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Friday Grab Bag, February 15, 2019

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.  So get up from your desk, have a stretch, and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Attention Worthy:

Small Business Revolution:  Canon City, Colorado is competing to be in a reality show called Small Business Revolution. The Canon City Library is heavily involved. They are the only Colorado town represented and have made it to the top 6. Now the winning city will be determined by who has the most votes from the public.  The winning city will get $500,000 for 6 main street businesses. The recipients will have access to marketing advice, business makeovers, as well as the reality show coming to Canon City, even non-profits can compete for the money! This could really help out the Canon City Library. Every vote counts and could help the Canon City area.  If you have the time and inclination, you can vote at – www.votecanoncity.com

CALCON Needs You:  CALCON2019 is starting to ramp up and they need you!  The deadline for submitting proposals is looming – March 1st.  Presenting at CALCON is a great experience and something anyone can do.  Why not take the plunge and give it a try.  Learn more here:  Deadline for CALCON Session Proposals is Coming Soon!

Also – once those program proposals come in – someone need to review them – and that is where CALCON needs you again.  They are looking for volunteers to reveiw proposals.  Share your knowledge, expertise and curiosity with others within the library profession in Colorado.  Get involved.  For more information, click here:  Call for Program Review Volunteers (CALCON)

Mancos Fun Run:  The Mancos Public Library is gearing up for the 6th Annual Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, June 22. This has turned into a really fun community event and fundraiser for us.Our race courses are beautiful and we get participants from 8-80. Last year was our biggest yet with 176 registered runners and walkers. We raised about $13,000 through sponsorships, donations, and registration fees. This event makes a great destination race as Mancos is located just five miles from Mesa Verde National Park and 30 miles from Durango.For the second year, we will have a team competition in the 5K — maybe we could get some library rivalries happening!Our race website is: http://mancoshalfmarathon.com

Going Fine Free:

  • Clear Creek County Library District:  In order to provide fair access to materials and to promote literacy in our communities, the Clear Creek County Library District is no longer charging fines for overdue reading materials, and all existing fines for overdue reading materials have been erased.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Native American Library Services Basic Grants program:  Recently, IMLS announced an April 1 deadline for applications for the Native American Library Services Basic Grants program. Basic grants support existing tribal library operations and help maintain core library services. All federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native villages and corporations with libraries are eligible and welcome to apply. Last year, IMLS awarded over 180 basic grants. They’ve put together a new list of tips to help you submit a successful application package this year—here’s what you need to know.  Read More.

CLIR recently opened our 2019 call for proposals for our Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.  Click for further details.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Pikes Peak Library District:

Learning for Everyone:

Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming! – February 20, 3:00-4:00 PM CT – Citizen Science Day 2019 is Saturday, April 13th. You and your library are invited to participate in the Stall Catchers Megathon, in which people all over the world will analyze real research data in a game format that would normally take researchers over a year to complete. Join PSR for this webinar to learn more about Citizen Science (real people doing real science), and see how your library can get on board through citizen science activities and programming at different levels.

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare – February 21, 2:00-3:00 PM CT – Financial health literacy occurs at the intersection of managing personal finances and health literacy. This hour-long webinar with GMR will explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 18, 12:00-1:00 PM CT – Sponsored by MAR, this class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – March 26, 1:00-2:30 PM CT – Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

This week’s word comes from the third century Ancient Greek.  You’ve met them, you’ve dined with them, perhaps you are one.  Deipnosophist – a person skilled in the art of dining and dinner-table conversation.  Having one of these around certainly takes the pressure off of the rest of us during meal times.  So – all hail the deipnosphist. We thank you for your gift.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Summer Reading/Summer Learning:  The Colorado State Library has once again renewed their support for ReadingRecord summer reading tracking software!  ReadingRecord is a web-based application for libraries to track reading program participants. It is a cloud (hosted) service, meaning that no additional equipment is required to use ReadingRecord. It can be used to track most any kind of reading program: traditional summer reading programs, winter reading programs, 1,000 books before kindergarten programs, year-long programs, etc.

Helping make history more accessible:  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is not just a spectator sport – you can help make history brighter and more accessible by getting involved.  Make your connection to history deeper by becoming a text corrector in the CHNC database.  It is easy, effective, rewarding, and really addictive.  Learn more about OCR correction and how you can participate here.

Library Related Employment:

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

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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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 this past year and shape it into a CALCON 2019 Program Submission!

To help you gear up for your proposal submission, be sure to check out this video made in collaboration with the Colorado State Library, Taking Your CALCON Session to the Next Level.

Help us ignite the magic at CALCON19 by submitting your presentation proposal! Deadline is March 1st, 2019 THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSIONS!!!

CALCON 2019

September 19-21, 2019

Loveland, CO

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Friday Grab Bag, February 8, 2019

More on Runge:  Born in Germany in 1794, Runge not only discovered caffeine, but also isolated quinine, invented paper chromatography, and discovered the toxic effects of atropine.  The good news is, he was also reported to have directed his chemical knowledge towards household problems, such as removing stains, making wines from fruits, canning meats and vegetables, and showing off his culinary skill at dinner parties.  Coffee and culinary skills… he’s a keeper folks.

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.  So kick back, grab a cup of caffeine, however you take it – and an slice of Käsekuchen …and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Libraries Take Action:

Library Lobby Day:  Posted on behalf of  CAL Lobby Day Committee (Ray Coffey, Miranda Doran-Myers, Ellen Patterson, and Lauren Seegmiller)

The Colorado General Assembly will soon be finalizing the state budget. The CAL Legislative Committee needs your help in trying to secure more money for Colorado Libraries. Tell your legislators the stories of how your library impacts your community by participating in Library Lobby Day.

The CAL Legislative Committee’s core messaging for the 2019 session is “Libraries Build Community.” In addition to thanking legislators for current appropriation of $2.5M for State Grants to Libraries, they are asking for an increase of $2M to invest in educational materials and for continued support of the rights of individuals to conduct research and explore new ideas. Additional funding helps support free access to information, which in turn supports an informed citizenry and enriches our democracy.

They are promoting three ways to reach out to the Colorado General Assembly in Spring 2019:

  • Meet with your legislator one-on-one during the week of March 11-15 (or when you can).
  • Be visible at Library Lobby Day on the morning of Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the State Capitol.
  • Send written materials to be included along with other information about the impact state funding has on Colorado Libraries.

If you would like to participate in Lobby Day in any of the above ways, the CAL Legislative Committee is here to support you! If you’d like join them at the capitol, send a letter to your legislator, need additional information, or have any other questions, please email lseegmiller@denverlibrary.org.

Going Fine Free:

  • Fine Free Basalt:  We are excited to announce the removal of late/overdue fines on all youth library card holders, and on all children’s and young adult library materials.  Late fines shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing the library, and now they no longer will be. To learn more, please visit our website at basaltlibrary.org/fine-free-basalt
  • The Broomfield Library is Officially Fine-Free! What does that mean? All your favorite Library services with NO fines! Fine-Free libraries ultimately remove barriers to serving the community. They allow for more people to take advantage of library services,free up library staff time to serve the public better, and often results in FEWER overdue materials.Find out more from Library and Cultural Affairs Director,Abby Yellman HERE!
  • Denver Public Library:  As of Jan. 1, we’ve eliminated fines for overdue materials in an attempt to reduce barriers for our most vulnerable customers. We’re even forgiving most customers’ overdue fines to get folks back in the doors and borrowing again. Read more about this change and what it means for you as a borrower.

Open Educational Resources: The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved 20 proposals that will provide nearly $550,000 in funding for higher education Open Educational Resources (OER) projects throughout the state.“I applaud the work of the commission to bolster innovation and save our students money,” said Governor Jared Polis. “These grants will no doubt have a huge impact on the future of OER and inspire other higher education institutions in the state to follow suit with creative and impactful solutions.”  To learn more about this and related issues – click here.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Grants Promote Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects:  Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Mini-Grant Program – The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Mini-Grants of up to $500 to public schools, public libraries, and public preschool and Head Start programs in the United States and its territories. The Foundation accepts proposals for creative, innovative projects that give teachers and librarians a unified, flexible way to meet Common Core goals as well as offer students a fun experience, a sense of achievement, and a source of pride. Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants have funded projects in all disciplines, at all grade levels, and of all sizes. Approximately 70 projects are funded each year. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

Colorado ILL Conference:  The keynote for the Colorado ILL Conference has been announced.  Kyle Courtney, Copyright Adviser for Harvard University,  is the keynote speaker for this year’s  50th CO Interlibrary Loan conference   , which will be held at the Westin in Westminster, CO April 25, 26th.  Courtney is a prolific writer and speaker on copyright and serves as the copyright and information policy adviser for HarvardX/edX.  He has also presented at the 2017 and 2018 UCCS Kraemer Library Copyright conference.

Courtney is founder of Copyright First Responders, a service that supports teaching, learning and scholarship through community engagement with copyright. In 2014 Courtney founded Fair Use Week which has become an international celebration observed by over 100 universities, libraries and other organizations.   He was named a National Academic Library Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2015.  Courtney currently teaches research sessions at Harvard Law School to first year students. He has a dual appointment at Northeastern teaching “Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights” ,  “Legal Research and Writing for LLM’s” and “Advanced Legal Writing Workshop” .   Courtney has a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an MSLIS.  You will find his writings in Politico, Slate, Library Journal, and other publications.  Courtney’s most recent publication is titled “MOOC’s and Libraries”, published by Rowman & Littlefield, Ltd.  His blog is at http://kylecourtney.com and you can follow him onTwitter @KyleKCourtney.

CAL Maker Division Workshop:  Save the date for the 2nd annual CAL Maker Division Workshop! This year’s workshop will be held at the Central Library (10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver, 80204), and will be a full day of maker-related sessions. Stay tuned to the CAL website for registration details, coming soon.In order to have a fantastic workshop, the Division needs presenters who are willing to facilitate a 75 minute session on a topic related to making or makerspaces. If you have an idea for a possible session, please submit your session idea before February 24. If you’re thinking “Wow, that seems close to the CALCON submission deadline of March 1,” you’d be right. The Division is encouraging people to submit their ideas to the Conference as well as the Workshop, even if there are very few changes (if any) between the two. Any questions can be sent to me or to calmakerdivision@gmail.com.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Interesting Info:

CLiC Vendor Discount Program:   CLiC’s 2019 Vendor Discount list has added TWO more companies!Check out the new additions at: www.clicweb.org/save-money/vendor-discounts

Louisville Public Library:  Louisville’s Great Horned Owl Cam:   http://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/departments/parks-recreation-and-open-space/louisville-great-horned-owls

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

In homage to last weeks word which was the longest non medical word in the English language – we have this weeks word: sesquipedalian.  Sesquipedalian describes the tendency to use long words. If you possess this trait, you will enjoy trying to use this word in your next conversation.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Library Related Employment:

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

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Friday Grab Bag, February 1, 2019

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. So kick back, grab your favorite cocktail and an amuse-bouche or two…and let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

February is Black History Month:

Denver Pubic Library:

  • Juanita Gray Community Service Awards Ceremony:  Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell. Join DPL as they honor African American community leaders at the annual Juanita Gray Community Service Awards Ceremony. They’ll honor men, women and youth making outstanding contributions to the Denver metro area and who have accomplished a professional goal in their field. They’ll also induct Dr. Jennie Mae Rucker (posthumously) into the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame.
  • The Uncomfortable Truth: The History of Racism in America Film Screening:  Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-7:45 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell. Come watch a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the origins and history of racism in America—from slavery to Jim Crow era, from lynchings to protests—told through a very personal and honest story.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Thursday, Feb. 14, 1-2 p.m. @ Sam Gary  It’s been over 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Join Active Minds to take a look at his life and legacy, and trace Dr. King’s rise to prominence from a Baptist pastor to Nobel Prize winner and leader of the civil rights movement.
  • The Life of Booker T. Washington: A Family Perspective:  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2-3 p.m. @ Woodbury.  Eric Hughes, the great-grandson of Booker T. Washington, tells a visual story of the life of this remarkable American. Using family photographs and other illustrations, the exceptional history of Dr. Washington comes alive in this presentation. Q&A to follow.
  • Black History Live: Maya Angelou:  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m. @ Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales.  National Humanities and Chautauqua scholar Becky Stone will portray Dr. Maya Angelou, American poet, singer, memoirist and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou will share how language can build, heal and transform. She gives insight into how she writes and why and reflects on her philosophy of life.
  • Nnedi Okorafor:  Thursday, February 7Embassy Suites DTC10250 E. Costilla Ave., Centennial – 7-8 pm: Author Talk 8-9 pm: Book Signing.  Spend an evening with award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Nnedi Okorafor, who will share about her acclaimed novel, Who Fears Death, slated to be an HBO series. Okorafor’s African-based science fiction and fantasy novels include the “Binti” trilogy and Akata Witch. She has also authored several of the popular “Black Panther” Marvel comic books. Okorafor’s latest standalone series features Black Panther’s sister Shuri.  Enjoy light refreshments and an author signing. Buy books from Book Bar onsite. For teens and adults. Reserve your spot here.

Longmont Public Library:

  • Black History Live: Maya AngelouThursday, February 28, 7 to 8:30 pm.  Storyteller Becky Stone will bring author and poet Maya Angelou to life in this special performance to honor Black History Month.  This program is for ages 18+ only and is offered in partnership with Colorado Humanities and is part of a larger Black History Live tour created and funded by them.

What is your library doing for Black History Month – let us know so that we can share!

The Public:

Hey – you have heard about the movie The Public by Emilio Estevez.  It was initially released in 2018, and tells the tale of  a large group of homeless library patrons, faced with a brutal Midwestern cold front making its way to Cincinnati, Ohio, who refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time. What begins as a nonviolent Occupy sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police, led by a no-nonsense crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin) and a savvy district attorney (Christian Slater) with lofty political ambitions, all as two librarians (Emilio Estevez and Jena Malone) are caught up in the middle of it.  Well – it is rumored that this film will be released to main stream cinemas in April of this year.  But – if you would like to see it before it hits a multi=plex near you, Boulder Public Library will be hosting a screening of the film as part of their Boulder International Film Festival series, with Director, and 80’s heart throb Emilio Estevez in attendance.  Mr. Estevez will offer a special and private screening for library workers on the afternoon of March 1 at Boulder Public Library while he’s in the area. And you are invited!

  • Friday, March 1, 2p.m. at the Canyon Theater (1000 Canyon Boulevard, North entrance at Boulder Public Library, Main Library; parking is also available at 1001 Arapahoe Avenue at the South Library entrance; please note: you must pay for parking if you stay in the lots 90+ minutes; look for the parking pay machines in each lot; the downtown Boulder bus station is also just a few blocks away)
  • Seating is limited to 201 people, first-come, first-served (no tickets or RSVPs). Please arrive before 2 p.m. for seating before the film starts.
  • The film is 2 hours long and Mr. Estevez will also likely speak/answer questions, as he wants to spend time with library workers after being inspired by this film role.

See you all there!

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Support for Innovative Programs Serving Colorado Seniors: NextFifty Initiative

NextFifty Initiative is dedicated to funding mission-driven, innovative programs that improve community services for those age 50 and older, including adults with disabilities, and their caretakers. The majority of funded programs will directly serve the people of Colorado. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that are working to improve the lives of the current aging population and dedicated to crafting an exciting future for aging. NextFifty Initiative is also interested in projects that target the most vulnerable in the aging sector, including low-income individuals, ethnic and racial minorities, the homeless, and LGBT communities. The upcoming grant application deadline is February 28, 2019.

Visit the NextFifty Initiative website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Funds Available for Native American Libraries: Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Native American Library Services: Basic Grants program provides support for existing library operations and to maintain core library services. Support is also available to enhance efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

The 2019 CATS Winter Workshop will be held on Monday, February 4th 2019 at Library 21C 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920 from 9-4.

The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) Conference will be at the Denver Marriott Tech Center February 6 – 9, 2019. CCIRA collaboratively encourages, supports, and advances literacy through research-based instructional practices to increase literacy access to all.

Conference on Inclusive Education:  February 14 – February 15 – PEAK Parent Center’s annual Conference on Inclusive Education is an excellent professional and personal development opportunity for EVERY PERSON involved in the education and inclusion of diverse learners. Family members, youth, self-advocates, general and special education teachers, school administrators, college students and other professionals are all encouraged to attend!

Teacher-Librarian Day 2019:  February 15 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm – The day consists of a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances on a varying range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – and to provoke conversations that matter. The 2019 theme is Voices; recognizing every voice and developing these skills in our students through primary sources as windows of the past help our communities to become more civically minded, thoughtful, and curious.

CSL In Session:

  • Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use:  February 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – While your library is ADA compliant and welcomes all, there may be hidden barriers for some in your community that hinder them from using your library.  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.
  • Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.  Sessions two and three will delve more into where to locate free legal research resources.

Social Justice & Public Libraries Symposium:  February 25 – February 26 – The Public Library Association is hosting this regional symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for public libraries in Denver. During this one-and-a-half-day symposium we will explore how power and privilege operate inter-personally and institutionally; identify how oppression shows up in our communities and libraries; and learn about historical and contemporary social justice movements. Participants will hear from libraries putting equity into practice, develop regional connections, and create local action plans to advance equity and social justice in our organizations and communities.  The symposium agenda and registration are available at:  http://www.ala.org/pla/education/inperson/equity

Free online CE for Library professionals and paraprofessionals:  Once again – our Wyoming counterpart has stepped up to the plate – swung – and hit it out of the park with their aggregated list of free CE opportunities.  Thank you Wyoming State Library for being the best in the west!  Check out the list of amazing free opportunities here.

Save the date and plan a weekend in beautiful Steamboat Springs this summer:  The Colorado Reference Service Group has a date for a summer meet up. The meeting will take place on Friday, August 9th, at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs. More details to follow. Save the date and plan a weekend in beautiful Steamboat Springs this summer.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Library Creation and Learning Website:  Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

Talk about Awesome:

Poudre River Library District:

  • Great Decisions — Topic 1: Refugees and Global Migration: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2019.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Old Town Library, Large Meeting Room Combo – Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?More about this Foreign Policy Association program is at http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/.
  • Part 1: Selecting the Audit Service and Provider Right for Your Nonprofit: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 20193:00 PM – 4:30 PM Harmony Library, Community Room (H)  – Join Nonprofit CPA, Chyla Graham for the first in a three-part series on audits for your nonprofit.Part 1 will examine the different types of attest (audit-type) services and what may serve your organization best. Once you know what type of services you need it’s easier to ask for it and determine who can best provide the level of service necessary. Takeaways:1. Different types of attest services – How to decide which one is right for you.2. What questions should you ask the prospective auditor?3. What should you ask their references?

Douglas County Libraries:

  • Steve Berry – Author Visit:  Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30pm at Douglas County Libraries in Parker has NYT bestselling author Steve Berry coming to talk about his book The Malta Exchange which hits the selves that day. Books will be sold at the event.
  • Lisa See – Author Visit”  Saturday, March 9th at 7pm at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock has NYT bestselling author Lisa See who will talk about her new book The Islands of Sea Women. Books will be sold at the event.
  • Kirk W. Johnson  – Author Visit:  Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30pm at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch has Kirk W. Johnson who will talk about The Feather Thief, one of the most notable nonfiction, true crime books of 2018.

For all events, please register at DCL.org, click Library Events and then Authors & Events.

Boulder Public Library:

  • History Lecture with Dr. Andrés Reséndez.  Thursday, Feb. 7, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Canyon Theater:  Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in the Americas. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering book, The Other Slavery, the subject of this year’s Athearn Lecture, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. Andrés Reséndez is an award-winning historian and author specializing in colonial Latin America, borderlands, and the Iberian world. His most recent book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Slavery in America (2016), won the Bancroft Prize in American History and was a finalist for a National Book Award in Nonfiction. The History Department at CU Boulder is proud to partner with the Boulder Public Library to present the 30th Athearn Lecture in Western History. Reception and book-signing to follow the talk.

Eagle Valley Library District:

High Country Speaker Series presentsWildlife in the Rocky Mountains: The hidden stories of conservation, recreation, and sharing our communities with charismatic fauna. Join the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center in welcoming a variety of experts and authors for a conversation about the interesting intersection between humans and wildlife. For more information please visit evld.org.  HCSS events aim to encourage environmental awareness, inspire positive relationships with the natural world and create thought provoking dialogue in our community through FREE dynamic programming.

High Country Speaker Series Schedule:

Weekly Vocabulary Word:

I often find that I come across interesting words that have fallen out of common use in the English language – but that deserve to be pulled back into the light at least once more.  So – going forward, we will give these lost words a bit of sunlight here in the grab bag.   I challenge you to find a use for this weeks word… well – I challenge you to even be able to pronounce it.

floccinaucinihilipilification: noun RARE

  1. the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.  Often cited as the longest non-technical word in the English language, being one letter longer than the commonly cited antidisestablishmentarianism.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Plains to Peaks Collective Grows (I know this is a repeat from last week – but we are pretty darn proud of it.)

The Colorado State Library and the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) are excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The PPC partners now offer 181,001 items for research and discovery through the DPLA.

With this second collection of items, the PPC welcomes new partners: American Alpine Club; University of Colorado, Art Museum; University of Wyoming, Art Museum; Mountain Scholar with collections from Colorado State University Libraries; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library.  Check out this link to see what is there.

Library Related Employment:

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

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries.   Whats going on at your library?  Let us know what you want to share!  Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

Categories
Continuing Education

Free Continuing Education Opportunities for February 2019

 

These free online learning opportunities are curated by our friends at the Wyoming State Library!  Thank you Wyoming State Library peeps – you are the best!

For Colorado-specific continuing education events, make sure to check out the Library Learning and Creation calendar – https://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/calendar/.


**Tuesday, Feb 12 (8am-1pm) North American Virtual Reference Online Conference! https://sites.google.com/view/navrconference/ : This free, fully online event is open to all – regardless of library type or experience with virtual reference. The theme is “Fully Present Online.” The event will kick off with keynote speaker Miguel Figueroa, from the ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.  We’ll offer two program tracks throughout the day: in-depth 45 minute sessions, or blocks of 15 minute Lightning Talks organized around a theme. Themes include: Incorporating Emerging Technologies in VR; Communication Strategies & Best Practices; Supporting Yourself & Others in a Virtual World; and Virtual Reference Services in Academic Libraries. Attendees can choose to move as they like from one track to another. Only have time in your busy day for one session? That’s ok! Take a look at the program schedule and join us when you can. All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing by attendees.

**Friday, Feb 22 (7:45am-4pm) Big Talk From Small Libraries 2019 http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/registration/ : This FREE one-day event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. GoToWebinar login instructions will be e-mailed to registered attendees the day before the conference.


AT YOUR LEISURE – Pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience

Uncover Hidden Figures Within Biography in Context (Gale/Wyoming State Library) : Biography In Context allows you to explore some of the greatest African American Hidden Figures throughout history. This webinar shows libraries how to use tools from Gale to showcase and promote these Hidden Figures in the library, on the library website, and on social media pages.

Trustee Trouble 4 (Wyoming State Library)  : Library Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and the library. Sometimes that first year on the board is tough, there is a lot more to being a library board member than you might think. In this series of episodes, laugh and learn along with Dan, a new library trustee, as he muddles through his first year on the library board. We suggest viewing one episode per month and then as a group, discuss the episode and answer the questions asked at the end of the segment.

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference : In case you missed it, they’ve made the slides and recordings available from their January conference. The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin.

Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy (Public Library Association): This on-demand webinar explorers components of computational thinking, what it looks like in early childhood, and how library staff use developmentally appropriate activities to support whole-child development. Young children can become successful problem-solvers, creative thinkers, and lifelong learners at the library.


ASSESSMENT & PLANNING

  • Feb 5: Starting Small with Project Outcome (Public Library Association)

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

  • Feb 6: Web Accessibility in a Nutshell (Accessible Technology Coalition)
  • Feb 14: Web Accessibility Update: Ruling Reversals, Insights, and Tips (edWeb)

BOARDS

  • At Your Leisure: Trustee Trouble 4 (Wyoming State Library)

CAREERS (& Personal Development?)

  • Feb 20: Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 27: NextGen Professional Development Virtual Summit: Advance your Gov Career (GovLoop)

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • At Your Leisure: Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy (Public Library Association)
  • Feb 6: It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children)
  • Feb 6: Autonomy Support: A New Approach to Managing Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • Feb 7: School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople)
  • Feb 11: Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
  • Feb 12: Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 26: Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Feb 26: Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT

  • Feb 5: Diversity in Comics (Utah State Library)
  • Feb 5: Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist)
  • Feb 12: Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 12: Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist)
  • Feb 14: Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal)
  • Feb 19: Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist)
  • Feb 27: What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)

COMMUNICATION

  • Feb 6: It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children)
  • Feb 11: Strengths-Based Communication – The Key to Building Positive Professional Relationships! (Early Childhood Investigations)
  • Feb 13: Google Ad Grants 101 (The Digital Nonprofit)
  • Feb 28: Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

DIGITAL RESOURCES

  • Feb 5: Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education)
  • Feb 14: The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
  • Feb 28: Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

DATABASES & E-RESOURCES

  • At Your Leisure: Uncover Hidden Figures Within Biography in Context (Gale/Wyoming State Library)
  • Feb 12: Biography Resources in GOWYLD.net (Wyoming State Library)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE

  • At Your Leisure: Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
  • Feb 1: Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
  • Feb 5: Beyond Diversity How BIAS Could be Making or Breaking your Business (InSync Training)
  • Feb 6: R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 13: How to Make Your Goals Stick in 2019 (GovLoop)
  • Feb 20: Mindful Leadership: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academic Library Information Literacy Program (Association of College & Research Libraries)
  • Feb 21: Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 28: How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)

FUNDRAISING

  • Feb 1: Getting Off the Grants Hamster Wheel: Creating Revenue Streams (Erin McClarty)
  • Feb 1: Secrets to Make More Money for the Auction Fundraiser (Auctria)
  • Feb 6: How Savvy Marketing Translates to More Donations (Bloomerang)
  • Feb 6: I Wish I’d Thought of That: Showcasing the Best of Fundraising Examples (Network for Good)
  • Feb 6: Grant Trends and Common Mistakes: Make Your 2019 Applications Shine! (TechSoup)
  • Feb 6: Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring)
  • Feb 12: So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo)
  • Feb 12: Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
  • Feb 13: How to Segment Your Donor Base to Reveal Legacy Giving Opportunities (Network for Good)
  • Feb 13: Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
  • Feb 14: How to Create Winning Sponsorship Strategies (CharityHowTo)
  • Feb 14: Shall We Engage? Tips and Considerations for a Happy Fiscal Sponsorship Relationship (Bloomerang)
  • Feb 19: How to Use Social Media to Raise Money Online (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
  • Feb 21: Get Started Using Website Analytics to Improve Your Online Fundraising (Smart Cause Digital)
  • Feb 26: Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
  • Feb 28: Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

LEGAL

  • Feb 7: Federal Data Strategies (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 21: Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics
  • Feb 27:  When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

  • Feb 6: Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma (Infopeople)
  • Feb 13: Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Feb 20: NCompass Live: Crafting Relevant Community Partnerships Using Archives (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 20: Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use (Colorado State Library)
  • Feb 21: The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 26: Building Community Around Essential Literacy Experiences (Education Week/Fountas & Pinnell)

PROGRAMMING

  • Feb 5: Fake News (Washington State Library)
  • Feb 6: R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Feb 6: NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 11: Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
  • Feb 12: Let’s Get Moving in Iowa Libraries! Physical Activity Programs for Fun & Health (State Library of Iowa)
  • Feb 13: Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction)
  • Feb 21: Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 26: Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)

READERS’ ADVISORY

  • Feb 5: Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist)
  • Feb 12: RA Rethink: Merchandising and Upselling (Utah State Library)
  • Feb 14: Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal)
  • Feb 19: Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist)
  • Feb 27: What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)

REFERENCE

  • Feb 7: School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople)
  • Feb 14: Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resources IQ: Part 6: Justice Department, Federal Courts and Congressional Committee Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 14: Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library)
  • Feb 14: The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware)
  • Feb 20: Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 21: Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program)
  • Feb 21: The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 21: Deep Dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (Library Connect)
  • Feb 28: Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • Feb 5: Fake News (Washington State Library)
  • Feb 5: Early STEM Exposure Through Career-Focused PBL (Education Week/Defined STEM)
  • Feb 6: NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 6: Give Them Something To Write About: Teaching Across The Curriculum With NYT-Inspired Daily Prompts (New York Times)
  • Feb 12: Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist)
  • Feb 12: Biography Resources in GOWYLD.net (Wyoming State Library)
  • Feb 12: A Perfect Match: Future Ready Instructional Coaches and Future Ready Librarians (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
  • Feb 13: Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection)
  • Feb 13: Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library)
  • Feb 13: Gamify Your School Library (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Feb 14: Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library)
  • Feb 14: Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond (edWeb)
  • Feb 19: Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Sources (Follett)
  • Feb 21: How to Create a School Makerspace (Demco)
  • Feb 27: Social-Emotional Learning in the Library (edWeb)
  • Feb 28: Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians)
  • Feb 28: How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)

TECHNOLOGY

  • Feb 5: Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education)
  • Feb 13: NCompass Live: What in the World Is Emerging Technology? (Nebraska Library Commission)
  • Feb 13: Online Security is More Than Just Passwords (Georgia Library Association)
  • Feb 19: Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations: Understanding Your Risk and Making Practical Improvements (TechSoup)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION

  • Feb 7: Introduction to Library Carpentry (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 21: Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
  • Feb 26: Feb 26: Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)
  • Feb 27:  When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections)

VOLUNTEERS

  • Feb 5: Library Volunteers: Tapping into Community Engagement (State Library of Iowa)
  • Feb 5: Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
  • Feb 13: 7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo)
  • Feb 21: Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
  • Feb 26: Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)

PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:

Friday, Feb 1 (10-11 am)

Getting Off the Grants Hamster Wheel: Creating Revenue Streams (Erin McClarty): This month we’ll talk about the process for brainstorming and implementing new revenue streams. Open to both socially conscious businesses and charities, this webinar is for you if: You want to find ways for creating sustainability without depending entirely on donations and grants; You created a “marquee” product or service with impact and want to create new streams; You’re interested in starting a charity or socially conscious business, but how you’ll make money worries you.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2RrcNKM


Friday, Feb 1 (10-11 am)

Secrets to Make More Money for the Auction Fundraiser (Auctria):  Auctria’s FREE webinar to help take your auction to new heights and raise more for your cause. As the Marketing Coordinator at Auctria, Laurie has lots of secrets to share to make your auction successful.

For information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Wq17vi

 

Friday, Feb 1 (12-1 pm)

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute): The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

For more information and to register, visit: https://effectivenessinstitute.com/register-for-events/

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (10-11 am)

Diversity in Comics (Utah State Library):  “Diversity in Comics” Amanda Jacobs Foust (Douglas County Libraries), a longtime graphic novel selector and the co-host and producer of the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast presents a unique opportunity for librarians working in any environment to learn about next-level graphic novel collection development, with a special emphasis on building a diverse collections.  Amanda will share her collection development best practices, favorite resources, and philosophical approach to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Everyone who works with graphic novels in their library or wants to learn more about these wildly popular materials will have something to gain from this webinar.  In this interactive and informative webinar, we will cover:  Current state of diversity in publishing Why we need diverse comics Publishing trends and change in comics.

To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (10-11 am)

Fake News (Washington State Library):  Are you seeing a growing need in your community for better information literacy, especially when it comes to discerning online news? Join Di Zhang, Adult Services Librarian at The Seattle Public Library, to learn about resources and best practices for engaging students and community members around media literacy, and how to develop curriculum resources to teach about fake news.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Library Volunteers: Tapping into Community Engagement (State Library of Iowa):  Volunteerism is changing. Libraries now have the opportunity to engage highly skilled volunteers who can bring unique their expertise to bear on the library’s mission. This webinar will showcase the potential for your community whether your library is large or small. Actual success stories of innovative library volunteer engagement will be shared.

For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibraryofiowa.lmscheckout.com/Course/index

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch):  Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist):  Does your collection reflect the varied faces, beliefs, and experiences of your community? Check out Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar spotlighting diverse books for children and teens.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Early STEM Exposure Through Career-Focused PBL (Education Week/Defined STEM):  In this webinar, leaders from one school district will explain how they shifted to a career-focused project-based learning model to expose their students to STEM content and careers as early as kindergarten.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Starting Small with Project Outcome (Public Library Association):  Libraries may feel too overwhelmed with limited staff and resources to take on something new like measuring outcomes, which is why starting small and scaling up is the best method for success. Starting small helps libraries increase their staff’s comfort with and expertise in outcomes measurement; capitalize on trial-and-error learnings; and build a structure for peer support of data collection and use. Participants in this webinar will hear from a veteran Project Outcome user on their experience starting small by evaluating the library’s Small Business series and scaling up to library-wide programming.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (12-1 pm)

Beyond Diversity How BIAS Could be Making or Breaking your Business (InSync Training):  BIAS – we all have it whether we are aware of it or not.  But are you aware of the Biases people may have about you and what it may costing you in your business.  In this 1 hour program, we help you gain insight into how biases are formed, and use proven tools to gain awareness and overcome these biases to drive sales, leadership effectiveness and help others opt-in.

For more information and to register, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/complimentary-programs/

 

Tuesday, Feb 5 (3:30-4 pm)

Zoom Features (Technology & Innovation in Education):  Join TIE Learning Specialist, Julie Erickson, as she shares details about utilizing the tools of Zoom. Looking at ways of doing a screen cast that could be beneficial for students, staff, and streamlining communication.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (9-10 am)

R(e)building a Library Program with Community Feedback as Your Guide (Texas State Library and Archives Commission):  Do you have a program in your library that could use refreshing? Are you meeting resistance at changing a program that has existed for a long time in its current form? Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will guide you through the process of examining your library programs with an eye geared towards change. Time will be spent on how to identify a program that needs revamping, garnering responses from your community, and communicating the change to your patrons.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: You Make Me Want To Break Out (Nebraska Library Commission):   Escape rooms are popping up all over the country as groups go in and test their logic and problem solving in order to escape a locked, themed room. Breakouts take the idea of escape rooms and bring them into the classroom. Students and teachers of all ages can participate and all students are engaged in the lesson. After running and writing many breakouts for the past 2 years, Meredith Fickes, School Librarian at Mickle Middle School in Lincoln, will be sharing tips, tricks, and knowledge for both running and writing breakouts.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (10-11 am)

It’s Not Your Imagination… Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today (Association of Library Service to Children):  Language and understanding of identity are quickly changing. We are now understanding that because we are people we are biased. At the same time, what is normal for kids today is not the same as it was for most adults. This webinar will help you gain strategies for having meaningful conversations even when challenged by the topic.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-11:30 am)

Web Accessibility in a Nutshell (Accessible Technology Coalition):  Use of the Internet is increasingly enmeshed and vital in education, business, and daily life. However, various barriers prevent equal access and limit equal opportunity to the Web for people with disabilities. This episode of ADA Live! will highlight the basics of web accessibility including: why it is important, the ADA and other laws, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and common barriers to web access. Discover some tips and best practices to help you get started in providing more accessible and usable web applications and digital materials to a diverse audience.

For more information and to register, visit: https://atcoalition.org/training/free-webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-12 pm)

How Savvy Marketing Translates to More Donations (Bloomerang):  Without great marketing, it is difficult for donors — and prospects — to feel connected to your work. Many nonprofit communicators “inherited” marketing. Often on top of the job you expected and are actually trained to do. With everything you have to juggle, priority is often placed on the “sales” and the next deadline. Marketing, however, is a critical part of fundraising. And it’s what sets up the donor for your ask. Without marketing, every call is a cold call. In this session, Beth Brodovsky will show you what savvy nonprofit marketers do to build engagement and turn it into action.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (11-12 pm)

I Wish I’d Thought of That: Showcasing the Best of Fundraising Examples (Network for Good):  Ready for eye candy campaigns that make you wish YOU’D thought of that? Buckle up, buttercup. We’re firing up the very best fundraising examples from budgets small and large, digital and print, social and SO MUCH  MORE! Be inspired and delighted with eye-candy examples and concrete tactics you can implement in your next fundraising campaign.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12-1 pm)

Grant Trends and Common Mistakes: Make Your 2019 Applications Shine! (TechSoup):  It is not radical to say that grantseeking is a competitive process. As pools of eligible funds continue to shrink and those in need continue to grow, it is difficult for nonprofit organizations to keep their heads above water. This free webinar is here to help. We will review trends in what funders are looking for in grant applications so that you can create the strongest applications possible. In addition, we will identify common mistakes and suggest solutions and resources to help you avoid these pitfalls. We will have plenty of time for live questions and answers, so be prepared to bring your biggest concerns for discussion.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12-1:30 pm)

Autonomy Support: A New Approach to Managing Challenging Behavior (Early Childhood Investigations):  Increasingly, it is known that executive function skills are important in school readiness and school success, in graduation rates and workforce success. Studies have even found that young children with executive function skills are more likely to be healthier and wealthier in their 30s, regardless of their IQ or socio-economic status. That has led researchers to wonder: what do parents and teachers do to promote their children’s executive function skills. One of the important answers is Autonomy Support! Join this compelling webinar by renowned experts, Ellen Galinsky and Erin Ramsey, to find out more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits (Firespring):  In this educational session, Jay will share best practices—including detailed formulas that every nonprofit should be using—to track the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (1-2 pm)

Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma (Infopeople):  With numerous budget cuts to social services programs, public libraries are encountering more individuals experiencing homelessness, and poverty. For many, a library may be the only place of refuge from the weather, or noise from a downtown cityscape. The increasing volume of need arising in many communities may leave library workers feeling ill-equipped or overwhelmed. During this webinar social worker Elissa Hardy will explore some solutions.

For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Wednesday, Feb 6 (2-3 pm)

Give Them Something To Write About: Teaching Across The Curriculum With NYT-Inspired Daily Prompts (New York Times):  Every school day The New York Times Learning Network (NYTLN) publishes fresh writing prompts inspired by current New York Times articles, photography, art and even graphs. Join NYTLN editors, along with guest students and their teachers, to explore how to use our thousands of free writing prompts for everyday low-stakes writing practice across the curriculum.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2FZQlam

 

Thursday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)

Federal Data Strategies (Federal Depository Library Program):  This talk will provide insight into public domain and open data policies and how they are made. The status of open data policies in the Federal Government is changing with new laws and rulemaking. Viewers will come away with a better understanding of U.S. Federal policies and laws regarding data.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar

 

Thursday, Feb 7 (1-2 pm)

School Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research (Infopeople): The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. The toolkit was developed by the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (link is external) in collaboration with the California State Library (link is external). This 4-part series of webinars will introduce librarians to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit, which is available in its entirety for free online.

For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Thursday, Feb 7 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Library Carpentry (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  How can librarians remain strong in an ever-changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in “The Carpentries” by learning and eventually teaching software code to improve researcher’s data toolkits! Learn about the history of the Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) and their mission to empower the library community to use software and data in their own work.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Monday, Feb 11 (11:30-12:30 pm)

Info2Go! STEM Maker Activities for Teens (Idaho Commission for Libraries):  Attendees will hear about low threshold Maker activities to engage teens in hands-on STEM activities in the libraries and gain access to materials and resources, including easy to follow, program guides.

For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/continuing-education/info2go/

 

Monday, Feb 11 (12-1:30 pm)

Strengths-Based Communication – The Key to Building Positive Professional Relationships! (Early Childhood Investigations):  Teachers in early childhood programs are often overwhelmed by negativity, drama, and high-stress relationships. A key to creating a more positive work environment is to support teachers in developing strengths-based communication skills. This webinar will provide participants with impactful frameworks, protocols, empowering questions, and reflective exercises to help them build the skills they need to communicate effectively with their colleagues, administrators, and parents.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (9-10 am)

Using Comics and Graphic Novels with Children and Teens (Texas State Library and Archives Commission):  In this one hour webinar, Library Management Consultant Kyla Hunt will talk with Teen Services Librarian Kate Mowery about all things graphic novels, comics and manga. Time will be spent on programming ideas, collection development tips, and exploring online resources focusing on comics and graphic novels.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (10-11 am)

RA Rethink: Merchandising and Upselling (Utah State Library):  If someone told you there’s a practical and easy way to increase circulation, patron visits, program attendance and the job satisfaction of your staff, would you do it? Of course you would. Librarian Becky Spratford has developed a method you can use to accomplish all of this and it plays off of the skills, talents, and interests you already possess. She’ll explain how to deepen staff involvement in readers’ advisory in a way that gets everyone from staff to patrons excited. You are spending a lot of effort and money on cultivating good collections, but are you giving those collections a fair chance to shine?

To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (11-12 pm)

So You Want to Write a Grant? (CharityHowTo):  In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (12-1 pm)

Let’s Get Moving in Iowa Libraries! Physical Activity Programs for Fun & Health (State Library of Iowa):  Attend this webinar to learn how, no matter your size or budget, you can do something to support physical activity. Using examples from Iowa libraries, and from around the world, this webinar will provide you with seven proven strategies you can use to develop new programs, services, and spaces at your library. The webinar will conclude by discussing how you can do these things (and more!) through community partnerships. The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services calls upon libraries to become “Community Catalysts” and “transform how they collaborate with their communities.” Learn how you can form and sustain community partnerships to do new things in your community to get your community moving.

For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibraryofiowa.lmscheckout.com/Course/index

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (12-1 pm)

Large Print, Big Advantages: Strategies for Increasing Youth Literacy (Booklist):  Typically, large print is used for seniors and readers with visual impairments, but it can also advance reading skills and confidence in young readers of all abilities. Join us to learn more about the many benefits of large print for young readers. Hear how both public and school libraries are effectively implementing large print into their collections.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (2:15-3 pm)

Biography Resources in GOWYLD.net (Wyoming State Library):  Join Chris Van Burgh for a review of the biography resources in GoWYLD.net, including Biography In Context, Britannica, LION, and others.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1869826572151072515

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (3-4 pm)

A Perfect Match: Future Ready Instructional Coaches and Future Ready Librarians (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education):  In this webinar, panelists will discuss the powerful impact that results from a partnership between instructional coaches and librarians when focus is placed not on tool or device, but instead on the learning community. They will share the examples of this partnership from the field highlighting stories, swapping tips and inspiring all of us to go back and do the same within our schools and districts.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/

 

Tuesday, Feb 12 (3-4 pm)

Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring):  Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.firespring.com/resources/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: What in the World Is Emerging Technology? (Nebraska Library Commission):  We all know that technology trends are moving at light speed. The truth is that many of these trends are here one day and gone the next. Most of this technology also isn’t particularly relevant to the library world. This presentation will dive into how to identify emerging technology that might make an impact on libraries, now or in the future.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (11-12 pm)

Google Ad Grants 101 (The Digital Nonprofit):  Have you heard of Google’s Ad Grant program, where they give $10,000 a month in free advertising to nonprofits? Join us for a crash course on how Google Ad Grants can benefit your nonprofit by bringing thousands of new visitors to your website every month.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.thedigitalnonprofit.com/free-webinar

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (11-12 pm)

How to Segment Your Donor Base to Reveal Legacy Giving Opportunities (Network for Good):  Your best legacy gift prospects already exist in your database.  This presentation will show you why legacy giving is vital to your organization; the benefits of legacy giving to both the organization and donor and how to query your list to uncover your best prospects for legacy giving.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.networkforgood.com/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)

Online Security is More Than Just Passwords (Georgia Library Association):  This session will touch on basic cybersecurity tips for passwords and emails. After this session, attendees will appreciate the need for authentication online and be more aware of email and password issues and how best to handle them.

For more information and to register, visit: https://gla.georgialibraries.org/carterette-series-webinars/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)

How to Make Your Goals Stick in 2019 (GovLoop):  How many of us have sat down on New Year’s Eve and penned a list of resolutions only to fail at following through by mid-January? Probably everyone, but there are strategies and best practices to help you achieve your full career potential year-round.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (12-1 pm)

Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace):  Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (1-2 pm)

Reduce Waste, Build Community: Hosting Repair Events at Your Library (WebJunction):  Libraries around the world are hosting repair events, inviting people to bring damaged household items and clothing to be repaired instead of throwing them away. Repair events can help your library reach diverse communities, teach and maintain valuable repair skills, and engage with skilled volunteers and invested community partners. Help your patrons save money on electronic, mechanical or sewing repairs and divert waste from the landfill with fix-it fairs, repair cafes and U-fix-it clinics. Join us for this webinar to learn everything you need to know about hosting a repair event, from finding partners to recruiting fixers, and from getting management approval to effectively getting the word out.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (1-2 pm)

7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit (CharityHowTo):  The value of volunteers can’t be ignored.  But, effective volunteer engagement requires a focus on the right tactics at the right time to fully realize the power of volunteer time and talent.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (3-4 pm)

Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection):  Like it or not, advocacy is not an optional activity for school librarians. Fortunately, the work involved doesn’t need to be especially difficult or time-consuming, so it’s time to roll up our sleeves! Come learn from three expert school library advocates who will share practical tips and ready-to-go resources to start getting key stakeholders in your corner today, from the hallway to the town hall. Dr. Ann Dutton Ewbank will discuss how to build relationships and networks to influence decision-makers at the local and state level. Dr. Deborah Rinio will talk about the importance of language and how you can craft your advocacy message to increase its impact. Finally, Stony Evans, high school teacher librarian, will share strategies for transforming the teachers in your school into powerful voices speaking on your behalf.

For more information and to register, visit: https://schoollibraryconnection.com/

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (4-5 pm)

Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library):  Join Megan Dingman and Maggie Unterseher, Library Media Specialists in Campbell County, Wyoming, To explore technology and library media integration opportunities. This webinar will be recorded.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3532309044090163458

 

Wednesday, Feb 13 (5-6 pm)

Gamify Your School Library (American Association of School Librarians):  You have seen gamification in a variety of settings: completing a punch card to earn a free sandwich or receiving a badge for taking a certain number of steps. The idea is to encourage brand loyalty, so how does gamification impact your school library? Games, in any form, increase motivation through engagement. This webinar demonstrates how to gamify aspects of your school library. We will explore the design process, teaching strategies, and digital tools for taking library services and instruction to the next level.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)

How to Create Winning Sponsorship Strategies (CharityHowTo):  The reason most organizations fail in the hunt for sponsorship dollars is the lack of a rock-solid game plan for identifying, attracting and signing sponsors. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-follow roadmap to help you create winning sponsorship strategies? Join this webinar to find out how!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-live-webinars/free

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)

Shall We Engage? Tips and Considerations for a Happy Fiscal Sponsorship Relationship (Bloomerang):  This session provides an overview of fiscal sponsorship as a tool for both existing nonprofits and groups not currently recognized as public charities. Special attention will be paid to issues that arise under this arrangement related to governance, financial oversight, and fundraising. We will address practical questions and best practices should a nonprofit or group chose to pursue this arrangement. Finally, we will review key legal and contractual provisions in a fiscal sponsorship arrangement along with a sample fiscal sponsorship agreement.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bloomerang.co/resources/webinars/

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (12-12:45 pm)

Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resources IQ: Part 6: Justice Department, Federal Courts and Congressional Committee Resources (Federal Depository Library Program):  Gain enhanced awareness and understanding of the intelligence-related information resources produced by Justice Department entities such as the FBI, National Security Division, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and the House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (12-1 pm)

Sleeper Hits for Spring (Library Journal):  This webcast will present lots more fun-to-read titles from both debut authors and veterans that you should put on your reading list now. Register for the next edition of our sleeper hits webcasts to find out what you’ll be reading this spring.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?subpage=Events&eventtype=webcasts

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (12:30-1 pm)

Fighting fake news: using NewsGuard as a free research aid and news literacy tool (North Dakota State Library):  The proliferation of fake news has clouded the digital landscape and made news literacy an essential skill for students and adults alike. NewsGuard, a company founded by a team of veteran journalists, has created a free tool to help people better navigate search results and social media feeds. In this webinar, NewsGuard will demonstrate how libraries have been using NewsGuard’s browser extension to help their patrons surf the internet and conduct research with more knowledge of the credibility and transparency of websites producing their news.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2DGIOKX

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (1-2 pm)

Web Accessibility Update: Ruling Reversals, Insights, and Tips (edWeb):  At the end of 2018, the U.S. Department of Education reversed a ruling, leading to the reopening of hundreds of web accessibility complaints submitted to the Office of Civil Rights. Don’t panic! This edWebinar will help you better understand the regulations and proactively work towards meeting web accessibility standards.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (11-12 pm)

The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits (Idealware):  Join us on Thursday, February 14, as we present findings from our new report, The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits. We’ll look at the wide range of software on the marketplace to get a better sense of what these systems are capable of, what they cost, and how effective they are for nonprofits.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.idealware.org/training-calendar/

 

Thursday, Feb 14 (3-4 pm)

Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond (edWeb):  This edWebinar will offer a short historical review of the field, links to free resources for teachers to draw on when introducing the subject of robotics, and provide real world stories and examples from the industry today that can be shared in the classroom to make the subject more relatable and authentic.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/upcoming-webinars/

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (11-12 pm)

How to Use Social Media to Raise Money Online (Nonprofit Tech for Good):  Packed with practical, how-to advice and examples for small nonprofits on a limited budget, this free webinar will show you how to leverage your social media accounts to raise money and strengthen relationships with donors so they give again.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2MGkFXI

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (12-1 pm)

Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations: Understanding Your Risk and Making Practical Improvements (TechSoup):  Mission-driven organizations often need support in identifying and fending off basic online threats. For organizations with decentralized operations or a wide volunteer base, proper connectivity is crucial. However, many organizations want to establish an online presence quickly, and they ignore basic security steps, such as using a formal identity system or multifactor authentication.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (12-1 pm)

Everything’s Coming up YA (Booklist):  The first hint of the spring season has arrived, and we’re here to help you keep your YA collections fresh.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

 

Tuesday, Feb 19 (1-2 pm)

Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Sources (Follett):  Teaching with historical fiction is the perfect way to bring those events to life for students. Primary sources can often seem dated or unconnected to the modern life of our students, but through the lens of a narrative, we see the context that allows us to make those connections between the past and the present.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (9-10 am)

NCompass Live: Crafting Relevant Community Partnerships Using Archives (Nebraska Library Commission):  Historically, archives have told the stories of the dominant society. Increasingly, archives are exploring and filling some of the silences left by the exclusion of many voices. Oral history is a way of actively collecting stories which may not exist in written form. Both the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project and the University of Nebraska at Kearney Archives and Special Collections’ Coming to the Plains: Latin@ Stories in Central Nebraska project engage members of diverse communities in telling their own stories. Find out more about these projects during this webinar.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (10:30-12 pm)

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)sit: https://nnlm.gov/training:  Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (12-1 pm)

Tear Down This Wall: Find & Remove Barriers to Library Use (Colorado State Library):  Join us for this interactive session to discuss how to find out who isn’t coming to your library and why, and talk through strategies for breaking down road blocks that some members of your community have to enable them to become more active library patrons.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (12-1 pm)

Mindful Leadership: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academic Library Information Literacy Program (Association of College & Research Libraries):  Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just politically correct buzzwords; they are complex ideas that should be addressed by leaders of instruction programs. Mindful leadership involves the thoughtful reflection about and integration of practices that support DEI in our work as instructional librarians. This webinar offers a panel discussion and question-and-answer session examining DEI through the lens of management and leadership featuring four well-known specialists:.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2Gb8kJR

 

Wednesday, Feb 20 (2-3 pm)

Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  Have you been pondering your 2019 professional development? Are you wondering how other librarians in the region decide when selecting development opportunities? This month we are featuring three MCR network members who will share their experiences from recent conferences and trainings.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 PM MT)

Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 1 – Legal Research Basics:  This first webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library will address aspects of providing legal research services to patrons.  In this session, attendees will learn the following: what are the basic concepts involved in legal research; how to conduct a legal reference interview; and where to refer patrons in order to find forms and legal clinics.  This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these concepts.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (9-10 am)

Get Started Using Website Analytics to Improve Your Online Fundraising (Smart Cause Digital):  Join them for an information-packed webinar specifically created for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers!

To register, visit: https://bit.ly/2G91zZi

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (9-11:15 am)

Deep Dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (Library Connect):  In this instructional webinar, you’ll learn more about the COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (COP5), which goes into effect in January 2019. Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER Project Director, will highlight key points in the development of the new release, touching on metric types and new reports. Then Elena Zapryanova-Hadjinikolova, COUNTER Executive Committee and Director Analytics, Elsevier, will take you step-by-step through the new reports and familiarize you with their use cases.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.brighttalk.com/channel/9995/library-connect

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Volunteers (VolunteerMatch):  Are you doing the right things to recognize the work volunteers do for your organization? Are your recognition strategies and events stuck in the past? In this webinar we’ll discuss what motivates today’s volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We’ll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

How to Create a School Makerspace (Demco):  This webinar will cover the basics of starting, outfitting, and maintaining a makerspace at your school. Based in part on his best-selling book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, Nicholas Provenzano will share all of his favorite tips, tricks, and tools to help you as you venture into the world of making.

For more information and to register, visit: http://ideas.demco.com/webinars/

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

Stay Mentally Alert and Sane: Government Resources For Good Mental Health (Federal Depository Library Program):  This webinar will offer information on where to find resources on mental health including the National Institute of Mental Health, PubMed, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information on how to help patrons who may have mental health issues will also be presented. Resources in other languages about mental health will be included.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/fdlp-events-calendar

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (12-1 pm)

Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians?

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (1-2 pm)

Using Social Media as a Tool to Advocate Diversity and Inclusion (Infopeople):  Social media is a great way to start dialogue and conversations about a variety of topics and to meet customers where they are. This webinar will demonstrate how to use humor, pop culture, children’s materials, and more, to advocate for diverse communities, and to speak up when necessary.

For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Thursday, Feb 21 (1-2 pm)

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  In this hour-long webinar we’ll explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)

Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children):  We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)

Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace):  Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center, to learn how the Funding Information Network program can help your nonprofit resource center, community foundation, or library support your local nonprofit and small business economy.

For more information and to register, visit: https://grantspace.org/training/search/format/live/location/online/

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (12-1 pm)

Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch):  Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that’s nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.

For more information and to register, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (1-2 pm)

Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction):  Join us to learn how to help your teen patrons become empowered to navigate their financial futures. As children grow, their potential to manage money and understand financial concepts grows as well. The knowledge, skills, and behaviors kids learn when they are young lay the groundwork for their financial well-being as adults, and libraries can play a role in building these important financial literacy skills.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

 

Tuesday, Feb 26 (2-3 pm)

Building Community Around Essential Literacy Experiences (Education Week/Fountas & Pinnell):  Join literacy leaders Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell as together they explore the essential literacy experiences that are critical for nurturing lifelong readers and writers.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (8am-2:30 pm)

NextGen Professional Development Virtual Summit: Advance your Gov Career (GovLoop):  How will you move to the next phase in your career? In order to help you achieve your professional development goals, you’re invited to participate in this webinar to hear from government and career experts about how to become a better, more well-rounded and productive employee.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (12-1:30 pm)

When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections):  This webinar provides a practical introduction to U.S. copyright law, the public domain, and fair use, as well as touching upon parallel intellectual property rights to consider, such as privacy and publicity rights. Additionally, attendees will be presented with methodologies to navigate the myriad licensing options and ever-changing uses affecting collections, including determining rights status, identifying rights holders, and applying rights statements, Open Access, and Creative Commons licenses to collection objects.

For more information and to register, visit:  https://www.connectingtocollections.org/calendar/

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (1-2 pm)

What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople):  Join us for our annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, both new authors and old favorites, that you can recommend to a child – especially when you are busy! This webinar can help you discover new books that you can offer to children who use your library, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve.

For more information and to register, visit: https://internal.infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Wednesday, Feb 27 (3-4 pm)

Social-Emotional Learning in the Library (edWeb):  In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore the many ways in which school librarians can support their learning communities through co-teaching, making, reading, and more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

 

Thursday, Feb 28 (8:30-9:30 am)

How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education):  Leadership and school culture lay the foundation of successful schools. For digital learning to thrive, school and district leaders need to create conditions that empower teachers to take risks and try new things. Veteran Principal and Future Ready Advisor, Jimmy Casas, will discuss how school leaders can create cultures of innovation in their schools.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/

 

Thursday, Feb 28 (10-11 am)

Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Thursday, Feb 28 ( 12-1 pm)

Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):  Designed for beginners, this class presents a general overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant process, as well as tips for writing a successful proposal. The one-hour webinar will address: documenting community need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; and developing an evaluation plan.

For more information and to register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/training

 

Thursday, Feb 28 (5-6 pm)

Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians):  This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thanks again Wyoming State Library!

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CSL News

CSL Welcomes New State Librarian Nicolle Ingui Davies!

The Colorado State Library (CSL) is thrilled to welcome our new State Librarian, Nicolle Ingui Davies, to our CSL team and back to her Colorado home. Davies holds both a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS), making her perfectly suited to this leadership role. Davies returns to Colorado from her position as Executive Director of the Charleston County Public Library (SC), where she has been since she left her role as Executive Director of the Arapahoe Library District (CO) in 2016.

During her 12 years with the Arapahoe Library District, Davies was named Library Journal’s 2016 Librarian of the Year, in part for her role in securing a $6 million budget increase for the district’s libraries.  The increase in funding allowed Davies and her team to maintain a high level of service, while providing increased access to resources and technology that might otherwise have been out of reach of the typical household. In this way, Davies was able to make the libraries in her district a more essential part of the community and more patron-focused than ever before.

The Colorado State Library staff would like to give a very special thanks to Sharon Morris for all her hard work while she held the position of Interim State Librarian during this transition. Though the process has been longer and more arduous than anticipated, we at the Colorado State Library are excited to take our first steps forward in confidence under our new leadership as we continue to support libraries throughout the state. So please join us in welcoming Nicolle Ingui Davies home to Colorado and to her new team at the Colorado State Library!

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Book Club Resource CSL News

CSL Book Club Resource Brief Hiatus Beginning January 31st

The Colorado State Library’s Book Club Resource and Resource Kit Program will be taking a brief hiatus while our friends at the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) complete their AspenCat migration, which is scheduled to begin the first week of February. During this time, we will not be able to add or change any records, or operate any circulation through the system. As a result, the Book Club Resource and Resource Kit Program will not be accepting any hold requests after 10:00 pm on January 31st. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and hope that the process will go as quickly and smoothly as possible.

If you would like to place a request for your a book club set or resource kit, please do so as soon as possible.  While we do not have an exact date for the completion of the migration, we know that our friends at CLiC will be working tirelessly to get us back up and running. We will, of course, still be accepting any returns that you might have during this time. So if you’ve been considering a title for your book club or planning a program with one of our resource kits, go ahead and snag it today! And as always, if you have any questions, issues, or concerns now or during the hiatus, please contact Madison Basch at basch_m@cde.state.co.us.

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CSL News Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, Friday January 25, 2019

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. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!  

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference:

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 Tivoli Conference Center (900 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO, 80204) on the Auraria Campus. Grant applications for the 2019 conference are open starting November 15th, 2018. The deadline for all grants is January 25th, 2019. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by email.

All grants include conference registrations ($75 for adults and $40 for students), breakfast snacks and lunch at the conference. Grants are awarded before general registration opens. If you do not receive a grant you may register for the conference starting February 4th.  For more information – click here.

Council on Library and Information Resources: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), is intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. The program supports projects that make digitized sources easily discoverable and accessible alongside related materials, including materials held by other collecting institutions as well as those held within the home institution. Collections proposed for digitization may be in any format or relevant to any subject. Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in the case of a single-institution project or $500,000 for a collaborative project, will be provided to colleges and universities, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, and select government units. Online initial proposals must be submitted by April 3, 2019; final proposals are due September 17, 2019. Visit the CLIR website to review the program guidelines and application process.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states. The Foundation provides support through the following grant programs: Adult Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance. Family Literacy Grants support family literacy service providers that combine parent and youth literacy instruction. Summer Reading Grants help nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs for students who are new readers, below grade level readers, or readers with learning disabilities. Online applications for the three programs described above must be submitted by February 21, 2019. In addition, Youth Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. The application deadline for this program is May 16, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to access guidelines for each grant program.

EBSCO Information Services Solar Grant : (EBSCO) continues its commitment to helping libraries in their sustainability efforts with the 2019 EBSCO Solar grant program. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is soliciting grant applications to give libraries the opportunity to “go green” by funding solar installations. EBSCO will be accepting submissions from both domestic and international libraries.  For more information, click here.

CHNC New Content Support Program:  

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC. 

Libraries Making News:

Learning for Everyone:

CLiC Spring Workshops:

The CLiC Spring Workshops are just around the corner and registration is open now.   The dates and locations for 2019 are: Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High SchoolPueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo

Library Creation and Learning Website:

Do you make use of the Library Creation and Learning website?  Well you should!  This site, developed by the Colorado State Library, is your portal to library continuing education opportunities and information.  At the site you will find:

  • Online courses
  • Training information and curriculum for both staff and the public
  • Library Makerspaces
  • Software and hardware information
  • Information about library customer service, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality, and professional ethics.

Please contact Christine Kreger with any questions you may have or recommendations for content.  We would love to hear from you.

Whats New:

Garfield County Libraries – New Castle Branch:  Masquerade Suicide Awareness Rally

Grab a mask and join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the New Castle Branch Library of the Garfield County Libraries to bring light to the often stigmatized suicidal mind. The rally will include a poetry reading by Beth Walgren, who has been suicide free for almost 9 years. Free and open to all, with a suggested minimum age of 15. Masks provided at the event. For more information call 970-984-2346. https://www.gcpld.org/news-and-events/event/masquerade-suicide-awareness-rally

Vail Library:  This Year’s One Book One Valley Valley Selected Title . . . One Book One Valley is a collaborative effort designed to unite and uplift hundreds of citizens by encouraging reading and promoting a sense of community by sharing a common topic for conversation. This year’s selected title is “The Last of the Menu girls” by Denise Chavez. Join us! throughout January, February, March and April for book discussions, movies, author visits and round table discussions of this wonderful book! For more information, please contact us at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Book Club Hiatus:  The Colorado Book Club Resource, managed by us at CSL, will need to go on a brief hiatus from the end of January thru the first week of February.  Book club is run through the AspenCat Union Catalog, and the good folks at CLiC will be migrating the AspenCat service in early February.  That means that while that process is happening – we cannot change content online – no cataloging – no editing – and no circulation.  We will not accept any more loan requests after 10:00 pm January 31st, but all loans before that cut off time will be fulfilled.  Right now we do not know the exact date the service will be open again – but we will keep you posted through LibNet , CVL and of course – the Friday Grab Bag.  For more information, contact Madison Basch (basch_m@cde.state.co.us) – our Book Club Goddess. Thanks for your patience everyone, and get your book club requests in now.

Colorado Virtual Library Blog:

Plains to Peaks Collective Grows

The Colorado State Library and the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) are excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The PPC partners now offer 181,001 items for research and discovery through the DPLA.

With this second collection of items, the PPC welcomes new partners: American Alpine Club; University of Colorado, Art Museum; University of Wyoming, Art Museum; Mountain Scholar with collections from Colorado State University Libraries; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library.  Check out this link to see what is there.

Colorado State Publications Blog:

Library Related Employment:

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

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook

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Book Club Resource

The Book Club Guide to Literary Libations

You’ve finally done it. You’ve formed your book club. Congratulations, because just getting more than two people together in a room that they’re not getting paid to be in is a feat all in itself. Whether you finally got all the names you needed on your library’s sign-up sheet, got a firm commitment from everyone in your group chat, or learned enough co-workers’ names to stop by their desks, the hard part is over… almost. Now all you have to do is get multiple people with multiple opinions to settle on a book and a mood for your weekly (monthly, bi-monthly, etc) meetings.  Fortunately The Colorado State Library’s Book Club Resource has you covered! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite titles and paired them with some grown-up beverages to compliment your literary content and bring out the best (or at least, the most interesting) in your book club meetings! Bottoms (and books) up, readers!

 

On the Road
by Jack Kerouac

Genre: Beat Fiction

Drink: 2 margaritas more than you should have had (and make sure to follow each one with a line about how much better they are in Mexico)

Mood: Arrange the room in a deliberately haphazard way: books strewn about, full ashtrays, meticulously chosen vinyl in second-hand crates. If you don’t own a record player, buy one. Bonus points if you can come up with a great story as to how you found it at a garage sale, in the basement of a dead relative’s home, or in a dumpster. Now that you have the aesthetic down, the key to really capturing the mood of this book for your fellow book club members is all in the discussion. You want to make sure and dominate the conversation as best you can, even if the topic turns to something with which you have little to no experience. The goal is to take the great human experience of self-discovery that has been happening for thousands of years, slap your label on it, and call it a revolution. Fortunately, (if you’re a man) this is relatively easy!

 

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
by Caitlin Doughty

Genre: Non-Fiction

Drink: Vodka, straight-up, served in a human skull

Mood: Now capturing the essence of this book is going to be a little tougher than simply tricking an entire generation into thinking they invented self-expression. You want to place death front and center at every turn, but in a way that makes your fellow book clubbers feel like they want it. For example: If you lost a beloved family pet recently, drag (or dig) the little fellow back out. And don’t just casually place ol’ Ginger in a corner or on the mantel, make him/her the centerpiece of the room. Place some cheese cubes on him or use him as a makeshift cozy for the vodka bottle and pass him around! The point is to get your guests as up close and personal with death as possible through positive reinforcement. They’ll laugh, they’ll cringe, they’ll be wildly uncomfortable, but they’ll leave feeling strangely at ease!

 

Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami

Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism

Drink: Johnnie Walker from the small thermos you brought with your lunch

Mood: This book club meeting must absolutely be a picnic. Choose a nice bench near a museum, lay a blanket out in an empty lot, or lead the group off into the woods and lose the trail! The goal is to include the element of surprise and maybe a little seeming chaos. If it rains, good. If it rains small fish, even better! After you’ve chosen your setting, you may want to reevaluate your guest list. If it seems to be only human book clubbers, you’ve done something wrong. The most important part of this meeting is that your guest list must include every cat in the area. Find them, invite them, feed them, and make sure to include them in the conversation. You may be surprised how much they have to contribute. One of them may even set you on the path to finding the other half of your soul! That is, after all, why you joined a book club, right?

 

The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics
by John Hickenlooper

Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography

Drink: We’re pretty sure it’s a Wynkoop Mile High Pale Ale, but that might change if it’s an election year.

Mood: The key to creating the right atmosphere for this book club meeting is all in the publicity. Hint to your fellow members that it may or may not be happening at such-and-such a time or location. Build some intrigue, get your book clubbers talking. Maybe suggest that if this meeting goes according to plan, you’ll be hosting book clubs all over the country. You want to make sure that your fellow members are mostly excited about the meeting because of what it could mean for them. Timing is everything. Once the meeting finally does take place, have a regular discussion like any other day, serve your beer and crackers, and skip the next two years of meetings until you’re ready to start building some hype for the next time you host!

 

The Princess Bride
by William Goldman

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Drink: Wine, but when your neighbor’s back is turned, switch your glasses just to be safe

Mood: In order to properly capture the mood of this book, your meeting must include two key elements. The first thing you need to do is to set the scene for a really classic book club meeting. We’re talking fire in the hearth, cheese plate, several bottles of merlot, and wine glasses with little identifying charms for each member. Wear the novelty t-shirt your book club Secret Santa got you two Christmases ago. You know, the one that says, “My book club only reads wine labels” (man, that shirt is hilarious). The second key element of this meeting is to treat the meeting itself as if it is a part of the discussion of the story. Narrate the conversation you are all having in the third person, including exclamations and interjections of each member who speaks (ie: “But I don’t think that was intentional on the part of the author,” Cheryl said in an attempt to remind us that she took a 6-week writing workshop at Naropa 3 years ago). If the discussion seems to be getting particularly heated or reaching a point of mutual agreement between members, break in to describe the large handful of chips that a member just took or how they tried to sneakily check their phone. If you get these two elements down well enough, no one will even know that you didn’t even read the book, but just watched the movie the night before!

 

Whatever book and beverage combo suits your book club, the Colorado State Library’s Book Club Resource has you covered with 5 or more copies of each title. So check our our full catalog and make some pairings of your own!

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Friday Grab Bag – January 11, 2019

Every New Year – many of us start with grand ideas about how we are going to make changes to our lives – wellness, appearance, career – well, this month we are looking more closely at what the Colorado library community is doing to help our patrons on their path to personal change.

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. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

 

Health and Wellness:

Anythink Libraries has a vast array of healthy activities to help you start the new year off right.  

Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad is beginning a series on Self Care.  Staff member Rahma Siddiqui has created a self care program aimed at helping member fo the community get a jump-start on their New Year’s resolutions.  Join the fun!  All events are on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Jan 16:  Week 1 – What is Self Care
  • Jan 23:  Week 2 – Nutrition
  • Jan 30:  Week 3 – Movement

Dolores Public Library is offering Free Community Yoga.  Practice yoga to make your body and mind feel better! Bring your own mat, water, and comfortable clothing. Jan 20, 9:30 am – 11:00 am in the meeting room.

Garfield County New Castle Branch Library is offering a Living Vision Board Workshop. Learn how to actualize your dreams, visions, and intentions by using mind mapping and creating a living vision board to stay engaged with your long-term goals. Adults are invited to join for this free two-part workshop on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Most supplies are provided, but you can start now by gathering inspirational quotes and images to bring with you.

Garfield County Libraries is opening their Discover Health traveling exhibit showcasing a series of stations where you can learn how to keep you, your family, and your community healthy. While it is set up at the Rifle Branch Library you can explore a variety of anatomical models such as the heart, or demonstrate your health science knowledge with an interactive quiz game, “Hollywood Health!”  The exhibit will be on display January 7 – March 27 at the Rifle Branch Library.

Vail Public Library’s annual Healthy Lifestyle Series features  programs that focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Programs include healthy habits for both mind and body. While most programs take place seasonally, they do offer Yoga and Meditation throughout the year.

Library Related Employment:

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

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

CHNC New Content Support Program:  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  

SIPA Micro Grants: Do you have project that puts more information or services online for your constituents? Are you a local government with a big or innovative public-facing project?  Let SIPA’s Micro-Grant help! Apply for a Micro-Grant Micro-Grant FAQs

For Fun:

From the DPL blog:  For the Shear Fun of It: Books and Movies About Hair

If you spend more time thinking about your hair than you should – this blog post from the Denver Public Library might just be for you.  Learn fun facts about hair – and culture – and what books and movies you can look for to help provide you with the answers you might be looking for regarding your own coif, or at least provide you with some entertaining sources to help pass the cold and dark winter nights.

Libraries Making News

Anschutz Medical Campus-University of Colorado:

Del Norte Public Library:  The Del Norte Prospector – Town board swears in new trustee, approves budget

Pikes Peak Library District: 

Sand Creek Library:  Readers Digest – 13 Free Things You Didn’t Know You Could Get with Your Library Card 

University of Colorado Boulder:

Learning for Everyone:

Citizen Science Day – April 13, 2019 is a great way to engage your community in advancing real scientific research. This year’s signature event will be the “Stall Catchers Megathon”. Stall Catchers is an online game that anyone can play. Participants watch very, very short “movies” from the brains of mice and try to identify vessels as flowing or stalled. This crowd sourcing of identification will help speed up Alzheimer’s disease research. Visit the PLOS.org blog for more information.

Public Library Annual Report Workshops.  This winter and spring, the Colorado State Library and CLiC will offer free, interactive PLAR workshops in Pueblo, Brush, Grand Junction, and Denver. Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.  Learn more.

Open Doors: Reaching Under-served Populations – February 28, 2019.  As librarians, providing equitable access to all patrons should be a top priority. The patrons visiting our libraries should reflect the diversity of the communities we live in. Unfortunately, there are many populations that go under-served. How can we broaden our reach to better serve all our community? Join Amigos Library Services online conference, where they will explore methods and best practices for reaching an important part of your community.  

Free Webinars from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

  • From Movies to Meals: Senior Services and Spaces at Your Local Library Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 – 12 CT Register Libraries often are the de facto senior centers of our growing – and aging – communities. The Marion Public Library embraces this role through program design, community feedback, and strategic partnerships. In addition to “traditional” library programming, the library works to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors through twice-weekly congregate meals as well as a monthly mobile food pantry visit. 
  • Establishing a Health Information Literacy Partnership with a Local Public Library Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 – 1 CT Register Hear about the successes and challenges of pursuing public library partnerships at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Library in the metro Detroit area. This webinar will share the journey of establishing a partnership with Auburn Hills Public Library including how to create interdisciplinary collaborations and determine pilot programs as well as the lessons learned and future directions of the partnership. 
  • Trusted Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers Friday, Jan 25, 2019 – 2 CT Register More and more people search for health information online. Often, they are searching for health information for children or a loved one, yet they do not know where to look for quality health information or how to evaluate the information they find. Using a life course perspective, participants will learn about specific trusted consumer health resources to use with their patrons. Participants will also learn tips and tricks for conducting consumer health reference interviews. 
  • Trusted Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers Jan 25, 2019 1-2PM MT / 2-3PM CT Register More and more people search for health information online. Often, they are searching for health information for children or a loved one, yet they do not know where to look for quality health information or how to evaluate the information they find. Using a life course perspective, participants will learn about specific trusted consumer health resources to use with their patrons. Participants will also learn tips and tricks for conducting consumer health reference interviews. 

Upcoming CSL in Session – Do you speak possibility? Thursday January 17, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM MT.  Based on “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander and using examples from fields as diverse as classical music and early childhood, this presentation will focus on the ability to “speak possibility” as a crucial skill for all leaders  i.e., anyone – regardless of position on the organizational chart – to cultivate.  No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website.

CLiC Spring Workshops:  Brings in-person continuing education to your part of the state.  The dates and locations for 2019 are:

  • Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University.
  • Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School
  • Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo 

For more information and to register click here.  To apply for a scholarship, click here.

Colorado Regional Digital Learning Symposium. The event is FREE and will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the CSU Fort Collins campus.  Learn more here.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

 

State Librarian in the House!

We are super excited to welcome our new Assistant Commissioner/State Librarian – Nicolle Davies!  Nicolle comes to the State Library from Charleston, South Carolina, but many of you will know her from her work as Executive Director with the Arapahoe Library District.  We are delighted that she chose to come back to Colorado and the Colorado library community.  Look for Nicolle at library events around the state, and be sure to say “hello”.  

CHNC New Content Support Program

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2019 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across our state increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  We want to help local communities include their historic stories to the larger Colorado digital newspaper footprint.  Last year we were able to assist 12 Colorado cultural heritage institutions to add content from more than 45 historic newspaper titles.  For more information, click here.  

Have a great weekend everyone! This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Start Up a U/X Café at Your Library

This is a guest post by Kati Polodna, Web Systems Assistant at Arapahoe Libraries.

Feel unsure of what your patrons want when they visit your library website? Is traditional patron feedback not enough to give you what you need to make your library’s website both amazing and accessible? It’s time to think outside the box and start a U/X Café!

What is a U/X Café?

Arapahoe Libraries web team visited library branches with a laptop, a series of questions or a short task, and an incentive, to speak to patrons for no more than ten minutes, to gather website feedback. Why a café? It’s friendly—and we offered free coffee!

Know Thyself

Ask yourself:

  • What website problems do we need to solve?
  • What do I want to improve on the website?
  • Why do I want to improve the website?
  • Would [that change] benefit the patron?
  • How many changes should I make at once?
  • How much of the website is customizable?

Know Thy Audience

Ask yourself:

  • What kind of users use your website? We broke down our users into two categories.
    • User1: Browsers/Discoverers
      • Browsers/Discoverers like to visit the website, aren’t limited by time, like to browse and discover
    • User2: Direct Users
      • These users know exactly what they want and expect it to be where they think it should be and they know how to get what they want, may also be short on time
  • How can you meet the needs of both Browsers and Direct Users?
    • Can you place information in multiple places, like side menus, top menus, footers and headers?
    • Look at other popular websites for inspiration to see how other libraries and companies solved your issue
      • Where do you log in?
      • Where is the search bar?
      • Where do you look for help, hours, locations and more?
  • What are peak times at my library? (That’s so you can interview the most patrons!)
    • What we learned: two peak times, after story times and late afternoon/after school but before dinner
    • Consider having a U/X café after a popular program, but not too late in the day because patrons want to go home

Homework Time

First, it’s important to remember that you are not your user. You know too much about the website. You are too involved. This is not “designer” experience. This is “user” experience. So think about your audience.These questions can help you get a baseline for your users.

  • Do your users primarily use a desktop or mobile?
  • How often do patrons use your website?
  • What do patrons primarily use the website for?
  • What do patrons wish they could find easily?
  • And, something to ask yourself, who do you not see using the website, and why?

Which of these two processes sounds like you?

  • Are you adding a new webpage, library service or something else to the website? Are you renaming a service or something similar?
  • Is it just time for a refresh?
    • Not sure where to start? Review your analytics and determine if you can make website improvements based off analytics.
      • Do you have a lot of bounces? Can you figure out why and what you can do to improve that?
      • What are your popular pages? Do you want to revamp those pages first?
      • What are your least popular pages? Do you want those pages to be more popular?
      • Are there pages you expected to be popular that aren’t? Why is that? And what can you do to drive traffic?

Mini Case Study

Arapahoe Libraries wanted to update our online resources;it was time to both clean up and simplify patrons’ access to nearly 100 databases. First, we needed identify the problem or what you would like to improve: too many databases could overwhelm patrons. Next, we reviewed how our online resources currently look, what issues we saw, and what we thought we could change to improve our patrons’ online resources experience. During our hard look, we brainstormed ideas and we also worked to avoid jargon. For example, what does “online resource” mean versus a “database”? What does the term “research” imply if you’re in a public library versus an academic library?

Start small. We thought about where one database could go, like the popular Consumer Reports database. Could it live under a business category, a consumer category or something else? What are common themes between online resources? What are broad categories multiple databases can fit under? Create a few mock ups either on paper or in your sandbox.

Show your mock ups to involved parties, and who are those involved parties? Are there super user librarians who can give you honest feedback? What about floor staff who spend time working with patrons and may have insights you hadn’t considered? Take a step back for a few days and comeback to it with fresh eyes. Which mock ups were the most popular and/or intuitive? After that, it’s almost time to show your mock ups to patrons.

Build the Right Questions

Now that you have mock ups, create a specific task or tasks for patrons to complete that reflect the end goal of your project. Build that task into a scenario and keep it short, ten minutes or less. Here are two examples.  

  1. If you wanted to find an eBook to download from an app called OverDrive, under what online resource category would you browse?
  2. Let’s say you want to purchase a new vacuum cleaner. You’ve heard the library has product reviews. Where you would find that information?

Which scenario will give you unbiased information from your patron? Example 2. When writing a scenario, don’t want to give away any information that could sway the patron. In the first example, which uses words like “app” and “online resource,” you’ve directed the patron how to navigate. That doesn’t help you learn how a patron thinks through a question. The second example avoids words like Consumer Reports, database or online resource. While the second example is more vague, it forces the patron to think through where they might start looking for information even if they don’t have all the information. That helps you understand how patrons browse your website.

However, if you are trying to improve a specific task, like asking patrons how they would find hoopla, you may want to use a direct question. That question would appeal to your users who are direct when going to your website, but think about how that question would affect users who tend to browse. You could phrase the question two ways: Where would you find hoopla? and A friend told you that the library has movies you can download. How do you find them?

It’s two ways of asking the same question. You may find that patrons don’t know what hoopla is. A patron may go about the task in a completely unexpected way that you hadn’t considered. Or you may find that patrons consistently answer the same. That’s all helpful information for you to take back and digest and then use to improve your user’s experience.

Talking Time

How do you get patrons to participate? Ask! It’s going to be weird. It’s going to be hard. And you’re going to get rejected. That’s okay. Eventually, someone will participate. Try to offer an incentive, like free coffee or a stylus pen, something that’s useful and doesn’t feel or look cheap.Keep asking. Be upbeat and friendly, but not too insistent. Wear your name tag. Don’t take any negative feedback personally. Patrons don’t know you and they don’t know how much of the website you created.

Set Up

  • Write down your questions in a script format.
  • Bring a colleague with you: one to ask the questions and one to take notes.
  • Bring a laptop with a mouse. Not all patrons are comfortable using a trackpad.
  • Notice what patrons spend the most time doing,like hovering over menus or what links they click as they go along.
  • Once the patron is done, take time to discuss your observations and write down those observations before moving on to the next patron.

Ask patrons to talk aloud as they go. Tell them that you aren’t judging them. You are testing the site, not the patron and not their abilities. If a patron has trouble with the tasks, that means there’s a problem with the website, not them, and it’s going to help you fix problems and build abetter website. If patrons ask questions while completing tasks, do not answer them. Let the patron work through the process or task themselves. And if they don’t complete the task, tell that it’s okay and move on.

At the end of the task, ask the patrons the following:

  • What did you expect to do/find?
  • What did you find confusing?

Then you can ask specific questions about their answers,such as “What about [X] makes you associate with [X] words?” An example: We asked patrons where they would register for a storytime. Some patrons navigated to the Services tab and some navigated to the Events tab. Have them explain their reasoning behind their choices. And, don’t forget to tell patrons the answer at the end if they were stumped or confused—it’s nice!

Mini Case Study

We wanted to refresh our Makerspace page from a page to a“hub” of information. Something we hadn’t considered until user testing was how patrons hear the word “Makerspace.” Patrons, who were unfamiliar with the Makerspace, heard it as “Makers Space” or “Maker Space.” Since some patrons were unfamiliar with the term, they searched for it, and because they didn’t know how to spell it, they had an even more difficult time finding the page. Patrons also didn’t notice that the search bar defaults to a catalog search,not a website search. Pay attention to repetitive behaviors too—if a patron doesn’t know where to start looking, do they spend time browsing the header/footer/menus or do they default to searching for their answer? What can you learn from those repetitive behaviors? What can you do to improve your patrons’ experience?

Next Steps

Make small changes based off your user testing. Share it again with your stakeholders and super users. Take out what you learned into the branches. Make your changes based off user testing, but keep the “old” method in place for a set time period. Share those changes with staff.

Final Thoughts

Be flexible. Be patient. Be open to hearing feedback. Keep trying. And have fun!

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Book Club Resource

Jump Start Your New Year with the Book Club Resource!

2019 is just around the corner and the Colorado State Library’s Book Club Resource wants to help your book club ring in the New Year right! Whether you want to focus on physical health, grow your mind, expand your global horizons, or just read more for fun, we have a title to inspire and prepare you for the coming year. If your library doesn’t already have a book club, now is the perfect time to start one. Learn more about how the program works and enroll your library today! Then, visit our online catalog and choose from hundreds of titles, all with five or more copies.  You could be reading your favorite by New Year’s Day! Don’t know where to start? Check out these great, inspirational titles from celebrated authors who will inspire, uplift, and transform the way you approach 2019!

 

 Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years
by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa

Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela’s presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term of office, but was unable to finish. Now, the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task using Mandela’s unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of previously unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and inspirational account of Mandela’s presidency, a country in flux and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the extraordinary story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcame to make a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa.

 

I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.”When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

 

Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity
by Dr. Ronald Epstein M.D.

In Attending, his first book, Dr. Epstein builds on his world-renowned, innovative programs in mindful practice and uses gripping and deeply human clinical stories to give patients a language to describe what they value most in health care and to outline a road map for doctors and other health care professionals to refocus their approach to medicine. Drawing on his clinical experiences and current research, and exploring four foundations of mindfulness—Attention, Curiosity, Beginner’s Mind, and Presence—Dr. Epstein introduces a revolutionary concept: by looking inward, health care practitioners can grow their capacity to provide high-quality care and the resilience to be there when their patients need them.The commodification of health care has shifted doctors’ focus away from the healing of patients to the bottom line. Clinician burnout is at an all-time high.  Attending is the antidote. With compassion and intelligence, Epstein offers a crucial, timely book that shows us how we can restore humanity to medicine, guides us toward a better overall quality of care, and reminds us of what matters most.

 

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
by Jenny Lawson

In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest: “I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also might never understand. And that’s what Furiously Happy is all about.”

Jenny’s readings are standing room only, with fans lining up to have Jenny sign their bottles of Xanax or Prozac as often as they are to have her sign their books. Furiously Happy appeals to Jenny’s core fan base but also transcends it. There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family―and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message (via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon). Let’s Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it’s about joy―and who doesn’t want a bit more of that?

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CSL News Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, December 14, 2018

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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Holiday Fun

Denver Public Library‘s Wheelie the Book Bike recently made an appearance at Denver Botanic Garden’s Blossoms of Light, an annual holiday event that turns the gardens into a twinkling fairyland. Not to be outdone, DPL staffers set up Wheelie with its own personal light show, much to the delight of visitors.

Wheelie also has been spotted at the Denver Parade of Lights and showings of Corduroy at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Wheelie is just one of several services available through DPL’s Library at Your Event initiative.

Aparaphoe Library District :

  • Critter Companions: Winter Edition.  See what great costumes and holiday get-ups the Arapahoe best friends don this season.  
  • Castlewood Holiday Open House: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 – 4 pm ‘Tis the season to celebrate! Drop by for crafts for kids, Makerspace tours, and cookies for all! Sing along with the What the Dickens? Carolers! from 2:30-3:30 pm. 
  • Cookies in a Jar: Monday, Dec. 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Give the gift of baking this year with a Mason Jar filled with Santa Cookie Mix.
  • Handmade Gifts:  Tuesday, Dec. 18, 4 – 5 pm.  Make a couple of cool gifts for your friends or family. Before you leave, you can wrap them up so your secret remains safe until holiday time.
  • Carolers and Cookies: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6 – 7 pm ; Thursday Dec. 20, 5 – 6 pm; Friday Dec. 21 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  Ring in the holidays with the talented “What the Dickens? Carolers!” who have become a beloved tradition! You’ll be “Fa la-la la-la-ing” along to your favorite tunes. All ages welcome.

Grant/ Assistance Funding Opportunities:

SIPA Micro Grants: Do you have project that puts more information or services online for your constituents? Are you a local government with a big or innovative public-facing project?  Let SIPA’s Micro-Grant help! Apply for a Micro-Grant Micro-Grant FAQs

RIPL: Five travel stipends for the Utah RIPL Regional in Salt Lake City, March 6-7, 2019, are available to staff working in small and rural public libraries in the United States.  For more information and to apply, please see https://www.lrs.org/travel-stipend-opportunity-for-utah-ripl-regional/

The Kerr Foundation: Funds for Youth Programs in Oklahoma and Surrounding States,  Offers grants to organizations that provide new or enhanced opportunities, particularly for youth. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000. Learn more here.

Learning for Everyone

  • “My Boss Is a ####”: LLAMA Practical and Applied Management Committee will be hosting a lively discussion on the topic of coping, managing, strategizing, and succeeding when you do not see eye-to-eye with your boss on Thursday, December 20, 2-3pm EST.  No advanced registration required.   https://umassboston.zoom.us/j/496421941 
  • CLiC Spring Workshops:  Brings in-person continuing education to your part of the state.  The dates and locations for 2019 are:

Grand Junction: March 21 & 22 @ Colorado Mesa University.

Fort Morgan: March 29 @ Fort Morgan High School

Pueblo: April 15 & 16 @ CSU-Pueblo 

For more information and to register click here.  To apply for a scholarship, click here.

Libraries Making News

Bemis Public Library:

CLiC: Colorado Independent – A ‘modern-day book-burning crusade’ alleged in Colorado

Colorado State Library:  Colorado Springs Gazette – Penguin astronauts and artists, and pugs: One Book Colorado voting underway

Denver Public Library:  The Patch –  No More Fines At Denver Public Library

Grand County Library District:  SKY-HI News – Library Corner: Gaming center

Mesa County Public Library:  KKCO 11 News – Mesa County Libraries sticking with late fees

Pikes Peak Library District: 

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

 

Employment Opportunities:

Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator:  The Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator is a full time position within the Colorado State Library.  The position is open to experienced information professionals with strong project management, technical and facilitation skills. If interested – read more.

Colorado Virtual Library Blog:

Colorado State Publications Blog:

The Colorado State Publications Blog is now at coloradovirtuallibrary.org! Check out these recent posts:

 

DP Library staff shows off their ugly sweater prowess at the Durango City Ugly Sweater Celebration.  Well played team Durango PL!

Have a great weekend everyone!

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Regan Harper, harper_r@cde.state.co.us.  Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Digital Colorado

SIPA is Here to Help

The SIPA (Statewide Internet Portal Authority) recently opened applications for its 2019 Micro-Grant program.   The program is designed for state and local governments, special districts and public education in Colorado to put more information and services online.  Grant funding is available for hardware, professional services, innovation, digitization
project planning and broadband.  Example projects include, digitization and online access of historical collections, school programming, information kiosks and interactive mapping. 

Mark you calendar for SIPA’s 2018-19 grant application timeline:

  • November 30, 2018: Grant applications open
  • January 18, 2019: Grant applications due by 5pm MST
  • January 19 – March 1, 2019: SIPA review period
  • March 4– 8, 2019: SIPA will announce the 2019 grant awardees
  • April 16, 2019: Awards are given at the annual SIPA User Conference and Grant Ceremony

If you have questions about the grant application process please refer to SIPA’s frequently Asked Questions page or email sipa@cosipa.gov.  I am also happy to offer advice on proposed historic collection projects.  You are welcomed to contact me at ljeremias@coloradovituallibrary.org.

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Digital Colorado Learning

Teacher Librarian Day 2019 – Registration open

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region is proud to announce the 15th annual Teacher Librarian Day on Friday, February 15th, 2019.

This year’s theme is Voices. From our students to our mentors, the everlasting voices throughout each of our lives give us reason for empathyperspective, and rational understanding of the world around us. Recognizing every voice and developing these skills in our students through primary sources as windows of the past help our communities to become more civically mindedthoughtful, and curious.

The morning of TLD will offer inspiring short TED-style talks focusing on innovative ways to use primary sources in the K-16 classroom. In addition, the afternoon of TLD will feature hour-long breakout sessions from a number of our speakers as well as educational partners in Colorado.

What You Should Know:

  • When: February 15th, 2019
  • Where: History Colorado Center
  • Who should attend: K-16 teachers, librarians, and other educators. Come by yourself and bring your colleagues!
  • What to expect: A full day of innovative and inspiring professional development.
  • Substitute Reimbursement will be offered to the first 100 educators. Please select the “General Admission + Substitute Reimbursement” ticket option.
  • All attendees are eligible to register for .5 graduate credits offered through Adams State University.
  • A certificate showing 8 professional development hours will be given through email after the event.

Register for TLD 2019 now!

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Book Club Resource

Book Club Updates: You Spoke and We Listened!

The Colorado State Library’s Book Club Resource would like to thank everyone who participated in our partner library survey and to let you know that we heard you! According to your responses, the number one factor in your decision on a particular title is the number of copies available.  So for the next several months, the Book Club Resource will temporarily halt additions of new titles to our catalog in order to add more copies of our existing titles. You, our partner libraries, are our number one priority and we want to do everything we can to minimize the obstacles between you and the services you need to better serve your patrons. This past month alone, we have already added as many as 7 copies each to 8 different titles in our Book Club catalog. If you’ve ever wanted to check out a title, but we didn’t have enough copies to meet your demand, check back again and often as we’ll be adding more copies all the time!

But that’s not the only improvement coming to the Book Club Resource.  For our brand new partners, you can now enroll your library in our book club program directly from the Colorado Virtual Library’s Book Club page. Now it’s even quicker and easier to get your library enrolled and get your book club going! And to our existing partners as well as the newbies, we want to know what you think! As your library’s book club grows and changes, let us know how your needs have changed as well. No complaints? Let us know what we’re doing well, what your book club meetings look like, or just what your patrons thought of a particular title! We want to know it all so we can make sure your experience is the best possible.  For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email Madison Basch at basch_m@cde.state.co.us and read on, Colorado!

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Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, October 26, 2018

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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Celebrating Culture

Basalt Regional Library is celebrating Day of the Dead with a full week of events from October 29 to November 2. Families are invited to two movie screenings, a sugar skull decorating competition, and two themed craft events. See their events calendar for details.

La Calavera Catrina [Image courtesy: La Cucaracha, Oct. 31, 1978. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Join Boulder Public Library for a special Día de los Muertos storytime on Friday, October 27 at 10:15 at the NoBo Corner Library. This all-ages English/Spanish storytime will feature stories, rhymes, and songs.

Poudre River Public Library District is hosting a Día de los Muertos celebration on Friday, November 2 at the Northside Aztlan Community Center. The event features a bilingual storytime, music, dance, sugar skull decorating, and traditional Mexican food.

Montrose Regional Library District’s Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead event includes lotería tickets, crafts, and stories from Pam Faro of Rocky Mountain Storytelling. The fun begins on November 2 at 3:00 pm.

Culture Fest returns to Mesa County Libraries on November 2 and 3. Join them at the Central Library for an Art Reception and Celebration featuring dance groups, food, and kids’ activities.

Longmont Public Library invites the whole family to Diversity Storytime: Native American Heritage Month on November 19 at 6:00 pm. This all-ages event focuses on stories from the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes.

National Novel Writing Month

Bud Werner Memorial Library will kick off National Novel Writing Month 2018 (NaNoWriMo) with an introductory event on October 29 at 5:30 pm. Get motivated to write an entire novel during the month of November with support from the library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and other local writers.

Aspiring novelists in Aurora are invited to the NaNoWriMo Pre-Party on October 28 at the Aurora Central Library. This event lays the groundwork for a month of writing and related activities at the library and around town.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Are you curious about the benefits of meditation? Anythink Bennett will host Meditation to Manifestation, an informational presentation on the science behind the subconscious, on November 3 at 10:30 am.

Grand County Library District wants to help you stay safe in the high country this winter with the Know Before You Go avalanche education program that contains life-saving information taught by an instructor from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Join them at the Fraser Valley Library on November 7 at 5:30 pm.

West Custer County Library welcomes retired librarian and meteorologist Ted Ballard for Ted Talks Weather, a presentation on the unique winter weather conditions in the Wet Mountain Valley. Join him on Friday, October 26 at 10:00 am.

Role-playing enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to Longmont Public Library’s Dungeons & Dragons Drop-In Adventure each Tuesday beginning November 20 at 6:30 pm. The group is run by the participants; the library will provide snacks and the meeting space. Registration required.

Libraries Making News

The Daily Sentinel: Library now patent, trademark center | Mesa County Libraries

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session: “Library Marketing 1.0: How to successfully market your library without getting another degree”

  • Nov. 8, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

RIPL Quarterly Webinar: “The Data We Don’t Collect: How it Drives Funding Decisions by People Who Don’t Use the Library”

  • Nov. 13, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
  • Free! Limited to first 100 participants
  • Join online

View other upcoming online learning opportunities for October 2018. For Colorado-specific events check the Library Learning & Creation Center.

Serving the Underserved

Mallory Pillard, Director of the Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad, authored a guest post on Colorado Virtual Library that reflects on homelessness and facing obstacles at the library. Read Serving the Underserved.

Colorado Blue Spruce Award

Blue Spruce is Colorado’s own young adult book award, where teens and educators select the nominees and vote for their favorite. Visit the Colorado Blue Spruce Award website for a list of nominees, printable posters and bookmarks, and the link to submit your vote by December 31.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog


This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Amy Hitchner, ahitchner@coloradovirtuallibrary.org. Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, October 19, 2018

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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Community Conversations

Arthur Lakes Library at Colorado School of Mines is celebrating Open Access Week (Oct. 22-28) with a series of events, including a screening and discussion of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, October 23 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, and an OER (Open Educational Resources) Student Panel Discussion on October 25 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

High Plains Library District invites you to their Signature Author Series with David Sheff, author of a Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, on November 4 at the UNC Ballroom. The event begins at 12:00 pm with TED-style talks about addiction and recovery, followed by a conversation with the author at 5:10 pm. Purchase tickets.

Food Science

Learn how nutrition affects brain health during Save Your Memory, part of the Nutrition Talk series at Basalt Regional Library. Troye Boone, a Nutrition Health Coach with Natural Grocers, will present the session on November 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Broomfield Library’s series, The Science of Food, continues on October 25 with Tea. Learn about the different types of tea, how it is grown, and which are the most popular worldwide. Other programs in the series include Bread (Oct. 29) and Chocolate (Nov. 7). Register online.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

How do you know what’s real online? Attend Loveland Public Library’s Fight Fake News in 3 More Clicks on October 27 at 1:00 pm or November 1 at 9:30 am.

Jefferson County Public Library’s Fandomonium is a celebration of pop culture for all ages. Whether you’re a Potterhead, Trekkie, or Whovian, there’s something for you to geek out about, including costume contests, a silent disco, trivia, classic arcade games, fan meet-ups, and more! November 3, 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Celebrations!

Lyons Regional Library is breaking ground on their new building! Join them on Friday, October 19 at 3:00 pm for the groundbreaking ceremony at 4th and Railroad Avenues in Lyons.

The Clear Creek County Library District staff visited the Boulder Public Library on October 8 for a professional development day and to tour the Main Library. Clear Creek County Library staff reported that the Boulder Public Library staff was kind, welcoming, and incredibly helpful throughout the day, and the services and spaces the library provides are amazing. They wish to extend a big thank you to all who helped to make the day so great.

Teen Teamwork

Pikes Peak Library District is offering volunteer hours for teens who write book reviews as part of their Review Crew. Qualifying reviews are published on the Pikes Peak Library District’s Teen Web Page. Learn more and apply.

Poudre River Public Library District’s Teen Council is putting on a murder mystery party! Join them at Harmony Library on October 19 to solve the murder of Jughead Jones at the Riverdale Annual Masquerade Ball. Teens ages 12+ must register to attend.

Libraries Making News

Pine River Times: Library board requesting mill levy increase | Pine River Library

Shelley Walchak, director of the Pine River Library, gave a ringing endorsement of libraries as a “bedrock of a democratic society” in her article in The Durango Herald, Democracy is thriving at your community library.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session: “Curating your Best Collection”

  • Oct. 23, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

View other upcoming learning opportunities for October 2018. For Colorado-specific events check the Library Learning & Creation Center.

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Book Club Resource

The Book Club is Having una Celebración!

The Colorado State Library’s Book Club Resource is excited to announce the addition of five Spanish language titles to our book club catalog as one of many steps in  our continued effort to best represent and serve the diverse and ever-changing population of our Colorado community!  Our new titles include works from celebrated authors such as Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Fernando Vallejo, and Yuri Herrera.  Cisneros’s La Casa en Mango Street was the recipient of the American Book Award, Vallejo’s El Desbarrancadero won the 2003 Romulo Gallegos International Prize, and Alvarez made waves with En el Tiempo de las Mariposas when the English adaptation was nominated for the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award, but was also banned by a New York school district.

If all that isn’t exciting enough, we have 15 copies of each title, so now you can welcome more people than ever to your book club or reading group! The process for borrowing is just as easy as ever and you can still check out multiple titles at a time.  So if you are already registered with the State Library’s Book Club Resource, head over to our catalog and browse our new Spanish language titles! If your library is new to the CSL Book Club, visit ColoradoVirtualLibrary.org and Click on our “Resource Sharing Tab” to learn more about the book club and how to get started. While you’re there, browse our other great categories, such as Non-Fiction, Social Justice Titles, Young Adult, Urban Fiction (new!), and stories set right here in Colorado!

We are so pleased with our new additions and hope you’ll enjoy checking them and our other great titles out over and over.  And don’t forget to check the catalog often, as we’re adding new titles all the time!

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Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, October 5, 2018

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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Big Events & Celebrations

Fort Collins Book Festival

The Fort Collins Book Festival, The Big Think, is a free, two-day event held on October 19 &  20. This year’s festival features bestselling author Andy Weir (The Martian) alongside over 40 other authors, scientists, and visionaries. The event also includes writing workshops, book talks, readings, & panel discussions—learn more at focobookfest.org. The FoCo Book Fest is produced by Poudre River Public Library District in partnership with CSU Morgan Library.

The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire returns to Pikes Peak Library District Library 21C on October 20. This event brings together makers of all stripes to showcase their hobbies, experiments, and projects. The event is free but registration is preferred.

Montrose Library recently celebrated 20 years in their building with a cake party in the lobby!

Montrose Library 20th anniversary
Montrose Library celebrated 20 years in its current location.

Spooky Stories

Author and television personality Richard Estep will share stories taken from his experience as a paranormal investigator during Investigating Haunted Places, October 11 at Longmont Public Library. This program is for teens and adults, age 16 and up. Registration required.

Head over to Lake County Public Library for bone-chilling tales of Mines, Murders, and Mayhem. Janice Fox and Holly Henning will share spooky stories from Leadville’s history on October 29 at 6:30 pm. Pick up your free ticket at the library. This program is not suitable for children.

Spend a spooktacular evening at Nederland Community Library on October 29, when the Play-Ground Theatre players will perform their original Halloween Show, “Paranormal Pizza.” This one-hour interactive variety show is suitable for preschool and school-age children.

Music & Culture

Basalt Regional Library welcomes Matthew Gurney (aka the Kilted Man) for Celtic Hour, a performance of Irish and Scottish music played on concertina, psaltery, mountain dulcimer, bodhran, and pennie whistles. All are welcome at the concert on October 11 at 5:30 pm.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a concert by the Colorado Youth Mariachi Group. They will perform at Anythink Commerce City on October 13 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Spirituals Project is coming to Denver Public Library’s Central Library Conference Center on October 13 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. This award-winning choir, directed by M. Roger Holland II, performs sacred folk songs originally created and sung by African Americans in slavery.

Durango singer-songwriter Thom Chacon will perform a concert of original compositions at Pine River Library on October 12 at 7:00 pm. His style is rooted in the Americana and folk traditions of Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt.

Libraries Making News

Susan Rice Montrose Library 2018

Susan Rice, Montrose Library’s Naturita Branch Coordinator, is being honored this week as the Telluride Foundation’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year for 2018. The award is given to a citizen for extraordinary contributions to the region’s quality of life.  Susan was selected not only for making a difference in the library, but also for her volunteerism with the Just For Kids Foundation, the Mountains to the Desert fundraising event, and tireless efforts in supporting youth programs.

Estes Park Trail Gazette: Local program honored as Colorado Library Project of the Year | Estes Valley Library

Colorado State University: Morgan Library opens Reflection Room

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

CSL in Session: “Radical Cataloging: Using alternative subject headings locally to promote inclusiveness and diversity”

  • Oct. 16, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

CSL in Session: “Curating your Best Collection”

  • Oct. 23, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

View other upcoming learning opportunities for October 2018. For Colorado-specific events check the Library Learning & Creation Center.

CHNC Proudly Welcome the Denver Voice!

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection recently added nearly 100 issues (1996-2006) of the Denver Voice, Denver’s own newspaper dedicated to issues surrounding homelessness written by those experiencing it. Learn more about this unique resource.

Improving Library Website Usability

Guest blogger Tiffany Clendenin, Operations Manager at Broomfield Library, shared how she applied a UX (User Experience) strategy to improve the relevance, value, and accessibility of the library’s website. Read her post.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog

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Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, September 28, 2018

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.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

ALA President to Visit Colorado

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will stop at Pikes Peak Library District as part of her “Libraries = Strong Communities” national tour to five library systems. All library professionals are warmly invited to her planned events on Oct. 5 & 6, 2018. Help spread the word!

Community Support

Looking for a new job in Summit County? Summit County Library is partnering with Frisco Workforce Center to offer a Resume and Job Search Drop-In on October 12 at the South Branch Library.

Clear Creek County Library District offers notary public services! Visit the Idaho Springs Public Library on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, or the John Tomay Memory Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Wellington Public Library is offering Foods to Fight Cancer, a nutrition and cooking class at the Senior Center on October 25. Learn how the right foods can help reduce your cancer risk or aid in preventing a recurrence. Register at the library.

Arapahoe Libraries is producing new patron videos featuring stories of impact. If you’re an Arapahoe patron with a story to share, and you’re willing to star in a video, fill out the Patron Video Project Application.

Celebrating Hobbies

Mesa County Libraries Comic Con is Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. The event features guest speakers, panels, family-friendly cosplay contests, an exhibit hall, and more! Admission is free with your MCL library card.

Anythink wants to help you make your podcast dream a reality! Join them for Podcasting with Paul Karolyi, a two-part series at Anythink Wright Farms on Oct. 18 & 25, to learn every step of the process. Register online.

Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting local spinners from northwest Colorado for Spinzilla, “a world-wide spinning event where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week.” Cheer them on October 3 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Boulder Public Library encourages knitters, crocheters, and yarn lovers to help create Yarn-fiti, a communal yarn installation. Contributed designs will be part of the 3-D exhibition, which opens on October 31 in the Canyon Gallery. Drop off your pieces to the Main Library by October 21.

October is a month of fan cons and Halloween parties, so spiff up your costume at Broomfield Library’s Costume Clinic on October 2. Kids ages 9-18 are invited to use the electronic cutter, sewing machines, and digital embroidery machine to take their costumes to the next level. Registration required.

New State Librarian

The search is over! The Colorado State Library has hired a new Assistant Commissioner (aka State Librarian), Nicolle Ingui Davies! Nicolle was most recently the Executive Director of Charleston County Public Library in South Carolina, but you might know her better as the former Executive Director of Arapahoe Library District. Her appointment officially begins December 17. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Nicolle.

Teen Groups

Riverside Teen Engineering Community Hub (T.E.C.H.) is a group for teens in High Plains Library District that creates fun activities focused on technology. Join them on October 9 at 5:30 pm at the Riverside Library and Cultural Center.

The Teen Council at Poudre River Public Library District is looking for creative teen minds to help plan a murder mystery event. They’ll help create the setting, the story, and the characters. The final planning meeting is October 2, with the event happening later in the month.

Historical Ties

The City of Louisville Historical Museum has a new website! Check out their new design, which was structured for easier searching and with growth in mind.

Louisville Historical Museum, 1989 [Photo courtesy: Louisville Times, June 21, 1989. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, will deliver a presentation on the history of Moffat County Libraries and the Museum of Northwest Colorado, as well as a brief history of their founders, Rosetta Webb McKinney and Louise Miller. Join him on Sept. 29, 1:30 pm, at Sunset Meadows I in Craig.

Celebrate Pioneer Days on September 29 at the Old Town Museum in Burlington. This “living history festival” starts at 2:00 pm and features poker games, gunfight shows, apple bobbing, historical reenactments, chuck wagon cooking, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and more!

Libraries in the News

Greeley Tribune: High Plains Library District will offer fine forgiveness as part of food drive

Welcome to Brett Lear, new Executive Director of Garfield County Libraries. Brett has over 30 years of library experience, including positions at New York Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library. Read the announcement.

The Pueblo Chieftain: Pueblo library district named Colorado’s best| Pueblo City-County Library District

The Gazette: Woodmen Kid’s Corner: Therapy dogs provide kids with companionship while helping reading skills| Pikes Peak Library District

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

  • Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30
  • Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

CSL in Session: Curating your Best Collection

  • Oct. 23, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

View other upcoming learning opportunities for September 2018. For Colorado-specific events check the Library Learning & Creation Center.

Colorado State Publications Library Blog

The Learning Edge

The Learning Edge is a series written by Christine Schein, CSL’s Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist. It summarizes new professional learning events and opportunities, digital learning resources, and news from the education field. Read the September 2018 edition.


This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Amy Hitchner, ahitchner@coloradovirtuallibrary.org. Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.