Grants are now available for teens and adults to attend the 31st Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference on Saturday, April 13th, 2019, featuring keynote authors Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg. This annual conference offers breakout sessions that have appeal for teens, educators, librarians, and anyone interested in teen literature. The conference will be held at the […]

Colorado State Library at CALCON18

CALCON, the annual conference of the Colorado Association of Libraries, is September 13-15, 2018 in Loveland. The event features keynote speakers, sessions, lightning talks, vendor exhibits, and after-hours activities. This year’s theme is “Ignite the Magic”. Visit CALCON18 to view full event details. As in previous years, the Colorado State Library is pleased to support […]

CSL Share & Learn: Glenwood Springs

Please Note – CSL Share & Learn in Glenwood Springs has been cancelled due to low enrollment. For questions, please contact Amy Hitchner, Collaborative Programming Coordinator, at We hope to see you at a future professional learning event from the Colorado State Library.  

Many Flavors of Learning at ALA Midwinter 2018

Introduction ALA Midwinter 2018 was held at the Colorado Convention Center from February 8-13, 2018. Midwinter is a time for lots of meetings—committee meetings, interest group meetings, updates, panels, etc.—but it also features traditional conference-style sessions, keynotes, and awards ceremonies. Several members of the Colorado State Library’s Networking and Resource Sharing Team attended ALA Midwinter […]

Reflections from the Library Marketing and Communications Conference 2017

On November 16 & 17, 2017, I attended the 3rd annual Library Marketing & Communications Conference, held in Addison, Texas. For two days, library marketers from diverse backgrounds came together to learn from experts and practitioners about the many facets of this topic, including media, public relations, partnerships, user-centered design, data-driven decision making, and the […]

CSL Share & Learn: Greeley

In 2017-18, consultants from the State Library are traveling to several regions of the state for CSL Share & Learn, an event that combines professional development with time to share with colleagues. This free event is perfect for anyone working in libraries and cultural heritage organizations. The next CSL Share & Learn will be at […]

Colorado State Library at CALCON17

The Colorado Association of Libraries Conference (CALCON) is an annual opportunity to meet, learn, and connect with library professionals from around our region. This year’s conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Loveland, October 12-14. Staff from the Colorado State Library will be at CALCON17 to present sessions (see the schedule […]

Partnering with an Institutional Library

Colorado libraries reach their communities in many ways, including partnerships with local organizations and businesses. But has your library considered partnering with one of Colorado’s state-operated institutions? The residents of the state’s correctional facilities, mental health institutes, veterans’ community living centers, and youth services centers are often those who can most benefit from the services […]

Friday Grab Bag, September 1, 2017

Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. Please note: There will not be a Friday Grab Bag next week; it will return on September 15. Now let’s open this week’s Grab Bag! [row cols_nr=”2″ […]

CSL Share & Learn: Durango

The Colorado State Library is coming to an area near you! In 2017-18, consultants from the State Library will be traveling to several regions of the state for an event we’re calling CSL Share & Learn, which combines professional development with time to share with colleagues. This event is perfect for anyone working in libraries, […]

Libraries as Community Catalysts Virtual Conference

Libraries as Community Catalysts Virtual Conference August 16, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm The Colorado State Library  has partnered with the state libraries in Georgia, Iowa, and Maryland to offer the first-ever multi-state library virtual conference on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm MDT on the topic of Community Building. We will […]

IFLA Global Vision

This guest post was written by Beth Crist, Youth & Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library. IFLA Global Vision International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) – the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users – is undertaking a very ambitious project: to create one global vision for […]

State Library Presentations at CLiC Spring Workshops 2017

Colorado State Library staff will be giving several presentations at the 2017 Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) Spring Workshops, which will be held in Grand Junction on March 20 & 21, Fort Morgan on March 31, and Pueblo on April 24 & 25. Here is a handy list. We will update this post to include links to […]

2017 Youth Services-Related Conferences in Colorado

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 […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Lessons from the Library Marketing and Communications Conference 2016

I recently returned from the second annual Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC), which was held in Addison, Texas on November 16 & 17, 2016. The event, put on by Amigos Library Services, brought together library communications professionals of all different backgrounds and levels of expertise, from trained communications specialists to librarians who “accidentally” wound […]