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Plains to Peaks Collective

New Colorado and Wyoming Collections Join the DPLA

The Plains to Peaks Collective – a partnership of the Colorado State Library and the Wyoming State Library – is excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The DPLA allows one-stop-searching of many of the rich cultural heritage items found in the United States. The PPC partners, including institutions from Colorado and Wyoming, now offer 181,000 items for research and discovery.

With this second collection of items, the PPC has welcomed new partners the American Alpine Club; the University of Colorado, Art Museum; the University of Wyoming, Art Museum and 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.

A few highlights from our new partners include:

Photograph, Approaching Helen Glacier. American Alpine Club

The Albert R. Ellingwood Collection, American Alpine Club

Albert R. Ellingwood is one of the most notable figures in the early development of western mountaineering.  While on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford in the early 20th Century, Ellingwood traveled often to the Austrian and Swiss Alps, learning European climbing techniques from Swiss guides.  He brought that knowledge with him when he returned to the Rocky Mountain region. In 1916 he was the first person to climb the last remaining unclimbed fourteeners; Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, and Kit Carson. During his time, Ellingwood was one of three men to climb all of the officially named 14,000-ft. peaks in Colorado.  A noted scholar and author, during his career,  he served as a professor of Political Science at Colorado College, Northwestern University, University of Illinois and the University of Southern California.

The American Alpine Club’s Albert R. Ellingwood Collection includes photographs of Ellingwood’s climbs in Colorado and Wyoming in 1920 and 1924.  Ellingwood was often accompanied by other pioneer climbers Carl Blaurock and Herman and Elmina Buhl.

Warren and Genevieve Garst Collection, Colorado State University, Libraries (Mountain Scholar)

Photograph, Warren Garst. Colorado State University. Libraries

Warren, a wildlife cinematographer, and Genny, a computer programmer, started their married life together in 1958.  Shortly after, Genny accepted a position teaching computer programming at then Colorado A & M in Fort Collins while Warren completed a master’s degree in zoology, while at the same time continuing to film wildlife and eventually accepting a filming job with Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

For 25 years, from 1962 until 1987, Warren and Genny Garst spent at least nine months a year on the road shooting film footage. In his role as photographer Warren created over 20,000 images of animals, people, and places across all seven continents. The University’s collection contains correspondence between Warren and Genny, research materials, Warren’s writings including drafts and index cards for his zoology dictionary Zoolexicon, their photographic slide collection and oral histories.

University of Wyoming Art Museum

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s permanent collection includes objects of American art, European art, photography, contemporary art, and ethnographic art.  The collections shared with the DPLA comprise items from their ethnographic art collection including a collection of 20th century sculptures, tools and other miscellaneous carvings from Easter Island. The Art Museum also has several special collections including the Huey G. and Phyllis T. Shelton Collection, which is comprised entirely of the work of Ichiro, the largest single-artist netsuke collection in the U.S. These first items shared with the DPLA are just a small sample of the Art Museum’s rich collection of 8,000 objects which they plan to share more of in the future.

Sculpture, Sarumawashi, Monkey Trainer. Ichiro. University of Wyoming Art Museum
Sculpture, Birdman. Easter Island. University of Wyoming Art Museum

CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

Lithograph, title unknown. Michel Fingesten. CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

The CU Art Museum’s growing collection of more than 8,700 objects represents the wide range of materials used in the creation of Ancient & Classical art, art of the Americas, Asian art, European art, and Modern and Contemporary art. The over 500 objects shared include items from the Michel Fingesten Collection.  Fingesten became one of the most prolific graphic artists and bookplate designers of the 20th Century. He died in 1943, shortly after being liberated from the Fascist internment camp of Ferramonti-Tarsia near Cosenza, Calabria. The University, with funding provided by the Program in Jewish Studies, acquired a large collection of Fingesten’s work in 2011.

Returning Partners

The returning PPC partners have continued to share items from their vast collections.  A few highlights from these collections include:

Diaries of a Wyoming teacher, homesteader, and superintendent of public instruction, Edith K.O. Clark, from the University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center.

The Denver Public Library is now sharing over 93,000 items, including this photograph, D&RGW train with engine 552, engine type EMD FT, from the Colorado Railroad Museum Collection.  This is just one of the 413 Colorado Railroad Museum photographs now shared with the DPLA.

Returning partner the Salida Public Library has partnered with the Salida Museum Association to share 127 images from the museum’s collection including this image of the Salida Hot Springs Pool constructed by a 1937 Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.

Please join us in welcoming these new partners and new collections to the DPLA. If you are looking for new stories to discover please check back often as we will be adding new items four times a year; April, July, October and January. If you would like to share your institution’s collections with the DPLA or have questions about participation please contact me, Leigh Jeremias, ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org or visit the Plains to Peaks Collective website.

 

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Colorado Historic Newspapers

New Year, New Newspaper Support Program

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.

About CHNC

A service of the Colorado State Library, the CHNC currently includes more than 1.2 million digitized pages, representing more than 250 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado primarily from 1859 through 1923. Due to copyright restrictions, the CHNC does not always include newspapers published after 1923, but the CHNC can digitize beyond 1923 if publisher permission can be secured by our partners.

On-going support for maintaining, developing, and providing access to the CHNC is paid for with state and federal funds administered by the Colorado State Library. We continue to add new pages to the CHNC when community funding is located to pay the costs of digitization.

Awards

Program funding will be awarded for the digitization of newspapers on microfilm or in original format; the processing of digital files including segmentation of pages into articles, advertisements and illustrations; the creation of metadata; OCR transcription of newspaper text and inclusion in the CHNC online database.  Support awards can only be used to offset the cost of digitizing newspaper pages for inclusion in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, and will be applied by the Colorado State Library to support the actual digitization process through their chosen vendor partners.

In Spring of 2019, CHNC will award $15,000 in support for newspaper digitization projects. Institutions can apply for a maximum of $3,000 of support funding and a minimum of $1,500 towards the digitization of newspapers for inclusion in the CHNC. All support awards require a 25{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} cash match.  The cash match needs to be provided to CHNC by June 30, 2019. The amount of funding requested by applicants will determine how many projects will be funded.

Who Can Apply

We strongly encourage institutions that are not currently CHNC partners to apply.  Special consideration will be given to newspaper content that is underrepresented in CHNC such as geographic areas, ethnic groups, social movements and non standard content types such as company newsletters.

Private individuals wishing to apply for support funding should be partnered with a local cultural heritage organization such as a library, archives, museum, friends group or association.  Single individuals without affiliation will not be considered.

Application Process

Complete all questions on the application form, found here.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications received on or before February 28, 2019 will be considered.

Successful projects will be selected by the Program Committee.  Projects will be evaluated on the historical significance of proposed newspaper title, support of content areas that are currently underrepresented in CHNC and plans for community engagement.  Special consideration will be given to institutions that are not currently CHNC partners.

Application Rubric

Total available points = 50 pts

  • Completed form = 5 Pts
  • Historical significance of title(s) = 1 – 10 pts
  • Support of Content Areas not currently represented = 1 – 10 pts
  • New title to CHNC = 5pts
  • New Partner to CHNC = 10 pts
  • Plans for ongoing community engagement and promotion = 1-10 pts

Project Period or Timeline

The project time period is from April 1, 2019 to December 30, 2019.  Any digitization work needs to be in process by December 15, 2019.

Deadline

Completed applications must be received on or before February 28, 2019.

Awards

Awardees will be notified by March 15, 2019.

Questions and Additional Considerations

The program does not cover indirect costs and cannot be used for any purpose other than the digitization of newspaper content to be added to CHNC.  If you have questions about the support program, the application process, or about newspapers available for digitization or if you would like a cost estimate please contact Leigh Jeremias, ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org.  If you are considering applying to support a newspaper title that may be in copyright (issues published after 1923) please contact Leigh prior to the application submission so copyright holder permissions can be discussed.

 

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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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Plains to Peaks Collective

Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.

The initiative is in line with the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, Transforming Communities, which includes goals of lifelong learning, increasing public access, and building capacity. APP is a special initiative of National Leadership Grants for Libraries, which support projects that enhance the quality of library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

“We’re pleased to support the work of small libraries and archives across our nation who are essential to their communities in so many ways,” said IMLS Deputy Director of Library Services Robin Dale. “These grants will provide opportunities for small libraries who provide such important programs and services at a local level to impact new, promising practices on a national scale.”

Categories: Three categories of APP grants are available to applicants:

  • Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies. 
  • Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories. 
  • Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

Cohort Learning and Evaluation:  Grantees in this initiative will participate in communities of practice based on their project category. Three third-party mentor organizations will lead these cohorts, providing expert guidance and facilitating communication between grantees.

“Using an approach similar to IMLS’s Community Catalyst initiative, these new grants will support small libraries—some who may be applying for their first federal grant—through capacity building and cohort style learning,” said Dale.

This component of the grant is designed to promote shared knowledge, build grantee capacity in relevant areas, and grow networks in the library and archives fields. In addition, IMLS intends to identify and support a third-party organization to evaluate this initiative.

Who is Eligible? This grant opportunity is designed for small and rural libraries and archives, and applicants should consider how their organization might be a good fit. There are a number of ways to be “small,” and attributes of “small” libraries or archives could include:

  • size of the staff and volunteer corps;
  • operating budget and sources of revenue;
  • size of the collection and range of services provided;
  • size of facility and property;
  • types, numbers, and geographic distribution of audiences served; and size relative to other organizations of the same discipline or within the same geographic region.

Institution types could include rural or urban public libraries, Native American tribal libraries, school districts representing elementary through secondary school libraries, or research or special libraries. For more details, please read the notice of funding opportunity (PDF 384KB).

Webinars:  Two pre-application webinars will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. The webinars, which will each cover the same material, are scheduled for:

Recordings of the webinars will also be made available on the IMLS website. For information about how to participate in the webinars or to access the webinar recordings, see the IMLS webinar page.

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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.

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Colorado Historic Newspapers Resource Sharing

CHNC Proudly Welcomes The Denver Voice!

This month, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection welcomed the Denver Voice to its online catalog and we could not be more excited! Our users will now have access to nearly 100 issues of the Denver Voice, spanning from its first issue in 1996 right up to its brief hiatus in the spring of 2006 before it became a professional publication the following year. This unique newspaper doesn’t just tell the story of Denver in a time of tremendous change, it tells that story from the perspective of some of its most underrepresented and often unheard citizens: those experiencing homelessness.

While the Voice now reaches a broad and diverse audience, it began as a grassroots newspaper written by homeless people for homeless people. Its early issues include everything from news articles about encounters with local business owners and police to poetry and cartoons inspired by the hardships and joys of its unique community. Each issue also includes a list of places where its readers could find necessary resources like a meal, a bed, or bathroom and shower facilities. Most importantly though, the Voice offered (and still offers) an outlet for expression and a connection to a community for many people who were often marginalized and overlooked in their own city.

Though the Denver Voice of today looks very different from its humble beginnings, its mission statement remains focused on the transformative power of the stories it has told for over 20 years:

“Our mission is to facilitate a dialogue addressing the roots of homelessness by telling stories of people whose lives are impacted by poverty and homelessness and to offer economic, educational, and empowerment opportunities for the impoverished community.”
Denver Voice

We at the CHNC are honored to welcome the first 10 years of the Denver Voice to our collection and look forward to adding more years in the months to come! So come check out this truly amazing newspaper at ColoradoHistoricNewspapers.org and see how easy it is to broaden your perspective and change the way you see our uniquely Colorado history!

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Resource Sharing

Friday Grab Bag, September 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!

All the Rage

The ukulele craze continues at Bud Werner Memorial Library with their Heart Strings & Community Uke Jam, Sept. 18 at 6:30 pm. In celebration of Steamboat’s new Lost Art Revival festival, the library will be screening a short ukulele documentary followed by a community jam session. Check out an instrument from the library if you don’t have your own.

Lafayette Public Library is hosting a Geeky Cross-Stitch class just for teens. Join them on Sept. 17 at 11:00 am to learn how to cross-stitch and get started on a geeky design. Stitchers of all levels are welcome.

Let High Plains Library District help you expand your pressure cooking repertoire. Join them at Centennial Park Library on Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 for Instant Pot 101 to learn techniques you can use with any electric pressure cooker.

Jefferson County Public Library is inviting teens to celebrate the freedom to read by creating wearable fashion inspired by challenged books. Belmar’s Banned Book Teen Fashion Show is Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Lakewood Cultural Center.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Nederland Community Library has relaunched its after-school courses for K-12. Check out their lineup and learn how to register.

Bring your library-related questions and enjoy some Donuts and Dialogue with Clearview Library District Director Ann Kling, Sept. 29 from 8:30 to 10:30 am.

Longmont Public Library recently added Wellbeing Bags to their existing Experience Bags collection. The library teamed up with Supporting Action for Mental Health to create two bags, one for adults and one for families, containing books, dvds, and other materials meant to spark important and sometimes difficult conversations about mental health issues.

Cultural Gatherings

Join Basalt Regional Library for an artist reception and talk by Laura Roberts, Sept. 14 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Ms. Roberts creates artwork from found and vintage objects, such as historic dresses. The reception coincides with Basalt’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk.

History Comes Alive at Poudre River Public Library District, Sept. 14 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Author and storyteller John Stansfield will perform a tale of conservationist and mountaineer Enos Mills, famous for his role in the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Facsimile of the 1454 Gutenberg Bible
Facsimile of the 1454 Gutenberg Bible

Regis University is hosting an exhibit featuring a facsimile of the 1454 Gutenberg Bible, as well as examples of earlier bookmaking. Visit the Archives on the 4th floor of Dayton Memorial Library, Tues – Fri, 7:30-4:30.

The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival returns to Boulder Public Library September 21-23. The festival “examines the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished authors, thinkers and artists from across the globe.” Attendance is free, but registration is required. See the complete agenda of festival events.

Poudre River Public Library District will host a visit from Newbery Medal winning author Matt de la Peña on September 14 at 6:30 pm. His program, My Journey from Reluctant Reader to Author, will recount his education and affirm the power of reading. Doors to the Block One Event Center will open at 6:00 pm; admission is free but seats are limited.

Libraries in the News

The Daily Sentinel: Library goal is public engagement | Mesa County Libraries

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

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

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

Blue Spruce Award

Encourage teens at your library to vote for their favorite Colorado Blue Spruce nominated book by Dec. 31.

CALCON18

CALCON attendees: visit us at the Colorado State Library booth and meet some amazing service animals, plus attend a CSL-presented session.

Mitzi the hearing dog
Visit the State Library’s CALCON booth to meet service animals like Mitzi the hearing dog.

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, August 24, 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!

Arts & Crafts

In honor of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, aerialist Heidi Miller and students from Spirit Wind Aerial Arts will perform at the Bud Werner Memorial Library on August 30 at 5:00 pm. See more events related to the Crane Festival.

Sandhill Cranes [Photo: Steamboat Pilot, Sept. 17, 1970. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Basalt Regional Library is holding its 1st Annual Film Competition. All pre-registered participants will receive an email on August 24 with the requirements for their film, which they will have 72 hours to complete. Submissions are due by 9:00 am on August 27. Learn more and register.

Join Anythink’s Experiments in Sound and participate in the creation of a sound installation. Anythink Brighton is hosting the event on August 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm; participants can work on sounds creations and experiment in recording.

Whether you sew, crochet, quilt, or knit, you are welcome at Pines & Plains Libraries’ Witty Knitters, a group of friendly and knowledgeable crafters that meets every Tuesday at 3:45 pm at the Simla Public Library.

View the works of local artists Tina Duemler and Alice Billings at Ridgway Public Library’s ART at the Library ART Show. The exhibition will be open Sep. 8 through Nov. 9, with an artists’ reception on Sep. 8 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

UNC University Libraries invites you to “Colorado Inspirations: photography and more by three generations of the Harms Family.” The exhibit is open Aug. 20 through Sep. 21 in the Mari Michener Gallery.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Last Saturday, Pine River Library held its fourth annual Zucchini Extravaganza in collaboration with Tour de Farms, Pine River Shares, and the Pine River Garden Club. The event included contests for best-dressed, best-carved, biggest, and ugliest squash, a zucchini-based potluck, and a zucchini slingshot.

Take a break in your day to participate in Midday Music Meditation. Boulder Public Library hosts this event every second Wednesday of the month, which features improvised music on the Turkish Oud, cello, zils, didgeridoo, autoharp, flutes, and more. The next Midday Music is September 12 at noon.

Become a library power user at Mesa County Libraries’ Library 101 presentation, August 29 at 9:30 am. Join staff from the Central Library for a tour of special spaces and information about the services and resources offered at the library. Registration is encouraged by not required.

Learn how to edit, crop, organize, and share images on your phone or tablet. Poudre River Public Library District is offering Photography and Photo Editing with Your Mobile Device, August 25 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Harmony Library.

Teens are invited to Nederland Community Library’s Escape Room, September 17 from 4:00 to 5:30. Using only their cunning and problem-solving abilities, teens will have to escape from a room built using BreakoutEDU materials.

Revisit the Great American Eclipse of 2017 with Eagle Valley Library District. On September 5 at 6:00 pm, photographer and naturalist Rick Spitzer will share pictures he took of the eclipse in Driggs, Idaho, and explain the planning that went into the project.

Small business owners are invited to Business and Breakfast, a free monthly series at Glenwood Springs Branch Library. The next meeting on Sept. 11 at 9:00 am features Trent Blizzard of BlizzardPress teaching Search Engine Optimization. Space is limited; be sure to register.

Libraries in the News

Pueblo Chieftain: Library’s Kid Parade successful in second run | Pueblo City-County Library District.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

National Book Festival

Melissa Carlson will represent the Colorado State Library at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C. Follow the event via the hashtag #NatBookFest.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

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

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

Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC)

National History Day events will be starting soon. Give student researchers a leg up by pointing them towards the Plains to Peaks Collective — it contains over 46,000 historic objects from Colorado and Wyoming. Search the PPC collection in the Digital Public Library of America.

Colorado State Publications Library


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, August 17, 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.

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Learn Something New

Join Jefferson County Public Library for their next call-in program, The American Cowboy with Active Minds, on September 24 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Listen from anywhere as they peel back the mythology, explain the Spanish Colony’s influence, and trace the development of the American Cowboy. To join, call 303-502-5189 or visit www.uberconference.com/jcplhomeservices. Or, to be called at the time of the program, pre-register at 303-275-6173.

“What about a Hook?” [Photo courtesy: Louisville Times, June 29, 1944. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Join foresters Ryan McNertney, Brian Slagle and Jon Morrissey on August 24 at Granby Library for Meet Your Forest: Where Have All the Beetles Gone? Their one-hour program on healthy forests will be followed by a 2.5 hour forest tour beginning at 10:00 am.

Local historians and published authors Dr. Sandra Mather, Bill Fountain, and Rick Hague will present an informational session on nonfiction research methods and processes, August 28 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Summit County Library’s South Branch.

Are you curious about learning more about bitcoin and similar online currencies? High Plains Library District is offering a friendly introduction during Cryptocurrency: What is it and how do I use it to buy a pizza? Join them on September 14 from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm at Centennial Park Library.

Libraries in the News

Congratulations to Elektra Greer, the new director of Nederland Community Library! The library announced the appointment in their August 2018 Newsletter.

The Lyons Recorder reported that Lyons Library Director Katherine Weadley will be leaving the library to join the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC). Read Library Director Advancing to New Position.

Supporting Families

Lafayette Public Library is hosting Comfort Quilts, a monthly program where anyone can help create quilts that will be handed out to children in need by Lafayette fire and police officers. Even if you don’t sew you can still write encouraging words on a quilt square. The next meeting is September 8 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Poudre River Public Library District’s latest blog post promotes their home school resources for students, families, and educators, including a brand-new home school resource portal. Learn even more at their Homeschool Fair on August 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Old Town Library.

Arapahoe Libraries presents Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, nationally renowned pediatrician and early literacy advocate, August 29 at Smoky Hill Library and August 30 at Koelbel Library. His workshop, Prescription for Early Learning: Small Ways to Make a Big Impact, explores the role of reading in brain development. Reserve your spot.

Recycled Art

Bemis Public Library is hosting Altered Art, a teen craft class using repurposed objects, August 18 at 2:00 pm. The library will provide supplies and instruction. Registration required.

Lake County Public Library also invites participants to make art with re-purposed materials including old computers and other electronics. Join them this Saturday, August 18 at 9:00 am for Take Apart Make Some Art.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Celebrate the opening of the Colorado International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibit, which includes 70 pieces of art that capture the essence of the art and beauty of Chinese calligraphy and painting. The Aurora Public Library is hosting a reception on August 25 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Central Library.

The tomato harvest is upon us! Pay your homage to this delectable fruit (or is it a vegetable?) by entering Delta County Libraries2018 Tomato Haiku Contest now through August 31.

Rampart Library District is hosting a Death Cafe on August 29 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. The event is intended to create awareness about death and to help people make the most of their lives. Refreshments will be served.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Book Club Resource Survey

Does your library check out book club sets from the Colorado State Library? Please help us improve this service by answering this short survey. Thank you!

ALA Conference: STEM and Rural Libraries

ARSL President Kieran Hixon presented a poster session at the ALA Annual Conference on the challenges and opportunities of STEM in rural libraries. Read his reflections.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

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

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

#GetToKnowCSL Wrap-Up

From March to June 2018 we ran #GetToKnowCSL, a social media campaign designed to put a human face on the Colorado State Library. We hope this campaign helped you feel more connected to the staff members who make this such a vibrant organization. All of the profiles are now available in in this wrap-up post.

Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC)

School is back in session, and soon students and teachers will be looking for primary sources for their research projects. Did you know that the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) has over 46,000 digital objects (photos, oral history recordings, maps, etc.) available in the Digital Public Library of America? This free resource is great way to discover unique collections held by libraries and museums across the country—including Colorado and Wyoming! Search the DPLA.

Colorado State Publications Library


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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#GetToKnowCSL

Who are the people of CSL?

The Colorado State Library is comprised of professionals and library lovers who partner with Colorado’s libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations on topics that include resource sharing, staff development, literacy, leadership, and technology services. We are always seeking new ways to connect with you!

That’s why in spring 2018 we launched #GetToKnowCSL, a social media campaign designed to put a human face on our organization, both literally and figuratively. For four months, from March through June, we featured a different CSL staff member or team each week on our Twitter and Facebook pages using the hashtag #GetToKnowCSL. In addition to their photos, staff shared personal insights into what excites them about their job and/or the profession. What follows is a compilation of all the staff profiles published for this campaign.

Profiles are alphabetical by last name or team name, and not necessarily by the original order of publication.

Maddie Basch

Consultant Support Specialist
basch_m@cde.state.co.us

“My favorite part of my job is running the Book Club Resource! The State Library has almost 200 different titles with 5 or more copies of each that you can check out through your local library for book clubs, discussion groups, or classes. Some of our titles even have more than 10 copies! If that isn’t good enough news, we also have discussion questions for most of our book club books up on the Colorado Virtual Library website <https://s.lrs.org/146h>, so you can give your discussions an extra boost! I love getting to send out my favorite books and knowing that they’re not only going to be read, but that they’ll also inspire conversation. ‘Cause the only thing better than reading a good book, is talking about it with friends afterward!”

Mary Bills

Technical Coordinator
bills_m@cde.state.co.us

“I joined the Colorado State Library in early June of last year. Since arriving, I have had the continuing pleasure of working with an amazing group of people that really love libraries! I’ve also been able to work on some awesome projects, such as illustrating the Growing Readers Together Early Literacy Calendar. It was so much fun!

I love that everyday there is something new to work on and for me to learn. I also really love seeing how libraries impact their communities and spreading the joy that libraries bring.”

Miranda Doran-Myers

Research Assistant
Doran-Myers_M@cde.state.co.us

Miranda Doran-Myers

“As part of the Library Research Service team, I get to talk about library data with people from all around Colorado. My goal is to make data collection and analysis less intimidating than it often seems – I can relate, I never thought statistics would be such a big part of the job when I became a librarian!”

Babi Hammond

Digital Experience Consultant
hammond_b@cde.state.co.us

Babi wants to help libraries improve their user research and web design. He’s currently redesigning ColoradoVirtualLibrary.org using new CSS-grid layout tools. Despite being a tech guy, he still gets excited about books (especially if they’re about CSS).

Regan Harper

Director of Networking & Resource Sharing
harper_r@cde.state.co.us

“I have worked as a library professional in Colorado for 25 years and have had the pleasure to work with library folks from all types of libraries: public, academic, special, you name it. One of the things that excites me about our libraries is their tireless ability to re-define themselves and their vitality to their communities. Nothing slows them down or lessens their passion for providing outstanding service to anyone who needs it. In my role as Director for Networking and Resource Sharing, I have the privilege of helping Colorado library staff find more efficient ways of doing what they do through shared initiatives and technology solutions. I am proud of the crack squad of library consultants I lead and know that each of them is giving their all to the projects they support. What could be more rewarding than that.”

Amy Hitchner

Collaborative Programming Coordinator
ahitchner@coloradovirtuallibrary.org

“I’m fortunate to work on a variety of statewide initiatives, including the newly launched Plains to Peaks Collective and CSL Share & Learn regional professional development events. I love connecting Colorado libraries with each other and with State Library resources through social media and the Friday Grab Bag, a weekly roundup of interesting and innovative Colorado library news. I want Colorado library staff to know that the State Library is filled with compassionate, curious learners who want to hear from you!”

Kieran Hixon

Technology & Digital Initiatives Consultant
Hixon_k@cde.state.co.us

“I remember getting my first library card. It was bright orange and had raised lettering with my name and a long number. Once a week my mom would take me to the library. I would sit on a carpet square and listen to a lady read a book and then I would get to play with things like glue and popsicle sticks and cotton balls. I loved craft time…hmm…still do, actually. I think that is why I love the idea of Makerspaces in libraries.”

Institutional Library Development

Diane Walden
Walden_D@cde.state.co.us

Teresa Allen
Allen_T@cde.state.co.us

Erin Boyington
Boyington_e@cde.state.co.us

Renée Barnes
barnes_r@cde.state.co.us

“We serve the 18K people in Colorado state institutions, and believe that everyone deserves a great library – especially those facing significant barriers to service. For institutionalized persons, these barriers are not limited to geography; they also include learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental illnesses, and social stigma. Learn more on our website <https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/prisonlibraries/institutions>.”

Leigh Jeremias

Digital Collections Coordinator
ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org

“I’m passionate about Colorado’s history. I love that everyday there is a new historic tale to share. I love collaborating with libraries and museums to share their unique historic collections with their community far and wide. I’m amazed by the dedication Colorado cultural heritage organizations have to making their history available online.

Looking to learn more about the history of your community or even your family? Check out the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection or search the Plains to Peaks Collective, the Colorado & Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America. You never know what story you might uncover.”

Joyce Johnson

Growing Readers Together Coordinator
Johnson_Joyce@cde.state.co.us

Joyce Johnson coordinates Growing Readers Together, an early literacy initiative seeking to support informal family, friend & neighbor child care providers through outreach and resources provided by local public libraries across the state. As a social worker for over 30 years, she sees tremendous possibilities between community social work & librarianship, and is passionate about the role that community organizations play in supporting families.

Christine Kreger

Professional Development Consultant
Kreger_C@cde.state.co.us

Get to know CSL - Christine Kreger

“I love learning and I love Colorado library staff! As the Professional Development Consultant for the Colorado State Library, I get to learn, share, and collaborate with amazing Colorado library staff from across the state!  Looking for library related learning opportunities? Check out the Library Learning and Creation website and CSL in Session. What do you want to learn today?”

Debbi MacLeod

Director, Colorado Talking Book Library and Colorado State Publications Library
macleod_d@cde.state.co.us

“I love serving our Colorado Talking Book Library patrons and making a difference in people’s lives every single day. This is the most rewarding aspect of the job. I love wearing two hats which keeps away the boredom – there is always something new to accomplish.”

Pamela Mejia De Rodriguez

Formerly the Regional Early Literacy Specialist, Growing Readers Together

Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez

“One of the most important things I’ve learned through this job is that libraries are more than a community hub; libraries represent free and easy access to new learnings, new opportunities in life; they represent a second, a third or even a fourth chance in life.

The library is that one faithful friend that always has your back. Libraries can be whatever you need them to be. They can be an oasis: a place you can escape, refresh your mind and soul and recharge. They can be place to focus, concentrate and get something done, or a place where you can find the help you need for certain tasks in life. They can also be a place to play, to laugh, to sing, to dance, to draw, paint, create, build and have fun.

The library is a place that you can freely be yourself. The library is for me, you, them, us and for everybody!”

Christine Schein

Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist
schein_c@cde.state.co.us

Christine is passionate about digital literacy! She curates resources and learning tools to help you learn more about fake news, internet safety and privacy. Contact her to chat about your learning needs.

Lori Smith

SWIFT Coordinator
lsmith@coloradovirtuallibrary.org

“I love helping libraries expand their collections and support their users with resource sharing.

I worked at the library in college, and my favorite thing to do was helping with interlibrary loan. The generosity and willingness of libraries to share so openly with each other is invaluable and wonderful.”


We hope that the #GetToKnowCSL campaign helped you learn more about CSL staff and their professional passions and projects. We would love to hear from you, even (and especially) if it’s just to say hi and share what’s been going on at your library.

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Friday Grab Bag, August 10, 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.

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Festivals and Cons

Boulder Public Library is seeking volunteers for their upcoming ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival on September 21-23. The festival is a celebration of world literature that features features author talks, community conversation and more. Volunteer opportunities include author liaisons, children’s program help, event photography, ushers, book signing/authors’ lounge assistance, and much more.

CU Boulder Libraries invites students, professors, and librarians to Open Con, September 7 from 9:00 to 4:00 at the CU Boulder Rec Center. Spend the day learning about open educational resources and developing a plan to advocate for open research and more affordable textbooks. Register online for this free event.

Teens: rock your cosplay at Poudre River Public Library District’s Teen Nerd Prom, August 24 at Old Town Library. Get nerdy with retro video games, an anime room, crafts, snacks, a dance party, a musical instrument petting zoo, and more. The prom is in conjunction with the Fort Collins Comic Con. Teens must be 12-18 years old and have a free ticket that can be downloaded from this website.

Mesa County Libraries are seeking program proposals for their upcoming Comic Con, to take place on Saturday, October 6, at Two Rivers Convention Center. They’re looking for great panels covering comics, sci-fi, games, cosplay, literature, filmmaking, art demonstrations and much more! Submit a proposal.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Learn how to build your own solar food dehydrator, August 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Pine River Library. These dehydrators are easy to make and a great addition to your self-sufficient home.

Enjoy a cold brew while you sign up for a library card! Denver Public Library’s Wheelie the Book Bike is celebrating Denver Days at Declaration Brewing, August 11 & 12 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. See the Denver Days website for even more events.

Anythink Wright Farms is hosting an open house for The Studio on Saturday, August 18. Stop and in get acquainted with the tools in the Studio, then stay for a session (or more) on photography, virtual reality, parallax, and YouTube production, presented by local creators.

As part of the Summer Sidewalk Astronomy program, Jefferson County Public Library is hosting a Perseids Meteor Shower Watch Party on August 13. Gather around the sundial in front of Stanley Lake Library around 7:00 pm, when astronomer Aric Vyhmeister will assist participants in using their telescopes and provide additional details about the wonders of the cosmos.

The Grand County Community of Writers will hold their monthly Writers Workshop on Sunday, August 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Granby Library. Send your submission to annawinkel@hotmail.com by August 18 in order to receive thoughtful feedback at the August 26th meeting. All types of writing are welcome.

Connecting Communities

Arthur Lakes Library at Colorado School of Mines is starting the school year stress-free with Mindful Mondays. Every Monday beginning August 20, drop in from 3:00 to 3:30 to learn the benefits of practicing mindfulness and to participate in a guided meditation led by Mines students & staff.

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of every month at Lafayette Public Library. The group is a safe place to receive support from fellow caregivers and volunteer facilitators, who have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. The next meeting is August 28 at 6:00 pm.

Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is this year’s One Book Steamboat title. Pick up a copy at Bud Werner Memorial Library and visit their One Book Steamboat website to see upcoming events related to the book.

Eagle Valley Library District, Vail Public Library, and Eagle Valley Schools continue their partnership to offer seamless access to library resources for K-12 students. One Valley, One Card is a program that allows students to use millions of free EVLD and VPL resources with their school ID. Learn more.

August Tunes

Jam with fellow uke players at High Plains Library District’s monthly Ukulele Strumming Circle. The group meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Carbon Valley Regional Library. The next meeting is on August 16, so bring your uke, learn some new tunes, and play along with other enthusiasts.

“Mutual” [Illustration courtesy of the Steamboat Pilot, August 18, 1926. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]
Summit County Library is celebrating the finale of their adult summer reading program with an outdoor concert by The Pine Beatles (the band, not the pest). Bring your friends and family to the South Branch Library in Breckenridge on August 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Libraries in the News

Craig Press: Moffat County commissioners file intent to place museum, library mill levy on November ballot (Moffat County Libraries)

Broomfield News: Library considers going fine-free (Broomfield Library)

CBS Denver: Fundraising Event Combines The Library & Tattoos: ‘It Was Worth It’ (Denver Public Library)

Alamosa News: Capulin welcomes community library (Conejos Library District)

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

‘Let’s Share’ Forum

Do you have ideas about community engagement, early literacy, and programming to share with your library colleagues across the state? Let’s Share is an online space to post experiences, questions, and comments. The forum is part of the expansion of the CSL Kits program, which you can learn more about in “Let’s Talk About It!” – Community Conversations in a Big Red Box.

Learning Opportunities

Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade, with Linda Hofschire and Lynn Silipigni Connaway.

  • Aug. 14, 2018, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Free! Register to join online

CSL in Session, Getting Unstuck: The Secret Life of Procrastinators, with Jean Heilig & Christine Kreger.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free; no registration needed; join online

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

Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC)

Last week, Leigh Jeremias and Amy Hitchner travelled to the Wyoming Library Association Conference in Casper to represent the PPC. They spoke with attendees about how to participate in the PPC, and encouraged them to share this resource—filled with valuable historic collections from Colorado and Wyoming—with educators, students, and researchers in their communities. Learn more: ppc.cvlsites.org

Amy Hitchner (L) & Leigh Jeremias (R) represented the Plains to Peaks Collective at WYLA18.

Colorado State Publications Library


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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Friday Grab Bag, July 27, 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!

Sounds of Summer

Polish up those ruby slippers—Poudre River Public Library District is hosting a Wizard of Oz Sing-a-long, July 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 at Old Town Library. No musical talent required!

Join Bud Werner Memorial Library for an outdoor concert featuring San Diego-based mariachi band Jarabe Mexicano, July 30 at 12:00 pm on the library lawn. Bring a lunch and enjoy this energetic concert, which will include an opportunity for kids to make their own egg shaker maracas. Jarabe Mexicano will also perform at the Basalt Regional Library on July 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

The Delta/Grand Junction Women’s Choir will perform Grand Mesa A Cappella, a free concert at Delta Library on July 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

Garfield County Libraries is hosting an air guitar competition for tweens and teens ages 10-18, July 31 at 2:00 pm at the Rifle Branch Library. Teens are encouraged to strut their stuff in this epic competition of riffs, solos, and lip-syncing skills. Air guitars will be provided to the first 24 participants.

Montrose Regional Library District is celebrating their summer learning program with a Rockin’ Readers Concert. Enjoy music, food, games, and a photo booth on Friday, July 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the library’s east lawn.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

The Native Voices traveling exhibit is coming to the Ignacio Community Library. This interactive exhibition, developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine in partnership with ALA, examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawai’ians and features interviews with more than one hundred tribal leaders, healers, physicians, educators, and others. Attend the grand opening on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 1:00 pm.

In collaboration with the City of Thornton, Tri-County Health Department, Palizzi Farm and the American Heart Association, Anythink is now hosting a Farmer’s Market at their Huron Street branch every Tuesday through October 9. In addition to fresh food, the events will feature cooking demos and health and wellness information, as well as preventative health screenings on the second Tuesday of each month.

Join Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and AARP Foundation ElderWatch Colorado for 10 Scams Targeting Older Coloradans and How to Prevent Them, a program to be held at Mesa County Library’s Main Branch, July 31 at 1:00 pm. Register online.

Science & Technology

Broomfield Library is starting a new Code Club for kids ages 9-18, where they will learn to make games, animations, apps, or their own inventions. Join the launch party on August 22 from 4:00 to 5:30 at inventHQ. The group will meet every other Wednesday. Registration recommended.

The latest edition to the Elizabeth Library is a Weather Tech weather station. Patrons can monitor the humidity, wind speed and direction, rain amounts, barometer, etc. Future plans call for a second console so data can be posted on Weather Underground and the library’s webpage.

Weather Tech station at Elizabeth Library.

Curious about virtual reality and how it can be used for gaming, music, and exploring the world? Grand County Library District is offering the opportunity for tweens, teens, and adults to experience virtual reality on July 28 at Kremmling Library and July 29 at Hot Sulphur Springs Library. Sign up for a 25-minute slot that includes a tutorial and a chance to try some applications.

Pikes Peak Library District, in partnership with several other organizations, is putting on the 5th Annual Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire on October 20. The event is a venue where engineers, artists, scientists, crafters, and other makers can showcase their hobbies, experiments, and projects. This year’s Mini Maker Faire will also include an art contest, Ars Technica. Registration is optional but encouraged.

Libraries in the Media

Red Feather Lakes Community Library was one of five public libraries to receive funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR) to develop creative public library health information outreach projects. Read about their project, which allowed participants to learn about food and its connection to healing chronic disease, living longer, and living better.

9News recently covered two items from Denver Public Library. On July 16 they published a story about Wheelie the Book Bike, a vehicle that visits outreach events. Then, on July 17, 9News visited the Park Hill Branch during the #Book4Tat event, when folks could upload their G-rated tattoos to DPL’s Facebook page and receive book recommendations from librarians. Nearly 200 tattoos photos were submitted over 72 hours. Read the story.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Tackling Wicked Problems through Deliberative Engagement, with Martin Carcasson.

  • August 6 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Loveland Public Library
  • Free; lunch provided
  • Register

CSL in Session: Create a Knock-out Collection in 60 Minutes a Week or Less, with Bob Bennhoff.

  • August 8, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free! Join online

Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade, with Linda Hofschire and Lynn Silipigni Connaway.

  • August 14, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Free! Register to join online

Colorado Public Library Association (CoPLA) Mini Conference: Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Libraries.

  • August 3, 2018 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (Denver)
  • CAL members: $30. Non-CAL members: $40.

View these and other learning opportunities at the Library Learning & Creation Center. The Wyoming State Library also maintains a professional development calendar. View offerings for July 2018.

Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC)

With school is just around the corner, teachers and students will be looking for primary sources, especially related to Colorado history. Did you know that the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) contains over 46,000 digital objects, including photographs, oral history recordings, postcards, yearbooks, pamphlets, quilts, clothing, and other cultural artifacts? Check out the PPC collection in the Digital Public Library of America.

Strategies for Coaching & Consulting

CSL’s Sharon Morris recently authored an article for the Global Family Research Project, Learning from Library Leaders: Strategies for Coaching and Consulting. In it she outlines the 5 principles that guide her team’s work with their constituents.

Colorado State Publications Library


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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Friday Grab Bag, July 20, 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!

Summer Learning, Summer Fun!

Thanks to a grant from the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, the Grand County Libraries ramped up their summer reading programming for teens. Showcasing the “Libraries Rock” theme, students in middle school and older can attend a karaoke party, hip-hop dance lessons, a creative journaling workshop, or produce a radio piece for the local community radio station.

Grand County librarians Cindy Hald and Anna Szczepanski “testing” the karaoke equipment to make sure it is ready for teen programs.

Join Grammy-nominated songwriter Katherine Dines for Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta, a concert of toe-tapping music, at Bud Werner Memorial Library on July 23. This highly interactive event is perfect for the whole family.

On July 28, historical performer Connie Neumann will portray Beatrix Potter, sharing tales of her beloved childhood character Peter Rabbit at the Longmont Public Library. Kids ages 6 and up will enjoy stories, crafts, garden-themed snacks, and photos with “Miss Potter”. Registration required.

Poudre River Public Library District invites teens to Game On!, a program where they can design their own games using recycled board game parts and craft supplies. Join the fun on Saturday, July 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Harmony Library.

Go on a Bug Safari with the Butterfly Pavilion! Aurora Public Library is hosting this event for all ages on July 25 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Attendees will learn about invertebrates from around the world and have the opportunity to hold Rosie the tarantula.

Boulder Public Library and Boulder Parks and Recreation are producing SummerFest 2018 on Saturday, July 28, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Join them at the new Civic Area by Boulder Creek for a day of magic, music, food, and fun for all ages.

Get your groove on at Pine River Library’s World Music Dance Party, July 26 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. This program features a family-friendly playlist from Latin America.

Prepare to get messy and have fun! Pines & Plains Libraries is hosting a Teen Bubble Party on July 26 and August 3, complete with bubbles, bubble wrap, paint, glitter, shaving cream, food coloring.

Health and Wellness

As part of their Healthy Lifestyle Series, Vail Public Library is offering Introduction to Country Western Dance, July 26 to August 30 from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Maria Barry will teach this six week course that will include the Two Step, Double Two and Cowboy Cha Cha. Come as a single or a couple.

Learn about proper running form to prevent injury during Total Wellness: The Runner’s Foot, a program led by foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Eric Kuhlman, July 25 at Erie Community Library. His presentation will include an opportunity for audience questions.

Out and About in the Community

Poudre River Public Library District debuted their new book bike – named the REO Readwagon – at Fort Collins Open Streets back in June and have had a great time showing it off at other outdoor community events like Bike to Work Day and the CSU Lagoon Concert Series. They’ve also had librarians ride it to storytimes and use it as part of their Summer Reading Community Vehicles Day. It’s been a big hit!

The REO Readwagon – Poudre River Public Library District’s new book bike.

Carnegie Public Library is popping up around town this summer. On June 21, find them at the Farmers’ Market in Cimino Park, then they’ll be at at the Trinidad History Museum on August 1 for Colorado Days. Stop by and get a library card, check out books, and learn about library programs.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Marlowe Cassetti will share his experiences working at NASA and putting the first US astronauts into space and on the moon. Join him at the John C. Fremont Library District on July 26 at 5:00 pm.

Nederland Community Library is growing their collection of nontraditional circulating items, known as the Library of Things. Check out a thermal camera, VHS to DVD converter, State Parks pass, museum pass, and their newest item, an Epson photo and film scanner.

To coincide with the Underground Music Showcase on South Broadway (July 26-29), Westword contributor Tom Murphy will share his firsthand experience and research on Denver’s evolving underground music scene, June 28 from 2:00 to 3:30 at Denver Public Library’s Ross-Broadway branch.

Arapahoe Libraries and Greenwood Village have teamed up to offer Village Read, a community book and discussion series. This year’s book is White Plains by Colorado author David Hicks. Borrow a copy of the book or e-book from Arapahoe Libraries, and join them for related events in August.

Fans of Friends: how much do you really know about Joey, Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and smelly cat? Clearview Library District is partnering with High Hops Brewery for a Friends pub trivia night, July 26 at 6:00 pm.

Libraries in the Media

Fox31 reported that Red Feather Lakes Library is one of three libraries to receive a $100,000 grant from EBSCO to convert their library to solar energy. Read the story.

The Business Times reported that Mesa County Libraries is hosting a traveling bilingual health exhibit, Discover Health/Descubre la Salud, now through Sept. 28. The exhibit was developed by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Star-Net Library Education Network, and the Centro Latinamericano para las Arts, Ciena y Educacion. Read the story.

The Oxford University Press’s OUP Blog published a story on the eastern Colorado and Kansas libraries that cyclists Beth Cramer and John Boyd visited on their bicycle tour across the United States. They specifically mentioned Kiowa County Public Library in Eads and Rawlings Public Library in Pueblo. Read the story.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

Tackling Wicked Problems through Deliberative Engagement, with Martin Carcasson.

  • August 6, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Loveland Public Library
  • Free; lunch provided
  • Register

CSL in Session: Wake Up! Are You Sleepwalking Through Your Day? With Jean Heilig.

  • July 26, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free! Join online

CSL in Session: Create a Knock-out Collection in 60 Minutes a Week or Less, with Bob Bennhoff.

  • August 8, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Free! Join online

Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade, with Linda Hofschire and Lynn Silipigni Connaway.

  • August 14, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Free! Register to join online

Colorado Public Library Association (CoPLA) Mini Conference: Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Libraries, with Jamie LaRue, Erin Boyington, & Pat Wagner.

  • August 3, 2018 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (Denver)
  • CAL members: $30. Non-CAL members: $40.

View these and other learning opportunities at the Library Learning & Creation Center. The Wyoming State Library also maintains a professional development calendar. View offerings for July 2018.

Plains to Peaks Collective

The Plains to Peaks Collective is officially live in the Digital Public Library of America! We hope you’ll visit the DPLA and explore the collections of our partner organizations: Marmot, University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Colorado College, Denver Public Library, History Colorado, and the Colorado State Publications Library.

Is your institution interested in participating in the PPC? See our PPC Digital Readiness Checklist and contact Leigh Jeremias <ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org> with any questions you have. She would love to hear from you!

Libraries and Wildfires

How can libraries help their communities during times of wildfires and other natural disasters? In his blog post, Libraries, Technology, and Disaster, CSL staff member Kieran Hixon shared how the library became a hub in his community while the area was under threat from the Adobe Wildfire.

Historic Postcard Collection

In 2002, collector and philanthropist Nina Heald Webber donated about 4,500 historic postcards from southwest Colorado to the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Learn more about this robust collection in Touring Colorado’s Collections: Greetings from Southwest Colorado!

Colorado State Publications Library


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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Touring Colorado's Collections

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Greetings from Southwest Colorado!

Courtesy Fort Lewis College

Today quick messages and family updates are sent by text message, Facebook, Instagram or other social media posts.  But before social media and cell phones, postcards were the most popular way for friends and family to quickly and easily communicate with each other.  Even though postcards are not as widely used as they were during the “Golden Age of Postcards”, between 1907 and 1915, collecting them or deltiology, is still a popular hobby.

Greetings from Durango, Colorado. Courtesy Fort Lewis College

One avid collector, as well as philanthropist and overall promoter of southwest Colorado history, Nina Heald Webber, donated her postcard collection to the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango starting in 2002.  The Webber collection is vast containing about 4,500 postcards separated into six volumes and organized by place and subject: Early Durango, Later Durango and Local Narrow Gauge Railroads, Mesa Verde – Aztec Ruins, Silverton & Animas Canyon, Telluride – Ouray – Ophir, and Other Southwest Colorado Areas. The collection offers a tourist perspective of the Southwest region as well as documents how the region’s industries, towns and natural landscapes have changed over time.

The Webber collection includes postcards from the 1890’s to the 1950’s allowing researchers to also learn about the history and evolution of postcard production.  Postcard highlights from the collection include the White Border Period from 1915 to 1930,  the Photochrom Period from 1945 to present and numerous real photo postcards. A personal favorite, leather postcards, produced between roughly 1903 and 1910, are also found in the collection. Leather postcards were banned by the U.S. post office in 1907 because they jammed postage-canceling machines.

Leather Postcard. Greetings from Ouray, Colorado. Courtesy Fort Lewis College.

Real photo postcard. The Galloping Goose – Unique Train on the Rio Grande Southern in Southwestern CO. Courtesy Fort Lewis College.

The collection is available to view in person at the archive of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. The Center and Webber have dedicated time and resources to digitizing the collection and making it available online. The collection can be easily browsed through the Fort Lewis digital archive collection.  Fort Lewis recently shared a portion of their digital collection with the Plains to Peaks Collective, making these items discoverable through the Digital Public Library of America, a national platform for digitized historic collections. Thank you to Webber and to the Center for sharing this important Colorado history!

If you would like to share your unique historic digital collections with the DPLA, please contact Leigh Jeremias at ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org or 720-483-4261.  We are currently gathering information about all institutions that would like to participate in the future so please reach out.  Information about the PPC can be found at: http://ppc.cvlsites.org/

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Colorado Historic Newspapers

CHNC News: Holy Cross Trail

For many Coloradans, climbing a fourteener is a rite of passage.  There are 53 fourteeners in Colorado but only one had a newspaper named after it.  CHNC partner, the Eagle Valley Library District, recently added 913 issues of the Holy Cross Trail, from 1924 to 1941. The Red Cliff paper, published by O. W. Daggett was a source of Red Cliff and Minturn news but also promoted Daggett’s other endeavors or crusades.

This included his devotion to the Mount of the Holy Cross, a Colorado fourteener at 14,005 ft, that was named for the distinctive cross-shaped snowfield on its northeast face. It grew in fame after 1873 when renowned photographer William Henry Jackson climbed the adjacent Notch Mountain and took the first of many photographs of the distinctive cross .  Over the next few decades the Mount of Holy Cross continued to grow in fame as a Christian symbol.

William Henry Jackson. Mount of the Holy Cross, in the Clouds, 1890-1910. Courtesy History Colorado, 86.200.425

Courtesy, Holy Cross Trail

As a result in 1921 the Holy Cross Association, of which Daggett served as publicity manager, was established for the purpose of developing the Holy Cross “Shrine” for religious, educational and recreational purposes.  In the mid-1920’s Dr. O.W. Randall, a dentist from Eagle, and John P. Carrigan, a Catholic priest from Glenwood Springs, conceived of the pilgrimages and worship services to the Shrine.

 

Services at Mt. of the Holy Cross, 1929-1933. Courtesy Eagle County Historical Society

Daggett’s Holy Cross crusade also had the backing of Denver Post publisher Frederick Bonfils who repeatedly promoted the pilgrimages in the Post. The pilgrimages began to attract thousands of people from all over the world. With this increased popularity, the Mount and the surrounding area received National Monument status on May 11, 1929.  Over the next few years the Forest Service and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), who camped on O. W. Randall’s property, made area improvements including new trails, a pilgrim base camp, the Tigiwon Community House, and a viewing shelter, the Notch Mountain Shelter.

CCC camp on Randall’s ranch, 1930-1934. Courtesy Eagle County Historical Society

The height of visitation was in 1934 when about 3,000 pilgrimages were made to Holy Cross National Monument. Visitation began to steadily decrease and in 1950 its national monument status was revoked. Daggett sold the paper in 1940 and the new owner discontinued it shortly after.  Regardless, today hikers still continue to check the Mount of the Holy Cross off their list of climbed fourteeners and pilgrimages are still made to Notch Mountain viewing site.  Researchers and history buffs can learn more about these historic pilgrimages and Daggett’s other crusades by browsing this exciting new addition to CHNC.

Thank you Eagle Valley Library District for continuing to add historic newspapers to CHNC! If you would like to learn more about becoming a CHNC partner and how to add historic news to CHNC please contact me at ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org.

Further Reading and Related Historic Collections:

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Friday Grab Bag, June 22, 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!

Strengthening Communities

Find your next job with the help of Anythink Perl Mack. Visit the Job Search Drop-In during one of the upcoming dates in June and July and learn how to narrow your search, edit your resume or cover letter, and put your best foot forward during a mock interview.

High Plains Library District wants to help you understand the new nutrition labels rolling out next month. Attend Nutrition Labels Decoded on July 24, 6:00 pm at Carbon Valley Regional Library, when dietician Marian Ruge will explain the changes and how they can help us make better choices about what we eat.

Gunnison County Libraries is hosting Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault in the LGBTQ Community, June 27 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Crested Butte Library (see the events calendar). Join Project Hope in learning more about how sexual assault and intimate partner violence affect the members of the community.

National Poetry Slam Semifinalist and TEDx speaker Meta Sarmiento will present Mahal, a spoken word workshop, on June 27. Basalt Regional Library will host the Filipino poet and rapper as he explores the role that LOVE plays in our own cultures and weighs what that might cost.

Boulder Public Library is seeking Adult Literacy Volunteers for its BoulderReads program. Their tutors provide critical literacy support to adults in need. Orientation is June 29, 6:00 pm, at the Main Library. Learn more about BoulderReads.

Exploring Our Past

Get 1-on-1 help with your genealogy research at Delta Library. Instructor Mickey Watts teaches this ongoing class every 2nd and 4th Monday. The next meeting is June 25 at 5:00 pm (see the events calendar).

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Genealogy Club consists of patrons and library staff interested in genealogical research, family histories, and other ancestral investigation. The group meets monthly to discuss their research and share resources. The next meeting is June 28 at 9:30 am.

Fun for Kids & Families

Lafayette Public Library is hosting a Terrarium Building event for kids in grades 3-12. Create a miniature world with plants, rocks, and your own special touches. June 27, 1:00 pm, registration required.

Andy Rice of 105.7 KPMX will emcee Let’s Get Quizzical, a music trivia night at Sterling Public Library. Join the fun and test your music knowledge on June 26 at 6:00 pm. Teams must register by June 24.

Get Ink’d at Lyons Regional Library! Teens are invited to create their own henna tattoos on July 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Registration is required.

June 22 is Family Game Night at Bemis Library. Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening of new and classic board games from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Folks Gather ‘Round for Parlor Games. (Courtesy Aurora Democrat, November 11, 1944. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.)

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Are you Dealing with Pesky, Noxious Weeds? Experts from CSU’s Extension Office will be at Grand County’s Juniper Library on June 27 to provide information about identifying and eradicating noxious weeds from your neighborhood.

We’ve all heard of TED Talks, but have you heard of ED Talks at Arthur Lakes Library? Ed Raines, Collections Manager at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, presents an in-depth look at the most significant Mining Districts of Colorado with talks focusing on History & Geology. The next ED Talk is August 2 at 4:00 pm.

Did you know that Poudre River Public Library District publishes a blog? Each week you’ll find a new post, such as Reading Provides a Lifetime of Benefits and You’ve Graduated—Now It’s Time to Adult. The content is a mix of information about literacy and lifelong learning, plus links to related library resources. Check it out!

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Are You Ready to Participate in the DPLA?

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) is officially live in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)—search our collection. We know that there are more potential partners out there who are eager to join us. Review our checklist to see where your library is on the road to participating in the PPC.

State Librarian Position Posted

With Gene Hainer’s retirement at the end of June, the CDE and the State Library are seeking applicants for his position. Please help us spread the word! The opening is posted on Library Jobline; applications are due July 6.

Bag of Tricks—Padlet

In his continuing Bag of Tricks series, Technology & Digital Initiatives Consultant Kieran Hixon introduces Padlet, an online “corkboard” for collecting and organizing contributed content.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session, Wake Up! Are you sleepwalking your way through the day? Presented by Jean Heilig. July 26, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 pm MT. Join online, no registration required.

View upcoming learning opportunities at the Library Learning & Creation Center. The Wyoming State Library also maintains a professional development calendar. View offerings for June 2018.

CSL Speakers at ALA New Orleans 2018

Are you heading to New Orleans for the ALA Annual Conference? Check out these sessions presented by CSL staff:

The Path Forward on Fines: Removing Barriers to Access | Beth Crist | June 24 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Collaboration is Key: steps to building great partnerships with outside organizations | Linda Hofschire | June 25 | 9:00 – 10:00 am.

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#GetToKnowCSL

Learn more about CSL staff in our weekly social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This week we’re featuring Amy Hitchner, Collaborative Programming Coordinator. She supports several statewide resource sharing initiatives and loves connecting Colorado libraries with each other through the Friday Grab Bag.


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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Ready… Set….Go!

A group of six WSC coeds ready for a race on the ice skating rink, WSC campus, ca. early 1940s. Courtesy, Leslie J. Savage Library.

Earlier this month the Plains to Peaks Collective went live with its first collection in the Digital Public Library of America.  We know that there may be potential partners in Colorado and Wyoming that are eager to participate but are unsure if they are ready.  Good news! We are here to help you determine that.  We created the below checklist to help you determine if your institution is ready to contribute metadata records to DPLA through the PPC.

  1. Do you have digital collections that are publicly available? If not, see our Digital Toolkit for digitization project planning and implementation.
  2. Is your institution able and willing to sign the PPC Service Hub Participation Agreement agreeing to contribute your metadata to the DPLA under a CC0 license? Here is the PPC Service Hub Participation Agreement Template.
  3. Are your digital collections (images, texts, audio, video, etc.) available on a publicly accessible collections management system?
  4. Do the digital collections that you wish to share meet the DPLA’s current Collection Development Guidelines? The DPLA currently does not accept the following:
    • Most Scholarly material (i.e. electronic thesis and dissertations, journal articles). See Collection Development Guidelines for more information.
    • Finding aids or archival collection guides (i.e. EAD files)
    • Items that do not resolve to a publicly accessible URL (i.e. embargoed, hidden or restricted files.)
    • Datasets
  5. Does your Content Management System (CMS) have a way of sharing your collection metadata, for example through an OAI-PMH feed, API, xml export or CSV file? [If you are unsure please contact us.]
  6. Do each of the records in your collection include a unique title field and a valid rights statement? See the PPC Metadata Guidelines for further information on the DPLA requirements.
  7. Does your system store preview/thumbnail images of the objects in your collection?
  8. Are you able to provide, in each of your records, a link back to the record on your local site? [This link allows the DPLA portal to point back to each object in its local context.]
  9. Do you have a staff member who can work with PPC staff to address any issues related to sharing your collection metadata with the DPLA?

If you have any questions about the above considerations and/or are unsure if you meet the requirements for contributing to the PPC and the DPLA, please contact us. We are very willing to work with potential partners to fulfill the requirements listed above. If you would like to learn more about the PPC visit our site, ppc.cvlsites.org or contact me at ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org

[Checklist adapted from PA Digital Readiness Guidelines. Thanks PA!]

 

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Plains to Peaks Collective Shares Historic Collections from Colorado and Wyoming with the Digital Public Library of America

The Colorado State Library is happy to announce that historic collections from Colorado and Wyoming are now part of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA website (dp.la) is a free portal that allows visitors to discover over 21 million unique items from across the United States and then go directly to the digital collections held at the home institution. Visit the Colorado and Wyoming collections in the DPLA here.

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the DPLA, is a collaboration between the Colorado State Library and the Wyoming State Library that brings together descriptive information about collection material held by our libraries, archives, and museums, and makes it freely available to the world. Through the PPC institutions can now share their unique digital collections with a wider national audience of avid researchers, genealogists, students, teachers and history buffs. It is our hope that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming has the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through the PPC.

Many institutions in our two states hold unique stories of local and national significance. Together, these items tell the story of the people, places, events and cultures that shaped the history of Colorado, Wyoming and American West.

For its inaugural collection, the PPC partnered with seven institutions—Denver Public Library, Colorado State Publications Library, History Colorado, Colorado College, University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center and the Marmot Library Network—which represent the unique landscapes of Vail, Gunnison, Salida, Durango and Laramie and many other towns. By bringing this collection information together, DPLA visitors can now explore over 46,000 unique collection items from Colorado and Wyoming through one search, as well as through online exhibits and classroom primary source sets.

Denver and Rio Grande Roadhouse in Salida, 1890. Courtesy, Salida Regional Library.

Looking south along Second Street, Laramie, [1910-1920]. Courtesy, American Heritage Center

Parade in Durango, Colorado (between 1907 and 1929). Courtesy Fort Lewis College.

Collection highlights include the 10th Mountain Division, a full division of the United States Army  specializing in mountain and winter warfare who trained at Camp Hale, Colorado, during World War II. Many of these soldiers on skies were veterans who were instrumental to the development of Colorado’s beloved ski industry and to the growth of Colorado’s recreation industry and nature conservation.

10th Mountain Division M29 “Weasel” Light Cargo, Carrier, (between 1942 and 1945). Courtesy History Colorado.

Ski Troopers, U.S. Army, Camp Hale, 1944. Courtesy Eagle Valley Library District.

DPLA visitors can also explore materials that document the life and culture of the native peoples that inhabited our two states.  The inaugural collection contains items from Mesa Verde, the seasonal home of the ancestral Pueblo people who lived in southwest Colorado for over 700 years; historic images of Lakota, Arapahoe, Cheyenne and other tribes in Colorado; as well as historic images of the Crow and Shoshone tribes in Wyoming.

Mesa Verde storage jar, 1180-1280. Courtesy History Colorado

Indians – Crow; White Swan and Curley on Their Horses. Courtesy American Heritage Center.

Sitting Bull’s family, in front of cabin, 1880-89. Courtesy Denver Public Library

The collections of our initial partners, Colorado College and the University of Wyoming, also reveal the vast and diverse collections held by our universities. DPLA visitors can explore collections that document student life, faculty work and university initiatives. Included in these collections is the University of Wyoming’s 75 years initiative to create experimental farms to better serve the state.

Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin No. 085 – Feeding experiments, 1909-10. Courtesy University of Wyoming.

A costume rendering of Mozart’s Queen of the Night, 1991, by Gypsy Ames, professor of Drama and Dance at Colorado College. Courtesy Colorado College.

We want to grow the collection! These first collections are only a part of the vast historical treasures that are held by our cultural heritage organizations.  We will continue to grow our partners and help them share their collections with the DPLA every few months. To learn more about the PPC or if you would like to share your unique historic digital collections with the DPLA, please contact Leigh Jeremias at ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org or 720-483-4261.  We are currently gathering information about all institutions that would like to participate in the future so please reach out.  Information about the PPC can be found at: http://ppc.cvlsites.org/

 

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Friday Grab Bag, April 6, 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!

Fresh from the Garden

Bud Werner Memorial Library is teaming up the Routt County CSU Master Gardeners to present An Evening with the Master Gardeners, April 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. During the event participants will experience hands-on demos and learn tips for gardening in Routt County.

To celebrate Arbor Day, Pines and Plains Libraries welcomes guest speaker Kari Hall from Double EL Soil at the Simla Branch Library, April 28 at 12:30 pm. The lecture will include a Q&A session and a light lunch.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, learn the basics of Flower Arranging at Avon Public Library, April 25 at 6:00 pm. All supplies will be provided; registration is required.

Always Learning

Pine River Library is hosting Conversational ASL (American Sign Language), a six-week course taught by San Juan Boces. The class meets each Thursday from April 19 – May 25 at 5:30 pm.

Learn Podcasting Basics at Denver Public Library’s Central Library, April 22 at 2:00 pm. DPL’s Podcaster in Residence Paul Karolyi will present what you need to know to produce a podcast, including equipment and software.

Global Issues

CU Boulder is hosting its 70th Annual Conference on World Affairs from April 9-13. The events held at Boulder Public Library will include 4 panel discussions and a film screening. See the full schedule of events.

Jefferson County Public Library continues its call-in series with North Korea with Active Minds, April 23 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Participants will learn about North Korean history and recent developments in nuclear weapons, international trade, and human rights. Join by phone at 303-502-5189 or by visiting uberconference.com/jcplhomeservices.

Libraries in the News

PPLD Chief Librarian and CEO John Spears authored a guest column in The Gazette: Pikes Peak Library District offers community multiple services.

National Library Week

National Library Week is April 8-14; this year’s theme is “Libraries Lead.” Many Colorado libraries are celebrating with special programs and fine forgiveness. Contact your library to see how they are participating in this annual event.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Longmont Public Library’s Yoga Storytime incorporates movement, stories, and songs – perfect for children ages 3+ and their caregivers. The class meets on Mondays from 11:00 to 11:45 am.

Did your library do an April Fools joke this year? Poudre River Public Library District surprised their patrons with a Facebook post announcing a new special collection of books designed specifically for left-handed readers. Check out their post and all the fun comments.

The Daniel Bennett Group will perform Jazz, Folk, Minimalism at Basalt Regional Library on April 6 at 5:30 pm. The Manhattan-based group is known for their “provocative mix of jazz, avant-pop, and surf rock.”


A Place for Jazz one-panel comic
“A Place for Jazz” [Photo courtesy Holy Cross Trail, September 26, 1925. Accessed via Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

CSL Share & Learn: Glenwood Springs

CSL Share & Learn: Glenwood Springs has been cancelled due to low enrollment. We hope to see you at a future professional learning event.

One Book 4 Colorado

From April 9-23, all Colorado 4-year-olds can receive a free copy of the winning OB4CO title, to be announced next week. See a map of pick-up locations.

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session | A Librarian’s Guide to Solo Leadership: How to lead when you don’t think you have anyone to lead, with Mandi Miller. April 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Free; no registration required.

Registration is open for Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner, May 16 & 17 in Pueblo. Learn more. Registration for the workshop on June 19 & 20 in Rifle will open on May 2.

Each month, Wyoming State Library compiles a list of free learning opportunities. Check out the list for April 2018.

The Learning Edge Connection

The Learning Edge Connection is a new weekly series summarizing educator-focused professional learning opportunities, news, and resources. It’s written by Christine Schein, Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist. Please share it with other educators.

Library Development Annual Report 2017

Read what CSL’s Library Development team accomplished last year in their Annual Report 2017.

New CHNC Title

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection welcomes its newest title, The Oredigger, student newspaper of the Colorado School of Mines. Access 2,200 digitized pages spanning 1921-1936 for free through CHNC.

CLiC Springs Workshops – Pueblo

Are you headed to the CLiC Spring Workshops in Pueblo on April 19 & 20? While you’re there, check out a session presented by State Library staff.

Colorado ILL Conference

The Colorado ILL Conference is April 19 & 20 at CSU in Fort Collins, with a free Prospector preconference on April 18. Learn more and register.

Colorado State Library Publications Blog

#GetToKnowCSL

Learn more about CSL staff in our weekly social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This week’s staff member is Debbi MacLeod, Director of the Colorado Talking Book Library and State Publications Library. Debbi finds it rewarding to serve CTBL patrons and make a difference in their lives.


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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Friday Grab Bag, February 16, 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!

Strengthening Communities

Every Saturday at 10:00 am, Westminster Public Library’s Irving Street Branch offers Citizenship Preparation Classes, where participants discuss and practice both written test questions and oral interview questions. Classes are open to all those interested in finding out more about the citizenship process, not just those practicing for the test.

Celebrate the reopening of Hot Sulphur Springs Library with a day of prizes, snacks, and fun, February 28 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The library has been closed since early January 2018 to repair water damage.

As part of their annual community tradition, Bud Werner Memorial Library will head outdoors with other residents of the Yampa Valley to create a landscape-scale snow design. The 2018 design theme is Snow Stitching in Nature. Participants will meet at Carpenter Ranch meadow on March 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library recently started partnering with Archuleta Seniors, Inc., their local senior center, to send out library materials to their homebound clients along with their Meals on Wheels deliveries. Patrons receive a customized selection of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and magazines in special bags (see photo). The library plans to expand this program to other community organizations that serve homebound patrons. Thanks to Meg Wempe for sharing this program!

Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library sends library materials to homebound patrons via Meals on Wheels.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Historical entertainer Caryl Harvey will perform as the legendary Margaret “Molly” Brown on February 17 at Lamar Public Library. The audience will accompany Ms. Brown on a journey that includes New York’s immigrant community in the 19th century, the sinking of the Titanic, and the Ludlow Massacre.

The Carnegie Library of Trinidad’s most popular program, Chocolate Night, has been rescheduled to February 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Lauren Gockley and the staff of Coda Signature will demonstrate how to make chocolate, with plenty of tasting opportunities. This event is free; no registration required.

Mancos Public Library’s Teen Tech Week will help teens prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse! Teens will build their own survival tools and learn skills that will help them in the event of zombies (or any disaster/emergency situation). The event happens over two days, March 9 and 10, from 3:30 to 9:00 pm. Interested teens should sign up at the front desk. Thanks to Jenni Kitchen for sharing this event!

Libraries in the News

It’s official! Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed February 16, 2018 as Colorado Digital Learning Day. The national Digital Learning Day is February, 22nd. Post your digital learning events on the national website http://www.digitallearningday.org/about-dlday.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel published an in-depth piece on how Mesa County Libraries is addressing homelessness with an open-doors policy.

The Longmont Observer reported that Judith Anderson, director of the Longmont Public Library, is retiring on March 30. Judith began working at the library in 1989 and later became its director in 2008. Read the full story.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

ALA Midwinter Wrap-Up

The Networking and Resource Sharing team documented their ALA Midwinter experience in Many Flavors of Learning at ALA Midwinter.

CSL’s Miranda Doran-Myers blogged about her ALA Midwinter experience for American Libraries Magazine. Read her posts:

Learning Opportunities

CSL in Session webinar: Baby-Friendly Libraries. Feb 20, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm MDT. Free; no registration required.

Save the Dates! Successful Supervision Workshops with Pat Wagner. April 3 & 4 at Arapahoe Libraries; May 16 & 17 in Pueblo; June 19 & 20 in Rifle. Learn more. Registration coming soon.

Growing Readers Together

Colorado State Library Publications Blog

CHNC New Content Support Program

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection announces a new program to help fund the digitization of newspapers for inclusion in the CHNC database. Applications are due February 28, 2018. Read the announcement.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Cucarachas [Photo courtesy of La Cucaracha, February 6, 1978. Accessed via the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.]


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Help is Here for Newspaper Digitization!

CHNC New Content Support Program

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce a new program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations increase online access to historic community news through the CHNC.  We want to help local communities add their historic stories to the larger Colorado footprint.

About CHNC

A service of the Colorado State Library, the CHNC currently includes more than 1 million digitized pages, representing more than 230 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado primarily from 1859 through 1922. Due to copyright restrictions, the CHNC does not always include newspapers published after 1922, but the CHNC can digitize beyond 1922 if publisher permission can be secured.

On-going support for maintaining, developing, and providing access to the CHNC is paid for with state and federal funds administered by the Colorado State Library. We continue to add new pages to the CHNC when community funding is located to pay the costs of digitization. The long-term goal for the CHNC is to provide access to all newspapers published in Colorado between 1859 and 1922, the time period for which publications are in the public domain and without copyright restrictions. Over 2 million pages from over 200 Colorado newspapers from this time period are available for digitization.

Awards

Program funding will be awarded for the digitization of newspapers on microfilm or in original format; the processing of digital files including segmentation of pages into articles, advertisements and illustrations; the creation of metadata; OCR transcription of newspaper text and inclusion in the CHNC online database.  Support awards can only be used to cover the cost of digitizing newspaper pages for inclusion in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, and will be applied by the Colorado State Library to support the actual digitization process through their chosen vendor partners.

In Spring of 2018, CHNC will award $15,000 in support for newspaper digitization projects. Institutions can apply for a maximum of $3,000 of support and a minimum of $1,500 towards the digitization of newspapers for inclusion in the CHNC. All support awards require a 25{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} cash match.  The cash match needs to be provided to CHNC by June 30, 2018. The amount of funding requested by applicants will determine how many projects will be funded.

Who Can Apply

We strongly encourage institutions that are not currently CHNC partners to apply.  Special consideration will be given to newspaper content that is underrepresented in CHNC such as geographic areas, ethnic groups, social movements and non standard content types such as academic newspapers and company newsletters.

Private individuals wishing to apply for support funding should be partnered with a local cultural heritage organization such as a library, archives, museum, friends group or association.  Single individuals without affiliation will not be considered.

Application Process

Complete all questions on the application form, found here.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications received on or before February 28, 2018 will be considered.

Successful projects will be selected by the Program Committee.  Projects will be evaluated on the historical significance of proposed newspaper title, support of content areas that are currently underrepresented in CHNC and plans for community engagement.  Special consideration will be given to institutions that are not currently CHNC partners.

Application Rubric

Total available points = 50 pts

  • Completed form = 5 Pts
  • Historical significance of title(s) = 1 – 10 pts
  • Support of Content Areas not currently represented = 1 – 10 pts
  • New title to CHNC = 5pts
  • New Partner to CHNC = 10 pts
  • Plans for ongoing community engagement and promotion = 1-10 pts

Project Period or Timeline

The project time period is from April 1, 2018 to December 30, 2018.  Any digitization work needs to be in process by December 15, 2018.

Deadline

Completed applications must be received on or before February 28, 2018.

Awards

Awardees will be notified by March 15, 2018.

Questions

If you have questions about the support program or the application process please contact Leigh Jeremias, ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org.